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3 Questions We Are Answering About Friendship in Our Marriage Course

Both Austin and I believe that this is one of the most neglected areas of marriage. Many couples will bypass this phase altogether and head straight into the romance. This can cause problems later on in your relationship.

We are so excited to be getting closer to our week of live coaching for our Marriage Checkup Course. This 5 day, online course kicks off on Monday, February 20. We will start going live in the private Facebook group every night to discuss the 5 key areas of marriage that you will learn about in our course.

The 5 key areas we are working through are:

  • Communication
  • Friendship
  • Romance
  • Sex Life
  • Finances

On the second night of coaching, we will answer 3 questions about friendship in marriage. Both Austin and I believe that this is one of the most neglected areas of marriage. Many couples will bypass this phase altogether and head straight into the romance. This can cause problems later on in your relationship.

Here are the 3 questions we are answering about friendship:

  1. Should I be best friends with my spouse?
  2. We have nothing in common. How can we be friends?
  3. Is being friends with my spouse the same as being friends with others?

If you are ready to purchase the course and get the answers to these questions, use the Buy Now Button below.

3 Questions We Are Answering About Communication in Marriage

If you haven't heard, we have released our Marriage Checkup 5-day online course. You are able to sign up for it right now. We are starting live coaching on Monday night in the private facebook group. This is the only time we will offer this part of the course.

If you haven’t heard, we have released our Marriage Checkup 5-day online course. You are able to sign up for it right now. We are starting live coaching on Monday night in the private facebook group. This is the only time we will offer this part of the course.

There are 5 areas of marriage that we are going to cover in the course- communication, friendship, romance, sex life, and finances.

We are answering these 3 questions about communication in the live coaching.

  1. Why doesn’t my spouse listen to me?
  2. How can I get my spouse to understand me better?
  3. How can we talk about problems in our marriage?

We hear these questions all of the time….or complaints more like it. We’ve even said these things ourselves. If you are asking any of these yourself, then our Marriage Checkup Course will help you.

You can purchase the course using the Buy Now button below! Feel free to email me at keelie@lovehopeadventure.com if you have any questions regarding the course.

Bond As A Family With These Ideas

Are you looking for ways that you can bond more as a family? Shared experiences is a great way to make that happen. I invited Jessica Hurse on today to share with us a few activities that she suggests.

Here’s what she has to say-

Sometimes it can be quite tough finding things to do with your family. You go through the worst together, so you should be able to go through the good times too. To make the times extra good, it is worth thinking of things that you can do, things you can bond over and help the kids explore new things.

Bonding over these are also good for your married life, you can come closer together through the completion of fun tasks. Here are some good bonding ideas to get you started.

Cooking

Something one of you will do more often than the other. But, get the family together and get into the kitchen and make some food. The best bet is to try and make cakes or other types of sweets because it gives your children more incentive to get involved.

If you are vegetarian or vegan it is still possible, you can see by checking out this video from CakeJournal. It can be messy fun, in which the end result is something tangible. The kids will learn a skill and you would have bonded with them in the process. And of course, the best reward of all is the cake at the end.

 

Go Camping

family camping trip

The ability to go and enjoy camping is more important than ever these days, primarily because it can help get your kids and partner off their phones for a while. The shock of no technology can be a pretty big hit at first, but if you have chosen the right location and you have things to do then it can be amazing.

Take ball games and maybe fishing rods and really try to make fun memories. You can take a BBQ to make your own food or explore the restaurants in the area you are camping. It can be a real treat to the kids and an excuse to just get lost in nature. Do your research, check the weather and all will be fine.

Family Game Night

Sure, it may spark a few outcries of despair when you lose, but bonding over a good old fashioned board game can be really fun. Choose a board game appropriate for all age groups and delve into it. Keeping everyone away from a screen of some sort can do wonders and you can make it a weekly event in which the choice of game switches between members of your family. This way, the kids will always get their turn.

