Enduring All Things: December 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year - New Marriage (New Year's Resolutions for Your Marriage)

Well guys, the new year is upon us. There are just a few more days left of 2017. Can you believe it? I love starting a new year. Even though I know January 1st is just another day like all the others, it just seems like a perfect time to refresh.

Of all the things you're going to refresh this year, of all the resolutions you're making and the things you want to change, I want to challenge you to refresh your marriage with me! I am now officially blogging full time and I'm planning a lot of awesome marriage content. (But my January is going to be pretty busy).

So anyway, today I wanted to share a list of 20 resolutions you could make to insure this year is the best yet for your marriage. I'm not saying you should make all of these resolutions, that would be crazy! But pick a few and really try to stick to them! Oh and of course adjust the numbers and timelines for what works for you. I tried to make them as measurable as possible.
20 New Year's resolutions to choose from to make this year the best yet for your marriage. And there's a printable freebie!!
  1. Take a marriage course or join a marriage club (here are my favorite online marriage programs
  2. Write down one thing you admire about your spouse every day this year. 
  3. Gone on one date every week this year. And typical Netflix at home doesn't count unless it's special in some way.
  4. Do some getaway, just the two of you, every quarter this year. Even if it's just a one night stay-cation.
  5. Keep a note of items they have mentioned and might want for gifts later
  6. Check-in weekly. Or at least once per month. (My Weekly Couples Check-in Cheat Sheet is included in my "New Year - New Marriage" pack. More info below)
  7. Commit to doing daily, weekly, or monthly devotionals as a couple and a family
  8. Create a habit of connecting with each other every day. Even if just for 10 minutes. And don't just talk about how your day went. Maybe give each other a massage or take a shower together.
  9. Put your phone and computer away every night by 9 pm (or whatever time works for you but make it a rule).
  10. Find a new hobby to do together that you both love and will want to do often - it may take a while and some trial and error to find the perfect fit for both of you. Try a cooking class, dance class, hiking, biking, join an intramural sports team etc.
  11. Commit to the 7 Days of Sex Challenge once a quarter.
  12. Send a flirty text to your spouse once every week this year.
  13. Send an encouraging text to your spouse once every week this year.
  14. Say I love you every day this year.
  15. Find something to thank your spouse for every day this year (and say it).
  16. Pray for each other every day this year. Try to pray with each other but at least pray for each other separately.
  17. Learn your spouse's love language and try to speak it once every week this year. (Learn more about the 5 Love Languages here).
  18. Find something to celebrate together every month this year. Even if it's just National Doughnut Day or Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  19. Make a Date Night Bucket list for the year and stick to it! (There is a Date Night Bucket List Template in my "New Year - New Marriage" pack. More below)
  20. Don't bring past arguments into this new year. When you argue or are just irritated with your spouse, don't bring up things that happened in the past. Let this year be a clean slate!
    I think I'm going to shoot for numbers 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 17 and 19. What about you?

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    • with your spouse and make sure you’re on the same page.
    • A list of somewhat odd holidays to celebrate as a couple this year.
    • A date night bucket list template.
    • A “flushable” conflict template. - to literally flush past arguments down the toilet, never to be brought up again.

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    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Agape Love Box: Honest Review and Coupon Code

    I received Agape Love Box's December box free in exchange for review. All opinions are mine alone.

    Oh subscription boxes. There seems to be one out there for everything these days, am I right? I'm not usually a big fan because by nature, I'm a saver and a finisher. That means I don't like wasting money or products. So I'm not a big fan of spending money every month on products that I might not use.

    But when the people at Agape Love Box asked me to try one of their boxed, I decided to say yes because they're all about strengthening marriages by keeping Christ at the center! How could I say no to that??
    Each month's box has a theme and each box contains at least 5 "AGAPE" items:
    A- Aligning your marriage with Christ - Biblical Material
    G- Growing Together - Main Item
    A- Affection - "Spice it Up" Item
    P- Personal - Stationery Item
    E- Enjoy - "Extra lil' Something" Item
    Their December Christ-Must box had 2 devotional books, a scripture card, a beautiful wooden wall art, foot cream, a delicious smelling candle, mistletoe, and a couple pens.
    We opened the box and dug in on Christmas day since we were home alone this year. We read through one of the devotional books while enjoyed the candle and then massaged each other's feet.
    All in all, the box had some great stuff! I loved the Christmas theme and I can certainly get behind the goals of this new company.

