#ThursdayThoughts for #NationalSpousesDay

Today is National Spouses Day. It is a day to take time to appreciate your spouse and all that they do.

My husband and I have been married for 9.5 years. We have met a lot of challenges head on so that we can move forward together in life. I was afraid of the changes in our life but more than that I was afraid of what would happen if we didn’t make them happen. When my husband got out of the Marine Corps, we moved back to Maine to be closer to our families. To make ends meet, we both took jobs in the mental health field. Over time, it became too much.

We moved into my in-laws home so that my husband and I could both make some career changes. We’ve stayed with my in-laws far longer than we planned, but I am thankful that while we have been here, we have made a lot of progress. We have learned much about ourselves and each other – how to better communicate, how to own our emotions, and how to cope with extremely difficult situations and move forward through them together. As of late, I think we have confirmed that we truly are each others battle buddy.

Steve has put a lot of hard work in over the last couple of years to go back to school. He is starting a new career in information security. He is just starting out but he is doing everything that he can to be successful and he is outright killing it! There is little that makes me as happy as when he shares his excitement or joy with me. Yesterday, I was so happy to hear he had a really great day at work.

I totally agree with him as he said “I think I made the right decision to get into this field”. In addition to his courage to pursue a completely new career, I am thankful for my husband’s unwavering commitment to me and to our relationship.

I realize that I may be totally biased, but my husband is really amazing. I have been watching and trying to learn from him. We are both really strong people, but our strengths lie in different areas.

I think Steve’s real “secret sauce” is pushing forward every day with an honest effort to be positive. He admits that some tasks and days are more difficult but each day he shows up. Each day he brings a smile with him, even if he isn’t feeling it. He told me he is now spreading high fives – he’s been giving his co-worker high fives and now people go by his cube to give him one too.

With that in mind, I aim to create more positive moments each day. I will try to smile more, even when I’m not feeling it. I want to continue to help others somehow. I also want to blog more regularly.

Steve encourages me to explore my interests and do things that I enjoy. We talked about blogging and he encouraged me to just go for it, make a plan, and work on it. I decided that part of my plan would be to join in some blogging opportunities including writing prompts and giveaways.

I signed up for my first giveaway The #PSILoveYou giveaway hop with the #TheHoppingBloggers which starts February 2nd. I’m looking forward to it! Stay tuned 🙂

Sterline Rechargeable Toothbrush with UV Clean Technology

One of my goals for the new year is to smile more and with that I’d like to have a brighter smile. I think it will be easier to do with one of the latest products I had the opportunity to review, the Sterline Sonic Pulse Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush I found that my mouth and teeth had a more intense clean feeling after using this toothbrush, perhaps that was because of the sonic pulse of the toothbrush. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a rechargeable unit at an affordable price! And I am excited to share that Sterline is also offering a 15% discount today with the code THKSXMAS

After testing the unit, here is what I found: It is small enough to be portable. It comes with 3 different brush heads – professional, slimsonic, and interdental. I would say that the slimsonic is for your everyday clean, the professional for a little deeper clean and the interdental head is great for cleaning between teeth. The interdental head is also meant to help with cleaning around crowns and braces (though I don’t have either, I believe it would be effective and I like that the manufacturer was thoughtful in including this).

The toothbrush vibrates intensely in 3 modes. There is an on/off button and mode button to select whether you would like to use normal, soft, or pulse modes.

I love that there is a little uv sanitizing station within the unit. To me, this is really the best feature!! Just plug in the unit, put your brush head inside and close the door. The light will activate and sanitize brush heads inside the enclosure; the unit will glow a light blue and then shutoff automatically after 7 minutes. There is a magnet on the door to the sanitizer which keeps it sealed. I also like the idea that it keeps your toothbrush heads away from bathroom germs. Overall, I feel that this is a great little unit at an affordable price.

Disclaimer: I received this rechargeable toothbrush at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I did not receive any other compensation.