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Perfect Gifts for Babies and Toddlers!

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Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet: http://amzn.to/2glyABa

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To My Husband During Pregnancy: An Open Letter

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Note: Be sure to check out my youtube page for pregnancy updates! Also Living Satisfied Favorites for some of my favorite items for the home, baby, food, etc…

 

Dearest Husband,

I can’t count the amount of things that you do right. You serve me daily and would drop anything to be by my side. During this season of our life things are changing quickly and unfortunately for the both of us my hormones are just about everywhere. I’ve quickly become uncomfortable, insecure about my body, and simply am not able to do tasks as I used to.
More than ever I hope that during this time you and I can change and mold together and that our communication can grow stronger. During this season I am having to learn how to ask for help and learn how to support you in different ways. My goal in this letter is to give a little insight into my needs at this time and I hope that you can share with me how I can better serve you as well. This letter’s intent is to ease your mind. As a man you are built to serve, problem solve, and support your family. As a woman I am built to be serve, submit, and support my husband. While I feel as though we have been doing a great job at this, it is time to mold these actions into our new life as a family of 3.
Here are 4 items that I feel are important. I hope that after reading these you can let me know how to best support you as well.
1) Speak my love language and often: This has never been so incredibly important. While you have IMG_2507done a great job of this while being my husband, I really need some extra love. I’m having a hard time keeping my spirits up and while my Bible and God are a great help, it is really appreciated when YOU show me love through my own love language. I know this isn’t always easy for you, but here are a few things you can do.
My love language: Words of affirmation and gifts
  • Text me often while you are away and tell me sweet things.
  • Leave notes for me even if it is via e-mail
  • Tell me I look good even though I haven’t showered in 3 days. :)
  • Purchase some small cheap gifts for me occasionally such as food, flowers, lotion, items for a bath, etc…
note: find your love language here! CLICK HERE
2) Help around the house: At our house we have a terribly long list of items that need to be fixed, remodeled, etc… while those are really important and need to get done I sometimes just need you to vacuum the floors, clean the toilet, or do the dishes. I hate that I am not able to keep up with the house as I used to for you, however there are some days that it is really hard to simply get out of bed or touch my toes. Let’s plan out a schedule of house fixes/remodels so that it isn’t too overwhelming for you. At the same time maybe we can break up the household chores or work on doing them together. I promise to communicate my expectations if you promise to let me know what is feasible and what is not.
3) Rub my back and feet: I know you don’t mind doing this occasionally, but more than ever it makes a huge difference to my tired back and feet. Not only is there strain on my body simply by carrying the baby, but I’m sleeping weird, walking weird, and can’t work out/stretch like I used to. Even a 5 minute massage before bed can make a huge difference for this ever-growing pregnant lady. Maybe we could even take turns? :)
4) Be patient: I truly can’t control all these emotions. I have cried over really small items quite a bit already. I give you permission to let me be sad, mad, and frustrated. I know this is a confusing thing for you as the husband. Your desire to want to help and fix what ever you can is admirable, but right now I just need to feel these emotions. For me, sometimes I just need you to sit and listen. The logical side of me knows how to troubleshoot the issue, but the emotional side just has the upper hand. Right now I just need to be able to feel these emotions without being judged.
Here are some things to do during the time I ask for supported emotional time.
  • All these emotions already embarrass me because I know they are illogical so if I ask to be alone let me. It isn’t that I don’t want you or need you, so if you can stay close by that would be nice. If I really start to cry sit beside me, hand me tissues, and just let me cry it out.
  • Try to do things that will ease my stress during times of tears or frustration like doing some laundry, making dinner, or any other chores. Running out for a treat never hurts either.
  • Don’t worry about fixing the problem right then and there. This maybe the hardest part for you as the husband because you are always the first to volunteer to try to make me feel better or punch someone who is mean to me. If I’m mad or frustrated give me space to cool down. Do the tasks that need to be done and just try to show me love through my love language.
Bonus tip…Pray: Pray for me and the baby often. Pray for us in your private time and out loud in front of us. During this time I don’t need a grand prayer just prayer in general. If you can’t think of what to say, you can always offer to read the Bible to me or part of a devotional.
I love you dearly and I hope these tips will help you navigate this stage of having an emotional pregnant wife.
You’re the best,
Your wife

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Tips on Keeping Your Fridge Organized

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Hello!

Keeping my fridge clean is actually quite important to me. Not only does it make it easy to find what you need and helps food not go bad, but it saves a lot of money. I use these practices not only in my own home, but also in the kitchen I manage at Mercy Ministries. For the purpose of this post I am not focusing on how to clean your fridge, but rather how to purchase the appropriate amounts of food, drinks, sauces, act… I hope that you find these tips helpful!

