3 Year Anniversary-Leather Gift Ideas For Him

Happy Monday!

This week is a very special week because 1) It’s a short work week and 2) The Mr. and I celebrate our 3 year anniversary!

If you read last years gift idea post here, you already know that I gave Brandon his gift a month early because I was just too excited to give it to him, haha! This year I (proudly!) held off until yesterday. Yes, it was still 3 days early, but hey that’s pretty darn good for myself!

I already revealed his gift on Snapchat last week, but I was able to take aĀ better photo of it and I also wanted share some other great leather gift ideas with you!

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How We MarriageĀ 

“Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite”

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Happy Monday loves!

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend celebrating love whether it was with your main squeeze or your favorite friends!

Brandon and I are currently in Boston celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary! It’s actually today, February 15th! I, very often, reflect on our lives. Every marriage is different and though ours isn’t perfect I feel pretty dang blessed for having him. I’ll assume he will say the same about me! LOL. I thought it would be the perfect time to share something a little more personal (and sappy) about how B and I make our marriage work. I promise it won’t be long and I will thank you in the end for reading with fun facts and photos from our wedding day!

  1. Compromise & Share The Work Load-In the household and in life. Even though he mostly does the vacuuming and folding of clothes doesn’t mean I should always expect him to do it. And just because I mostly do the dishes and dust the furniture he should not always expect that of me. If he knows I have a lot going on one week he will always pick up more of the household “chores” or run out and do the grocery run. Or if I know he is having a crazy week and on one night just wants to throw his work bag, clothes, shoes and lunch kit where it doesn’t belong I have remembered to just let it be! I can handle it for one night.
  2. We Have Learned How To Fight- Yup, let’s just put this out there! We get into little arguments like most couples, but we have learned how to fight. There are never mean things said that we can’t take back. Don’t ever use the word “NEVER” or “ALWAYS” when fighting. Let’s not be dramatic ladies, does he really “NEVER” put the clothes away or did he just not help one day when you were in a bad mood? LOL. Our little arguments usually start with a few exchanged words, a moment of silence then we talk about why each person got upset. Usually from there we come to an agreement that we were both seeing it 2 different ways and then somehow the argument turns into a big joke and then laughter.
  3. Make sure God is at the Center of your Marriage-B and I were both religious people before we met, but it wasn’t until after we were married we started attending the same church and praying together. Words cannot explain how much closer it has brought us and how much closer we are to God as husband and wife. It is the best feeling.
  4. We Have Created a World for Both of Us-We both work very hard at our corporate jobs, but we are also very passionate about other things. With him it’s politics & community related events, for me it’s fashion/blogging and for the both of us it’s traveling. We try to travel as much as possible together which is definitely “our” thing, but we find time to help eachother out as much as we can to pursue our other passions. Believe it or not he is the man behind many of my photos and I will volunteer at any of his functions when he needs me.
  5. Often Discuss Goals-We talk about this often. Work goals, travel goals, family goals…etc. This is so important to ensure you are always on the same page because let’s be honest these things can change from month to month. It is important to discuss and he is so much better at planning than I am so I always love sharing my stuff with him so he can help me figure out how to best execute! Haha.

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I believe these 5 things are very important in making our marriage work. Okay, so now that you know how to make our marriage work LOL, let’s talk some fun facts about our past 3 years from proposal to honeymoon!

  1. Brandon purposed on February 15, 2013. It was the day we closed on our house. I left to get us food so that we could have a bite to eat before unloading the Uhaul. When I got home I found Brandon kneeling down in the middle of rose petals in the shape of a heart. Before I started balling I heard “I don’t have much but what I do have I want to share it with you” then tears of joy came rolling down and that day had become the best day of my life. Oh and I must mention he was in a suit. Sneaky thing threw one on when I was at Whataburger, haha!
  2. Exactly one year later we got married in California! My new “best day of my life”!

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3. I’m forever in debt to our loving family and friends for spending their Valentine’s week/weekend traveling, attending rehearsal dinners and our wedding.

4. We had a beautiful wedding party of 9 Groomsmen, 9 Bridesmaids, 2 Junior Groomsmen, 2 Junior Bridesmaids, 2 Flower Girls, 2 Flower Girl Escorts and 3 Ring Bearers. We also had 18 sponsors, a Filipino tradition. These aunts, uncles, close family friends can also be referred to as Godparents. They are ones who are giving their blessing and witnessing your wedding. You can read more about the tradition here.

5. Our cake was red velvet with cream cheese filling and icing. The grooms cake had a Bald Eagle and American flag on it, double chocolate filled just like B likes it! Side note, we were planning on saving the top layer for the 1 year tradition, but maybe I woke up the next morning and ate it!

6. Some people might think we were crazy to have this many people in our wedding party, but seriously all of these people mean everything to us. We set up a table with each persons picture framed with a little story of how we met them. Also, I need to say that I was so crazy busy that week I completely forgot I didn’t finish printing and framing all of them. Two of B’s best friends (also groomsmen) totally stepped up and finished them for me the morning for the wedding! I’m telling you guys these people are angels!

7. We did first look pictures. Most all pictures were done before our ceremony which made the rest of the day so much less stressful.

