How I Met My Other Half…

This is the question that all couples hear, “how did you two meet?”. I know that some people feel annoyed by this, but I never do. It makes me smile to think about it. I really truly love this man and we have been together almost 6 years, so it is nice to reminisce about when we first met!


Ok so first a little bit of backstory. I first started going to the chiropractor when I was 15 because I hurt my hip in volleyball. From then until I was 18 I would occasionally go in but only when I really needed (like after I got rear ended…ugh). I knew one of the guys that worked there but I never really paid attention to anyone else (is that totally terrible of me)?

So my senior year in high school I was in the top 10 to become Apple Blossom Royalty. Thank goodness I wasn’t chosen, but we can talk about that later. So about a week or so before the big pageant I went in to get adjusted and chatted with everyone, then took off like usual.

Fast forward 6 months and I am working at a local outdoor goods store. It is a Saturday in the middle of August and it is busy. People are in buying inner tubes and camping gear and fishing poles and blah blah blah. I work up at the cash register so I am ringing people through.


Next person steps up and it is this SUPER freaking hott guy and his friend. They were buying a couple of tubes to go float the river. He looks at me for a second and goes, “your name is Samantha right?”. UMMMMMMM….you know me!?!?! I do that thing where I pretend to recognize him too, “yeah it is how are you doing?!?”. We chat while I ring him up and I have no clue who this guy is. Like not even a tiny idea. I know, I’m a jerk.

I tell him his total and he hands me his credit card. SCORE! I peek at his name while I swipe his card. Ryan Cox. Still no freaking clue! Ugh! And I can’t just ask him how I know him cause he is ridiculously good looking and that would be embarrassing. So he says, “well have a good day see you around” and takes off. I spent the rest of my shift searching the archives in my head to figure out how I knew this guy!


So I decide to start asking around. Everywhere. I asked every person I knew, “Do you know anybody named Ryan Cox?”. Nothing. Not one single hit. I was getting discouraged because I knew that if I wanted to figure this out I was pretty much left with only one option. Cyber stalking. That’s right, it was time for Facebook.

I logged onto Facebook that night and searched his name. BOOM. Found him. And hot damn, his profile picture just solidified how good looking he was. I looked to see where he listed his job as cause maybe that would help. Forest Service. Well that sure doesn’t help me. I looked through the few pictures I could see on his profile. NOTHING. This guy was literally no help to me. At this point, I knew what I had to do.

I private messaged him. I did it guys. I sent him a message with these exact words, “Hey it’s Samantha from Hooked On Toys. I am sorry if this seems weird or like I am jerk but how in the world do I know you. I cannot figure it out!”. I was so nervous when I sent that message, not really expecting much back. *DING*. He replied. Holy shit he replied. Below is our following conversation.


Ryan (1)Ryan (2)

This boy. From the start he wasn’t great at flirting and still isn’t. And I love him even more for it.

So he held true to his word. Texted my withing in a few minutes and I kept dropping HARD hints that I wanted to maybe go out on a date. “We should hang out soon”. His answer? “Sure”. So I tried again, “You free anytime this week?”. Again, “I think so”. Oh for goodness sake boy. Finally, “Well you let me know when you are free and we could do something”. Thank goodness that seemed to work since he replied, “How about Wednesday after work? We could go to dinner”. I said yes of course, and the rest is history! It was such a fun time and I am so glad I decided to “stalk” him ha!


(Look at those little babies!) He was 21 and I was 18 when we started dating. Now he is 27 and I am 24 and I have loved growing up with him. I plan to spend many more years learning and growing and adventuring with this wonderful man.

Here’s to us!


YOUR TURN! How did you and your significant other meet?

Guest Post: Micaiah from Beyond The Blonde

I am so excited to share my first guest post with you! Today our featured guest will be Micaiah McMcreary from “Beyond The Blonde” (you can check out her amazing blog here). We will talk about how she got started with her blog, where she gets inspiration for her amazing fashion sense, and what her favorite workout clothing is!

