4 Date Ideas for the Back to School Season

The school district we live in has their first day back to school today! How is summer already over? Our kiddos don't start preschool for a few more weeks, so we get to enjoy summer just a little bit longer. And our back-to-school routine won't have quite the impact on our family and our routine as those of you who have older kids. I've seen many parents express on social media that it's a bittersweet feeling sending their kiddos back to school. Most moms are excited to get back to their regular routine, but many parents are going to miss the late nights, summer fun, and unlimited time together. As school starts and you get back into your routines, I want to challenge you to get back into your date night routine as well! Here are a few ideas of dates to plan over the next week or two just for the occasion

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The Best Gluten Free Snack Ideas and Meal Options for Celiac Disease

It’s been almost six months since we started incorporating gluten free foods into our house, and I can honestly say that it has been a million times easier than I thought it would be! I’ve been grateful for family and friends who eat gluten free and have shared their methods and favorite foods. We’ve done a lot of research, joined groups on social media, found some great websites and experimented with different foods until we found the ones that my husband enjoyed.

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Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes + Healthy Meal and Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

When I was pregnant with my first baby, my biggest struggle came when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Some women cry when their regular clothes don't fit anymore, I cried when my carb intake became drastically limited. I realized just how many high carb foods I enjoy and wasn’t sure what I was going to eat every day. I knew going into that pregnancy that I was at risk for GD because I was pre-diabetic, a little overweight and have a family history of Type II diabetes, but getting that confirmation that I indeed had it was rough for me. I'm here to tell you that I survived and that six weeks postpartum, I was healthier than I'd been when I first got pregnant!

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How to Support a Spouse with Dietary Restrictions

I know so many people with spouse’s who have a dietary restrictions. Whether those restrictions are due to an illness, food allergy, or even just personal preference, it’s so important to be supportive of your spouse! Don’t just stand by and let them figure things out on their own, be by their side through all of it. You don’t have to necessarily take on the same restrictions as a way of supporting them, although some might choose to do that. I hope that these suggestions will help you and your family navigate those restrictions and show your spouse that they are a priority to you and that you’re there for them, no matter what they’re going through!

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Step Back and Let Your Spouse Plan Something

Whether you’re struggling with letting your spouse surprise you, plan date night every once in a while or have more say in more of the business side of your marriage like having a say in the budget or doing household things their own way, this post is for you! The tips below are things that I’ve done myself and am still working on every single day. I want to stop stealing my husband’s joy in surprising me! And I know that because I have taken over planning so many things that were originally delegated to him has deflated his motivation to even try to make those plans when I agree that I’ll be hands off and let something be his responsibility. We can work on this together!

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4 Ways to Learn from Other Married Couples Around You

I am constantly looking for couples around me, to interact with and learn from! I wanted to share with you, a few ways that you can make your marriage relationship even stronger by learning from other couples around you! I hope that this post will help you recognize the good marriage habits that others have, and how you can incorporate them in your own lives.

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Super Simple Date Idea - Discover a New Restaurant Together

When I started my local date night blog a couple of years ago, one of my biggest goals was to start exploring more together. Discover fun new things we loved to do and eat at restaurants we never knew about or have been wanting to try but hadn’t yet. We still frequent our longtime favorite places to eat and go back to the new ones we’ve discovered often, but continuing to discover new foods and eateries that we love together has been a lot of fun! Going out to eat is a date night staple, why not make a point to try someplace new every so often? I’m setting a goal, right now, to plan a date to eat somewhere new for date night at least once a month. That way we can still enjoy our favorites, but get out and discover new restaurants together as well.

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6 Tips to Make Family Pictures Less Painful for Your Husband

Any time I mention family pictures, or taking pictures for the blog, my husband moans and groans. I know a lot of husband’s are the same way, and even some wives. With family picture season coming up and everyone getting ready to take their annual photos for Christmas cards, I want to help you (and your husband) out! Even though I don’t understand the pain that my husband experiences when taking pictures, I want to do everything I can to make him feel more comfortable for family pictures when I insist on having them done annually. This year, and every year for the rest of your lives together, I hope that pictures are less stressful and more enjoyable for the entire family!

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Momiform vs. Date Night Outfit

My daily routine could contain any number of potential activities. House projects or cleaning, playing with the kids or going on an adventure out of the house, teaching a class or manning a booth at an open house, out to dinner with friends or on a date with my husband. I’m going to be totally honest, I often change outfits two or three times a day because of the different things that I have going on or because I got splashed with mud while the kids were in the backyard. The most common reason that I change my clothes during the day is when I’m going out on a date with my husband. I go from the clothes that I wear to mom to an outfit that says, “date night is special”.

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Why You Need to Be a Team with Your Finances, ALWAYS!

A few years ago, I had someone ask me a question about how they should handle money in their marriage an the question startled me a bit. The jist of the question was whether or not their spouse should get a certain amount of “allowance” each month when they weren’t working at all, and the spouse asking the question was the bread winner. The longer we talked, the more this conversation worried me because this couple wasn’t tackling their finances as a team and it was causing a rift.

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Why I Love Promptly Journals

A year ago, I got my first Promptly Journal, the Love Story one, to start recording memories from earlier years of marriage and our dating days. A few months later, I purchased a childhood journal for each of our kids. I’ve spent time every Sunday afternoon this year, filling out those journals and getting caught up to the point that we are at now. Every week as I write, I find myself loving Promptly Journals even more! If my house were to catch on fire, those books would be one of the first things I’d grab (after my children of course) because I treasure them, and the things that I’ve written in them, so much.

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The importance of Relationship Education Before and During Marriage

I feel strongly about relationship education both before marriage and throughout. I wish that I’d known more about marriage education when we were engaged so that we would have been motivated to take some classes before tying the knot. Now that I do know about it, I seek opportunities to participate as often as possible.

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Dear Anxiety Medication, Thank You!

A year ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety and started taking medication. Up until that point, I’d spent the year focusing on becoming the best version of myself through self care and rediscovering who I am as an individual. Having a more positive attitude and taking care of my own needs before anyone else’s had made a huge difference. But I can honestly say that adding a tiny white pill to my morning routine has made the biggest difference when combined with all of the efforts that I was making and continue to make.

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Staying Committed Through Hard Times in Your Marriage

When I look back on our eight years of marriage, I see lots of good times, adventures and memories. But I also see trials and struggles and rough patches. No marriage is without its struggles, whether you are going through something individually or facing a trial as a couple. When I look at those harder times in our lives, I realize that those are the things things that have brought us closer and defined us as a couple. The reason the difficult phases of our life have brought us closer is because we have been intentional with our relationship during that time and determined not to let them drive us apart.

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Sunset Date Night

After our hike, I couldn’t help but think how everyone deserved to watch the sun set in a similar way. We are blessed to live right next to the mountains, so we are able to hike in a variety of places and enjoy amazing views of the valley below and the sun setting in the distance. I realize that not everyone lives so close to the mountains, so I wanted to share a few suggestions for where you can watch the sun set together and how to make your date extra romantic.

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