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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Timeless Valentine's Gift for My Manly Man

I received a Jord Wood Watch in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

You guys! I've found the perfect Valentine's gift for my husband who has everything he needs and doesn't really appreciate cutesy romantic gifts! It's a men's watch made out of wood from Jord Wood Watches!
Now, Pearson doesn't love watches and he definitely doesn't wear any kind of fashionable jewelry. He doesn't even wear his wedding ring when he's working on the laser. But he was super psyched when he saw these wood watches online and even more excited when I got one for him!
You see, he absolutely loves things made out of wood. I don't really know why, but one day he even wants to have a woodworking shop once we aren't renting an apartment anymore. He also wants to do woodworking as a hobby once he has more time, like Ron Swanson. When his Jord Watch came in the mail, he immediately put it on and said "I love wood. Things made out of wood are so cool looking but they also say 'I'm a freaking man.' Especially if you made whatever it is yourself."
So, I think I did pretty well with my early Valentine's Day present! I got him the Dover Series: Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood watch. It's such a unique watch with the different colors of real wood and the gears showing in the face.
I thought it was a cool idea to give him a watch because to me it says that my time always belongs to him and that I appreciate the time he gives to me. I'm so proud of everything he's doing in grad school and for keeping his head up when things get tough. He loves me so well and puts so much effort into our relationship even when he doesn't really have the time to do so because of his crazy work load. I just wanted a way to show him how much I appreciate him. And you know what, I don't even care if you think that's cheesy because that's what Valentine's Day is all about, am I right?
Now I just need to find something just as cool to give him for our anniversary this year. Especially since the traditional gift for year five is wood! Maybe I should have saved this watch for then. Oops! Oh well, I'll think of something.
I've loved working with Jord not only because they make some cool watches but their customer service was excellent! They used the measurement I gave them to size the watch to fit Pearson's wrist before they sent it. I was surprised by how quickly the watch was delivered and it came in a really cool wooden box.
So now that Pearson has a super cool watch, I'm a little jealous and dying for one myself! Their women's watches are just a fantastic as their men's. Maybe I can hope to get one of my own as a Valentine's gift... Hint hint, Pearson... I know you're reading!
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Friday, January 13, 2017

RocksBox Number 4 (Review & Coupon Code)

I received my third RockBox last week. In September, I loved everything I got but didn't keep anything because money. In October, I loved almost everything but didn't keep anything because money. Last month we were spending a lot for travel and Christmas presents so I didn't buy anything then either. But this month I'm going for it! Especially since they gave me an extra $10 credit for my birthday!

If you haven't heard about Rocksbox, let me try to explain it a bit. It's a monthly subscription box. You pay $19 per month and they send you three pieces of designer jewelry (Get your first month free using code charlenemaugerixoxo). You wear the jewelry as long as you want and then send them back and get more.

You could send it all back the day after you get it if you don't like any of the pieces and get three new pieces immediately. Or you can keep them as long as you want. Just remember, you're charged $19 per month. The good news is, if you like a piece that much, you can purchase it!
So the first thing I got in this box was this beautiful silver "layered" necklace. The best part? It's reversible! I love the designs on both sides. Especially the aztec print. And I also love the layered necklace style. It's so classy on a solid colored sweater or blouse. The problem is, it's $68 regular price. Hmm.
Next. are these super fun earrings. They're shaped like a diamond outline and I love them! I love that they're a simple silver stud yet they're different and edgy. They're only $23 regular price so I'm totally buying them!
Those other earrings in my second hole were my third item in this box. They match the necklace with the aztec detailing on the side and a little cz in the middle. Again, I'm not sure I want to keep these. They're $28 regular price. If I keep the necklace, I'll probably keep these too. We'll see.
So those are my thoughts about what I got in my box this month!

If you want to try Rocksbox, you can sign up at rocksbox.com and use code charlenemaugerixoxo at checkout to get your first month for FREE! There's no obligation. Try it for a month completely free of charge.

