5 Tips to Have a Better Love Life After Kids

So I've heard numerous jokes about the two things that ruin your sex life: marriage and kids. Or maybe it's just the combination of the two. I'm not sure. This post isn't just about your love life in the bedroom, though. Today, I want to talk about some tips and ideas I have for remembering not to neglect your love life. It needs constant upkeep, too. And this isn't just for your spouse's benefit! You're a couple and this is a team effort.

Today is letter L for the A to Z blogging challenge, so I'm presenting some tips for maintaining your love life after having kids.

Prioritize Your Relationship. Prioritize you.

We tend to not only put our relationship with our significant other on the back burner, but we also tend to push our own needs away, as well. Obviously, our children are important, and they are especially dependent on us as newborns. Therefore, first time moms and new moms might suffer hardest from this de-prioritization.

Well, I'm here to tell you it's okay to take time away from your kid(s). Seriously, you need it. Remember that it's important not only to prioritize time with your significant other, whether it's sneaking in a movie while baby sleeps or going out on your first post-partum dinner date, but to prioritize some time for yourself, too. Whether you're mom and need to go to your girlfriend's house sans baby/kids or you're dad and you need to go to the gym for some time with your favorite tunes and gym equipment, it's important to remember that a happier you equals a happier relationship.

Finally, it's important to prioritize your sex life. It's so easy to be too tired or too busy. Seriously, though, stop. Sex is part of a healthy relationship both before and after children. Make an effort. Make it important. Send the kids to bed early. Sneak in an afternoon quickie or good morning wake up. Find a way to let your partner know that they're still important and you still enjoy being intimate with them.

Try Something New.

Maybe your relationship is feeling a little stale. Maybe you're feeling all "been there, done that". Well, find something new for you and your honey to do together. Never had Thai food? Try it! Never been disco roller skating? Go! Just discovered the kama sutra? Time to start trying out some new moves! Seriously, though, sometimes your relationship just needs a little spice to kick start things. There's always something out there for you to try that's new or a new way of doing something old.

Be Bold.

Is there something you've always been a little scared to do, but kind of wanted to? Is there something your significant other has expressed interest in that you've been too chicken or self-conscious to try? Similar to trying something new, this one's a little harder for us to do. Maybe it's time to close your eyes and dive feet first into something crazy or go all out and surprised your love by doing something a little out of ordinary for you.

Take Interest in Him/Her.

Maybe you could care less about old western movies. Maybe your significant other doesn't understand your fascination with a good mystery novel. It's important to take an interest in your honey and take the time to explore things they enjoy with them. You don't have to feel the same way they do about it, just let them know that you understand and that their interests are important to you.

Have Fun. Be silly.

Calm down. Take a chill pill. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at each other. Laugh at your struggles. Got puke in your hair? Okay, so it is kind of funny. Do something outrageous. Act like a goof ball. Better yet, make complete fools out of yourselves! Whether you're being a kid or just being downright ridiculous, laughter is healing. So, laugh more. Together.
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Sunday's Shopping List (4/13/14)

So, I'm very behind this week and this was another over scheduled Sunday "off". Yes, I know I skipped posting my weekly meal plan and my spring cleaning series and I even got behind on my A to Z blog challenge. Tonight I even put the wrong shade of paint on half my nursery walls for a final coat before realizing it. Basically, it's been a very busy, crazy week. However, I did have a wonderful baby shower Saturday and I'm here to post my shopping list today. So, it's not all bad.

Sunday's Shopping List


Produce & Frozen

  • Large Gala ApplesON SALE! .99/lb Kroger
  • 8oz Cool WhipON SALE! .99 Meijer
  • Washington Red, Gold Delicious, Granny Smith ApplesON SALE! 1.29/lb New Market
  • Seedless Watermelon CutsON SALE! .99/lb New Market
  • Sweet PotatoesON SALE! .58/lb Meijer
  • 24ct Eggo WafflesON SALE! 2.00/lb Meijer

Condiments & Bread

  • Hot fudge ice cream topping

Canned & Boxed

  • 5 boxes Rice/Pasta RoniON SALE! .89 New Market
  • Store Brand Soup BeansON SALE! .79 Meijer