So without further ado, please welcome our guest!


Micaiah McMcreary from “Beyond The Blonde”


First off tell us a little bit about yourself? What you do, your hobbies, etc.

Hi! My name is Micaiah McCreary. I am 24 years old and am a real estate agent. I have a Bachelors Degree in Community Health from Eastern Washington University (go Eags!) I am fortunate enough to work alongside my sweet hubby, Jeremy, and we currently live in Quincy, WA. We also have a husky/malamute named Kunu. Some of my favorite hobbies include playing any sport really, going to the lake, making DIY crafts, baking, reading, and just hanging out with family and friends!


What made you want to start “Beyond The Blonde”? What is your blog about?

I love to journal but have a hard time remembering to do so. Starting a blog has made me more accountable with documenting any fun events/trips/memories that I have had. I’ve also been following several blogs, so I kind of got inspired by them! Beyond The Blonde is basically my creative platform where I can share and talk about anything I’d like to. Whether that be a new recipe I found, an outift, or just whatever is on my mind. The blog is for myself to, down the road, look back on and be able to relive things that were going on in my life and things I was interested in. But it is also a way for those to just kind of follow my life and what I am up to. I have family who lives all over so its nice being able to share things that are going on in my life with them.

My blog mainly is focused on lifestyle and fashion. The lifestyle part is just me sharing what I’m up to and the things I am doing. I’ve been a fashion lover since day one, so I have a blast sharing outfits and new looks on the blog. My main goal with starting this blog was to be absolutely transparent. I wanted those who knew me to read what I am writing and be able to say “yeah, I can definitely hear Micaiah say that.” 🙂 The way I came up with the name “Beyond The Blonde” was that yes, I may be sharing fashion looks and talk about material things every now and then, but my blog is so much more than that. I wanted my blog to be a place where I can share thoughts and ideas that are meaningful and have a purpose. Basically, there is more to my blog and myself than being blonde 😉


You have such amazing fashion sense…where do you get your inspiration?

You are too sweet! I’ve always loooooooved clothes. I don’t know what it is but I just love them. Even clothes I don’t wear anymore but have memories with I don’t give way haha! I just store them in tubs! But I get my inspiration mainly from Pinterest. Whether it be in magazines, on Instagram or just random people on the street. I love almost EVERY quote by Audrey Hepburn, and when she says she believes in overdressing that is ME! I’m not afraid to try a new trend or something I think looks good. I am a clothes lover and they are just something that make me feel happy and beautiful 🙂


Do you have any fashion tips for us not-so-fashionable on how we can improve our closets?

I would say find whatever makes you feel most yourself and comfortable and roll with it! If you are comfortable trying new styles, then go for it! The great thing about fashion is there really isn’t any wrong or right to it. It’s however you make it. But if you would like to step up your game a bit, get out of your comfort zone. Try things on you normally wouldn’t, online “window-shop” to get ideas, or go on Pinterest. Pinterest is the answer to all questions 😉 I would also recommend buying quality over quantity. Don’t get me wrong, Old Navy, Target & Forever 21 are some of my go-to spots, but it’s good to throw in some higher quality pieces. You never know when you might need them, and to tell you the truth, they will just feel better and will probably become your new favorites!


You seem like you live a pretty healthy lifestyle…do you have a favorite gym clothing brand?

I am IN LOVE with everything Old Navy has come out with. The quality of their items are great, and everything is so cute! I just bought a pair of floral running shorts and they are amazing! I also am a sucker for anything Nike. I have yet to buy anything from Lululemon, mainly because what I buy from Old Navy and Nike work excellent for me, but it is on my bucket list to own a pair of their yoga pants!


I want to thank Micaiah for being my first guest here! If you want to follow a fun, happy, upbeat, and adorable lifestyle blog go check her out at!