No More Excuses!: 7 Hacks for Easy and Incredible Date Nights

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There's always an excuse for not going on dates regularly, am I right? No money. No time. No one to watch the kids. Nothing to do. Schedules don't line up. No energy or creativity. Etc. Connecting with your spouse through dates is not only good for your relationship, but fun! While my husband and I both love watching movies, which is super easy and affordable thanks to our new obsession with VidAngel, it gets rather boring if that's all we do together on our Friday nights at home. Sometimes we get way too comfortable in our marriages and take for granted that relationship. We may think everything is rosy because we aren't ...

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Why You Should Get Married: 12 Proven Benefits of Marriage

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12 benefits of marriage - great list of reasons why you should get married even in the 21st century! Marriage is not obsolete!

I am a millennial. And I believe in the benefits of marriage. I believe in marriage so much I have been married seven and half years and I'm not even 28 years old yet. With high divorce rates, high cohabitation rates, low marriage rates, and a redefining of marriage legally, it begs the question of why bother trying to do this monogamous traditional marriage thing? I mean, marriage is just a piece of paper, a legal formality, an outdated establishment, right? Or is it? There are a host of reasons why divorce happens and marriages crumble. I have seen several of my own siblings' marriages fall apart for various ...

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The Spender VS The Saver: How to Keep the Peace During the Holidays

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When one is the spender and the other is a saver it makes marriage rough, especially during the holiday Christmas shopping season! Great tips for making it work and keeping the peace.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Freedom for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If there is one area of almost constant contention in my marriage, it is over money. Not a big shocker, is it? Most married couples fight over money. Money Magazine's survey found that 70% of married couples argue about money. In our marriage I am the anti-spender. I pretty much hate spending money in any form or activity, and think everything is too expensive. I love free stuff, cheap stuff, and deals. Coupons are friends, as are cash back rewards. My husband is the spender. He doesn't see the monetary cost, he only ...

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72 Unique At Home Date Night Ideas to Spice Up Your Marriage

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These are truly more unique at home date night ideas for couples! My husband will love these ideas. So many great printable and themed nights. This will spice up our marriage for sure.

As soon as the door to our kids' bedroom closes for the night, my husband and I most often retreat to our own spaces, at least during the week. The evenings are the time that I work on this blog, usually until about midnight every night. My husband is usually exhausted and wants to just be alone for a while after his long days of school and work and enjoys watching some Youtube videos upstairs. We don't spend a lot of time just him and I during the week. I try hard to step away from the computer on the weekends, but weekends are so often filled with family activities, hanging out with friends, or church. While we've ...

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Am I As Committed to My Faith as I am My Marriage?

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Yes! I so needed this reminder about being committed to my husband and committed to my God and my faith. Sometimes it's easier to be a good wife than a great Christian.

"Commitment is an act, not a word." - Jean Paul Sartre "Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and the hard work to get you there." - Haile Gebrselassie Are you are as committed to your husband as you are to God?  My husband is such a stubborn man. And I am such a stubborn woman. And one of the things we are most stubborn about is protecting our marriage. We are stubbornly committed to each other, our vows and our covenants. We are stubborn in that we don't want just an "okay" marriage and will purposefully work harder to reconnect during difficult times or when we aren't as united. We are stubborn in our resolve to ...

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5 Ways to Support Your Husband Going Back to School

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I am glad we made the choice for my husband to go back to school but it can be hard! These are great tips to support him and our family as he gets his degree.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #JustACallAway #CollectiveBias Whenever your spouse wants to go back to school, it's not an isolated decision - it affects your whole family. My husband has not only gone back to school for a Master's Degree, but is currently working on a PhD, and it has definitely affected our lives. I mean, we are living in Texas now, a state neither my husband or I had ever really wanted to live. And of course, the decision to pursue more education has affected our finances, the time we spend together, and our future. As hard as ...

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15 Fun Ways to Give Words of Affirmation to Your Husband

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I love this post! My husband's love language is Words of Affirmation and I never know how best to give him those words! Great suggestions and tips. I'm sure it will improve my marriage.

Thank you so much to Katelyn for the invitation to guest post. I read her blog a lot so it is such an honor to be a part of it today! My guest post today relates to several books by Gary Chapman about his Five Love Languages. I'm sharing a series that I call Love Languages Ideas for the Family on my blog Lalymom, and on the blogs of some friends to help spread the word about the Love Languages and to help put them into action. Today I am talking about Words of Affirmation for Husbands.These posts are NOT meant to be used in place of reading the book. There is a lot of understanding that goes into finding your husband's love ...

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3 Ways to Give Your Husband Exactly What He Wants

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3 Ways You Can Respect Your Husband for Father's Day, which is actually what men want everyday! Great reminder on how to show respect to my spouse and our marriage.

Father's Day is coming soon, and women around the country are searching for that perfect gift for their husband. But, chances are you, as their wife, can give them exactly what he wants for Father's Day without spending a dime. Because, what husbands really want is to be respected. It is said that the one thing men really want is respect, and the one thing women really want is to be loved. When a woman respects her husband, she often receives the love she desires. But, respecting your husband can be hard at times. We live in a society that praises independent, strong women, who's opinions are heard, and at the same times seems ...

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Fatherhood and Education: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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The Decision to Pursue degrees while also pursuing family isn't always easy, but it's doable with God.

Today I am welcoming a very special guest writer to What's up Fagans? - My husband Joshua. He's the guy behind the scenes, the man I love, and the father of my children. And today he's explaining, in his own words, our family's decision for him to pursue fatherhood and education at the same time, despite the finances, hardships, and sometimes guilt.  I love knowledge of all kinds, and in just about any subject. I really believe that "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18).  That's why I love the idea of being a lifelong learner. As such, I desire ...

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Tips for Making Date Night Happen Despite Time or Budget Constraints

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Great tips for making date night happen!, whether date nights out or date nights at home, or even with the whole family. And good suggestions on how to make dating happen even with time or money constraints.

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, my contributor post for Clarks Condensed this month is all about finding ways to carve out some time for date night! Here's a snippet, but be sure to head over to the post on her site for all of my tips for making date night happen, despite time or budget constraints.  Adventure. Romance. Bonding. Dates are so fantastic for relationships! They are often this needed respite from the daily tolls of life, and a time to reconnect with your spouse without distraction. But, it is often life, our situation, and time restraints that prevent date nights from happening, or happening regularly. But I ...

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Top 10 Ways of Protecting Your Marriage

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10 Ways to Protect Your Marriage

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser Protective Life. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAndProtect #CollectiveBias In November my husband and I celebrated six years of marriage!  Considering that 20% of marriages end within 5 years, we're are apparently doing pretty well so far, especially considering that many statistics have been stacked against us, from the age gap (8 years), to how young I was when we married (20), to being low income, to having multiple children including twins, to several big moves, and a major car accident. But despite stresses and difficulties, we have a pretty good ...

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I Don’t Regret Being a Young Mom

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Love this response to common questions and concerns many people have to those who are young moms, or thinking about having their children while in their 20s instead of waiting until later in life. #LoveIsAGift #AD

Before my 25th birthday I was the mother of three kids, including a set of twins. My life is on a very different path from the majority of my friends that I hung out with in high school; at my age (I'm 26 now) some are starting to get married, several are working on advanced degrees, and a few are looking for that awesome job. Even a couple have bought their first homes. I, on the other-hand, am supporting my husband (of nearly six years) as he pursues his advanced degrees, spend my days chasing after my children, and am still living in apartments. My life is so far removed from theirs. But, I don't for a minute regret being a ...

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