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!

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

Five Spring Date Night Ideas

Date night is always a special night for us. I always look foreword to date night with my hubby. We both have off on Friday so we either do a date during the day or in the evening. Now that it is finally starting to feel like spring in PA we can start doing some fun date nights. As a young couple, it is hard sometimes to think of date ideas, especially if you live in a smaller town. I figured I would share my top five favorite spring date nights with you all.

1. Going to the Zoo.

We have to travel to get to a good zoo near us, but we make the travel fun. We bring some of our favorite snacks along in the car or we stop for lunch at Chick Fil A along the way. We live a little over an hour from the D.C. Zoo so we like to go on Friday during the day typically. The best part about this zoo is it’s free. You will need to pay for parking, but it’s not much more than $20 at most. There are so many fun animals and things to see at the zoo. We always have the best time there. Afterwards, we go to a frozen yogurt shop which is right across the road from the zoo for a treat. They also have an amazing sorbet for anyone else who is dairy free like me.

 

2. Going Hiking or Going to the Beach

We have lots of great hiking spots around our area including the Appalachian Trail, so we love to go hiking during the cool spring days. If you don’t have hiking and have a beach or lake near you then make a trip to the beach or lake for the day. We have a beach about three hours from us, which is far, but we are planning a trip there this summer already. Going on adventures together can be so much fun. We love packing our favorite snacks for all of these adventures and also stopping for some ice cream afterwards. Our favorite place to hike in our area is up near high rock. You have some amazing and beautiful views up there.

 

3. Going on a long walk or bike ride

We also have some amazing trails for walking and bike riding so we love going during the spring time when it’s still cool outside. Make sure you have a bike rack for your car if you are planning on going biking anywhere. We will either grab lunch on our way or pack a lunch and have a picnic. This is one of my favorite things to do during the spring and fall.

 

4. Visit a city close by

We live in a small town but are really close to lots of bigger cities so we have a lot of different options. Find a big city near you and go visit it for the day or stay one night over the weekend. We both find it so romantic and exciting to go somewhere outside of our comfort zone. We love visiting Georgetown, D.C., Hershey, Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Frederick is one of our favorites. There is so much more to do in bigger cities like walking around the town, going into shops, visiting national monuments, and lots of different restaurants. I love food, so that is the best part of traveling different places to me. Traveling together makes some of the best memories.

 

5. Have a Picnic then Star Gaze

Find a different park in your area and plan for a picnic. Don’t forget to grab your supplies at the store before you head out. We haven’t done this a lot recently, but I am looking foreword to being able to have more picnics this spring together. Grab your favorite foods to grill or even your favorite fast food and bring a blanket to sit on. You can also make it romantic by playing some music and dancing together. We also love bringing a frisbee to throw as well.

 

One of the most important parts of marriage and building a relationship with someone is by spending time with them and having fun with anything you do together. It’s so important to date your spouse and make them feel loved by adventuring together. I can’t wait for many adventures this spring with my hubby. I hope this helped you all to think of some new ideas for date nights this spring and I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

XOXO,

Autumn