6 Date Night Ideas to Celebrate Your Birthday With

It’s birthday week for me and one of my favorite ways to celebrate is by going on a date night out with my husband. It could be because I appreciate quality time with the ones that I love, or it could be because I just love spending time with my favorite person in the world. Either way, I think that everyone deserves a date night planned with them in mind to celebrate their birthday. I hope this post gives you some ideas to plan a date for your spouse’s next birthday.

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How I'm Teaching My Kids to Read

I’ve looked forward to introducing my kids to reading since long before I became a mom. I have an entire list of book series and characters that I can’t wait to share with them! I am excited to see them go on adventures while curled up with a blanket and a good book! I know that I want to instill a love of reading in my kids so we’ve been reading them books since the day they were born. They’ll bring me stacks of books and ask me to read “one more” over and over again. Now I’m starting to teach them to read on their own and I hope that love of books continues for the rest of their lives.

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6 Tips for Supporting Your Struggling Spouse {World Mental Health Day}

Today is World Mental Health Day. I get questions often about mental health struggles and marriage. I’ve gotten these questions from the spouse struggling with their mental health, who wants to know how to best explain to their spouse what they are going through and how to help them. I’ve also gotten questions from the spouses of those who are struggling, wondering how they can best help and support the one they love. Today I want to address those questions. Whether you or your spouse has anxiety, depression, or another mental illness, this post has been written just for you.

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How a Change in Attitude can Improve Your Marriage

If I could give you three suggestions to change your attitude and outlook on life, they would be the ones listed below. I don’t think that you should use these to overlook really issues with your relationship or your mental health. And I will be honest, this doesn’t make life perfect, but these have definitely helped me to be more positive and move forward with a happier attitude when I’m faced with a challenge or struggling with my mental health.

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8 Easy Ways to Flirt with Your Spouse

In the spirit of having more fun in your marriage, how long has it been since you flirted with your spouse? We tend to get caught up in discussing the important things in life, and some of the stressful things that life brings our way. I use to be the queen of flirting, and I loved flirting with Joe all day every day when we were dating, even if it was through text. I still flirt with my husband, just not as much as I used to and probably not as often as I should. I’ve started flirting with him more, and having more fun, and I feel like we’re more connected because of it. It’s not deep conversation or a date night, but it brings us back to the base of our relationship and reminds me why I fell in love with my husband in the first place.

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11 Ways to Play More in Your Marriage

When I talked about my takeaways from the event over on Instagram, I had a couple of requests for ideas for having more fun together or a blog post with ideas. Because I was working to come up with things that we could do more often to play together in our marriage as well, I thought I’d put together this post to share with all of you as well! My goal when it comes to play in my marriage is lots of smiles and laughter when we’re together just the two of us. A lot of our smiles and laughter these days come from our kids and when we share stories about the funny things are kids have done. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I want to bring even more elements of fun to our relationship.

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3 Ways to get Your Spouse to Prioritize Your Marriage Too

I get messages on a regular basis, mostly from wives, asking me how they can get their spouse on board with making their marriage a priority too. If this describes you, the first thing I would say is that I’m sorry you don’t feel valued and seen in your relationship. I hope that with these tips, you are able to see things the way your spouse does and also help them see your side of the situation. I hope that the two of you are able to communicate and find a way to make your relationship a priority in a way that meets both of your expectations. And I hope that even if your spouse isn’t on board, you continue to do what you are doing to put your marriage and your spouse first because that alone will still make a difference in your marriage.

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Why Your Marriage NEEDS Kid-Free Date Nights Outside Your Home

I’ve been talking to a lot of parents lately about date night and I’ve been surprised by how many of them have told me that date night just isn’t possible for them right now for a number of reasons. They don’t have room in their budget to hire a babysitter right now, their baby is too young to be left with someone, or they don’t trust anyone else to watch their kids. I realize that hiring a babysitter and going out for date night every single week isn’t a feasible option for every couple. And while I’m a big advocate for at home date nights when you aren’t able to get out, every couple should be finding a way to go out for date night without the kids regularly, no matter what!

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Fall Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Fall is my very favorite season, and although the traditional activities that come with it only last for one month, we try to enjoy every minute of it! I created a list of date nights specifically for this season, to help you enjoy every moment of fall, from the changing weather to the cooler days. This list of date night ideas includes things that can be done at home or out on the town. It has activities for outdoor lovers and for those of us who prefer to stay indoors when it gets too cold. You can even take a few of the ideas and turn them into multiple dates depending on how you choose to participate in the activity each time. I hope this list inspires you to make date night a priority in your marriage and spend intentional quality time together this season!

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The Best LDS Conference Talks about Marriage

Every six months, our church holds General Conference. This is an opportunity for members to hear from prophets and apostles and other leaders. The messages are uplifting and inspiring and provide those in attendance with answers to questions they’ve had and guidelines for what they can work on in the coming months. Anyone is welcome to listen to these conferences, and can read them or listen to them online long after each one. Below you’ll find seven of my favorite talks from past conferences, along with a quote that explains the overview of each talk, and a link so you can read the entire thing yourself. As I was putting this post together, I couldn’t help but read through each of them again. You can bet that I’ll be reading through them on my phone and making notes for things that I want to work on again in my marriage.

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5 Traditions to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Baby

Becoming parents changes a marriage, there's no doubt about that, but your new role doesn't make your marriage any less important. You've been partners in life since you decided to get married, and the birth of a child just extends that partnership to include parenting. It's important to keep your marriage strong, not only for the health of your relationship with each other, but to help you be a strong parenting team and provide a strong foundation for your growing family.

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Kitchen Fun - Cooking with Toddlers

I always have big dreams of cooking in the kitchen with my kiddos on a regular basis, but then we get into the process and I stress out and remember why I don’t do it more often. Two preschoolers in the kitchen requires a lot of patience and that’s just not something that I’m good at! I wanted to share some things that I’ve done at home to make kitchen experiences with my kids more enjoyable for me, and less chaotic, in theory.

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Tips for Making the Most of Family Mealtime

Take advantage of Family Mealtime Month, like we are, and recommit to sitting down at the kitchen table with the ones that you love most! I look forward to the meals I share with my family. Whether it’s lunch with the kids before school, dinner after Joe gets home from work, or even Sunday dinner at my mom’s house. Memories are made and bonds are strengthened, and it all revolves around something that everyone loves, food!

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Tricks for Tender and Flavorful Smoked Ribs

If you’ve ever wanted to try smoking ribs, this is your chance! I’m going to share everything that we do to make the perfect rack of ribs. We are still working with our new smoker to maintain a consistent temperature, because we know that is key, and we know that this recipe and the other smoker specific techniques will help you find success in smoking your first rack of ribs! The specific rib rub and glaze that we use is amazing as well!

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Why You Need to Set Workplace Boundaries to Protect Your Marriage

I’ve been having some really interesting discussions with people regarding boundaries in the workplace and what boundaries are needed to protect your marriage relationship. There are a lot of different thoughts on this topic and I’ve loved discussing them all. I’ve learned that boundaries are important to have in the workplace, whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married. And I’ve come to realize that everyone’s ideas of appropriate boundaries are very different. The one thing that’s been true across the board is that every marriage, whether it’s strong or struggling, needs boundaries to protect the people in it and the relationship.

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