God Bless Our Love{Master Bedroom Roomspiration}

“God Bless Our Love” came from a beautiful song by Peter Breinholt called Grow Old With Me.  If you haven’t heard it yet, prepare to be swept away.  The first time I heard it, it reminded me of my marriage.  You can hear the song at the end of this post.

I am ecstatic to share these photos with you!  I don’t know about you, but my bedroom and closet are usually the last on my priority list.  I decided to use the deadline of Roomspiration’s last day to link up, which is TODAY, and get it done.  Nothing like working at the last minute.  I’m linking this one to Just A Touch of Gray.

So we have these picture windows and I haven’t wanted to add window treatments because I love the view.  I’m afraid it might distract from the view too much.  What do you think?

The double doors go to our bathroom.

Shan’s Tips for making your Master Bedroom a couples Oasis:

  • No photos of the kids in the bedroom.  It almost kind of seems like a sin to suggest this, but think about it; we have photos of our kids in every room of our home, right? {At least we do.}  Your Master Bedroom should be a place where you are reminded of the love you and your spouse have together.  It won’t hurt to have one room where you don’t have photos of your kids.  I promise.
  • Photos of you & your spouse.  It’s nice to have at least one photo from your wedding.
  • If possible, try not to have the following things in your bedroom: work items, toys, laundry, hobby stuff…these all take away from the Oasis theme.  You want your room to be a place for you and your spouse to relax and enjoy.  If you’re not sleeping, then you want to be focusing on each other in the room, no distractions.  You can read my thoughts about the importance of Special Time HERE.

Yes, that is my wedding dress you see on the dress form in the corner.  Thanks to one of my very best friends of all time, Kelli, for the idea.  I walked into her Master Bedroom and fell in love.  She, too, had her wedding dress displayed in her room.  My wedding dress was stored in a wedding bag taking up precious room in my closet.  I liked the idea of having it out to see every day.

I feel the dress is a symbol of our wedding vows/covenants.  It has been a good reminder on those days when my husband & I have had an argument or a bad day.  When I walk into the room, I remember that our love is for better and for worse, together forever.  I have to say, it was a little weird at first.  After I first hung it up, when you walk into the room and see it in your peripheral vision…you tend to think someone is there.  We are all used to it now and know it’s not some ghost or anything. {snicker}

On our wedding day…sigh.

I found this mirror for an excellent price of $35 at a local discount store called Walls.  I figured it was the perfect size to hang over our bed.  DH helped me hang it with the Hercules Hooks.  They really work!  They were very easy to use and I don’t worry about it falling on top of us while we are sleeping.  That would be bad!  Anyway, once I found the mirror I knew I wanted to put “God Bless Our Love” on it.  At the present time I can’t remember the name of the online company I ordered it from.  In a future post I will share how I applied the vinyl words with photos and the name of the company I ordered it from.

I use a shadow box, one you can open and close, to display necklaces and jewelry.  Glad to finally have it hung up.  It used to be sitting on top of my dresser for over a year.

I splurged and bought these 3 drawer pulls at Anthropologie.  I wanted a special place to hang my special necklaces.

Hubby bought me this necklace for my Birthday.  It is made by a wonderful company called Harley & MaudeNotice the Family & Joy charms?  Had to share that one 😉

If you are a long time reader of Family Brings Joy, you will recognize this.  I am SO grateful I decided to buy this wood saying “Happy Wife Happy Life.” (T.J. Maxx)  I heard my husband say it once with chagrin.  However, there is much TRUTH to those words.  Don’t you think?  Sometimes husbands need to be reminded of this. 😉  {Love you, honey!}

This is a very special wedding photograph for us.  We were so poor when we got married that we couldn’t afford to pay for any reprints of our wedding photos.  All we could afford was our 5×5 proofs.  One friend bought this 8×10 for us as a wedding gift.  Oh how I cried when I found out how much the photographs were!  AND cried once again when we called the photographer {after we finally could afford buying larger portraits} to find out they had destroyed our negatives.  Sadness.

Found the above beauty at a local store to give my hubby for our 17the wedding anniversary this past May.

The cedar trunk has been passed down to me from my Great Grandparents.

If you recall from my Living Room photos, I love the ocean.  It’s my most favorite place…the waves…the sand.  Ahhhh wish I could be there now typing this on the beach.  Here are two other bottles of sand from our adventures as a family.  These used to be clear, but over time the sun has turned the bottles orange.  The shells are ones we picked up from the beach while on our Disney Cruise for my 40th birthday.  And the photo of the handsome man, {which is DH, of course } was taken on the beach of Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I always love to hear from my readers.


