3 Things We Do In Our Marriage: Part 3

My husband and I recently celebrated our seventh year of marriage with a much needed getaway. Each year I like to reflect on different aspects of our marriage and share some thoughts. You can check out the following posts here: 3 Things We Do In Our Marriage, 3 Things We Do In Our Marriage: Part 2, and What I Wouldn’t Change About Our Wedding.

I thought I would share three more things that I think have been important for our marriage over the past year with adding another little one to the mix. I would love to know anything that works for you and your spouse!

1.Trip Together

Since we both have summer birthdays and an anniversary we decided to take a trip together instead of exchange gifts as well as make it a yearly tradition. It was so nice having alone time and can be much needed when you have little people at home!

2.Love Language

I have realized the other we get, the more important it is to know each other’s love language and practice them. My husband and I are opposite so we both have to be mindful to do things to make the other feel loved or appreciated.

3.Time Together

I mentioned in a previous post finding hobbies or activities to do together. However, I also think it is important just to have down time with one another. We are very consistent with our boy’s bedtime which allows us to have time together from 7-10pm every night.

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac

Horseshoe Bay Resort

My husband and I recently took a trip to Horseshoe Bay Resort (Texas) to celebrate our 7 year anniversary. We had a great time together and are already planning our next vacation! It was so nice to have uninterrupted time and no responsibilities for a few days.

I thought I would share my thoughts on the resort with some pros and cons. My husband visited years ago, however this was my first time.

PROS

  • Beautiful views– The hill country is just amazing!
  • Golf– The golf is unmatched and there are multiple courses to choose from which is a huge seller. We golfed two different courses. You have the option to take a shuttle or drive (about 7 min). There is also a real 72 par putt putt course which is awesome!
  • Lake– The resort has expanded to be on the lake so there are different options to be in the lake, lay out on the sand, or hang in the pool overlooking the lake. There are also different rental options to go out on the lake.
  • Multiple Dining Options– There a many restaurants on property which makes it nice to have different options.
  • Friendly Staff– The staff was beyond nice!
  • Self Parking- You can pay $25 a day for Valet or self park right next to it for free which we appreciated! Both are uncovered.
  • Everything On Room– You can put everything on your room so you do not have to carry anything around

CONS

  • Cost– You pay for a lot once you are actually on the resort from food, drinks, passes to go to the pool, spa, golf, putt putt, lake passes, etc. I wish there was a food and drink package you could pay when booking similar to cruise lines. I personally didn’t like feeling like I was being nickel and dimed for everything.
  • Everything Isn’t Central– You do have to take a shuttle to different parts of the resort or walk 10ish minutes to certain restaurants/pools.
  • Restaurants– Even though it was nice having multiple restaurant options, the price wasn’t worth it to us at times. We averaged $100 a meal. They do have options in Marble Falls which we chose to do after golf the second day.
  • AC– Our room was very nice and pretty however we learned the AC systems are a water coolant system which lacks freon. We did have people come look at ours the first night because our room never felt cold. We LOVE to be cold so this is a big selling point for us.

I will say the resort was so kind with special treats for our anniversary. We were gifted a bottle of champagne and chocolate strawberries in our room, 2 breakfast vouchers and complimentary champagne and dessert at dinner. We had a great time creating memories together and loved our time there.

I would love to know if you have been!

Blessings,

Jac

2022 Book Reads & Recs: Part 1

A couple of years ago I made a personal goal to read one book per month and make reading more of a priority, especially at night. I found myself watching some type of show until I went to bed and I knew I wanted to change my routine. This year I decided to make the last hour before bed (9-10pm) screen free and really focus on reading an actual book (there is just something about it). I have surpassed my yearly goal, and have already read over 20 books at the half way point. Because of this, I wanted to break up my list in two parts so it wasn’t overwhelming at the end of the year. You can check out previous years here: 2020 Books and 2021 Books as well as my PM Routine.

I would love to know any books you LOVE. I am pretty open to any type of genre!

Mystery

  • Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena (4.5/5.0)- Parents are murdered in their home while the three children are trying to figure out what happened and the secrets held.
  • The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (4.5/5.0)- A true crime podcast host is in town for a rape trial all while discovering what happened another girl years ago.
  • What Happened At The Lake by Phil M Williams (3.5/5.0)- A family went on a lake vacation to discover a double murder nearby and will do anything to stay safe.
  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier (5.0/5.0)-A woman’s son gets taken and she does everything in her power to find answers.
  • Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (4.0/5.0)- A young girl’s body is found years later and linked to her best friends as well as a well known serial killer.
  • The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn (3.0/5.0)-A woman who can’t leave her house due to past trauma witnesses a murder in her neighborhood.
  • I Found You by Lisa Jewell (4.0/5.0)- A woman finds a man on a beach who has no memory of who he is. Meanwhile, another woman’s husband has gone missing and there is no record of him ever existing.
  • Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (3.5/5.0)- Young girl with difficult past goes missing after keeping watch over her childhood phycologist
  • The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell (3.5/5.0)- A woman’s daughter disappears after a night out with her boyfriend. She is determined to find out what happened to her.

Top Pick: Little Secrets

Love or Romance

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (4.0/5.0)- Work enemies find an unexpected romance.
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover (4.5/5.0)-Two people meet before a cross country move, and they make a pact to see each other on the same day each year.
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (5.0/5.0)- A woman unexpectedly falls in love with the man of her dreams, all while reminiscing and having thoughts of her first love.
  • People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry (4.0/5.0)- Two college friends go on a summer vacation each year. After things got complicated one summer, they are trying one last time.
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry (4.5/5.0)-Two writers and college friends end up living next door to each other for the summer and make a bet on their newest writing projects.

Top Pick: It Ends With Us

Historical Fiction

  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (4.5/5.0)-Following the journey of Claire and Jaimie, they prepare for the war coming and everything the new world entails.
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (5.0/5.0)- A woman’s husband leaves for war while the Nazis invade France and her home. Her younger sister is determined to help and resist at any cost.
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (4.0/5.0)- A family moves to Alaska for a new life, only to find the extreme hardships it presents.
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (4.5/5.0)- A man is put to work in a concentration camp and finds unexpected love.

Top Pick: The Nightingale

Fiction

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4.0/5.0)- A Hollywood icon finally opens up to share her life story, revealing her big secret and true love.
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (5.0/5.0)- A young girl is left to take care of herself in an isolated marsh only to be accused of murder years later.

Top Pick: Where The Crawdads Sing

I will share what I read the remainder of the year and my thoughts!

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac