The Love Your Husband Challenge

There are exactly 4 weeks until Valentine’s Day 2017. I decided sometime in December that this year I HAD to do something DIFFERENT and I invite you to join me in a challenge that I’ve given myself . . . something I’m calling the Love Your Husband Challenge!

• I will be completing at least one conscious act of love for my husband every single day until Valentine’s Day.

• Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to join me and complete a conscious act of love for your husband today, and every single day until Valentine’s Day.

Choose your love: love your choice

– President Thomas S. Monson

I love my husband every single day! In fact, I shower him with love whenever I get a chance! So . . . why did I give myself the challenge to do a conscious act of love for him every day until Valentine’s Day?

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Because when I entered the Sacramento LDS Temple almost five years ago, I knew I was marrying my husband for eternity. Our intention was that we would create what we called an “epic marriage”. We wanted to grow with each other, face challenges together, celebrate triumphs together, and be even more madly in love as the years rolled on than we were the day we got married.

The key word in that sentence though, is that we wanted to “create” an epic marriage, we knew it wouldn’t just happen to us . . . we needed to make the choices for that to happen. And therein lies one of the deepest misunderstandings I think I’ve ever heard about love: that it happens to us and that we can fall in and out of love and we have no choice in the matter.

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I don’t believe that for a second. Rather, I believe love is a verb. Like the quote above, I believe we choose our love. I have chosen my husband. Because I have chosen my husband, I must love (verb) my choice.

‘love is a verb. The feeling of love is the fruit of love. So love your wife. You did it once, you can do it again. Listen. Empathize. Appreciate. It’s your choice. Are you willing to do that?’
– Stephen R. Covey

I would rephrase this for myself to “love him, listen to him, empathize with him, appreciate him”. There is no such thing as giving too much love. So if I love (verb) my husband every day, why give myself this challenge? Because I want my husband to feel loved and appreciated. I don’t think it’s even possible for me to give him too much love.

And why should you join me in this challenge? Because, in my opinion, it’s always a good time to love someone we love. What do you have to lose?

I am so excited about thinking up ways to show and communicate my love for my husband and to share them with you along the way. And I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Some ideas to get you started: shoulder massage, give him a kiss, make dessert (or just scoop him some ice cream!), leave him a love note to find as he’s getting ready for work, plan a date, or a movie night at home.

I hope you will join me in this challenge! If you post about your random acts of love, please use the hashtag #theloveyourhusbandchallenge so I can see them! I’d love some more ideas for random acts of love I can do for my husband. If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments!

Xx, Emily

 

Winter Neutrals & a New Year

*Today’s post is sponsored by Evy’s Tree. This post contains affiliate links.

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detailsThe Samantha in Espresso | Black Jeans | Black OTK Boots | Top (similar) | Sunglasses

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details: The Samantha in Espresso | Black Jeans | Black OTK Boots | Top (similar) | Sunglasses

Happy New Year!

If you’ve been following along with my blogging journey for awhile then you already know how much I love Evy’s Tree sweaters. Evy’s Tree is a local company here in Northern California. They make luxury hoodies for those colder California days like the ones we’ve been having recently. They’re stylish, ridiculously comfortable, and warm.

This one has such a unique hoodie. You can unzip it and wear it draped over your shoulders (as pictured). Or, you can zip it all the way up and it becomes a regular hoodie. It’s so different and I love that.

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions so far? I’m not much of a resolutions person but I love making new goals for the new year. I always goal-make/goal-chase/goal-reach–that’s just the way I am year-round (raise your hand if you can relate!). So at the beginning of a fresh year, I tend to look at the current goals I’m working on and re-evaluate my plans. I also make new goals for the new year and create a plan of how I am going to turn those goals into a reality.

What is your new year process — do you like setting goals or making resolutions? What works for you? Let me know in the comments! And let me know if I can help you with your goals/resolutions (my email address is in the “contact” page above)! Happy Friday!

Xx, Emily

Little Guy Style feat. Little Babe Designs

*Today’s post is sponsored by Little Babe Designs. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. These are provided for your convenience and do not increase the price of the item.

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details: sweatshirt | pants | sneakers (similar)

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details: sweatshirt | joggers | sneakers

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on little e:  sweatshirt | pants | sneakers (similar)   on little g: sweatshirt | joggers | sneakers

Happy New Year! One of my goals this year is to focus on creating happiness with my family. With my little guys, that’s as simple as taking them outside to run around and play. On play days, my kids are much happier when they’re in comfortable clothes and mommy wants those comfy clothes to be cute too, so we’re loving these adorable sweatshirts from Little Babe Designs!

Mommy loves these sweatshirts and the boys do too because they’re trendy, easy to style, warm enough to play outside in, and light enough to run around in. I styled them with joggers and soft pants for this play date, but they look great with jeans and printed pants too–all the clothes at Little Babe Designs are versatile and can be styled many ways.

Little Babe Designs was started by Shira. She wanted to dress her daughter in minimal, trendy clothing with an edge. As you can see from these super cute sweatshirts, Shira loves monochromatic and modern clothing. Way cute, right? You can shop Little Babe Designs here. Shira has generously offered a 10% off discount code to my followers, just use code MAMABLOG for 10% off your purchase! And be on the lookout for the Little Babe Designs winter sale items!

What are some of the ways you create happiness and make memories with your family? I’d love to read your ideas in the comments!

Xx, Emily

Olive Green and Stripes

*Today’s post is sponsored by PinkBlush. This post contains affiliate links. They are provided for your convenience and do not increase the price of the item.

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details: striped top | olive green coat | black otk boots | sunglasses (similar)

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It’s no secret that I love PinkBlush! Back in August, I talked about this beautiful maxi dress that I received from PinkBlush and wore to my son’s birthday party. This time, I decided to switch it up and feature this beautiful draping olive green coat. I like the way it contrasts with this sweet black and white striped top with crochet detail. I love this combination of olive green and stripes!

In case you haven’t heard of PinkBlush already, they have a beautiful line of clothes for women that can also transition into pregnancy. I wish I had known about PinkBlush during my two pregnancies. But lucky for me, their women’s line is comfortable and stylish, so I still get to enjoy their clothes even now.

Good luck!

Xx, Emily

Christmas Party Outfits

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details: black lace top | high waisted pleated skirt | black pumps (similar)

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details: black lace top | pleated midi skirt | red bag (similar) | black pumps (similar)

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Can you believe it’s almost Christmas Day? There are 3 more sleeps until Christmas and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to experience Christmas morning with my two sweet toddlers. I have loved watching them enjoy Christmas preparations and activities this year, it’s so magical!

As the big day approaches you may still be figuring out what to wear. If so, I hope these two outfit ideas give you some Christmas outfit inspo–each outfit includes the same black lace top, which is $24.99 right now at H&M (I wore a basic long sleeved black tee underneath it), and both outfits are very simple and easy to put together. Either of them can be worn to a Christmas party, on Christmas Sunday to church, or to Christmas dinner.

Is it colder where you live? Add black tights and black booties instead of pumps. Then wear a scarf and coat!

What are you most excited about as Christmas Day approaches? Tell me in the comments!

Xx, Emily