    You can subscribe at agapelovebox.com and get 50% off your first box using code CMHALF50. Coupon code expires on January 31, 2018.

    Have you ever tried Agape Love Box? How do you feel about subscription boxes?
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    Tuesday, December 26, 2017

    Tomorrow Sleep Smart Bed: An Honest Review and Coupon Code

    I received a Tomorrow Sleep mattress and smart bed free in exchange for review. All opinions are mine alone.

    Once upon a time, I was contacted by Lauren from TomorrowSleep.com. She asked me if I wanted to review their mattress and smart bed. I have to admit I was pretty shocked. This is the biggest and most expensive free product I've ever received in exchange for a review. And of course, I didn't think I deserved it. You know with my impostor syndrome and all. But anyway I digress. I ordered a queen size medium-firm!
    I apologize to all of you readers because it has taken me so long to get this review out. I mean, I have been pretty busy. But I feel bad because I have coupon code for you: you can use ENDURING150 for $150 off any $500 purchase. BUT it expires on December 31st at midnight. I emailed Lauren to see if I can extend it. I'll let you know if I can.
    Anyway, so the mattress was delivered to is in a huge cardboard box. We pulled it out of the box, unrolled it on the bed, and cut the vacuum sealed bag with the letter cutter they provided. Then the mattress "inflated" to it's full size after being vacuum compressed. We plugged the smart bed system into the wall, placed the receptors under the mattress where each of our pillows go, and downloaded the sleeptracker app on both of our phones. Setting up the bed and account was simple and painless. You can watch my Instagram story of the process below.
    You guys. This mattress is so comfortable. It's a memory foam hybrid mattress so it conforms to our body. I used to think it was hard to get out of bed in the morning. That was nothing. I just want to lay on my cloud bed forever! Also, it uses temperature regulating memory foam and a wrapped coil system that provides the perfect balance of comfort and support. Pearson says he actually doesn't get overheated like he did in our old bed. I don't see much of a difference but that's probably because I'm always cold.
    Tomorrow Sleep is it's own entity but they are backed by Serta Simmons Bedding and thus have over a century worth of research, development, and insights into sleep. So they're selling a hybrid bed that combines a direct-to-consumer ethos with 100 years of American manufacturing expertise. They say it's the best hybrid mattress on the market.
    The sleep tracker detects when you fall asleep, how long you sleep and how deep you sleep. And based on all of that, you get a sleep score on your phone in the morning. The app gives you a notification and you get an email every day. It asks if you ate right before bed or exercised that day. Based on all of this information, it gives you suggestions for improving your sleep. It's really cool! I love keeping track of things like this and trying to improve my health in any way possible.
    You can get your own mattress here and remember to use code ENDURING150 for $150 off!

    Have you ever had a mattress delivered to your door? Have you ever used a sleep tracking smart bed? Both experiences are fantastic!
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    Reading Roundup December {2018}

    So this month was just as busy as last month if not more. So I didn't finish any books. Even though I started reading several. But I did finish one audio book for book club!

    The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

    So The Hallmark Channel made a movie out of this book for Christmas this year. That right there should tell you a lot. It was kind of a light and fluffy read. And the fact that I listened to it made it even lighter.

    My book club read this book for December right after reading Murder on the Orient Express in November. So it was quite a big change. But when we discussed this book, we actually found quite a few parallels between the two books.

    I will also say, if you read the book, you will be very disappointed in the movie. I didn't watch the movie but everybody at book club said it was terrible. The casting was wrong, they left out some important parts, and they really emphasized the cheesy parts and made them even more cheesy.

    But I do recommend the book! There were several times I didn't want to get out of the car because Iw as listening.

    What have you read this month? Link up below!
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    Monday, December 25, 2017

    Merry Christmas

    I just wanted to jump on here real quickly today and say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours! I hope you've had a wonderful year and that you're enjoying today with loved ones.
    This year has been a great one for us! At least the second half has. We had a few negatives at the beginning but it ended up being an awesome year. I'll talk more about that in a few days for my annual "goodbye 2017" post.

    Until then, I'll be enjoying these next few days with my hubby while still getting ready for our move!
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