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Friday, February 17, 2017

Birthday Wishes for Pearson (#LoveBlog2017 - Giveaway & Linkup)

Today is my wonderful husband's birthday. And today's #LoveBlog2017 prompt is "Wishes." (Click here for a list of all the prompts). I thought writing out some birthday wishes I have for him would be perfect!

Dear Pearson,


My wish for you is that your life becomes all that you want it to... Okay, I couldn't help it. That song has been stuck in my head for days while writing this letter. Now back to seriousness.

My wish for you is...

That I can continue to give you the life you want.

That people are always drawn to you and your personality.

That you will always be able to goof off and never be so stressed that you can't enjoy life.

That you always keep that joy of a child where you get super excited about anything and everything.

That you find a band to be a part of someday and you always have people to jam with. Oh and that you always love and are as good at guitar and music as you are right now.

That you never stop giving the best kisses ever.

That you find a job that you truly love once you're done with this PhD (In December of this year!!!).

That you gain your love for science back.

That I can always make you happy and take care of you all my days.

That you never lose your sense of wonder and thirst for knowledge.

That you're always as adventurous as you are right now and you never stop dreaming of our future.

That you remain in good health all your days and die at a peaceful old age with no regrets in life.

That you never care what others think of you and never compare yourself to others.

That you never doubt that you are perfect for me and that I love you with all my heart.

That the Falcons win the Super Bowl and the Hurricanes win the National Championship in the same year!

That you have an excellent birthday today!

I love you!

Thanks for reading! Link up any posts about "Wishes" below!

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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Tayler is a motherhood and lifestyle blogger at The Morrell Tale. She loves raising her kids, Rhys (2.5 years old) and Evelyn (1 month old). She also writes about her time as a teacher, her Mormon religion, books she's read, and recipes she and her husband have created.
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Laura is a big dreamer, full time marketing manager, blogger, and part-time artist. She aspires to inspire people in their everyday lives and help them to live towards their dreams and making the most out of their lives. She has been blogging for about 6 years now, more recently finding her glorious niche' of sharing her stories and thoughts of life and daily inspiration.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Best and Worst Marriage Advice I've Received (#LoveBlog2017 - Giveaway & Linkup)

Happy Thursday! We're more than half way through the month of February and I have been loving the #LoveBlog2017 linkup! I'm hosting again today and the topic is "Wisdom." Check out Brita's introductory post to see the prompts for the rest of the month.

Today I thought I'd share some marriage advice but I want to have some fun with it. So here is both te BEST and the WORST marriage advice I've ever heard!

Best Marriage Advice we Received:


Communicate. Your spouse wants (or should want) to know about you. Sharing is as much a part of quality conversation as listening is. If your spouse's primary love language is Quality Time/Conversation, then their love tank will never be full if you don't share what you are feeling. Also, listen. Sometimes your spouse isn't looking for a solution. They just want you to listen and sympathize.

Always tell the truth. I sort of talked about this one last Friday.

Don't stop dating or flirting or studying each other. Just because you're married now doesn't mean you can stop trying to impress your spouse. Even though you spend a lot of time together now that you are married and you live together, you still need to set aside special time to spend together. Get dressed up and feel pretty. Do things you don't normally do. Spend quality time and conversation together away from the TV. You both still need to feel loved, wanted, and attractive.

Do something every day to connect. Even if it's just 10 minutes of talking about your days.

Put away technology. When I am spending time with my husband, I try to not even have my phone on me, but it's tough. I know some people have "no technology in the bedroom" rules. I at least don't have it with me at the dinner table.

Don't bring up old issues. Pearson and I attended a weekend marriage seminar when we were engaged and this was one of the big points. The couple presenting this point said that after they have a fight, they flush the argument down the toilet. Literally. They write the problem down on a piece of paper throw it in the toilet and flush. This somewhat ridiculous gesture helps them remember that the issue is over and will not affect future conflicts. You see, when you unnecessarily bring up old arguments, it only fuels the fire and doesn't help anything. Everybody makes mistakes, but we learn from them and move on.

Hold hands everywhere.

You're not just marrying him, you're marrying his whole family. Ok so this might be a little extreme and exaggerated, but the point is they are now your family too so you might want to make sure you can get along with them.

Don't compare your marriage to others. You are two individual and unique people so your marriage is unique as well. What works for other people might not work for you and vice versa. Comparing only brings negative things to light and nothing good can come of it. Also, don't compare your marriage to the movies.

Keep God first. What does this look like? Pray with your spouse. Pray for your spouse. Study the Bible with your spouse. Go to God with conflicts in your marriage. Make church and the Bible a priority. Find other Christian couple friends to fellowship with.

Worst Marriage Advice we Received:


Don't go to bed angry. If you are having an argument, sometimes you need sleep on it and you will be more rational in the morning.

Marriage is 50/50. I think we can all agree that this is bad advice, but I also think Marriage 100/100 is bad advice. Nobody can give 100% all the time. I LOVE Brita's take on the percentages in marriage thing.