So what do you think of my pieces? Would you keep any of these pieces?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stop Comparing Your Marriage to the Movies

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Yes I'm sure you've probably heard that a million times and you're tired of it. But at the same time, it's hard to remember, isn't it?

I've recently discovered that it can be really bad for your marriage.

I'm not really talking so much about comparing your marriage to your friends' marriages (though that can certainly be bad too). But I'm more talking about comparing your marriage and your spouse (and yourself for that matter) to what's expected or at least accepted in our society. What's portrayed in the movies and on TV as well as what the celebrities are doing in real life.
For example, it's ingrained in our brains from very early in life that men are a) more sexual than women and b) visual beings. While I think there is some truth to those, I don't think they are universal truths. Nor do I think that excuses men for some of the behaviors that has become so common place in our media.

Porn is now widely accepted and even considered necessary. From some of the stuff I've read on the internet, some people think I am ridiculous and crude and just need to get over the fact that I think porn is wrong. Everybody views it. Especially men. It's innocent. And wives should actually be glad their men are viewing porn rather than cheating when they need sex and we are not in the mood.

WRONG! Porn is so damaging. On so many levels. It makes sex seem purely physical rather than an intimate connection between husband and wife. And in a lot of ways it's cheating. And the truth is, it's not necessary. It's possible to overcome. It's possible to live life without it. Especially with God.

Movies like Love Actually (Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson's story) tell us that men need young and attractive women and once their wives get older, they will look elsewhere. Movies like He's Just not that into You (Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, and Jennifer Connelly's story) tell us that it's okay for a man to cheat if he finds someone more attractive and it's good that it happened anyway because his wife forced him into marriage when he didn't want it.

NO! This isn't true! The truth is my grandparents have been married 56 years and my other grandparents have been married 63 years. The truth is you made a commitment. A promise to each other and to God to stick together till death. And to remain faithful through it all. It's not inevitable that your husband will look elsewhere. It's not inevitable that you will divorce. No!

Shows like Everybody Loves Raymond tell us that women are always right and men are stupid and don't know what's going on and always make mistakes. And the women just roll their eyes and have to redo everything themselves and treat their husbands like another child to take care of.

NOT SO! Our husbands are grown men. They are capable of life. Sometimes they might have a different idea or opinion than we do but that doesn't mean they're wrong. You are in this marriage together as a team. Hear each other out and share the responsibility.

Our broadcast media and simply the world we live in today tell us that bragging about sexually assaulting women is only "locker room talk" and that all men are very sexual beings that can't help themselves. It also tells us that it's acceptable to cheat on your wife with 11 other women. And allegedly rape a few. And that the wife should stay with the husband, deny these things, and actually help cover them up because... Well, I don't really know why. Politics? Because he can't help it? Because boys will be boys?

ENOUGH! Do you see where I'm going with this?

If you're not careful, you'll start believing these things are universal truths. After all, 50% of marriages end in divorce, right? (Fun fact, that statistic is completely made up - 75% of all statistics are, you know). You'll start to worry about what's going to happen when you get old and fat. You'll lose trust in your husband because all men need attractive women, right? He can't help himself. You'll belittle him and treat him like another one of your children and he might grow to resent you for it.

Okay maybe that's a little extreme. But I think these things can really start to creep into our subconscious minds until we start to believe them a little. I mean they're constantly thrown in our face. We have to combat them with truth. We have to remember that God has a different plan for marriage. We are in the world but not of the world. And so are our husbands.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." - Romans 12:2 ESV

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Our 2017 Date Night Bucket List

Since I wrote yesterday's bucket list, I've been thinking a lot about bucket lists. And I decided we needed to do another date night bucket list for this year. Last year sucked. I'm not even going to try to sugar coat it. We completed a measly three items on our date night bucket list last year. This year, we're going to do them all! I'm keeping a lot of the items from last year, but I'm also adding some new ones. So let's get to it!

