Wedding Encouragement & Advice from a Mom

Wedding Encouragement & Advice from Lysa TerKeurst

It's Mother's Day. A day that can mean so many things to so many different people. But there's one thing we can all agree on...moms are special. And when they offer advice, we listen to it (even if they think we aren't).

So a few months ago, I read an article on Southern Weddings from an amazing woman and mama. Three of her five children are getting married this year, so she graciously shared some of her thoughts with the ladies at Southern Weddings. And I was very moved, and bookmarked this article to share with you today...

From the wise and loving mom and bestselling author, Lysa TerKeurst...

"...more than helping to plan the weddings, I want to prepare my kids for their marriages.

I’m especially wanting to prepare them for day one of their marriage. And I’m quickly learning that weddings are perfect for teaching young couples a crucial lesson:

The most happy couples are the ones who are most able to embrace imperfections.

Honestly, I’m still learning this lesson myself.

Whether you are the mother, the bride herself, or a hopeful soon-to-be-bride, can I take your hand and whisper a truth we all need?

No wedding is perfect.

The more we resist this reality, the less we’ll enjoy this most special day. But even more tragic for brides, the less you’ll enjoy your marriage.

There’s a little known secret about imperfections. What makes things most beautiful, most memorable, and most notable are the unexpected gifts wrapped in imperfections...

But here’s the great news. Imperfections help others uncross their arms, relax, and giggle. People will love you even more when they see you display grace in a tough place.

So embrace the unexpected.

Smile at the crazy.

Laugh at the unplanned.

And relax.

If you bring the happy, your day will be beautiful."

Isn't that refreshing? And a relief? I think so. Please be sure head on over to Southern Weddings to read the full article, as well as to see some beautiful images of Lysa's children.

A Month of Getting Healthy Together: Other Fun Activities

Paddleboarding Date

For an entire month now, you and yours have been intentional on getting healthy together. You've made the commitment. You've worked out together. You've cooked a clean meal together. And why stop now? Adding in variety will help you keep the momentum going. Try any and all of the following activities to keep things fun and fresh while you continue to live a healthy, active lifestyle together!

  • Go to an indoor trampoline park (Because who doesn't like feeling like a kid again?!)
  • Go hiking
  • Go paddle boarding
  • Go roller skating (1989 called, and they said to share the love!)
  • Go rock climbing
  • Go play laser tag (Again...who doesn't like feeling like a kid again?)
  • Go sight seeing
  • Go bowling
  • Go play paintball
  • Go dancing (Take a class or go to a local hot spot)
  • Go play softball (Join a local league!)

Now...GO!

Top Image Credit:  Roots Rated

A Month of Getting Healthy Together: Cooking Clean Meals

4 Healthy, Clean Meals You Can Cook Together

How is the month of getting healthy together going? Have you two worked out together? Or at least gone on those after-dinner walks? If not - there's still time! 

Another aspect to getting healthy together is learning to cook clean meals. I started eating clean a few years ago, and it. changed. my. life. Sure, occasionally I'll eat something not-so-good-for-me, but more often than not, I'm eating well. And I feel 100% better when I do.

So today I'm sharing 4 recipes with you for an easy Spring Dinner.

This post was originally seen on Glitter Guide. All of the recipes are from Ashton Keefe's new cookbook, Lemon & Salt: A Modern Girl's Guide to Culinary Revelry.

Heirloom Tomato Salad | Bespoken www.bespokenweddings.com

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds heirloom tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • fine maldon salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Lay tomato slices out on a large serving tray.
  2. Generously drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. When serving, finish with Maldon salt.
One Pan Chicken Recipe

One-Pan Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 chicken (2-3 pounds); broken into 4 pieces - 2 legs and 2 breasts
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch chives, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and season with salt. Sear chicken, skin side down, until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Remove chicken from pan. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Add garlic, shallots and lemon to the pan. Place chicken, skin side up, over shallot and lemon mixture, and add butter and wine. Place pan in the oven and cook for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the chicken's juices run clear and its internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Garnish with chives

In lieu of garlic, shallot and lemon, you can use:

  • lime, jalapeno, peppers
  • onion, butternut squash, sage
  • leeks, fennel, Pernod
  • carrots, parsnip, celery
  • peas, corn, zucchini
Warm Herb Potato Salad

Warm Herb Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby potatoes or fingerling potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4-1/2 cup extra-virgin-olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh herbs - thyme, tarragon, dill and chives-  chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons capers, drained and finely chopped
  • fine sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Salt the water generously and cook until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove potatoes from pot and allow them to cool slightly. (If necessary, cut potatoes into bite-size pieces.) Place potatoes in a large bowl and toss with garlic, mustard, olive oil, herbs and capers.
  2. Drizzle with additional olive oil and season with salt to taste.
Pavlova

Pavlova

The recipe for this goodness can be found here.


All recipes as seen on original post here.

Now get to cooking with your fiance!!! Stay tuned for next week's final post in this challenge!

Top Image Credit:  Melissa Jill Photography as seen on Style Me Pretty

A Month of Getting Healthy Together: Fitness

Workout Together

So last week, I introduced a challenge to you to grab your fiance (or husband) and get healthy together during the month of April. Have you started? Hopefully you have, but if you haven't started, today's post will give you several ideas on getting in shape together.

Make it a goal to go on an after-dinner walk 3-4 times a week. The days are longer, so why not eat dinner (healthy ideas coming for ya next week!), quickly clean the kitchen, and then go on a 30-45 minute walk together? It will not only encourage you to move rather than laying around on the couch, but it'll also give you guys some time to talk about your day.

Join a local gym. Find a good, local gym in your area. If you like going to classes, make sure to join one that has a variety of classes like spinning, yoga, bootcamp, kickboxing, etc. If you're into CrossFit, find a local CrossFit center. Having access to a gym is huge. You can do workouts together, whether on the cardio machines, lifting weights, or taking a class. If joining a gym isn't in the budget...

Workout together. There are plenty of couple's workouts you can do together. Just search "couples workouts" for some ideas. Or check out some of these:

Stay tuned for next week...healthy, clean cooking!

Top Image Credit:  The Fremont Health Club

A Month of Getting Healthy Together

A Month of Getting Healthy Together

April is a great month to get a fresh start on getting healthy. Most of the country has been experiencing cold winter months, so now that the weather is warming up, it's a great opportunity for you to start being active again and eating healthy. If you and your fiance commit to getting healthy together, not only will you be spending time together, but it gives you a chance to grow closer and be even better versions of yourself. Plus, the accountability is huge. And you'll be getting ready for summer and your upcoming honeymoon!

So for the month of April, I'm challenging you two to get healthy together. Find a local gym. Get outside. Be active. Learn to cook some healthy meals. And enjoy each other's company! I'll be checking in each week with some tips, so stay tuned!

Image Credit:  The Fresh Exchange