Why Shawn Is My Soul Mate With 1-800-Flowers.com

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Today’s post is an extra special one. I’m elated to be teaming up with 1-800-Flowers.com to celebrate Shawn and share with you all the reasons that make him so incredible. He is truly my sole mate. Any days without him just seem boring and less special. I cannot imagine life without him, y’all!

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1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

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1-800-Flowers.com, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, #WhyILove, Chicago Blogger, A Lily Love Affair

He’s All About the Small Things

I brag about this regularly, but one of the many things that makes Shawn so special is he is all about the small things. He puts in time and effort to do incredibly meaningful things for me that go far beyond gifts.

Every single morning, without fail, he makes me coffee and walks me to the car before work. Rain, sleet, snow or sun he makes sure I get the proper send off filled with lots of love. Before we head to bed at night, he brings me water – and typically a piece of my favorite candy ūüôā He opens the car door for me every time we’re together. When we go on blog shoots, he packs these great snacks (which normally includes wine and cheese) so I don’t get hungry. When I run races I can always find him right at the finish line with water and banana – and I mean every single time! I could honestly spend this entire post listing out all of the amazing things he does for me to show love and attention. I am so happy to call him mine! ūüôā

He Makes Me Laugh Uncontrollably (…like, all the time!…)

Honestly, I am laughing as I write this. ¬†Just thinking through all of the silly things to we do together puts a smile on my face. We say all the time “if only people could see us, they’d think we were crazy.” We do THE MOST silly, obnoxious things when it’s just he and I.

Whether we’re FaceTiming during the afternoon, sending each other crazy faces via texts, laying in bed making farting noises, out running errands jamming to our favorite music, singing to each other in public (the list goes on and on), we always manage to laugh uncontrollably with each one another.

I say to Shawn all the time, “5:00 is my favorite hour of the day because it means I’m coming home to you.” It doesn’t matter how stressful the day might have been. I know as soon as I walk in the door all the stress melts away and replaced with a smile as soon as I see his.

He’s The Most Supportive Person I’ve Ever Met

It’s hard to rank what characteristics make Shawn so special, but this has to be one of the top. Shawn is by far one of the most supportive, encouraging people I have ever met. Before we were in a relationship we were good friends and co-workers (I know! But, you should see him in a suit!). ¬†As soon as we were introduced, there was an immediate connection and comfort about him. We would talk for hours on end, sometimes for up 8 or 10 hours, without stopping. There’s nothing I can’t talk to him about. ¬†There’s no challenge in life I can’t face so long as he’s with me.

When we first met I was going through some challenging times personally and professionally. We both worked in a very high stress word environment and I was in the process of ending my marriage of several years.

To keep my mind busy, Shawn and my girlfriend Daniela encouraged me to start this little ‘ol blog of mine. I thought both were crazy at the time. ¬†Hell, I didn’t even know what a blog was. Shawn was, and still is, my #1 supporter and advocate since we began. There is not one blog post he does not share, an event he does not attend, a photograph he does not take, a post he does not edit.

Over the past three years he has gotten up early with me on the weekends to shoot photos (sometime for up to 8 hours in the freezing cold temperatures!) when he’d much rather relax in bed. ¬†He’s set aside his needs and wants from me so I can stay up until the early hours of the morning to edit posts, create content and respond to emails. He has sacrificed relaxation on vacations for the sake of this business, seen me laugh and cry due to stress and over work, but always offered his shoulder. He’s supported me through rebuilding my finances, through job transition, through personal goal setting … and so many more. I’ve got his back always, and he’s got mine. There’s no better feeling in the world!

We Grow Together

Shawn and I have been together for almost 6 years now. As many of you know, relationships are tough. They are a constant serious of choices to love and support one another unconditionally daily. For some, 6 years seems like a lifetime and for others that’s a small fraction of time. My grandparents were married for 69 years before passing away and in love with each other every minute.

As I grow older myself, I realize one of the most important aspects of a strong, successful relationship is your ability to grow with one another over time.¬†He and I have experienced a number of perfect moments together, but like all couples, nothing about our relationship is roses all the time. ¬†We have faced our equal share of challenges. ¬†We’re learning together, however, how to navigate through the rough waters successfully as a couple. ¬†We’re learning to grow with each other, for each other. ¬†We’re willing to talk about our challenges and hear the other out regarding needs we feel are or aren’t being met. ¬†Because of our commitment to grow¬†with¬†each other, our relationship has never been stronger.

He Communicates With Me (even when he hates to)

Like many men, Shawn doesn’t love the idea of regular communication. ¬†I am an over-communicator while Shawn would prefer to let things go. ¬†Despite the fact I¬†need¬†to communicate more than him, he compromises with me all the time and talks about things he’d prefer not to. ¬†He knows that it’s important to me and therefore meets me in the middle. ¬†I, too, try to compromise (I think I’m getting better) for his sake, but I really appreciate his willingness to talk with me more frequently than he’s comfortable. ¬†It may seem small, but it ranks at the top for me. ¬†His compromise truly means a lot.

He’s Always Up For An Adventure

If there is one thing Shawn and I have in common it’s our love of adventure. ¬†We are always up for some good old fashion fun and spontaneity! ¬†We love to travel, explore new things and places, try new foods and experience life with each other. ¬†His free, adventurous spirit is one of the things that attracts me most. ¬†Whether it’s as outrageous as skydiving or as simple as a weekend bike ride adventure, there is no shortage of fun we have together! ¬†In fact, we’re off to somewhere tropical next week and Shawn has no idea where we’re going! ¬†Be sure to follow along! ¬†This adventure is sure to be one of our best ones yet!

He Puts Up With My Crazy

Guys, I’m not easy to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I have a somewhat high stress job. I’m an over communicator. I can be really bitchy when I am passionate about a particular subject. And, I have a tendency to talk ALL the time. I don’t know anyone in my life that knows how to manage my crazy better than Shawn. He serious deserves a metal. ¬†#BloggerHusband

Another big thank you to 1-800-Flowers.com for partnering with me on this post! ¬†I’m so thankful they allowed me to shower a little praise on Shawn this Valentine’s Day!

How beautiful are their flowers, y’all? ¬†This bouquet was under $90, gorgeous and HUGE! If you’re thinking of ordering flowers for your special someone this holiday, the selection at 1800Flowers.com is extensive and fitting for any budget.

After almost a week and a half, I was able to take many of the flowers from this arrangement and create two separate bouquets for the around the house.  They smelled incredible and were nothing short of brilliant in color!

Shawn and I both purchase flowers for our house weekly and love gifting flowers all season.  I promise you cannot go wrong with 1-800-Flowers.com same day delivery, either!

Bonus, y’all! ¬†You can now save 20% off all orders your orders throughout the entire month of February with discount code WHYILOVE! ¬†Head to 1-800-Flowers.com today!

Thanks so much for visiting, y’all! ¬†I hope you have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Anna

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  1. Heidi
    February 13, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Aww, Anna, this is just the sweetest thing ever. You two are beyond adorable and are clearly made for one another. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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