Why You Need to Compile a Home Inventory and How to Do It

Whether your most valuable possession is the toaster oven you splurged on with gift cards from your wedding, or that china cabinet filled with your grandma’s best china and you picked out to display in your front room, you need a home inventory. I wish that I’d continued to compile ours after I started it our first year of marriage. If I had kept that up and added new items as we purchased them, it wouldn’t feel so overwhelming to do it now. You could even turn this project into an at home date night. Send the kids to grandma’s for a few hours, put on some music, drink smoothies and work together to catalog all of the things that you own.

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Date Night At Home - Dinner By Moonlight

As much as I love getting out of the house for a little one-on-one time without the kids, sometimes we’ve had a long week and staying home sounds so much better. One of my favorite things about date night at home is getting to enjoy a dinner together alone. No kids requesting something we have to get up from the table for and no people to watch and distract us like at the restaurants. There’s just something cozy about spending time together at home.

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How We Store Our Food Storage in a Small Living Space

This next year I’m hoping to build shelves in our food storage room so that I have space to slowly start building a bigger food supply each time I go grocery shopping. There are a lot of great lists on Pinterest to help you build up your supply, one item at a time. This is one of my favorite resources for building your food storage over the course of a year, using only $5 a week. That’s the list that I’m currently planning on using to build up our food storage supply in the coming year.

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My Routine for Perfect Date Night Hair + My Favorite Hair Products

Over the last few years, I've found myself doing my hair in the morning less and less. Even though I recently made it part of my daily routine, there are some days when I decide to use that time on other things. But no matter what, I ALWAYS do my hair for date night, even if it's right before we leave, and I usually spend a bit more time making it look just right for the occasion. I have a goal to do my hair and makeup more often for myself and to show my husband that I still make an effort as part of my daily pursuit of him.

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How to Build Your Own Quick and Easy 72 Hour Kit

I know just how overwhelming it can be to find a list that includes everything you really need in your 72 hour kit and then find all of those things and purchase them at a decent price. There's a reason that it took me almost seven years to get this project completed. I have felt completely confident in what I put together and am glad that I chose to invest in the items that I did. This kit took me just an hour or so to pull together and I know that we are prepared to grab our things and go, if we never needed to.

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Budget Friendly Date Idea for These Last Summer Nights

I'm both excited and sad that summer is coming to a close. This past week there's been a slight nip in the air and I even put on a sweatshirt the other day. I'm excited for a new month and the changes to our routine that are coming. While the weather is still warm, we're sneaking in a few outside date nights. This date activity is free and can be done when you aren't able to get out of the house or after dinner when the babysitter is home putting your kids to bed. It can be romantic or it can be silly, but it's a great opportunity to relax and connect together.

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How to Have Spontaneous Dates + 10 Spontaneous Date Ideas

Just because a date is spontaneous doesn’t mean it has to be frantic or stressful or even unplanned. (Sounds counterproductive right?)  In fact, planning your spontaneous date nights can be a really important factor in having a spontaneous date night. Parker and I have a list of dates that we would like to go on a some point and then we go from there. We made our initial “date bucket list” when we were dating and then have added to it as we’ve crossed things off or thought of new ideas. 

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Six Ways to Prepare for a New Baby Together

If and when we have a third, I've joked with Joe that I'm doing everything that we need to do during the first month of pregnancy so I have the upper hand no matter when the baby decides to come. But the more I've thought about it, the more I've realized what is actually important to do before our family grows and what can be done later. Decorating the babies nursery would be great, but Emmy turns two this weekend and her room still has nothing on the walls, but she doesn't mind.

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Grilled Chicken/Turkey Breast - My Favorite Recipe for Summer Barbecues

For as long as I can remember, every time my family hosts a summer party in the backyard, my mom grills turkey (or chicken) breast. When this recipe is on the grill, I'll pick it over a hamburger or hot dog any day! The meat is juicy, flavorful and makes enough for a crowd. If there is enough left at the end of the meal to take home leftovers, the turkey/chicken makes great sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. It's even yummy cold!

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Why We Choose to DIY Our House Projects More Often Than Not

Since our original home renovation, we've completed a lot of projects on our own, the most recent being tearing down our deck and rebuilding a bigger one. There are a lot of times when we've considered hiring out our projects, and spending a bit of extra money to not have to do it on our own, but we usually end up opting for the less expensive option. Working on a project together, no matter how big or small, is a fun and challenging way to spend your quality time. There are still a lot of things we want to change in our house to make it more of a home and I'm looking forward to doing those things together.

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The Ultimate Marriage Bundle - Tools to Prioritize Your Marriage More!!!

You guys know how much I LOVE The Dating Divas and everything they stand for, right?! I'm really excited to share with you this amazing product that they've launched and that's available for six days only!!! I am so excited to be part of this awesome Marriage Resources Bundle along with some other amazing women who have great products that they've contributed as well! Each of these products will contribute to your home in some way and help you make your family and your marriage more of a priority every single day.

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Growing Together Instead of Apart

A lot of the things that we've gone through together could have easily pushed us apart. We could have let the stress, frustrations and disagreements get to us, but instead we used them to make us a stronger and better couple. The journey that we've been on together encouraged me to make my marriage more of a priority and has taught me not to take the little moments and the things that my husband does for me for granted.

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Five Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

When we were preparing to get married, we talked about a lot of things. Our lives were busy with work, school, and wedding plans. Most of what we talked about was related to the wedding or our lives together immediately afterward. We had conversations about some far future topics, but there are a lot of things that we've talked about since or situations that we've gone through together that I wish were part of our discussions before we were in the moment and before we got married. As I've watched other couples around me get married, I can't help but think about these topics even more, so I decided to put together this post as a point of reference for engaged couples.

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How to Support Your Spouse While They're in School

A lot of people are talking about back to school right now and back to school preparations seem to be the focus of every store in the area. College students are going back to school in September as well and married college students are cramming in a lot of quality time before homework takes over their evenings. If you our your spouse will be heading back to college this coming semester, this post is for you. Seven tips for supporting your spouse through school, and I’m not talking about working to pay for tuition. These tips will help you be there for your spouse mentally, emotionally and physically as they work to finish their degree.

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Spouse Speed Dating - At Home Date Night Idea

This at home date night idea is perfect for couples in every stage of life. Newlyweds, new parents, parents of teenagers, empty nesters and couples in retirement. Get to know your spouse on a new level or get to know your spouse again with this fun speed dating activity. No matter how much you think you know about each other, there is always something new to learn. Strengthen your marriage with this quick date night at home. Free printables included!

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