P.S. : I was not paid by any of the companies I mentioned in this post.

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A Summer Necessity

Do you burn easily? I sure do.
Do you want healthy skin? Me too. 🙂

I’m so grateful I discovered this product a couple of years ago.

Lather a small amount of Dermalogica After Sun Repair, 3.4 fl oz (100 ml)
on your sunburned skin.  Depending on how bad the burn is, you will see and feel a remarkable difference after the first day!  Not only that, NO PEELING!  Seriously!  Turns to tan.  Yep! 😉

Ok, so here is the negative part…it’s expensive.  I would say it’s almost like liquid gold.  However, is your skin worth it?  How about your children’s skin?  Aren’t they worth it as well?  No more whining and complaining with this amazing cream.


I still need advocate using sunscreen…a must!  Nevertheless, sometimes if you spent all day at the beach, lake, pool or water park, it doesn’t matter how often you applied the sunscreen; the dreaded sunburn happens.

If you are like me, you will see the price and freak out.  I sure did!  Then one day I got a blistering sun burn.  At that point, I would try almost anything to help the pain.  I bought my first bottle and fell in love.  If you use it correctly, meaning a small amount each time you rub it in, it should last the entire summer.  Mine have.  I have only had to buy one bottle per summer.  This helps me feel better about the cost as well.

My suggestion will be to go ahead & buy a bottle via Amazon.com.  This way it will be on hand when the time arises.  I’m not telling you this because I’m affiliated with Amazon.  I’m telling you this because it is very difficult to find.  You can only find Dermalogica products at select salons and beauty supply stores.  So depending on where you are when you acquire your burn, it may not be readily available.  As a matter of fact, Amazon says there are only 8 left in stock of the size I have {3.4 oz.}  The other reason I suggest Amazon is because of the savings.  I usually pay $35 for this product.  Amazon has this for $25.99.  That is an excellent savings!  If you are an Amazon Prime Member then you pay no shipping and it will be at your house in 2 days!  If you need it sooner, Prime Members only pay $3.99 for one day shipping!


I am happy to share this awesome product with you fabulous readers!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this product review. The only way I receive compensation is if you click & PURCHASE on the amazon link provided within my posts or on my sidebar.  Clicking alone will not pay me for sharing products with you.  Amazon Affiliates receive a tiny percentage of purchases made with Amazon.  Honestly, up until this time, I have not made one cent from affiliating with Amazon.  I tell you this because I don’t want you to think I am getting rich off writing for this blog.  Even though it would certainly be nice to be compensated for my time, I write for the sheer joy of helping families.

Sunburn Relief brings joy,

Increase Your Positive Thoughts

Warning!  This is a brilliant idea!

Me, Hilary Weeks & my friend Sam

Unfortunately, I can’t take the credit.  Remember I mentioned my attendance at a women’s conference this past weekend?  One of the beautiful talented speakers unveiled this gem.  Her name is Hilary Weeks.  She is a songwriter, singer, author, speaker and MOM.  Honestly, seeing her was worth the conference alone.  I love her music.  Her songs speak to my soul in a way that is sacred.  Before I ramble on and on about how much I adore her, back to her idea.

Hilary spoke of her research about thoughts and thinking patterns.  She ran across a study that stated every person thinks at least 300 negative thoughts a day.  She decided she wanted to do her own “scientific” test to this theory.  She took a counter like the one in my photo and began to click every time she had a negative thought.  Every day she would record the results in her journal.  Every day she would clear the counter and begin again.  According to my notes, the most negative thoughts she had in one day was 145.

After a few days, I don’t remember how many exactly, she began to notice a sense of depression.  She wondered why.  Hilary came to the conclusion that her focusing on her negative thoughts {by counting them} must have caused this.  So she decided to begin counting her positive thoughts instead.  Can you imagine what happened?  Her mood increased by leaps and bounds!  She began to find positive things to think about.  This exercise helped her to create positive thoughts!  She ended up counting 1,262 positive thoughts in one day!

Well, I was able to purchase one of these clickers for myself at the conference!  You should have seen the rush of women to buy them after she spoke!  They probably could have sold them for a lot more than they did.  I purchased one for my Son as well.  I began my own counting of positive thoughts today and I am up to 60.  I am hoping to eventually count into the thousands some day as well! I found one just like mine on Amazon and posted it above if you are interested in doing this exercise yourself.

My Daughter & Hilary Weeks 10.27.2007

Find the good in any situation,