Tips for Making Date Night and Connecting Fun for Your Husband Too

It might surprise you to hear that one of the questions I get more than any other is, “how can I get my husband on board with date night and connecting?” Maybe it doesn’t surprise you, because maybe that’s a question that you have. I know that it’s one I still have on a regular basis. Does the word date night make your husband groan? Do you feel like you’re the one always planning date nights? Are you the one always initiating the connecting moments in your marriage? You’re not alone!

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How to Support a Spouse with Dietary Restrictions

I know so many people with spouse’s who have a dietary restrictions. Whether those restrictions are due to an illness, food allergy, or even just personal preference, it’s so important to be supportive of your spouse! Don’t just stand by and let them figure things out on their own, be by their side through all of it. You don’t have to necessarily take on the same restrictions as a way of supporting them, although some might choose to do that. I hope that these suggestions will help you and your family navigate those restrictions and show your spouse that they are a priority to you and that you’re there for them, no matter what they’re going through!

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Step Back and Let Your Spouse Plan Something

Whether you’re struggling with letting your spouse surprise you, plan date night every once in a while or have more say in more of the business side of your marriage like having a say in the budget or doing household things their own way, this post is for you! The tips below are things that I’ve done myself and am still working on every single day. I want to stop stealing my husband’s joy in surprising me! And I know that because I have taken over planning so many things that were originally delegated to him has deflated his motivation to even try to make those plans when I agree that I’ll be hands off and let something be his responsibility. We can work on this together!

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4 Ways to Learn from Other Married Couples Around You

I am constantly looking for couples around me, to interact with and learn from! I wanted to share with you, a few ways that you can make your marriage relationship even stronger by learning from other couples around you! I hope that this post will help you recognize the good marriage habits that others have, and how you can incorporate them in your own lives.

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6 Tips to Make Family Pictures Less Painful for Your Husband

Any time I mention family pictures, or taking pictures for the blog, my husband moans and groans. I know a lot of husband’s are the same way, and even some wives. With family picture season coming up and everyone getting ready to take their annual photos for Christmas cards, I want to help you (and your husband) out! Even though I don’t understand the pain that my husband experiences when taking pictures, I want to do everything I can to make him feel more comfortable for family pictures when I insist on having them done annually. This year, and every year for the rest of your lives together, I hope that pictures are less stressful and more enjoyable for the entire family!

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Why You Need to Be a Team with Your Finances, ALWAYS!

A few years ago, I had someone ask me a question about how they should handle money in their marriage an the question startled me a bit. The jist of the question was whether or not their spouse should get a certain amount of “allowance” each month when they weren’t working at all, and the spouse asking the question was the bread winner. The longer we talked, the more this conversation worried me because this couple wasn’t tackling their finances as a team and it was causing a rift.

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Why I Love Promptly Journals

A year ago, I got my first Promptly Journal, the Love Story one, to start recording memories from earlier years of marriage and our dating days. A few months later, I purchased a childhood journal for each of our kids. I’ve spent time every Sunday afternoon this year, filling out those journals and getting caught up to the point that we are at now. Every week as I write, I find myself loving Promptly Journals even more! If my house were to catch on fire, those books would be one of the first things I’d grab (after my children of course) because I treasure them, and the things that I’ve written in them, so much.

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The importance of Relationship Education Before and During Marriage

I feel strongly about relationship education both before marriage and throughout. I wish that I’d known more about marriage education when we were engaged so that we would have been motivated to take some classes before tying the knot. Now that I do know about it, I seek opportunities to participate as often as possible.

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Staying Committed Through Hard Times in Your Marriage

When I look back on our eight years of marriage, I see lots of good times, adventures and memories. But I also see trials and struggles and rough patches. No marriage is without its struggles, whether you are going through something individually or facing a trial as a couple. When I look at those harder times in our lives, I realize that those are the things things that have brought us closer and defined us as a couple. The reason the difficult phases of our life have brought us closer is because we have been intentional with our relationship during that time and determined not to let them drive us apart.

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6 Tips for Updating the Top Drawer of Your Dresser

Everyone has been on this Marie Kondo frenzy, but I wonder, are they updating the top drawer of their dresser at the same time? Just as you update your wardrobe when styles change and things don’t fit the way you wish they did anymore, you should update your lingerie wardrobe as well! Last year, I realized that I never wore any of the lingerie hanging in my closet because it wasn’t my style anymore and none of it fit well at all. It was just taking up space, so I tossed everything and slowly replaced them with lingerie that I feel comfortable, confident and gorgeous in!

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5 Practical and Meaningful Anniversary Traditions

It's our anniversary month so I thought I'd share some anniversary inspiration with you. We like to make our anniversary a really special occasion. Our usual date night just doesn't cut it when we're excited about heading into another year of loving each other! It’s a big celebration and we usually go all out. If you're looking for something different to do for your next anniversary, pull out one of these ideas. They’re creative and meaningful and will do a lot to set you up for a successful marriage in the years to come.

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3 Tips to Help You Date Your Spouse Daily

If you don't continue your pursuit after marriage, you'll wake up one day and find that you've become roommates, business partners or just a really good parenting team. Your "partnership" and your family was built on that friendship and romance, and you must continue to build that relationship throughout the rest of your lives if you want it to last. There are simple things that you can do every single day to make your marriage a priority and continue to date your spouse.

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What We Pack for a Short Romantic Getaway

I tend to be an over packer, making sure that we have whatever we might need for every situation we might encounter. By sticking to the basics, I’ve been able to pack light and stick to our goal. Obviously, if we were to get away for more than a few days, we’d need to get more suitcases and pack more, but this list works well for us in our current stage of life and for the getaways that we take on a regular basis.

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How to Save Money on a Romantic Getaway

A year and a half ago, we were able to stay in one of the nicest rooms at our favorite B&B for less than $130, saving about 50% off the regular price. I was really proud of those savings and excited about the things I’ve learned over the years that help make our getaways more affordable. I wanted those tips to be shared in a way that they could apply to a romantic getaway anywhere so I decided to write this post. If you've ever thought, 'We can't afford to stay somewhere nice and/or romantic', this post is for you! I'm here to tell you that you can enjoy a nice night away without having to scrimp and save for years.

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8 Creative and Meaningful Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Wedding season is coming up and that means bridal showers and bachelorette parties are coming up too! I don’t have quite as many of those to attend now that most of my friends are married, but I still have one or two that I go to each year. When I was in the thick of attending a lot each year, I was always searching for ways to make my gifts for the occasion more meaningful. I always purchase something from the gift registry, because I know how appreciated it is, but I also like to add my own touch.

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