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January 2015

Planning

2015’s Perfect Destinations for Couple Getaways

January 30, 2015
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A beautiful honeymoon keep the afterglow of a lovely wedding alive. But is honeymoon just exclusive to newlyweds?

Marriage experts say that traveling and being alone together helps strengthen the relationship of both new and old couples. A nice getaway to the beach, a great dinner at the wine country or a fun night out at the big city is a perfect way to mark your first few days as couples or your first anniversary as partners.

So, we researched the best destinations for a lovely couple getaway and we’re ready to share them to you before the love month begins. All you need to do now is to choose the dates. Safe travels!

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Hard To Say I’m Sorry

January 29, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

Do you remember the famous song of the group Chicago entitled “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”?

And it goes…

“Everybody needs a little time away,” I heard her say, “from each other.”

“Even lover’s need a holiday far away from each other.”
Hold me now. It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry. I just want you to stay.

After all that we’ve been through, I will make it up to you. I promise to.
And after all that’s been said and done,
You’re just the part of me I can’t let go.

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In any relationships either friendship or romance we come across hurdles along the way.  But, the most important effort that you or yours truly can do is to immediately recognize your mistakes.  Put your pride aside and sincerely admit where either of you went wrong.  It’s not really “hard to say I’m sorry”.  In fact, it is easy if at the very core…you love and respect each other.

Yours Truly,

Zoe

Planning

No Bride Left Behind

January 28, 2015
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Making your big day unique has become easier than ever with the latest obsession for Pinterest! Pin-boards filled with every possible idea known to man are all the rave for soon-to-be-brides.

We understand the need to be super-bride with your super-wedding flair. It’s exciting! No one can stop you from bringing your pins to life! However, just a little word of advice for after the big day…

Don’t get left behind.

There is a new trend buzzing around like a wasp in the car and you don’t want to be part of its sting! New wives are getting left behind! Yes, left behind! Husband too! Even ring bearers! (Regardless of how cute they are!)

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We have seen them get left behind on thumb drives, old picture CD’s and even photo gallery sites. Some get misplaced, popping up years later scratched or piled high in dust bunnies. Sadly, some never show back up. Ever.

Imagine one day down the line, wanting to share your wedding photos with your kids.  You run to find the thumb drive, only to realize your computer no longer has a USB port. This could be you! It sounds scary, but imagine if got married 15 years ago and you received a floppy disk of photos. How would you see them now? Please be warned ladies! Nothing is worse than storing your favorite memories on obsolete digital media and getting left behind.

In hopes to stop the emotional damage created by outdated media, the No Bride Left Behind program was created to protect brides like yourself. So how do we help? It’s simple. We will create a custom wedding album just for you! Yours Truly Wedding Albums allows you to pick an album as unique as your wedding day!

And best of all, we are giving you a chance to win 2 FREE albums with our latest contest! Click here (Share The Love Story Contest) to enter.

Newly Weds

The First Yours Truly Wedding Album!

January 27, 2015
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Yours Truly Wedding Albums started making customized and quality albums for couples who want their wedding memories to last a lifetime. We are happy to accept orders from newlyweds, long time couples who don’t have albums yet or even to engaged couples.

Today, we are excited to ship the first of many album orders — Shannon and Benjamin’s wedding album! The couple had a beautiful ceremony on August 16, 2014 in stunning Puerto Rico so we knew that we needed to come up with an equally beautiful heirloom.

With photos from Hidden Kiss Studios, we are excited to give you a sneak peek of into this beautiful wedding!

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Yours Truly, Zoe

It Takes Two

January 24, 2015
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You have heard the old saying, “It takes two to make a marriage work.  It takes two to make a marriage fall apart.” Thus, the negative connotation of the phrase, “It takes two to tango” was derived on an observation of the fact that it takes two willing people to commit an infidelity, not just one.

Recent statistics show that divorce rate has grown from 50% back in 1970s to 75% in 2014!  I often wondered what caused the number to rise so dramatically.  Could it be because of the “no-fault divorce” first made available in the 70’s.  It was the first time a spouse could also cite irreconcilable differences as a reason for divorce, making a divorce much easier to obtain.  Prior to this, anyone wanting to end their marriage had to prove the presence of adultery or cruelty in the marriage.

It continues to rise steadily.  And, it saddens me.

