The Couple Skate that is Marriage

Do you remember back in middle school when you first started "liking" boys? When you would get so nervous when they were around and almost terrified that they would actually hold your hand or god forbid put their arm around you? There were those times you would sneak off or find something random to say to your Besty just to draw the attention away from the situation at hand.  

It. Was. Great. 

I mean hell. The term was "going out" but you didn't actually "go" anywhere. Then there was the length. A boyfriend typically lasted, what, two months tops? But you LIVED for seeing them the next day and talked to them all night on the phone.

Flash forward to your early thirties and you're sitting on the couch, just staring at your spouse like "Why is he still here?", as if he didn't actually live there and wasn't really part of your life. There's no real butterflies and there's no fear, it's more like scooting over and steeling covers like your life depended on it.

The couple skate is over. 

Atleast, that is how a friend of mine recently explained her decision of divorce to me over what I thought was a simple latte trip.  

I processed everything she said and didn't want to sway her decision. I know it happens. I know not everyone is meant to be. And I know my faith doesn't come in to play the same as everyone else.

So I listened. I was quiet. I let her get everything out and then she asked me how my marriage was and I paused. Sipped a shit ton of my latte. And then I preceded to blurt out...

.....that I have had the same experiences with forgetting he's my roommate, stealing the covers and getting severely annoyed with how freakishly loud his inside voice is. We argue. I've gotten loud. I get frustrated. I have envy. I compare us to others. And she asked me if I had ever thought about divorce. And I paused again. 

I told her I wouldn't have it any other way. Even with everything above, we laugh. There are nights we go to sleep and it's like I'm at camp and dying laughing. He makes me be a better person. He challenges me to be stronger. He lets me shave his beard into a sweet mustache. I know above anything else that he would be there for me whenever I needed him. I let her know that the couple skate called Marriage can still sound like a Boys to Men song, or feel like a middle school boyfriend, you just have to accept that you have all those others things too. And the fact that if my husband ever cheated on me, he'd be dead within 24 hours and thus a divorce wouldn't be necessary.  

Nothing is ever perfect and murder is easy. 

xoxo, 

C. & G. 

Book Smarts......4 business book reviews for the new year

Every now and then at work you need a little insight. A little extra pump in your latte. Sometimes the endorse to "do better" doesn't come from a leader at your work...

Text Mex

With all the insanity involved around the holidays, you seem to lose sight of what's most important. People actually lose not only sight but sleep, actually hours a night and some get barely any. Between the presents to your family, your in laws, grandparents, best friends, God parents, boss... the baking cookies, mixing sugarfied Chex mix, building condemnable Gingerbread Houses.....The Christmas Cards......The Party Circuit ( which completely include all the Facebook Christmas related event requests that just sit in your box like an old lady that fell on the kitchen floor)... the outdoor decor that need not look like you belong on an episode of Horders..... Yep. Things can get a lil crazy and that's not even the whole list. Just tryin to complete the tasks outside of work hours makes for an interesting mental state similar to that of a P.O.W. Atleast I already killed the Shelf Elf, so I never have to add those hours back to my life.

Even with all of the above, we're always brought back to reality by none other than family. I don't imagine many other families are alike and the level of communication shared between one is, well, special...

In our newest installment, called "Text Mex", we now grant others a peak into what true family dynamics actually look like for one family... you've been warned.  

 

LC is the mother and the rest are her creative children. 

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Don't forget the people the really matter during the craziness.

Literally you can not make this stuff up. 

X.O.X.O., 

C. & G. 

2016 C. & G. Holiday Gift Guide; Bonus Story

Typically we are a little earlier than this in releasing our gift guide, but there were just too many options we had to source out to collectively decide on what exactly would capture the best of the best for everyone. It's hard enough to buy everything for your best friend, your fam, his fam, co-workers, dogs and toddlers.

So without  further ado...... 

1. THE HOST/HOSTESS (basically anyone you know that has people over, whether it's for a fancy dinner party or to scarf down cheetos while the games on. 

 

It's The Jam.      The Watson Kitchen is a local Tampa gem. While they have other products, this Strawberry Jalepeno Jam is one of our absolute favorites, on absolutely everything.  Especially a spoon.

Check Out their product line here  GET THE JAM 

Pregos have been known to kill a jar this size in less than 15 minutes.

Pregos have been known to kill a jar this size in less than 15 minutes.

 

The King of Dips.      We got the pleasure of meeting this next company at the Jackson, MS, Miseltoe Marketplace this year. Straight out of Texas, Bear Creek Smokehouse comes out swingin homers. They specialize in meat but have an array of products from soup mixes to Pancakes. We love all their stuff but their dip mixes were easy and amazing. You just add sour cream and BAM! Party time.

Check out all they have to offer here Bear Creek Smokehouse

 

Artichoke and Bacon Cheddar for dayssss

Artichoke and Bacon Cheddar for dayssss

The Bottle Loft.        The beer or Cider drinker will love the Bottle Loft, which are magnetic strips that attach in your fridge for easy access. You can purchase these Bottle Loft

Guys fridge

Guys fridge

Jurassic Salt      So Target actually made us mad with this. Instantly fell in love with this in the store and then made us crazy looking for the matching pepper shaker, low and behold couldn't find it anywhere. Needless to say this was bought and they soon should have a pepper brontosaurus coming out.

you can purchase your lonely yet awesome Dino Here  

 

ps. Target feel free to send us a complete set

All his friends are dead, just give him one

All his friends are dead, just give him one

Popping with Cheer   It's not Christmas without one of these in our house and typically it's already eaten well before Santa even arrives. The best come from the popcorn factory, unless you're from Chicago and then yea...we know where the best is, but they also carry a version now at Walgreens. 

