10 Reasons to Stay Married

Marriage is meant to be a long-term commitment between a husband and wife, and to stand by each other’s side through thick and thin, but the steady increase in divorce rates across the world is a clear indication that people are not respecting and putting forth much value to the sacred bond of matrimony.

While the reasons and indications of separation and divorce are often highlighted in much discussion across media platforms, the discussion behind the beauty of marriage and the many beautiful reasons to stay married are rarely highlighted.

Marriage is not easy, and there will be troubling and difficult times, but there are so many reasons to hold on to the life-long commitment that was made upon getting married. 

Today we discuss 10 reasons to stay married:

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Life Changing Hot Chocolate: Cioccolata Calda

Thick, rich, and delicious. Cioccolata Calda, also known as Italian hot chocolate, is hot chocolate like no other. Unlike the traditional American hot chocolate, Italian hot chocolate has more of a pudding texture and a very rich taste. While you can adorn it with whipped cream and marshmallows, they certainly won’t be missed as this hot chocolate takes on a life of its own. Say goodbye to packets of powdered chocolate sugar, and say hello to this homemade from scratch, yet oh-so-easy to make, winter chocolate treat!

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Book With Megabus.com and Help Fight Breast Cancer

You’ve probably noticed that, here at Daily Mom, we absolutely love traveling. Especially when it’s safe, convenient and affordable. And when you can also travel supporting a great cause at the same time, it’s not something we’d want to keep all to ourselves. This month, in an effort to support the fight against breast cancer, Megabus.com is donating $1 per ticket to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and we’re here to tell you how you can contribute!

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Why you only communicate with your spouse 7% of the time

“That’s not what I meant!” Ever said that to your wife (or husband) before? Like, have you said that twice today? Even the best intentioned of words sometimes come out sideways in a sentence. Or on Monday’s, they come out in Greek.

Withstanding the test of time for marriages around the world is the phrase: “You are not listening to me!” Which prompts you to think to yourself, “I heard every word that just came out of your mouth AND I can repeat it back to you”. Yet the communication still isn’t in the same zip code of what either person intended.

How can loving family members not hear, or say, what is actually going on behind their ears or mouths?

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The simple closet audit

The New Year is in full swing. This is a great time to start fresh and do a little clean up with every aspect of your home. Start your year with an organized closet filled with clothes that fit and that you actually wear. This simple closet audit can be done in just a few short days, and you will have endless options to wear and the perfect mix and match wardrobe.  

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The Effects of Clutter (and how to manage it)

As the confetti flew and the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, resolutions were made and announced for all to hear. For some reason, we think each year is going to be the year something changes, and while for some that is true, for most… it’s a lofty goal never to be met. Aside from wishing for wealth, happiness, or your ‘best’ body, simplifying your life is often a top goal; more time to do the things you want to do and less time spent worrying about your current situation. One of the first places many people start is within their own home. Clutter not only keeps you in the past, but it also keeps you from living in the present day. If you’re looking for a push to de-clutter your home, perhaps the following six reasons clutter affects your well-being will be the gentle nudge to get organizing, purging, and donating!

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Cleaning House With Kids Underfoot

Have you heard this before?

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  – Phyllis Diller

Or how about this one?

Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.

While entertaining (and a bit true), these quotes make cleaning with small children (or big ones) underfoot seem absolutely pointless. Does this mean that you are relegated to a messy house until your kids leave for college? Absolutely not! Your house may not be perfect 100% of the time, but following these 7 tips will help you keep your sanity as you attempt to keep a tidy home that is still filled with children.

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Turning Your House Into A Smart Home

In recent years plenty of high-tech tools have been brought to the marketplace that help to turn your house into a smart-home. Luckily nowadays, a fully functioning smart home is hardly a science fiction novelty like where the Jetsons lived. If you are ready to start automating your home then you are in luck! There are many options available to you and they don’t all have to break your wallet. In fact, many of them will offer you long term savings. Already own a smartphone? You are in luck. From self programming thermostats to smart locks there are many appliances, devices, and gadgets designed to increase your home’s technology IQ and most of them are controlled directly from your smartphone.  

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When to See a Marriage Counselor

There is no doubt that when you got married, you assumed that you had achieved your fairy-tale and that you and your spouse would live happily ever after. The common misconception is that this so-called fairy-tale doesn’t exist and that marriage takes a lot of work. More work than you could ever have expected

More often than not, you go into a relationship lacking the necessary tools to deal with and manage any challenges you and your spouse may encounter. There comes a point in the relationship when it becomes necessary to speak with a counselor in order to learn new ways of relating to your partner on many different levels.

When do you know it’s time to consider marriage counseling? Here are some red flags and behaviors that are clear indicators that your marriage needs help.

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4 Reasons to Try Baby Led Weaning

Starting solids isn’t just a milestone for babies; it’s a rite of passage for parents. Feeding baby jars of smelly purees, having smashed squash splatter your walls like a Jackson Pollock painting, perfecting your airplane noises… these are universal “parenting things.”

Well… what if we told you there was another way to introduce solids — by introducing solids?

Call us crazy, but at Daily Mom, we aren’t afraid to try new things, even if they might seem a little unconventional. And while you’ve probably been told you “have” to start your baby on purees… you don’t. You really don’t.

Skipping purees and starting your child on solid foods is commonly referred to as baby led weaning. Despite its name, baby led weaning isn’t about weaning your baby from the breast or bottle; it’s merely a method of introducing solids in a way that allows your baby to be in control. Here are four reasons why we love it — and why you should, too!

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5 Ways to Explain Vegetarianism to Kids

The decision to raise vegetarian kids is one parents generally make for a variety of reasons. In addition to animal rights, environmental concerns and ethical issues, there are also a myriad of personal and hard-to-articulate reasons parents decide to raise their kids vegetarian.

No matter your motivation, it’s important to give kids a full explanation of the issue — in as unbiased and compassionate way possible. Everyone is entitled to their own choices, and you need to make sure you’re explaining vegetarianism to your kids in a way that’s respectful of others!

When explaining ideas to kids, it’s sometimes easier to show them rather than tell them. Here are 5 interactive ways to explain vegetarianism to your kids.

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Meatless Monday: Simple Soups to Keep You Warm this Winter

With colder weather settling in, we welcome a warm, home cooked meal any time. But, with the busy-ness of everyday life, sometimes it’s just easier to throw a frozen pizza in the oven or pick up the phone for your favorite Chinese delivery. On meatless Monday, we try to keep it as simple, fresh, and delicious as possible so that more time is spent enjoying the food that our earth has to offer with our families rather than slaving away in the kitchen. 

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4 New Kitchen Staples

Sometimes change in the kitchen is hard to do. You want to vary your family’s diet or introduce more nutritional powerhouses, but finding a place for them in your meal repertoire is sometimes difficult.

Change doesn’t have to be hard, though! These four new kitchen staples can easily find a place in the kitchen as they are substitutes for items you are already using. Swap them out and enjoy an easy and beneficial change in routine.

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