Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Text Message Picture Pack

Do feel like sometimes your cell phone is your best friend? Shouldn't it be your spouse who is the best friend? What if your cell phone could help you nurture that relationship? You all know that I'm pretty obsessed with the Dating Divas, and the new product they released today has me with all the heart eyes over here!!

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The picture text message pack is something that I'm really excited about! Sometimes I feel like I only use my phone for time wasting things. And while I've cut waaaay back and I'm pretty pleased with how present I've been, I've learned that a cell phone really can be used for good! These text messages make it so easy to reconnect with your spouse throughout the day. They are a good mix of fun, flirty, and serious. I've had so much fun sending them to my hubby and connecting with him during his long days at work.

The pack comes with:
52 Picture Messages (one for each week of the year)
10 Bonus Picture Messages for Him
10 Bonus Picture Messages for Her

There is no printing, cutting, or prepping required! This pack is beyond easy to use. All you have to do is download the pictures and start sending your spouse some virtual love! I've had so much fun with these and it helps me be more mindful with my love!

It's seriously one amazing pack! And the Dating Divas are generously offering my readers 20% off the pack by using code TextYourLove! That would make the pack only $4! It's seriously a no brainer. AND, they are also offering my readers 15% off any other product in their store by using code LoveTheDivas ! So go stock up on some amazing Diva Products now! You might love: 365 Love Text Messages, A Year of Date Ideas, or their Printable Sticky Notes.  These discounts are only good for March, so make sure to head on over and grab your Picture Text Message Pack and any other Diva Products you need! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

3 Date Night Looks With LulaRoe

As you know, I absolutely love dressing up for date night. It keeps it special and makes me feel different than when wearing my day-to-day mom uniform (read: yoga pants and oversized tees). But let's be real... it's also really great to feel comfortable on a date. Enter LuLaRoe! You guys, if you have not tried LulaRoe, you are missing out. The fabric is so soft and comfortable, that it's almost as comfortable as wearing my mom garb! For reals!

I received free product in return for my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. 

LuLaRoe is sold by independent consultants online and in pop up shops. Something that is totally awesome about LuLaRoe is that each consultant receives a totally unique inventory! That's why I highly recommend following a number of LuLa Ladies so that you can see a wider range of inventory. Make sure to check out my LuLa Girls: Bryell, Rachel, and Emily!

At first, I was a little hesitant to try LuLaRoe. They have some pretty crazy patterns that aren't quite "me." But my consultants were so great to help me find patterns and colors that I absolutely fell in love with!

So today, I wanted to share three of my favorite date night looks a-la-LuLaRoe.

The Casual, Stay-At-Home Date Night. 
flower pattern leggings lularoe
My first outfit is based off of this amazing pair of LuLaRoe OS Leggings from Bryell. I had heard that LuLa Leggings were addicting... but I had no. idea. that they would live up to all the hype. You have never felt something so soft and comfortable. I paired them with an oversized shirt and I was in heaven! I was so comfortable, but I still felt totally cute! I won't admit to just how frequently I've worn this exact outfit in the last month... It's seriously that comfortable! I love that this outfit is fun and different for a cozy stay-at-home date night. I wore this outfit when we did our chocolate tasting, when we watched old home videos, and when we ate gourmet popcorn (like I said... it's a go to outfit now) and I felt super cute and super comfy. Win Win.

The Dressy Date Night Out
We got to see Finding Neverland last month and it was the most amazing date. We hadn't been to a musical (one of our very favorite things) in about a year, so this was seriously perfect. When I see a play, I like to feel a little more dressy than I do on other dates. So I chose this Julia Dress from Rachel for my night out on the town and felt so great all night long! The fabric is incredibly soft and the pattern is just what I've been looking for in a dress.

I dressed it up with some pearls, but it could also be dressed down for a more casual night.
Quick note on sizing on this one... This dress runs reeeeally tight. I usually wear a size 6, which would put me at a Small, but I chose to go with a Large because I didn't want it hugging me like they are designed to do. I'm happy with the fit. Generally speaking, you can wear different LuLaRoe sizes depending on the fit you're looking for.

A Semi-Casual Lunch Date
We have been incredibly busy recently, so we are trying to make date night happen whenever possible, even if it means getting a little creative. Lunch dates can be great since Brad takes a little break at work anyways. I  love my Cassie Skirt from Emily for dates like this. The skirt is so fun and functional. It can be dressed up or dressed down to work for a number of occasions. For a more casual date night, I paired it with a tucked, oversized top.

