Friday, December 19, 2014

The Best & Worst Marriage Advice I've Ever Recieved

When I got engaged it seemed like everyone had advice for me. Some was good and some was... not so good. So today I'm sharing the best & worst pieces of marriage advice I've received.


1. Be grateful you have someone to clean up after.
I'm grateful I have someone to do the dishes for. I'm grateful I get to fold his clean clothes, and take out the trash occassionally. How luck am I to have someone so amazing to clean up after?

2. Be unselfish.
I don't think I realized my selfish tendencies until I got married. I always considered myself a giving, loving, self-less person, but getting married showed me how much work I have to do. Putting Colten above me is a learning process, I'm not perfect, but I'm truly happier when I choose to make him happy.

3. Make date night a priority. 
We used to do date night just whenever we "had time". Then we realized even as a newlywed couple without kids, you don't just have time to go out, you have to MAKE time. Now every Thursday night with few exceptions we go on a date, and those precious moments alone with him, both of us disconnected from electronics are my favorite moments of the entire week.

Now click HERE to read the 3 worst pieces of advice I received. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Year New You+$115 Sephora Gift Card

In conjunction with this giveaway I was going to write about my daily makeup routine. I was going to put links to all the products & I've already taken picture to show you a before and after. (Hint: It's only 3 products) I'll probably share that post with you soon, but guess what? I want to talk about something else today. 

True beauty. 

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see hair that won't grow, extra weight that needs to come off, and breakouts for days? Some days I see myself like that. Which led myself to a Monday melt down. "I just want to feel beautiful," I told my husband through tears. 

Of course, after he calmed me down & we decided what I could do about it, I didn't fall asleep quickly. I tossed & turned thinking about it. Why was I feeling so bad about myself? God wouldn't want me to feel that way about myself. I am his daughter, I bet he thinks I'm beautiful. 

In the song Beauty Is by Jenny Phillips it says...

"When you care more about living the way Christ did, 
That's when you'll know what beauty is."

I realized that that needs to be my main focus. Diving into the scriptures, praying earnestly to my Heavenly Father & setting goals that can help me be like Christ.

I'm still working on myself physically, you'll see that in my weekly fitness updates here. But I'm also refocusing my thoughts & actions.  I want to be more like that Savior. Because those who are truly living like the Savior, well, they shine. 

I can't believe another new year is almost here - hello 2015! To celebrate, I've teamed up with some other fabulous bloggers to give one lucky ready a chance to bring in the new year with a bang with a $115 Sephora gift card. What better way to start a new year than with a whole loot of new makeup? Enter below and make sure you go check out these amazing ladies!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How to Get Pumped For the Gym

This post was written by Ashley, blogger at from A to Z.

If you're like me, you dread going to the gym. I'd much rather stay at home, drink hot chocolate, watch Bones, and do some design. I love spending my time after work just relaxing before having to go to sleep to get up for the next day. Knowing I have to take time out of my day to go run is just awful. It feels like a chore most days. I know, I know, that's bad.

But I'm here to help you get pumped for the gym, just the way I get myself pumped for the gym. And if you have any ways not mentioned that you get pumped for the gym, please feel free to share :)

Appearance. I know a lot of people feel annoyed with those who get ready for the gym, but hey if that works for you and gets you there, more power to you. For me, it's my outfit. I'm obsessed with purchasing workout clothes. I love buying new ones so I can wear them everywhere. I usually shop at Target or Walmart. I've been to Gap before but they can be expensive and usually don't have much to choose from. Nike is the best. I love that store, and it always makes me feel more motivated. Their retail is expensive but so worth the money. Check out their shoes and their clothing. Another idea you could do for clothing is check out your local running store to see if they can help measure your foot and run to find you the best shoe. It will be much better for you in the long run.

Music. I love music. So so so so much. I love buying new music and listening to it on repeat for days. But most of all, I love finding music I can work out to. I love staying pumped during a workout. I got a small iPod Shuffle for $50 from the Apple store for strictly workout music. It clips to my strap or my waistband. It's convenient and small. Just put that thing on shuffle and you're good to go. Choosing good music can really boost your motivation and your desire to continue going. When I've got a good song on that I can run or bike to the beat smoothly, I'll sometimes put it on replay. If you are looking for music to have on your playlist, there are tons of resources you can find that contain music ideas. Pinterest is one of them.