Go On An Adventure

Getting lost in an off road vehicle can be a great day for the kids. Perhaps you can take them down to the beach and soak up some rays and build some sand castles or if you’re lucky enough to live next to a real castle then go there instead and explore. Break the day up with some food in a pub or eatery and then continue. Making memories like this will really last a lifetime and you broaden your children’s minds while you’re at it.

How To Pack More Fruits And Vegetables Into Your Diet

If you didn’t know, I radically changed my diet a few months ago and it has made a big difference in my health. Since I’ve made these changes, I’ve increased my vegetable and fruit intake out of necessity, because I’ve been left with little to eat. I invited Beth Marlin on to share with us a few other ways that you can increase your vegetables and fruits. 

Here’s what she has to say-

A constant challenge of modern life is to eat healthy as often as possible. If you have kids, you probably keep asking yourself how you can help them to have healthy diets and to learn healthy eating habits that will last them for the rest of their lives. The best way to do that is by modelling great behavior yourself – and here’s how to improve your diet with added fruits and vegetables!

Change Your Breakfasts

It’s actually incredibly easy to add more fruit to the breakfasts that you already have. You don’t need to go for anything too complicated, like having to chop up mangoes – instead you could just wash a handful of berries like strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and add them to your morning cereal or oatmeal.

If you have toast for breakfast you could always eat the berries on the side, or mash up a banana to eat it on your toast. Fruit is also an extremely easy option for a to-go breakfast – if you’re in a rush, why not grab a banana and an orange instead of a candy bar?

Go For Mixed In Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables

If you have kids, then chances are they balk at the sight of too many vegetables on their plates. If they don’t like the meat, potatoes and vegetables combination then it’s time for you to get a little more creative – try using a slow cooker to make stews, or mash up vegetables to make soups.

You could add extra vegetables to pasta bakes or make quiches that contain vegetables like peas and asparagus. A lot of the time, vegetables that are less blatantly obvious are somehow more palatable for kids.

What About Smoothies?

Smoothies are a great way to eat plenty of fruit without actually having to chew your way through it all morning. If you’re usually rushed first thing in the morning, why not make a smoothie out of your favorite combination of fruits every night to take to work with you? Look online and in your local stores on the quest of finding the perfect blender for you and then get researching smoothie recipes.

Coconut water and fruit juice are two great bases – or you could even go for milk if you want something that’s just as delicious and maybe a little more filling. Try out the classic strawberry and banana combination, and then consider getting a little more experimental – you could add super foods like chia seeds and more tropical fruits.

No More Ice Cream

That’s right – ice cream is banished forevermore! No, just kidding. What is a life without ice cream, really? But it is time to start thinking about how you get a little sweetness in your diet – and you should try to go for fruit over more processed sugars in order to stay healthy.

Why not try sorbet instead of ice cream? And try out a bowl of berries instead of cake every now and then. Check out the times of year that your favorite fruits are in season so you get them when they’re at their most delicious.

 

My favorite bedroom game is part of our marriage course- just in time for Valentine’s!

If you didn’t know, Austin and I have created quite a few sexy bedroom games to help couples experience excitement during sex. Want to know something crazy? We created our first sexy bedroom game before Love Hope Adventure was even thought of. In fact, we actually designed the game as a gift to a friend.

It only makes sense that after Austin and I created the sexy bedroom game, that we would “test” it out. I won’t lie, it was really arousing to write the foreplay moves for the game. Even though we created the game…I was completely floored at how it revolutionized our sex life.

Before we played this game, neither of us had any complaints about our sex life. We were both happy and had no idea that this bedroom game would be so awesome.

I think that what surprised me most about playing the bedroom game, is how it changed our future encounters. Besides making us feel extremely amazing during and right after the game, it greatly changed the way we had sex after that.

One thing that playing sexy bedroom games has done for me, is it has given me greater confidence. I think we all want to be sexy and do things that make both us and our spouse feel hot during sex. The problem is coming up with those ideas in the heat of the moment. Sexy bedroom games have solved that for me. All I have to do is the next thing on the card.

