Five Favorites (vol. 60)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on June 10, 2014

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Rosary Bracelet

Organic Mama's Shop Rosary Bracelet

Shannon of Organic Mama’s Shop sent me this rosary bracelet recently and I could not possibly love it more. Aren’t the colors beautiful? Though it looks like a stack of bangles (love!), it’s actually one long piece that wraps around your wrist! Possibly the best thing of all is that the bracelet comes complete with a moveable charm in case you get interrupted mid-rosary. Brilliant.

Or maybe that’s not the best thing of all. Maybe the best thing is that Shannon has kindly set up a 25% off discount code for all of you for the next 10 days! Isn’t that sweet of her? Just enter MOXIEWIFE at checkout.

You should also know that Shannon donates 10% of every sale to a local crisis pregnancy center, offers free shipping on orders over $50, and provides a lifetime repair guarantee for each piece. She’s such a peach.

If you treat yourself to a bracelet do let me know which one you pick! They’re all so gorgeous that I had trouble choosing.


Humans of New York

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There is a reason this Facebook page has over six million “likes.” I check it almost every day and rarely come away not feeling inspired. There’s just something about hearing other people’s stories and learning about their struggles that makes me want to stand on a sidewalk and hand out hugs.


On Money and Vacations and Marriage

“One afternoon Jacob was on the phone with a sibling talking about the trip. He glanced at me tentatively, and I retreated to the bedroom in angry tears. It was so absurd. How could he even consider this?! I was struggling as a new mother. I had a high needs baby. We’d been living on the hope of one interview to the next for months. I was stretched so thin by work and mothering, and we still weren’t making ends meet. I was the numbers person. I knew this was a stupid stupid financial choice. Why couldn’t he see that? Just because we could pay for it didn’t mean we could afford it. Not only was he going to Hawaii, he was leaving me alone with our five month old for a week, and it was on my plate to find extra babysitting help, and I didn’t know how how I would pay for this extra babysitting because he was taking all our money and flying to Hawaii with it! Oh was I mad and, oh, was I justified. Jacob was so so gloriously in the wrong and I was so perfectly in the right that I marched over to the computer and chose the only option I had left…”

I think you should read every single thing Kate writes but if I had to pick just one thing, this might be it.


L’Oreal Cinnamon Toast Lipstick

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Best red lipstick EVER.


1 proposal, 26 countries, 4 years in the making

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Five Favorites (vol. 59)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on June 3, 2014

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We’ve spent the last few days at the seashore and all I can think about is how much I love it here. As I mentioned over on Instagram, I’m convinced that I could spend every day on the beach and never get tired of it. I’m also willing to test this theory should anyone care to fund such a study. To give you an idea of what this study would consist of, here are a few sample photographs. Favorite photographs, if you will. (Wink, wink.)






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Five Favorites (vol. 58)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 27, 2014

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It’s unlikely that I’ll ever own any of the products below (save the Clarisonic which I love) given their cost. Being the shameless lover of beauty products and regimens that I am, though, I think it’s very cool that so many of the treatments that were once reserved for dental and dermatological offices can now be done at home. If any of you have tried any of these gadgets, I’d love to hear what you think of them!



GLO Teeth Whitening Device



Remington Hair Removal System



Tria Age-Defying Laser

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Diamond Microdermabrasion Portable Machine



Take care, cuties!


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Your questions about “Spice Up Your Marriage” answered!

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 26, 2014

Hi cutie pies!

First, thank you all so much for your support of Spice Up Your Marriage — A 28-Day Adventure! Thanks to you, she achieved #1 Best Seller status on Amazon! You all are the sweetest! (She would thank you, too, but she’s having a moment.)


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A couple of questions about the book have been coming up repeatedly so I thought I’d take a minute to answer them.

A lot of you are wondering whether the book can be used during an NFP season of spacing. Julia answered that question so well (and sweetly!), that I think I’ll just cut and paste her thoughts below:

“As my wee ones are still asleep, I just enjoyed a hot cup of coffee while reading the ebook from start to finish. First off — great work, Hallie! I especially loved the postscript on “alone time” — such great advice! While I am not going to assume what others might find cheeky or blush worthy, I found the contents written with honesty, compassion, and utmost respect for women, their husbands, and the marital act. The language was suggestive without being “in your face” (a breath of fresh air compared to most mainstream material on the topic).

Re: couples in an NFP “season of spacing”… Even though many assignments focus on physical intimacy (directly or as the natural progression of things), some focus more so on other aspects of the relationship (communication, emotional connection, etc.) Assuming that you could pick and choose assignments out of sequence (and I don’t see why not), those abstaining during fertile periods could still intentionally set aside time for one another to work on emotional intimacy (e.g., Day 15). For that matter, it would help build anticipation for physical reunion a few days later. ;-) “

A few of you have also asked whether there is a way to read the book if you don’t have a Kindle. Kindle does offer a free reader for PC and for Mac users (there’s an app for iPhones, as well). Eventually, I may upload it for Nook but formatting it for Kindle was a bit of an ordeal so it may be a while. (If for some reason none of those options work, email me and we can do a Paypal/PDF thing.)

Oh, and for those of you who do have Kindles but are worried about little people stumbling upon your spicy download, Calee offers a few suggestions here. (Thanks, Calee!)

And last but not least, many thanks to those of you who’ve left kind reviews, shared the book with your friends, and/or have helped me to promote the book on social media. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help!

If any of you would be willing to leave a review on Amazon, it would mean the world. The more positive reviews a book receives, the higher Amazon will rank it and the better it will be promoted. (BTW — anonymous reviews are fine. Just fine. Wink, wink.)