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8. First Dance Song? God Bless The Broken Road.

9. Best part of the day? I literally could feel the love in the air. Seeing how happy our families were, goodness especially our parents. I loved seeing my Dad for the first time that day at the church. Going through the pictures and seeing these huge smiles on my brothers’ faces and my nieces and nephews dancing the night away. Also, all of our friends who had dedicated so much time in making not only this day, but our bachelor/bachelorette parties and bridal shower perfect. They were just so amazing, having a great time not even worried that they had to travel all that way to spend their Valentine’s Day weekend celebrating us! Brandon and I are so blessed guys.

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10. Okay, okay I have to mention my second best part…our Mom’s speech! I think my Mom had a 6 page speech written (LOL seriously) but every word was perfect and it was so her. My Dad got to say about 10 words and then my Mom took over the mic. So accurate. Then Brandon’s Mom said a speech that would have even made a stranger cry! Definitely memorable moments.

11. We had some dancers that performed traditional Filipino Folk Dances and even a special number by my Mom.

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12. We honeymooned traveling the Mediterranean Sea. Italy, France, and Spain.

Well, thanks for hanging in there and reading my short novel! Some people will tell you that marriage is hard which I hate hearing. I’m telling you now, it’s not hard but at times it definitely is work. Just remember all of the small moments of frustration and “work” will eventually be drowned out by all the love and happiness in the end!  Love conquers all!

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xo, Roselyn

2nd Year Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas-Cotton

People have been giving gifts to celebrate anniversaries for centuries. According to Wikipedia, ā€œThe historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary, and a gold wreath on the 50th. Later, in the twentieth century, commercialism led to the addition of more anniversaries being represented by a named gift.ā€

Last year when Brandon and I were coming up on our 1 year anniversary I decided that I wanted to stick to what we call today ā€œtraditional anniversary giftsā€. I reeeaaally enjoy giving gifts so I thought this would be a super fun way to keep things creative! Year one is paper. I thought I could write him a sweet letter about how much he means to me, maybe get some fun prints from our honeymoon and past vacations or even tickets to somewhere! But when he surprised me with tickets to Chicago, a place I have always wanted to go while it was snowing, I thought okay I need to top his giftĀ šŸ™‚ so I bought him an Armani watch. Haha! Okay, I know you are probably like what the?! But really I was so super ecstatic about the trip I literally wanted to give him something just as good. Armani never disappoints and if you look at the ā€œmodern anniversary gift guideā€ year one is clocks so thatā€™s my story and Iā€™m sticking to it.Ā šŸ™‚ BUT back to my paper gift, I really did want to stick with the traditional gift giving idea I had set out for (even if that meant he got more than one gift every year). A few months after our wedding I actually ended up selling my wedding dress. I know I have talked about this before, but my closet is like a revolving door and this is the perfect example. I mean really, what was I going to do with the dress anyway?!

My husband didnā€™t know that I had sold it so when we were celebrating our anniversary dinner in Chicago I gave him his watch and inside of the case not only was there this amazing Armani piece but also a check! His paper gift guys! šŸ˜‰ I mean who doesnā€™t love cash money?! Okay, if you are still stuck on the fact that I sold my wedding dress we can talk more about that later LOL!

So this year as we come up on our 2 year wedding anniversary we are celebrating the year of cotton! And I am able to share his gift with you today because the gift I ordered for him came in 4 weeks earlier than expected and I totally caved and couldnā€™t hold it to myself any longer!

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**apparently, my right arm is stronger than my left because after 10 takes this is as straight as I could hold it after arm day!**

I was able to get this awesome and top notch quality Personalized World Travel Map printed on cotton canvas via Etsy. You can order it framed or not framed. It is 24ā€ x 36ā€ unframed. They are made with love by a husband and wife in Denver, CO. Your map will come with 100 colored push pins in a mix of red, white and black to mark your map. You can choose to use the colors as you wish. Choose one color for every place you have gone, another color for where you plan to go and you can even mark your favorites! I even read some people saying that they had ā€œhis and herā€ colors, but apparently if Brandon and I havenā€™t been there together it doesnā€™t get counted on the map! LOL! I think this is such a great gift for you and your spouse if you love to travel. Heck, I might be buying this for a few of my friends as well!

Here are a few other fun gift giving cotton ideas!

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  1. Robe: Purchase a plush robe and surprise him with a relaxing, spa retreat | 2. Personalized Pillows and Monogrammed Towels (I love anything personalized!) | 3. Fun Apron (You can buy one for yourself too and surprise him with a 5 course meal and a romantic night in) | 4. Personalized Canvas with the lyrics to the song you first danced to at your wedding | 5. Nice Suit (Surprise him with a suit and take him on a date!)

I would love to hear your ideas too! And since I know you all are planners we may want to start thinking about the upcoming celebrations!

Year Three: Leather

Year Four: Silk

Year Five: Wood

OMG, diamonds arenā€™t until year 60!!! Maybe we can switch back and forth between the ā€œTraditional listā€ and the ā€œModern listā€. At least the Modern list will get me diamonds at year 10! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by loves! Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas! I always enjoy them!

xo, Roselyn