It's been over a year now since my fiancé Jake moved to Sweden from America. It's been an experience seeing him learn and be apart of my culture just like it was amazing for me to be a part of the American one when I was an exhange student. Christmas has always been a special holiday for me! My parents would always have some kind of advent calendars for me and my little brother when we were growing up and it was a very wonderful part of our childhood just like I think it is for many other Swedish people and Europeans. The Advent Calendars seem to have become very popular in different shapes and forms among adults. I've so far heard about calendars with cheese, wine, chocolates or even teas. I love december and think it's a sweet period to enjoy before Christmas, so this year I decided to make an advent calender so Jake could experience that part of our christmas celebration. He is diabetic so I've had to be creative about the presents and not put any kind of candy in the packages. I bought most of my presents from the chain Dollarstore since they keep a low price on all of their products. With 24 packages in an advent calender it's good to have a budget and I decided to keep mine lower since I want to put more into my christmas presents instead. My suggestions for presents to an advent calender would be; lottery tickets, beer, deodorant, gum, tea or anything else you might find for a good price. Scroll down to see some of the 24 things I put in Jake's calender.
A beer glass with the text "It's The Most Wonderful Time For A Beer". Cost 30SEK = 3,59$
The Advent Calender before I drew the numbers on the presents.
I bought the metal tree from Dollarstore and sprayed it silver! 
I also found the lights at Dollarstore and they look like clothespins but with lights attached to them. 
Close up on the clothespins.
Perfume for men from Dollarstore. Cost 50SEK = 5,98$.
Cough Drop with mint flavor from Lagerhaus. Cost 10SEK = 1,20$.
Jumbo Yatzy. Cost 20SEK = 2,39$.
A binder for Jake's swedish classes. 10SEK = 1,20$.
Jake has his own music room in our house so got this fun christmas decoration for it!
Jake's favorite color is green so I got this festive soap for the holidays from Dollarstore!
Last weekend we attended a beautiful September wedding! It was close friends to the family that were getting married so I have been excited for this wedding all year! I was also asked to take pictures before, after, and during so more pictures from the wedding will be uploaded on the blog! I love weddings and I think it's ashame that not more people are getting married, this was the second one I've attended except for my parents when I was little. I love that weddings give an excuse to wear that pretty dress that you would not know when to wear otherwise and maybe even do your hair differently. One night of glamour and I love it! I wore the Dreamy Wrap Gown which is a dress from Nelly Eve. It is so gorgeous and I'm just searching for moments to be able to wear it again! It's simply stunning and the cut of it complements the body beautifuly. Jake wore a light grey suit from JACK & JONES and if you're looking for alternative shirts to fit your budget, his white shirt was from Lager 157. Press here for the jacket and here for the pants. I thought that the light grey would go really nice to the darker fall colors! The handkercheif in the pocket I made to match the color of my dress and it's actually fabric from the dress. When I tried on the dress I decided that it needed to be hemmed more because I wanted to be able to walk in flats when taking my pictures. I hemmed the dress by hand to get the beautiful stich that won't be that visable, and that I think is more appropriate for nicer dresses where you don't want a stichline on the skirt.
Ready for a wedding!
I wore the red Dreamy Wrap Gown from Nelly Eve.
Trying on the dress to see how much would need to be hemmed.
The dress almost becomes more pink in certain lights.
I was really happy with my choice, simply gorgous dress.
When playing Wedding Bingo.
I do not drink alcohol, and if I do it would only be a cider with my food, but this dress sure made my Fanta Exotic look fancy!
Day 16, my final day in Germany. The day only consisted of me packing down my last things and making myself ready for my flight. My plane would depart at lunchtime so there really was not time for anything else. This trip went incredibly fast and I can't believe that it's already over. I feel so so lucky for everything I got to experience and everything Janne and her family did for me during my time there. A big thank you to everyone, no words can describe my gratitude enough! Scroll down for all my pictures from the flight and my last day in Germany!
One of my favorite pictures from the flight!
This view made it look like we were so close to space in a way.
I probably will never get over the beauty of flying.
My last picture of Germany while taking off!
While boarding! It was amazing flying with Norweigan from Hamburg, they boarded us all so quick.
Hamburg airport while checking in my luggage.