Hi there! My name is Giselle and I blog over at My Healthy Happy Home. I was so honored when Heather asked me to guest post because I just love her blog and have been enjoying watching her wedding planning journey. So excited to hear all about her big day!
First, a little about me.
I’m a thirty something stay at home mom to my little Love Nugget, wife to my wonderful husband and healthy living blogger. I love to cook, bake, exercise, travel and spend time with my family outdoors as often as possible.
My husband and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary and I’m happy to say are even more in love than the day we got married.
We both take great pride in that we feel our relationship is very strong, full of love, passion, understanding and compassion.
Since Heather is about to be a newly wed herself, I thought it would be perfect to share a few tips to help keep her relationship alive as the years go by.
First, take time to explore the world together,
We love to travel and purchased a vacation membership package before getting married. We knew that doing so would force us to make sure and take a big trip at least every two years and we’ve done just that! We’ve vacationed in Fiji, Barcelona, Mexico, Italy, a cruise and several closer to home mini trips. Exploring the world with my best friend has been the most amazing experience and brings us closer every time.
Second, make time for each other.
Whether it’s a night out on the town or an evening in with popcorn and a movie taking time to relax together and enjoy each others company is so beneficial for a relationship. We get so busy with our day to day lives and so caught up in routines that we often forget about just enjoying one another. Date nights area great way to do that and with a two year old, we try to make it a weekly event even if it’s just cuddling long the couch catching up on DVR!
Third, play together.
My husband and I are both fairly athletic and enjoy staying fit. So it’s always fun when we can combine our passion for fitness and love for each other into one fun event! From time to time we exercise together, go for walks and runs together and have done a few 5k’s, a half marathon, a mud run and the color run together. They were all so much more fun because we were together!
Fourth, don’t be each others everything. Spend time with friends and allow your spouse to do the same.
(Fitbloggin trip in Portland)
Every year my husband goes on a guys trip to Colorado and I’ve gone on a few girls weekends with friends. We also both go hang out with our friends without each other on average once a month. We know how important and healthy it is to have that time with friends.
Fifth, when the time comes to start a family and that little bundle of joy arrives, learn to be okay with little parenting differences.
Parenting takes a lot of work and can be very stressful. There are going to be times where your spouse may do something differently than you would do. From the way they rock the baby to the way they play with them, there will be differences. Understanding that this is okay and to not battle over those little differences is going to make things so much easier especially in those first few months!
Watching Heather plan her big day has made me want to get married all over again! Of course to the same person 🙂 Wishing them the most wonderful wedding day and a lifetime of happiness!
Thank you SO much Giselle for your tips and advice! I love this post so much! It is so important to keep working on your relationship and for it to grow. I love hearing that yours is better now than 5 years ago!