A few weeks ago, I posted that I would be doing better time management wise, and well, me being me, that just did not happen. I really am trying to do better but well life gets in the way, and Odysseys With Love took to the back burner. That is changing today, it has to. I have put a lot of work and effort into this and I guess I have just burned out myself too. So Where Did We Go?
Since Odysseys With Love began, I have noticed one thing about the articles I have been writing. I really wanted us to be a travel blog. I am noticing that a lot of the travel-related post hasÂ been kind of put to the side here lately for other things. That’sÂ ok, Odysseys With Love is growing and that’s a wonderful thing. I sat back this morning and really thought about what I want Odysseys to really be about. What I want our YouTube channel to be about. Travel . Family . Love So, with everything going on, does the Travel part of our tagline really fit in? It does, as we write about different trips that we have or plan to take, but it really isn’t the #1 thing that and doesn’t deserve to be the first thing our readers see when visiting Odysseys With Love. Lets look at the definition of Odyssey: an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest I personally am on wanderer. I am always on a quest for self-discovery and learning who I am. Odysseys With Love is the journalÂ of our family’sÂ wanderings and learning who we are. A New Tagline? We need to find a new tagline other than Travel, Family, Love. I thought about changing the name as we move towardsÂ a blog about the DFW area, but Odysseys With Love still fits us. As we share our Journey in Love and Family, we share how we also fall in love with the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. A few things about the site will be changing. DFW has and always will be the focus of Odysseys With Love.Â But is a tagline really needed? No, not really. I am sharing more about my own hometown, Mesquite Texas, should that be part of the tagline? This is something that I am not 100% sure on other than the fact I share a lot of other information about DFW too. Wandering in DFW That is who we are! I am constantly learning and wandering and expanding. We are a Wandering Family always our for learning not only about our little town but DFW In general. DFW will soon be the #1 menu item on this site. But what else will be changing? What Is Odysseys With Love REALLY About? First, let me introduce myself again. Hi, my name is Megan. I am a wife to James, and mother of Skyler and Rhyan. I am a DFW local that loves to wander and discover the world around us. I am also a photographer and scatterbrained “artsy-fartsy” type. We are always growing and learning new things and love sharing our discoveries. What will you find on Odysseys With Love? My journal pretty much. I share everything from what is going on in my life from my relationship with James to parenting the two most wonderful and infuriatingÂ girl. Six Flags and Theme Park Fun, things we find in and around DFW and SO SO MUCH MORE! New Additions To Odysseys With Love You might have seen the new Mesquite Texas Guide. That is the newest addition to Odyssey With Love. I am planning to adjust the YouTube channel to also include different types of videos, you just might have to bear with me for a little while. At least until I am used to being on camera. I am planning on introducing several new things to the channel including reviews, unboxings, and much more. Crafting? I may be sharing my adventures in “Pinterest Win or Fail” here soon too as I am trying my hand at crafting again now. It could be fun and interesting. Please Forgive Me While I Figure Out Who I Am And What I Want To Be When I Grow Up! Yes, That really fits right here now. I am still trying to figure all this out. You will be seeing more from us now that I kinda have a little figured out, but I am still learning and growing not only as a blogger but also as a person! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favoriteÂ ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in frontÂ of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? Discover Dallas | The Hidden Gem – Dragon Park August 22, 2017 Welcome to the Discover Dallas series, where we share local finds around Dallas TX. Hidden away in a little corner of Oak Lawn in Dallasâ€¦ Learn More Travel Keepsake Ideas September 11, 2017 After visiting Padre Island National Seashore, we collected both sand and water from the beach there to bring home to start making keepsakes. After someâ€¦ Learn More Whats going on at Odysseys With Love November 9, 2017 Sorry if it seems we have gone MIA the last few days! It has been a hectic few days over here at the Odysseys Household.