Favorite Things for a Newborn

Must Have Items for a Newborn:  My favorite baby thingsEven though we’re still very new parents (right at 3 months), I would love to share my favorite newborn baby items – a few unconventional.  These would make great Christmas presents if you need ideas!

Here are the top 20 things I recommend.  However, don’t make this one more thing to feel guilty about!  You’re actually not allowed to read the list unless you read my letter to new moms.  But once you do, this list may be helpful.  I know I run the risk of being more advice to confuse you, but I also want to pass along these because without someone telling me about them, I would never have known! [Read more…]

12 Months of Dates – Year Two of Date Night Envelopes

Christmas Gift of date envelopes:  12 months of date ideas for your spouseLast year, I shared a gift idea for your spouse you can use all year long – 12 envelopes with date ideas, coupons, and gift cards prepared for a year of dates.  Read the ideas from year one here.

To help you out this year, I have another list of 12 dates that we planned!  This is a great Christmas present that will come in handy the rest of the year.  I tried to [Read more…]

Marriage Holiday Help

Where did the year go?  December starts tomorrow.  Thanksgiving just happened, so I guess we will attempt to set up the Christmas tree soon!  Among all the laundry, diapers, and paperwork, right now all I have is a peppermint candle burning in the other room and Christmas music on Pandora.  For now, it’s enough to get us in the holiday spirit!

In effort to usher in the holidays at realmarriedlife.com, here are some links to past posts on the topic of holidays [Read more…]

Christmas Gift: Year of Date Night Envelopes

Christmas Gift idea - 12 envelopes with invitations to pre-paid dates.  Includes ideas for 12 months.  realmarriedlife.comNeed a great Christmas gift idea for your spouse?  Give 12 months of dates!  In Affordable Date Nights, I mentioned creating date envelopes for the year.  Making it part of your Christmas budget will come in handy the rest of the year!  You can fill them with gift cards, coupons, or invitations to stay-at-home (free!) dates, making a gift that [Read more…]

Finding Purpose in Our Christmas Traditions

How can we find value in celebrating Christmas?The last couple of weeks, Ben and I have been talking about Christmas celebrations.  Honestly, it feels like they bring more distraction than joy.

Is it possible to remember the real meaning of Christmas if we still celebrate the normal way? [Read more…]