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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

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

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 Have an Inexpensive Wedding

Having an inexpensive wedding is easier than you think!

My little sister just got married yesterday. Memories of my wedding keep coming back to me lately. Maybe it’s because we had several similarities to our ceremony and reception. My mom had kept an organized binder of budgets, receipts, plans, etc from my wedding and has been pulling it out many times to get ideas on how to make my sister’s wedding inexpensive as well.

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Now, granted, weddings are more expensive they are today than they were in 2012 because of inflation. And, granted, Mormon weddings are less expensive because 1) we get married for free in an LDS Temple, 2) we don’t have cocktail hour or open bars because we don’t drink, and 3) we don’t have to pay a minister (they do it for free in the temples). But, we wanted to try to keep my wedding as frugal as possible for both my wedding and my sister’s wedding.

So, I have a few tips on how to help you have an inexpensive wedding as well! (All pictures are from my wedding as my sister’s wedding was just yesterday and we don’t have the professional pictures yet.)

Having an inexpensive wedding is easier than you think!

Go to Bridal Fairs

When you finally get engaged, jump on this bandwagon! Seriously! Photographers, invitation makers, dress stores, caterers, etc will all be there! You can window shop, grab information from everyone, and most likely, they will have discounts or sales for those who see them at the bridal fair! My sister Madison got quite the discount on her wedding dress because she talked to the boutique at a bridal fair!

Have the reception in a backyard

I knew I wanted an outdoor reception, and we didn’t want pay much for a venue. Luckily, an old family that we had known growing up had retired close to my college (yes, I got married in college–Mormon!). They had a beautiful backyard and were more than willing to let us use it for our reception. Cost: $0. (They also joked that it was a good excuse for them to update the garden and paint the porch.) Madison’s reception was in our backyard, so again, no money was spent on the venue!

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Go to discount bridal stores

My little sisters love watching Say Yes to the Dress. But, I just balk at the idea of spending sooooooooo much money on a wedding dress. Seriously? Do you need a $30k brand name dress that you are only going to wear less than 24 hours? In Utah, there are a ton of bridal stores. We went to all the ones having a sale. My dress was on discount, so we bought it. I also bought some ribbon with one of my wedding colors on it, and wanted some more lift in the skirt, so my mom and aunt sewed it up for me.  Cost: $500. Madison went to a small boutique. They were just beginning, so she got a good discount and exactly what she dreamed about in a dress!

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Do your own invitations

I spent hours trying to find a good company or business that would do my invitations, but it was always hundreds of dollars, and I wasn’t really in love with any of the designs. While at Michael’s, we found some adorable blank orange invitations. So, we formatted what we wanted it to say, then used my Uncle’s work printer to do a high quality job. We also printed an engagement photo at Costco to go along with it. Madison found someone who was trying to begin a wedding invitation business, so it cost close to nothing for her professionally designed invitations.

Use and abuse family talents

If you have family members who have talents that are wedding related, ask them to help you out for the wedding. Still pay them, but trust me, it’ll be much, much, much cheaper than getting professionals. My aunt was a wedding planner turned SAHM, so we “hired” her to decorate the reception for both me and my sister. We “hired” another uncle and aunt who love doing flowers for events and have a beautiful garden to do all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and table centers.  My mother-in-law and her sister grew up in a catering family, so they took care of the family luncheon for me. Our bishop’s wife made Madison’s cake. I designed her bridal shower invitations and all other handouts at the shower.

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Do your own primping and primming

Don’t go to a hair dresser and a nail salon. Find someone in your family who can primp and prim you well enough. Both Madison and I did our own makeup. Madison did my hair and she did her own. I did my own nails.  It was less stress for both of us because it was one less appointment for us to worry about.

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Don’t use a caterer

We just couldn’t believe how expensive catering was! Since my reception was in the evening, and had an outdoor English garden party theme to it, we wanted something light for refreshments. The family had already eaten at the luncheon. So, we bought Costco cheescake, fruit, lemonade, and “china-looking” plasticware. No one could tell the difference! We hired the daughter and friends of our family friends to be the waitresses and keep the tables clean and the food and drink stocked. Cost of food: $200, Cost of girls: $50 each. For Madison’s wedding, we did use a local bakery who gave us a bazillion cookies and eclairs. Many girls and women from our church congregation came and helped to keep the food stocked and clean up…all for free!

