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A Wife's Guide To Happiness

I am usually not one for non-fiction books. I always vow to begin them and then, when I get a few pages in - I just stop. A Wife's Guide To Happiness: Receiving, Honoring, and Celebrating God's Role for You in Your Marriage is the exception to that rule. Marriage books typically don't give me that "awe" that a book has the tendency to - I don't necessarily like reading the same things over and over and over again. I like challenges, I like new approaches and I don't necessarily linger with books that use religion or God as the basis ( but that is a tale for another day). 

Jen Weaver changed that. 

I cannot tell you how frequently our marriage has become an afterthought or has lived on the backburner. Nick will be the first to tell you that the ups and downs were/are the hardest - well, any married couple will tell you that. It's obvious - things won't always be great and things won't always be bad. When you want it to work, it will - but it doesn't go without effort. 

Without going into personal detail, parenting is definitely a huge reason why marriages are second thoughts. We spend so much time focusing on the needs of these perfect, precious little heartbeats that our spouse no longer receives the amount of attention, affection, and effort as they once did. It's a learning process and we are definitely MUCH better than we have been - but a reminder once in a while really does do the trick.  

Jen Weaver acknowledges this and so much more in her book and provides real, funny, easy to read advice, insight and gets down to the nitty-gritty of what you need to do, how and why you need to for the sake of your marriage.  

First I started with the WifeStyle Quiz - I received the Winter Warrior .. let me know who you are!

Then, I got to reading. I had to set timers for myself. I wanted to keep reading but with a toddler and TADA, I was pregnant with Lucas when I received this book - so I was NOT trying to ruin it with the works of my stomach. 

Each chapter highlights blessings that we receive from God in hopes to provide wives with the tools to match their WifeStyle and how to be the best wife and self we can be. Something I, til this day, often find myself trying not to struggle with. 

To boot, Jen Weaver also provides readers with over 95 pages of free BONUS  book content that serves as guides to apply to your daily life and your marriage. This is broken down by chapter and each has worksheets, versions for your spouse and tools for a true, deeper understanding of yourself, your spouse, your marriage and God's role in your marriage and Wifestyle ;) 

Cleaning hacks for the Everyday Mom!

Cleaning Tips for the Busy Mama

Staying on top of housework can be challenging without throwing kids into the mix. You have to separate your time depending on the age of your child(ren) (i.e. diaper changes, doctor appts, school drop offs, homework, etc.). When you add keeping the house tidy to that list, it can feel overwhelming. I’ve been there and totally get which is why I wanted to share some of my tips for keeping that house together!

Make Lists
This may not seem important but, if you list all the small/big jobs you want to accomplish before the day, week, or month, it will help to keep you accountable/organized. There are cleaning schedules available online that may be helpful when making your list!

Time Management
Of course, when kids are at school it may be easier to clean, but when they are in those diaper to toddler years, you may be running around like a chicken with your head cut off. So, take advantage of the time when the little ones may be napping, in bed, or when dad is playing with them. Don’t do this every time because moms need their quiet time too!

Make it a Game
Kids love to be rewarded and feel like they are contributing. Cleaning up toys and messes doesn’t have to be all bad when you’re making it a race. Also, if you give them small/age appropriate chores they can accomplish, that will help take the load off of your shoulders and teach them responsibility at the same time!

Easier Said Than Done
Try and clean as you go. While cooking dinner, things can get out of hand quick. Try to start with a clean slate and put dirty dishes away as you go and wipe the counters before bed. It’s so refreshing to wake up to a clean kitchen. This tip can go with any room and can easily be made into a good habit!

Laundry Hacks
Depending on how many people are in your family, the amount of clothes may resemble a mountain. The way I make laundry less of a nightmare is by getting rid of things no one wears. It opens up more room in the closet and dressers making it easier to put laundry away when it’s finished. No matter how tired I am, I always start a load before bed because it’s the one thing that takes two seconds to start and walk away from. Laundry can also be pretty easy even with a baby or toddler. Strap that baby on your front or back and go to town. One more thing I like to do is sort laundry by importance. The things that can wait, leave them be, just throw in what needs to be done right then.

Cleaning isn’t always fun but, it’s something that has to be done to keep us mama’s sane. Hopefully these tips help you as much as they helped me and allows you to enjoy time with your family.

The Story of Us : A Date Night In

Disclosure : Night In Boxes kindly sent me this box for review purposes. 
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I have been DYING to open this since I received it. Since having our littles, born in 2015 and 2017 respectively, date nights have become a BIG DEAL. We have awesome family members right here in Maryland who we trust with our boys and love them ( Shout out to The Littlejohns).

We have been together since 2011, we met through mutual friends on Facebook and it kind of just came to fruition after a good year or so of being friends. We finally married in October of 2013 and we moved to Maryland. Date nights included drinks, late nights, movies, dinners and all that jazz. 

Now, almost 5 years later – it most likely includes a shirt with spit up, a toddler who has cars ALL OVER THE PLACE and two barking dogs while we try to watch “our shows.” And by that... I mean they rarely exist. That’s parenthood at its finest!

So Date Night in A Box came at the perfect time, much needed and beyond appreciated.

So what is it?

Date Night In is a monthly subscription box that delivers a unique date from 1st step to the last step – meaning you plan nothing but who is watching your littles and when. Amazing right?

You can choose how long you want to subscribe for! You can do three months, six months and 12 months! If you just want to try it out first, you can do month – to – month boxes! The more you subscribe for, the less you pay and trust me when I tell you -  this is where it’s at! Why? Well, you don’t have to plan, don’t have to purchase anything, you have a menu, activities, and fun all in an awesome box meant to provide you with giggles, time well spent + memories! All from anywhere between $30-$35 per date! I mean, really? It's a GOLDEN TICKET. 

The Story of Us.
What you don't see: our dinner - why? Because delicious.
We were instructed to follow through with a scavenger hunt and photograph it! We had some serious giggles through this because well, as you can see - our littles were in the house with us. Do you know how hard it is to go on a scavenger hunt when your youngest wants to eat + your oldest is having a train meltdown?

We were given a playlist for music; which was SPOT ON!
A meal to cook together; which went surprisingly well with both of us in the kitchen!
The Story of Us Scavenger Hunt; SO much fun! 
Oreo Pops; so fun, so yummy - HITS THE SPOT! [ see below ] 
And, lastly, we got to recreate our story. 
Creating the number of years we've been together using objects in our house
Yes, that is Lucas sleeping next to us - :) We did this during bedtime!
 Our dessert was to melt our candy melts + make oreo pops! Uh. YUM.  
Even though I CLEARLY not photo ready - peep how much fun it was! Lol. 




We were instructed to dance to our song "Everything I do, I do it for You" by Bryan Adams
- which I have to admit, brings tears to your eyes if you end up including your children. JUST SAYING. 

We haven't printed our pictures yet BUT I am DYING to get that done! 
Stay tuned for it because they are BOUND to be hilarious. 
ps | I totally lost at Rock Paper Scissors 

One of my favorite pictures. ♡

Besides dancing to our song - we had to pinky promise & seal on our future plans.
It was so awesome seeing how we were able to put it on paper. 

Long blog post, short. We absolutely loved it - from the lights dimmed while eating dinner while music played in the background, to the fun scavenger hunt, to delicious oreo pops in our kitchen. We had the best night we've had in a while - all while remembering what brought us here today. 
We are SO excited for our next one - and the best part? We can do Date Nights In, Family Nights In, Faith Nights In, Kids Nights In - we are literally SET.