how to make your marriage ten times stronger by doing one simple thing

John and I have been together almost 4 years now, and two of those years we’ve spent married. We’ve had mostly ups out of our ups and downs, had to figure out how eachother processes and understands things, and we’ve allowed ourselves to become more and more vulnerable as our relationship has progressed.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are countless things that you can do for your marriage to make it stronger! These include taking marriage enrichment classes, joining a married’s small group through church, reading marriage-related books together, knowing each other’s love languages……..but there’s one major thing you need to do well in order to see those other things happen. Scroll down to read how to start to perfect this crucial aspect of your marriage. ❤

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5 things you need to tell yourself every morning

I was thinking the other afternoon about the journey I’ve been on the last several years, and more so where that journey has brought me – from a fiance to a wife to a mother all within two and a half years. Recently, since becoming a mom, I’ve had my work cut out for me – not only do I have to stay on top of being a wife to my husband, I also have to be 110% on top of my mom game since I currently stay at home with my baby. Oh, and let’s not forget about trying to maintain a social life…It’s a lot of work! For others who are in the same boat as me or who are learning to adjust to the transition of wife > mom…here are 5 things to say to yourself every morning that will help encourage, uplift, and refresh your spirit ❤ Continue reading

How to go on a really fun date night (and bring your baby)

John and I used to go out ALL the time before we had our baby – as I’m sure many pre-parents did! We did the movies almost every week, dinner dates, went out to watch bands play late at night at bars, went to the beach for hours, we’d go on long drives…and don’t get me wrong, we definitely have gone out several times since having izzy (think once a week or so, and she’s 10 weeks old now) – but it’s just not the same to try and have a romantic date night together, let alone have it be spontaneous. Lots of “date nights with baby” point to more of a stay at home/stay in type of deal, but there’s just some nights where all we want to do is dress up go out and not be stuck at home. Netflix and chill just doooooesn’t cut it for date night, ya know?

John and I don’t want to get a babysitter yet for Izzy and my mom lives about an hour away, so the only idea we had for making a fun date night happen was to bring our baby with us! Which ended up working out pretty well 🙂 Keep reading  for our tips and tricks on how to do a really fun date night – with your new baby in tow!

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40 Week Bump Update

Today is my 280th day and 40th week being pregnant – and at this point, I’m tired of waiting for her to show up! Like, girl what’s taking so long?! To which John said, “she’s just likes to sleep in, like me” (John could sleep in for days if he wanted to) which could be true, however, I’m really crossing my fingers for her to show up on 4th of July. Because, nothing beats birthday fireworks every year. 🙂 I’ve tried everything to get her to come on time – spicy foods (sriracha on everything), pillow talk, greasy pizza, long walks, 2 membrane sweeps now (um, OUCH), dancing around the house…but she’s apparently perfectly content being in my belly for longer than 40 weeks! So since today is her due date and she hasn’t come yet John and I decided to take advantage of the last bit of alone time and went to the beach, got ice cream, and now we’re grilling up some fried egg avocado burgers for dinner for some pre-4th festivities.

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