What I’ve found is this, playing games has helped me to be more creative during sex. Since we have played games so often, it has given me the practice I need to come up with what to do next on the spot. I still love playing the games to mix things up, but I am more confident in general.

Austin and I put together a Marriage Checkup ecourse. I’ve been sharing with you about it over the last few weeks, and it is finally ready! Just in time for Valentine’s Day at that. The course only costs $15.

Here’s what you get in the course:

  • A workbook pdf download that covers 5 areas of marriage- Communication, Friendship, Romance, Sex Life, and Finances
  • 10 Couples projects- each chapter has a few couples projects that you can do to build your relationship. You will receive my favorite sexy bedroom game plus several other projects as well.
  • Access to our private Facebook group- this group is open until March 20. You can use this group to ask others questions. It is also the platform we will use to interact with you live during the coaching times.
  • 5 Live coaching calls- Feb. 20-24 we will go live in the private facebook group at 9pm EST. It’s ok if you can’t make it live, because we will send you replay links the following day. If you have questions you want addressed, you can just post it in the group and we will answer it.
  • Lifetime access to the coaching calls- we will send you the replay links for the coaching calls and you will have lifetime access to them.

The course is on sale until February 19 at midnight. Right now is the best time to buy it so that you can get access to the couple’s projects and course materials. There are several resources in the workbook that you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With the bedroom game, all you need to do is print it out and play it!

If you want to purchase this course, use the buy now button below. If you have questions about it, leave a comment or email me at keelie@lovehopeadventure.com.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous Valentine’s Day.

What Area Of Your Marriage Are You Weak?

For many years, Austin and I have gotten in the habit of checking in with one another in different areas of our marriage. This practice has allowed us to address issues in our marriage and head many problems off at the pass. Not only that, we have found that this process has helped us to grow even closer together as a couple.

For many years, Austin and I have gotten in the habit of checking in with one another in different areas of our marriage. This practice has allowed us to address issues in our marriage and head many problems off at the pass. Not only that, we have found that this process has helped us to grow even closer together as a couple.

These are some of the top areas that we feel couples struggle with. Which one are you weak in?

Communication-

Austin and I believe that most problems in marriage have to do with poor communication, which is why we put that one first on the list. If you can accurately communicate yourself to your spouse, it solves so many problems.

Friendship-

We think that this is an overlooked area of your married relationship. Couples that are best friends tend to have happier marriages. In fact, the friendship you have with your spouse can get you through tough times.

Romance-

One of the biggest complaints we hear from couples is that the other person doesn’t do the things they did while they were dating. It is true, we all struggle to do the little romantic things for our spouse once we have been married for a few years.

Sex Life-

Every couple has problems in their sex life at one time or another. Even if you have been strong in this area for a long time, it can change.

Finances-

Money fights can destroy a couple. When one or both of the people are mishandling the finances, it can not only cause problems in the relationship, but destruction to the family.

At one time or another, we have struggled in every one of these parts of our marriage. Over time and through a lot of communication, we have worked through our problems here.

That is why we put together the Marriage Check-up ecourse. We have put together resources to help you and your spouse grow in each of these sections in your marriage.

Even if you aren’t weak in one of these places, it doesn’t mean you can be better. The more you check in with one another, the more you can fine tune your relationship.

What Is Included in The Course

If you want to be a part of the launch of our ecourse, it is $15.00. This is the lowest price we’ll offer the course. Also, we are adding in some awesome perks for the launch!