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Don’t use a bakery for the cake

There are so many talented bakers that make cakes from their home. Bakeries and companies overprice their cakes. But, if you find an individual (which there are so many of in Utah), it’ll be cheaper. Our cake was everything I wanted–simple, with my colors, and the flavor was very summery (pink lemonade cake with strawberry jelly filling and lemon frosting). Cost: $200. Madison’s cake was done by our Bishop’s wife, for free!

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Of course, Madison’s wedding was still more expensive than mine, but that’s because we got married 4 years apart, and over the years, everything is going to continue to cost more (especially in wedding concentrated Utah!). But, there are always ways to save money on your special day.

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How did you save money on your wedding?

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.

Madison’s Bridal Shower

 

I’ve mentioned before that my sister, Madison, is getting married in mid-June. My baby sister (16 next week), is the maid of honor, and I am the matron of honor. So, we worked together to host her bridal shower. I decided to do all the graphic designs for the party and my sister was in charge of the rest.

I wanted really badly to create the invites, and I am so proud of how they turned out. I’ll be honest, I definitely fished for compliments from everyone. (The address and the phone number aren’t real on this copy.)

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We decided to play a few games. The first one wasn’t really a game, but more of a keepsake for Madison and Dallin. We had little handouts that asked the guests to predict their future.

Bridal shower questionnaire

Also, shameless plug…if you want me to do any invites or prints for you, please send an email to themorrelltale@gmail.com with the subject line: graphic design! 

Another game we played was the Shoe Game. Bride and Groom have one shoe from each other. They sit back to back and are asked a question…”who is…” then they hold up the shoe representing their answer. For example…”who was the first one to mention marriage?” Then, they would hold a shoe with who they think mentioned marriage first. It was very funny to see their answers…and we teased them a bunch.

The last game was “Guess the Romantic Movie”. We chose 10 of very popular romantic movies, whited out the titles, and inserted Madison and Dallin’s faces. Whoever guessed the most correctly won a prize.

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We had the bridal shower at our Aunt and Uncle’s community club house. We served crepes, which was a big hit (especially with Rhys who wanted strawberries, bananas, chocolate, and whipped cream on his–a son after my own heart!). We met Dallin’s family and enjoyed the evening. They got a lot of good gifts, including a hand-made quilt from my mom. She had made one for Justin and I and decided that she wanted to make it a tradition for all of her kids.

I decided to play with the Creative setting on my camera, rather than use one of the preset ones…so I decided not to put any of the pictures in a photo editor to see how they came out. I love most of them! Also, I apologize that some of the pictures are lopsided…I tried to edit the originals on my dashboard and saved them, and in my media library, they are the correct way up, but they aren’t here…I can’t figure it out. Sorry!

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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.

# Love Blog | The Little Things

I have written so many posts about being content and focusing on the little things. More than anyone else, I’ve written those posts for myself. Especially after having been diagnosed with PPD and Depression/Anxiety, But, even though it’s a weakness for me, I do find that when I reflect back and realize the value of and my love of the small things in life, I feel so much better. It is equivalent to keeping a continuous gratitude list.

Especially this past week, when I’ve focused on the small things life has gotten a little better and happier through the rivers of tears and clouds of melancholy.

Put some more love in your life by finding contentment and loving the little things that happen around you and to you. Your view on life will become so much brighter and full.

* Rhys always makes me smile. He is so funny, and he knows it. He will do something silly, look at me and laugh, and wait for me to respond with laughs.

* Rhys has been super cuddly recently, and it’s been really nice, because they have been so therapeutic.

* We are trying to teach Rhys not to (playfully) hit the dogs, so we’ve been sending him to “timeout” (a specific chair in the house). When we tell him to go to time out, he’ll immediately go and sit down in that chair. Sometimes he’ll fuss and yell, but he won’t move off the chair. What a good, smart boy.