â€¦ Learn More Our Camping Gear August 10, 2017 As time goes on Odysseys With Love is slowly building up our camping gear and we wanted to share with you what we are working with right now and what we plan to buy in the future. Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receiveÂ weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! 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I knew the other day when creating the 21 Blog Post Ideas, that I wanted to create a Gift Idea Guide, I will be going into more detail on the guides later, but this is my Christmas Wish List, Gift ideas for the Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan. I am all three so this is a HUGE HINT HINT for my own family as these items in this Gift Guide are all things that I, myself would love to have. Now, James if you are reading this, yes this is an idea of things that I want. Yes, this is a hint hint to you and for the rest of the family. I am not asking you or anyone else to purchase EVERYTHING on this page but should help you understand and help you while shopping for me for Christmas. Anyone else that has someone that fits one, two, or all three of these careers and interest, feel free to share it as your own “hint hint” to your family. As most people do, I have multiple interests.Â I am both a blogger and photographer, and at the same time, I am a HUGE Disney Fan. I have other interest, but these are my main ones. I also love anything and everything to do with Beauty and the Beast. The Bloggers Christmas Wish List If you can’t tell, I run a blog. There are a lot of people that run blogs and write for a living. I already know James is going to know that I am putting journals and notebooks on this list. Afterall I do kinda collect them. He actually got me one last year that I LOVED and used a lot. I have moved on to a linedÂ one now. Where I am able to jot notes down as needed. Below you will find myÂ Bloggers Christmas Wish List, along with links to the product. Please note that these links are affiliate links in some cases and will help Odysseys With Love at no cost to you. Coffee Subscriptions Am I the only one that runs purely on caffeine? Well, more specificallyÂ Coffee? Those coffee lovers will love one of these subscriptions! Save $5.00 on Bean Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BeanBox Gifts From Mickey Monthly Coffee Lover Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Cratejoy’s Massive Coffee Subscription options! Coffee and a Classic https://odysseyswithlove.com/CoffeeAndAClassic Coffee-EsperantoÂ https://odysseyswithlove.com/Coffee-Esperanto Cratejoy’s Search Results For CoffeeÂ https://odysseyswithlove.com/AllCoffeeCrates I know there are a lot more coffee subscriptions out there. As I find my favorites, I will add them here. I LOVE Bean Box so that is why its first on my list here. The Notebook & Planner Junky I already know I mentioned above that I am a hoarder pretty much of planners and Notebooks. I just love them. Here are a few of my favorites! Day Designer https://odysseyswithlove.com/DayDesigner The Happy Planner https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheHappyPlanner May Designs https://odysseyswithlove.com/MayDesign Kate Spade https://odysseyswithlove.com/KateSpade Well, what about the Planner Junky that loves the extra stuff that goes with planning? A Planners Subscription Box is a great idea also for them. The May Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheMayBox Mocha Glam Box for Planners – WOC https://odysseyswithlove.com/MochaGlamBoxForPlanners Sticker Guru https://odysseyswithlove.com/StickerGuru The Creative With Bloggers expanding their skill sets into the creative world. Learning Photography, Graphic Design, and Videography have become important to Blogger. Help your partner out with a subscription plan to the Creative Cloud or other subscription services. Relax and Un”Wine” I have learned that James and I enjoy a bottle of wine every once in a while. Years ago I tried a wine subscription where we got a tasting kit and a crate of wine was delivered to my home every so often. I loved it. Below are the top wine subscriptions you can gift to your wine lover! Winc (Get $20.00 for your first order!) https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$20ForWinc California Wine Club https://odysseyswithlove.com/CaliforniaWineClub VineBox https://odysseyswithlove.com/GetVineBox Tasting Room (Get A Free Tasting Kit) https://odysseyswithlove.com/FreeTastingRoomTastingKit Just For Her Subscription Boxes Boss Babe Boxes Running a blog takes a lot of work. These Subscription Boxes are for the Boss Babe in us all! TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheraBox Mom Time Delivered https://odysseyswithlove.com/MomTimeDelivered Boss Lady Swag Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BossLadySwag The SHEclub Monthly https://odysseyswithlove.com/SHEclubMonthly Period Subscription Box Sometimes a little something extra during that time of the month can really help your partner out. Take a look at these CrateJoyÂ Subscription Boxes. My Lady Bug The Perfect Monthly Gift https://odysseyswithlove.com/MyLadyBug Lotus Box | A PMS Care Package https://odysseyswithlove.com/LotusBox Rose War Panty Power https://odysseyswithlove.com/RoseWarPantyPower Photographer’s Christmas Gift Guide! Not only do I run Odysseys With Love, but I am also a photographer.