Friday, July 19, 2013

Day 5: Avenue Lou GIVEAWAY

Have you ever had one of those days when you come home after what seems like the longest day and all you want is to curl up into a ball and cry? Well, I had one of those the other day. Things have been really stressful over here. I try not to voice these things to other people, because I tend to get really uncomfortable when talking about personal things. But my mind has been going crazy lately, thinking about jobs, and money, and school, and marriage, and blogging, and life in general. And then on top of all that, I had the craziest, longest day at work, and I was just done. I felt so overwhelmed with life and all I wanted to do was get home, take my clothes off, lay on the bed and cry. And that's exactly what I did.

I know I've said this before, but for those of you who don't know my husband, he is literally the sweetest man I have ever known. He puts my needs and wants before his own 100% of the time. And that sweet man of mine, well he just held me while I cried. He spooned me and he smooched me and he let me know, over and over again, how much he loved me. He helped me make dinner, and then he cuddled me while we watched TV. And it was the most wonderful, perfect, peaceful night. I know I've talked a lot about marriage and how hard it can be, but lately I feel like it's just been so... easy. I'm not saying everything is perfect--obviously we have our moments of frustration and contention, but that's all they are. Moments. I feel like we've both learned what makes the other happy and what makes the other laugh, and we both try to focus on those things, because they're the important ones.

The best marriage advice we've ever gotten was this: Always show appreciation for what the other does for you. Voice that appreciation constantly. Make that your focus. If you don't, you will start having expectations, and eventually you will start having demands.

H and I have made this an every day effort and constantly try to voice our appreciation for one another, and it has made all the difference. Because when I'm telling him how grateful I am that he takes my pictures every morning, or always opens the car doors for me, or goes with me everywhere because I'm such a scaredy cat, suddenly I don't even care that he was playing Xbox instead of doing the dishes. ;] When you focus on the things you love about your spouse, it just makes everything so much easier. And I'm a huge fan of that.

[Sorry for my rant, but make sure you scroll down to enter the Avenue Lou giveaway!!]




Top: J. Crew Factory [similar] // Dress: Sugar Love Boutique c/o // Shoes: J. Crew Factory // Sunnies: Forever 21 [old] // Sunnies Case: Avenue Lou c/o // Purse/Camera Bag: Theit

Today I am so excited to bring you a giveaway by Avenue Lou! They have the cutest sunglasses cases, and I'm convinced I need one in every color! Today they are giving one lucky FF reader any case of their choice! Be sure to complete all of the entries to be entered into the giveaway! Avenue Lou has also been so gracious as to give all FF readers 30% off any purchase by using code flirt.


[Giveaway is open to US readers only and will end at 12 am on Friday, July 26th.]

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xoxo,
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32 comments:

  1. Polka dots all the way - they NEVER go out of style!

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  2. Oh they are all so cute! I honestly don't know which one I would pick! Hope I win and have to choose! :)

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  3. Love the yellow stripe! Perfect for "sun"glass'!
    Lee

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  4. This has nothing to do with the giveaway, but I just have to tell you that your blog is my absolute FAVORITE. I started following it a couple months ago. I have read through every post you've ever written. More than once. Haha. Promise I'm not a freaky stalker. ;) I'm 20 & getting married in 2 weeks. I LOVE how so many of your posts talk about your & Heath's marriage. You've given some really good advice over the past few months. I love it. Sometimes I forget you & I are the same age because you seem so mature & wise. You've got marriage down. I look up to you so much! Thank you for blogging about personal things a lot of the time. It takes courage to do that, & those are often my favorite posts you do. I'm always looking forward to your blog posts each day! P.S. I LOVE how you're all about affordable fashion. I can actually re-create your outfits without spending hundreds of dollars. It's genius! Keep blogging. As long as you're writing, I'll be reading. :) xoxo, Emma Heckert

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  5. Najavo Smoke is just my style!

    Love your blog btw, I have become an everyday reader!

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  6. Navy polka dots :) Love your blog!

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  7. I absolutely ADORE this skirt! So pretty!

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  8. You are darling girl! I love your cute rants, I need to learn to be more open about things, it's just so hard...
    Love ya girl!
    XO
    dani
    Love Me, Dani Marie

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  9. the chevron teal or the navy polka dot!
    thanks for the chance!

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  10. Love the Chevie Teal, its too cute!

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  11. I always need a cute sunglasses case! And these are super cute!

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  12. I love the Navajo Smoke and the Chevron Teal.
    cjbrick@ymail.com

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  13. Ah so cute! Great outfit :) My favorite case from Avenue Lou is a tie between the blue dottie and the candy stripe!

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  14. The chevron one with the teal and navy and white

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  15. I 100% agree with what you said about marriage. Very good advice!

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  16. I'd choose the blue polka dotted one that's in the picture above.

    I love that skirt it's amazing one you!

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  17. The Chevie Teal is my fave! :)

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  18. i want the yellow stripes

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  19. Love you, wise woman. Thx for the reminder on how to keep things happy.

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  20. I would pick the black and white chevron with the turquoise! love!
    -Nikki
    yyyeaitsnikki@yahoo.com

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  21. Avenue Lou is my cousin's company! So crazy how small the world is. Glad to see that the sunglass cases have reached you ;)

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  22. This is a wonderful giveaway! I'd choose the candy stripe case!

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  23. It's so hard to choose, but I think I like the Minted Bone the best!

    http://operationwearmycloset.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love your dress! you are a picture of grace in your long dress !
    http://www.bestdress2014.com/long-evening-dresses-uk63_11_14

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  25. You are one amazing lady! Sounds like you got yourself an amazing man that will always have your back! Lucky lady! :)

    xo,
    Jacqueline

    stylininstlouis.com

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  26. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    Hannah

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