* The weather has been so nice, recently.

* Rhys and I went running earlier in the week, when it was super windy, but Rhys was just happy to be outside.

* Rhys has been loving playing in the backyard, and I love watching him.

* Justin left little notes that said, “I love you” for me last week when I was feeling down.

* Justin and I have been playing a lot of Mario 3-D World on the Wii-U together.

* When my new ward’s Relief Society presidency came to visit me, they talked about starting up a Mother’s Group…that was an answer to a prayer–I’m in desperate need of a mother’s group.

* Seeing the blue sky with no clouds!

* Finishing Hope Unfolding by Beck Thompson. It was exactly what I needed to hear, and I sent it to a friend who I know needs it as well.

* Getting really into the first 30 pages of a Tudor historical fiction novel.

Here are the other posts I’ve written about contentment and the little things:
Loving the little things that Rhys did his first year 
Using the little thing to help overcome a monotonous life
Taking time away from the world to be content
Contentment 2015
Contentment 2013
Focusing on the small and making the most in life
2016 Mission Statement

What little things do you love?

Let me introduce you to my cohost for #Love Blog Challenge!

 

Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.

 

And of course, Me: Mormon stay at home mom married to her best friend, Justin, for 3.5 years. Mother to 19 month old Rhys. “Retired” history and English teacher, runner, lover of video games, fantasy, books, and cooking. Consumer of Italian food, chocolate, steak, and strawberries.

 

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.

Intentional Marriage Goals | #LoveBlog Challenge

It’s National Marriage Week–perfect timing since it’s right before Valentine’s Day. It’s such a great time to focus on trying to be more intentional in your marriage.

My motto for this year was to be intentional. I also had some intentional marriage goals this month. But, Justin and I have had some serious talks about being more intentional in our marriage in all aspects of our lives. We really want to bring out the best in each other and really tackle any obstacle and trial thrown at us strong and together.

Intentional marriage goals for 2016 to make our marriage stronger and happier

Focusing more on the Gospel in our Marriage

Christ is at the center of our marriage. We want to do better at recognizing and highlighting that. We are going to make a huge effort to read scriptures together every day, as well as do our own personal scripture study. We are also going to make a huge effort to go to Church every Sunday for all three hours and not use “not feeling well” as an excuse. We believe that as we come closer to Christ, we will come closer to each other.

Communicate Far More Often in our Marriage

This is our biggest weakness. We both want the best for each other, but we don’t want to nitpick. Because of that, we sometimes never bring things that we need to up. Feelings fester and we sometimes we get cold and distant. We want to be open books to each other from now on.

Spend Time Together Without Electronics

My weakness is social media. Justin’s is video games. A typical night is putting Rhys to bed, then watching Hulu/Netflix while I blog and Justin looks at sports stats or plays videogames. We want to spend intentional time with each other–go on walks, just talk, play board games or videogames together, or watch a show with no distractions.

Focus on Health in our Marriage

Neither of us are happy where we are in health. If we feel better about ourselves, we can help each other improve as well. We are going to eat out less often, make better food choices, and be more active with each other and push each other.

Push Each Other in our Marriage

Marriage is supposed to be two people bring out the best in each other. We are too content with the way things are. Because of that, not only are we not improving ourselves, but we aren’t helping to improve each other. We are going to be verbally and actively involved and encouraging to each other.

What intentional goals do you and your significant other have? How are you celebrating National Marriage Week?
 

Meet today’s co-hosts for the #LoveBlog Challenge.

Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.

Meet Brianna Campbell: Married to a dashing filmmaker named Clark, mama to our fur-child, Theodore. Blogger, singer/songwriter, and legal assistant. I love Jesus and cold beer. I write about health and wholeness, relationships, and finances. You can usually find me with coffee in hand watching Doctor Who or Friends.

 

And of course, Me: Mormon stay at home mom married to her best friend, Justin, for 3.5 years. Mother to 19 month old Rhys. “Retired” history and English teacher, runner, lover of video games, fantasy, books, and cooking. Consumer of Italian food, chocolate, steak, and strawberries.

 

 

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.