Enduring All Things: February 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

#LoveBlog: Lessons Learned

Today is the last day of the #LoveBlog challenge!!! It's so bittersweet. I've enjoyed hosting with Brita all month and I've really enjoyed reading all your posts and seeing all your Instagram pictures!
As I'm sure you know, I didn't co-host on the blog every day, but I did co-host nine out of the 29 days in February. And I wrote for some of the other days that I wasn't co-hosting. I did, however, host over on Instagram every day. And It's been a lot of work.

The biggest lesson I learned from the #LoveBlog challenge was how easy it is to stretch myself thin. And I know Brita had an even harder time than me because she hosted all 29 days of this month on her blog. And she did an amazing job!

I learned that it's okay and very necessary to say "no" sometimes to commitments. And I learned that sometimes you're actually going to have to say "no" to yourself. I learned that it's possible to become a slave to your own work and hobbies. Like I sometimes am to my blog.

I also learned how important it is to plan ahead, get work done in advance, and eliminate distractions. Okay so I actually learned all those things before the #LoveBlog challenge, but they all proved to be very important during the this month challenge. And this challenge proved that I didn't learn these lessons very well the first time.

Favorite #LoveBlog Blog Posts (from the days I co-hosted):

Favorite #LoveBlog Instagram Posts (from the second half of the month - see the first half here)







It really has been a blast co-hosting this blog and Instagram challenge with Brita and I hope to continue to work with her and to do other challenges like this in the future! For now though, I think we're both glad that February is over! Thanks so much for joining us and for all your awesome posts and sweet comments!
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Meet your hosts:

Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.
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Meet Charlene Maugeri: Christian, wife, fur-mom, nerd, blogger and much more! 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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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Perfect Date Attire

Today is day 28 of the #LoveBlog challenge! The prompt is date attire and I have found the perfect date night outfit! There's only one more day of #LoveBlog. Can you believe February is almost over? Link up your date night post today and join us tomorrow with Lessons Learned!

Have you guys discovered LuLaRoe yet? If you haven't tried it yourself, I'm sure you've heard of it. And if you're like me, you're probably thinking "There is no way those clothes are as great as everyone says" or "How is it possible to be addicted to clothes?" Well let me just tell you, it's possible. (Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am in not getting compensated in any way. I just really love these clothes and had to share with you).
So if you don't know, LuLaRoe is an independent consultant company that sells really comfy clothing. And I mean really comfy, and stylish.

I had heard a lot about them but I was hesitant to order anything online because I didn't know how they would fit. Then my friend had a "pop up boutique" at her house. This means the independent consultant comes to the house and brings all her current inventory so people can try on the clothes and purchase them without paying shipping.
So I went and I fell in love and I spent way too much money.

I think the most popular thing they sell is the leggings. They are seriously the softest things I've ever felt. Pearson says they're made out of baby skin. I think he might be right. But they also have some of the cutest and craziest designs ever.
Usually I wouldn't wear leggings as pants. They aren't pants. But if I pair them with an Irma tunic from LuLaRoe, everything is covered. I bought some extra long camisoles to wear over them too so I don't have to worry about showing everything when I raise my arms.
Right now I only have two pairs of leggings, three Irma tunics (these two and a solid black) and one Nicole dress, but I want everything! They have several different dresses and skirts and even a couple other styles of shirts.

Anyway, a pair of the most comfortable leggings in the world and an Irma tunic pair for the perfect date night outfit because it's comfy and cute. And it could be dressed up or down!

Have you discovered LuLaRoe? What's your favorite style?
Thanks for reading!

Follow me on Instagram as I host the #LoveBlog challenge over there this month!
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Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.
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Meet Charlene Maugeri: Christian, wife, fur-mom, nerd, blogger and much more! 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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Friday, February 26, 2016

Diet Coke It's Mine Bottles Up-cycled Three Ways (with a complete hummingbird feeder tutorial)

