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The true secret to making your marriage last.

ayla whitehead

I have been with my husband since I was 16 years old. We knew we wanted a life together, and knew we had plenty of time to figure things out. We married, had a baby, and we lived a happy little life. …I was coming to the end of my four year degree. It was a cross road. Was it worth it to up-root our little family hours away from all that was familiar so that I could become the vet I had always dreamed of being? I chose to not go to vet school. And I held it against him for over a decade…He didn't get what he wanted out of life either. Those calloused farm-built hands left the farm and found themselves gripping the wheel of a dump truck owned by a company that provided health insurance, dental, and retirement benefits. It meant we would be taken care of. Day in, day out, he was up before the sun to put in hours at a place he hated just to provide for a resentful wife and a baby …..We were both tired and held unspoken grudges against one another. We both felt like we were working harder than the other and expected more from them. Neither of us could see we were actually in the same place. We spent a couple of cold years just going through the motions…..Both of us came from divorced parents and knew we did not want to put our daughter through that….. We decided it was time to have another baby so our daughter would have a sibling. But with that came new issues. We bought our first house, tried to live with ourselves and the infertility. We were still very resentful of one another. Nothing went as we planned, and it was all the other person's fault. My husband quit talking to me. I quit talking to him. We pretended life was great in front of our daughter and lived separate lives when she was not in our presence…I remember one day in particular that I was just so incredibly sick. I had been dry-heaving for 18 hours straight and was on the verge of hospitalization. My husband had taken off work that day to care for me…I remember thanking God for granting me such an amazing person. Over the last few years I had not been nice to him. I hadn’t even tried to be nice to him. It was so amazing that he would drive three hours for a shot at relief for me, to run a rag over my head and tell me that I was okay and that he was right there, he wasn’t going anywhere. He stayed right there beside me until the second prescription started working. He gave me some electrolyte drink and rubbed my head until I drifted to sleep…There they were. Those kids we once were. We found them. In one day, in one kind act, we were able to chisel away all of the resentment and grudges and unearthed the love that brought us together in the first place. There was a reason we came together so many years ago, we just lost it for a while. Then we moved our focus from what "I" need today to what might "they" need today…If you have someone in front of you who truly loves you, put them first and don’t think twice. That is they key to a happy and long lasting marriage.

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The beauty of vinegar

ayla whitehead

Vinegar is a beautiful thing! It is cheap, it is natural, it has some kick-but cleaning capabilities, and it is easy enough to work with that any adult can figure out how to use this stuff for green cleaning. Check this out for awesome ideas for vinegar infusions, green cleaning recipes, and so much more!

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What every working person truly needs to hear

ayla whitehead

Do you know why we wear uniforms to work? Its not just to all look the same or be easily recognized.  They are used to hold the weight of the day.  You store each difficult person, difficult task, heart breaking story you heard, or any other negativeness you experienced in the day inside the very fabric.  When you take it off you aren't taking off just clothing, you are taking off the negativity and physically removing the weight of the day. You will throw that tainted fabric in a sea of water and drown all of the bad, wash it all away, then dry the twisted, mangled, soaked, and tired fabric back into the form it once stood in, so the next time you put it on it can once again hold the weight of the day.  

Now my uniforms have been scrubs, suits, blue jeans, and even yoga pants and a sweatshirt covered in spit up with no bra....the uniform changes, the point of it does not.

I am asking you to use your uniform to it's full potential to ensure that you breathe a little easier, go a little farther, and stay strong enough so that you do not to crumble at the stones life throws at you each day.  Store the hard times you had in it's fabric, wash them all away, start completely fresh and weightless the next day when you put on that tool, that uniform (no matter what type it is), once again.  

 

Are soap nuts right for you?

ayla whitehead

What are soap nuts? How do you use them? Why would you switch?

All of these great questions are answered in this quick post that is full of all the stuff you need to know about this natural laundry option!

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diffuser 101

ayla whitehead

Everything you want to know- good, bad, safety, and dangers- about all the different kinds of diffusers.  Find out which one is our favorite to use safely with kids and pets!

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