Cereals & Snacks

  • 1 package OreosON SALE! 2.99 Kroger
  • 4 boxes General Mills cereal (up to 13oz)ON SALE! 1.99 CVS

Baking & Spices

  • 5 boxes Jello PuddingON SALE! .79 Meijer
  • 20-21oz Cornstock Cherry Pie FillingON SALE! 2.79 Meijer

Dairy & Meats

  • 2 dozen eggs ON SALE! .99 Walgreens
  • 2 Ekrich BolognaON SALE! 1.25 Kroger
  • 5 Ekrich FranksON SALE! 1.00 New Market
  • 2 packages shredded cheeseON SALE! 1.99 Kroger
  • 24oz Store Brand Cottage CheeseON SALE! 1.99 Kroger
  • 1 gallon chocolate milk

Other

  • 2 boxes of 100% Juice boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Cat food
  • Magic erasers
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Kid Approved Jokes

A child's, especially your own child's, laughter is the best! It's also so infectious! Kids are so silly and I love it! I learned a long time ago that, with younger kids, if you tell them something is a joke...they're going to laugh because that's what you do at jokes, right? Have you ever heard some of the "jokes" kids tell. They'll be laughing for an hour while one kid says pickle and the other says banana, or something.

Kid Approved JokesOriginal Image Source

Anyway, when I was a preschool teacher I had created a list of jokes to share with the kids of my classroom. I don't remember why, but it was really fun! Here's a round up of some fun jokes to tell your kids.
  • What's a nosy pepper do? Get jalapeno business.
  • What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta.
  • What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator.
  • What makes frogs so happy? They eat whatever bugs them.
  • What do you get when you cross a cow and a duck? Milk and quackers!
  • Why do fish live in salt water? Because pepper makes them sneeze.
  • What bow can't be tied? A rainbow.
  • What do you call a pig that knows karate? A pork chop.
  • Why is six afraid of seven? Because 7 8 9.
  • What's black and white, black and white, and black and white? A penguin rolling down a hill.
  • Knock, knock. | Who's there? | Boo. | Boo who? | Please don't cry. It's only a joke.
  • Knock, knock. | Who's there? | Cows say. | Cows say who? |No silly, cows say moo!
  • Knock, knock. | Who's there? | Tank. | Tank who? | You're welcome!
  • How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
  • What do you call cheese that's not yours? Nacho cheese!
  • Knock, knock. | Who's there? | Lettuce | Lettuce who? | Lettuce in, it's freezing out here.
  • There are two muffins in an oven. | One muffin turns to the other muffin and says, “Boy, it’s hot in here.” | The other muffin says, “OH MY GOD A TALKING MUFFIN.”
Sources: Jokes 4 Us | Childhood Beckons | Baby Center

Phew. This is my catch up post because I missed letter J for the A to Z blogging challenge.
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Kid Kabobs: Easy Lunch or Snack

Today's letter for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is the letter K, and I'll be featuring a favorite snack from our house: Kid Kabobs. I'm sure you could find all kinds of ways to vary this snack to suit the tastes of your children or family!

My husband especially likes these with cheese and pepperoni, and that's the way we make them 99% of the time. To do this, you simply slice a block of cheese into long rectangles. Then you slice the long rectangles into thin squares, like you what you see on my kabobs.

Then you use a pretzel stick and shove the cheese and pepperoni on to it, alternating between the two. So simple and so delicious! Use the pretzel stick as a sort of handle and hurry and eat these before they're devoured by everyone else.

As I mentioned before, I'm sure you could alternate the cheese and pepperoni with other ingredients. You could use fresh fruits such as melons and grapes for a sweet and salty snack, which are always a delicious combination! You could cut up hot dogs instead of using pepperoni, to give your kids some variety. The possibilities are endless!

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Free Printable 4x6 Invitations for Any Occasion

Today is letter I for the A to Z blogging challenge and, following yesterday's instructions on how to print invitations cheaply from home, I'm here to present two free printable invitations! These invitations could be used for almost any occasion. Simply print and fill in the blanks!

We have a very classy and elegant Umbrella Invitation and then a more fun, clean Whale Invitation. Again, both of these are 4x6. Enjoy!

Whale Invitation | Umbrella Invitation

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