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Because He Made My Heart Sing

“And I sure would like some sweet company and I’m leaving tomorrow wha-do-you say? When I’m gone. When I’m gone. You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. You’re gonna miss me by my hair. You’re gonna miss me everywhe– ”

“That’s what Sabina sings Momma,” my eight year old said, startling me as I was prepping dinner in the kitchen.


“Yes. She’s the prettiest girl in my class. She sings that song too. All the time!” he flung his arms in the air, “But it’s OK. I made her laugh 15 times in class on Wednesday and she said I was the funniest kid in the class. I think that means something.”

I covered my head in the dishtowel so he wouldn’t see me giggling.

“How did you pick Daddy to love?” he asked.

“Oh my sweet,” I said reaching for his soft face, “because your Dad made me so happy that I would sing and he still makes me sing.”

He stopped and thought…

And thought…

“Oh! Sabina sings in class Momma! Maybe she likes me?!”

On Valentine’s Day, Sabina wrote the most adorable hearts around his name on the Valentine card.

My husband swept me off my feet  when I was 21.

Quite literally.

We were at volleyball and he knocked me right over with his chicken wings.

We were married in 2003 when I was 23 and he was 25.

When we were planning the wedding, the internet was still, um, rusty. Businesses weren’t utilizing it as much as they were now. Yellow pages were very much a “thing” and so were magazines.

My girlfriend’s sister gave me a stack of wedding magazines that had highlights and sticky notes all throughout. As an awkward introvert, I had to attend busy wedding extravaganzas – taste test this cake, touch this silk dress, enter this drawing, put this on your face AHHHHHH!

It was both exhausting and a nightmare.

But it all came together beautifully.

Nowadays, the internet is such a valuable resource to help you plan your dream wedding and to celebrate it.

Searching for  fun and funky bridal shower gifts

Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set

To one of a kind bridesmaid gifts

Starry Friends Necklace

And to timeless personalized wedding gifts

Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo

Is so much easier than flipping through magazines and the phone book and going to every department store in the city. will help you find that perfect gift to help celebrate the love between two people who found the song in their hearts.

UncommonGoods is more than just weddings so make sure to shop around their arts, kitchen, and geek sections.

Yes, I said geek!

Literary Scarves

UncommonGoods is working to become more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work.

They are moving towards becoming more green and that is something that we are passionate about here at the house of Chunky Monkey is passionate about –

“featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur – we’re committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals.”

Also at checkout you will notice this:

“Giving back is important to us and we want to share this passion with our customers. That’s why we created the Better to Give Program in 2001, which allows you to select a non-profit organization to receive a $1 donation from us at checkout.”

To date, they have donated $1,000,000

This is such a fun and funky site with a great drive behind it – if you’re looking for unique wedding gifts or just in the mood to shop, check out


*Sabina – name change


Disclaimer: Post sponsored by All opinions are my own.


  1. Liv Liv

    Fantastic. I’ve been working on my own wedding story this weekend, and we’re doing a round-up on RealityMoms too. Love is in the air I guess.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It’s the season my dear! *smoooooches you*

  2. Very very cute gifts and a lovely story. I’m glad you got swept off your feet. I’m glad it’s lasted so wonderfully <3

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Not without some bumps and bruises but we are trucking!
      Mother’s Day is coming…maybe he’ll buy me the scarf 🙂

  3. robin Rue robin Rue

    Uncommon Goods is a great site. I actually have bought a few gifts for people there because I know I will find something fun and unique.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is a great site and for any type of occasion. Their gifts are really fun and you won’t find them in a store!

  4. Wedding season is upon us and I’m sure I’ll be receiving lots of invites. I’ll also be directing a wedding in April. This is such a great site for fun and unique gifts.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      So far, this year, we have not had any spring invites yet. BUT….babies. We have lots of babies.

  5. I would have to say when we got married that the Internet was very rusty too! I wish there was some of the stuff around when we get married. There are some such cute ideas here.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I wish I had the internet – those magazines were such a pain and expensive too!
      UncommonGoods is such a great site for any time and any celebration! I love the Geek section!

  6. I have an upcoming wedding these are cute ideas! I got married before the internet storm.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Don’t you kind of envy the people getting married now who have pinterest? I got paper cuts leafing through stacks of magazines! HAHAH!

