Spiritual Sunday: Am I a Success?

Happy Sunday everyone! This month for my spiritual Sunday post, I’m going to re-post something I wrote for lds.org that got published a week or so ago. When I submitted the article I called it, “Am I a Success?” In publishing it was changed to “How I Learned My Worth Isn’t Measured By Checklists” which is totally fine since admittedly my title-writing skills are mediocre at best. I’ll just say that this article deals with measuring success. I discuss measuring worth in this article (note: our worth is innate and not dependent on our measurement of it). That said, here’s… Read More

DIY Anniversary Gifts. Free and Sappy Gifts (that we’ve actually made).

DIY Anniversary Gifts | Also works for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts and Valentine's gifts

19 of our most successful DIY anniversary gifts. Your guide to free, sappy and creative gift giving (also good for birthdays and Christmas). I’ve been doing some research for this post. I’ve been searching for some top-notch anniversary gifts guides. Guys, the internet is letting us down in this realm big time. Every search result for “anniversary gifts” or “birthday gifts for spouse” or something along those lines keep coming back with a list of PRODUCTS. And who likes products? Ok, we all love products. The problem with these gift guides are that those writers don’t know your spouse, so… Read More

46 Just Because Gift Ideas to Make Your Spouse’s Day

Just because gift ideas | Surprise your spouse just because! | Brighten their day because you love them.

Ever want to brighten your spouse’s day just because? Me too. Here are 46 just because gift ideas guaranteed to make your spouse’s day. Our love experiment this month is all about speaking the love language of gifts. Specifically, to give your spouse a gift every Friday for a month. Between anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day and Christmas, we do tend to have many occasions to get “big” items, and I’ll be offering some great ideas on those types of gifts next week, but today, I want to talk about little gifts. Small, and simple stuff. Just because stuff.… Read More

Gift Giving Love Language Challenge

Gift giving love language challenge

Introducing our love experiment for the month- giving a gift to your spouse every Friday for a month. Alright, it is June and that means its time to introduce our Marriage Laboratory Experiment of the Month (MLEM if you like- you can remember it because it sounds like phlem)! This year all our experiments are based on Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages book and February will be all about . .. . . . GIFTS! The challenge is to give your spouse a little gift every Friday for a month. The biggest roadblock I see forming in your head (and… Read More

How to Volunteer and Give Back When You Are Busy!


Hi friends, I wanted to introduce you to Garrett (who has previously guest posted on this blog with the article 101 Porn Addiction Side Effects). Garrett is all about helping all of kinds of addicts in any way he can. He has started an AMAZING app called Pillrs, which basically puts users into anonymous texting groups to help give support to addicts right when they need it. And guess what? Pillrs has a “village” (anonymous messaging community) just for Marriage Laboratory users! How cool is that? So, whether you are an addict or not, if you have time for a… Read More