With the holidays near, many of us don’t have the time or money to go out to do fancy shopping for our families and friends. This year, consider gifting something you put together that everyone will love and appreciate (especially when you have family members that have everything). Check out these awesome DIY gift ideas everyone will love. Read More
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So you learned you are going to be a mommy for the first time! Congrats! Your days are now spent thinking about baby clothes, will it be a boy or girl? Should I still be having 3 cups of coffee a day? What if she looks nothing like me? Relax, it’s normal to ask a million questions when you haven’t experienced growing a little one inside or better yet raising one. Read More
How do you feel about your 4-year-old playing video games? Not just any video game, a not suitable for kids game! When it comes to things like these, all parents should know when to say NO.
For a few months, my 4-year-old has moved from car toys and coloring to helicopter, ships and guns. Yes! Guns. Read More
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Halloween is next week and I know this can be an exciting time for the kids. It could also be a nightmare for parents that are trying to please their kids without breaking the bank. Although we only have a few days to get those orders in, it’s doable! After doing my own research, I noticed these costumes were most popular among kids and I hope to help you find the perfect one for your little ones. Read More
Lord knows I’m no expert at giving relationship advice. Never the less having the same man for 10 years is enough to say I’ve learned these ten things when it comes to being in a relationship.
Choose your battles: Not everything needs to lead to an argument. There will be times when something small happens. Let it go! No need to fight or argue over something that won’t even matter the next day, next week or next year.
Don’t hold grudges: When your spouse does something to upset you, you have the right to be mad. Just know that holding a grudge doesn’t help any situation and when you think about it, its childish. Also know, one thing doesn’t have to do with another and doing this only makes things worse.
Talk it out: If there is anything that has kept my relationship going strong is this. I think everyone can agree with me when I say no one is a mind reader. If there is something that didn’t sit well with you (no matter how tiny it seems) talk it out. And I don’t mean to sarcastically throw it out there and see if your partner gets the hint. I mean be honest and straight forward. Trust me, if your partner loves you and cares about your feelings, they will hear you out.
Appreciate: We tend to be caught up with life’s busy routine that we forget to thank or simply do something nice for our partner. They do little things for us that maybe they didn’t have to or unexpected, these are the things we should always thank them for. Sometimes we get used to them doing it, we think its their responsibility, when in reality it’s not.
Learn to love past the flaws: This is crucial. I hope anyone reading this has learned that there is no Mr or Ms perfect out there. The longer we are in a relationship the more we learn our partners flaws. Some are not that big of a deal, some are. When we learn to love the individual past his or her flaws we learn to accept them for who they really are. If you chose a person as your partner, it means they have many good qualities and things you liked. Therefore learn to look past that one or two things (in some cases more) and remember the good qualities that attracted them to you in the first place.
Be spontaneous: After so many years together, this can be challenging. Not to mention, when you have small children and a daily routine to go by, but it doesn’t mean its impossible. Something as small as an unexpected kiss, bringing lunch/dinner one day or even a smack on the butt (if you are into those things) can be a way of showing affection.
Stop Assuming: My hubby has a saying “Assumption is the mother of all f*ck ups” and I completely agree. When you start assuming things, you start looking and nit-picking at stuff creating different scenarios in your head about regular things that most likely isn’t true or the reality. Don’t assume, just ask.
It’s the little things that count: When you have someone who reminds you to not forget your keys or makes you a list so you won’t forget anything at the supermarket, they care. Something as small as leaving the umbrella out in front so you wont get wet on a rainy day or kissing you goodbye. These are all signs of someone who cares. They don’t have to do these things but they do it because they love you.
Quality time: It’s important to allocate adult time. This doesn’t have to be a whole weekend or full day, it could easily be a few hours for date night. A movie or show to attend where you and your spouse can enjoy each other’s company away from the kids. Remember that a close family rely on us as parents and our needs are also important.
Your appearance matters-but it’s not everything: At the beginning of any relationship, appearance is usually up there on the chart. (For some more than others) after many years together you learn the love that grew for one another wasn’t all about how you looked. The expensive outfits, car he drove, the matching shoes, the jewelry or make up are things that you can live without and still have a partner you care for and love unconditionally.
I’m sure you may have way more things that help your relationship stay strong. I would love to hear them so feel free to comment below.
& why not check out other awesome relationship/parenting tips at That Mommy Life on my pinterest?
Till next time ladies!
By Maria McBride
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Phew! Good to have the disclaimer out of the way … Read More
Did someone say SUMMER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES? WOOHOO!! Count me in! Summer is halfway through and there is nothing more our kids love than spending the day playing outside. So if a lavish vacation is not on your list this summer break, don’t worry. Here are five must do’s to beat the heat this summer. The best part is you’ll stay cool while making FUN memories with the kids and not break the bank. Read More
would like to take a moment to say Thank You and acknowledge ALL husbands and fathers,
who regardless of what life throws at them, don’t give up and always support their families. Read More
If you were anything like me, the word miscarriage was not in your vocabulary. It’s not often women tell their stories about miscarriages. Today I’m sharing mine.
In December of 2010, my husband and I talked about having kids. We both agreed that it was time to start our family. It was early February of 2011 and I was late on my period. Read More
As parents, we’d like to believe we are doing a good job (or at least trying to) while raising our kids. We are there for our little ones when they need us, correcting them when they do something wrong etc… Among those things we also need to assure we are encouraging them positively as well. Here are my 5 things every child should hear that’s extremely important. Read More