5 Tips for a healthy marriage

1. Always put God first, make time for a quiet time reading the Bible every morning.

This is so important for us to have a quiet time in the morning so we can focus our attention on God first. I find that it helps both of us to view each other through a better lens and helps us to be kind to each other. I highly recommend incorporating a quiet time in your daily routine.

2. Communicate and over communicate.

This one is key in any good relationship, but so important in marriage. We aren’t always the best at this one, but it’s so important to over communicate with each other about everything so you’re on the same page as each other and also so you don’t end up with unmet expectations for the other person. We talk about everything even to the smallest thing of telling each other when we are spending money on something. It helps us stay in tune with each other and on the same page.

3. Have a date night every week

We love our date nights and it’s so important to prioritize your spouse. Even if you have kids, it’s so important to take one day every week aside to have just you and your spouse. Our date nights range from at home movie and game nights to going out to dinner or even going away for the weekend for a small getaway. When we were first married, we didn’t have a lot of money to spend and it was hard on our marriage and we found it difficult at times to plan date nights, but a lot of times it would include a free activity like the pet store or chocolate world for us. Being creative and fun really helps bring your marriage to life.

4. Willing to sacrifice for the other person

This one is a very important one! It’s so essential to place one another’s needs above your own. When we were first married, it took us some time to learn this one. Sacrificing means putting the other persons needs or wants before your own. This takes time and practice to learn how to give up anything from time to things you expect or want.

5. Lots of hugs and kisses

This is so important in every relationship, especially in a marriage. It is said that if you hug someone 20 times a day they feel more loved. We try to hug and kiss each other often throughout the day.

These are the things we’ve found most helpful that have helped us to have a successful and healthy marriage. We are far from perfect and every relationship has it’s difficult seasons, but focusing on serving each other and loving each other through all seasons is so important!

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Melbourne, FL

This post is long over due from me as I get a lot of questions about FL even though I don’t live there, but visit about four times a year since my family lives there. One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to try our different restaurants and Melbourne, FL and the surrounding area has a lot of fantastic restaurants to choose from. I wanted to narrow it down to five of our top favorites when we visit.

1. Frigate’s Restaurant Bar and Grille

Florida has a lot of restaurants and bars that are on the water, but this one tops off all of them. The food and atmosphere are both excellent. The restaurant sits right on the Eau Gallie river and is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, twinkle lights, and a dock that goes out to the water. Almost all of the seating is outdoors and you just get that vacay vibe from it. All of their food is amazing, but I particularly love their market grouper that is fresh and can be made different ways with a sauce on top. You must try their sweet potato fries which come with a maple dipping sauce that is amazing. I also love their many cocktails including their red wine sangria. I’ve never had a bad meal there yet and always enjoy the views. Here are some pictures of the restaurant for reference.

2. Yellow Dog

We recently got to eat here with my parents for New Years Eve and it was SO good! It’s definitely on the pricier side, but the food is delicious! Everything on their menu we ordered was so good. They have lots of great fish, steak, chicken, seafood, and even duck on their menu. I got the maple chicken and it was delicious! They even had gluten free and dairy free bread for me as well. I also put a picture of it below for reference.

3. First Watch or Keke’s

These are our two favorite spots for brunch. Both have amazing and unique menus and offer a lot of gluten and dairy free options for me as well. My hubby loves the french toast at both places and I love getting the breakfast hash at both of those places as well. The coffee is also so great and First Watch even has non dairy creamer too!

4. Grilles

This one will always be a favorite to us as it is the place Corbin and I went to with our family after we got engaged. This is more of a casual waterfront restaurant. On the weekends they have live bands out on the patio and dancing and beautiful views of the water. Any of the seafood and fish items are delicious and they have amazing fries!

5. Sands on the beach

If you’re looking for a beachside restaurant this is a great place! It sits right on the beach and has access to the beach from the restaurant. The food is great! I love their salads for lunch and fish for dinner as well. I also love that you can grab a drink and go spend some time on the beach at the same time.

Bonus: Fat Donkey Ice Cream or Del’s Ice Cream

This one is a bonus for you all! Fat Donkey is our absolute favorite place to grab ice cream in the local area. They have a ton of ice cream options and also a non dairy menu which I love of course! If you’re looking for non dairy try their chocolate almond fudge flavor. We used to love Del’s when I could eat regular ice cream, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you don’t have any allergies in the family.

I get so excited sharing all of these restaurants with you all and it makes me excited to visit these places the next time I go! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been to any of these places or tried them and what your favorite dish is!

Gift Guide for Her

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to start getting gifts for our loved ones. I wanted to provide some really affordable options for you all.

Gifts Under $25

One of my favorite gifts to receive and to give to other women in my family is jewelry. There are so many different options when it comes to jewelry. Here are some of my favorite jewelry pieces under $25

Link Chain Necklace , Half Moon Necklace, Silver Bangle Bracelet, Silver Hoop Earrings , Infinity Bracelet Set , Crystal Gold Bangle Bracelet, Snowflake Earrings, Brushed Initial Necklace, Love Stone Pendant Bracelet, Coin Necklace, Ring Set

Another great gift that’s under $25 are gift cards to their favorite store or restaurant. I love receiving a gift card to Pink Lily, Red Dress, Grace and Lace, or one of my favorite boutiques. I’ve also received Chick Fil A Gift Cards or Gift Cards to the Alamo Movie Theatre and those also make great and simple gifts.