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For many people this can be tough, especially with the urge to purchase only “healthy” food because summer is here. I think a lot of us go through the store and pick up a bunch of fruits and veggies thinking that if you have them stocked you won’t eat “bad” foods. Then we open up our fridge a week later to find most of it is starting to go bad.

  • Start by doing a food log for 1 week. You can type this up _DSC0113on your phone in a note or e-mail. Figuring out what you are eating and how much is a great indicator of what you should purchase.
  • Plan 2-3 easy dinners for that week knowing that you will have left overs.
  • Realistically plan out how many times you will go out to eat or choose an unconventional meal (such as just snacking for dinner).
  • Account for your “unhealthy” snacks. Yes we would all love to purchase and only eat veggies andhummus or fruit and nuts for snacks, but that isn’t the reality for most individuals. Figure out 1-2 unhealthy snacks that you know you would want and portion them out into serving sizes. That way when you just need that piece of chocolate or bag of chips they are ready for you in appropriate portions.
    • For me this is chocolate. I like to purchase chocolate from Trader Joe’s and portion them out. I then place them in the freezer that way when I want a piece I have to go into the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes before consumption. This almost always deters me from going for seconds.

2) Purchase the minimum amount that you need.

If all else fails you can go to the store for a forgotten item, but stick to the ingredients you need for your dinners and lunches and be on your way. It is really easy to go over board with picking up lots of fruits and veggies, but in reality how much of that will you actually eat. It may look nice in your cart, but when a week goes by and they are still sitting there you probably won’t feel as good.

  • Plan 2-3 dinners for that week and set days to cook them.
  • Plan out your lunches. Most people eat basically the same items for lunch or they eat left overs. Stick to what you are comfortable with. Use your food log to determine how much you actually need to buy.

3) Inventory

Keep track of what you eat by the end of the week. What ever you had excess of repurchase less next time. That may mean that you have to run out before the next shopping trip, but that is a good thing! Your fridge should be almost empty before the next trip.

Aim to never throw out anything! While we all end up throwing out food due to spoilage, do your best to not let it get to that point. This will help you save money in the long run.

4) Condiments/dressings

  • Always make sure all condiments are in date.
  • Keep some masking tape and/or a sharpie in your kitchen. Write a quick date on your condiment when it is opened. If you haven’t used the already open condiment in a month, toss it. It obviously isn’t essential in your kitchen and is just wasting space. (It also probably isn’t sanitary anymore being open that long)
  • Set a limit for yourself: decide how many condiments you will allow to be in our fridge and stick to it. Condiments take a lot of space and most likely you only use a couple on a regular basis.

4) Freezer

Some weeks you may not be sure how much you will be eating at the house. The best way to avoid spoilage in those weeks is to either purchase some frozen veggies and protein or put them in the freezer yourself when you get back from the store.

I almost always put the protein I purchase straight into the freezer. While we do eat animal protein often, sometimes our daily lives can get busy and we can’t eat it before the expiration date.

 

 

I hope these tips help you for your future shopping trips!

 

Living Satisfied!

 

**Pictures were taken at the end of the week.

 

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Marriage isn’t 50/50

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Hello!
If you don’t know already, my amazing husband started his MBA this last semester. While we are so excited to start this adventure and IMG_0016know that it will be 100% worth it, we have found our schedules have changed quite a bit.
I have always gone on the idea that marriage is 50/50. We each do our part in work, household/yard chores, and relationship stuff. However, through reading “Messy Beautiful Love” By Darlene Schacht I have found out that this not exactly what God called us to do in our marriages.
While many days I feel that our marriage is in deed 50/50, there are plenty of days that I feel stretched thin or I simply place unrealistic expectations on my spouse. Through reading this book I realize that although marriage technically takes two, it is more about serving one another through the sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated. I have to succumb to the fact that my husband will never read my mind. He will never be intricately in tune with my beliefs, emotions, or daily thoughts, however he will provide for my family, do the dirty gross chores, kill spiders, and hug me while I cry for no reason.
During my husband’s first semester in his MBA program this lesson seemed to continuously creep back into my mind. My spouse is tired. He goes to a full-time job, does necessary fixes/chores around the house, listens to me explain every detail of my day, and then spends a minimum of 2 hours on his graduate studies. While I know how hard he works, at times I just expect more. My spouse shows his love through acts of service, which means that if I ask, he will do, 9/10 times. However, I have learned that while I can ask, it doesn’t always mean that I should. Marriage isn’t 50/50. In my marriage it is a supply and demand set up. My husband is silently demanding less obligations and I should supply him with a peaceful home by taking a few minutes to do the dirty dishes alone or make dinner without asking for assistance.
God calls us to serve one another. He desires us to seek Him first and to love each other as Christ loved us. My husband goes above and beyond and sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I need to not ask for anything more from him and instead DO more FOR him. I need to extend grace just as I hope that he extends grace to me when I’m overwhelmed.