Â If you are in the Dallas area and need a photographer, head over to Odysseys Studio! Enough about me, what does a photographer want for Christmas?Check out these gift ideas below! House Of Flynn Camera Bags Camera Lenses From Amazon SHOP Try Out The Gear First SHOP Don’t forget all of the different photography magazines that your photographer loved one would like to have. But what else could you gift the photographer in your family? Sue Bryce Education I love Sue Bryce and would love to be in her class again. One day I will. Her website starts at $35.00 per month! Join Now! Creative Live Do you want to gift a class on Creative Live? I know of a lot of the classes on this site I would want to take! Get $15.00 Off your first class!Â Â https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$15OffCreativeLive Other Great Gifts For Photographers? The Disney Fan Christmas Wish List If you didn’t know already, I am a huge Disney Fan! Even though I have yet to visit the parks since I was a little girl, I dream of visiting and hopefully I will get to soon. I have a few things on my Christmas Wish List, but I am going to include a few other things here as well that I know all DisneyÂ lovers will well, love! Disney Subscrition Boxes I love subscription boxes! Why? You never really know what you are going to get until you open your box and the magic unfolds. Disney Themed Subscription Boxes are plentiful to choose from, ranging in all price points and what comes in the boxes. Also with the Disney Themed Boxes, you don’t only just have the magic of the boxes, but you are bringing a little Disney Magic into your home. Just a little pixie dust for your loved one. I have searched the internet for all of the different boxes available and these are the ones I have found so far! Know of a different one or one that I missed, comment below and let us all know about it! Magic At Your Door I was not able to find an about section on Magic At Your Door’s Website, but was able to find a small section on their facebook page. — “Delivering a magical variety of Disney products, including licensed Disney items and Disney Store/Disney Theme Park merchandise, at your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/magicatyourdoor I love that Magic At Your Door has an extensive questionnaireÂ for your preferences. They do not guarantee that you will get everything you like in your box, but if you tell them the thing you do not like, they will try not to put it in your box. I have fallen in love with watching unboxings! Below are a few! This is a BIG HINT to James! https://youtu.be/p4P2dwf-RuAhttps://youtu.be/F7xnmgdnRKYhttps://youtu.be/p6RVxX_NgGg The Mickey Monthly Box What is Mickey Monthly? Lets look at their website! — “Mickey Monthly offers monthly Disney mystery box for diehard Disney fans. These monthly Disney subscription boxes can include Disney pins, officially licensed Disney items, or a Disney Parks items, and are delivered to your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/MickeyMonthly Ok Below are just a few of the items from Mickey Monthly’s website that I REALLY want! Not only does Mickey Monthly have several different boxes to choose from you also can go to their shop page and order specific things too! These are just a few of the things I would REALLY love to add to my collection! Just click the image below to be taken to Mickey Monthly’s page for that item! Gifts From Mickey With 12 different monthly boxes to choose from there has to be a box for everyone at Gifts From Mickey! Gifts From Mickey has the Monthly Palace Box to the Monthly Popcorn Box and everything in-between! I think my favorite box from them would have to be the Monthly Coffee Lovers Box! — “This pack is the perfect gift for the coffee lover. Get a box every month with a coffee blend direct from Walt Disney World. These coffees are served in various location such as Epcotâ€™s Le Cellier, Animal Kingdomâ€™s Sanaa, and many more. Each coffee is paired with a special mug from one of the parks or Wald Disney World Resorts.