Prices range from $15 to $34 depending  

You can order here Pop Some Cheer  

 

This will feed me for hours

This will feed me for hours

 

2. THE TECHY

 Show Time.  This phone projector is perfect for any age and can be used anywhere for movies, clips, home videos, YouTube, you name it. Now you don't have to crowd around over someone's smelly shoulder. At only $28.00 the price is right to get everyone one.

 

Get your Projecter 

You already got the popcorn tin ready

You already got the popcorn tin ready

Hotline Bling  We thought as far as style goes this basically nailed it. While it might not be for everybody this could easily get the girl nerds going crazy. Wearing your hidden charger for your phone.

Get it at $149 from Mark and Graham Here 

 

Maybe you can call Drake? 

Maybe you can call Drake? 

Sketched Out   This cute Wacom Bamboo Notepad uses real paper to design any plans or doodles and sends them straight to your computer or mobile device. Not too pricey at only $130, it's good for the smarties or the artsies.

Pick yours up Right Here

 

The best doodles are created in meetings

The best doodles are created in meetings

 

Selfie Steroid Stick.    So the name is just a funny pun, the Spivo Stick device can hold go pros, cameras and smart phones. It acts as basically a movie studio camera rig, so it can turn 360 degrees completely steady.

Oh and it's under $50.00

Atleast go look at the Video Here

 

 

Endless possibilities here

Endless possibilities here

 

 3. THE CULLOWHEE TYPE (outdoorsie)

Not So Bendy Straw   The Life Straw is actually a neat little device that allows you to use it outdoors to suck river water through and it will filter the water source to basically save your life. Figure people that camp would love these.

only $19.99.  Click Here  

If I had to

If I had to

 

One Hot Nugget. The Solo Stove Bonfire is probably the cutest thing associated with the outdoors we've ever seen. It's compact and easy to use. The price is $249, but you can find them on sale online. 

Check them out Here 

Just wanna pinch it

Just wanna pinch it

 

Rock the Tailgate.  The GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocking Chair is about as southern as you can get. As if we don't have enough outside furniture during football season this sweet ass rocking chair puts the Hot in your Toddy.  It will run you about $100 

and you can click Here to purchase on Amazon 

Perfect SEC Chair  

Perfect SEC Chair  

 

Butts Up  We don't even own a boat and we bought two of these! The Butt Buoy is really just an anchor marker but why wouldn't you want this. It's only $30 

Click here to Purchase  

 

This will lead to a dangerous game

This will lead to a dangerous game

 

4. THE FAM JAM 

 

Lite Brite Squirt Guns.  The Splashlight Bioluminense Water Blaster is exactly that. I'm assuming this stuff doesn't stain...? Because this looks like the best toy ever!

At $24 it's a deal, Click here to see

The future  

The future  

Die Laughing The game Watch Your Mouth is exactly that. Fun for the entire family and involves trying to pronounce words while wearing a mouth-opener. It's worth the $19.99

Click here for the game

All the laughs

All the laughs

 

Table Art The Chalkboard Table runner could provide hours of dining entertainment if your kids are younger or if yours is like my family, raise highly questionable doodles.

$12.00 to $34.00  Purchase Here

Nice and friendly design here

Nice and friendly design here

 

5. TRADITION  This category was only added because I (one specific author) had to share my story with you. I was so excited to begin my very first Christmas tradition with my toddler and Elf on the Shelf. I had a little trouble getting the damn thing out of his actual box but found a good hiding spot for him. When my daughter woke up we made a scene and she was excited bc her father had read her the story the night before so she knew and was ready. Later that day at work, I was catching up with a co-worker and was telling him all about how much my daughter enjoyed eating breakfast with the Elf and feeding it and ..... he interrupts me and it goes like this

"You let her play with it?" Him

"oh yea, she loved it"  - me

"they aren't suppose to touch it, like that's the whole point, they watch for good behavior and report to Santa"  - him

"wait, what?" 

"yeah, if they touch it, it dissapears"-Him

"what kind of bullshit ass game is that?, so I gotta hide this damn thing each night?, she doesn't even touch it?, I do all the work on top of mom duties and my paying job? And they don't even do ANYTHING with it?" -Me

hysteric laughter -Him

"Well this is some kind of Nazi BS, my kids not gunna be good bc of an elf, they're goingto be good bc I said so, I'm done, forget this, the Elf can suck it!" - Me

Needless to say the saga continued when I told my husband what happened at work and he further explained that it's written in like every page of the book, that we can't touch the Elf.  

Bottom Line is that the Elf on the Shelf can go F himself, and we immediately found a fun, down to earth tradition........ I give you

 

 The Christmas Star From Afar!!!!! I honestly couldn't be happier for the disaster of Elfgate, without it I wouldn't have found this gem that fits my family perfectly. This set comes with a wooden nativity scene and a book of Jesus' birth. Each night you hide the Star and the child finds it and can actually TOUCH it. Once found they then move the three wise men to where you found it. This continues until the night before Christmas when the star fits on top of the stable and the three wise men complete their journey.

$34.99

You can save yourselves from the Elf by clicking here! 

The Reason for the Season

The Reason for the Season

I'm sure I'm not the only one with Holiday Meltdowns but at least this list should help with your shopping plans!!

xoxo, 

C. & G.  

The Mother Ship is here: HGM 2016

The Mother Ship is here: HGM 2016

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