Use Your Spouse's Love Language to Pick Out the Perfect Gift

Do you ever feel like your spouse or other loved ones in your life are the most difficult to people to purchase gifts for?  I used to listen carefully all year long and make a note any time Joe mentioned anything that he wanted. I even have a secret Pinterest board filled with ideas he’s given me or things that I’ve seen online and think he’d love. Sometimes I'd get him a gift that I thought he'd enjoy only to be disappointed that he wasn't as excited by it as I thought he would be. I don't remember when it happened, but one day I started thinking about gifts that I could give based on his love languages and ever since, I've never lacked for ideas.

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Take the Love Languages Challenge for Your Marriage

I truly believe that The 5 Love Languages can be an amazing tool in your marriage, if you are using them to the fullest. My hope in creating this e-mail challenge is to help couples take their knowledge of each other’s love languages and use that to make their marriage relationship even better! I wanted this to be a challenge that would be beneficial to those people who have never heard of The 5 Love Languages before, as well as those people who feel like they know a lot about the love languages already. No matter where you are on the spectrum, I promise that you will learn something from taking this challenge!

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Do You Save Some of Yourself for Your Spouse Each Day?

I try my hardest to do at least one thing every day to make my marriage a priority. Sometimes that’s texts throughout the day letting my husband know I love him, other days that’s packing his lunch and surprising him with a drink or a treat during a crazy work day, but I like the most to spend quality time with him at the end of the day. If I’ve spent my entire day teaching or used up all my energy deep cleaning our house, or even given my all to our two toddlers, I have none of myself left to give to my husband. On those days when I’ve overdone it, the kids go to bed and my brain goes off duty. I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow, I don’t have the brainpower left to connect and my husband is left feeling like the lowest priority on my to do list.

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Our Favorite Christmas Eve Tradition

We (well, maybe just me) loved the idea so much that I convinced Joe to make it a tradition and open our gifts at midnight every year since. Except, if I’m being honest, we don’t make it to midnight anymore because we’re way too tired. Instead, we’ve made it a Christmas Eve tradition to do after we’ve helped Santa and made sure everything is ready at our house for Christmas morning. It’s a tradition that will actually serve a purpose for the rest of our marriage!

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Spouse

Stocking stuffers are my husband's most dreaded thing to shop for and my favorite! Last year when we were out shopping for gifts with the kids, I pointed out a few great stocking stuffer gifts that I would love to hopefully help my husband out. In my stocking a few weeks later, I found a plethora of face and food masks. I have loved and used them all but I couldn’t help but giggle that he had focused on one of the suggestions I gave him and went to town. This year I’m hoping that this post of ideas will help him and other spouses out there who stress out about what to put in their loved one’s stockings!

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Three Ways to Make Your Marriage a Priority During the Holiday Season

We’re heading into the busiest time of the year and I’m already thinking about how I’m going to make sure Joe and I are making each other a priority daily. Last year during the holidays season, our schedules got consumed with family parties, work events, church activities and Joe’s heavy load at work. I know that we aren’t the only ones who struggle to find time to connect with each other during the hustle and bustle of the holiday. These are the things that we are planning to do over the next month to ensure that we are making time for each other and that we keep our marriage strong as we head into the new year.

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Dividing Your Time with Both of Your Families During the Holidays and All Year Long

“How do you divide your time between the two of your families for the holidays?” It's one of the questions I get asked the most this time of year and one of the things that I think married couples worry about the most. Deciding how to spend your time for the holidays, which family traditions to participate, and making sure that you get quality time with each of your families while leaving room in the schedule for quiet nights at home and your own traditions can be a challenge.

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Six Ways to Serve Your Spouse When They Are Sick

For the last two years, my husband and at least one of our kids has gotten the a severe cold and/or the flu, despite our best efforts to keep our home germ free and everyone healthy. My husband seems to get hit the hardest each year and the poor guy was even sick on his birthday. Each time he'd get sick, he'd live on the couch downstairs so we could quarantine him from the kids and they could continue to live as normally as possible while avoiding his germs.

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13 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive in Your Marriage

Are there ever days when you feel like your marriage has become all business without any fun or romance? I know there are weeks when we get so caught up our every day routines and the things that we have to get done that we fall into a “business partner” mindset. I spend my days managing our household and working, Joe spends his days at work and after he gets home, we spend our nights getting dinner on the table, enjoying family time, getting the kids to bed and the house cleaned up, bills paid and discussions that need to be had about household business. That’s a lot of “adulting” and we sometimes forget that romantic and fun side of our relationship in the process.

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How Often Are You Thanking Your Spouse?

A few years, Joe and I filled up a Thankful Jar for the entire month of November. It was a great opportunity for me to recognize all of the ways that Joe blesses my life! I started to notice how many things I had been taking for granted. It made me realize that I don't say “thank you” to my husband nearly enough. I feel like there are some things I had started expecting him to do just because we are married. Although I don’t feel like you need to thank your spouse for every little thing they do, I do think that I could be a bit more verbally grateful to him for all of the things he does for me on a daily basis.

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9 Ideas for Fun Birthday Surprises to Gift Your Spouse

My sister-in-law used to tell me that by going big with the birthday celebrations those first few years of our marriage, I was setting the bar high for birthdays for years to come. That didn’t deter me in any way! Some years our celebrations are big and extravagant and others they are more low key. The one thing I try to incorporate into my husband’s birthday surprises each year is making him feel special. It doesn’t matter what you do for your spouse for their birthday, what matters is that they know you care and that they feel loved and appreciated and important in this world. I believe that everyone deserves that every day of their life, but a little extra on their birthday.

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Marriage Advice for Newlyweds - Six Ways to Create a Long Lasting Marriage

I’ve heard something about marriage recently that I've had a hard time grasping. I guess there are people who go into marriage with the plan that it will be their "first" or not last forever. To me, marriage is a lifelong commitment and I do everything in my power to make it last that long. I understand that things have to end in some situations, but I can't imagine going into such a serious union planning for it to end. Creating a marriage that will last a lifetime takes effort, it won't happen just because you're hoping for it.

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Five People Who Should Consider Life Insurance in their 20's

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately for two reasons. One, Joe and I just transitioned our life insurance policies over to another company so we've been discussing the topic frequently. Two, I've heard of so many people passing away lately and not only are their families left behind, mourning the loss of their loved one, I've often heard mentioned the financial burden that they are left with at well.

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Growing Together Instead of Apart

A lot of the things that we've gone through together could have easily pushed us apart. We could have let the stress, frustrations and disagreements get to us, but instead we used them to make us a stronger and better couple. The journey that we've been on together encouraged me to make my marriage more of a priority and has taught me not to take the little moments and the things that my husband does for me for granted.

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