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Gifts from Mickey has the option to not only have the subscription boxes, but you can also get one time boxes, personal shopping, and so much more! Below you will find a few videos from other YouTubers about this box! https://youtu.be/FQA4cE6KI7ohttps://youtu.be/SiwZuwxCyOw Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes With 5 different monthly boxes to choose from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes has a subscription for just about anyone! The What’s Inside page states: “The Genie himself would be surprised by the magic contained inside our Disney boxes! Â We offer the most magical monthly subscription boxes, sure to satisfy all Disney lovers! Box sizes ranging from the “Dreams” collection to the “Ultimate Magic” box, and customized by our Disney personal shoppers just for you!Â Â “ https://odysseyswithlove.com/BibbidiBobbidiBoxes I am not going to lie! I REALLY want the Ultimate Magic Box! I know its $119, BUT! It includes one designer item in each box! https://youtu.be/I2aNAzeWJlAhttps://youtu.be/8Z-FHuKXys8 Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favoriteÂ ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in frontÂ of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? The “D” Word July 2, 2017 As most of you know I am a single mother. To top that off, I am the only parent my girls really know. Sure, Skyler knows who her Dad is, and has even communicated with him some. We have a pretty decent relationship. Rhyan however does not know her biological father. It is by his choice. I have never hidden her or kept her away from him. Learn More The Ultimate Geek Gifts Guide August 19, 2017 I absolutely can not believe that Christmas is just around four months away now. I started looking for awesome gifts for both James and Skylerâ€¦ Learn More 2018 Jayco Precept 36T October 5, 2017 Last month we visited the Southwest RV Supershow and saw three RV that we loved in different price ranges. The more we think about itâ€¦ Learn More Top 5 Destinations in Texas You Must Visit This Fall October 17, 2017 In Texas, the seasons are Summer, Summer, Summer, and Christmas. So, where did Spring, Winter, and Fall go? We really don’t have them. So whatâ€¦ Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receiveÂ weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. 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Back in November, I wrote the post, His Love Language is Physical Touch and shared 50 ideas for the physical touch partner. Today, I am going to share ideas for the partner whos love language is Acts of Service. This is my love language, and James comes by speaking this easily. He seems to do something small every day at least that speaks to me in this way letting me know that he does love me. So What is the Love Language, Acts of Service? If you head over to the 5 Love Languages website, you will see that this love language is for those people who actions speak louder than words.Â This is doing things that your partner would like you to do. You seek to please them by serving them. Expressing your love by doing things for your partner. This love language literallyÂ means being in service to your partner. Actions that require thought, planning, time, effort and energy done in a positive light, all express love. It is the simple things that mean the most to the person whose love language is Acts of Service. The video below explains it pretty well. 78 Ideas for the Acts of Service Partner Ask “How can I help?” Ask “How can I make it better?” Ask if they need you to pick anything up on the way home. Ask their advice and follow it. Bathe and groom the dog. Bring their car for an oil change. Bring them dinner if they have to work late. Bring them lemonade or ice water when they’re doing yard work. Bring treats to their office. Clean the cat litter box. Clean their computer monitor. Change the lightbulbs in all the lamps. Draw them a bubble bath. Do a home improvement project they have hinted at. Do the one thing they have been bugging you to do before they have to bug you again. Do their least favorite chore for them. Do something they forgot. Doing the dishes Doing the laundry Doing things without being asked. Fill up their car with gas. Fixing things around the house. Fold all the socks in their sock drawer. Frame their favorite quote. Give them a pedicure. Give them uninterrupted video game time or time to watch a sporting event. Go to the museum or exhibit they have been dying to see. Have dinner ready when they get home. Help them clean out the garage. Helping them with a project. Hire a maid for the day, or better yet, clean the whole house top to bottom. Hold the doors open. Let them choose the movie. Let them sleep in. Look for opportunities to serve them. Make a list of the things they have requested or mentioned needed to be done. Then make it a point to do one once a week or so. Make a special dessert for them. Make