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February 2018

#LoveYourPerson: 10 Creative Ways to Love Your Spouse

By | All Posts, Home, Inspiration

Whether you’ve been with your significant other for a few months or a few decades, it’s easy to get into a routine. Work, school, kids, social events, family obligations…the list goes on and on of the things that can distract us from that most important person in our life. And sometimes these distractions can even make the daily peck kisses as you walk out the door, or “I love yous” and “honeys” while talking on the phone seem insignificant or lose their meaning. So to celebrate February right and enjoy our week to #LoveYourPerson, we’ve put together some ideas you can use to really reconnect with your loved one and let them know you care…without breaking the bank.  

 

Prepare a spa night

For just a dollar or two, you can pick up some great one-time use face masks at any grocery store, or make your own with ingredients at home. You can offer to give them a foot massage while they relax, or if nothing else, just warm them a fresh towel in the dryer while they take a shower.  Even this small quick act will let them know that they are on your mind.

 

Start or end the day with an intentional hug

You know that feeling, usually when someone has passed away, or something truly difficult has happened, and people hold on to one another for a bit too long? When both parties are invested in this type of embrace, it often has a healing effect, as it exhibits true caring and concern for another person. So why do we save those hugs for only when things are really tough? Make it a point to give your spouse that kind of hug on purpose, at least once a day. You’ll be amazed at how much easier other aspects of your relationship will turn out to be or how much your communication will improve.

Do a chore that is normally their responsibility…cheerfully

Many couples come up with a system at some point that just “works” for them. “He hates laundry, I don’t mind it.” “I take out the garbage because she prefers dusting.” You have it all figured out by now! What we may not be considering in these agreements is that is disconnects us by compartmentalizing. Shake things up by doing something for them, with a smile. Take note that they may not notice this one right away if at all, so it’s important to check that your intention is to truly serve and love, with or without accolades or gratitude. You’ll feel the difference when you show true charity to your S.O., even if they don’t notice the action.

 

Serve them breakfast in bed

This tried-and-true act of service is a classic for a reason. Get crazy and try to do this on an out-of-the-blue weekday, not just Sunday morning or the day of Valentine’s, and the extra effort will be even more appreciated. Your partner will be sure of your love if you woke up a whole hour early just to make them feel special on a random Tuesday. Keep in mind their favorite french toast and omelet are great, but simple cereal and coffee count, too.

Transform a room in your house into a getaway

For all those “It’s a Wonderful Life” fans out there, you’ve probably already thought about how fun this could be for you and your spouse. Pick a room in your house, and a destination in the world.  With a little creativity you’ll be surprised how many things you already own can evoke a different time or place: you can build a blanket fort and go “camping” in Yosemite, fill the bathtub and take a “cruise” through the Caribbean with mai tais and bikinis, or make the floor in your bedroom a picnic of English tea with “crumpets” and jam or cucumber sandwiches.  Make it fun, make it cheesy, but simply doing something different together will make a memory for you both without the huge cost and commitment of an actual vacation.

 

Make TV time actual bonding time

There may be days when what you really need is time together to just “veg” out.  Make this relaxing time still intentional by creating intimacy through discussion. Pick shows that explore new interests you could try together, or be open to pausing movies which address topics that are interesting to talk through. Likewise, you could also make it a service moment by handing over the remote and giving your husband or wife free reign for a night. Stay engaged and ask them about something they love that may not be your thing.

Get “flours” as a gift for your S.O. instead of boring old flowers!

Or try a number of different punny gifts that take a romantic gesture up a notch by keeping it light! Just like this example inspired by the Will Ferrell movie, “Stranger than Fiction,” if you make them smile or laugh…you’ve done something right. Some of our favorites include a box of Krispy Kremes with a note that reads, “Donut go breaking my heart!” or paint a unique succulent pot with the transcription “Life would succ without you.”  

 

Prepare her toothbrush in the morning, or iron his clothes

We all have tiny little tasks that busy up our mornings. Pick just one to do that will help out your loved one—if you really want extra brownie points, try to do something every morning for a couple days or a full week. The little tasks like putting toothpaste on her brush, setting out his socks and shoes, or scraping off their car on a wintery day will make their world so much brighter…even if just for a few hours.

Have a love language night

Most couples have at least heard of Gary Chapman’s famous book, “The Five Love Languages.” The book is a self-guided tour for you and your spouse on determining, and supporting, one another’s key love languages, i.e. the way you communicate or express love. The types of love Chapman lists out are quality time, words of affirmation, physical touch, receiving gifts, and acts of service. If you’re unfamiliar with this ideology take an evening to do the quiz together and discuss the various topics. Or if you are old pros at the big 5, take a night to do something themed around your partner’s primary love language. The simple act of creating awareness for the others’ thought and emotional process will draw you so much closer.

 

Hide a love note for him/her somewhere unexpected

Last, but certainly not least on our list is a challenge to explore the power of written word. Throughout the centuries, this form of affection has been a powerful tool…from Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais to Johnny Cash and June Carter, many times one simple letter has transformed history. Transform your marriage with this same tactic and put down on paper not just that you love your partner, but also how and why and where and for how long.  This will be a keepsake for them, and another physical reminder of gratitude and charity for you. Make it extra fun by hiding it in a place they wouldn’t anticipate and let you be surprised as well when they finally find it.  Our favorite ideas include: a coat pocket, their shaving kit, or the visor in their car—get creative!

#LoveYourself this February with the Best Books for Women Power

By | All Posts, Entertainment

As RuPaul would say, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the h*** you gonna love somebody else?”  To that we say, “Amen!”  

