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.

Tip Tuesday

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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Spring Clean Series {Day 5 – Kitchen}

Hi Guys!

I’m back with my 5th and final day in my Spring Clean Series.

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I know i already talked about my pantry on Day 1, however i felt like the kitchen itself needed a blog post because it is a troublesome area in my house.

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This blog post is going to be different because there are no before and after pictures. I am going to share with you, how i keep my kitchen clean and organized though.

Here are a few of my tips to keep your kitchen tidy:

  • Try not to leave too much stuff out on the counters – Not only does it make the kitchen look cluttered, it takes up precious counter space. I only leave out those things that i use pretty much every day (can opener, coffee pot, Knife set, etc.).
  • Do dishes after every meal – This helps to not have so many dishes piled up and overflow.
  • At least once a month go through and organize cupboards – This is a good time to throw out that plastic storage container that you can’t find the lid for.

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That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed my Spring Clean Series.

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