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In Lifestyle on
October 11, 2017

Celebrating 3 years of marriage!

Can’t believe it’s been three years since we got married! Time sure does fly (I feel like I say this a lot lately). Overall, I have to say, it has been an amazing year.

Shortly after our second anniversary, came the birth of our first child, Landon. This year has been full of learning how to care for our child and a lot of our time has been spent parenting rather than dating. We have gained a whole new appreciation for one another and realize how we need to work as a team to get things accomplished. It sure has been an adjustment from the single life, but I think I like our roles even better now. 

This past year has had its ups and downs, but mainly ups! We hosted our first Easter, went on our first family vacation down the Jersey shore, lost what we thought was our “perfect home”, & danced to Bruno Mars in concert. I am looking forward to what the coming years will bring to us and our family!

TJ, thank you for all you do and for being a great father and even better husband. There is no one else that I would want to celebrate 3 years with, but YOU! Love you lots! Happy Anniversary my love. 

Old Mr. Webster could never define, what’s being said between your heart and mine.

In Inspiration on
May 19, 2015

Building an affair proof marriage

You may have been married to your husband for years or maybe you’re newlyweds and have only been married for a few months. But, how well do you actually know your husband?

His Needs, Her Needs is a book that was recommended to us by TJ’s parents before we got married. His parents have read the book numerous times together and said the it was a great book to read to help set the groundwork in our marriage. TJ read the book in his teenage years [I know I have got it good], and when we got engaged ordered us a copy. I am not much of a reader, but he encouraged me to read it with him. On our weekends together we would take one hour out of our day (usually Sunday night) to sit down and read together. Sometimes we would go for a walk in the park or for a hike and sit down in a nice area and open our book. It took us a few months to complete the book, since we were only seeing each other on weekends at this time. After every chapter we had a discussion on our thoughts and insights. We found this book very helpful and it definitely helped us to lay the fundamental groundwork for a successful marriage…starting on day one.


The book breaks down the differences between males and females. It explains how each of us work and explains what makes each of us tick. As you read the book it breaks down a male and females typical “top needs”. It explains in detail what each need is and what you need to do to fulfill this need.  After fully understanding all the needs written in the book, it is your turn to creative a list of what needs most fit you. At the back of the book there is a section where you and your husband will create your own lists of needs and wants in a relationship.

For example:

Men’s Needs

1. Sexual Fulfilment
2. Recreational Companionship
3. An Attractive Spouse
4. Domestic Support
5. Admiration

Women’s Needs

1. Affection
2. Conversation
3. Honesty and Openness
4. Financial Commitment
5. Family Commitment

Once you each identify what matters most to each of you, you can then both commit to fulfilling each other’s needs daily. By following some of the strategies in this book, you will have the tools needed to avoid common relationship problems, which as we know over time could lead to serious issues. This book helps to reiterate that it is your responsibility to ensure that your spouse does not lack in their areas of need. Just imagine, if all of your husband’s needs were met, he would be a pretty content husband, right?

His Needs, Her needs is highly recommended for every marriage relationship. It can increase intimacy even in a strong marriage as well as alter the course of a marriage that has gone astray. I highly recommend this book for any couple starting out or any couple needing a new read!


In Our day to day life on
April 20, 2015

A #mandemwedding

This weekend was a lot of fun. TJ and I were both off of work at the same time (which doesn’t always happen since I work alternating weekends). It was also a very special weekend because it was Matt and Emily’s wedding weekend! I love weddings. Although I have only been to a handful, they are so much fun. All the hard work that goes into planning a wedding is incredible (I know first hand, since we got married last October). It’s so fun to see how each couple’s dream wedding pans out. Everyone has their own unique style, color palettes, food preference, wedding location, etc.

Saturday, I spent the morning with my good friend Rachel. We took a morning yoga class and then had a picnic together at Hedden Park. TJ spent the morning creating Matt and Emily a unique wood piece for their new apartment. He is so creative…and I LOVE how it turned out!

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Saturday night we were invited to the rehearsal dinner, since TJ was one of Matt’s groomsmen. It was held at Calandra’s Italian Village in West Caldwell. I know this now, since I went to the wrong Calandra’s to begin with! (No one’s fault but my own) 😉 The food was great, the people were fun and we had a nice time! It was special to spend the night with them before their wedding, amongst their closest family and friends.

Sunday morning TJ got up early to meet the bridal party for pictures. I spent the morning relaxing and puttering around the house (puttering, funny word- haha). I always come up with spur of the moment ideas…and decided I wanted to make a spring wreath. So of course, I dashed over to Michael’s Craft stores and within the hour, my wreath was hanging up on our front hallway door! I’m crazy, I know.

Around 1:30PM I left the house to drive to the Crossing Church for the ceremony. I was there early and then 20 minutes before the ‘start time’, received a text from Heather saying that Jesse’s car was having issues and asking if I could go get them. I quickly got up out of my seat and dashed out the door [haha now this is sounding like a real story..] Luckily they were only like 7 minutes away so I was able to pick Heather up, while Jesse drove his car behind us. After putting coolant in his car, it seemed to be working again. Phew 🙂 We made it just in time! Thank God, women always run a little fashionably late anyways!

The church looked beautiful, I wasn’t expecting anything less. I will let the pictures tell all. After the ceremony there was a giant tent set up outside where they had h’orderves and lovely desserts. The inside of the tent looked magical. They had trees with sparkling lights and a gorgeous array of food and desserts.  We spent some time here talking with everyone and having a good time.

Afterwards, TJ went with the bridal party into the limo to  drive to the reception. Jesse, Heather and I ‘killed some time’ walking around CVS. Luckily they had sandals there, so I picked up a pair– my feet were killing me! (No wonder why I don’t wear heels, like ever!)

The reception was at the Stone House in Warren. It was a very pretty venue and everything was set up very nice! We had a great evening eating, laughing and dancing.  It was a great time and we were happy to be a part of it!

Congratulations Matt and Emily, we are SO happy for the two of you! Can’t wait to have dinner parties or whatever married couples are supposed to do together 😉