One Quick Trick For a Happier and Healthy Marriage


From the very beginning in our marriage there is one thing that Kyle and I agreed upon that has helped us tremendously through the years. We have avoided arguments and worked together as a team through many different seasons in life. This one thing has helped us honor each other and help us think of the other and put the other above ourselves. 

We decided not to keep score. 

for anything. 

We don't keep score for who got up the most with the baby(ies).

We don't keep score for who was away the most during the week.

We don't keep score for who had a friend night the latest.

We don't keep score of who won the last argument.

We don't keep score of which points won arguments.

We don't keep score of who last changed out the laundry.

We don't keep score of who last let the dog out or took her for a walk.

We don't keep score. 

The reason this is important is because when you keep score, you are thinking of yourself first. It's making sure that you get what is fair or what is owed to you. Marriage is about thinking of the other person first, it's about being a team and we all know there is no "I" in "team" ;). A team doesn't work if everyone is only looking out for themselves. But when you are each looking out for the needs of each other, you both end up giving, but you also both end up receiving.  

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5 Tips For Successful Outings With Your Kids

(This post originally appeared here on Team Cartwright as part of a Babywise Friendly Blog Network Day).



After each of my babies have been born, I have had to re-learn systems that work well with running errands with my babies in tow. Be it grocery shopping, or other various errands, outings WITHOUT your kids is like a vacation. Outings WITH your kids is, well, NOT a vacation.

Here are some tips I’ve gathered along the way:

1. Make a plan

Before you leave your house, think through your errands ahead of time. Plan the best time of day to go (if possible) for your daily schedule. Think through possible deterrents or problems and try to decide how you will handle them.

2. Make Lists

Having a grocery list significantly helps my shopping experience. If you are running multiple errands, make a list of each store and what you need from each. Bring a pen with you to cross off your lists.

3. Set realistic expectations

Honestly evaluate yourself and know your sanity limitations. Don’t expect to conquer the whole world in a shopping trip. Set your priorities on your list to match what you know you are capable of doing and save the other things for a time when you can go without kids. 

4. Communicate

Once your kids are old enough (which is probably sooner than you think), talk to them about what you expect from them. Remind them how you expect them to act, and make suggestions for how they can help you make this a successful trip.

5. Involve your kids

Grocery shopping? Assign a kid to cross items off your list for you. Talk to them about what you plan on making that week for dinner as you gather ingredients. Have them practice counting items in the basket or even practice reading the boxes in your cart.  

Hopefully these tips will help you as your embark on your outings with your kids!

Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

Weekend Recap:2017 Mardi Gras Edition


We had a very full and busy weekend! We kicked it off with Dinner Party at the Nicholson's. They served New Orleans themed food and it was DELICIOUS. 




Speaking of delicious, we had this blueberry wine and it was amazing. I don't have a very refined pallet when it comes to wine. I just like it sweet and to not taste like hair spray. This one for sure meets my approval. It's local to Mobile, which I appreciate supporting local businesses! 


On Saturday, I went to a women's conference at my mom's church. It was some great Mama time as well as fun getting to hang out with Aunt Deb and Kathryn. The theme was "Home: How's Your House". The event was really fun because they had vendors and shopping as well as food trucks for lunch! 


On Saturday night, we had my parents over for dinner and to play "Ticket To Ride". TTR is what Kyle and I gifted each other for Valentines this year. We had played it at a friend's house over Thanksgiving break, and LOVED it. It's a strategy game, but not an overly complicated one. My parents loved it too. 


At church, Kyle and I are both notetakers. As we were flipping through our notebooks we saw that some of our scouts had left us presents :). 



Last night we went to a Mardi Gras Parade. It was crazy per the usual Mardi Gras night. Our kids had a blast and raked in all kinds of junk, I mean prizes. Archer was TERRIFIED though. Like would start shaking really bad whenever a new float would drive by. I ended up standing in the back to help him and also so we wouldn't get mauled by a beads and moonpies. Those people throw hard!!







A busy week ahead this week with Tball practice starting up and training meetings for Universal (yay!!!). 

Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

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