The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Book Review)

I'm not crying, you're crying! No, seriously, I cried and I cried hard. I mean, The Light Between Oceans should come with a warning label because I cried so hard and it wasn't just the ending that did it to me. I cried throughout the whole book. In fact, this was another book my husband and I decided to read together but at about 25% he just looked at me and said, "No. I'm not reading this. I'm not doing this to myself. You read it but damn, it's depressing." Well, it's not depressing but it is definitely a tragedy (and we got into a big debate … [Read more...]

Conversation Starters for Your Next Date Night

Lately, Brandon and I have been trying to be more deliberate about date nights. We are planning them ahead of time, trying new places, and requiring that date nights are screen-free (so you may have to wait for that Twitter reply ;-) ). It's been really great because we've discovered new coffee shops and restaurants, explored new parts of our city, and had some of the best conversations of our entire marriage.  We've been able to reconnect in a way we didn't know was possible because we weren't even aware that we needed … [Read more...]

A Holiday Tradition For Couples That Give Back

Every year my husband and I choose at least one or two organizations to support for the holidays. It's become one of our favorite holiday traditions. We limit gifts to three (to represent the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that were given by the three wise men) and then each choose an organization that we want to gift as well. This year Brandon chose the ASPCA and I chose CARE. I've worked with CARE quite a bit this year and they just seemed like a natural fit for my holiday giving. Not to mention, CARE makes it easy thanks … [Read more...]

How to Show Love Without Words

Love is one of the founding principles in my life and showing it is one of the things I try to do consciously each day. I was thinking about it the other day and thought it would be a good idea to put a list together to show you how to show love without words. Some of these can apply to different people and can be used to show love to your spouse, your children, your extended family, your friends, your co-workers, etc. How to Show Love Without Words Make a phone call to check-in and say hello Cook a favorite meal or dish Give them … [Read more...]