Here’s what you will receive if you sign up:

  • Workbook- the workbook has a chapter for each of the 5 areas of marriage. We give you practical advice on how you can address problems and work towards a better relationship. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter to get you and your spouse talking.
  • Marriage Check-up worksheet- this is a worksheet that you and your spouse will rate the different areas of your marriage. Once you complete the worksheet, you will have a good idea of where you need to start in your relationship. We highly encourage you to skip ahead to the chapters in the book that you need most.  
  • 10 Couple projects- these projects include:
    • Communication Project 1- Learn each other’s love language
    • Communication Project 2- Understand the other person’s body language
    • Friendship Project 1- Take a trip down memory lane
    • Friendship Project 2- Come up with an activity you can do together
    • Friendship Project 3- Comedy night
    • Romance Project 1- Flirt using technology
    • Romance Project 2- Choose a date night from our list of suggestions or create your own
    • Sex Life Project 1- Create a bedroom language
    • Sex Life Project 2- Play our steamy bedroom game (this is the first bedroom game we created and it revolutionized our sex life)
    • Finance Project 1- Fill out our annual budget worksheet
  • 5 live coaching videos where you can ask questions- In celebration of launching this ecourse, we are adding a live component to it. You can be added to our private Facebook group where we will go live every night from February 20-24 at 9pm, EST.
  • Access to the private Facebook group until March 20- As soon as you sign up for the course, you will receive instructions on how to join this group. We are providing you with a safe place of community to ask your questions and feel encouraged through your journey.
  • A round-up of marriage resources to help you in your journey- We will share our resources page with you where you can find many great marriage helps.
  • Lifetime access to the coaching video replays- The day after our live coaching videos, we will send you a replay link that you can view at any time. You will have lifetime access to these videos.

Who Will Benefit From The Marriage Check-up ECourse?

This course is designed for married couples that want to go deeper in their marriage relationship. Even if you do not feel there are problems in your marriage, this course can help you grow even closer together. It is always beneficial to ask your spouse if there is any way you can be a better husband or wife to them.

What About Engaged Couples

Engaged couples can benefit going through this course, as well. However, we believe sex before marriage is outside of God’s design for sex. Therefore, we do not suggest that engaged couples go through the projects in the sex life section until after they are married.

If you are interested in purchasing this course, please feel free to use the Buy Now button below.

Tempting Picky Eaters

I’ve dealt with picky eaters in my house plenty. Over the course of time, I have been able to get the people in my house to widen their tastes. I invited Beth Pollard on today to share with us some of the tactics she’s tried to get the picky eaters in her family to eat a different variety. 

If you have a fussy eater in your life, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to prepare something they’ll eat, or find a restaurant they’ll like. Whether it’s your significant other or one of your kids, fussy eaters can be impossible to please. But, with a few simple strategies, you can turn this around and tempt even the most finicky person.

Here’s what she has to say-

If you have a fussy eater in your life, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to prepare something they’ll eat, or find a restaurant they’ll like. Whether it’s your significant other or one of your kids, fussy eaters can be impossible to please. But, with a few simple strategies, you can turn this around and tempt even the most finicky person.

Switch It Up

When life is busy, it’s tempting (and sometimes necessary) to fall back on your default meals. These are the options you can make without too much hard work, and that take no time at all to prepare. Also, it’s tempting to rely on the meals you know they’ll like. But, this can add to the problem. If you don’t expand their horizons, it’s likely they’ll get stuck in a rut and will be reluctant to try something new.

So, alternate the meals you serve and try new things. For example, don’t make breakfasts all about cereal. Throw in a few waffles instead. Access reviews to find the best waffle maker for your needs. If you’ve been serving a lot of potatoes for your main meal, try using rice or pasta as an alternative. If everyone likes broccoli, try cauliflower instead.

Avoid Processed Food

Wherever possible, avoid processed food. Instead, opt for wholesome home cooked meals. Fussy eaters often get stuck on a few key meals they enjoy, and you don’t want them to get stuck on unhealthy options.

Wherever possible, avoid processed food. Instead, opt for wholesome home cooked meals. Fussy eaters often get stuck on a few key meals they enjoy, and you don’t want them to get stuck on unhealthy options.

It can be difficult to cook from scratch each night, especially if you have a busy life.  However, there are lots of shortcuts you can take. For example, the next time you cook, prepare twice as much. Serve half in the usual way and then freeze the rest. This will ensure you have several quick meals ready to eat for days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Prepare Taster Platters

Have you ever been to a restaurant and you didn’t know what to order and so you opted for a taster platter? This is where the chef prepares a little of everything for you to try and figure out what you like. Try this at home. Start with the ingredients you know everyone enjoys and then add in other ingredients.

