Real Advice For Newlyweds From A Bride Of 6 Months

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Today marks 6 months of being married. Six whole months. Terrence and I will only be newlyweds for a little while longer, then we'll take our place as wise old wedded folks, giving unsolicited advice to the newly betrothed. Terrence and I received a lot of tips before our big day. Some of them were relevant, and some weren't. Of course now that I've been legally boo'ed up for half a year, it's my turn to start giving back, using my own experience with marriage, and telling the new newlyweds … [Read more...]

How To Be A Better Wife in 20 Minutes Or Less

How To Be A Better Wife in 20 Minutes or Less

Whoever said the first year of marriage would be the most difficult, clearly never met my husband. We are just about at the halfway mark, and things are still going really, really good. I don't worry about jinxing things because both of us are working hard to make sure we're keeping the other happy. Both Terrence and I are learning to be submit ourselves to each other, to be humble, and most importantly, to compromise. 10 Things To Say To Your Husband Every Single Day¬† Here's an example. … [Read more...]

Lunch at Rustic – Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Rustic at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

This weekend, Terrence and I took a little jaunt down to Sonoma for a quick rendezvous. We were engaged last year the eve before Valentine's Day, so we were also celebrating an anniversary of sorts. One thing I love (among many) that I love about my husband is that he really takes holidays seriously! He gives flowers, cards, and gifts, and he really goes out of his way to make them feel special. When one of the discount sites that he follows sent an email for a reduced price stay at an inn in … [Read more...]

10 Things To Say To Your Husband Every Day

Words of Affirmation for Your Husband - Mama Knows It All

There's a new trend among married folks that I agree with completely. Instead of the "ol' ball and chain" stereotype that used to define matrimony, men and women are treating marriage like a gift (because it is), and their spouses like a prize (because they are). Nowadays, wives aren't belittling their husbands for laughs. I mean, some may try, but if they're lucky, a sistergirl pulls them to the side real quick and sets them real straight. Sitcoms showing the long-suffering wife tolerating … [Read more...]

I Will Fight For My Marriage

I Will Fight For My Marriage

Four months before I walked down the aisle and married my best friend, I took my engagement ring off and gave it back to him. We had an argument, and it escalated from a very simple disagreement (it was seriously so small that I'm too embarrassed to even share it with you!), to me packing bags and threatening to call the whole thing off. Surprising, right? Me, who is so in love, and so blessed to have a terrific man in my life. I was willing to lose everything over a bit of … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Husband Does NOT Want For Christmas

5 Things Your Husband Does Not Want for Christmas

When it comes to holidays, the gifts that Husbands get often pale in comparison to the gifts that Wives get. I'm not complaining, I love being spoiled! This year, though, Wives, let's step our game up. Instead of getting our guys what we THINK they want, let's look for things that are going to be useful and enjoyable for them. Since every man is different, and I'm sure no one knows your man better than you, instead of offering suggestions of what to get your husband, I'm going to share 5 things … [Read more...]

You Can’t Turn A Foe Into A Housewife

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Soon after Terrence and I started dating, I shared with him that if we would have met 2 years before, there's no way that we would have worked out. We had both gone through some kind of serious relationship challenges, and while his had left him nervous and tentative about love, mine had left me bitter and mad. Add to that feelings of inadequacy that I had stemming from my childhood, and I was just an angry, angry woman. Even more than being upset with those around me, I was mad at myself. I was … [Read more...]

{Saturday Sights} Our Wedding Day

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Our wedding day was absolutely everything that I could have ever wanted. The weather was perfect, my favorite people in the world were present, and my best friend became my life partner. There is seriously nothing more that I could have asked for. It was magical. I'd like to share a few photos from that special day. This is just a glimpse into the lovefest that was our wedding day. Many thanks to Christine, AJ and Yamal from The Aums for the gorgeous photographs. … [Read more...]

9 Things Newlyweds Can Do To Annoy Their Friends

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Before I got married, I had the great fortune of receiving amazing advice from wives who were in different phases of their marriage. One of the best tips I got was from my girl, Amiyrah, who suggested that Terrence and I find something that we are passionate about that we could spend time doing together. He and I talked about writing a travel blog. We thought about running, or taking up some other sport. Finally, we decided that the thing we're most passionate about right now is each other. So, … [Read more...]

7 Side Eyes New Wives Need To Master

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According to all of the pre-marriage reading and advice I've been getting, effective communication is the key to a good relationship. Since so much of communication is actually non-verbal, it's important that couples learn how to interpret their partner's body language and facial expressions. ¬†Being the ever helpful bride-to-be that I am, I wanted to share 7 side eyes that all new wives need to master to help them navigate the world as a married woman. … [Read more...]