Everything You Need To Know About Kristen by Zach Konstanzer

Hey guys, so before I let Zach take over the blog I wanted to just say that if you’re a fellow blogger too, I HIGHLY recommend that you completely give full access to your significant other and just let them go crazy; it’s the cutest thing ever.

When I first read what Zach wrote for the blog you best believe I had full tears down my face! So cute! So, I guess I should let him take the wheel… here’s Zach Konstanzer taking over Lipstick n Lattes!

Everything you need to know about Kristen

By Zach Konstanzer

Nothing sparkles as much as Kristen, both inside and out. Unfortunately that sparkle is everlasting in our house, as I still find glitter from a present she gave me over a year ago. Glitter is no longer allowed in our house.

Everyday that I come home, she jumps into my arms. Every. Single. Day. It’s all I look forward to on my ride home from work.

Makeup. Everywhere. I’ve seen her wake up at the ass crack of dawn to put makeup on. She’s dedicated, but her vanity looks like a grenade went through it.

She can cook. The first meal she ever made me was a huge flop. She recovered quickly. We mix it up and while I do most of the cooking, she experiments in the kitchen, and it’s always good.

She’s a proud dog mom. She takes care of our fur baby and somehow gets her voice even higher pitched to talk to the dog.

Positivity. Everything will work it’s way out in the end, no matter how bad a situation is, she can put a positive spin on it. It’s my second favorite quality she has.

She gets excited about the smallest things, and I love it. I will buy her flowers randomly and it’s as if she walked outside to a new Mercedes.

She gets after it. From going to school full time, managing her blog, taking care of our puppy, and working damn near 40 hours every week, she rarely ever has a day off. She’s great at balancing life.

She’s a full-blown coffee addict. I’m afraid to see what would happen if she didn’t have it for a day. I keep an emergency supply of K-Cups.

She doesn’t complain. Relationships can be so great when you don’t sweat the small stuff; and she always does a great job of that.

She’s hot for a reason. I’ll be the first one to tell you, my girlfriend is an absolute smokeshow, but she works at it everyday. Together we manage to eat extremely clean (during the week), and she somehow finds time to workout on a very regular basis. I give her mad props for that.

She’s adaptable. if things don’t go to plan, she doesn’t freak out.

She’s a crier…but not an ugly one. She’s human and things do get to her sometimes, causing her to shed a few drops. It never lasts long, but ice cream usually gets her bouncing around again.

Bubbly. Her personality is well known throughout work to raise moral. Her nickname at one point was literally “Bubbles.”

She’s happy. Don’t get me wrong, I do everything I can to keep her happy, but she is genuinely the happiest person I know. Life is fun with her.

Love. It’s what Kristen does best, and my favorite thing about her. She has more love than anyone I have ever met, and she spreads it in everything she does.

Xx

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WHAT BEING A MILITARY GIRLFRIEND ACTUALLY IS

It’s no secret that I live a military lifestyle. Even though I am not the one who wakes up for PT, and gets suited up in a camouflage everyday, military life effects everyone living in a military home. I wouldn’t change our lives together for the world, and I love every single minute with my military man. Today I wanted to share some specifics with you, because why not get specific?

You know?

I wanted to share some things about military life that I have personally experienced throughout my time in Savannah, GA where Zach is stationed. Many things, a lot of people don’t realize, and others are just some typical basics you might, or might not already know.

You can make plans, but they, sometimes, cannot…

 

A year ago, I remember asking Zach if we could plan to go to Lollapalooza in Chicago when the time rolled around. I clearly remember him saying, “You can buy your ticket, but I have no idea if I will be able to or not.”

Literally anything could happen. They could change his job, deny his request to leave, or even send him away and that’s that. You belong to you, and they belong to the United States of America, and sometimes, America needs your man before you do. That’s just how it is.

There are great benefits…

 

A lot of people are already informed of the fact that being in the military comes along with a lot of benefits for the active duty member, and his or her family. Small things like tax free groceries and gas on their military base. Also other big things like making it easy for military personnel to buy a home. Many places that you go to daily, such as restaurants and clothing stores, offer a military discount for those in service as well. Being just a girlfriend can mean so many different things than being a wife. You won’t get any information given to you if they deploy, you don’t get ANY of their life benefits, (insurance, you won’t get your own military card to get on base, etc.). However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get ANY information! When you get to know their friends who work with them, and their leaders, they will keep you updated on what they can for you, no doubt. Because Zach is an officer, we are able to live off of base without being married, but again, totally different for everyone!

