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WE’VE MOVED!

We’ve moved!  Check us out at www.marriageconfessions.com.

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All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

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Confessions of a Young Married Couple now has a Facebook page.  This is, apparently, very different than the Marriage Confessions Facebook group that was already functioning.  There’s a world of difference between a Facebook page and a Facebook group.

I don’t know.  I don’t get it.  I try to understand all this social networking crap, but I really don’t.  Just don’t tell my former faculty advisor because I did my graduate thesis on social networking and they might, you know, revoke my degree or something…

Anyway, I think I’ve gotten it straightened out now and the Facebook page is up and running.  Click Here to become a fan of the page and you will automatically be entered twice to win all future giveaways that you choose to enter.  And if that’s not enough to send you over to the page, then try some of these inspiring reasons instead:

  • Be the first to know about MC announcements and news
  • Enter comments and feedback directly to the community message board.  So all of you who email me about grammar mistakes in my postings can have the instant satisfaction of seeing your critique post right away
  • See pictures from our house and home life that are not posted to the blog (this is for all you creepy voyeurs out there) (I just spelled voyeurs right without having to look it up!)
  • Connect with other creepy voyeurs MC readers out there to build your own blog following

And the most important reason to visit the new Marriage Confessions Facebook page:

CAUSE ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT.

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You’re a Weiner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win in yesterday’s giveaway.  I hate that I can’t give you all a little sumthin’ sumthin’.  Be sure to check back in because I’ll be doing more giveaways in the next few months as I launch the new website.

But back to the issue at hand.  The winner of THIS fabulous giveaway is…

JennGator!!

Thanks, Jenn, for your entry.  Email me to redeem your stationary prize from SarahMarie.com.

And a SUPER, DUPER, EXTRA LARGE thank you to Sarah Champlin for donating her beautiful stationary from SarahMarie.com.  Be sure to check out her website and don’t forget about her generous offer of 25% off any order of $10.00 or more to all Marriage Confession readers.  Visit her site and enter the coupon code COYMC25.  Thanks, Sarah!!

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Only The Greatest Thing to Ever Happen

In honor of my one year anniversary of confessing about my marriage, I’m doing the first ever Marriage Confessions Giveaway!

Enter a comment on this posting and you will be entered to win (…drumroll, please):  This lovely stationary and gift wrap set from New York designer, Sarah Champlin, owner of Sarah Marie Stationary and Wrap.

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Sarah is an interior designer in Manhattan who I am currently loving.  She designs stationary, notecards, wrapping paper, and even sells the ribbons that match!  Who doesn’t love a good ribbon?  And the best part is that she’s eco-friendly and all of her paper is printed on recycled materials.  As an added bonus Sarah is kindly offering a 25% discount to all Marriage Confessions readers who spend more than $10.00 on her site between now and the end of March.  Just visit sarahmarie.com and enter the coupon code COYMC25.

If you win and you receive your package and notice the ink is running, its just because I’ve been drooling over the stationary since it arrived at my house last week.  Those of you who know me personally have probably received a handwritten note from me at some point.  I love stationary and all things paper.  I’m a big fan of technology and blogging, but nothing beats a good handwritten note.  I’m so glad that my first giveaway is something so near and dear to my heart.

To be entered into this fabulous, life changing, letter-writing, gift-wrapping extravaganza, simply leave a comment below.  To be entered TWICE to win, leave a comment and then link my blog to yours or send a friend to my site.  Be sure that you note your blog link in the comment or that your friend notes who sent them in their comment.  Good things happen when you spread the word.  Spreading the word is good.  So is stationary.  And notecards.  And wrapping paper.  And bows.

The winner will be announced tomorrow, so don’t forget to check back in.

This giveaway is a small token of my incredible appreciation for your support and encouragement of this here blog.  I started blogging as a way to flex my rusty writing muscles, but it has become a true joy for me and something that I find incredibly fulfilling.  So, thanks for being a part of that.

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You Asked For It…

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One of the questions that I get the most on Marriage Confessions is when is Chris going to blog.  Well…you asked for it.  Chris will post his first blog post this Wednesday, March 11.  I’ve stolen his laptop and read what he’s working on and its pretty hysterical.  Be sure to check in on Wednesday and see a new side of our marriage.

Also, the first Marriage Confessions Giveaway will be this Thursday, March 12.  Check in and leave a comment to be entered into the prize pool.  A winner will be announced on Friday, March 13.  I don’t want to build it up too much, but let me just say that its going to be life changing.  Oprah dreams of these kinds of give aways.  I’m just sayin’….

And what, you may ask, is all of this hullabaloo this week for?  Why, its to celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE! On Friday, March 13, I will celebrate my one year anniversary of telling the world too much about my marriage.  In honor of this blessed day, Chris is blogging and we’re giving crap away.  I mean, can life get any better?

I think not.

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You Asked For It!

Last Friday was the first Friday Freeforall on Marriage Confessions, with a chance for a little Q&A action.  Thanks for all those who submitted questions in the comments section and via email.  I had a great time answering them.  Some of the questions were so good that they will require their own posting to answer in complete detail, but I’ve filed those away and will post on them in the coming weeks. So if you don’t see your question answered today, keep checking.  You may end up with your own post!

So, here we go… 

1.  What are the ups and downs of picking out baby paraphernalia?  

The up of picking out baby paraphernalia is definitely the registry.  I’m sure that it has something to do with the fact that I can’t shop for myself right now because of this new BFH (Budget From Hell – which is actually going incredibly well), but the registry is worlds of fun.  Its like shopping without having to pay any money.  I log in to just look at my registry at least twice a day.  I like seeing everything displayed together.  Makes me happy.  And I use my registry as a shopping list for me.  Whenever I have a little extra cash flow, I log into my registry and pick something out.  Its a great way to keep track of what I’m spending and buying.  

