Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How We Wore It // Fashion Collaboration

I'm so excited to be teaming up with some awesome girls for a "How We Wore It" post today. This picture below was our inspiration. We were supposed to create an outfit that was inspired by this picture! 



Let's be real though, I own one pair of jeans.  And I can't even remember the last time I wore them. I'm way more of a skirt girl. So instead of blue jeans I wore my blue Madison skirt from Lularoe by Brielle. 

I love the idea of stripes on stripes, but I didn't have any layering ideas so instead I wore a striped shirt and a striped scarf!

And guess what else? I realized I don't even OWN a pair of heels anymore. I used to own some, but I never wore them, so I guess in one of my recent closet purges I got rid of them all. I did have a pair of heeled booties, so I decided that would have to work!





Now go check out how all these gorgeous ladies styled this outfit!

Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Brielle at Ready or Not
Laura at Sincerely, Laura
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Bri at Breezy Days
Alexa at He and I

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Date Night Essentials: Be An UnderWarrior

It's no secret around here that date night is my favorite night of the week. It's the one night a week that I know no other obligation such as homework, friends, family, work, etc, will get in the way of quality time with my husband. And because my love language is quality time all the way, I need that time with him. 

However, as we all know, life gets in the way sometimes. It can be difficult to fully enjoy date night when there's a million things on your mind. So I'm sharing my date night essentials to a fun, flirty, and leak-free date night. 


1. Airplane Mode 
I love to turn my phone on airplane mode on date night. Sometimes I'll leave it at home, but I do like to have it with me at all times. Turning it on airplane mode makes it easy to focus on my husband because I don't have incoming calls, tweets, texts and emails distracting me from being with him. 

2. Perfume 
My husband LOVES when I wear any type of body spray or perfume. I don't usually wear it every day, but I try to be more intentional about it when it's date night. 

3. U by Kotex with 3D Capture Core 
Yup, I went there. No one likes to be on their period for date night, but alas, mother nature wins out sometimes. U by Kotex pads with 3D Capture Core take the worry away! You don't have to worry about leaking because the technology quickly draws in and locks away liquid. With super soft sides and no scent, these pads will keep you comfortable through long walks on the beach & late night Netflix cuddle sessions. 

4. A cute outfit
I prefer skirts to pants, which is really to my benefit because my husband loves how girly I look in skirts and dresses. I try to choose those over leggings, at least for date night ;) I love to dress up for him!


Date night is always my favorite night of week. So if you try to contact me on Thursdays, you probably won't hear back that night. ;) 

If you're worried about your period getting in the way of a great date night (like Valentines Day, which just past, but still...) you can request a FREE sample of U by Kotex with 3D Capture core by going here.  Or just learn more about their awesome products here. 


Today's post was sponsored by U by Kotex & they will save your undies! And save your date night from utter destructions! (Well, maybe that's dramatic. But that's just how I roll)



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Friday, February 13, 2015

Falling In Love With The Book of Mormon


I've been trying to read The Book of Mormon more often during my free time at work. When things are slow, I try to read a chapter or two. I don't always get incredible life-changing revelations, occasionally I do, but more often it is just a quiet sense of peace that overcomes any anxiety, stress or fear. I find peace when I read and study The Book of Mormon.

I'm in love with the way I feel when I'm reading The Book of Mormon. I'm in love with the way it strengthens my testimony of Christ. I'm in love with how it takes my selfishness and helps me turn outward, and look around to see who I can help. I'm in love with the way it affects my relationships. I'm a better wife when I'm reading The Book of Mormon. And I love the story of Parley P. Pratt and the first time he read The Book of Mormon.



“I opened it with eagerness, and read its title page. I then read the testimony of several witnesses in relation to the manner of its being found and translated. After this I commenced its contents by course. I read all day; eating was a burden, I had no desire for food; sleep was a burden when the night came, for I preferred reading to sleep.

“As I read, the spirit of the Lord was upon me, and I knew and comprehended that the book was true, as plainly and manifestly as a man comprehends and knows that he exists.” (Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt,3d ed., Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1938, pp. 36–37.)

Have you fallen in love with The Book of Mormon? 


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WHAT IS TRUE LOVE?