I mean, seeing your significant other dressed up daily in uniform is a GREAT benefit too ;).

There can be a lot of moving around…

 

I’ve only personally had to make one move for our military life, and that was my initial move down south to be with Zach in Savannah. However, new orders come and it’s time to pack up and move to the next military town, and that’s just life! Sadly, many families make different moves year, after year, but I think that a positive outlook on that life is to think about all of the different cities you would never be able to see with a different job. I’ve been so lucky to have been able to meet many different military wives through blogging who have been SO helpful in my move down here. They just get it, and sometimes that’s all you need.

You meet a LOT of people…

 

Per my last paragraph, you will meet a LOT of people! I found it extremely easy to find friends by getting a job at a bar, and my blog by just using some simple hashtags for the city of Savannah. Zach has friends ALL over the United States, and even some stationed overseas. Everyone is on a different timeline in the military depending on how long they are signed for, so we have seen a lot of friends go. As saddening as that is, I like to look at it as we will always have places to visit, and somewhere to stay when we do! LOL (thanks in advance friends!!)

It can get hard…

 

Getting called into the field, a 9 month deployment, long days, early mornings, always on the clock, but loving them is SOO easy! Zach makes loving him the EASIEST thing in the world. When he comes home from work, everyday I run and jump into his arms and let him know how much I love and appreciate everything that he does everyday for not just me, but our country. When Zach was deployed, we were lucky enough to have WiFi, so we could FaceTime daily, and that was something I ALWAYS made time for. Sometimes that was the only communication we had all day, so 10 minutes to say goodnight was necessary.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS…

 

No matter if you’re a wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend, I’ve truly found that being supportive of their career decisions are one of the BEST things that you can do. In my case, going INTO a relationship where Zach was already military, you have to be. I knew that this was what Zach wanted, and adding me into the equation could only make things harder. This is what he wants to do and you have to understand and be the best support system you can possibly be. I’m NOT telling you to have no say in anything, or ever put in input, but I am saying that sometimes their choices can mean they want to deploy, or sign on for more years, or even want to get out of the military. Sometimes, their decisions are hard, but you have to allow them to do what they love, and if they’re in the military, they obviously love their country and will do anything for it.

Zach is currently working towards getting out of the military, and I couldn’t be more proud of everything he has accomplished in his career already! He still has a lot of time left, so we’re not into full civilian life yet, but the gradual working towards that can actually be extremely scary. Zach is so brave for everything his does everyday, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of our future has to hold.

Xx

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE HACKS

HAPPY FALL GIRLS AND BOYS!

Ok, yes I understand that it is not officially fall, yet, BUT the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte came out the earliest it ever has today, which means if you enjoyed one on the launch date then you experienced history my friends.

Now, lets talk ladies (and gents?), the PSL gets a lot of “bad rep” for “not having real pumpkin in it,” and “containing tons of sugar and bad for you dyes,” like blah, blah, blah ok THANK YOU! I’m NOT here to get a healthy Pumpkin Spice? ok? Like, I am fully aware of how unhealthy this drink is for me, and I don’t need any of your negativity in my life bringing me down from the sugar rush I’m going to get after consuming one. Ok?

Now, lets talk about the IMMENSE ways that we can enjoy this beautiful creation, shall we?

You can go iced…

and when I say go iced, DON’T FORGET to ask for the straw-less lid for cold drinks!!! My coworker Miranda will tell you how many turtles you’re saving by doing so! It’s a small step to helping a big problem, and literally all you have to do is ask your barista for the different lid!

When you do an iced PSL, I sometimes like to hack it out a lil bit and instead of the iced actual latte, I’ll get an iced coffee, with almond milk (whatever milk you choose!) and then one or two pumps of pumpkin and it tastes exactly the same and is WAY less money than a full blown latte! I personally am not one for a sweet coffee drink anyways, so the PSL sauce is really all I need in there! (The real PSL comes with vanilla syrup in it as well!)

You can do a frapp…

Now, for the frapp, I recommend bringing your own reusable straw, since the straw-less lid will not work the same for the frapp as it will for an iced coffee/latte! Either bring your own cup and have them fill it, (you get $$$ OFF!!) or, just bring your own straw! (BYOS amirite?)

But you can never go wrong with the good ole’ classic Pumpkin Spice Latte…

I personally have to make some milk modifications, however gimme a good, hot PSL, and you have a happy blogger, who’s ready for fall.