  7. My son always checks when he needs to get a gift for his girlfriend or for a buddy of his. The items he finds are amazing, and his girlfriend loves each and every item she receives from Uncommon Goods.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It’s such a great site for any type of gift – even if you just want to treat yourself! I really want that scarf! The items are just so unique that you wouldn’t find them in a store. I think it’s awesome that your son shops there!

  8. Wonderful you son feel comfortable asking about and sharing different things. Nice he makes a girl laugh and he knows how much your husband makes you sing.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      He’s my only and I think that gives us a really good connection. He’s also one of the funniest kid’s I know and makes me laugh so it’s no wonder he’s making her laugh!

  9. There was no internet when I got married, but we had some similar resources – went by the name of “Mom”.

    Thanks for the review, sounds like a great company.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      OMG Abby I love you! My mom’s wedding was in the 70’s and held partly in her mom’s house and part in a church and I don’t know where else. But I do recall some super serious blue eyeshadow and the bridesmaids dresses matched my mom’s eyeshadow. Epic.

  10. This sounds like a great site for wedding gift ideas. And love can be found in the most unusual of places…and it makes it that much better!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Yes it does! The site is so much fun and it’s more than just weddings too – you can even shop around for yourself!

  11. That’s so sweet about your son! Those bridal magazines helped me immensely with my wedding planning! There was no Pinterest or Google back then.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I had stacks of magazines! Cut out pictures. I do envy women nowadays who can scroll through pinterest. I had paper cuts yo!

  12. I friggin LOVE Uncommon Goods… they have THE BEST gifts ever. And these are all so pretty <3 Beautiful for any couple starting a fresh chapter in life.


    My goodness–CHUNKY HAS A GIRLFRIEND! My heart can't take the cuteness. Awwwww!!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I know! The Geek section is really my jam and I NEED that scarf in the worst way.
      Chunky is head over heels for this little girl. She’s so nice to him especially since school is so tough. He does his hair in the morning and picks out his clothes and everything has to be just right. He tells me how many times they talked – he says “Mom, it’s important that people communicate. We communicated today about our shoes.” It cracks me up.

  13. This company sends absolutely wonderful! I will definitely be shopping with them when a plan evens in the future.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Definitely keep them in mind! They’re so much more than weddings too! They make gifts for any occasion and if you just want to treat yourself to something really awesome, check it out!

  14. This is awesome that you had such an amazing wedding. And it’s cool that you are teaching your child the value of loving and being loved through word and through action.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Thank you so much David! That means so much.

  15. The Valentine’s story is the sweetest! Also, all of the gift ideas are fantastic 🙂

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      My son has the biggest heart. He is head over heels for this little girl and has put her Valentine on the dresser. I’m not allowed to touch it.
      I love everything on that site because it’s different and unique. The geek section is my jam!

  16. Love the backstory! So sweet! Those gifts are super cute. I love the necklaces and the wine and beer glasses 🙂

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They have the most unique items. I am a huge fan of their geek section right now!

  17. I totally remember when yellow pages were a thing. They still drop them off here now but most people don’t use them. Your son looks delighted in that picture.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They STILL drop them off every once in a while and my 8 year old son asks us what they’re for. We never ever use them. Oh, he was so excited. That Valentine is sitting on his dresser. I’m not allowed to touch it.

  18. I have always loved Uncommon Goods. They truly have the best and unique gift ideas!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They really do! I am in LOVE with the entire geek section especially the literary scarf. I NEED!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They are adorable – they have tons of really cool sets for any occasion! If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, you should definitely check it out!

  19. So I checked out Uncommon Goods because of your post. I just loved it. IT was very sweet. And it is a pretty great site as well.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Is it not one of the most fun site ever. You can get lost in all the things! They have gifts for everything and anyone — even yourself if you want a treat. Which you should always treat yourself! I love the entire geek section.

  20. Ave Ave

    I really like when companies give back! I have visited Uncommon Goods site in the past and they have really great selection of products! The Personalized Porcelain Faux Bois Mug Set is super cute!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I actually had no idea that they were giving back until I read a bit more about them. i think it’s phenomenal. I really love how unique their site is but mostly, their geek section! I need that scarf!

  21. Anosa Anosa

    What a cute present to receive! Your love story is really heart melting.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Thank you so much Anosa 🙂

  22. How sweet! Those necklaces are so cute! I love Uncommon goods, they have a great selection of items.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      They really do. It’s a great site for any type of occasion and if you just want to treat yourself!

  23. They have so many unique items on their site! I espeially love the scaf!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Me too! That one is my favourite!

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