If you are anything like me, you grew up dreaming about life as a married woman: your house, your kids, your husband, your dog(s). I watched endless hours of wedding shows like Say Yes to the Dress, Four Weddings, A Wedding Story, Bridezillas, etc. I would critique and analyze these girls, make mental notes of what I liked and didn't like, and silently plan this outlandishly extravagant wedding, knowing that I would never really be able to bring myself to spend thousands of dollars on a dress I'd wear once, for a couple of hours. I'm just not that girl.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working to minimize our lifestyle. We have too much crap that we never use and I’m sick of the overwhelming about of stuff in this house. I’ve managed to clean out our clothes (I did mine and the boys, hubs took care of his own) and book. Now I’m slowly culling the toys, but we’re entering that dangerous time of year: Birthday season. Connor’s is in August and Kylar will have his first birthday in September. Buying presents is always fun, especially when it’s toys for kids. However, since we already have so many toys, this year I’m requesting outside-of-the-box presents. I’ve decided to put together a list of gift ideas for anyone looking to buy for preschoolers, but don’t want to buy toys.
We've all seen the movies, Romantic Comedies (RomComs, if you will) following a slightly dysfunctional couple through their ups and downs. Miscommunications, perceived slights, hiding true feelings, overreacting, underreacting. Then one day, they seem to magically click and get their shit together, they get married and the screen fades to credits while they share a passionate kiss at the altar, or riding away in their limo (or on horseback if they're really good) after having the perfect wedding. It seems like life if going to be all puppies and rainbows until they die, right? Bahaha!! Talk about unrealistic expectations.
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