Happy Anniversary to Kevin!

by +Tricia on June 4, 2015

I’m putting this post on my least read blog site. It’s not because it’s not important. It’s actually because it is REALLY important and I don’t want to make it seem like I am trying to make money off of it or use it for traffic or anything like that. I’m writing it in a place that is is LEAST likely to get shared. In fact, he may not even see it for weeks. But I don’t care. I’m writing it because I need to say it all and write it all out without worrying it is too long or doesn’t have any pretty pictures to go with it.

Tomorrow is mine and Kevin’s 16th wedding anniversary. I add the “wedding” because we’ve actually been together much longer than that–over 20 years. It just took 6 years of finishing high school, college, and law school before we were able to make our “forever” official.

There are so many cliches about relationships from “the wind beneath my wings” to “my better half.” But when you are with the person you are meant to be with, those things REALLY do feel true.

I think I believe in soul mates. But at the same time I have seen enough people over the course of their lives who have fallen truly in love more times than once. So I don’t think that there is necessarily only one person out there who “completes” any of us. If there is, Kevin is definitely it for me.

We had a REALLY rocky start. In fact, we stopped and started many times before finally getting our acts together. We kind of grew up together through our late teens and early 20s. It was not always easy. There were a lot of tears. And yet deep down I knew that he was who I should be with. I don’t know what it was. It just had to be.

Fast forward through a lot of ups and downs and I feel like we have really hit our stride. We don’t agree on absolutely everything, but we agree a lot more than we disagree. We don’t have the exact same likes and dislikes, but there are enough of them that we find plenty of common ground. We’ve changed a little for each other, mainly due to opening up our minds and hearts to the other person’s opinion.

The one single thing that I am most grateful for to Kevin is the father that he is to our children. I can’t even put into words the joy and peace that he has given me in that. I had really rotten luck with dads and never quite got over it. I was always jealous of the girls who had a “daddy” to depend on no matter what in life. In Kevin my daughters have everything they could ever dream of in a dad. He loves them unconditionally. He laughs with them and gets in their beds to torment them. He teaches them math and pretends to understand their Spanish lessons. He is protective of them but lets them push their boundaries enough to make mistakes.

I consider my children to be the most important thing I have done in my life. The reality is that I really only did half of it. Maybe even less. Kevin did the rest. He has given them a foundation for the rest of their lives that will allow them to be successful. For that I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life.

So happy anniversary to my wonderful husband. You make every day a new adventure and give me reasons to want to be the best wife that I can be.

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Giving Pure Leaf Tea a Try

by +Tricia on August 25, 2014

Ever since I did a cleanse a couple of months ago, I have really been watching not only my sugar intake but my artificial sweetener intake. I’ve never been one to drink a lot of pop, but I did drink a LOT of artificially sweetened lemonade (probably a gallon a week).

In my efforts to cut that out, I have been drinking mainly water with lemon every day. But it gets really dull. As part of my last Influenster box I received a bottle of Pure Leaf Unsweetened Tea to try for free.

If I had my preference, I would drink sweetened tea. I love it!! But I know that it isn’t worth the calories for me or the artificial chemicals. So I appreciate that Pure Leaf is real brewed tea without any preservatives or added color. If you buy the unsweetened kind, you do have to understand that it completely unsweetened. I added just a squeeze of lemon but actually liked the taste even without it. I will likely try the Sweet Tea and Lemon varieties some point as well.

Zero calorie drinks without anything artificial are hard to come by. I like that the bottle tells me EXACTLY what is in it (including the caffeine content). I also really like that Pure Leaf has started TheLoveofLeaves.com campaign, which supports Wholesome Wave.

Great product, great company. What else can I say? They made me a fan!

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Tide for Only $6.00

June 23, 2014

I’m a Tide user and am always looking for coupons to save on it because I hate to pay full price. (My favorite is the Sport kind). I just heard that Tide will on special for only $6.00 at Dollar General for 2 days only. It’s normally $10, on sale for $7.50, and they are [...]

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My J’Adore VoxBox from Influenster

March 10, 2014

Last month I joined Influenster and started getting some free samples of different products in the mail. I wanted to use them before I said too much about them (you can see as I get different things on my Instagram account). Now that I have had a chance to use most of the items in [...]

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I Think I’m Switching to Dove Deordorant

February 11, 2014

When Influenster notified me that I was going to be receiving the new Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture to try out, I was skeptical. Deodorant is one of those things that I never stray from my usual 2 brands. The last thing I want is for the people around me at Zumba to think [...]

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