Whats going on at Odysseys With Love

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. I wanted to share with you whats going on with Odysseys With Love. We have a few new things to share and several updates for you. Whats Going On: Giveaways We have a Giveaway currently running right now until midnight on February 14th, 2017. What is it you ask? A Seven Piece Nightmare Before Christmas Ornament Set. Our favorite movie to watch between Halloween Night and Christmas Eve, as we can NEVER figure out when we are really supposed to watch this one. Check it out below and use the signup form to win! Whats Going On: Skylers Blackouts Some of you may have seen a few post about Skyler’s doctor’s appointments that we have had. Luckily we were able to see the neurologist last week and she is wanting us to have an MRI and EEG done to look at her brain as we have ruled out the cause being her eyes. We also received word back from her speech therapist for the assessment for in-home speech therapy. So we have a lot going on with this one medically. Whats Going On: Weekend Adventures? I posted the video earlier this week of Skyler’s Archery Class, but in case you missed it, I will link it down below. Skyler has bugged us for weeks about getting a bow and arrow. When it was time to go to the class, Skyler was EXTREMELY excited. I even talked to the main trainer about scheduling Skyler private One-on-One classes with him as I am afraid Skyler will not receive the attention she needs in the larger class if this is what she is wanting to do. A New Baby! That’s Whats Going On No, no, no! I am not pregnant, nor have I just had a new baby. But, Skyler’s Aunt, well I call her my Sister-In-Law, just had her little one this weekend and I had the most mind-blowing experience! I got to sit in the operating room with her while she had a c-section! I caught her little one’s first moments and I couldn’t be more excited! She trusted me enough to call me when she needed me, I am VERY bad at being social even with family. Just a little capture from shortly after she was born! FREEBIES! Did You Know Whats Going On? Yes, by signing up for our email list I have a LOT more than just freebies for you! I have a huge section of resources available for both Bloggers wanting tips and resources for writing, but I have another for everyone else that reads the blog! I have a Photography and Video Tips and resource sections also! You will also get a coupon code for all of the digital products in our store to get them for free!

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His Love Language is Physical Touch

Early on in our relationship, I sat down with James and we did one of the Love Language quizzes. As I knew, my love language ended up being Acts of Service. Unsurprising to him, his was physical touch. It was interesting to see the quiz and to learn that about each other. You don’t have to have the same love language as each other to make a relationship work, you just have to know how to use that information to show each other that you do in fact know how to show that you love them. What is the Love Language, Physical Touch? It’s not all about sex, yes sex is part of this category, but there are many other small moments that involve physical touch that will show your loved one that you do love them. It’s cuddling up on the couch while watching a movie or holding his hand while out doing things that will mean a lot to him. It is about being intentional with your touch, it will be one powerful gift for him. According to the 5 Love Languages website “This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face – they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive. Physical touch fosters a sense of security and belonging in any relationship.” Want to Learn your Love Language? Head over to the 5 Love Language website to take the quiz and find out more information about yourself and how you love or have your partner take it and learn how to love them. James scored high on the Physical Touch, so I went to learn more about physical touch and how I could show him I love him even more and I wanted to share with you the things I have found. 50 Ideas for Physical Touch Foot rubs Cuddle on the couch. Rest your head on his shoulder. Hold his hand. Take a bath or shower together. Hug him from behind. Play with his hair/ beard/ etc. Kiss his neck. Body massages. Greet him at the door with a kiss. Initiate sex. Bear hugs. Cup his face in your hands (bonus – kiss him) Hugs, all types. Slow Dance. Give his butt a tap or squeeze. Play footsie. Touch his arm or shoulders as you walk past. Sit in his lap. Kiss more. Let him rest his head on your lap. Plan an intimate night for two. Kiss his forehead. Cuddle a little longer in the mornings. Wrestling matches. Foreplay. Put your hand in his back pocket (without stealing his wallet after, lol)  Enjoy each other’s space. Tickle fight. Sit Close Hold hands while driving. Wink at him. Wash his back in the shower. Grab his arms and wrap them around you. Reach across the table and hold his hands at dinner. Grab him and pull him close. Scratch his back. Sit Close. Ask him what he would want. Caress his arm as you talk. Kiss him like it is your last time to ever kiss him. PDA! Rub his shoulders. Walk arm in arm. Touch Foreheads. Tell him what you are looking forward to. (Kissing him when he gets home) A Kiss on the cheek. Initiate the Touch. Whisper in his ear. And the last but most important one.     50. Be thoughtful how you touch others.  Why do I say that this is the most important? After you find out which touch is most important to your loved one, it may be hurtful to see you use that touch with someone else. If it is important to your partner that you touch them on the shoulder as you walk past and you use that with someone else, it carries a lot of weight with your partner.  