For a more dressy occasion, I would pair this with a button down. I've also seen this skirt worn as an infinity scarf and loved the look.

I have absolutely loved my new Date Night Outfits and will definitely be expanding my LuLaRoe closet! I can't say enough about how comfortable these clothes are without sacrificing fashion. I have also loved working with my consultants. They are so kind and absolutely supportive of each other. Like I said, every distributor gets a completely different inventory, so you can't ever follow too many! They all have a unique selection, which makes shopping so much fun!

Find Bryell's Page here.
Find Rachel's Page here.
Find Emily's Page here. 

Have you tried LuLaRoe? Do you love it as much as I do?

If you are a member of My Wife Tribe Facebook Group, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for my back-to-back LuLaRoe Giveaways this month!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Indoor Mini Golf: Stay at Home Date Night

I'm so excited to share this great stay at home date night with you all today! We love miniature golfing, but it can be so hard to get out of the house with a little one. So we decided that we needed to play a round of miniature golf from the comfort of our living room!

Date Night Idea, Indoor Mini Golf, Stay at home date

I made these super fun printables to make the date extra special. I wanted to send Brad an invitation to the date and put these little love notes in his briefcase and tucked away in his lunch bag so that he could be thinking about the date and getting excited.

I found a fun little golf set at Dollar Tree that we loved! It would also work just fine to use a broom and a toy golf ball (or whatever small ball you have) if you don't have a golf set on hand.

Next, I prepped all of the little flags. I just taped them onto skewers and then taped the skewers to some plastic cups. The skewer actually helped balance the cup so that it didn't roll over when the ball went inside.

And of course we needed a score card! I included 6 lines on the card so that we can either play again or play with our family.

Then there was the set up of the course itself! We used some things around the house to make different obstacles: tunnels from our little one's train set, chairs, an empty paper towel roll (that one was tricky), books that you had to navigate around, and even the stairs! Get creative with your set up.

You can download my scorecard for free HERE, (Image is at the bottom of the page).

Or you can purchase the entire pack (including flags, love notes, an invite, and some bonus cards and ideas) HERE for only $1.50! The bonus pack includes some really fun printables to use when creating obstacles on your course, including a tunnel, a jump, and a bulls-eye.

You can also purchase an expanded FAMILY PACK for only $2.95 HERE. This pack is so cute and includes all of the obstacles, a score card, invitations, and tons of cute cards to leave for your family members!

In all, it was a super fun date and a nice way to change things up when it comes to stay-at-home date ideas. If you're in my Facebook Group, we will be leading a Facebook Live mini golf group date this Friday at 7:30 PST, so make sure to join us there!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Our Yearly Pictures

I figure it's about time I share our family pictures that we took back in November. #momlife 

We absolutely loved working with Janel and will definitely use her again. She has a great eye and really found some beautiful light. She has been a dear friend for a long time and I love watching her blossom into such an amazing photographer. 

Baby girl was definitely difficult to work with. She didn't want her picture taken at all, but Janel was able to get some amazing shots that really capture our little one's personality perfectly. 

And since the little one wasn't all that interested in pictures, we let her eat some cheerios while we took a couple of shots just the two of us. And I'm totally in love. 

We love having our family photo updated each year. It's so much fun to see the changes that happen as we continue to grow. 

If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area, make sure to check out Janel Morris Photography. She was a joy to work with. We felt very comfortable with her. Before our session she asked some questions to get a good idea of exactly what we were hoping for and she did not disappoint. We wanted a good mix of posed and more natural shots, some with the whole family, and some with just the two of us. We couldn't be happier with the end product! Thank you Janel!! 

Do you take family pictures every year? 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Joyful Mess: Learning to Say Yes

Baby girl and I made sugar cookies on Friday.

She insisted on measuring out the flour and the sugar. She wanted to stir and scrape the sides of the bowl. She turned the mixer on (a little too high) and lifted the head when it was time. She floored me with how much she could do.
My kitchen was messier than it has ever been. I mean, there was flour eeeeeverywhere!

But it was seriously the most fun we've ever had. We laughed and giggled and talked together. Baby girl learned a lot and felt so big. I may have teared up a time or two.

Would it have been so much faster for me to just hurry and bake the cookies while she napped? Yes, most definitely. But I would have missed such a precious moment. I'm learning to say yes more often. I'm learning that when I do say yes, we are both more happy. It's not natural for me to let her do the messy things. Generally, I would have preferred to measure and pour the flour and sugar myself. But letting her do it brought her so much joy and it really didn't harm anything. I was never as happy cleaning up the kitchen as I was after that.

