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

 

Little Guy Style feat. Little Babe Designs

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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

Making Gift Tags with Pilot Pen

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I can’t even tell you how happy I am that Pilot Pen is sponsoring today’s blog post. I’m the type of writer that puts pen to paper on a daily basis whether it’s for creative writing, blogging, or scheduling out my day as a wife/mom/blogger.

As Christmas approaches, you can find me meticulously addressing envelopes for family and friends, writing letters to slip into the stockings of loved ones, making shopping lists, and writing out goal lists–and because I am a writer, I am very picky about pens, which is why I love the Pilot G2 pen.

The G2 gel ink pens seriously are the pen for the everyday overachiever–people like you and me, the goal-setters and goal-reachers. And the G2 gel ink is made using pigments instead of dyes, which is why these pens have such a vibrant, beautiful color. Wouldn’t you love to get (or give) these pens as a stocking stuffer? You can even pair them with an adult coloring book or a cute notebook!

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Image courtesy of Green Vintage Photography

I had the unique opportunity to attend the Pilot Pen event in my hometown of Sacramento. It was so neat to watch demonstrations of modern calligraphy using the Pilot G2 gel ink pens. We learned how to decorate simple print on gift tags for children by adding colors and layers to make the writing more fun. We also learned how to add simple flourishes to Christmas-related projects like signs.

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I’m using Pilot G2 pens to make gift tags for Christmas presents because I love the way they write–the Pilot G2 is a great pen for a great value. I used a red pen and a green pen to do the gift tags. Before I put pen to paper, I practiced. Something we talked about at the Pilot Pen event is that you need to be aware of your spacing and how much room you have between words. So I practiced on scratch paper before writing on the gift tags, and I got creative with it–these pens are so fun to work with! I never thought I’d do this good of a job on modern calligraphy, it’s definitely something I want to keep working on.

Want your own Pilot G2 pens? Get 20% off ALL G2 products (G2 Fashion, G2, G2 Metallics, G2 Mosaics, G2 BCA, G2 Pro, G2 Limited) by using promo code G2SWAY on PilotPen.us. Valid now through 12/31/16.

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For this gift tag, I got creative with Enoch’s name–I love the way it turned out!

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On this gift tag, I imitated the name tag that was on my plate at the Pilot Pen event.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America.

Images noted above courtesy of Green Vintage Photography.

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Toddler who Loves Trucks

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Are you shopping for a toddler who loves trucks? If you said “yes!” then you’re in the right place. I’ve got nephews from ages 1-18 and two sons of my own—I am all too familiar with the draw of trucks—garbage trucks, cement mixers, tractors, dump trucks, and the list goes on.

I’ve compiled all of the truck knowledge I’ve gained from family through the years into the The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Toddler who Loves Trucks and have divided all of these truck favorites into books, toys, and pajamas.

Check out the list and let me know which item(s) you got for your truck-loving toddler!

BOOKS

Tons of Trucks

This is an amazing, interactive book and became an instant favorite of my son’s after my sister gifted it to him on his first birthday! It is so catchy and memorable. I can’t say enough good things about this one!

 

Little Blue Truck board book

Another book my little guy received from my sister (who is a boy mom and knows all the good books!). This book teaches about the power of kindness and I absolutely love that!

There’s also a Little Blue Truck’s Christmas book, I haven’t read it yet but it’s going on our last minute gift list!

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

This is an awesome bedtime story for our truck-loving boy!

 

TOYS

Mega Race-Car Carrier – Wooden Tractor and Trailer

I don’t think anything needs to be said about this toy. How fun is this?

 

Green Toys Dump Truck

This dump truck can go in the dishwasher — I call that a win!

LEGO DUPLO My First Cars and Trucks

 

Vehicles Mix ‘n Match Wooden Peg Puzzle

 

PAJAMAS

 

Monster 4 Wheel Truck Sleeper

 

4-pc. Fireman Pajama Set

Striped Firetruck PJs

 

Fleece Construction PJs

 

If you have any last minute shopping to do for a toddler who loves trucks, I truly hope this list gave you some ideas! Make sure you pin it for later! Even if you’re done with Christmas shopping, you may have a toddler birthday gift to shop for in the future.

Do you have a favorite truck-related toy or book?

Xx, Emily

A Gift He Will Treasure

*Today’s post is sponsored by JORD.

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watch details: Reece (walnut & navy)

As I’m sure you’ve already noticed, I LOVE personalized presents! I’m a firm believer that when a gift is personalized, it gains importance and makes the recipient feel that much more special. Bonus points if the present is something the recipient needs or can use for years to come.

When I receive a gift that has been made just for me and is well thought out, it is something I don’t easily forget.

Because of this love for personalized gifts, I was so excited to partner with JORD to create an engraved gift for my husband. It can be difficult to shop for my husband sometimes because he has strong opinions (just like I do) and knows what he likes but anytime I’ve gotten him something he can wear in both professional and casual settings, he has loved it and used it. Since I love my JORD watch and he has complimented it, I knew he’d love to have a watch of his own in a box with a special message just for him.

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I chose the Reece watch in walnut and navy for my husband because he likes each of his watches to be unique, and since all of his watches are circular, I knew he’d like that the watch’s face is a rectangular shape. It also has a design on the face–he likes those kinds of details!

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Max and I are both affectionate and sentimental and I kind of love that about us. I wanted to give him a gift for Christmas that he’d treasure, so I began thinking of our relationship and some of the memories that have made us who we are as a couple.

I kept remembering this thing that one of our old friends used to say, that we sort of adopted as one of our many relationship mottos, and it was “one team, one dream”.

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When we are trying to make decisions together as a family we consider our team (us and our family) and our dream (the goals we want to achieve as a family). We are very purpose-driven in our home, and our most important goals are to put God first and to strengthen our family. When we have to make a decision, we will consider whether it will help our family reach our goals. We keep in mind that it’s the most important thing, that we’re one team with one dream. I love that this relationship and family motto is now on Max’s watch box so that we can see it every day on the dresser and be reminded of what matters most.

I think it’s so awesome that JORD now offers watch engraving and wood engraving on the side of the cedar wood presentation box that the watch arrives in (see example in photo above!).

JORD can engrave the back plate (at a cost of $35) of the following watches: Fieldcrest, Reece, Frankie35 , Frankie, and Conway, and you can choose either block or script engraving. Also, JORD can engrave the side of the presentation box at a cost of $45, and you can choose either block or script engraving. For character limitations, please visit the JORD website here. Additionally, engraving will extend delivery time by up to 7 business days so plan accordingly as customization is not a last minute thing.

Do you want a $25 gift code for JORD? Click here and enter your email address and you will be emailed a $25 gift code!