Thanks,
Living Satisfied

Check out more: One Year in my Marriage    Packing my husband’s lunch Part 2   50 Shades of Grey

Note: Of course I will add that my view of marriage is limited to my experiences and what I have observed, so I can really only speak about myself and my own marriage. I am not stating that a spouse should carry the weight of the whole marriage or that he or she should stay in a abusive relationship.
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Packing my Husband’s Lunch 2014: Part 2

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Welcome to Living Satisfied! This post is in response to New Year’s Resolution: One Year in My Marriage. Last year I documented different lessons I learned while packing my husband’s lunch every business day of 2014. This equalled 221 lunches. Stay tuned for more related posts. 

 

Hello!

I began journaling while I packed Jay’s lunch because I wanted to explore the 555667_3637400617593_611036258_nmisread expectations of what it means to be a friend, spouse, or family member in my own life. The initial inspiration for exploring the relationships in my life actually started with an old girl friend. The relationship started off well, however we became best friends almost as fast as it crashed and burned. Anytime I had an issue or was upset I became increasingly insecure about confiding in her. I felt like I had to hold it in because the expectations with in our friendship had become quite confusing. Overall I have many great memories of us living life together, but in the end I was burned out. I was newly married, exhausted, and had felt that our relationship was becoming increasingly unhealthy. I was struck by the realization that I had no idea how to be a friend to her, let alone how to be a wife. Everything that worked well with other friends blew up in flames and I felt that I could do no right.
So what does this have to do with me taking on this adventure to make my husband’s lunch? Everything. This failed relationship has changed my view on how relationships should be in my life. Bob Goff says in Love Does, ” I used to think life could be shared with anyone, but now I know choosing the right people is pretty important”. I’m not writing this as someone who wants to become a hermit and excommunicate those around me, but rather as someone who wants to have meaningful, life long relationships. I wouldn’t mind rekindling past friendships if that is what God has planned, but that is more up to Him than me.
I chose to document this journey because I want to explore how my relationship with my husband should look as a believer in Christ Jesus. I am not only doing this in my marriage, but in every relationship. I want to be a better wife, sister, daughter, and friend. To be sincere and loyal. I don’t want the familiarity of the past, but to look forward to what God has planed for me. I know that sometimes it is the smallest conversations that make the biggest impact. Words have meaning and can either give life or take it away and I want to be sure the words spoken out of my mouth are life-giving.
So I challenge you, the reader, to reevaluate your relationships. Which ones are life-giving? Which ones need more grace, patience, or dedication? Which ones don’t? Which relationships should you step away from or limit your time with? Spend some time in prayer and ask God to show you the sincerity of your relationships and how to move forward.
I hope this post spoke to you. Remember that no one is perfect. I will make plenty of mistakes throughout my life, but I hope that God will continue to teach me how to be a good wife, friend, and family member
I will continue to post snippets of my journal from last year. Enjoy.
Living Satisfied.
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Setting a Cleaning Schedule

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Hello!

I don’t know about you, but nice weather causes me to want to clean. While I know a large portion of the U.S. is nowhere near nice weather right now…Here in Nashville we have a gorgeous day with a high of 58 degrees. If I didn’t have to go to work I would probably spend the rest of the day deep cleaning sections of the house, but alas I must go to work.
So what do you do with those feelings of having a cleaning spree, but no time to do anything about it?
Ever since my husband and I purchased our house last year I created a weekly cleaning list. It isn’t complicated and just has me cleaning one section of the home every day. It has helped me tremendously since I am prone to procrastination. While I love a clean home sometimes when I get home from work or am feeling stressed the last thing I want to do is clean. That is why this system has worked so well for me. It allows me to set my mind on doing one thing. Even though the whole house may technically need to be picked up, having the one chore a day allows me to consistently have a clean house.cleaning

Please note that I adjust this based on the week. Due to my inconsistent work schedule sometimes I need to change it up. However, the goal is to get each one done by the end of the week.

Here is my schedule:

Monday: Bathrooms; sink toilet and shower
Tuesday: Kitchen; counters, sweep and mop, clean fridge out
Wednesday: 1st floor; Vacuum and dust
Thursday: Laundry
Friday: Upstairs; wash sheets, vacuum, and dust

 

I think it is important to add that I if I miss a day I don’t always go back and do the chore. Being that we don’t have guests over a lot at the moment I don’t feel that it is necessary. After all the point is to make your life easier not harder right?

So what schedule are you going to make? I highly suggest creating a cleaning schedule and sticking to it. Your house will be clean and you will feel less overwhelmed . :)

 

Have a great day!

Living Satisfied