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#LoveBlog2017 Day 3 | Fictional Couples

Fictional couples have a lot they can teach us about love.

Yesterday, I talked about my crushes, including some of my fictional crushes. Well, today, I’m going to talk about which fictional couples I think are great together and good examples of real and fictional love.

Fictional couples have a lot they can teach us about love.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

#LoveBlog2017 Day 2 | Crushes

Who are your actor, superhero, religious, political, historical, etc. crushes?

I have had so many crushes throughout my life. Just about every grade, I had at least one. College was insane with crushes…I mean, it was BYU after all…women go there to get their M.R.S. degree (haha!). Today, for #LoveBlog, we are going to be talking about crushes.

But first of all, obviously my crush every day of the year is my husband, Justin! So, I decided I thought it’d be fun to give you my “crushes” in other topics.

Who are your actor, superhero, religious, political, historical, etc. crushes?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

#LoveBlog2017 Day 1 | Valentine’s Day

You don't have to spend money on your spouse to enjoy Valentine's Day. Here are some easy ways to get the most out of the Day of Love with your significant other without spending money!

I’m super excited to help cohost #LoveBlog with Belle Brita again this year! This is a daily linkup during the month of February, talking about anything and everything having to do with love. Each day has it’s own topic and anyone is welcome to join! Today’s topic is on Valentine’s Day!

I am one of the lucky girl when it comes to Valentine’s Day. My birthday is on February 10, so birthday surprises and V-day surprises come nearly back to back. Justin really spoils me: I get a gift for my birthday (and chocolate), a special dinner and/or date in between, then a gift and chocolate for Valentine’s Day. He calls it Valentine’s Week. And poor Justin…he did such a great job our first year of marriage that he feels he has to live up to that every year!

This year, it’s going to be a little more casual (I hope), since we paid for plane tickets for me and the kids to be in Utah right now. I think the best Valentine’s Day gift I gave Justin were some bacon roses. He absolutely loved them! Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

3 Secrets to Successful Goal Setting as a Couple | Guest Post

3 secrets to successful goal setting as a couple. Goal setting with your significant other can strengthen your marriage.

Amberly has been a friend for years now. She runs a very successful blog that focuses on marriage, which is of the utmost importance to her–it’s what she got her degree in! Her blog has been inspiring to me to improve my own marriage and I love how she is able to come up with so many different topics on marriage for her blog. Today, she has gracefully agreed to take over the blog for me to talk about goal setting as a couple.


It’s a new year and with that comes goal setting and self improvement. Every year, I set goals to help me become the best me and the best wife that I can be. Some of my favorite goals to set however, are the ones that I set with my husband! Setting goals as a couple is just as important as setting goals for yourself and the goals that you set together will help you become a more solid couple. Goals help you work on the areas of your relationship that may not be as strong as some of the others. Whether you set goals together for the new year or as part of your anniversary traditions, these three tips will help set yourselves up for success when you do.

Communicate Openly

When you sit down to set goals together, you both have to be willing to share what is on your mind and be open to the things that your spouse has to say as well. Chances are, you will both have different ideas about what areas of your relationship are lacking and need improvement, but this is not the time to disagree. Discuss and write down all of the potential goals that you can set together and don’t say no to any of them too early on in the game.

Start Small

After you’ve got your list of potential goals put together, break the big goals down into smaller ones so that you’re not taking on too much at once. For example, if you decide together that you want to improve your finances and one of the things that you’ve decided to do is pay off all of your debt, focusing on the big picture can be a little overwhelming, but setting a goal to pay off a small, amount of that debt each month is achievable. If a goal seems too big, find a way to make it happen, one step at a time.

Reevaluate Often

Every month, I look at the goals that I set the month before and use my successes and failures with that goal to help me set the next month’s goal. You can do the same with the goals that you’ve set as a couple. You can sit down and look at your goals yearly, quarterly or monthly. Decide what’s working and what isn’t and use that to adjust the goals you have been working on and set new ones. Don’t give up on your goals if they aren’t working, find a way to make them work!

Have you set goals as a couple this year? What sort of goals did you set?
Amberly
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

How to Celebrate Your Anniversary When You Are Apart

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

I can’t believe it is already our anniversary–today, Justin and I have been married four whole years! And what a lot has happened in those four years: 4 different homes, 1.5 kids, 3 different adult/full-time jobs between the two of us, 1 layoff, 4 cities, 2 states, 1 car dying, 1 car bought, and countless adventures and good memories.

Sadly, this year we will be spending our anniversary apart due to Justin’s training out of state for his new job. This is the first year that’s happened. Thankfully, I’ll see him this weekend. However, we know we aren’t the only couple to spend their anniversary apart. It happens often, for many reasons.

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

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Use Technology

Thank goodness for today’s technology. Justin and I will be texting all day and we will be able to FaceTime each other tonight after Rhys goes to bed. With technology, I don’t feel so distant from Justin. Make sure that you send love notes via text all day. Compliment each other. Be romantic and sappy. It’s your anniversary, after all!

Send Each Other Gifts

This year, Justin and I both bought each other gifts online. I got my gift last weekend, and was able to play it (the GameCube game, Pikmin, that I’ve wanted for years) with Justin. His gift is currently on its way. Don’t let each other know what it is–that way, it’ll be a surprise when it arrives!

Continue Your Traditions

If you have a certain tradition that you do on your anniversary, try to do it, even miles apart. Watch the same movie together and text/FaceTime while watching it. Play an online game together. Read a book then call and discuss it. Both go to a park where you each are, catch a few Pokemon, and chat about it.

Brag Online

Write a gooey, romantic post on social media, bragging about your significant other and tag them in it. That way, they will be sure to see how much they mean to you, as well as all your friends.

Postpone Celebrating

If your significant other is coming home soon, you could just postpone celebrating your anniversary. Justin will be home on Friday, and we will be going out to eat then, and renting a movie to watch while cuddling after Rhys goes to bed.

Send Flowers

You can always send flowers! ProFlowers is one of the best ways to show your love for your significant other when you are apart. It is super easy–look at ProFlowers’s anniversary collection of fresh flower bouquets, choose your significant others’ favorite, chose the vase, and purchase. They send the flowers within 48 hours, in a long-lasting wet styrofoam to keep them alive until they get to you. The package comes with instructions and flower food. I got these roses on Saturday, and they are still beautiful, alive, and kicking!

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You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

Some packages even include an option for some gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries from Sherrie’s Berries. The berries are sent separately, but arrived the same day as the flowers. They were kept cold in a cooler package. Justin and I were able to enjoy the strawberries together before he left on Sunday. They were succulent and juicy and delicious!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

You can still celebrate your anniversary even when you and your significant other are far apart!

*I received the bouquet and strawberries from ProFlowers which inspired this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Here is how we celebrated our previous anniversaries:

Year 1 — Lessons Learned

Year 1 — Camping at Lake Yuba

Year 2 — Night Out

Year 3 — A weekend without Rhys

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.