So this Valentine’s Day, take a little time to appreciate that gorgeous lady in the mirror before planning something nice for that certain someone.  For us, there’s no better way to “love ourselves” than to kick back and snuggle in to a great book…especially one that can remind you just how fabulous you are.  

Here are our picks for some of the best new books to help you see once again that you are one powerful, vibrant, incredible woman.

 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

This book covers everything from weight loss, love, and friendships, to the ridiculous Hollywood standard for beauty.  We love Kaling’s writing style which is completely down-to-earth and authentic.  And the essay format of the book offers something really dynamic as she takes little snippets of life and dissects them to show the humor in all the ironies associated with being a 30-ish female professional in today’s competitive world.  We feel ya, girl.

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

The format of this book is especially wonderful for those mommas out there that would like to pass the female power on to their little ladies…but really it’s just great for the little lady inside all of us as well.  Featuring amazing short-form tales about women from plenty of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and eras…there is sure to be characters that speak to you and your daughter.  J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth I and Serena are just a few of the powerhouses described in these engaging stories.

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Poehler explores the power of saying “yes” and just how sweet life can be when we’re open to new experiences.  She fills the text with bits about her life, alongside witty analysis and sage advice.  In short, we love her.

 

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job.  Kill It in Your Career.  Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht

As a powerful fashion exec and wildly successful social media influencer, Licht knows how to teach others to follow their dreams and take the world by storm…just as she did.  She has a warm and friendly style that makes us feel as though we’re just sitting with her at the local coffee shop.  If you want to be inspired to move your career to the next level, and love your life while doing it, this is a great read for women of all ages.

 

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer has seriously changed the face of movies and television over the past few years, and now she’s changing the book world.  She’s witty, naughty, satirical, and oh-so-powerful in this semi-autobiographical work.  She gets pretty personal and real as she talks about her teenage years, family, friends, sex and journey to stardom.  

 

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

If you’re not familiar with Nora Ephron, it’s way past time.  She’s written most of the best romantic comedy films and plays in the last thirty years, and she doesn’t disappoint in this semi-autobiographical text either.  She speaks a bit about growing up, and a lot about growing older.  Her dry wit throughout the entire thing helps us feel way better about our lives, too, as she admits to her own loneliness, parenting struggles, and fear of death.  Same.

 

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Having written three prior works to make #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list, and produced nearly a dozen other texts and audiobooks, Brown has proven that she has unique and inspiring wisdom to share with millions of women across the globe.  In this, her most recent and arguably best motivational work yet, she discusses how our current social climate is more polarized and disconnected than it has ever been.  She offers thought-provoking ideas as to how we can navigate and manage this isolation by finding belonging through the power of true authenticity.  You’ll become far more mindful, zen, and in touch with yourself as you read this powerful text.

 

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Hilarious and entertaining, Sincero shares great stories and anecdotes for self-love, exercises for self-empowerment, wisdom for all women, and the best way to turn off the nasty voices we all have in our head.  With the occasional swear word and a lot of humor, she motivates you to live life to the fullest and get what you want for real.  

Swap Flowers for Flourless Chocolate Berry Cake!

By | All Posts, Cooking, Health & Fitness

Maybe flowers aren’t your thing? How about treating yourself to a flourless chocolate berry cake?!

Wendy Paul of Core 7 shared another of the 150 delicious recipes from the Core 7 Fueled book below!

 

Flourless Chocolate Berry Cake

Serves 8-10

Fat 8  ||  Carbs  9  || Protein 4  || Calories 131

GF

 

 Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unrefined coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Fresh berries for garnish

In a small saucepan, heat cream 1-2 minutes over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Remove from the heat and add chocolate. Let the cream stand for 2 more minutes until it has melted. Then start to stir the chocolate. It will come together to be dark, smooth and rich. Cool slightly.

Then gently stir one egg at a time, combining mixture completely before adding another egg. Repeat until all the eggs have been added. Add the vanilla and sugar, stirring to combine. Pour batter into a greased and parchment lined 8” spring form pan.

Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes, in a steam bath. Place another baking dish filled with 2” of water below the cake while baking. Remove from the oven, the cake will be a little soft in the center. Once the cake has cooled, top with fresh berries. Makes 12 servings.

 

Hope you get a chance to treat yourself, or if you feel like sharing, you can make it for Valentine’s Day! (And, if you’d like to check out all the recipes, you can buy the book here!)

I love myself because…

By | All Posts, DIY, Health & Fitness, Inspiration

In this first full week of February we’re focusing on YOU focusing on YOURSELF. We often give so much of ourselves to others and focus on all the other positive things about others, while neglecting to treat ourselves the same way we treat our BFF.

To start this off, we’ve got a printable for you! Pick which size you’d like (4×6″ or 5×7″), pick the design you want, print it out, cut it out, put it in your favorite frame and write yourself a message each day on the glass using a dry erase marker. That way you’ve got a daily love note to yourself of why you’re seriously amazing.

Download the 4×6″ printable

Download the 5×7″ printable

And if you feel like it — share it with us by using #slwslovesme2

Examples below:

Sending Greetings (Printable Postcard)

By | All Posts, DIY, Inspiration

It’s always a good idea to send a good message. For that friend you haven’t seen in months, or the one you saw this afternoon, print out the Hello postcard and send a positive message about why you love them their way! Click this link to print. (If you don’t want to mail it, you could even just save the image and attach to an email or message.)

And ask them if they want to come with you to the Salt Lake Women’s Show while you’re at it 😉