lunch for them the next day. Make the bed. Make them a cup of coffee or tea. Make them breakfast. Make them breakfast in bed. Mow the lawn. Offer to give them a back rub. Offer to give them a foot massage. Offer to wash their hair for them. Organize a surprise party for their birthday. Pamper them. Pick up a bottle of their favorite wine or case of their favorite beer. Pick up a small trinket they would like but wouldn’t buy for themselves. Plan a weekend getaway where they have to do nothing but enjoy. Plug in their phone if they forgot. Print and frame their favorite photo. Put love notes in their lunch. Put the kids to bed. Rake the leaves. Run their errands so they can rest. Sacrificing what you want to do for them. Say “Can I help you with that, honey?” and then do it. Send them flowers at work. Shine their shoes. Shovel the snow without being asked. Subscribe them to a magazine they may like. Surprise them at work with their favorite coffee drink. Surprise them with a bonfire and s’mores. Surprise them with their favorite treat. Treat them to a night at a hotel. Their Choice, ask them to write down the things they would like done, and then work on getting these things done. Warm their towel in the dryer after their shower. Wash their car. Wash their favorite coffee mug. Water the plants for them. Take care of the kids for one whole night. Take out the trash without being asked. Take the dog for a walk. Thank them for the acts of service they do for you. Untangle a mess or cords. Visit them with their favorite lunch.
Christmas Morning, James and I stood in front of our Christmas Tree and said a few words that will forever be imprinted in my mind. I knew I wanted to take these words that we had thought long and hard over and turn them into something that we will always be able to see and look back on. The Printable I made it easy for those that do not have Photoshop to recreate this printable by going to Canva, a free designing app. Its available for computer access and for iPhone. It took me about 5 minutes to make this and I will have it printed and framed to go on our bedroom wall. You can edit everything about the printable from the background color, fonts, text size, and more on Canva. Professional Prints I am sending this in to have it professionally printed by Mixbook’s Home DecorÂ or theirÂ photo printsÂ depending on where I am going to place them. I am thinking two 11X14 prints and then framing them to go on the outside of a picture of James and me.Â Mixbook’s has a lot of options from canvas to acrylicÂ prints to choose from. Once I have the prints hung, I will be sharing them on our Instagram. So be sure to keep an eye outÂ atÂ https://www.instagram.com/odysseyswithlove/ What were our Vows? I sat down over several days really thinking about what I wanted to say to James. I wanted it to be who I am and show James how much I love him. I wanted him to know that even though this was just a commitment ceremony that it meant more to me than a wedding or us going and getting legally married. I can not speak for James on his words to me on Christmas morning other than they really did bring tears to my eyes. They were the most heartfelt words I think I could have ever heard him utter to me.
Baby its cold outside, but that doesn’t mean your love life with your spouse has to be cold also over the next few months. We have put together a list of 37 Winter Date Night Ideas from cheap and inexpensive at-home dates to romantic carriage rides.Â Let us know if you have tried any of these date ideas or if you have other date night ideas to keep you and your honey warm and cozy this winter. Go ice skating. Bake muffins or cupcakes together. Spend the evening relaxing by the fire, reading or playing games in the candle or firelight. Go after Christmas shopping. Create winter decorations for your home together. Have a Streaming Movie Night. (Join Amazon Prime – Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows Anytime – Start Free Trial Now) Make homemade hot chocolate together. Go hot tubbing. Go to a Korean style spa. Do an act of service together. Take a carriage ride. Take a cooking or dance class together. Make Christmas ornaments together. Build a fort out of blankets. DIY Photo Shoot. Take a drive and explore your city. Have a scavenger hunt. Go bowling. Play video games. Go to the theater. Have a coffee shop date. Go for a walk. Visit a museum. Have a winter picnic. Go to trivia night at a bar. Go sing karaoke. Have a palm reading. (Just don’t ask questions about your relationship.) Go on a ghost tour. Go to a stand-up comedy show. Attend a wine tasting event. Wine and cheese at home. Go to the zoo. Play the Newlywed Game. Have a fondue night. Plan your next vacation. Create a bucket list. Have an at-home spa night together.