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You guys! Have you seen the new Diet Coke "It's MIne" bottles and cans at Kroger? They're so cool! Coca-Cola has released a new uniquely packaged bottle and no two glass bottles are the same. They're so pretty and fun!
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As you all know, I love Diet Coke. I live off the stuff. So when I found out they were making my favorite drink even better with these bottles, I was stoked! The bottles are so pretty and unique I knew I wanted to find a use for them after I drank all the Diet Coke. Aren't they just beautiful?
So I went to Kroger and they weren't hard to find! The bottles were front and center on the end cap of the soda aisle! And I may or may not have bought SIX of the glass bottles. Then I walked down the soda aisle a bit and found the cute It's Mine Diet Coke mini cans and bought a six-pack of those as well.
I was so inspired by the designs and had so many ideas floating around in my head about how to use the bottles after I drank the Diet Coke that I had to buy plenty of them. Besides, how could I narrow down my favorites even more? There's no way! Pearson and I drank them all within two days and you can bet I'll be going back for more this weekend.
So the first thing I decided to do with my bottles was display my bracelets on them. I'm always looking for a cool way to display my jewelry on my dresser. I have so much and I just can't part with any of it. Tell me I'm not the only one with this problem!
I mean I could find a big jewelry box and hide everything in there, but there's something about displaying them out in the open in this unique way that just makes me happy. I've been using clear glass bottles for this for a while now, but the It's Mine Diet Coke bottles are a fantastic upgrade. Every time I see them it makes me so happy!
I also used a couple It's Mine Diet Coke bottles as vases for fresh flowers! I found some fun unique flowers that I think accompany the bottles beautifully and the combination makes me so excited for spring. I had to really trim the stems and cut off all the knots and leaves to fit three to four flowers in each bottle, but I love the way they turned out.
The last thing I did with an empty It's Mine Diet Coke bottle (and I saved the best for last) was make a hummingbird feeder. My mom keeps hummingbird feeders up on her back porch all spring and summer and they always have several birds buzzing around them all throughout the day. I stayed with my parents this week on my work trip, so I thought I would make a fun feeder out of an It's Mine Diet Coke bottle and leave it for them. They loved it!

DIY Hummingbird Feeder Tutorial:

Supplies: I ordered a replacement hummingbird feeder bottom and some wire from Amazon. And of course you'll need an empty It's Mine Diet Coke bottle.
Step One: I wrapped the wire very tightly around the neck of the bottle.
Step Two: After I had wrapped that around several times, I wrapped the wire around the bottle until I came to where it gets skinny again toward the bottom.
Step Three: I wrapped the wire completely around the skinny part at the bottom of the bottle.
Step Four: I wrapped the wire around the bottle all the way up to the neck again.
Step Five: I wrapped the wire very tightly around the neck several more times and cut it.
Step Six: I took the coil of wire and stuck the end under the wire that was already on the bottle and twisted it around until it was secure.
Step Seven: I brought that piece of wire up over the bottom of the bottle, twisted it to make a loop, and attached it on the other side in the same way.
Step Eight: To fill the feeder, you need one part sugar and two parts water. I used 1/2 c sugar and 1 c water.
Step Nine: I put the replacement humming bird feeder bottom on the top of the bottle. This part is tricky because it doesn't twist on. I had to push it on really hard while twisting to get it to stay. Then I turned the feeder over and hung it out on their back porch!
Unfortunately, it's still too cold to get any hummingbirds right now, but before long they'll be swarming that thing!
I think it turned out pretty cute, what do you think?

Hurry to Kroger and get a few "It's Mine" Diet Coke products before they're gone! They're only here for a limited time.
Which one of my bottles is your favorite? What will you do with the bottles when you finish drinking the Diet Coke?

To learn more about Diet Coke's new launch, click here.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday: My Little Brother {Link Up}

Hello and happy Thankful Thursday! Also, I want to wish a very happy 23rd birthday to my baby brother, Tyler! How are you 23???
As I said on his birthday last year, I am so proud of my brother! I'm even prouder now because he's a big, bad reporter for ABC News in Birmingham, Alabama! Okay so he's not exactly a reporter yet. He's an editor for the morning show and a field photographer for the afternoon news. He gets to interview a lot of cool people though. And he has been pretty involved with a lot of the the presidential campaign stuff going on in Alabama. It's really pretty cool.
But this post is for Thankful Thursday, and even though I've written about Tyler for Thankful Thursday before, there's no way that post covered everything. So I'm doing it again because I can!

I am so thankful for my brother because without him, life would have been pretty boring growing up.
I am thankful for him because he's who I go to with questions about the presidential race.

I'm thankful to Tyler for always wanting to tell me good news. It makes me feel good that he finds it important to keep me in the loop of his life.
I'm thankful for his sense of humor.