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Commitment Ceremonies & What Are They

Sunday, I did something that was against the norm. I sat down with James and I told him my feeling for him and how much that I love him. I told him I wanted to give him a ring for Christmas, but I wanted it to be more than just a ring. I want to give us a little more than the title of “Boyfriend and Girlfriend.” I wanted commitment. He knows that I will either never legally marry or will be several years before we financially can. Now, this post is title Commitment Ceremonies & What are they? Have you ever heard of a Commitment Ceremony? What Are Commitment Ceremonies and Why Should We Consider One? In all honesty, a commitment ceremony means something different to everyone. A Commitment Ceremony could look like any other wedding, just without the marriage license. A Pagan ritual called a Handfasting, is also another avenue. A Commitment ceremony is one that does not involve the state or government in any way. After watching my brother marry and divorce the same woman twice, and with the divorce rate rising, I won’t lie, I honestly don’t think a piece of paper will tell James and I we love each other any more than we do now. In the state of Texas, we do have something called a Common Law Marriage, but you do have to sign a form provided by the county clerk and you must agree that you are married, cohabit, and tell others that you are married. There is also a Declaration of Domestic Partnership that may be filled in Travis County.  Both of these are legal and include the state or government in the relationship. Travis County has more information on their website and also include a sample agreement. We may have a Domestic Partnership later down the road, for now, A commitment ceremony is what we would like. What Will Our Commitment Ceremony Look Like? Our Commitment and Exchange of Rings will be just that. Our promises to each other and an exchange of rings.  We will not be doing a big party. It will just be us exchanging words on Christmas Morning and gifting each other with the rings. What do the rings mean to us? Our bond and our love for each other. That is all. No fancy dress, church, or 100’s of people looking on. That does not matter to us. Christmas morning will be the morning that we will remember for the rest of our lives together as the morning that we started on a new journey of something more.

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Deep Ellum Photo Walk

This past weekend, James and I wanted to go for a walk, but not just anywhere. 15 Minutes from our home is Dallas’s own Deep Ellum, and it is a great place to walk and take pictures. Deep Ellum always has something going on and is Dallas’s hottest nightlife spot. During the day, you will find photographers and their clients posing in front of the different artwork. The artwork, graffiti, and sculptures are scattered over and on the different buildings. Megan has taken many clients down to this area but has never really paid much attention to the different businesses you will find in the area.

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Dinner at Zenna Thai & Japanese

Our first stop for the Dating in DFW would be at Zenna Thai & Japanese Restaurant in Mesquite Texas, but there are also locations in Plano, North Dallas, and Downtown Dallas. We highly enjoyed our visit, and after seeing the menu, I realized I had ordered delivery from here a few months ago.

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Dating in DFW | Foodie Love

Welcome back to the Dating in DFW Series. Here you will find all of the ideas for Foodie Love.  Please stay with us as we update all of the wonderful restaurants in DFW on this list. If you would like to sponsor a post and/or be added to the list, please contact us on the Work With Us Page. We would love to hear from you.

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Dating in DFW | Staycations

Welcome back to the Dating in DFW Series. What is a Staycation? A Staycation is a vacation spent at home or nearby. In this series, we will be staying in our own backyard at DFW’s most romantic hotels and venues. We need a break away from the kids to, so a staycation for a night or two is a perfect couples getaway while also staying close to home. We will be updating this list often, want to be on this list or to sponsor a post? We will be staying at each hotel and reviewing both video and articles. Sponsor a post at Work With Us Contact page

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Dating In Dallas | Sweet Tooth

Welcome back to the Dating in Dallas Series. Here you will find all of the ideas for Sweet Tooth. Â We will be updating this article regularly. We will have this page update shortly with all the ideas and locations.

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Dating In DFW | 59 Awesome Date Night Ideas

One of the things that James and I try to do is have at least a couple of nights a month. As we were looking for date night ideas that range in price, I thought that this might be a great series for us over the next couple of months. That is when the ideas for Dating in DFW series came to mind. The first post, our introduction to Dating in DFW is a list of date night ideas. I am passionate about still having date nights even after James and I moved in together. We have to have time away from the children and also from my mother. Want to sponsor a Date Night Idea? Use the Work With Us contact form.

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Waffles & A Coffee Date

Friday I told you I was going to start writing about James and myself, and I would be posting every Sunday. I wanted to start from the very beginning, and that starts with waffles. You will need to know why we love waffles the way we do. But, it’s not just waffles that we love. We love Waffle House. Why We Love Waffles – It Starts With Coffee I’ll take you back before the coffee to start, I don’t remember who reached out to who. James and I started to talk on one of the dating apps. We talked for a couple of weeks getting to know each other, and added one another on social media. James was a true gentleman in the fact that he never once attempted to start something sexual. He really was trying to get to know me. I’ll say it now, it was a breath of fresh air to start to get to know him. We had made plans to meet at the Waffle House near my house for a coffee date. I arrived first and waited in my car for a few minutes, then went into the restaurant to wait for him. I always seem to be early and wanted to make sure I was really meeting who I had been talking to. When he got there we sat down and talked. Enjoyed our coffee and just talked. When it was time for me to go home, we sat outside and talked for a few more minutes while we both smoked a cigarette. Then something happened to confuse me. I really thought he was about to try and kiss me when we hugged goodbye, but he didn’t. I thought that the coffee date had gone extremely well and we made plans to see each other again, so I was really confused. Later when I asked him about it, I found out he was just being a gentleman again. Since our first date, we have been back a handful of times. One of the employees has even recognized us and mentioned it to us. So Waffle House is kinda special to us. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but I have met the man that I love there (at least in person) and we do enjoy their food too.

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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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