Meet A Wife Monday: Medical School Mommy Jasmine Stops By

Jasmine from The Mrs The Mommy The MD and Husband

A lot of things inspire me to want to keep my marriage healthy and happy. One of them is meeting other wives who are making it work every day, and loving it! I knew quite a few before I said “I do”, and since Man Wife and Dog Blog was born I’ve met so many more. They’re all so fabulous I want you to meet them too. This week, meet wifey blogger Jasmine from The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D. !

The Wife: Jasmine, 23

The Man: Nathan, 26

But You Can Call Them: The Johnsons

How She Snagged Him: “We met at a gathering in college (Go Blue!) Spring 2007. I was a baby Delta and he was a baby Kappa, it was a romance in true Crimson and Kreme fashion.”

Married Since: 4.16.10

The Pet: “No pets, the hubby has allergies.”

The Kid: Nathan II, 2

Jasmine Meet A Wife Monday WIth FamilyPlace They Call Home: “Currently renting a cozy three bedroom house in Indianapolis, Indiana.”

How She Pays the Bills: “Ballin’ student loans (JK) – finishing up my first year of medical school.”

How He Pays the Bills: “He’s a mechanical engineer for a pneumatics company.”

What Makes Her Man Hot: “He’s so romantic and thoughtful. He’s extremely handy and can do/build/repair just about anything he Googles for only a few minutes. He’s an awesome dad.”

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Wish The Man A Happy Birthday!

my husband's birthday card

Today The Man is 31 Years Young!

Happy Birthday Baby!

(Oh and here’s a little video preview of the silly karaoke card I got him — yup, I’m singing!)

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Okay, you can start joking on my lack of vocal skills now.

Happy Friday!!

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Fab Posts Friday: Taking Your Marriage On The Road, Mom Caves, An Ode to Girlfriends and More!

best friends road trips fab posts friday

I gave all these posts a thumbs up this week. Read them, and I bet you’ll enjoy them too!

http://www.bloggingdangerously.com/2011/04/observations-on-the-royal-wedding.html
I don’t think I’m as excited as the rest of the world about the royal wedding. It’s sweet but nothing I’m going to get up at 4am over. If you feel just about the same you’ll enjoy these Observations On The Royal Wedding I found over on Blogging Dangerously. They’re snarky and smart and so exactly what I was thinking!

http://marshmellowgoodness.blogspot.com/2011/04/national-share-your-desk-week.html
Ever wonder what your office desk décor says about you? The wife behind Marsh Mellow Goodness did, so she psychoanalyzed her on work space (complete with photos!) in National Share Your Desk Week.

http://faith-lovefamilymarriage.blogspot.com/2011/04/marriage-is.html
What is marriage to you? The fab wife over at Life Love & Marriage asks other wives this questions and offers a few sweet analogies of her own over on Marriage Is…!

http://www.hollysrollercoaster.com/2011/04/mom-cave-in-progress.html
I must give thanks to Holly over on Holly’s Roller Coaster Life for introducing me to the idea of a “mom cave”. Her Mom Cave In Progress is so fabulous it almost makes me want to go have a kid just to justify having one. Damask rug = glamtabulous! Go see pics, now! Continue reading
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What This Gorgeous Little Handbag Is Teaching Me About Marriage

Doonet and Burke Blended Shadow Mediuam Valerie Bag Hot pinkI’ve been stalking this cute little Dooney and Burke number for weeks now. It’s called the Valerie handbag and it’s from their signature collection and priced at $235. I first spotted it in black and it immediately caught my attention, then I discovered it in pink and it instantly became my spring handbag obsession. I’ve had my eye on it ever since; staring at it work while I eat my salad at my desk, making it my desktop image in anticipation of my next pay day, and even admiring it from afar at the mall for fear that if I get too close I might just whip out the credit card I swore I wouldn’t use this year. I love this bag and I have to have it from my arm and my closet rack. Normally it would be mine by now, but there have been a few “obstacles” standing between me and my bag this month – mainly focusing on what’s important in our marriage. As painful as it has been to carry on without the bagt, it has been a necessary sacrifice, a chance for me to learn a few little lessons, and a constant reminder of what’s ultimately most important right now.

Thanks to this bag, I am learning that

…even the smallest sacrifices can reap the biggest rewards. When I first saw the bag I was actually out shopping for The Man’s birthday gift. I wanted to buy it right then and there but I knew I couldn’t really afford to purchase both at the same time. I won’t lie, for a moment (or two) I considered scaling back his gift (just a little) and snagging ‘em both, but I eventually snapped out of it and did the right thing. I’m so glad I did. The other day The Man accidentally found his gift while putting something away in my closet and his kid-sized smile was enough to wipe away any remorse I had over not buying that bag. (His birthday isn’t here yet, but I let him open it anyway – hey, we’re adults, what’s the harm?)

…prioritizing requires so much pain patience. After The Man’s birthday gift was bought, wrapped, and stashed, I still had three more paychecks coming my way that I could have used to buy The Bag. The problem was, there were also quite a few far more important, although admittedly less glamorous, things to budget for this month that would ultimately make our lives easier going forward. Things like unpaid parking tickets, car insurance renewals, and repairing his fast dying car. I’m a married woman now and that means “our” money matters now more than ever. How could I sleep at night knowing we didn’t have money for his tune-up because I just had to have a  overpriced pink bag? Continue reading

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Study Says The Rent Is Getting Hard to Pay: Renters What Say You?

The Rent Is Too Damn High SignIf you rent instead of own, like us, a new study released Tuesday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies says you’re barely making ends meet. According to their findings 25% of renters in the United States are spending more than half their annual income on their rent and utility bills. Wow! The experts recommend spending no more than 30 percent of your income on living costs, but thanks to an extended visit from Mr. Recession, that’s not looking much like a viable option for renters these days. Put simply, we renters are all over-extended, low on cash, and stuck there, experts say.

Now this really turns my frown upside down – especially since lately I’ve been advocating renting over owning for a few more years, mainly because we just can’t afford a mortgage right now and the risks that come with aren’t ideal for us. Here I am thinking that since New Jersey is known for having some of the highest property taxes in the country, we’re also getting screwed on rent too. But, maybe our grass is a little greener at the moment. For starters not a single state in New Jersey makes the Most Cost-Burdened Renters List (phew!), and although we pay the equivalent of a small mortgage ($1560) each month to live in our spacious but not nearly modern, two-bedroom apartment, that plus our utilities equals less than half of our monthly income. It does help that we’re splitting costs in our home whereas others are paying the same bills with one income. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Marriage Is Great But Girlfriends Are Too!

best friend photos girlfriends in the city

I heart my sisters! The hard moments wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t there with a patient ear, mall coupon, or sympathy brownie – seriously. Every wife needs a ladies’ night!

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