So here's to saying yes more often.

When she comes to me with the sidewalk chalk, I'm going to think about how much she loves it and how easy it is to cleanup rather than think about the colors that will surely get all over her clothes.

When she asks to read the same book for the fifth time in a row, I'm going to think about how glad I am that she loves to read rather than about the stack of laundry piling up in the other room.

When she asks to stir the cookies herself, I'll think about how happy it makes both of us rather than the extra five minutes of cleaning that it will mean.

And whenever possible, I'm going to say yes. Because she's only this age once.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Prince Charming

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you are all enjoying lots of lovey dovey moments together. I love Valentine's Day and the focus on love. 

I'm excited to announce that I am opening a small shop in conjunction with my blog. It is very small right now, but it will grow in time. I will be selling printables and things in regards to love and marriage. My first is this cute little guy. 

Does anyone else feel like they married a Disney Prince? Brad is seriously more than a dream come true and I fall in love with him more and more every single day. I am so blessed to be living my happily ever after with such an amazing man. 

To check out the new shop, just click the "shop" tab above. Thanks for all the support!! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

101 Ways to Serve In Your Community

 I am a big advocate of community involvement and service. I think it is so important to help each other and relieve suffering where we can. I truly believe that the world would be a better place if we would all get involved and do something to make a difference in the world. And I think that now more than ever we need people to step up and be that difference. Now more than ever we need kindness and love. Now more than ever we need to advocate fairness for all. Now more than ever we need to show love and goodness. 

But I often hear things like "I just don't know what to do." I think that is a common problem. Good people want to help and make a difference, but they just don't know where to begin. So I've complied this list of 100 ways to serve in your community, organized by type of service, to help generate ideas. Some ideas are more large scale and some are things that we could do every single day. The important thing is gauging your current resources and abilities and deciding what you can do right now. I know that there is something on this list that we can all do. Together we can be the change that we hope to see in the world.  

