Marriage

I Asked 32 Bloggers: “Why Get Married? Why STAY Married?” – Here’s What They Said

This has been one of the coolest little projects I’ve ever taken on. For awhile now, I’d considered writing a blog post about Why Get Married? Why Stay Married? (if you don’t understand why these questions are different – you’re probably either not married, or haven’t been for long.) similar in vein to my Why Have Kids? post. But knowing that I have the propensity to dive into topics a bit too deeply than most people care about, lol, I had another idea: What if I compiled a list of why other couples chose to get married and why they continue to stay married?

And that’s what I did! 

I first reached out to some of the marriage bloggers I knew and liked. Surprisingly, several of them responded. So I started reaching out farther to more bloggers in different niches. I asked around in some of my blogging facebook groups – would anyone like to contribute? Bloggers I followed on Instagram but had never spoken to – I left them a message on their website.  Read more…

Wondering Which Date Night Subscription Box is Right For You?

Once upon a time, when I first started reviewing date night subscription boxes there was like 3 options out there. Slowly, over the past couple of years new subscription box services have popped up everywhere! If you’re currently trying to decide which date night subscription box is right for you, let me help you know where to start!

My husband and I have luckily had the chance to try out MANY of these night box services out there over the years, and here are my suggestions based on your unique relationship level & ages. Be sure to click over to my Date Night Box Listing page for more details and reviews on each! Read more…

A New Kind of Date Night At Home – Crated With Love’s New “Story Mode” Subscription Box

Fun fact: I consider myself THE primo connoisseur of date night at home subscription boxes. 🙂 I was  the first person posting about them online in 2015 and I’ve come to get to know most/many of the larger companies that provide these boxes. It’s a silly thing to toot my own horn about, but still, it’s one thing I like being known for. 

Before I get into this box review below, let me tell you a bit about the company Crated With Love. A loooong time ago, they were called Date In a Crate and they were one of the very, very first date night subscription boxes to come out on the scene. I never had a chance to review any of their very early boxes, but some of the early reviews out there was um, not the best (I’m so sorry CWL; I don’t mean to embarrass you! Follow me on this one, I’ve got lots good stuff to say! 🙂 ).  Read more…

Best Marriage Bloggers – My Favorite Bloggers Who Blog About Marriage

Since I started blogging in the marriage niche, I’ve been fortunate to stumble upon a lot of other marriage blogs. Some marriage blogs I enjoy and consider to be some of the best marriage blogs, others blogs are not really my thing or what I’m looking for. Unfortunately, many marriage blogs I’ve found are:
• Written solely with a Christian audience in mind and only relatable to a Christian audience.
• Blogs that ONLY talk about the happy moments of marriage and feel unrealistic.
• Simple, pat, and cliched answers that don’t address the depths of where marriage struggles often end up.
• Focused on more general topics such as dating, relationships, sex, or weddings, rather than marriage itself. 

There is nothing wrong with any of these things above! And in fact are great fits for many couples depending on what they’re seeking. However, I’ve instead been on the lookout for these kinds of marriage blogs:  Read more…

May 2018 Date Night In Box Review – Adventure Together

If you read my Date Night In review post from last month, one of the things I regretted is not looking at the suggested recipes beforehand or incorporating a meal for KP and I into the date. 

So this month, I made sure to.

We didn’t have all the ingredients for any of the suggested recipes on hand, but I decided to stick to the theme anyway and go for foil dinners. Because foil dinners remind me of camping as a kid. And they’re delicious.  Read more…

What Is Tully About? More Than You Might Realize. The Deeper Layers No One Else Is Talking About

So you now the movie Tully that’s out right now? If you’re a mom, and/or part of mom groups, you’ve probably seen the movie discussed. The trailers show a slightly humorous depiction of the hard times of early motherhood. Then a night nanny is hired. Overall it looks like a kind of sweet, emotional, realistic tribute to motherhood. Right? 

But maybe a blogger you follow criticized the twist of the movie, stating that Read more…

April 2018 Date Night In Box Review – Easy Like Sunday Morning

Before I get to this Date Night In box review, I have a confession: every time I hear the song Easy Like Sunday Morning by The Commodores, I think of the movie Baby Driver. If you haven’t seen Baby Driver, I highly recommend. It’s not just a bank heist/car chase movie, it’s got a magical score and every cut is spot on. For real. Here, watch this 6-min opening clip on youtube. You’ll be hooked. Even if you don’t typically like action films (which I usually don’t either). You might even end up buying the soundtrack too. 

Sorry, going off on a tangent here. Back to my Easy Like Sunday Morning Date Night In Box Review! Read more…

February 2018 Date Night In Box Review – The Story of Us

It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a date night subscription box, and about a year since the last time I reviewed a Date Night In box. So here’s a fresh and updated review for you of their The Story of Us box.

Fun fact: This Date Night In box was the very first package delivered to our new house! It arrived ON moving day, lol, and seeing a piece of mail with my name and the new address made this big move feel all the more legit. 🙂 Read more…

Marriage Intimacy: Boundaries, Comfort Zones, and Date Nights in Bed

KP and I have done quite a few of these boxes over the past couple years and so I’m pretty familiar with how these role cards work by now. Buuuutt…

Can I be honest? I hate to say it, but when I got this Red Party box in the mail and opened it up and read my role card?? I wasn’t sure what I thought about this particular fantasy scenario. 