Marriage is difficult. Ok, yes marriage is difficult sometimes. But I don't think it's necessarily good to go into a marriage expecting it to be the hardest thing you'll do and that it's doomed to fail. Life is hard. And marriage takes work. But if you work at it, you can help each other get through the difficulties of life. If you don't work at it, the difficulties of life may tear you apart.

Be the safe haven for him to come home to. Again, I guess this advice isn't so bad on the surface. I like to make our home a comfortable and peaceful place, but I don't stress out about it. My soul purpose in life is not to make my home a safe haven for my husband. If I've had a bad day, I'm going to show that in my face and body language. I try not to bog him down too much with my problems, but I'm not going to put on a show like everything's alright when it's not. He doesn't want me to do that either!

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach. We'll end on a sort of silly one. This is just not true. The way to a man's heart is through his heart. :)

So what about you? What's the best and worst marriage advice you've ever received? Be sure to link up any posts about "Wisdom" below. Thanks for reading!

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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Ways Couple Friends Help Strengthen Your Relationship

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I'm hosting #LoveBlog2017 again today. The prompt is "Friendship." Head over to Brita's introduction post to see the prompts for every week day for the rest of this month!

If you're a couple, it's important to have couple friends. I'm not saying it's wrong to have separate friends or to be friends with single people, by any means. I'm just saying couple friends can be very beneficial and here's why...

ONE || You have similar life experiences.

Isn't it great to have friends that you have a lot in common with. I love my single friends, but there's just a bond that I have with married friends, you know? We have similar lifestyles. We have similar experiences. We can help each other through tough times.

TWO || You can learn from each other. 

Sometimes your couple friends are "ahead of you" in life and they can offer advice. Sometimes you can even learn from their mistakes. Yes, this is also true of single friends to an extent. But going back to number one, you have similar experiences with couple friends.

THREE || You can go on double dates.

This is a major bonus, am I right??

FOUR || You have even teams for games.

Another little plus!

FIVE || Group trips are easier.

If you rent a cabin together you won't have any weird room situations.


So what do you think? Did I miss any perks?
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Laura - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin
Laura is a big dreamer, full time marketing manager, blogger, and part-time artist. She aspires to inspire people in their everyday lives and help them to live towards their dreams and making the most out of their lives. She has been blogging for about 6 years now, more recently finding her glorious niche' of sharing her stories and thoughts of life and daily inspiration.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Should you Keep Secrets from your Spouse? (#LoveBlog2017 - Linkup & Giveaway)

Another day, another #LoveBlog2017 challenge that I'm hosting! Today's prompt is "Secrets." Check out Brita's introduction post to see the rules and the prompts for each day.
When I ask myself this question, my first reaction is to say absolutely not! Do not keep secrets from your spouse. Honesty is the best policy. It's the foundation for trust. And trust is necessary for a relationship.

But, are there instances when keeping a secret might actually be beneficial?

Lets look at this.

What about when you're giving your spouse a gift or surprising him in another way? 
Well sure, right? There is no harm in that. The funny part of it is that Pearson cannot do it. I know what he's getting me for Valentine's Day because he just couldn't keep it in anymore.

What about when something happened that he or she wouldn't like, but it wasn't exactly your fault? 
I have an example from show, Parenthood (remember, I'm addicted). Adam works with an attractive, younger woman and he told her, in a fatherly way, that she doesn't have to dress the way she does to get attention because she's smart and has more great qualities than just her looks. She took this the wrong way and kissed him. Adam's wife had just had a baby and he'd just started this new job which was taking all of his attention, so she was already feeling a little insecure.

Adam's brother told him not to tell Kristina because she would stew over this for ever. She would be hurt. She would feel even more intimidated by the other women. She would think about the situation all the time. However, Adam would now have a clear conscience and would go about his life feeling really good about himself. It sounds like a great point, doesn't it?

Well, Adam ended up telling Kristina and it was bad at first. She was crushed. She asked him to fire the coworker (which he didn't and then lied about but that's another story). Everything was a disaster but not for very long. Kristina got over it eventually. She forgave Adam. She forgave the coworker. And the marriage was stronger because of it.

What if you do something to break trust?
I think everyone knows the right answer to this one. We absolutely tell them, right? But let's break it down. If you tell them, yes the trust will be broken. But not as bad as if you don't tell and they find out. Just put yourself in their shoes. If you found out they did what you did, wouldn't it be worse. And trust me, it's going to come out eventually. Especially if you have a guilty conscience about it. Get it out in the open. It will suck at first, at least in my experience, you'll get through it and be stronger than before. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?

So just be honest. Build the trust. It will pay off in the long run.

What do you think? Are there any instances where it's okay to keep secrets from your spouse?
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Tayler is a motherhood and lifestyle blogger at The Morrell Tale. She loves raising her kids, Rhys (2.5 years old) and Evelyn (1 month old). She also writes about her time as a teacher, her Mormon religion, books she's read, and recipes she and her husband have created.
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