With so much love and gratitude!



Spice Up Your Marriage – A 28-Day Adventure

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 21, 2014


Girls! My eBook, Spice Up Your Marriage – A 28-Day Adventure, is on Amazon!

I’m so excited!

For those of you who are wondering what on earth would compel me to write about such a (potentially) embarrassing topic, all I can tell you is that I apparently have no sense of self-preservation. (Wink.)

All kidding aside, I decided to pen this 50-page eBook for two reasons:

1) There is CRAZY demand. I wrote a post a while back entitled Spicing Up Your Marriage (without 50 Shades of Grey) that is (by far) the most viewed post on my entire site every single day.

My stats look like this, again, every single day:


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And my inbox is flooded with email from women asking if I have any tips for how to revitalize the sexual-love aspect of their marriage.

2) This is an important area that is too often not discussed. Which is something that needs to change. Cultivating a satisfying sexual relationship does not come easily for every couple. And judging from the email I receive, when a couple is struggling in this area it places a huge strain on the union.

Women are constantly telling me that they feel hopeless because they don’t know how to fix this issue and they don’t know where to go to get answers. Asking Google for advice is like stepping into a virtual adults-only XXX store. I wanted to write an eBook that would offer tips for spicing up your marriage in a way that doesn’t demean, disrespect, or objectify the participants.

Even couples who have had a satisfying intimate life in the past can find that it’s easy to deprioritize the sexual-love aspect of their relationship amidst the busyness and stress of daily life. There is a great temptation to choose sleep over sex. And sometimes we should! I am never more miserable to be around than when I am sleep-deprived.

But here’s the thing: marriage is the foundation our families rest upon. We simply can’t afford to neglect it. Obviously, there are many areas of marriage that need our attention, but from what I’ve seen, when the sexual-love component falters, tensions rise incredibly quickly.

Plus, all these spicy activities are such stress-relievers! Who among us couldn’t use a little extra stress-relief?

So, I thought, why not pen a little 28-day guide to putting the spark and spice back into your relationship with minimal effort and lots of fun?

There are three options each day — a mild, medium, and hot — so that you can tailor it to your needs, your comfort level, and your desires (and use the guide countless times without repeating the same journey). While some of the hot options are pretty spicy (so, prepare yourself for that), none of them disrespect the participants. I’m all about self-giving, satisfying, and respectful sweet lovin’. If you encounter something in this book that just doesn’t feel comfortable to you personally, move on.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your support, cutie pies!


Five Favorites (vol. 57)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 20, 2014

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Spice Up Your Marriage

Spice Up Your Marriage by Hallie Lord

Hands down, my most popular post to date is Spicing Up Your Marriage (without 50 Shades of Grey). Since I’m quite fond of this topic (wink), I thought it would be fun to create a similarly themed eBook. It came in a little over 50 pages and I’m just so happy with it. I’ll have more details for you soon, but basically it guides the reader and their spouse through a 28-day adventure intended to kick things up a notch in the bedroom (without ever demeaning or objectifying the participants). It should be on Amazon before the end of the week. I’ll keep you posted!

(UPDATE: It’s now available on Amazon!)



Momnipotent by Danielle Bean

Danielle was the first female Catholic writer that I discovered after I converted. While I love everything she writes, I love Momnipotent best of all. It’s Danielle at her very best (which is saying a lot). And look up at the blurb at the top! That’s me! Since it’s a little blurry, here’s what I said:

In true Danielle Bean fashion, this book is a balm for the weary mother’s soul. It will bring hope and encouragement to any mom who’s ever uttered the words, I can’t do this.

I just know you’re going to love it.



Feast! by Daniel and Haley Stewart

I’ve been meaning to recommend Haley and Daniel‘s book, Feast!, to you for months. I’m sure that by now you all have a copy but if not, you must add this one to your library! It’s an absolute treasure.


The Little Oratory

The Little Oratory by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler

Sophia Institute Press recently kindly sent me The Little Oratory by Leila Lawler and David Clayton (and illustrated by Deirdre Lawler). I fell in love with it the moment I opened the package. It’s just beautiful – the kind of book that is pleasure to simply hold in your hands. There are even full-color icons included that can be torn out of the book and displayed in your home! The advice is top notch, too (as you can imagine).


Surprised by Motherhood

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker

Every time I need a little encouragement, I head to Lisa-Jo’s blog. I know of very few people who can inspire the way she can. Surprised by Motherhood is every bit as wonderful as the posts on her site. If you’re a mom in need of a little boost, you simply must buy this book.


Happy reading!



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Five Favorites (vol. 56)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on May 13, 2014

Five Favorites

Hi sweet peas!

Well, I hope you like your favorites fast and easy because it’s been a whirlwind of a wonderful day.

This morning Jen and I had an Edel meeting which lasted two and a half hours instead of the mere one we’d planned on (1st favorite because…hello, charism!). Then, my oh-so cute and strangely persuasive kids (2nd favorite) convinced me to take them to the pool where we swam and soaked up the sun for over three hours (3rd favorite). After that, my irresistible husband (4th favorite) suggested that we watch the new season of 24 together (5th favorite). Now I’m about to dive into bed to continue savoring this delicious piece of chick lit pie (bonus favorite!)

See? Five Favorites! ;)

Life is good. Ridiculously good. It just doesn’t always leave much time to craft detailed favorites.

You forgive me, don’t you?

I can’t wait to read your finer, fab-er, more fantastic favorites, girlie girls!




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