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Crated with Love Date Night Subscription :: Giveaway

9:31:00 PM

As a mom of three little ones five and under I know first hand it can be hard to find extra motivation and energy to get yourself together for a night out, let alone the time or money to spend on a nice evening out including paying a babysitter. If I am truly honest with you guys, my husband and I probably get a proper date night out of the house 4-5 times a year...I know. Sad. But true.


As a result of our far and few between date nights for my most recent birthday, my very sweet hubs got us this Crated with Love Date Night Subscription box. It quickly became our favorite night of the month!! A fun way for us to get quality time together not in front of a screen.

Each month has a unique theme and is surrounded with the idea in mind to strengthen your relationship through fun games, DIY projects and lots of communication. I love this subscription box!! It gives us our monthly date night without having to go through the trouble of having to find a sitter or even get dressed up. Some months we do our date nights in our pajamas. And I am totally cool with that!


This month was all about setting relationship goals while on a "Sweetheart Safari." We journeyed our way through the jungle, calculated our safari skills, and headed on a jungle river excursion. Each game, activity or task uniquely created opportunities to discuss our relationship, because well, love is a lot like a jungle. It is wild (especially if you have kids) and can be completely unpredictable, but is completely worth it when you are on the journey together.

I asked my husband what his favorite part of this month's date was and he said, and I quote, "All of the smooches." Ha! Such a man.

My favorite part was (and still is) the sloth button. How this works is one person hides the button and whenever the next person finds it that person has to stop whatever they are doing and come give the hider a kiss. Now it is their turn to hide the sloth. We have been having so much fun with this sloth all week and I'm pretty sure we plan to continue hiding the sloth as long as possible. Last place I hid him was in a box of tissues for my husband to find later in the day. He hid it last and I still haven't found it yet.



Okay, so now for what you all have been waiting for...because I am so ecstatic about this subscription and I am a firm believer that communication is the KEY ingredient to every healthy relationship and marriage. I have partnered up with Crated with Love to give one luck couple a FREE date night box of your own!

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
1. If you don't follow me on Instagram..head over to my page and follow me @mrsmorganellis
2. Be sure to follow @cratedwithlove
3. Like and leave me a comment with when your last date night was and what you did (over on my Instagram post)
4. all entries must be in by 9PM (EST) on January 18, 2019. Winners will be chosen January 19, 2019.

I can't wait to hear what you guys think and to see you enjoy connecting, laughing and just having fun with each other. HAPPY DATING!



Family

New Year's Resolutions :: 2019

1:27:00 PM


Resolutions. Goals. Mantras. Whatever you call them, each of us typically approaches a new year as an opportunity to make some sort of change in our lives. Whether it be for our diet, lifestyle, career goals, etc. It is a beautiful reminder that we never have to stay where we are. God gives us a fresh start. A chance to turn over a new leaf and better ourselves and our lives.

As we near the start of 2019 I have been reflecting on this past year and how even though I am so bad at resolutions, I actually did pretty well sticking to my goals for this past year. One of my big goals for 2018 was to put more money into savings, which I have been pretty good at. However my husband is about to celebrate his 30th birthday and I wanted to do something BIG for him...so I dipped into my savings and got him his very own golf cart. 

I must say, it was pretty awesome to make such a large purchase without having to tell him or inform him of a bill that might come later. It was paid fully in cash and he was so surprised and honored to receive such a lavish gift. So even though I may wiped out a lot of my savings, I feel like I used it with a good purpose. To do something so special and selfless for someone I love. And that is what it is about!!

This year I wanted to pick a word. A single word to describe how I want 2019 to feel when I reflect on it this same time next year.

And my word is :: INTENTIONAL

Intentional: done on purpose or deliberate.

My goals this year are all surrounding this word... 

To be intentional with my time with God every day.

To be intentional finding time to take care of me. Whether that is working out, having more girls nights, or getting my nails done (without children).

To intentionally get more date nights and quality alone time with my husband.

To be more intentional about spending quality time with friends (without kids).

To intentionally see more of the world traveling and exploring (even places close to home).

To be intentional about learning something new and getting out of my comfort zone.

To be more intentional about being kind to those around me and spreading joy through random acts of kindness.

To intentionally put more money in savings.

Intentionally read more for fun.

Intentionally participate in more education to make myself a better stylist and colorist.

Intentionally spend one on one time with each of my children each month. <-- this is a big one for me!

There you have it. My goals for the new year. In a nutshell to be more intentional with my time, my talents, my money, and my relationships. I would love if as I approached 2020 I can look back and say, this year was my best year yet!

If you could pick one word that you want to describe your 2019 what would it be?? I encourage each of you to look through some of these words (found on The Diary of a Frugal Family blog) and find one that speaks to your heart. From there create goals around that word. 


I wish each and every one of you the most amazing 2019!! May you make it your best year yet!

Kids

Dear Daughter

3:28:00 PM


Dear Sweet Adelle,

As we celebrate your first birthday I am sitting here in awe of how fast this first year of your life has flown by. You came into the world like thunder and rolled into our lives with such vigor. My heart exploded with love the moment I laid eyes on you and ever since that moment you have taken up a permanent residence in my heart and soul.

I'm writing this letter to you so that one day I may be able to share it with you and share my heart at this moment in your life. To remind you of some of your beautiful, amazing qualities that I'm sure you will forget as life tumbles over you as it seems to do to all of us at one point or another.

You are strong and beautiful and bring the absolute most joy to every room you are in. Your smile is infectious and your laughter is medicine to my soul. I have loved watching you grow and learn and play and sometimes just sleep. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life having the honor of being your (and your brothers') mom.

Life will be hard little one. There will be many good days filled with fun and laughter. But more often than I would like there will be hard days too. Days when the enemy will attack you at every corner and the rain will seem to be never ending. Days when you will feel alone and days when you will feel unworthy or inadequate. If there is nothing else I teach you, please remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God, the creator of the Universe, created you intimately, intricately and with purpose. He has given you so many gifts, one of which is your beautiful smile, to be able to use to make the world around you a bit brighter.

I know you may not see it all the time, but you are beautiful and you are enough just the way you are. A wise woman once told me that sometimes God stops the rain, but other times he simply hands you an umbrella. God doesn't always calm the storms in our lives, but He ALWAYS will be with us through them, protecting us and giving us the tools we need to face them. His purposes are not always known in the moment, but I promise if you let Him He will always make you stronger than you ever thought possible and bring you closer to Him through the process.

I love you so much my darling. More than you could ever imagine. One of my biggest prayers for you as you grow is that you become an amazing woman who loves God and shares that love with the world around you. I can't wait to watch you grow and see who you become.

I love you to the moon and back,
Mom

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