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Although no one has a crystal ball to know the future, I can only hope that you and yours truly (and Chad and I) will not be a part of the 75% divorce rate statistic.

I’d like to focus more on the encouraging approach that “it takes two to make a marriage magical”.  I believe in this whole-heartedly. Chad and I learned to always be optimistic when any challenging situations come our way: work or life.  We also committed not to “sweat the small stuff”.  And if there are ever any misunderstandings, we’re transparent and open with one another.  We make it work and so far it’s been a wonderful ride through marriage-land.

People say that marriage is hard work.  My opinion is that its only hard work when you’re not connected with your partner at all levels: mentally, emotionally and physically.  The best part about marriage is continuing to uncover the greatness of your partner.  I inspire you to uncover these areas and you’ll be amazed on the magic it brings to your relationship!

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Sparks in Marriage Don’t Have to Unflicker

January 22, 2015
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Think about it.

My friends often tell me that I have very high expectations in relationships and especially in marriage.  I understand why we often hear: “Wait until you get married then you’ll see if your husband/wife is still the same” Or, “Sure, you have time for each other now…but, wait until you have children!”

But, does it have to be this way?  Do we have to accept the norm?

From my previous blog post: “What Happens When Couples Get Married?” I quoted my mom who once said, “You want to continue to be viable to your husband.  Don’t ever forget to care for yourself – always remain attractive, loving and caring.  Make sure that he’s your priority in life (and children, of course) – but don’t assume that because he’s already your husband – it’s alright to let yourself go and not be mindful of his needs.”

I’m lucky to have a mom who, at almost 70 years old, still looks stunning and incredibly viable by keeping herself challenged mentally and physically.

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So here’s some advice from my mom (and me) so that your marriage continues to “spark” and not “unflicker”:

  • Challenge yourself by learning new things – it’s not good to be mundane
  • Stay in shape – always look good and sharp
  • Ask about their highlights and low lights of the day – it gives you a chance to stop, think, breathe and share (if you have children – include them in the conversation)
  • Keep a list of the things you want to improve or accomplish every year as a couple (Please read my blog post: “Love, Life and Leisure: A New Year’s Resolution”
  • Take your time to complement each other – it doesn’t matter what it is: his looks, smell, etc. Make sure he feels that you appreciate him and are paying attention to him.
  • You MUST do date nights! I don’t care if you already have children…the more you should carve out time for each other (…and when you are on “date nights”…commit to NOT look at your cell phones…texting is also NOT allowed!
  • Say “I love you” every day…please trust me…it does make a difference!

If you have other advice, let’s hear it.  I’m sure all couples can learn a thing or two. 🙂

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Wives Love Surprises

January 19, 2015
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Guys, Wives LOVE surprises. Whether its flowers for no particular occasion, some sweet treats or a piece of jewelry, they love knowing that we’re thinking of them and made the effort to do something nice.

Surprises can be really simple, like preparing a great breakfast over the weekend, or planning a romantic “date night” at home for just the two of you.

There are other surprises that are more practical such as removing something big from her “to do” list that’s been on there for a long time.   Like your wedding album.  More than 50% of today’s couples have a disk of wedding photos and no wedding album.   And while the overwhelming majority of brides want an album… embarking on a long project can be daunting.

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Which is why Zoe and I started Yours Truly.   It’s for couples who don’t have the time, stamina, or creativity to make a creative wedding album.  With Yours Truly, you can send us ALL of the photos from your wedding, and our designers will create a gallery of photos that we recommend for the album.  You (and your wife) will be able to make the final selections, and as soon as you press “submit”, we’ll begin creating a one-of-a-kind layout that best tells the story of your wedding.   It’s that easy!   Most couples tell us that the total time they invested is just 60-90 minutes, which sure beats reading “wedding album design for dummies”!

A few weeks later, you’ll have a professionally designed wedding album that will be with your family for generations. I suggest surprising her by starting the order, and then involving her when the photos have been organized.  She’ll love the fact that you jump-started the process, and she’ll be blown away when it arrives gift wrapped with colorful packaging. Then, every time she looks at your album, it will be extra special as she’ll remember that this was a surprise from you!

