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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Monday, January 19, 2015

If I were to make a Mix Tape...

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Hello there, A Little Too Jolley readers! I’m Jae, and I blog over at SCATTERBRAIN. I am taking over Brooklyn’s blog today to talk about something we both have in common—our love for everything Disney-related.
I grew up in the 90s, and my recollection of my early childhood includes watching Disney movies on Betamax while Mom did her household chores. Does anyone in this generation still know what a Betamax is? Let’s just say that it is the ‘mother of Blu-Ray discs’.
Anyway, I’ll let you in a little secret. My college girlfriends and I call ourselves the Disney Princesses. We are a group of six, each representing a Disney Princess: Princess Aurora of Sleeping Beauty, Princess Jasmine of Aladdin, Princess Ariel of The Little Mermaid, Princess Snow White of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Princess Cinderella of Cinderella, and myself as Princess Belle of the Beauty and The Beast. It’s crazy, but I don’t think we could ever outgrow that.
Alongside my affinity with Disney classics is my penchant for its original soundtrack. If I were to make a mix-tape out of some of my all-time [and ever-growing] favorite Disney songs that remind me of a particular memory in my life, it will include the following: 
  • Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. This was my song piece when I first performed in front of an audience other than my family. It was a pretty awesome experience!
  • Beauty and The Beast from Beauty and The Beast. Remember that I am Princess Belle, so it’s rather self-explanatory why this has to be in the mix-tape. Ha!
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight? from The Lion King. I used to own a cassette tape of this movie’s OST, and this particular track is my brother’s favorite. When he was younger, he’d often ask me to play it over and over again.
  • Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid, A Whole New World from Aladdin, and Reflections from Mulan. These were three of the songs I used to always sing in preparation for our recital when I joined the Center for Pop Music Philippines a little more than ten years ago.
  • Go The Distance from Hercules. This song reminds me so much of my youngest brother’s performance as Hercules during high school. He won Best Actor for his outstanding act!
  • Let It Go from Frozen. Unlike most people I know, I don’t get tired of listening to this song. In fact, there was a time when I watched/listened several different versions of this song in YouTube, mostly covered by little girls! Can it get more adorable than that?

Now it’s your time to share.  If you were to do same, what songs will make it to your Disney mix-tape?

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cute Workout Clothes + Albion Fit Giveaway

I wrote the other day about how I decided to Quit the Gym. Why the gym didn't work for me, and why I'm finally ready to bring my fitness home for good. So that's why I decided to take these pictures INSIDE my house, to show you where you'll find me working out each day. Don't forget to enter at the bottom of the post to win your own Albion gear!

Pants c/o: Albion Fit
Shirt: Nordstrom

Benny felt like it was important he was in many of the pictures, and really, working out at home means dodging this cute pup during pushups.

Top: c/o Albion Fit
Yoga Pants: c/o Albion Fit

How stinking cute are these yoga pants? They are SO comfy. I love them for yoga, biking, and 30 Day Shredding with Jillian! They also come in pink color! 

Yes that was a different picture than the first one with the yoga mat. His tongue isn't out in this one.

If you have stairs, run up and down them. It's a big workout!

If you're looking for a way to motivate yourself, buy yourself something from Albion and leave it in the cute bag until you reach a goal. I'm completing the 30 Day Shred & once I finish I get these Petal Pants!  You can see them in this blog post. 

A few other items I'm eying:
Alta Tunic in Pink 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Surprise is Coming....

If you haven't heard of Albion Fit, you're in for a treat! Be sure to check back Thursday for a surprise!

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

I Quit The Gym

My husband was a member of Gold's Gym when we got married. We added me onto his account on a month-to-month basis while he finished out his membership. 2 months later his contract was over and we went to cancel mine, apparently it was only month-to-month after 3 months. So we paid the extra $20 for the next month and then got the heck away from there.

We then signed up for Planet Fitness.Because we were so close, we did the Black Membership for Colten, which allows you to bring a guest. So we figured we were scoring by only paying for one membership. Then one of us would get sick, and it'd be 3 weeks before we got back to the gym. And then sometimes 3 weeks would turn into 2 months. Then we recommitted to working out, but we bought a house and moved 15 minutes from a Planet Fitness, which might not sound a lot, but it means 30 minutes travel time just for a workout, which usually wasn't over 30 minutes. We canceled our membership after last month. 

Then I tried a personal trainer at my city rec center that is 2 minutes from my house. It seemed really pointless. I didn't work out any harder with her, she didn't teach me anything I didn't know, and I couldn't fathom paying the amount I did every week for something that wasn't going to get me results. 

Long story short, I've quit the gym. 

I'm determined to get fit & healthy AT HOME. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to complete Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, and then set a new fitness goal. Right now my husband and I are doing the shred together. It kicks your butt! I feel like I get a better workout in those 20 minutes than I ever did at the gym. On the days that I don't do the 30 Day Shred with Colten, I write up a workout from Pinterest. That place is a GOLD MINE for at home workouts. I even created a Pinterest board for At Home Workouts if you're interested. I pick & choose what I want to work on that day, write it in my notepad and get it done!

We also bought a used stationary bike & my inlaws gave us an old treadmill. We've been slowly adding equipment: weights, a jump rope, yoga mat, weighted ball, etc. Although it can seem harder to workout at home, I found it harder to drive all the way to the gym to workout. I'm more likely to do an at home workout. 

It's a lot cheaper. You save on a gym membership, gas & time. And we all know time is precious. I'm excited to keep sharing my journey of getting fit & healthy at home with all of you.

Tell me what workouts you do at home!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year's Resolution Ideas for Your Marriage

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Hey there A Little Too Jolley readers! I’m Amanda, a crazy cat lady and reality TV fanatic. I blog at Notes from a Newlywed, where I write all about my life as a new(ish) wife. I’ve written about wedding planning tips, what I’ve learned about marriage, having in-laws and trying to be a better wife, and even a few recipes and randoms thrown in there. I’m so glad to meet you!

It’s that time when we’re all thinking about our resolutions for the New Year. Have you made your list yet? Typically, most lists include personal goals, which are great, but if you’re married, it’s so important to make sure you work some relationship goals into your list.

 I’m a believer that our marriages should come first over everything else – above our jobs, kids, friends and even ourselves most times. To have a happy, successful marriage, it needs to be a priority, and so outlining ways to actively work on your marriage can be really helpful.

 Here’s a list of some ideas to plug into your list of resolutions this year: 

 -Ask your husband once a month how you can be a better wife to him. Really listen and then take his answer to heart.

 -Pray for your husband and your marriage regularly.

 -Make a plan to always have at least one monthly date night. 

 -Be intentional with time together. Try going unplugged one night a week. 

 -Do something spontaneous for him once a month to show your appreciation. (Ideas: Wake up early and make him breakfast in bed one weekend morning; Wash and gas up his car one day; Give him a nice back rub without him having to ask; Do one of his usual chores.) 

 -Walk around your neighborhood together regularly. 

 -Eat together at the table…without TV or cell phones.

 -Initiate intimacy on your own once a week. 

 -Read a marriage book together and discuss it. 

 -Be aware of, and thank him, for all the big and small things he does for you and your family. 

 -Treat him to his dream date … even if it is something you would hate, like watching football in the woods.

 -Pack his lunch and tuck in some love notes to brighten his day at least once a week. 

 -Let him pick out a new meal once a month that you will learn to cook.

 -Try something new (to both of you) together. -Tell him “I love you” every single day, no matter what.
What other marriage resolutions would you add to the list?