The more I help couples navigate through their problems in marriage counseling, the more one thing stands out. Motivation. This trait usually determines how successful the couple will be at solving their problems and finding joy again in their relationship. If both spouses are willing to work, couples counseling is usually successful. Unfortunately, many couples don’t […]
Awww, Spring cleaning. I have to admit I always look forward to this time of year. Once the weather warms up I can refresh my garden, pull out any weeds it was “too cold” to yank before, and replant all the brightly colored annual flowers in the garden. I love getting my hands dirty […]
Dear hubbies and boyfriends out there, here are some ways to surprise her and show you care. Remember your girl is a unique person. It will require some creativity to make these tips fit your love. Think about her. . . What are her interests? Her dreams? Her favorites? What does she always […]
Life is busy. Stress happens. Do you deal with stress in a healthy way? Think about the last couple times you felt overwhelming stress. . . how did you cope? Eat? Exercise? Throw something at the wall? Vent to the dog? When I teach clients stress management skills, the first technique is always “Deep […]
I love the way that loving husbands look at their wives. That encompassed attentive gaze, with a glow on their cheeks and a gentle smile.You can see he cares for her because he’s involved and paying attention. Whenever I see a couple look at each other this way, it makes me smile. I am happy that they are […]
We love to play outside when it’s warm, but Texas is sure getting a slow start to its Spring this year. To handle another unexpected cold morning, I pulled out the craft paper. Although my son know all his shapes, we hadn’t practiced in awhile. I cut some paper into shapes and drew some categories on another blank […]
I love to decorate for holidays! Since they are getting “older,” I wanted to involve my kids in Valentine’s Day decor. So I made a heart outline, printed a few, and we went to coloring!My 2yr old and I colored and colored. (It’s fun to act young sometimes and simply color a picture.) Even the […]
Here are some decorations our daughter’s snowflake themed first birthday party: The decorations were homemade paper snowflakes and white tree branches. The tree branches were lightly dusted with glitter too. I learned that it’s easier to paint branches if you hang them in the tree. (On the ground they streak the grass or they get smudged when […]
I love Halloween food! It’s the only time a year that you eat yummy food that looks gross. The more weird looking, the better. We have won “Best Dessert” the last two years in a row at our friend’s annual party. This year we really wanted to win claim 3rd year in a row bragging […]
Below is the Pottery Barn “Patrick” quilt. The bedding set is super for a little boys’ transportation themed room. But the price tag is rather high. When we decided to move our toddler moved out of the crib and into his own “big boy room,” I knew I wanted to find him a transportation themed blanket. […]
Hello! I'm Nicci
I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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