A Successful Marriage Requires Falling in Love Again

Everyone has marital problems from time to time. It’s how we deal with them that’s key. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

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Life has its struggles. We all know this, and yet, somehow it’s all worth it. Marriage is no exception to this rule. Marriage is hard work, y’all. But it’s totally worth it because that bond has so many perks. That bond is the true meaning of life. THAT BOND is what makes or breaks a successful marriage and family, and when that bond is challenged, it’s time to fix things.

B and I are certainly no exception to the “challenged bond” rule. We’ve had our ups and downs. We all have. Those couples that tell you that their life is perfect? They’re either lying to you or they’re lying to themselves. I’ve said that many times, but it bears repeating. No one’s marriage is perfect. We’re all human. We’ll disagree. We’ll fight. We’ll have a propensity to give up. Just quit. Human.

But what do you do when you think the prize at the game table is totally worth the risk? You try, and try again. It’s the same with marriage. If you want a successful marriage, you need to suck up the disagreements and find a way to fall in love all over again, with the same person, many times. It will take a forever of trying to make a forever marriage. No one, neither one of you, can ever stop falling in love, over and over again.

Is it always easy? NO.

Is it always simple to find that common ground that brought you together in the first place? NO.

Is it always worth the effort? YES!

You fell in love for a reason. You grew apart for a reason. Neither destination is really that far apart. You really had to try to get to both places. Nothing in easy in life. Nothing.

When you fell in love, you were on your best behavior. Before you felt yourselves falling apart, you were probably on your worst. It happens. BUT, your best behavior is who you really are, so bring out your best behavior again and fall in love, with the same person over and over again.

Stop letting the stress from work make you a Negative Nelson. Stop letting the stress of parenting make you a Bitter Betty. Stop focusing on finances. Stop keeping up with the Jones. Just stop fretting and start loving again. That’s all it takes. Remember who YOU are. Remember who your spouse was. Bring those “kids” back and just fall in love all over again. Life can be tough, but you’re tougher than that and those things really don’t matter. Your happiness, MY happiness, and the love you created is what really matters.

Find it again!

Remember what he or she loves best. Buy them sparkly things. SHOW them you care and that you never want to live another day without them in your life. Love them, like you did back then, again and again…and again.

If you’re struggling, again we all do, learn to love again. Fall in love again. You loved them in the beginning for a reason. Your heart says you love them now. Don’t fail your heart because your brain stresses everything!

Fall in love all over again, always with the same person! That’s the key to a successful marriage. I’m working on mine. Are you?

Make Family Memories in Your Own Back Yard

Stop spending all of your money thrill seeking at amusement and water parks. The best family memories are made in your own back yard and Backyard Ocean has you covered with their Float to Fill Ring Pools. Note that I did receive this product to give to my extremely precious granddaughter in exchange for my honest opinions, and memories none of us will ever forget.

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Children are actually very simple to please, before we teach them otherwise that is. I think we often forget that in our quest to keep up with the Jones. That Jones family that has all that great stuff and goes on lavish vacations? They aren’t happier than you. They are just maxed out on credit cards, and quite honestly, they’re probably trying to keep up with you too. Toss all of that aside, stop spending copious amounts of money on amusement parks and water parks (that probably stress you out anyway…wait, that’s not just me, right?), and make affordable and fun family memories in your own back yard! Your kids, and your wallet, will thank you.

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Really, as parents, even more so as grandparents, we overthink these things. I had lavish plans of a HUGE party this summer. There would be grilling, a bounce house, elephants and giraffes (overboard?), and so much pool party fun, it would be the talk of the town for decades to come. But this summer threw me some loops and my dreams of grandeur didn’t come to fruition. We had fun (and chaos, so much chaos), but no amazing party and I didn’t get to set up the pool I got for my beautiful Natalie Bug to enjoy. But you know what? All of that hooplah wasn’t necessary! Apparently you don’t need all of that fancy stuff to make a wee-tot happy. Know how I know? It didn’t happen, and I sent this simple set up pool home with the “kids” and they’re having the best summer ever because Natalie really cares less about the hype than she does this pool, her new BFF in her own back yard!

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Backyard Ocean’s Float to Fill™ Ring Pools make it incredibly easy to enjoy all of the benefits of a quality pool without any of the installation costs and hassles. All you have to do is lay out the pool on a flat surface, fill the inflatable ring with air, then fill the pool with water. The ring rises as you fill the pool, pulling up the rugged walls with it, making setup a breeze! Easy peasy and the pool is so sturdy, your little one doesn’t even have to wait until the pool is full to begin enjoying the fun.

