The dating anniversary VS the marriage anniversary

“Happy anniversary,” people said to me on the first and second anniversaries of the day I got married. “Thanks,” I said, secretly thinking, It’s not *really* my anniversary.

For the first two years of marriage I really believed the real anniversary was the day we started dating. That was the day our relationship started – not five years later when we had a big party and signed a piece of paper. The love and commitment were there long before.

But my third wedding anniversary just passed and I’ve changed my tune on this one.

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100 happy days – could you complete the challenge?

As mentioned before, I did the 100 Happy Days Challenge on Facebook along with four of my friends. The premise is simple: find one thing to take a picture of that makes you happy and post about it every day.

According to the organizers, 71% of people tried the challenge and failed. Which seems really high to me. It wasn’t that hard. But I’m in marketing, so I’m on Facebook all the time – maybe that had something to do with it.

Here’s what made me happy over the last 100 days.

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Compelling reasons why you should be trying eMeals

Note: This is not a sponsored post. eMeals is not paying me for this. Thoughts are my own.

Another (more general) note: I try to respect my family’s privacy as I blog even though, obviously, they come up sometimes. But it’s really cumbersome to type “the husband” and “the baby” so going forward they are A and O, respectively. Most of you probably know their names but let’s just not make it more public than it needs to be. Thanks!

If we’re Facebook friends, you’ve probably noticed me posting pictures of awesome dinners through my 100 Happy Days posts. If you think I’m just super clever and am coming up with all of these creative dishes on my own, I’m not.

A couple of years ago A and I tried eMeals and to be honest, I wasn’t super impressed. We did the budget plan and it was very…limiting. But, that’s probably par for the course when you’re spending as little money as possible.

Then, a couple of months ago A suggested we give it another try, going with a different plan. And I’m super glad we did. 

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Roasted cabbage with bacon

This excellent recipe adapted from AllRecipes perfectly compliments sausage, chicken, or nearly any main meat dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of paprika
  • olive oil (not pictured)

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My labor – an induction story

I recently had my first baby, which I never really made clear on here.

I thought I’d be blogging about my pregnancy but it didn’t really happen. As things progressed, I realized I wasn’t so keen on revealing such intimate details of my life and the changes going on with my body.

But now that he’s here, I would like to play around with blogging about more personal things in life, and this could be a great forum to document my journey into parenthood.

That said, I do want to take precautions to protect his and my privacy, and those of other people I’m writing about.

It all starts with a really long labor.

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Slow cooker pork loin with apples

This one was going around the internet for a minute – I tried it so you don’t have to. Except that you should.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple*
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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*I used Cortland, because I didn’t want something super-sweet, but definitely didn’t want tart either. Cortland is on the sweeter side, but not too much so.

I halved the amount of meat from the original recipe – and apples, carrots, and potatoes – but kept the same amount of sauce. The sauce is really good and you will want more of it.

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8 excellent reasons to consider a real tree this year

Does your family get a real tree every year, or do you have an artificial one you always take out of storage? 

If you typically use a fake tree, but are maybe open to switching up some Christmas traditions this year, here are eight great reasons why you should consider going for real over artificial.

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Where to find the best Black Friday deals

Confession: I have never Black Friday shopped. Although I’m going to this year, sort of – more on that below.

If Black Friday shopping is something you’re really into, the reputable WalletHub recently conducted a survey and put together where you can find the best deals – and what kind of merchandise you can get the best prices on. 

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