When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

Several of my friends have recently gotten engaged, and it's reminded me of the year when Blake and I were engaged. People loved us. They loved hearing how we met, what we had planned for the honeymoon, where we planned to live after we were married, etc. That glow lasted all the way through our … Continue reading When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

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The marriage checklist for the woman with a type-A personality

Ask your girlfriends what they want in a husband. Most of their answers are in list form and go like this: has x color eyes and x color hair, makes x amount of money, has x career and so on. I'm here to tell you that those lists of wants -- musts, even -- are … Continue reading The marriage checklist for the woman with a type-A personality

Consider the hiking honeymoon

While my fiance and I are planning to ditch tradition and elope, we were initially planning a cliche honeymoon: a cruise. Most honeymoons consist of some sort of tropical getaway with all-you-can-eat buffets, poolside bars, late-night clubbing, and a maybe few ocean excursions (snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, etc.). Seriously, picture a honeymoon, and tell me … Continue reading Consider the hiking honeymoon

My engagement ring is more than a sparkly diamond

When it comes to engagement rings, I've been through it all. I went through four rings in the first six months of my engagement. Yes, you read that correctly -- FOUR RINGS! It wasn't the princess in me demanding a bigger, better diamond. Instead, it was the deception that occurs in the jewelry industry, particularly … Continue reading My engagement ring is more than a sparkly diamond

A year of milestones

You know when the new year starts and everyone is talking about their resolutions and what the year holds for them? To me, moving from one year to the next is like moving from third to fourth grade β€” no graduation ceremony (or giant party in NYC) needed. I don't get caught up in the … Continue reading A year of milestones

5 reasons to have a planned elopement

An elopement doesn't have to mean you and your future spouse on the steps of a courthouse; it doesn't have to mean sneaking away in the dark of night without telling your family and friends; it doesn't have to mean that you're ashamed to be getting married. Eloping can be just as glamorous and exciting … Continue reading 5 reasons to have a planned elopement