Father’s Day Blog Series: Men of Pure Romance

Tony and Laurel Livingston have been together for over 11 years and were married in 2012. They have five children: Tristan (15), Moira (13), Hailey (10), Natalie (7) and Anthony (3). They live in Coon Rapids, MN.
Tony and I
FOR HIM…

Describe three responsibilities you take on to help out with the kids and/or your wife’s Pure Romance business.

  1. I do all of her data entry work to free up her time and load and unload the car before and after many of her parties.
  2. I make sure I am home with the kids when she has parties or events.
  3. I try to encourage her when things aren’t going great or she has a not-so-great party

could keep going, but we’ll stop there! 

What are your secrets to a successful marriage? 

She is my best friend.  Having five kids and both having jobs can be stressful, but we still make time for each other and schedule date nights whenever possible, whether its just the two of us or as a family.

I’ve learned that she is always right! 😉  (She didnt make me say that!) We talk and listen to one another, although anyone that knows Laurel knows she usually does most of the talking! 🙂

What do you love most about being a Dad?  

What’s not to like!?!  We have five great kids ages 15 to three, and I love spending time with them – whether it’s just watching TV, being outside, playing around the house, going to dinner, going bowling, chaperoning school field trips or whatever each day may bring. I love watching them grow up and learn new things every day.  Their smiles alone are capable of turning a bad day into a good one! Quite honestly, I think my life would be pretty boring without them. I love being a dad!!

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What is something you admire about your wife – please explain/describe?

She is amazing!  Along with being a GREAT mom to five kids,  she runs a successful business, is on the Board of Directors, on the school PTO, volunteers for various activities at the school, AND is a Girl Scout Troop leader.  She is also an amazing wife and does an awesome job raising our kids.  She makes time for them after school to help with homework or take them places whenever they need to go.  She has a HUGE heart, and is always doing what she can to help others when they need it.

FOR HER…

Marriage in this modern-day-society can be a difficult thing to manage, especially when you are a hard-working businesswoman. What are some secrets that you practice in your marriage to build into your relationship? Obviously he’s a keeper!

Make time for each other! Even though we both work full-time jobs and juggle five kids, we still make time for each other! We try to have that down-time each day, even if it is just watching a pre-recorded TV show, or just a half an hour where we can be together. We also talk multiple times throughout the day.  Make your husband your best friend! When something happens, he is the first person I want to call and tell! We really stay connected! And make time for sex! There are 24 hours in a day – that means there is plenty of time for intimacy with your partner EVERY day!  Make it a priority and make time for it!! No excuses! 😉

Do you have anything special planned to celebrate Father’s Day?

Spending the day doing whatever he wants! The kids and I will make him breakfast in bed and shower him with gifts! At night the whole family will go and watch him play double-header softball games! He loves to play softball!

You have screamed your husband’s name and made it obvious that he has been a wonderful supporter of you, your family and your business. Can you give me a story about how he has supported you?

My husband, Tony, is my # 1 fan and supporter when it comes to my Pure Romance business! He has supported me since day one, when I had attended a party 5 1/2 years ago and said I think I want to do this! His exact words were, “It’s so perfect for you; I don’t see how you could NOT do it!” He listens to me talk about my business incessantly, and gives me advice. He stood by me when a year into the business I decided to quit my full-time time job and make PR my full time career! I bounce my ideas off of him for everything–parties, sales, team stuff, goals and meetings! He is the most supportive when I am struggling with the inevitable roadblocks in the business, like a low retail month, multiple party cancellations or hitting a rut in sponsoring. He is there to remind me that it is part of the business, and it will swing back around. He always says to me, “Commit to the process and detach from the outcome, isn’t that what you tell your team?” A few months ago, he even became my assistant and does my data entry for me now! My husband is my biggest cheerleader and my best friend! I am so lucky to have his support with my growing business! I told him one day he will have to retire so he can work for me! 🙂

My thoughts: Like many of the husbands and partners celebrated in this blog series, Tony is Laurel’s biggest fan. He helps her get through the inevitable slumps that any Consultant will experience. It’s encouraging to have someone in your ear reminding you that, “This too shall pass,” and that any obstacles will be short-lived. He’s someone who keeps her positive, and helps her detach from the tough times or when she’s in a rut. Even that he loads and unloads the car might sound like a small thing, but I can’t tell you what that meant for me when I was a Consultant. It allows you to just focus on doing a great party and giving the guests an experience they will always remember.

Marriages often fail because people ask, “What are you going to do for me?” They don’t work to give back to the other person and it’s great to see these two recognizing all that they do for one another. He admires her for who she is and what she has to juggle.

And speaking of juggling: five kids and they still make time for sex? That’s no easy task. There are some couples out there who make excuses about why they don’t have time to connect with their partner – Laurel and Tony know that it’s vital to connect on every level, no matter what they have to sacrifice. Many of their date nights even include the kids – this is a couple that knows that the family that plays together, truly stays together.

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