5 Marriage Books

Hi Guys!

I’m back with another Monday Marriage post. Today i’m sharing with you some of my favorite marriage books.

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The 5 Love Languages – With over 11 million copies sold, Gary Chapman must be onto something right? What i love about this book is, it can be applied to every relationship, not just marriages.

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The Love Dare – A 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love.

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For Better or For Kids – Remember that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.

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Love Unending – A 21-day challenge to discover the best way forward is by looking back at the beginning.

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No More Perfect Marriages – No marriage is perfect. But every marriage can get better.

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What’s your favorite marriage book(s)?

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Marriage Surviving Through Hard Times

Hi Guys!

I’m back with another Monday Marriage post.

Today i’m talking about how to have your marriage not just survive, but thrive during hard times.

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We all face hard times in our lives. Whether it’s for a day, week, month, or even years. There are going to be hard times.

My husband and i went through a really rough patch during the recession of 2008/2009. We lost just about everything. However, our marriage was able to survive. How did we do it?

Faith.

Communication.

Fighting.

We had to keep a strong faith that everything would turn out just fine in the end. Otherwise we would have been just miserable. When you have a positive attitude, even during the hardest of times, it makes those hard times easier to bare.

Keeping open lines of communication is always a must in relationships. Just being able to say to your significant other, hey i’m having a bad day and having them talk you through it is major.

Fighting for your marriage. Fighting for your significant other. It’s so important.

If you do all those 3 things; keeping faith, communicating, and fighting for your marriage during hard/challenging times, you will see at the end of your troubles your marriage has not only found a way to survive but it has thrived. You both are more connected then ever.

And if any new troubles come your way, you now have the knowledge (and first hand experience) of how to survive them.

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Bikini Body Mommy (Intro/Progress)

Hi Guys!

I’ve decided i’m going to try to post fitness/wellness stuff on Fridays.

I started doing Bikini Body Mommy back in October/November 2017 and had great success with it, however the holidays hit and i stopped doing it.

Now i’m back at it.

So what exactly is Bikini Body Mommy?

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It’s free YouTube workout videos, however she also has a website with more stuff to offer like; meal plans, cookbooks, etc.

I’ve just been using the free YouTube videos. I’m doing challenge 1.0

I’m on day 25 of a 90 day challenge.

What i love about these workouts is that most of them are under 20 minutes. Which makes it so easy to fit into my day. I also love that they don’t require any extra equipment, just some weights.

If you haven’t heard of it before, and are looking for something to do from the comfort of your house i would definitely give Bikini Body Mommy a try. But be prepared to be incredibly sore for the first 2 weeks.

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Anniversary Box

Hi Guys!

This month my husband and i will be celebrating 15 years of marriage. So i thought it would be fun to do a marriage post every Monday for the rest of August.

Today i’m going to share with you, this idea that came to me a few years ago, after reading a sexy stocking post from The Dating Divas.

An Anniversary Box.

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Here’s the general idea, you and your spouse fill up the anniversary box with fun stuff for the both of you to enjoy together (movie tickets, lotions, dvd’s, massage oils, etc.) and then on your anniversary you open it up together.

I just used an old Bath & Body Works box i had laying around, but you could really use anything you want.

Since our anniversary is the 21st of August, we would start filling up our anniversary box on August 1st, and by the 21st we should have plenty of goodies inside.

I hope you enjoy this idea, if you try it be sure to let me know!

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Tip Tuesday #6

Hi Guys!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Tip Tuesday, that i thought now would be a good time.

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Today’s tip is for those of you with more than 1 child, and this tip is all about how to get more 1 on 1 time with your children.

As a mom of 5, i’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to get alone 1 on 1 time with each of my kids. But it’s not impossible.

So i thought i’d share my ways on how i do that.

Way #1 :

When i do my weekly grocery shopping trips i usually just bring 1 kid with me, and i rotate it so each kid has a turn. This is great 1 on 1 time where we get to talk (uninterrupted), laugh, spend some time together, and maybe even get a special drink or treat together.

Way #2 :

Dates. Occasionally i will see a kid is really needing some time with me, so i will plan a special date with them, it could be during the day or at night. We might go out to a restaurant to eat, go see a movie, do some fun shopping, go to the park, or whatever interests that child.

Way #3: 

Homeschooling. Homeschooling provides lots of time for me to get 1 on 1 time with each child, although not necessarily in a fun way as way #1 & #2 would be. Reading with my 6 year old, helping my 10 year old with a math problem, or doing a science experiment with my 13 year old are all examples of how i get a few minutes here and there of alone time with them.

So those are my ways/tips on how to get 1 on 1 time with your kids, when you have more than 1 kid. I hope you enjoyed them, and if you have some tips of your own, leave me a comment.

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Passion

The other day i was filling out forms for my blog, and one of the questions on the form was “What is your passion?”.

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With passion being defined as “strong and barely controllable emotion.”, this was a hard question of me.

I had to stop and put the form away. I couldn’t answer that question.

I have no passion.

Nothing.

That got me thinking.

Is that normal to be passionless?

I have things i enjoy, but nothing i am truly passionate about.

This worries me.

This makes me feel like i will live a life that is dull/boring or unfilled. Life is short, it is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. But if i have no passion/nothing that drives me, what kind of life is that?

How does one even go about finding their passion? Do they seek it out, or does it naturally come to them?

When i am feeling this way about something, of course i head to Google for some answers. I typed in “how to find your passion” and was thrown into a virtual world of pretty pictures, flow charts and questionnaires.

My hope was high as i clicked on “ten questions to help you find your passion”, but that hope filled bubble burst when i was stuck on the very first question.

Will i ever be able to find my passion, if i can’t even answer the first question?

I closed my laptop and went off to bed with that gloomy thought lingering in my mind.

So, if you can’t answer a questionnaire to find your passion, do you then experiment with a bunch of different hobbies/jobs/volunteer work until you find it? Or, like i previously said, do you wait for your passion to come to you naturally?

I’m still not sure. I’d have to check Google, but i don’t want to get sucked down that wormhole again.

All of this brings up another thought…

Do purpose and passion go together? Can you live a life without passion, but with purpose? Or vice versa?

Clearly i don’t have any of the answers to these questions, but hopefully today’s blog post has given you some food for thought.

Oh and in case you are also searching for your passion (and are better at answering questionnaires than i am), here’s Oprah’s 10 questions to finding your passion. Good luck!

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Tip Tuesday #5

Hi Guys! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday today!

Tip Tuesday

Today’s Tip Tuesday is a little bit different.

Motivational Wallpaper!

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It makes total sense right?! You look at your phone several times a day, why not be looking at something that is going to encourage you!

Here are a few of my favs!

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So that’s my quick little tip today… Motivational Wallpaper! I hope you have enjoyed this, and all my other tips!

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