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Author: Kristin

Y’all, I am happier than a pig in slop to be back chatting about all things marriage. They say that laughter is the best medicine, and after 30+ years of life and 13+ months of marriage, I couldn’t agree more!! My first hint for a happy marriage rule is all about making giggles, chuckles and belly laughs happen.

Gracious me, I fully believe that life is WAY more enjoyable with a little (or a lot of) laughter. For my and Kyle’s marriage, this means two things: we try to make sure we don’t take ourselves too seriously when uncontrollable things happen, AND we purposefully ensure that we find things each day to make us laugh.

Chances are good that life WILL get a little hectic trying to juggle the day-to-day and things will inevitably slip through your fingers on occasion – a slightly crispy supper or a load of fresh ‘pink’ laundry? Being able to laugh while calling for Chinese takeout or while Googling “how to turn pink laundry white again” will diffuse a situation that you ultimately don’t have the ability to magically fix; pretty hard to un-burn the chicken casserole or take out the red sock that you didn’t see when you started the wash.

As for deliberately placing opportunities for laughter in each day – perhaps you can make plans to watch a funny TV show or movie, play a game, or check out a fun people-watching spot. We find that just sitting down and talking about our days over supper will inevitably lead to us laughing about this or that while simply having a genuine conversation. And when all else fails, I think a tickle war is a perfect laughter-inducing exercise (although this is ultimately a losing battle for me).

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Remember back when you first started dating? Or think back to that boy you liked who chased you around the playground in second grade? I am pretty sure there was a lot of snickering involved. Heavens alive, giggling is good for the soul. So I challenge you to find the laughter in your every day AND in your marriage. I’m definitely not a doctor, but I do think it’s some of the best medicine :)

Excited to hear about how y’all make laughter happen – make sure you share your ideas below!

P.S. In case you missed a hint…Introduction

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Love this, my dear! John is brilliant at diffusing any situation, and usually he does it by pretending he’s our cats talking to me :) Yep, we’re wacky!

  2. avatar madelynne moulton reply

    Corey LOVES to hike up his pants like Steve Urkel. It gets me every time :)

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Y’all, we are all busy enjoying summer in the South, quickly checking off #SummerDoin after #Summerdoin. I have already picked fresh blueberries, tried my hand at making fried green tomatoes and served some friends homemade peach ice cream – made with fresh peaches from the farmer’s market. Don’t miss out on the chance to print out the Summer Doin’ Challenge and join in the fun!

Speaking of fun, wouldn’t it be thrilling to open your order from the Southern Weddings Shop and find a $25 Golden Gift Card? And wouldn’t it be MORE fun to take that $25 gift card and plan the most perfect Southern Summer date night?

All you have to do is scurry over to the Southern Weddings Shop and make a purchase between now and midnight on July 31st (TOMORROW!!). We’ll be tucking a Golden Gift Card (also known as a $25 AMEX gift card — think Mr. Wonka’s Golden Ticket) into one lucky person’s order over the next two days! How fun, right?

Just in case YOU are the lucky recipient of our Golden Gift Card, we’ve rounded up a few ideas for planning the perfect Southern summer date night with your winnings:

Oh my heavens alive, even if you don’t win, these all sound like a lot of fun, but remember what they say — you can’t win if you don’t play! Now scoot on over to the Shop, make a purchase, and YOU could be the proud recipient of our $25 Golden Gift Card! Remember, all purchases made between now and July 31st at midnight are eligible. Best wishes!!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Victoria reply

    Loving all the Southern Livings lifestyle things lately and dreaming of a separate launch one day.. :) Printed off both of these charts for a little summertime fridge eye candy and inspiration! Thank ya! :)

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Howdy y’all! It is time to dust off your favorite Southern novel, grab your swimsuit and a cold Cheerwine and head to your favorite lake/river/beach spot!! What better way to celebrate summer in the South than with a doozy of a Southern Doin’ challenge?

For the remainder of the summer we’re ditching our monthly challenges and going whole-hog with 31 special #summerdoins we would love to see y’all complete! As you can see, the Southern Weddings gals have gotten a head start with numbers 1, 5, and 27.

Right click to enlarge!

From now until September 21, we’re celebrating summer in the South in all its glory. After all, it’s the perfect time to pull out your favorite seersucker, host a cookout and serve up some homemade lemonade. Participation is simple – just download the checklist at the bottom of the post and start planning for the rest of your summer to be unforgettable!! Feel free to use the #summerdoin hashtag as well as #southerndoin for the duration of the challenge. And feel free to add the corresponding activity number as you cross off each amazing Summer Doin’!

We’ll be Doin’ right alongside you. Think you might be able to tackle all 31? I believe there have been whispers of a prize for the most amazing Southern summer :) Don’t worry — I personally can promise that by ‘Doin even a few things you’ll ensure an amazing Southern summer!

Are you in? Sound off in the comments! And happy #SummerDoin’!

Download the checklist here.

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Peyton Leigh reply

    Love this! Getting started with visiting some Southern cities for college visits- in seersucker! Can’t wait to see all the sweet photos people post!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Peyton Leigh!! Seersucker + college visits in fun Southern cities? Sounds like a great adventure!! Excited to follow along on your adventures!

  2. avatar Britni Ramsey reply

    This is so cute! I can’t wait to do all of these!

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  4. avatar Nancy reply

    Yay!!!! I’m going to try doing most of these from Boston. I sure hope yankee’s can participate ;)

  5. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh, I LOVE these! Can’t wait to check them out and do as many as possible :)

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  7. avatar Laurien reply

    Oh my gosh! It’s the middle of winter here in New Zealand, but I am SO doing this in summer!! I’m all excited now and can’t wait : )

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