10th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him

TEN years! Part of me cannot believe we’ve already been married for a decade! This is most definitely a milestone anniversary and one that should be marked or celebrated in a big way. According to The Knot, the traditional tenth wedding anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. The significance of the material is:

“..Bend aluminum or tin any which way and they still won’t break or rust, meaning they won’t wear down. Their pliability and preservation is a symbol for how every successful marriage requires flexibility – especially by your tenth anniversary.

Given we’ve been together for a decade, tin and or aluminum some how seem inadequate. Thankfully for moi, the modern 10-year anniversary gift is diamond jewelry!

But this isn’t about me – at least not today’s post.

We typically don’t exchange gifts on our anniversary, but instead use it as an opportunity to get out of town for a few days. But this year, with Brent’s work travel schedule and three boys in school, we weren’t able to plan a getaway. So, instead I thought I would share a few things I considered giving him to mark this milestone anniversary.


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While he would have been thrilled with anyone of these gifts, I went with the personalized leather bracelet. I liked that I could have the Roman Numeral ten stamped into the metal to symbolize our 10 years of marriage and while it isn’t visible, our wedding date is stamped on the inside.

As for the champagne, I have our favorite bottle on ice and we will be popping it open this Friday night!

Are you a traditionalist or a modernist ?

New Year, New Mindset

Happy New Year!

I know, it’s the end of January and for so many of us the resolutions (or goals) made at the start of the year are already falling by the wayside. 

Not a problem here, as I myself am just getting started! 

My goal for the year is to discover my SECOND ACT.  Sadly, I set up this space a few years ago as a creative outlet to help me do just that. But, I have yet to move the needle. 

Like so many Mom’s, I put everyone and everything before me.  I forgot to INVEST in myself. 

OK, I have to be honest (mom guilt talking now), I have always invested in my physical fitness. So, I haven’t completely neglected myself. But I’ve decided I’m worth a BIGGER investment.

One thought that keeps going through my head: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got”– hello!?!

I realized as I reflected on 2018 that I have put very little effort into figuring out what I want to do for my next career. I’ve talked a big game, but in terms of time and effort invested the score remains ZERO. If I want to figure out my next chapter, I need to START doing things. Talking about a new career does not guarantee change. ACTION is essential. It takes time, effort and determination.

Clearly, I made a shift in my mindset. But now what?

Luckily, I came across an Instagram post for Mel Robbins FREE Mindset Reset Challenge. The challenge includes a free workbook and 35 days of emails with tips, reminders and video links. While the course started on January 1st, Robbins states at the start of each video that you can start whenever you feel ready – the videos will always be available. You can find them on her YouTube Channel.

So far, I’ve liked what she says and how she delivers the information. She uses real life examples, including many of her own stories. Where I’m finding the most value is in her morning routine and specifically with The 5 Second Journal.  

I didn’t buy the journal. In fact, she tells us not to and she provides us with the template. Which makes journaling so much easier. Although, it takes a little longer than 5 seconds (about 15 minutes to write out my daily gratitude and goals) the time invested has already resulted in me being more intentional with time, my goals and what I need to accomplish for the day.

Even though I’m starting a little late, I think 2019 is going to be a very fulfilling year.

What mindset shifts have changed your lives?

100% Charged By A Rose Colored Cable

If you have an iPhone, then you are well aware that the charger that comes with the phone sucks. Sorry, it’s the simplest way to put it. In our house with four iPhone users and one iPad user, we have an additional problem with our chargers; they disappear without a trace. Of course, ‘it wasn’t me’ or ‘no, that’s my charger’ is usually the response whenever the boys are questioned about the missing iPhone charging cable. At any given time, I’m down a cable or two. So when my husband texted me the other day to let me know he was at the Apple store and asked if I needed anything my response was lightening quick (pun definitely intended)…a  new charging cable! When he returned with the Native Union Belt Cable in Rose I knew my problems were solved.

The belt cable is way more durable than the standard iPhone cord, which means it will be a very long time before I have to deal with a fraying cable again. The rose color, which he picked out specifically for me, is not only attractive but will be extremely useful should the charger go missing again. In a house full of boys, clearly the rose-colored charging cable is mine!

The belt cable from Native Union comes in a variety of colors, so to help eliminate any further confusion over the chargers we will be purchasing a few other colors. Which should make identifying our respective charges a breeze.

I’m eyeing a few other items made by Native Union, including the Lighting Marble Dock and the Wireless Charger. The wireless charger will have to wait until I upgrade my phone. For now, I’m just happy that I have a cable that can withstand all of these boys!!

 

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2018 #nsale – Home Edit


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Not only have I neglected this blog, but I have not been paying a whole lot of attention to our home. Of course the house is clean, well, except for the pile of laundry in the boys closet that only gets done once in a blue moon. Anyone else have this problem? I know we can’t be the only family with teenage boys that have a dirty laundry pile a mile high. It’s an issue we’ve decided not to sweat about…they don’t so why should we? I digress. What I’m really getting at is we are in need of a few things to freshen up the place. Specifically, we are in need of a new area rug for our family room. While this one is the look I’m after, the colors don’t work. This pom pom throw is so cozy and adds the right amout of texture to our space. It also comes in Ivory/Aqua for those that have a beach vibe in the home. While we aren’t in need of any art at the moment this set caught my eye and would definitely compliment that new aqua throw! Links to my edits from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is below.

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What do you need for your home?

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