I love Valentine's Day. I think I always have. When I wasn't married, I was throwing cookie decorating parties with my friends, or taking someone's shift at work so they could surprise their girlfriend with a special date. 

I just love that we have a holiday completely dedicated to love. To loving our spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, moms, classmaters, coworkers, and even occasionally strangers that we choose to serve. 



So what is love? Is it kissing by the Eiffel tower? Staying up til 2 am talking? Is it coming together and buckling down on finances to buy a house? Is it praying together every evening? Is it growing old together? Is it getting dressed up for no other reason than to knock the socks off your spouse? Is it getting up at 2 AM with the baby, even though it's HIS turn? 

Love is SO many things. I love this quote about charity, because charity is the pure love of Christ. And if I can learn to love my spouse the way Christ does, our marriage will be so blessed. 

"Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other. When we don't judge or categorize someone else. When we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another's weakness & being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other." (Marvin J Ashton)

So what is love? You decide. And then, go out... and love.




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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

20 Questions to Help You Learn More About Your Spouse

Hey readers of A Little Too Jolley! I'm Charlene and I blog at From Bisons to Buckeyes. Along with most of blog-land, I picked a word of the year for 2015. That word for me is LEARN. I want to learn all I can about everything from God, to my work, to my relationships this year. One of the biggest aspects of my life where I will be applying my word is in my relationship with my husband. I say there is always more to learn about your significant other. Even though I've been with my man for over 8 years, I feel like I learn something new about him every day.

One way I plan on purposefully learning about my husband is by asking him deep questions. I ask at dinner, laying in bed at night and whenever I feel like it. I thought I'd share 20 questions I've come up with to ask your spouse so you can learn a little more about him or her.

  1. Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
  2. What was your favorite subject in school? Did it change through the years?
  3. What is your favorite memory of each of your siblings?
  4. What is your biggest fear?
  5. What is your favorite restaurant and share some memories associated with it?
  6. What were your favorite family traditions growing up?
  7. Describe your perfect date.
  8. What is your favorite thing we've ever bought together?
  9. What is your favorite movie of all time?
  10. Name 3 of our friends who you hope we are still friends with in 10 years.
  11. If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would you pick?
  12. What is your favorite color?
  13. What is one thing you've never done?
  14. What one quality do you most hope our kids inherent?
  15. What is your favorite TV show from your childhood and why?
  16. What is your favorite TV show from your adult life and why?
  17. What would you buy if you found $50?
  18. Who is your favorite singer and actor and why do they inspire you?
  19. Name a time when you saw God at work in your life.
  20. Who was your best friend growing up and what are your favorite memories of him or her?
Do you have any other ideas for questions? Please share!
Thanks for reading
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my Love Languages series where I share ideas of ways to love your spouse through all the Love Languages.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Every Other Week

We try to set goals as a couple every once in awhile. We aren't perfect at it, but we try. When we first got married, we set a goal to go to the temple at least once a month for date night. And for the first year of our marriage, we did it! 


Photo by Scott Sumner


A few months ago we decided to try and go every other week for date night. It has truly been an amazing blessing in our marriage. My self esteem is highest when I'm regularly attending the temple. Our marriage is happiest when we're regularly attending the temple. I get answers to my gospel questions when I attend the temple. And it's a free date night that brings us closer together, and closer to God. 

Do you set goals as a couple? 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Eternal Titles

In this last General Conference, I loved the talk Parents-The Prime Gospel Teachers of Their Children by Tad R. Callister. This was the topic of Relief Society yesterday. 

In that talk he said this, "In the life to come, I do not know if titles such as bishop or Relief Society president will survive, but I do know that the titles of husband and wife, father and mother, will continue and be revered, worlds without end."

I spent some time yesterday and this morning pondering on that quote. What are MY eternal titles? I'm not yet a mother, but I'm a wife. I'm a daughter, and a sister, and a child of God. Those are my eternal titles. The titles I'll get to keep with me forever. Not hairstylist, or mathematician, or accountant, or education major, college student, or any of those earthly titles we get to have while here. But wife, mother, daughter, sister, child of God, I get to be those things FOREVER. 

How can we best prepare for the next life? By honoring our eternal titles, and working to improve ourselves in those facets. 

I'm grateful for my Eternal Titles. And I'm excited to be those things... forever. 

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