Chat Soon,

Chad

Yours Truly, Zoe

How To Make Your Wedding Anniversary Creative

January 17, 2015
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Since 2015 just arrived, take a different spin in celebrating your anniversary this year to make your marriage a bit more exciting!  I can think of a few ideas if you’re in a rut.  So connect with me!

But to start I researched on Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas, both Traditional and Modern…so here they are:

                          Year                                                   Traditional                                                   Modern

1st Year Paper: Yours Truly Wedding Album Paper: Yours Truly Wedding Album
2nd Year Cotton China
3rd Year Leather: Yours Truly Wedding Album with Leather Cover Crystal
4th Year Fruit and Flowers Appliances
5th Year Wood Silverware
6th Year Candy (Yummy!) Wood (really…candy vs. wood?)
7th Year Copper and Wool Desk Set
8th Year Bronze Linens and Lace
9th Year Pottery and Willow Leather: Yours Truly Wedding Album with Leather Cover 
10th Year Tin PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 10 Years of Marriage! Diamond PLUS Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 10 Years of Marriage!
11th Year Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Year Silk Pearl
13th Year Lace Textiles & Furs
14th Year Ivory Gold
15th Year Crystal PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 15 Years of Marriage! Watches PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 15 Years of Marriage!
20th Year China PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 20 Years of Marriage! Platinum PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 20 Years of Marriage!
25th Year Silver PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 25 Years of Marriage! Silver PLUS a Yours Truly Wedding Album commemorating your 25 Years of Marriage!

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Yours Truly, Zoe

Short Simple Sweet Notes Go a Long Way!

January 15, 2015
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Dear Yours Truly Readers,

After three long weeks of being away from the holidays, I’m finally back at home and ready to tackle the world: both home and work (urgh!).  But the best thing about coming home is seeing Chad again.

Although technology makes it easier to be away (texting, face time, phone calls, etc.)… nothing beats a nice warm hug from your significant other.

Coming home was a treat.  It was extremely cold the night that I arrived.  I told Chad to wait for me at home and keep the house warm.  As I pulled up the garage, I saw a sign posted on the back garage wall, “Welcome Home My Sweets!”  I parked my car…and to my left was Chad waiting for me to open my car door.  He gave me the biggest kiss and hug (so tight that I could barely breathe J).

Chad’s “welcome home” sign reminded me of the many sweet notes that he leaves all over our house where I sometimes least expect to find them.  Almost each morning, since we’ve been married, he writes short messages on post-it notes by our coffee maker.  He knows my routine:  1) I kiss him and say “good morning”   2) I walk to the bathroom to tinkle   3) Head to the kitchen fridge and grab the coffee creamer   4) Then march to the coffee machine where my cup is ready for my first pour of hot coffee.  5) And the best part: I read his sweet note.

It never fails capture me.  And from the kitchen, I shout, “Thanks for my note baby!” regardless if he’s still sleeping or not.

Short, simple, sweet (and often silly) notes melt my heart.  I’ve collected many for the past 6 years.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Thanks for cooking an amazing meal last night. I love you and will never take you for granted.”
  • “I love you so much that even if I was allergic to coffee… I will still kiss you every morning after you’ve had your first cup!”
  • “Good morning beautiful (with or without make-up)… can’t wait for another romantic getaway with you!”
  • “My dearest love, I couldn’t be any happier with you and love every minute that we’re together.”
  • “People talk about Fiji as their Paradise…paradise for me is anytime I’m with you.”
  • “Good morning foxy, beautiful, gorgeous, hotter than a super model lover! Yes…I’m crazy about you even if you think I’m biased!”
  • “Hi baby…the only thing better than spending the day and night with you would be to spend the rest of my life with you!”

I love every piece of him.  I really do.

Yours Truly,

Zoe

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Inspirations

2014’s Best Songs For Your Wedding Playlist

January 13, 2015
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Tony Bennett’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful” and Shania Twain’s “From This Moment” are among our all-time favorite wedding songs. For the bride and the groom, it is always about the lyrics and that melody which shall set the event’s romantic mood.

With a thousand love songs to choose from, we saw great additions to our wedding playlist last year. Here are ten of the biggest songs of 2014 (arranged in alphabetical order) which should still be perfect love themes in 2015 and beyond.

1. “All of Me” by John Legend

Last year’s number 3 biggest song according to Billboard also had the year’s best chorus: “‘Cause all of me, loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.” That could already be a wedding vow.

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