It wasn’t anything bad. It wasn’t past any of my boundaries (more on this later). It just, well, it wasn’t my style. I didn’t think I could pull it off. It was out of my comfort zone.  Read more…

Bringing Sexy Back To Your Marriage With The Fantasy Box

I’ve been reviewing date night subscription boxes for awhile now, but if you check out my main listing page… and if you keep scrolling down to the bottom… you might notice this box company called The Fantasy Box. I kind of hide The Fantasy Box away down there so as to not be all – here’s sex! Sex! Sex! Sex! Ha ha. But don’t let its placement fool you – The Fantasy Box provides an excellent service that I highly recommend. I’ve just been a bit shy about putting that right all up in your face. 

WEEEEEELL before now that is.  Read more…

WeConcile Online Marriage Counseling Program Review: At Home Marriage Counseling

I have been talking to the creators of WeConcile for awhile now. I am very excited that their site is now up and running and that they gave KP and I a preview in order to take a look at their WeConcile Online Marriage Counseling Program!

You know that I’m a big fan of honesty. Especially when it comes to the struggles about marriage. I’m also a big fan of marriage commitment and finding a way to work through the tough times. One of the main goals of this blog is to try to get marriage resources to those who might need it — something I wish I had had when KP and I were struggling. Read more…

At Home Date Night Subscription Box GIVEAWAY! A 6-Month Subscription ($197 Value)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year! 
Happy Holidays!

Either way – I’m doing a giveaway!

Wait, no, I’m doing TWO giveaways!!

I have referral credit to use up, and who better to use that credit on than one two of YOU, my readers? These boxes make an excellent Christmas/Holiday present for your relationship in the coming year. While this giveaway is for the date night subscription box company Datebox, there are quite a few other awesome at home night night box companies and I encourage you to check them out to find one that’s a perfect fit for your relationship! Read more…

Marriage IRL: How “In Sickness” Can Make a Marriage Stronger Instead of Weaker

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a couple of years before my husband and I courted and were married.  At the time, it was well-managed and caused me very few problems.  I thought that as long as I took my medicine, it would be fine.  I quickly learned otherwise – I was hospitalized 13 times in our first 9 months of marriage, and in 35+ times in the last six.

Needless to say, our six years of marriage have not been very typical!  However, looking back, we wouldn’t change it for anything.  There have been some hard, hard times, but they’ve made us stronger:  both individually and as a couple. Read more…

A List of Online Marriage Counseling Programs That Might Help Save Your Marriage

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m not shy about talking about the hard times that come with marriage. But I’m also not shy in my belief that coupes can work through those hard times. I believe that most people WANT to have a happy marriage and they WANT to save their marriages even when they get tough…they just don’t know where to turn. So I’ve complied this list of Online Marriage Counseling programs to hopefully help other couples in need. Read more…

Marriage IRL: When Anorexia Struggles Get In the Way of Honest Communication

It’s been awhile since I last featured a post in my Marriage In Real Life guest post series. However, I’m hoping to update this to be a more regular series and over the next couple weeks will be posting more of these posts. I think it’s so important to realize that we ALL deal with different issues in our marriage relationships – and that we can work together to overcome the challenges that our marriages bring us. 

Today I’m partnering with Savannah from Millennial Mrs. and Mom as she shares about how her struggles with an eating disorder have affected her marriage. She also shares how and her husband work through the daily challenges they face in light of this struggle.

Thank you Savannah for sharing your story! Read more…

GIVEAWAY: Win an At-Home Date Night Box from DateBox Club!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a giveaway, so it’s time for another one! 

DateBox Club has offered to give away one of their September date night boxes to one of my readers…and that reader might just be YOU. 🙂 

Though I think I’ve only written up 1 “official” review (hmm…that probably needs to change soon), KP and I have actually done a few of the DateBox Club boxes and really enjoy them. If you’re not familiar with DateBox Club, you can: Read more…

Crated With Love Date Night Box Review: I Love the 80s! (Apr. ’17)

Hey – I might be about to go into labor (fingers crossed for any day now! …though I’m realistically not due for another week or two, but still…I can hope…), but KP and I still find time for at-home date nights. Crated With Love again to the rescue! And let’s be honest, I highly doubt we’ll be getting out anytime soon after the birth for an out-of-the-house date night. So really – Crated With Love to the rescue! 🙂

April’s Crated With Love box theme was “I Love the 80s!” Read more…

Date Night In Subscription Box Review – March 2017 Pamper Your Love

Two years ago, when I first stumbled onto the concept of at-home date night subscription boxes and put together a blog post listing the ones that I’d found – I had NO IDEA how the post would take off, how many new and exciting date night box companies were in development and how many date night boxes KP and I would be lucky enough to get to try out and review! It’s certainly been fun to see what each date night box service offers and feeling as though I’ve become the “expert” on all things date night boxes, lol.

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a new company, Date Night In, and KP and I finally got a chance to try out one of their boxes. Read more…