  • ONE || Go to A Columbus Clippers game

The Clippers are a minor league baseball team here in Columbus. I grew up in a baseball family and I love going to games. I'm really surprised we haven't been to a Clippers game yet!

I can't believe we've never been here either but it's so pretty!

My grandpa first told us about this and said it's a must. Since then we've talked to several people who have been. I'm dying to go this year.

  • FOUR || See a live show downtown.

So there's touring Broadway shows and all kinds of concerts at several fancy theaters downtown. I want to go to at least one show together this year.

  • FIVE || Go to the Ohio State Fair 

We've been the past two years. Let's keep it up!

It's a mile of beautiful parkland along the river front with tons of things to do all year.

  • SEVEN || Go on hike and take a picnic

This is one of my favorite things to do but we haven't done it since college.

We usually go multiple times per year. It's only $9 per person for two movies and you can bring your own snacks and enjoy the movie within your own car. Win. Win. Win.

  • NINE || Shakespeare in the Park

There is a local theatre group that does free (though they take donations) shows in the park on the weekends in the summer. We usually love going but we didn't go to a single show this year. I'm telling you, this year was bad.

  • TEN || Disney World!!!

We're going to Disney World for our 5th anniversary this year! Yayayay!

Have you ever made a Date Night Bucket List? What dates would be on yours for this year?
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Revisiting my 30 Before 30 Bucket List

Well guys, today is my 27th birthday. Wow. Three more years to 30... Last year, I wrote a 30 before 30 bucket list. I wasn't really intentional this year about checking things off of that list this year, but I did manage to check a few things off. I thought today would be the perfect time to revisit this.
So lets check it out, shall we? Items I've completed are crossed out. Anything else I changed or added this year is in bold.
  1. Unplug for an entire weekend
  2. Attend a music festival
  3. Go to Disney World (we're actually planning 2 trips within the next 4 years)
  4. Visit Seattle
  5. Visit San Diego/Las Angeles (we're planning this for spring break!)
  6. Go on a cross-country road trip
  7. Go on a cruise
  8. Go camping
  9. Stay in an AirBnB room
  10. Make decent money blogging - This sort of happened. But I will do even better this year.
  11. See Hamilton (we're planning this for our anniversary when they go to Chicago this year  - this didn't happen. But we're still planning to do it in the next couple years)
  12. Go to Comic-con
  13. Get into great shape and gain confidence in that area
  14. Take couple pictures once I feel better about myself
  15. Finish paying Pearson's student loans
  16. Pay off our car (we're on track to be done by the end of this year)
  17. Buy a house (this depends on when Pearson graduates - Which will be either May or August 2018! There is an end in sight!)
  18. Start putting more money toward retirement (once we pay off Pearson's loans)
  19. Move back to the South (also depends on when Pearson graduates)
  20. Visit the Grand Ole Opry and stay at Opryland (we're planning this for December of this year)
  21. Watch all the movies nominated for best picture each year - I'm not so sure I like this one any more. I'll replace it with: Take a dance class.
  22. Read through the whole bible w/ good morning girls - this isn't going to happen. At least not on the GMG schedule. I'm too far behind. But I think I'll replace it with simply: Read the entire Bible.
  23. Memorize a book (or two) of the Bible
  24. Learn to play the guitar (for real this time)
  25. Ride in a hot air balloon - probably not gonna happen. I looked at how expensive it is and changed my mind. I don't wanna do it that badly. I will replace this one with: Learn to play the Ukulele
  26. Read 60 books  - 10/60 done. Hmm...
  27. Keep up with a capsule wardrobe for at least an entire year
  28. Get another dog
  29. Brush up on my French
  30. Become a mother (this one might be a stretch depending on how long Pearson is in school) - So I don't think this is going to happen. For several reasons. So I'm replacing it with: Learn German.
So what do you think? Do I have a good list?
If you've created a 30 before 30 list, leave the link in the comments. I'd love to read it!
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