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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Connecting Through Cooking Together as a Couple

I am a huge advocate for family meal time and we have a goal to sit together around the kitchen table, out on the deck, or on a picnic blanket every night for dinner to eat with our kids. But I’m also a big fan of sharing a meal together, just the two of you, every once in a while. I know a lot of couples go out to dinner for date night once a week, but some aren’t able to go out every week and others don’t go out to eat because of budget, food sensitivities or because they choose to use their date night time participating in an activity instead of eating together.

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6 Ways to Enjoy Summer Nights at Home

Summer nights might possibly be one of my favorite things in the entire world, right up there with chocolate and chick flicks. I love the temperatures, the sounds of nature, the clear night sky, the later daylight hours and the occasional thunderstorm. With toddlers, it’s hard to get out and enjoy those summer nights, unless we have a babysitter. It could be really easy to climb into bed and watch Netflix after the kids are in bed, while the sun is still out, and I’ll admit that’s happened at our house a few too many times recently.

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25+ Summer Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Summer is our favorite time of year for date night. There’s so much to do, we get to spend a lot of time outside, and the sun and warm weather motivates and energizes us! Each year we have a list of traditional activities that we add to our date night calendar. But each summer, we try to do something new as well. This list of date night ideas includes things that can be done at home or out on the town. It has activities for outdoor lovers and for those of us who prefer to stay indoors when it gets a little too hot. You can even take a few of the ideas and turn them into multiple dates depending on how you choose to participate in the activity each time. I hope this list inspires you to make date night a priority in your marriage and spend intentional quality time together this season!

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6 Tips for Updating the Top Drawer of Your Dresser

Everyone has been on this Marie Kondo frenzy, but I wonder, are they updating the top drawer of their dresser at the same time? Just as you update your wardrobe when styles change and things don’t fit the way you wish they did anymore, you should update your lingerie wardrobe as well! Last year, I realized that I never wore any of the lingerie hanging in my closet because it wasn’t my style anymore and none of it fit well at all. It was just taking up space, so I tossed everything and slowly replaced them with lingerie that I feel comfortable, confident and gorgeous in!

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What We Look for in Our Romantic Getaway Accommodations

We’ve gone on a lot of romantic overnight getaways over the years and we always return to Anniversary Inn. I tell everyone that it’s our favorite and that they should stay there at least once because I know that once they’ve stayed there for a night, they’ll love it as much as we do. There are other romantic getaway locations we like but none of them hit everything on our checklist the way that Anniversary Inn does. Their mission is to provide couples with the perfect place to make their relationship a priority and rekindle the romance and we think that they’ve achieved that and continue to raise the bar with everything they do.

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Places of Significance Date Night Idea for Married Couples

A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about a date she’d been on with her husband that sounded like a lot of fun! She said that for their anniversary, she and her husband had visited a variety of places that had significance in their relationship. This would make a great anniversary celebration, but I also think that it could be a fun idea to do for one of your regular, weekly date nights every once in a while.

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5 Practical and Meaningful Anniversary Traditions

It's our anniversary month so I thought I'd share some anniversary inspiration with you. We like to make our anniversary a really special occasion. Our usual date night just doesn't cut it when we're excited about heading into another year of loving each other! It’s a big celebration and we usually go all out. If you're looking for something different to do for your next anniversary, pull out one of these ideas. They’re creative and meaningful and will do a lot to set you up for a successful marriage in the years to come.

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Tips and Tricks for Cooking Ribs on the Grill

We started our rib cooking journey out on the grill but just recently perfected this recipe and learned a few new tricks within the last year. The taste of smoked ribs is great, but they take all day and lots of attention, which we don’t always have to give when we’re in the mood for ribs. I love how quickly our ribs cook on the grill and that we can enjoy them all summer long without heating up our oven or the house!

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Creative Ideas for Date Night with Other Couples

One of the hardest things, I think, about planning a date night with another couple is deciding what to do. Most of the time, people end up doing dinner and playing games, which is great, but sometimes you want to do a little something different. Below are some creative ideas for activities that you could use the next time you have a night planned with friends.

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The Beauty of Creating Date Night, In the Moment

A few years ago we realized that by making our every day routines a little extra special sometimes, we were sort of turning them into a date! For example, sitting on the couch together, drinking hot chocolate or eating ice cream and talking at the end of a long day, instead of ignoring each other and spending time on your phone turns your nightly wind down into a mini date. I call these extra special or spontaneous dates, “date moments” and I think they’re a great way to date your spouse on a daily basis or when you feel like you don’t have time to get out for a date. There’s always time for date night, you might just need to be creative with what date night looks like! If you have five minutes, you can date your spouse!

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