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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Shop Spotlight: Embee Mugs {Discount Code Included!}

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.

The new Star Wars movie premiere is just around the corner. If you aren't a Star Wars fan, it is impossible not to know about this upcoming release because Star Wars products have hit the stores every where. I haven't gone to one store that doesn't have a huge Star Wars display in multiple places throughout their store.

Now, Star Wars isn't just a guy thing but I do know that a lot of the special men in our lives do have a thing for Star Wars. Men also happen to be some of the hardest people to shop for. So when I stumbled across Mary's shop I knew she had the perfect "gifts for him."

Mary's shop, Embee Mugs has a huge selection of mugs that would be perfect for the special guy in your life. Not only that, but she is amazing to work with and everything you purchase from her shop goes to a great cause. Mary has the sweetest heart and I really enjoyed getting to know about her story. Take some time to hear her heart and I am sure you will love her just as much as I do!

Where did the name behind your shop come from? 

My name is Mary but growing up everyone called me by my full name Mary Beth. Or More often, MB. When I left home to start my adult life, I dropped my middle name. Now, years later, there are only a hand full of people who call me MB but they are the closest to my heart. So, long story short, I wanted MB but didn't want to explain the initials and I wanted something unique and so "Embee" was born. 

How did you get started with Embeemugs? 

Pinterest! I was making one of those sharpie dot mugs for one of my girlfriends -- just for fun. I liked it so much I ended up making one for all of my friends. When I ran out of friends, my husband suggested I try to sell them. It just took off from there, my husband is a pilot so I started painting mugs with different aircraft and selling them locally. That's when I set up my Etsy shop and from there things have just continued to evolve. I went from paint to vinyl and now I use a mug press. I make mugs that mean something to me and it's so cool that other people like them too. 

Anything about the heart behind your shop you would like us to know?

I am an Oklahoma native (I love the OKC Thunder)! I have been married for 7 years. My husband is an instructor pilot for the Army. 

When we married, I had an awesome career that I loved but when he was accepted to flight school, his lifelong dream, I knew we had to pursue it. So we took off on our wild life adventure and it landed us in a small Alabama town with very few job prospects. That was okay though because we had big plans to start a family! Fast forward a few years and it was still the two of us. We went through years of fertility treatments before we realized that God was practically screaming at us to open our eyes! We finally did and 8 months later, with my husband deployed to Afghanistan, we got "the call". Our oldest son was being born and we were going to be parents! Two years later, we found ourselves back in that same small town again but we knew our family wasn't complete. So we put our faith in God and wouldn't you know it, 8 months later we had another son. Adoption is so amazing but it's also quite expensive and so my hope when I started my business was to help pay off the loans we accumulated on this crazy journey to parenthood. We don't know if another baby is in our future but my goal is to help pay off our loan and start saving just in case that next call comes. 

Mary is graciously offering all of my readers 10% off with Code YOUAREMORE so hurry on over to her shop before it's too late!

Monday, November 30, 2015

I Can't Live Without You

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There are always these little annoyances in marriage that your husband does that you may find yourself wishing he didn’t. Maybe it’s the toothpaste in the sink, leaving the toilet seat up, or dirty laundry on the floor. There are probably a few things you could name that drive you absolutely crazy! Well I am teaming up with Protective Life today to talk about those little things that my husband does. There are a few things I could live without, and a whole list of things I can’t!

Without my husband I wouldn’t find dirty socks in random places around the house…sometimes even right next to the laundry hamper…with another pile of clothes.

Without my husband I wouldn’t have cereal crumbs to clean up in the morning after going to bed with a clean kitchen.

Without my husband I wouldn’t have to tuck the sheets back under the mattress when making the bed every morning after he kicks them out every night.

Without my husband the DVD’s would never be an alphabetical order, and that means I would never find what I was looking for.

Without my husband the trash would never get taken out.

Without my husband curtains and photos would never get hung. 

Without my husband I would actually have to put gas in the van.

Without my husband I would have to kill all the bugs that get in the house. 

Without my husband my kids would never have batteries in their toys. 

Without my husband I would have to cook dinner more.

Without my husband I would have to vacuum the stairs.

Without my husband I would have to mow the grass…actually I would have to do everything outdoors related.

I am sure there are many things that we probably could live without doing, like picking up dirty socks and cleaning toothpaste out of the sink. But the truth is, if we ever weren’t doing those things we would probably really miss it. That’s what marriage is all about, putting up with the little things that annoy you because there are way more things that you love. Those little things don’t really matter when you look at the bigger picture of all the things you do together. I couldn’t live without this incredible husband of mine, he does SO much for our family. Any time he is gone, I definitely feel the work load increase. My trash over flows, I try to drive with the gas tank almost empty so I don't have to fill it up, and I eat a lot more take out. This crazy life of ours is a team effort and I wouldn't want to trade it for anything...even if it means picking up dirty socks. 

Protective Life teamed up with Holderness family to create a funny video called “I Can’t Live Without You” to remind us how much we count on each other to get things done. But also to remind us of the importance of life insurance. Disclaimer: We realize this video in a way does poke fun at what a spouse does but they focus on sharing the workload as a couple. We don't want the posts to come off as derogatory in any way. I never realized how important life insurance is to consider. You can learn more about it and watch the funny video here. I learned a lot and I bet you will too!

What is something you couldn't live without that someone you love does? What are funny things that you know you would miss when that person was gone? 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Someone Is After Your Marriage

My husband and I went to a marriage conference earlier this month at our church. There was something said during one of the sessions that really stuck out to me and I haven't been able to shake it since. The magnitude of truth to this statement is just too great. It really inspired me to think on this idea more and more and I knew that I needed to share it in this space.