Other items that make great gifts that are under $25:

Cozy Socks, Faux Fur Beanie, Live in Black Leggings,

Gifts for under $50:

My all time favorite bracelets are from Victoria Emerson and they make great gifts under $50. There are so many different options to choose from on their site and they always run a BOGO Free event before Christmas. I also think simple gifts like a cozy robe, blanket, or slippers are perfect. I also always love receiving sets of Gloves and Scarves together or fuzzy socks and blanket sets. I also included some jackets and sweaters that are under $50 that always make a nice gift too.

Jewelry

Favorite Victoria Emerson Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings from Francescas,

Comfy/Cozy

Socks, Robes, PJ Sets, Sweaters, Bath Bombs

Self Care Gifts, Cozy Sweaters under $50, Cozy Pink Lily Gift Guide, Cozy PJ Sets, Cozy Sweaters and Winter Jackets, Grace and Lace Cozy Gifts

Home

Candles, Mugs, Succulents, Bath Stuff

Candles and Mugs,

Gift Guide for Him

Wanted to share a couple of different gift ideas for him. My husband is so unique with his gifts so I usually end up getting him something nerdy for his hobby. However, I’ve received some great gift ideas and found a couple myself that I included here.

Gifts under $25

Men’s Mocasin Slippers

Men’s Socks

Men’s Hoodies

6 Pack of Socks

Gifts under $50

Men’s Boots

Men’s V Neck Sweater

Crew Neck Sweater

Men’s Black Skinny Jeans

Men’s Puffer Jacket

Men’s Wool Sweater

Men’s Flannel Shirts

I hope this helps you all when shopping for your special guy this Christmas season. See my other gift guides under Holiday.

Holiday Outfit Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner and that means the Christmas parties have already started. Christmas is my favorite time of year because it means time with family and friends and lots of fun parties to go to as well. I wanted to share with you all some of my current favorite holiday outfits as well as some of my favorite Amazon Christmas Outfit favorites that you can order and get in time for Christmas and all your festivities. I am also sharing some Ugly Christmas Sweater ideas and New Years Eve outfits as well since that’s also right around the corner. A big theme this year for 2020 is going to be glitz and glam. Everything is either sparkly or velvet for a Gatsby themed New Years Eve party this year.

Christmas is right around the corner and that means the Christmas parties have already started. Christmas is my favorite time of year because it means time with family and friends and lots of fun parties to go to as well. I wanted to share with you all some of my current favorite holiday outfits as well as some of my favorite Amazon Christmas Outfit favorites that you can order and get in time for Christmas and all your festivities. I am also sharing some Ugly Christmas Sweater ideas and New Years Eve outfits as well since that’s also right around the corner. A big theme this year for 2020 is going to be glitz and glam. Everything is either sparkly or velvet for a Gatsby themed New Years Eve party this year.

 

This red dress is perfect for a holiday party. I love it cause it’s simple and comfortable, but looks classy as well. You can add your favorite OTK boots or short booties and a faux fur jacket for a winter look. This dress is under $40 too which is such a steal.

Pink Lily Red Dress Taupe Booties, Faux Fur Coat

 

 

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This sparkly sweater is perfect for a Christmas party or NYE as well. You can dress it up with a black skirt or wear it casual with some black jeans. I love that it’s so versatile.

Altar’d State Silver Sparkly SweaterBlack OTK Boots, AE Black PantsSilver Earrings, Star Bright Necklace

 

This red top from Francesca’s is so simple, but classy. You could also pair this one with a skirt or a pair of jeans for a more casual look for a Christmas party.

Altar’d State Leather SkirtPink Lily Leather Skirt, Express Leather Skirt,

Black OTK Boots,

 

You can always pair any long sweater with a pair of faux leather leggings or regular leggings for a cute holiday look. Altar’d State has so many eyelash sweaters in different colors to pair with a pair of leggings and OTK boots.

Eyelash Sweaters,

 

For a more dressy look I paired this cozy chenille sweater from Altar’d State with skirt also from Altar’d State. It makes a perfect holiday look for a Christmas party.

Wine Chenille SweaterRed Chenille Sweater, Magnolia SkirtSimilar Tan Skirt ,

 

For a more casual holiday look I paired this cozy burgundy striped sweater with faux leather leggings. If you like to be cozy during the holiday’s this will be the perfect outfit for you.

Red Striped SweaterExpress Faux Leather Leggings, Ivory Beanie

 

 

This whole look is from Altar’d State and would be the perfect dress for either a fancy Christmas party or NYE. It’s a gorgeous velvet material and pairs so well with a fur jacket.

Burgundy Velvet Dress,

 

This red sweater is one of my favorites this holiday season. It is under $50 and is such a cute Christmas sweater to pair with leggings, jeans, or skirt.

Pink Lily Distressed Red SweaterFaux Leather Leggings, Plaid Scarf

 

This sweater is one of my favorites from last year. You can find a similar one on Goodnight Macaroon. It is unique with the chunky knit sleeves and I paired it with my favorite scarf.

Red Pom Pom SweaterPlaid Scarf

 

This casual sweater is so cozy and perfect for NYE or a casual holiday look. I paired it with my favorite faux leather leggings.

Eyelash SweaterSnakeskin BootiesGray BeanieWhite Beanie

 

 

This cozy burgundy turtleneck is a great holiday sweater to pair with your favorite leggings, jeans or skirt.

Burgundy Turtleneck Sweater,

 

Amazon Holiday Outfits

 

Amazon Holiday Outfits

I hope this helps you all this holiday season! Have a great week and a great Christmas season! Check out my Holiday tab for gift guides and more holiday content.

 

XOXO,

Autumn