The perfect date night – with a twist

Let’s get something out of the way – being married is tough work. There are many joys to being married, but it is definitely hard work to make the most of the difficult times that we are all faced with in marriage and keep in the positive. Of the many marriage tips that are given to newly married couples, as well as to those that are going through trials, is to have a date night and plan some intentional time with your spouse. Date nights are a great way to reconnect and remember the little things about them that made you fall in love with them in the first place. It is a great blessing to be able to spend intentional time with the one person who knows you best and is your best friend – and if you have kids, you know that this time with an adult is even more precious.

Giving thanks in the midst of struggles

gratitudeSome of you who are following my blog may not know the major health struggle(s) I’ve had for the last 3+ years. It all began hours after I delivered our second child, my sweet Sydney. Instead of starting from the beginning, which could take me several posts, I am going to work my way backward while sharing with you the abundant blessings that God has given me and my family during this struggle.

Love/hate relationship with technology

Here I am posting to my new blog which I’m totally psyched about and yet technology has become an evil force in our home. My three kiddos all want to watch or play something separately and my youngest, whom we refer to as “Mase-Monster” is by far the most out of control. When he wants to watch Peppa Pig he means business. He looks so cute and innocent, but man is he stubborn!

Does technology rule your house too? Do you put limits on your children’s technology time and how do you enforce it?
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This picture is my ab inspiration or “ab-spiration”! I love the quote on the wall too..

Whether you think you can or you can’t – you’re right.

I am a firm believer that whatever you set your mind to can be done and that a lot of the obstacles we face in life are mind over matter. My abs are not quite there, but Kelly Ripa didn’t always have these abs either… so I will keep working at it and hopefully someday I will be able to post a picture of my own rockin’ abs like this!

Living by faith

Living by faith
Living by faith

I have always considered myself a Christian, but until my life was turned upside down, I didn’t really know what it meant to know God or what my faith really meant. My anxiety and lack of faith (more commonly known as fear) consumed me. It still is a struggle, but I have learned to let my faith be bigger than my fear. I now live by faith, so that it in turn allows His spirit to move in me.

Designer Bargain Shopping

A secret talent or a secret addiction

Are you a bargain shopper? What I refer to as one of my secret talents is my ability to find a deal! My husband may disagree, but he will tell you that I am good about reselling items and finding a way to offset the cost of a new or more expensive item!

My friends joke that if they give me an item to find, I will find it and I will find the best deal. That same talent that they laugh about has helped many of them find the best deals or places to shop.  I never mislead my hubby by telling him that the item is less than it is, but I will tell him what steal of a deal it is!

If you haven’t yet bargain shopped on the many boutique selling sites like Gilt, Rue La La, or Zulilly, I urge you to check them out right away! I love to resell clothes, purses, jewelry, and kids items on eBay and local BST (Buy Sell Trade) sites. I am conflicted about sharing my secrets here, but I will tell you that I often set reminders for when items are being featured on these sites or when items are ending on eBay. Since I love fashion and I have expensive taste I often watch items by DVF, Rebecca Taylor, Frye, Matilda Jane, Athleta, and Lulu. Don’t miss out on a deal that could give you extra money for two items instead of one! Happy deal shopping to all!

Here are just a few of my favorite bargain sites:
Rue La La
One Kings Lane

What are your favorite bargain sites or stores? Leave a comment below.

Door Decor

I’m one of “those” people who never knows what to do to decorate the outside of my house when the holiday or seasons change. I am very cautious of coordinating the outdoor look with the interior look. For all of you who know me, you know that I have a hard time making decisions when it comes to things like this!

So, that being said, the outdoor decor doesn’t change very often. My door has had the same wreath on it for almost two years… plain green faux boxwood. Until last night, when my Mom surprised me with the most beautiful burlap and ribbon wreath that really is perfect for every holiday and season! I never thought I could love a wreath so much, but I do! Pulling into my driveway now makes me feel this new kind of happy!

Thanks again to my Mom and Dad for the gorgeous door decor!