Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Life of a Wife: Keri Bainborough

It's been a while since I last blogged and A LOT has been going on! For now though, I thought that I'd jump in again with another Life of a Wife series - which I haven't done in ages either. 

Keri Bainborough blogs at We Are The Wildflowers and is originally from the Midlands. Her and her hubby recently moved to Stellenbosch but every Instagram she ever put up of the Midlands always made me want to visit it! Her writing on her blog is beautiful and definitely worth a visit!

For now, I shall leave you with her pearls of wisdom on marriage and being a wife :) Enjoy!

Image - Keri Bainborough

1) Tell us a bit about yourself; who are you, how old are you, who are you married to and for how long, do you have kids and what do you and hubby do for a living?

My name is Keri and I am thirty years old; I've been married to Andrew for just over two and a half years now. We don't have kids. I am a freelance copywriter and Andy is a trained chef currently working in hospitality.

2) Did you live together before getting married , and how do you think living together/not living together affected your life and marriage today? 

 Yes we did. I don’t think it affected our marriage in any negative way at all. I suppose it prepared me for living with my untidy husband and knowing exactly what I was getting into!

3) What was the hardest thing about being married in the beginning?

Nothing. I loved everything about it. Except maybe changing my name. I’m still in mourning for my maiden name.

4) What's something that's completely surprised you about marriage?

The immediate pressure from friends and family to procreate and produce mini-me’s.

5) If you have/will have kids, how do you think this changed/will change the dynamic of your marriage?

The verdict is still out on this one. I think it would hugely affect our marriage and my sanity and this is part of the reason we're still a little reluctant to have them.

6) How do you and hubby keep the spark alive?

Date nights are mandatory! 

Image - Keri Bainborough

7) What, in your opinion, are the three key essentials for a great marriage?

Saying sorry.
Listening.
Physical affection. A cheeky bum slap or holding hands goes a long way.

8) What's the best piece of advice you got for marriage?

"Get a dishwasher. It will save your life and your marriage.” A truer word was never spoken!

9) What is your personal advice for newly married couples or couples who are about to get married?

Enjoy every moment with each other and always, always show your appreciation for your partner. Let them know how much you love them every day. Be open and honest about money and finances. Share with each other. Spoil each other and surprise each other on days other than Christmas and Birthdays. If you find yourself wanting to pack your bags and walk out, go to bed. Everything is always better and easier in the morning, including saying sorry. 

Thank you so much, Keri, for your answers. I haven't blogged or done Life of a Wife in ages and it's really refreshing to get an outside opinion on marriage :) You can find Keri on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If you're keen to be part of my Life of a Wife series, simply pop me a mail on amy.francis777@yahoo.com.

Happy Wednesday!

xxx

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