Tackling Pre-Conceived Ideas

Sometimes fussy eaters think they won’t like something and so never try it. In other words, they make a snap judgment and stick to it. It can be hard to challenge this thinking. Try making small portions of that food. Most people can tolerate a few small bites but may be reluctant to tackle a big meal.

Mix And Match

Prepare dishes that are a mixture of foods they like and foods they’re not sure of. For example, casseroles, crock pot dishes, and stews lend themselves to a variety of ingredients. Get them used to new foods and tastes.

Get Them Involved

Get fussy adult eaters involved in shopping and preparing food. This may spark their interest and tempt them to try something a little different.

It can be difficult trying to please everyone when it comes to mealtimes, especially if you have a large family. But with a few simple adjustments and strategies up your sleeve, you can tempt everyone’s taste buds.

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What Happens To Your Relationship When You Get Married

Entering into a marriage relationship is different than being in a dating relationship. While a lot of things stay the same, your responsibilities to one another increase drastically. I invited Dana Harding on to share with us some of her observations about how your relationship changes.

Here’s what she has to say-

Marriage is a time-consuming change of lifestyle. Some could even describe it as a full-time job, and they wouldn’t be wrong about it! It is about prioritizing your marriage over other appointments, about choosing your spouse over a night out with friends.

It’s not always easy, but it is worth all the money on earth if you can work through the hard times together, as this will make your couple a lot stronger. Being married also means being able to work as a couple together and as parents too if you choose to have children. So, yes, the saying is correct, it is a hard job to be married. But thankfully it’s not all about difficulties and compromises. There are a lot of subtle mindset changes that happen when you get married and that help you to find the happy times together.

The Ring Is A Symbol Of Your Union

You probably know that the ring is widely accepted as the symbol of your union. However, it’s more than buying the most beautiful of all wedding rings, as vanity has no role here. Wearing a ring is an ancient tradition that already existed at the time of the Pharaohs.

You probably know that the ring is widely accepted as the symbol of your union. However, it’s more than buying the most beautiful of all wedding rings, as vanity has no role here. Wearing a ring is an ancient tradition that already existed at the time of the Pharaohs.

The exchange of rings was considered a symbol of eternity, as a ring has no beginning nor end. However, in some cultures, the hole at the center of the ring symbolizes a gateway to a place of known and unknown events which are awaiting the couple.

This symbol of never-ending and immortal love has been in human cultures for thousands of years. According to Roman tradition, the ring is also a proof of ownership, which may seem a little insulting at first, as this almost describes the person as an object. However, this idea of belonging together remains for all marriages.

Interestingly enough, the wedding ring is supposed to be worn on the left-hand ring finger because the Romans believed that there was the vein of love running through the finger. But even though you may not be aware of these historical elements, they are passively accepted across all cultures so they would be part of your perception of a “happy forever after” life.  

You Care For Both Of You

Getting married suddenly creates a unit out of you and your spouse which replaces most selfish interests. Naturally, you continue to have your own thoughts and hobbies, but you also begin to work towards the best solution in every matter for you and your partner together.

Everything you do is now for the both of you. While this is a big change of mindset, it actually happens without you noticing. You naturally will be looking at common projects to enhance the well being of your couple, such as home renovation, holiday trips, etc.

You Build A Future Together

As a result of these mindset changes, you find yourself looking for the best route to a common future, whether it is starting a family, buying a house together, or maybe changing your career so that you can have better quality time together. This natural instinct of protecting your common future also leads to naturally learning to work better together and to continuously improve yourself and your relationship.

As a result of these mindset changes, you find yourself looking for the best route to a common future, whether it is starting a family, buying a house together, or maybe changing your career so that you can have better quality time together. This natural instinct of protecting your common future also leads to naturally learning to work better together and to continuously improve yourself and your relationship.