Self-prep. This is where you can do some Yoga, some stretches, some self-motivating. Speak kind words to yourself. BE NICE. It is so hard to get so worked up and judge ourselves according to those we workout by. Tell yourself it doesn't matter where you start, as long as you do. Be kind and encourage others. Have a plan of your workout can also help you stay at the gym. I know that I don't always know what to do on the circuit machines or how many sets of whatever number I should do for each weight lift. But I do it anyway. Have all of your stuff laid out the night before, or even bring your duffle bag with you so you have it in your mind all day. Make that decision so it will be easy to go instead of finding yourself sitting at home instead of going to make your body fit and healthy.

Of course we're all different, and the gym experience is different for us than someone else, but learning what can help get you pumped for the gym will make your experience there even better. I know these three things help me out a lot and I've already seen the difference it has made!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Fitness With A Dog

Starting the first week of 2015 I will be hosting a weekly fitness/healthy living link up. It will be every Friday! I will post more details about it later, but until then you will get a weekly fitness update on Mondays from moi. 

I've been thinking about how I can better incorporate fit living into my daily tasks. We got a puppy about a month ago, and he is the most adorable thing! I've set a goal to take him on 3 hour long walks every single week. Walking may not be running a marathon, but it's something! And walking around campus as a college student seemed to keep me in shape, so why not give it a try? 

Walking is SOOOOO good for you for so many reasons. Benson is still figuring out how to "go on a walk", but he will get there, and I'm excited & happy that we can do it together while I get a bit of exercise in!

I'm also getting Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for Christmas! (I picked it out for myself) I am going to be starting that up in January if anyone is interested in joining my husband & I. I've read so many great review & seen some amazing results and I'm ready to try it for myself. 

So for the next few weeks I'll keep going on #6weekstofab & walking Benson & then you'll start to see 30 Day Shred updates as well. I can't wait for all that we have in store for you!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

30X30 Days 22-30

I can't believe I'm all done with this 30X30 Challenge. Which was your favorite of the last 9 outfits?

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Friday, December 12, 2014

3 Books Every Newlywed Should Read

When I was engaged, I read everything about marriage I could get my hands on. I knew I wanted to be married & I wanted to be as prepared as possible to have the best marriage possible.

So here's 3 books I think every newlywed should read.

I'm not 100% for boxing people into specific "personality types" but there is too much truth behind the 5 love languages for me to deny it. We took the online quiz early on in our marriage & it really helped me understand how to show Colten my appreciation & love for him even better.

Lots of marriage books say to read the book together & to work together on your marriage, and while my husband has always been open to my hair-brained ideas about improving our marriage, not all husbands are. And sometimes I just don't want to bore him. I love that this book is all about improving yourself & improving your relationship all by yourself. 

This book has a Christian perspective on marriage and hits all the hot topics you encounter during your first year of marriage. This book focuses on not just not getting divorced, but also on how to make your marriage your happiest relationship. 

What marriage books have you read & love? 

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Ways Anyone Can Give Back

Most of us have a desire to give back. We want to help others & make difference. If you haven't heard about the Bakken Invitation Honorees you should click HERE to learn more about it. The 10 honorees exemplify what it means to give back with their "extra life." This program celebrates people, who with the help of medical technology, are giving back through volunteering. 

Giving back doesn't have to be difficult. You don't have to start a non-profit, feed the entire world, or save all the puppies, but you can do something. Here are 5 Easy Ways to Start Giving Back...

1. Pay for someone's coffee
Or lunch! When you're pulling through Starbucks for your morning coffee, tell them you want to pay for the person behind you. It's a simple way to start a chain reaction that will leave many people feeling great all day, including yourself!

2. Adopt a pet
So many animals are euthanized every single day. If you have a desire to own a pet, why not look into your local animal shelter? That's where we got our sweet puppy Benson.

3. Write a Thank You Note
Did you have a teacher that really affected you? Or a friend who touched your life? Send them a hand-written thank you note to let them know. 

4. Visit a nursing home
This Christmas season can be especially hard on the elderly men and women whose family often doesn't have time to visit. Call ahead and ask if you can visit, or better yet, ask if you can come caroling!

5. Donate
If you have old clothes that don't fit anymore, give them to Goodwill or a family in need if you know one. Save your shampoos and soaps from hotel stays and donate them to a local homeless shelter. 

Imagine what you could do if you had $100 to give back? Well, Bakken Invitation Program is giving one of you a $100 VISA gift card to do just that! The winner can use the gift card however they would like but should use the money to do something good in their community. 

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Thank you to Medtronic for sponsoring today's post & inspiring me to give back to my community.
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