I'm thankful for the "inside information" he always seems to have thanks to being involved with the news and ABC.
I'm thankful he likes a lot of the same nerdy stuff I do. It was really helpful when we were growing up and we'd play pretend as Harry Potter characters and other awesome stuff.

I'm thankful we get along so well. We always have. Of course, we fought some as children but not near as much as some siblings do.
I'm thankful that he loves his job and his new town so much that he was so excited to show Pearson and me around when we visited at Christmas.

Likewise, I'm thankful he was not only willing but also excited to host us for several days.
There are so many more things but this list could get really long.

Happy Birthday, Tyler! I hope you have a wonderful day. I wish I could be there to celebrate with you!

What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!!!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

20 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

Welcome to day 24 of the #LoveBlog challenge. Today's prompt is respect. Head over to Brita's introductory post to see the prompts for the rest of the month! There are only five more days and we would love to have you link up!

Respect is a very important aspect of every relationship but especially a marriage. And it's often very difficult to do. Typically, I think it's more difficult for women. I'm not really sure why, but for some reason, in my experience, the first response for most women is to laugh or make fun of their husband. Or to act like his mother. Not to show him respect.

With that said, it is also very important for a husband to respect his wife. But since I am a wife and I think most of my readers are women, here are some ways to show respect to your husband (and most of these could go both ways)!

20 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

  1. Complain less, complement more.
  2. When arguing, try to see his side. Ask him to explain his side again if you need to in a kind way, but don't be condescending. Don't or roll your eyes. Don't act like your side is obviously right. Don't look down on him in any way. Don't act like his mother.
  3. Don't interrupt him. You don't appreciate it so I'm sure he doesn't either.
  4. Don't talk bad about him to other people. Even if we've had a fight or if I'm mad at Pearson at the moment, I never complain about him to other people.
  5. Try to keep a positive attitude. I like to make a list of qualities I like about Pearson and read it every once in a while. And I try to always put a positive spin on his annoying habits.
  6. Don't laugh at or make fun of him. I used to do this so often in college. He was goofy and nerdy and I just didn't think it was a big deal. But it really hurt him.
  7. Do stuff he likes to do even if you don't particularly like the activity. I don't mean all the time. But it will mean a lot to him if you suggest watching his favorite movie even though you don't enjoy it that much.
  8. Pick your battles. Think about what you're about to argue over and decide if it's really worth it.
  9. Say thank you and tell him you appreciate him.
  10. Praise his accomplishments.
  11. Sincerely apologize when you need to. Don't just say you're sorry to end the fight.
  12. Forgive when he apologizes. We all make mistakes. If he's truly sorry, forgive him.
  13. Try not to correct things he does. Unless it's absolutely necessary, of course. Pearson doesn't fold laundry exactly like I do, but instead of correcting him, I choose to appreciate that he wants to help. Or at least, I try to.
  14. Don't bring up big stuff as soon as he walks in the door. He's probably had a long day. Especially if he's a grad student... So let him relax and debrief.
  15. Don't assume you know what he's thinking! I do this all the time. I assume i know why Pearson is upset and sometimes I'm right, and sometimes I'm not. But whether I'm right or not, it makes Pearson mad.
  16. Don't assume he knows what you're thinking! I'm certainly guilty of this too. Your hubby is not a mind reader. Tell him what's going on.
  17. Ask his opinion and advice. Sometimes men (and women) just want to feel important.
  18. Don't try to help him (or worse, do something for him) unless he asks. Now I don't mean acts of service. You can always do little things to serve him. But if he's trying and struggling to do something and you think you can do it better or faster, don't jump in. Don't act like he's an idiot for not knowing how to do it. Let him work it out.
  19. Keep him informed about what goes on in your life.
  20. Don't put down his family too much. Even if he's complaining about them. Be careful. After all, they are still his family.
How do you show your husband respect?
Thanks for reading and be sure to link up below as well as come back for the last 5 days of February!

Also, tomorrow is Thankful Thursday! You can link up any thankful posts (even old ones) as long as you haven't linked them with Thankful Thursday before. I would love to have you!

Follow me on Instagram as I host the #LoveBlog challenge over there this month!
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Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.
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Meet Charlene Maugeri: Christian, wife, fur-mom, nerd, blogger and much more! 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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