Make Your Grandchild Smiles with a simple and affordable backyard oasis

And here I was going to spend ridiculous amounts of money to make my grandbaby smile. Silly me. Silly you because I know you’ve been trying to do the same thing for your family. If you have little ones at home, this is the way to go. Save that money, save your time, and save all of that aggrevation and chaos. Tell the Jones you just don’t care about keeping up with them anymore. The best family memories are made in your own back yard!

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Who’s with me? There’s still plenty of summer left (especially if you live in the south). Are you ready to take the challenge to make the best backyard pool setup and celebrate all of the warm-weather fun?

Dare to Dream of Cleaner, More Organized, Living Spaces!

Because my office has been a hot mess and storage room since our move, I cleaned up with Zep Commercial® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TryZep

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Our recent move was kind of a mess in general. We moved on August 15th, but by moved I mean, we brought over the big stuff like the beds, kitchen and bathroom supplies, our clothes, my laptop, the TV, living room furniture, and the dining room table. We had until October 6th to get everything out of the condo which sounds amazing right? Well, not so much. That just made us procrastinate and go back over to the condo here and there and grab some “stuff” each time. Somehow most of that “stuff” just landed in my office. It just kept piling up. I kept closing the door and ignoring it while I worked away at the dining room table. Not ideal. I’m incredibly OCD (seriously, I have the papers to prove that my tendencies are incredibly high) so I need order in my life. I need an office atmosphere to work effectively and I sure as heck didn’t even want to think about walking into that “office” that had become utter chaos and downright dirty. I needed something powerful to light a fire under my butt and get this place in order. Thankfully I found Zep Commercial® Quick Clean Disinfectant and All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser and as soon as I realized that @%!# will clean anything, I knew I was free to dream of a clean and organized office again.

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First order of business was to move all of the “stuff” into the middle of my office so I could actually move around in there. Then, I did what all good Disney fans and daydreamers would do in this situation. I carefully placed and affixed this applique on the wall, just inside the door, and I started to dream of my new cleaner, organized, dusted, and disinfected happy place. Then I got to work. I started digging through boxes to see where they belonged and moved the ones that needed to go into the attic out into the hallway (I don’t do attic stairs so B handled that part). Then I started sorting through the other boxes and de-hoarding my belongings. So much trash. So, so much trash! And then I started taking out my most favorite things (and realizing that my taste is somewhat that of a teenager when it comes to my happy place). I immediately cringed when I saw how dusty/dirty most of them were from being stored for far too long, I cleaned them all thoroughly with the Zep Commercial® All-Around Cleaner and Degreaser. Bonus, this stuff not only cleans just about anything and everything (awesome in the bathrooms and kitchen too), it smells amazing! And as a final prep for the big makeover, I disinfected the doors, door knobs, baseboards, furnishing, and every other non-porous surface with the Quick Clean Disinfectant because we’ve already had colds, flu, and stomach bugs in our house this year and this is the room I’ve neglected the most. And then the real fun began.

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I was able to turn that hot mess of a cluttered, dusty, dirty, more than likely germy room into something that was beginning to resemble an office. A happy (and clean) place where I could work productively while singing a happy little working song. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out, once again, that my office decor is probably not age appropriate, but it sure makes me smile. Because who doesn’t want a monkey with a crown sitting over them while they work?

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And this monstrosity of a corner filled with books, laundry, boxes, an Elsa doll I still haven’t sent (I’m sorry Summer, I’ll send it now that I found it), a bike flag, cords, and so much more? This was probably the biggest challenge. But fueled with Zep power, I tackled this too.

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A $30 bookshelf did wonders and now we have a reading room as well. Plus I have additional space to put more of my important stuff. You know, like my Marilyn Barbie and such. Yes, that stuff. But there was more work to be done and I was on a roll!

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I know what you’re thinking now that you’ve seen there’s a closet in the room. You think that I shoved all of this stuff in there and jammed the door closed, right? OK, I was tempted but my OCD said “no, no, no”, and besides it wouldn’t have all fit even if I tried.

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I organized all of my crafting supplies (yes, I have those) in a tote, and I left all of the “stuff” I use regularly in there as well as some pictures and plaques I still need to hang. Yes, there’s still work to be done in the room, but I’m really happy with how well it’s turning out.

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Ready to tackle a HUGE cleaning project like me, or do you just need some new cleaning products that do an amazing job at a reasonable price (and smell pretty awesome too)? We’ve got a Zep for that! Zep Commercial® offers a complete line of cleaning and drain care products that deliver professional results. Whether you’re a cleaning professional or just want to get the job done right while saving time and money, you’ll be able to clean with confidence and have pride in the results like me.

Like my sparkly results? Read more about Zep Commercial® on their website. You’ll also want to like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter to find out about all of their amazing cleaning products. Seriously, cleaning has never been so simple thanks to Zep! Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there are a few bathrooms in need of cleaning calling my name. Happy cleaning!