The downside of the baby paraphernalia is that we are the first of our friends to have a baby, so sometimes its hard to find second opinions about things.  Picking things like strollers and high chairs and diaper bags is something that Chris and I really want to do together.  Its all part of the fun of preparing, and those are some of the only things that we actually have control over right now.  But there are certain things that we just HAVE to ask for some help with.  And learning to do that has been very…well…humbling.  Its such a stark reminder that we don’t know what the crap we’re doing!  We can’t even find the right kind of bottle sterilizer, for crying out loud!  How are we going to raise a baby?!?!  But we’re also learning that most people don’t know that kind of thing until their baby arrives.  Apparently parenting is a work in progress, which is a lovely thing to know!

2.  What did Chris do for you for Valentine’s Day and was it the whole Shebang?

 For Valentine’s Day, I did NOT get diamonds…(sigh)…BUT my Valentine’s Day was absolutely the whole shebang.  I was sleeping my way through New York that day and afterwards, I met Chris when he was done working (he works in the city).  We went to dinner at the restaurant that we went to the night we got engaged.  Its our favorite little restaurant in New York, Joe Allen.  Its not fancy or famous, but it has good food in a great atmosphere.  And more important than any of that, its OUR spot.  And they have hot, fresh, Tollhouse cookies for dessert with a scoop of ice cream.  To die for.  We had a great time and talked about the baby coming and how exciting that was.  We talked about how good we were doing with our money.  We talked about our past Valentine’s Days and how far we’d come.  Short of making out at the table, it was a great love fest.  

After dinner we went to see In the Heights on Broadway.  It was good, but not as great as we were hoping it would be.  But the music was awesome, and that’s really what we went for so in that sense it was perfect.  Diamonds or not, it was a really great Valentine’s Day.  

3.  Someone asked me the questions that James Lipton always asks at the end of Inside the Actors Studio.  I love that show!!

A.  What is your favorite word?  Twinkle
B.  What is your least favorite word?  Dialated
C.  What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Seeing passion or drive in someone
D.  What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?  Laziness
E.  What sound or noise do you love?  Walking on gravel or Chris’ car pulling in the driveway
F.  What sound or noise do you hate?  My cell phone ringing
G.  What is your favorite curse word?  PISS ANT!  (I don’t know if that’s a curse word or not…)
H.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?  Author
I.  What profession would you not like to do?  Accountant (my palms get sweaty just thinking about numbers)
J.  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  I’m proud of you.

4.  What staples you always have in your fridge?

 Salsa, Tabasco hot sauce, bacon, eggs, cucumbers, Clausen’s pickles, iceberg lettuce, and – since I’ve been pregnant – lots of strawberries.

5.  How are you doing avoiding Target and how are you doing it?  

I am doing awesome with my Target addiction, thankyouverymuch.  I have bought no new shoes, no new make up, no new stationary or notecards.  Nothing.  I’m clean and Target-free.  I’m doing so well because of one little rule I made for myself.  I do NOT go to Target unsupervised anymore.  Never.  Ever.  Otherwise, I walk in for dish detergent and I find myself walking the purses and accessories aisle with my hands full of scarves and sunglasses.  Suddenly a $3.50 trip to Target would become a $150.00 trip.  Now, if I have to go at all for things like shampoo and toothpaste and instant brownie mix (IT WAS JUST ONE TIME, PEOPLE!  DON’T JUDGE!) I take a sponsor with me.  A partner.  A body guard.  Someone to keep me focused and on track.  Someone to forcefully escort me away from the new spring cardigans.  Someone named Chris.  Somehow, walking those bright red aisles with Chris at my side whispering quietly into my ear, “Do you really need that?” just takes all the fun out of my Target game.  

A lot of people asked about the baby nursery and the reason I haven’t ever written anything about it and am not doing it now either is because it isn’t finished yet!  I want to do a big unveiling of the nursery once I deem it “finished.”  I am waiting for one more little thing – the most adorable lamp in the world – to complete my ensemble and then you’ll get pictures…Oh, man, will you get pictures.  So, those are coming.  

Thanks again for your shout outs!  Happy Monday!

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Friday Freeforall!

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Its finally Friday folks!  I’ve never been so ready for a weekend.  My feet are fried, my brain is battered, and my hair is frizzy.  Its just been that kind of a week.

As a result, I am in no condition to blog today.  Unless you want to hear me complain about the very rude landscape man who wouldn’t stop blowing leaves on the sidewalk long enough to let me pass this morning and so I came to work with leaves and sticks in my hair…  No?  Not interested in that story?  Then you are going to have to provide me with more material for a posting cause that’s as good as I get today.

Occasionally, I am sent questions either through emails or in the comments section of my postings.  I try to answer what I can, but let’s be honest.  I’m lazy most of the time.  I’m also pretty crappy at following up on stories I write.  I tell about things that are about to happen or problems I’m having and then never tell how they worked out.  Apparently this irks a lot of people because I get emails about that a LOT.  “How could you leave me hanging?”  “I’m waiting on pins and needles to find out how that ended…”  “I haven’t bathed in a week because I keep hitting refresh on my computer to see if you’ll finish your story….”

Okay, so people aren’t really THAT interested.  But still.  Now is your time.  If you have questions for me – about my pregnancy, about my marriage, about my family, about my house, about my aversion to laundry, about my new budget system, about my love affair with all things Target – fire away!  Post your questions in the comments section and I’ll answer as many as possible (or until I get bored) on Monday’s post.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Pictures of the non-baby shower will be posted next Tuesday for all those out there holding your breath or not bathing until you know how that works out.  (P.S.  You should be holding your breath for these pictures – they’re gonna be awesome…)

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