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The Permauls: Handling Conflict in Marriage

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 16 October 2018

This month’s The Newlywed Box (NWB) was how to deal with conflict. This subject comes up a lot in our home, as my husband and I are always fighting about something. This box helped us press reset and gave us some reminders on the appropriate way to deal with disagreements. It also gave us some fun activities to do together.

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Topics: Marriage, Newlyweds, Subscription Box, Subscription, Conflict

The Permauls: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Marriage

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 13 September 2018

This month’s Newlywed Box (NWB) was all about learning to cope, ignore, or meet in the middle about small annoyances with each other. One big point was that for every negative comment that you make, it takes five positive comments to counteract. Another point was how important it is that your spouse isn’t just your significant other, but that they’re your best friend! Make a list of things that you love about your spouse, and next time you’re annoyed at the small stuff read the list and remember that there are more important things in life to worry about. 

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Topics: Marriage, Newlyweds, Subscription Box

The Permauls: Understanding Your Spouse's Needs

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 24 August 2018

Another NewlyWed Box (NWB) for the win! This month’s box was all about your spouse’s needs and how to deal with change with one another. One of the highlights of the box was the plant kit that it came with! My husband and I are growing garden lettuce and rainbow chard, and everything was provided in the box:

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Topics: Marriage, Newlyweds, Subscription Box, Subscription, Communication, Needs

The Permauls: Date Your Spouse Box

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 25 June 2018



May’s Newlywed Box was all about dating! One of the most exciting things about the box was a scavenger hunt that we had to go on and post five photos on social media using the appropriate hashtags. Whichever couple got the most likes won a $50 Amazon giftcard, so the hunt was on! We went around town finding posters advertising a local event; a pastry shop; flags from a different country; a mural; and other things in an urban area.

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The Permauls: Communication Box

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 12 June 2018

April’s Newlywed Box was all about communication. This subject is one of my favorites when it comes to marriage, because it’s one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced while married. My husband and I grew up totally different, and we communicate in different ways for everything.

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Topics: Marriage, Subscription Box, Communication

The Permauls: Money Honey Box

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 17 April 2018

The Newlywed Box for March was all about money—a topic that often comes up in arguments. This box had some financial-struggle story examples, date ideas, and other fun things to just bring up conversations about money in a fun and open way.

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Topics: Marriage, Newlyweds, Subscription, Finance, Money

The Permauls: Intimacy Box

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 06 April 2018

 The most recent Newlywed Box I received was all about intimacy (read about the previous one here). My husband and I had to flip a coin, and then one of us had to be the first to plan an intimate date for the other. The rest of the box gave date ideas, and even materials to help a date go along. There were candles, bath bombs (I love those!), an eye mask, lip balm, massage oil, and even a box full of pieces of paper, each one suggesting a different way to kiss your spouse! Some examples:1. Woodpecker kiss: short, quick kisses all over the f

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Topics: Marriage, Newlyweds, Subscription Box, Subscription

The Permauls: Connected Box

By Jessica Anzai-Permaul on 26 March 2018

The Newlywed Box is a monthly subscription filled with beautifully designed content to help a couple’s first year in marriage. There are games, guides on what to do when there are conflicts, tips and tricks on how to communicate better, and other goodies to brighten up your day with your spouse. You can tell the box is hand-crafted by people who love design and functionality.

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