101 Ways to Serve in Your Community 

Serve Refugees
Many of these ideas require partnership with Refugee Relief Organizations. You can find an organization in your area through Google, but let me share a few of the organizations that I have worked with and love. (These are their national websites, but you can find local chapters). The IRCThe International Committee of the Red CrossCatholic Relief Services. In Utah, I worked with the Refugee and Immigration Center--Asian Association of Utah.  In Las Vegas, I've worked with Lighthouse Charities
1.     Invite a refugee family to dinner. Consider playing games or sharing a cultural experience. 
2.     Compile welcome kits. 
3.     Have a drive for household goods. Remember that these people are fleeing persecution and left basically everything behind. 
4.     Mentor a refugee family or individual. You can help them adjust to life in their new country. Most local refugee relief organizations have a mentor program. 
5.     Teach English to arriving refugees. 
6.     Teach basic living skills (grocery shopping, cooking, etc), everything will be new and different here. 
7.     Help a refugee find employment. 
8.     Backpack drives. Collect backpacks to refugee children. 
9.     Take a meal in to an arriving refugee family. 
10. Compile hygiene kits. 
11. Have a fundraiser to help with housing costs. 
12. Volunteer time at refugee events. 
13. Write welcome letters.
14. Drive for refugees. Many refugee relief organizations need drivers to help refugees arrive at case meetings, orientations, etc. 
15. Become a case worker.
16. Help prepare documents.  There is a lot of paperwork that refugees have to complete. 
17. Play date at the park. Coordinate with a local refugee organization to meet refugee mothers with children the same age as yours and meet for a play date at the park. 
18. Bike drive. Many refugees don't have any kind of transportation. Host a drive to give them new or gently used bikes. 
19. Teach a new skill. Use your talents to pass on to others. Many refugee organizations are looking for people to teach sewing, cooking (all of our common ingredients are unfamiliar to many refugees), etc. 
20. Set up an apartment for a refugee family. 
21. Drive to pick up large donations. Some donations are too large for the donors to bring in. If you have a truck, you can pick up larger donations like mattresses, dressers, etc. and take them in to the refugee organizations. 
Serve the Homeless
22. Serve a meal in a food bank. 
23. Take an extra breakfast with you and hand it out to a homeless individual on the way to work. 
24. Have a food drive to donate to a local food bank. 
25. Make beanies, scarfs, gloves, or blankets to hand out during the colder months. 
26. Carry bottles of water to hand out. 
27. Work with the United Way in a Project Connect to help the homeless find resources and receive goods they need. 
28. Volunteer at a Job Fair.
29. Teach vocational skills to the homeless. 
30. Volunteer at nonprofits (receptionist, etc) 
31. Carry info card with lists of shelters, food banks, etc. where they can get help and hand them to homeless people. 
32. Donate toys to homeless shelters for the children who have little or no toys. 
33. Volunteer professional services (doctors, lawyers, hair cuts, etc) to help the homeless. 
34. Call local shelters and ask what they need-- host a drive for those items. 
35. Offer Employment if you own a small business. 
36. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the homeless. 
Serve Children
37. Read books in underprivileged schools. 
38. Donate clothes, books, toys, etc. to foster children. 
39. Participate in a Big Brother/Big Sister program.  
40. Volunteer your skills in at risk programs. Many of these programs could use help after school programs teaching music, art, sports, computer skills, etc. 
41. Tutor.
42. Teach a class at the Boys and Girls Club. Art, computer, music, etc. 
43. Volunteer at a low income school
Serve the Elderly
44. Visit a retirement center. 
45. Play games with residents in a retirement center. 
46. Paint finger nails for ladies in care homes. 
47. Perform music. Get a group together and have a whole show. 
48. Do respite work for hospice. 
49. Call your grandparents frequently. Record their life history. 
50. Volunteer with meals on Wheels 
51. Send cards to nursing homes. 
52. Teach a senior to use the computer and Internet. 
53. Contact and serve with a veterans affairs group. 
54. In the fall, rake leaves for an elderly neighbor. 
55. In the winter, shovel snow. 
56. Pick up groceries or prescriptions for elderly neighbors. 
Serve the Community in general
57. Volunteer at the hospital. 
58. Take thank you baskets to firefighters or other civil servants. 
59. Lead a "clean up" or "beautification" project in your neighborhood. 
60. Get involved in the school PTO. 
61. Attend a local school board meeting. Once you learn the needs in the district, volunteer your time to help. 
62. Serve on the city council or attend meetings to see where you can help. 
63. Volunteer at domestic abuse shelters.
64. Teach Adult ESL classes. 
65. Take a meal to a suffering neighbor. Or invite them to your home for a meal. 
66. Visit a lonely friend.
67. Call someone you haven't seen in awhile.
68. Donate blood.
69. Mow your neighbors yard.
70. Collect cosmetics and toiletries for battered women's shelter.
71. Clean up trash at a park.
72. Volunteer at a city event.
73. Volunteer to paint the city's fire hydrants. (Make sure to get permission first).
74. Make "get well" cards for children in the hospital. 
75. Assemble new parents kits for low income families with new babies. 
76. Collect backpacks and school supplies for children who can't afford them. 
77. Mentor an adolescent on probation.
78. Plant a community garden. 
79. Take cookies to neighbors and introduce yourself to them. 
80. Sew feminine hygiene products for Days for Girls.
81. Volunteer with the Special Olympics
82. Make blankets, toys, hats, etc. for Newborns in Need. If you don't have a local chapter, start one. 
83. Write letters or send care packages to soldiers. 
84. Volunteer at food canneries. (Feed My Starving Children)
85. Teach a Class using your own skills and talents at a community center. 
86. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. 
87. Collect supplies for victims of fire, flood, or other disasters. 
88. Build ramps to homes or businesses to make them more handicapped accessible. 
89. Volunteer at a local library. 
90. Clean up a local hiking trail. 
91. Buy lunch for a friend.
92. Pull over and provide road side assistance. 
93. Take a treat in to your coworkers. 
94. Coach a community sports team. 
95. Pay for the person behind you in the drive through. 
96. Write a thank you note to someone who performed a simple act of service. Consider handwriting and mailing it via snail mail. 
97. Leave a positive review of a new business. 
98. Leave a generous tip for your waiter with a nice note of thanks. 
99. Babysit for free. 
100. Wash your neighbor's car.  
101. Take a meal in the families in the Ronald McDonald house.

If you are looking for specific opportunities to serve in your area, look for a website that compiles service opportunities. My favorite is JustServe.org  They are still growing and don’t have every area available, but I have found great projects in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona using this site. I know they are in other areas as well.

Please let me know of any other ideas you have in the comments. I would love to expand this list! 

Now, I’d like to leave you with just a few of my favorite quotes as of late:

"Serve your mother. Serve a stranger. Serve your neighbor. Just serve." - Carl B. Cook
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” - Howard Zinn

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