10.19.2017

8 DATING RULES FOR MARRIED COUPLES ❤️

I had a couple tell me recently, “Our best times as a couple was back when we were dating.” I replied, “Why have you stopped?”
Dating is fuel for your marriage, so don’t EVER stop dating your spouse. 
We do understand that dating can be tough sometimes when you have children. We’ve had small children, and we totally understand that sometimes it’s hard to afford both the date AND the babysitter. Here are a couple of date tips for couples …
1. THE DATE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE: Sometimes a date can be as simple as ordering off the dollar menu at a fast food place and taking your food to the park. You can also pack a lunch, go out to a lake or park. You can even go for a walk (that’s free 😀). The key is to spend time alone together.
2. OCCASIONAL FANCY DATES ARE IMPORTANT: It’s good to have an occasional “dress up” fancy date. We often save up for a fancy date that may include nice clothes, supper, and a concert, etc.
3. BABYSITTING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PROBLEM. Childcare doesn’t have to be expensive. Swap babysitting with some friends. Find some friends that have kids about the age of yours, offer to keep their kids on Friday night so they can go on a date, and then have them keep your kids the next night so you can go on a date. Voila, you’ve just scored free childcare.
4. DON’T DOUBLE DATE TOO OFTEN: Double dates are fine, but they don’t count as dates. A date is just you and your spouse. When you double date, chances are there isn’t much communicating going on between just you and your spouse.
5. TINY BABIES CAN GO: If you have a newborn infant, they may have to go with you. It’s okay. 
6. YOUR CHILDREN NEED TO SEE YOU DATE: It’s healthy to leave your children and go out on a date. Don’t lie to yourself and say, “We can’t go on a date. Our poor babies just can’t make it without us.” We promise they’ll be fine … and it will be good for them.
7. MAKE YOUR MARRIAGE THE PRIORITY ON THE DATE, NOT CONSTANTLY CHECKING ON YOUR KIDS: While on the date don’t spend all your time checking on the kids or even talking about the kids. Spend some time talking about the two of you … your marriage and your future.
8. ONE DATE A WEEK IS HEALTHY: A once a week date is a GREAT goal to set. Shoot for that if possible.
You fell in love because you dated, AND you’ll remain in love when you continue to date. Dating is fuel for your marriage.
Don’t make excuses this weekend, make plans … date plans.


10.18.2017

House To Home Tricks


It doesn’t matter if you have been in a house for a day or a year, sometimes it takes time for a new house to feel like home. There are some things you can do to make it feel homely-er quicker, but at the end of the day, the only way it will feel like home is if you learn to love it.


Unpack

Some people have in done in the first week, and some people have a couple of boxes left months after the move. Unpacking your boxes will make the house feel more familiar as it will be full of your stuff. And when organizing your things, don’t rush it. Take your time to decide where you want things to go and let yourself change your mind once or twice. Figuring out how your things fit into the new space, helps you to figure out how you will fit in it too.


Photos

Get the photos out. Even if you’re not going to hang them straight away, place a few of them around the house. This way you will have familiar memories in every room of the house. You can place pictures of family, or places you’ve been - but never of your old house, especially if you really loved it; you’ll just get home sick.


People

Fill your house with loved ones. Invite everyone over for a housewarming party, or a BBQ, or a movie night - or all three at once. Filling the place with people you love will allow you to start making memories in the new house, and your family and friends will always have ideas of how you can arrange things. This will either help you to figure out where you want things to go, or you’ll start standing up for your new home.


Pets

Get a pet. An animal adapts a lot quicker to new surroundings than people do, they’ll feel at home straight away. And you’ll associate your new home with a new family member, and who wouldn’t love that? Do make sure that you stay on top of things like fleas and worming, always take preventive measures with products like Pet-Lock, to save your fluffy friend (and to save your house) from unwanted visitors.


Use

Get using the rooms. Cook a meal you can make with your eyes closed in your new kitchen - you won’t have to think about a recipe, and you can focus on learning your new kitchen and figuring out that you’ve put the juicer in a stupid place. Hang out in your living room, get your bedroom set up sharply, and pick up any furniture you need within the first few weeks and accessorize like crazy. The more time you spend in your house, the more it will feel like home.

From the heart


It has been a long time since I blogged something here and for that I do apologize but I have been crazy busy and having a lot of sponsored content but I never want to just be a place for reviews or sponsored post, of course some people have different goals but I want this to be a family focused blog. 

That being said I am back. I may not post as often as I was doing but I will try to blog once or twice a week from my heart and some marriage related post as that is where my heart is. I want YOU to have happy marriages and if you are not married yet I want to provide some tools to give you that happy marriage. 

I love you all so much. 

10.17.2017

Love your home

It’s so easy to fall out of love with your home. The constant additions you wish you could make. Yet when you do make them, you find other things to change. It all spirals out of control until ultimately you just aren’t happy with the way your home looks. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Making the right changes can be the cure to your love hate relationship with your home. Some are bigger additions than others, but all will attempt to make you fall in love once again.

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Kitchen

A mother’s favourite place will always be either the kitchen, or the bathroom. The kitchen is the home of good cooking, family gatherings, and lovely meals. Yet it always seems to be a little outdated. One way of solving this is by filling it with all the latest gadgets. Not only will this generally aid you in the kitchen, it’ll make it look that little more modern. Take the newest kitchen aid mixer for example. They look so professional, and do such a good job with assisting things such as kneading, whisking, and many more. They come in all different colours to suit your kitchen.
Rather than having a whole renovation of the kitchen to change the design, keep it cheap and simplistic. A simple swap of the table and chairs can really refresh the whole kitchen design. Go for something that’ll suit your colour scheme. White’s and black’s seem to be all the rage at the minute, but some nice oak wood will also look lovely.

Living Room

The hub of the family home. It’s really easy for this area to become outdated. It’s usually last in the pecking order for decorating. One way to spice it up a little is to completely repaint of wallpaper. It’s really cheap to do so, and can be done without having to hire a decorator if you or your partner considers yourself the handyman. It’ll completely transform the vibe of your living room. Just be sure to do some colour tests first to make sure it matches the carpet and sofas.
With the end of the warmer months coming to a close, it might be worth considering something such as HVAC system to regulate the temperature. You’ll be coming to that annoying time of the year where it’s sometimes too hot, and sometimes too cold. Having a system that controls both sides will be perfect. Check out R&T services, or other similar companies to get quotes on installations. Nothing makes you hate your home more than not being able to get comfortable in it.

Bathroom

A place of solitude for most people in the house. Why not make it the most relaxing area of the house. One great addition is a sound box that plays relaxing soft sounds whilst you have a bath. Couple this with a few candles, and you have the ultimate relaxation area. It might also be worth investing in a handy wall towel drying rack. It’ll look smarter than your average radiator, and leave the towels lovely and warm ready for when you get out.

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