Ahhh Brittany...Look at my tanks at the aquarium log here I'll gladly walk you through each step of the way how to get live plants & keep them alive; have done that just recently with several members via PM & Posts to switch them from plastic to live and it worked great.
So if you'd like to start down that route; feel free to knock on my door any time
THE most important is the right light and that's where most fail. And contrary to popular believes you do not need CO2, but you do indeed need fish (which I'd hope you wanna have anyway). And really keeping live plants is TOO simple.
And actually helps you to have good water al the time as plants act like a bio filter within your tank
I love windo tint; cause you get these posters...then you use scotch tape then its bowing out after a while...naw not good looking, window tint is nicer & easier