Celebrate Your Partner This Holiday Season With 12 days of Passion

Celebrate Your Partner This Holiday Season With 12 days of Passion #KYTrySomethingNew

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KY Yours + Mine for the holidays

Over the weekend, it was my husband and my 5 year anniversary. 5 years guys! That might not seem like a lot to some people, but to us, it’s a milestone. I never would have thought I could find a man as good as the one I have. My highschool sweetheart, the best dad to our daughter, and my player 2 for life. So for this holiday season I wanted to show him how much he means to me, and if you are looking to pamper your man this holiday season, I’ve got something for you! [Read more…]

Perfect Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To

Perfect Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To

wedding songs

One of my favorite parts of my wedding planning process was picking the music that would accompany my wedding ceremony and reception. It was something that I could listen to and remember long after the wedding was over. And it was one of the few parts of my wedding planning that my husband was really excited about planning with me. (Don’t get me wrong, he was excited to get married, he just didn’t care what flowers I picked you know?). Well, the music and the food anyways. He was all about some cake tasting ha! [Read more…]

She Says tackles ear piercing! What age is ok?

 What age is okay for ear piercing?

This week I asked our staff to tell me how they felt about parents who decide to have their young children’s ears pierced. As the mother of two boys, who have no desire to wear earrings this is pretty much a non-issue in our home. I wouldn’t dream of piercing an infant boy’s ears as it is already hard enough for folks to tell if a baby is a boy or a girl. Not that gender identity is of any importance when it comes to babies. However, I will chime in briefly to say that if I had an little girl, I don’t know when I would decide to get her ears pierced or even if I would at all. But I do know that I often wonder why when I see babies as little as two months old or younger even with their ears pierced. Megan and Amee have agreed to share what they think and I hope you will comment and tell us how you feel as well. Is it okay for a tiny baby to have pierced ears, why or why not?

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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

$3,000 Beautiful and Elegant Wedding for 200

Did you know that in 2014, the average cost of a wedding in the US was $28,671? In New York City in 2010, the average cost of a wedding was $70,730! Isn’t that crazy? Many young couples go into debt to have the wedding of their dreams, and many of them are still paying off their weddings 7 years later!
When my oldest daughter got engaged on Christmas Eve four years ago, my husband and I put $5,000 into a checking account for her wedding. We gave her the checkbook and wished it were more, but with 6 kids in the family; it was all we could do. Rather than being disappointed, she made it a challenge to only spend $3,000 and be able to save the rest! We talked about some ideas over Christmas break and by the time her classes started at the University for her last semester of college, we had some plans. I’m going to share with you some tips we found that helped us make her wedding and reception truly special while staying within our budget. [Read more…]

She says, she says, she says!

Here at Love Laughter Forever After we have a brilliant team of writers. Most of us are moms. We work very well together and are happy to be coworkers. We have many things in common but we also lead wildly different lives and have vast differences of opinion at times. Regardless of our unique qualities, original thoughts, and differing but also outspoken opinions we still consider each other friends. Recently, it occurred to me that it might be fun to share with our readers our unique take on various topics about love, marriage, education, parenting etc and thus “She says,” was born.

She says is an honest candid forum where our writers of all different backgrounds will share their unique opinions about topics to which we all can relate.

She says is an honest candid forum where our writers of all different backgrounds will share their unique opinions about topics to which we all can relate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how it will work. Each writer will be given the topic and/or a writing prompt. Each will then write about her own thoughts, experiences, and opinions regarding the topic. The other team members will not know what each other is writing until the day the discussion is posted. That way our opinions stay unique and we are not collaborating or sharing ideas that might color each other’s writing. The writers will not always remain static as we want to give all our team members a chance to voice their opinion especially when they are passionate about a topic.

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Maid of Honor Speech

free maid of honor speeches

Free maid of honor speech

The join of being in the wedding is only made more joyful when you are asked to be the maid or matron of honor. You will then have to make a speech. This free Maid of honor speech will hopefully inspire you with its Marriage Advice Quotes. This is the format for the speech I made this past weekend when my best friend got married. [Read more…]

3 Reasons You Will Be Divorced Soon

Reasons for divorce

Reasons for divorce

 

I can’t believe I am going to write this. I am going to discuss your reasons for divorce. Who am I to tell you that your marriage is over or coming to an end? I am the person who hears the same excuses. He doesn’t listen. He doesn’t love me. He doesn’t make time for me anymore. I am the person that heard you say “He completes me at your wedding.” I am also the person that is going to tell you why if you do not change your approach you will be in divorce court.

A relationship is a job. It is not a fairytale. It isn’t the beginning of your life and it isn’t the end. It doesn’t matter how much time you put into if you are only taking instead of giving or giving instead of taking. A relationship isn’t about keeping score its about keeping it together. The relationship you are in needs work it will take more effort than you have ever put into anything else before in your life. It is just as easy to fall into love as it is to fall out of love. You need to decide if you are willing to do the work. You need to decide if you are willing to give more than you may take. You need to start with addressing the issues.

The three issues I see that will lead to your divorced soon if not corrected are:

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Secrets to a happy marriage

Amee and Mat

 

I decided I would write about  our secret to a happy marriage. I thought it would be even more fun to ask him to do the same. We each wrote our own response without consulting one another. You can read what we each thought. I was actually amazed that on paper he was logical and organized and I was emotional. In real life we are totally different. I am more logical, organized, and concise and my husband is more emotional. I still believe 14 years later that he is the “one” and this is why.

He said, ”

I would like to think that my wife and I have a successful marriage.  We spend every free moment together both as a couple and a family and I can truly say that my wife is my best friend.   Nonetheless, I do remind myself from time to time that marriage is a full time job, no 9-5 and most of the lesson’s learned in matrimony come from trial and error.

Here are several lessons from our 14 year journey:

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7 Ways to save money on your Wedding

7 Ways to save money on your Wedding

ways-to-save-money-on-wedding

 

We all know how expensive weddings can be! So today I wanted to share with you 7 ways to save money on your wedding brought to you by some awesome blogs from around the web!

Here are 7 greats ways to save money on your wedding!

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Keeping the spark alive when you’re married

Keeping the spark alive when you’re married

marriage advice

 

Being married is a wonderful thing! It means you have found someone else that you want to spend the rest of your life with, Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! Feeling a level of comfortableness with another person can be amazing, but getting to comfortable can put a strain on your marriage.  After the “honeymoon period” of marriage being new and exciting, your settle in to everyday life, and let’s face it, that can get a little boring! (Trust me, you’re not alone, been there!) So I wanted to share with you great tips for keeping the spark alive when you’re married! Go on, try something new!  [Read more…]