Romance in Marriage is Different than I Expected

My husband and I had to go on a retreat before we got married. One of the seminars was about romance looking different than we expect. It’s not that I didn’t believe it, I just didn’t understand it.

Now, I do.

Each morning Kris gets my coffee all ready so that all I have to do is push power when I come downstairs. He always makes sure one of my two favorite mugs is clean and ready, too. Even when we’re fighting.

Romance in Marriage is Different than I expected by Jennifer Andersen

Romance in Marriage is Different than I expected by Jennifer Andersen

I try to do the same for him, but I forget a lot. When I told Kris that I feel badly about this, he shifted my perspective. He shared his gratitude for being able to go to bed when he’s ready-which is much earlier than the kids and I- rather than having to wait until one of the kids are ready, too.

Kris rarely brings me flowers, and I don’t cook fancy dinners. I suspect coffee and sleep are examples of the romance our counselors were speaking of. At least in our house.

They were right.

Cool Off With These Denver Family Excursions

Giant Canyon Swing at Glenwood Caverns

This is our first summer in Denver, and we are excited! We got to see the mountains covered with snow (and even play in it!) this winter, and now it is time to see what warmer weather in Colorado brings! I've spent some time looking for excursions for my family this summer, and these four are my favorites! If you are looking for Summer … Continue Reading...

Should I Let My Daughter Play With Barbie?

"Should I Let My Daughter Play with Barbie?" by Jennifer Andersen

To Barbie or not to Barbie, is that the question? Sydney is three, and she wants to be just like me. She asks to use my make-up, and for me to straighten her hair. When we leave the house in the morning, she grabs her purse, puts her plastic cell phone in it, and slings it across her chest; messenger style.  Just like me. When we … Continue Reading...

Who Do You Want to Celebrate this Year?

Who do you want to celebrate this year? Marriott Rewards Program® wants to help! Kris, Owen, and Sydney and I received Marriott Rewards points to check out the benefits they offered. It was our first Easter away from family, so we spent it in the Rocky Mountains. Check out my full review here:    Who will you nominate?! The second round … Continue Reading...

Win an Awesome Tote/Diaper Bag

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When a good social worker friend diagnosed me as a bag hoarder, she was pretty darn close. I love bags. Like, I love them.  I am always searching for that "perfect bag". Right now, that "perfect bag" is a tote. I'm the homeschooling mom of two young kids. We always leave the house with food, jackets, sunscreen, water bottles, small toys, etc. I … Continue Reading...

Enter to Win Reusable Snack Bags from Zookaboo

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Ditch the plastic in style! Handmade reusable snack bags from are cute, functional, and practical! Just look at some of the available prints: These bags are a great size, zip, and are versatile! Use them for snacks, make-up, legos-to-go, or organizing at home.  The zipper keeps everything contained, no matter how much they role … Continue Reading...

Enter to Win Stainless Steel Dish Prize Pack!

Enter to Win a Stainless Steel Dish Prize Pack! #EarthDay #reduce #reuse #recycle

Ready to replace the plastic? Here is a great start! Enter to win the following prize pack from Life Without Plastic! Win Everything Pictured Above, Including: 1 stainless steel dish 1 stainless steel mug 1 stainless steel bowl 3 stainless steel popsicle makers 2 stainless steel foldable forks Enter to win here: a … Continue Reading...

Flaska Glass Water Bottle Giveaway and Coupon!

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Born in Slovenian strawberry fields, Flaska glass water bottles offers water in a more natural state. On its way from the spring to the tap, water passes through pipes make from different materials that have a negative effect on the vibrational structure, making the water lifeless. Flaska water bottles are crafted in a way that programs, or … Continue Reading...

Mightynest Eco Friendly Lunch to Go: Earth Day Giveaway #2!


Giveaway number 2 of our EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA! From Mightynest comes a complete Eco Friendly Lunch To Go set up for you to reduce and reuse while LIVING! With Kids! Whether it is Park Day, a trip to the Museum, or a hike in the woods, here you have everything you need to pack a yummy and SAFE lunch! We try to teach our kids to celebrate Earth … Continue Reading...

‘That Latch Looks Fine’: Breastfeeding Through Lip and Tongue Tie Scepticism.

'That Latch Looks Fine': Breastfeeding Through Lip and Tongue Tie Scepticism. by Andrea Nielsen-Vold

There's one issue that I don't think many can appreciate without having been through it, and that is trying to breastfeed a tongue and lip tied baby. Although there are many levels of what ties look and act like, one thing they all generally have to overcome is scepticism that they A) are actually something that exists, and that B) they actually … Continue Reading...

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