The beauty in marriage is that it is designed to be a direct representation of our relationship with Christ. God's love for us is unconditional. No matter what we do or don't do, we are loved by God. The more that we seek the Lord, the more that we spend time getting to know Him, the closer to Him we will become. The more we get to know the Lord, the more we know what He wants for our life. The better we know God's heart, the better we are at making Godly decisions in life because in knowing Him we can be guided by what He wants for our lives. 

The same is true in how God designed marriage. The love between a husband and wife is unconditional. It's a choice every day of our lives to love our spouse no matter what, no matter if we feel like it one day or not. The more that we spend time with our spouse, the more we get to know them. We begin to learn what our spouse likes, what they don't like, we learn their quirks and annoyances, and we learn about their personality. We start to be able to make food or drink choices for them because we know what they would like. The marriage relationship is the closest earthly relationship to that of the relationship with Christ. 

Why would the enemy leave the relationship that most represents that of our relationship with God alone? It only makes sense that the enemy would be after your marriage, and every marriage. In no way does the enemy want you experiencing the relationship of Christ to its fullest, and understanding it in depth. The enemy is after your marriage.

The enemy wants to attack the areas in your marriage that bring you closer. Every aspect of your marriage at the core relates back to our relationship with Christ. The way that God designed marriage to be is getting attacked every day. Divorce rates are increasing, marriages are being broken, and people are giving up on marriage altogether. God's design for marriage is being warped and damaged in so many ways. 

So what are you supposed to do about it? Stand in front of large crowds and scream and holler about everything that's wrong about divorce, gay marriage, and adultery? Not at all. What can you do to restore the way that God designed marriage? Start with yours. Right where you are, determine that your marriage will reflect Christ's relationship with His children. Determine that you will start with your marriage, and in beginning with your marriage you will teach your children. When you model a marriage with God's design, not only are you representing a positive marriage to your children, but you are representing Christ to them as well. There is beauty in marriage and someone is after your marriage so you don't experience that beauty. Someone is after your marriage so that through it, you don't experience more of who God is, and that you won't share that experience with your family. So fight, fight for your marriage and the beautiful relationship that it represents. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!

There are SO many things that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, but I couldn't let the day end without thanking YOU. Without YOU this space would just be a place that I typed away on to deaf ears. It's YOU who give me a voice and make me feel like I am not alone in this crazy life. It's YOU who offer community and friendship. It's YOU who remind me we are in this together.

So thank you, for reading, for following along, for commenting, for being a friend no matter how many miles away you are.

Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dating Your Spouse

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My husband and I are in a season where we are knee deep in all things little children. Not only do we work in Children's ministry, we have two kids of our own! Our son is two and a half and our daughter is just shy of eight months old. With two kids that young, it is really hard to go out on a date. We have family close that we are incredibly thankful for. Grandparents do make the perfect babysitters, but getting out of the house takes a lot of effort and preparation, and truthfully a lot of money. We make the time when we can, but sometimes it is just way easier to stay home. But dating your spouse is extremely important to do, so we come up with creative ways to date at home in the current season of life we are in.

One of our favorite things to do before kids was to go to the movies. We are big movie fanatics over here! There is just something about watching some movies in the theater on the big screen, especially when you end up in a cozy reclining seat. But movies can get expensive and there are so many good options out there to watch a great movie right in the comfort of your own home, so we have started our new tradition of at home movie dates. It's easy, doesn't require preparing for a babysitter, and you can enjoy the date in your PJ's!

Once the kids are in bed, we like to cozy up for a little date night at home. I put together an at home date night kit just for the special occasion to make sure we had everything to make the perfect night. I found everything to put this little kit together in just one trip at my local Walmart.

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Here are some essentials you need to make your own date night kit.

Movie or Game: We love renting movies locally before purchasing them to make sure it's going to be one we love. Sign up for rewards programs and you can get free rental movie nights too! Nothing is better than free! Sometimes it's also fun to ditch the movie and play a game. Just laughing and talking over some competitive fun can be a great date night! Or combine the two and do both!

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Popcorn: The best thing about movies is the popcorn! Make sure you pick up some popcorn with movie theater butter to make it feel like the real deal!

Candy: Sweet and salty make the best combination, so pick up some of your favorite candies to go with your popcorn. Some candies even taste great mixed in with the popcorn, especially chocolate.

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Advil Tablet Vial: When you are home with kids all day or you've had a busy day at work the sure way to ruin a date night is to have a headache from the day's stresses. Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers). Having this handy to make sure a headache doesn't ruin time with your spouse can definitely be a good thing. 

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Nexium 24HR: Another sure way to ruin a date night is acid-re-flux. Something so small, but uncomfortable, can make it really hard to relax and enjoy time with your spouse. #1 prescribed acid blocker brand (Based on IMS health data: total Nexium® prescriptions 2006 - 2014). May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed. 

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ChapStick Total Hydration: Especially as the winter months are approaching, chapped lips can be painful for you and painful to steal kisses! ChapStick Total Hydration is 100% natural and it instantly soothes and moisturizes. This is definitely something to have on hand for an at home date night!

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We are learning to embrace this season we are in. I love going out, I love leaving my house, and I love being busy. But in this already busy season, I am learning to treasure the new memories we make in this season. Just because I can't go out with my husband whenever I want, doesn't mean I shouldn't make dating my spouse a priority. I am embracing this new season with our little kids and finding ways to date my spouse right where we are! Who says we can't bring the joy of the movie theater into our own home?

How do you make dating your spouse a priority? Do you have a favorite at home date night idea? What would you include in your at home date night kit?