First, I want to say Happy New Years Everyone! It is that time of year that everyone starts to make their resolutions about becoming a new you, making your life better, and so on. I have failed at my resolutions every year so I am going to make it a LOT easier for myself this year. Happy New Year, New Me! This year, I want to start to complete a new 30-day challenge each month. One of them I will be trying to complete each month until it becomes ingrained in my brain. The other challenge can change each month as they will be: work out challenges relationship challenges parenting challenges photography Challenges. I will be introducing an Instagram hashtag each month for those of you that want to follow my progress each month. January’s 30 Day Challenge Part One I looked through PinterestÂ last night before the ball dropped for ideas. I came upon the Popsugar 30 Day Cleaning challenge and this one I knew would make my mom happy as I will admit it, I SUCK at cleaning. #30DayCleaningChallenge January’s 30 Day Challenge Part Two The next Challenge since I want to do the cleaning one every month until it is truly ingrained in me will be Instagram related. Not only will this make me a better blog photographer, it will also give me a chance to learn more about my new iPhone and how to use it. So I want to do the January Photo Challenge from Fizzle Out with the hashtag #iamgrateful
Who doesn’t love surprises! Part four of our Christmas Traditions Series is on Christmas Eve! I couldn’t leave out writing about the most magical night of all nights, could I? Make sure to go back and read about our other Christmas Traditions in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three! Most Magical Night of The Year Why do I think Christmas Eve is the most magical night of the year? It is when Santa comes and leaves all of his presents under the tree. You can hear the sleigh bells ring in the night. Tracking Santa, this year with the Amazon Echo Dot. Waking up to find a little magic dust and so much more. I hate that I will be working Christmas Eve photographing a wedding, but when we get home we will have a wonderful night with the old and new Christmas Traditions. Everything from baking cookies for The Jolly Ol Man and making reindeerÂ food, to opening their Christmas Eve Box. We have Christmas Traditions for everyone. And I can not forget about making something to keep us all warm and cozy. As we are in Texas, and we never know how the weather really will be on Christmas or Christmas Eve, I still make Hot Chocolate every year. Christmas Traditions | Baking Cookies Every year I tend to make peanut butter cookies for Santa. I know some people swear that Santa only loves Chocolate Chip Cookies, so we have to prepare our Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. Something a little different for Santa to snack on. These are our favorite cookie recipes and so much fun to make with the girls. Christmas Tradition | Opening One Present We haven’t done this one since I was a child. And my mom says I made this up in my own head, and we never did anythingÂ like this. But my own memory still tells me about the time I was given the smallest present under the tree to open. I remember a necklace with Tinkerbell on it one year.Â A makeup kit another. My easy bake oven for another year. (I made Santa a cake that year.) I have not followed this tradition with my own children but I am thinking about starting the next tradition this year. Christmas Tradition | The Christmas Eve Box Have you seen the Christmas Eve Box on Pinterest yet? I have seen several of them all over Pinterest and I keep thinking about making one for the kids. Do I want to make one for the whole family? Or, do I want to make one for each of the kids, and James and I are out on this neat little traditions. We chose to go with the family box. Once it is done, I will write an article for here on how we put it together. Here are a few Ideas that I have found on Pinterest The Chirping Moms -Â PJ’s, Books, and a GameÂ Every Child is a Blessing – PJ’s, Movie, Book, Bib, Cup, and PlushieÂ wunder-mom.com – PJ’s, Gingerbread kit, movie, popcorn tubs, book, coloring books, ChristmasÂ bingo game, hot chocolate, and fun cups.Â Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Very Happy New Year. We couldn’t do this website without our readers and I am so excited to bring you all new things next year.