2013 – The Year of Change

2013 has been the year of many, many changes.

There is so much we have to be thankful for and we count our blessings everyday.

Here are highlights from 2013 – our 27th year of life.


Chad was able to celebrate his Birthday in Texas with my sister. Luckily, he was on a business trip in the same town, so she was able to bake him a cake and have dinner with him!!



My nephew asked me to be his valentine {how could I say ‘no’?!}


Chad bought me a beautiful arrangement of flowers — for the first time EVER. Usually he buys me a plant since it’s more cost effective. 🙂


I sold my car, Starla (she was a tiny little Saturn). It was sad seeing her leave, but when I bought her, I was single and never realized I would end up marrying a giant guy that was 6’4 and adopting a cute puppy that weighs in at 75 pounds.


Our family came to visit us in Kansas to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and Easter weekend.



We were able to make it to our Nephews Baptism.

{cute little baptism outfit}


We made our first BIG purchase as a married couple — AND PAID CASH!


Her name is Ruby.


We were able to visit our dear friends in Arizona for an extended weekend and HAD A BLAST!! We miss them dearly.


We had another visit from family over Memorial Day weekend.


{We were on a family walk…} 🙂

It was the first time our sweet nephew had ventured all the way to Kansas. He even got a Pet Tornado as a souvenir.



We found out we were expecting our first child. This was The Big Surprise of the year and we are SO EXCITED!!



We made our annual trip to Denver over the 4th.


We decided it was time to move closer to home. Nothing is more important than family. We wanted our little baby to grow up around his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.


My Hubby was offered a job within the same company, just closer to home 🙂


{when I grow up I want to be an Engineer just like my uncle}

Our boy, Bentley, turned 3!!


…and my baby bump got bigger!



We celebrated our one year anniversary!! ❤


We made a trip back to Iowa  for a two day house hunting trip to find our new home.

We made our second BIG purchase… as a married couple. 🙂


We traveled to Europe {Switzerland, Austria, & Germany} to celebrate our first year of marriage and many, many more to come!!


…and my baby bump got bigger!



We put our first home in Kansas on the market. It was bittersweet.


…and my baby bump got bigger!



I left my job as an Event Coordinator so I could start my new job as a Stay at home Mom (SAHM). Chad left his job as well. It was hard for both of us.

Chad started his new job in Iowa.

We closed on our new house on November 15th.


We had an offer come in on our house in Kansas and we accepted it!

We were able to help celebrate our nephew’s first birthday since we are SO CLOSE to family.


We were also able to celebrate Thanksgiving with both of our families…and we are very thankful that our families get along so well 🙂

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{Our first Thanksgiving with our Nephew}

…and my baby bump got bigger!



I was able to have a day of fun celebrating my birthday with my Mom and sister. This is something that hasn’t happened in over 10 years.


…and my baby bump got bigger!


**and now to the present, as I wanted to get this post finished before the craziness of the holidays began**

We will be hosting our first Christmas at our new home.


AND we will be able to celebrate with both families.


I hope 2013 was as good to you and your family as it was to us. We are looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

…and we already know one thing: BABY!

Handmade Dog Car Seat Cover

I recently purchased a new vehicle {named Ruby} and decided it was time to invested in a nice car seat cover to prolong the life of my new seats. However, after searching the internet for a nice seat cover, I couldn’t find anything less than about $85 dollars. Are you serious?! To me, that seemed a little ridiculous for something my cute hairy and sometimes cuddly dirty dog would make a home on during long car rides.

After much research I finally decided it was time to bust out my sewing machine and make one.

{Keep in mind, this was my FIRST EVER sewing project!}

**well, other than making barbie pillows with my mom when I was little**

Now, isn’t this the cutest dog car seat cover you’ve ever seen?!? 🙂

Handmade Dog Seat Cover

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

4 yards duck fabric {it’s nice and heavy duty} 2 yards for the top & 2 yards duck fabric for the bottom Make sure each of them is 54 inches in width.

Cotton Batting – I bought enough to fold it in half so there was double the padding

4 one inch plastic buckles

4 yards of one inch cotton strapping



and of course, a sewing machine!

First, I laid out 2 yards of the duck fabric on the carpet, placed the cotton batting on top of that {in order to cut it down to the right size}.


I made sure the leave about an inch around the edges…


Next, fold the edges of the Duck Fabric over about a 1/2 an inch – and then fold it over one more time and pin.


continue to go around the edges of the fabric keeping the ‘folding’ consistent.


Once you’ve got all of the edges pinned, it should look like this:


I made sure to mitre the corners {they’re not perfect but I didn’t think Bentley would mind} 🙂


Once you’re done pinning, you’re ready to start sewing! Finally, you want to have your sewing machine on a counter or a larger surface so you have somewhere to rest the blanket to make for an easy slide under the sewing machine.

THis is what the edges looked like when I was finished:


As you can see, my pup was already a huge fan:

Handmade Car Seat Cover by healthyhappyhearts

This was made to fit a small SUV.

Once the seat cover was finished, I took it out to my vehicle to pin on the straps. I used 1 yard of the cotton strapping for each buckle. Also, when you’re sewing on the straps make sure to run it under the sewing machine back and forth a few times for a sturdy hold.

Bentley couldn’t wait to test it out!!


This was so much fun to make and I think it turned out pretty darn cute, too 🙂