Happy PSL season ladies!

Xx

HOW TO: GUIDE TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Aaaah! Back to school!!! Everyone’s FAVORITE time of the year! Ok, maybe not everyone’s, and I can’t really blame those people LOL! Another semester simply means another semester closer to finishing towards whatever goal you’re working towards, and that IS something that everyone can be excited for.

With the start of a new semester coming up, I will say that I am notorious for getting extremely stressed out. Back to homework, commuting (in my case), keeping up with grades, meeting deadlines, paying for tuition…. the list can seriously go ON!

I am going to make a neat, and tidy list for you (and myself!!) to follow to ensure a nice, smooth start of the school year that will last all semester so you can stay organized and not miss a single part of your semester.

Get a planner!!

Once you have a planner, go through and write down ALL important dates of the semester. Test days, project due dates, YES even final dates! Be sure to also write down each class in a different colored pen so that way you can stay on top of which class is which! (This can be helpful when you take a full time schedule like me!)

When you get put in groups for projects in different classes, be sure to write down the names and phone numbers of your group mates as well, so you can always reference back and contact them if you lose their information.

Buy ALL of your books AFTER the first day of class.

I cannot stress enough how many classes have given a suggested book in the syllabus, and then the teacher says on the first day that we will not be using it. So save your money for a few more days, and wait to order them. Sometimes you can find them cheaper online with websites like Chegg.com and Amazon.com

You sometimes can also find out if you reeeally need that access code on a new book or not, which can also save you lots of money!!

READ. THE. SYLLABUS!!

There are SO many things that can be hidden in a syllabus!! Sometimes you can find how to make extra points in the class, or how many second chances the professor will give on a late assignment (guilty!!). Reading the syllabus will also be your key to every date you need to write down in your planner! The syllabus will be your best friend throughout the entire semester, so don’t lose it, although most professors will keep the syllabus online just in case you do.

GET ORGANIZED!

Make sure that you get either a folder, or a binder for each and every class. This will help break up each class so nothing gets mixed up in each other. When papers are thrown in a bag, or all put in one folder it can easily make your mind do backflips and feel overwhelmed. We do NOT want this! Stay organized, and neat with your work so that you won’t feel as stressed out!

Keep everything from the beginning of the semester in these folders/binders up until the end of the semester so you can use them to study off of when finals come up! With so much information constantly thrown at you, it can be really difficult to try to remember what we learned when the end of the semester comes up!

Meal prep!

I know this sounds weird, but when you have super long class days, bring snacks and food for throughout the day. You will keep your mind focused on school instead of being hungry! It will also help you stay healthy, and save money by not constantly buying fast food on campus.

I love to look up quick, healthy meals on Pinterest when school time comes around. I also have a 45 minute commute to my campus both ways every day, so it’s nice to have something to snack on while I drive! LOL

Get your finances in check

Whether you use student loans, financial aid, your parents/family pays for you, or you pay for school out of pocket yourself, get it done EARLY. When classes roll around, you don’t want the stress of wondering how you’re going to pay for classes on top of everything else. Get everything squared away to begin with so that you can start out the year without finance stress.

Set GOALS for the semester

Whether it’s your goal to study more, go out less, read more chapters in your text books, WHATEVER! Write them down, in your planner, in your car, on a mirror you look in every day, whatever it is, make sure you SEE it daily so it will constantly remind you what you want to accomplish this semester.

Etiquette

Teacher/Student etiquette is something that not many college students pay attention to. Little things like actually paying attention in class, looking alert. Responding to class discussions. Properly addressing your professor with their proper title in an email, (usually found in the SYLLABUS!!).  Also, starting emails by addressing them, and don’t forget to sign off and use your student ID number! Dressing nice for class is another form of etiquette not many follow. Yes, I totally understand when you have an 8 AM class and you worked the night before, however, you never know what connections your professor can set you up with if they feel you’d be a good candidate. Don’t use your phone in the middle of a lecture, and if you chose to eat a snack, make sure it doesn’t bother those around you, (ex. super crunchy chips, constant bag crumbling, and just overall messy food items).

All in all, your semester will go great, and time WILL go on day by day and you WILL get that degree! Don’t let the little things discourage you from being your best self in the classroom everyday. Pretty soon it will be the next break, and the next semester, and on until you are walking that stage, getting handed that hard, earned diploma.

Happy School Year!

Xx