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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8 Ideas for Short Date Nights Out

When we go out on a date, we're generally gone for a few hours and our date nights at home are at least two hours long. But there are some stages and situations in life when you might only have 30 minutes or less to spend together. And honestly, I think that couples would go on dates more often if they didn’t feel the need to make every one a long event. So I’m here to tell you that your date nights can be short! They can be less than an hour or even less than half an hour. In case you needed that permission, I’m giving it to you.

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How to Save Money on a Romantic Getaway

A year and a half ago, we were able to stay in one of the nicest rooms at our favorite B&B for less than $130, saving about 50% off the regular price. I was really proud of those savings and excited about the things I’ve learned over the years that help make our getaways more affordable. I wanted those tips to be shared in a way that they could apply to a romantic getaway anywhere so I decided to write this post. If you've ever thought, 'We can't afford to stay somewhere nice and/or romantic', this post is for you! I'm here to tell you that you can enjoy a nice night away without having to scrimp and save for years.

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Why You Should Continue to Purchase Lingerie in Every Stage of Marriage

If you think that owning lingerie is pointless (it’s only on for a few seconds after all, right?) or not something that you should buy until you’ve reached a certain weight loss goal or stop having kids, think again. No matter what your excuse is, I will tell you that you should buy lingerie that fits you and that you love in your current stage of life. The biggest reason people tell me they don’t buy new lingerie is that they don’t feel like they’d get much use out of it. The joke is that ‘it’s only on for 15 seconds anyway!’ I’ve seen a few people’s eyes pop out of their heads when they find out how many pieces of lingerie I’ve purchased in so short a time frame. And then they ask me if I wear it that often. I wanted to share a few ways you can get more wear out of your lingerie purchase. Lingerie doesn’t have to be just for the bedroom! Look for opportunities to wear it on a more regular basis not only for your spouse, but for yourself.

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Spring Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

When it comes to date night, you won’t find us doing the same thing each week. We love the classic dinner and a movie date, but we also love to experience new things together and date night is the perfect opportunity for a little adventure. We love to try new restaurants, check out different places made for fun in the area and enjoy the seasonal activities that are available where we live. I look forward to spring every year because our date night activity bank expands to include some things that are outdoors. I also find that it’s more fun to go out together when it’s not frigid and snowing and the ground isn’t constantly wet.

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Perfect Wife Perception

Four years of marriage me sometimes feels like a failure compared to first year of marriage me. I rarely if ever spend more than half an hour preparing dinner, the house always seems to have some sort of mess to clean up or project to be done and some weeks, even if I've planned something fun and exciting, we end up getting take out and watching something on Netflix for date night. When I think about how dedicated I was to my "wifely duties" in year one, I'm motivated to be better, but I also try to remind myself that those aren't the things that determine my worth as a wife. I've realized that there's more to being a good wife than cooking, cleaning and date night.

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This Means War - At Home Date Idea

We went to a local nerf dart arena a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun running around competing against each other or on the same team against other people who were there. Inspired by that fun date night out, I put together a date night in that my husband couldn’t not love! This is the perfect activity for weeknight fun after the kids are in bed, or an at home date night on the weekend.

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It Just Keeps Getting Better - 3 Tips for Enjoying Every Stage of Your Marriage

The chorus to a popular song say, “I wish somebody would have told me…that some day, these will be the good old days. All the love you won’t forget and all these reckless nights you won’t regret….You’ll miss the magic of the good old days.” Or as Andy Bernard says, “I wish there was a way to know you're in "the good old days", before you've actually left them.” These are the times you’ll look back on and remember fondly if you enjoyed them fully or with regret if you didn’t make the most of them. I'm hoping that these three tips will help you find more joy in the current stage of your journey through life together!

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My Favorite Marriage Podcasts

I get asked about my favorite marriage podcasts a lot, but until this past year I was only listening to one. I’d never taken the time to research what apps were good for listening to podcasts on an Android phone and I had a lot on my plate for quite a while and not a lot of time to listen to them. This past year I discovered the app Castbox, which I use to listen to all of my podcasts and have loved, so if you have an Android phone, check it out! I also started listening to podcasts all the time; while I clean my house, while I get ready in the morning and late at night when I’m doing my grocery shopping are my favorite times to catch up on podcasts.

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14 Ways to Show Love to Your Spouse All Year Long

There are a lot of people who aren’t fond of Valentine’s Day because they feel that you should show love for your significant other, family and friends all year round, not just one day. I will continue to love Valentine’s Day because I love holidays and I love the opportunity to be a little more intentional in the way that I love those around me. But I’m with all of you who feel that your spouse deserves to feel loved and know that you love them all year long. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a list of fourteen different things you can do to make show you love your spouse no matter what day it is!

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Romantic Playlist for All of Your Date Nights

I have the ultimate romantic playlist to accompany your next date night or every day moment that you’re hoping to make a little extra special. You could turn the playlist on after the kids have gone to bed and let it be the soundtrack for your evening’s activities. Turn it on and dance under the stars in the backyard or in your kitchen. Take it with you on your next date night out or while you make dinner together and play games for your date night at home. You can create a romantic atmosphere for whatever you choose to do together with this playlist.

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Use Your Spouse's Love Language to Pick Out the Perfect Gift

Do you ever feel like your spouse or other loved ones in your life are the most difficult to people to purchase gifts for?  I used to listen carefully all year long and make a note any time Joe mentioned anything that he wanted. I even have a secret Pinterest board filled with ideas he’s given me or things that I’ve seen online and think he’d love. Sometimes I'd get him a gift that I thought he'd enjoy only to be disappointed that he wasn't as excited by it as I thought he would be. I don't remember when it happened, but one day I started thinking about gifts that I could give based on his love languages and ever since, I've never lacked for ideas.

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14 Cheesy Ideas to Celebrate Valentine's with Your Spouse

If you love Valentine’s Day as much as I do and are looking for some fun ways to celebrate the holiday with your spouse this year, this post is for you! I’ve put together a list of 14 different ideas that are not too cheesy but just cheesy enough that you’ll both really enjoy them! Pick one or two or find a way to incorporate them all into your celebration this year. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could plan a 14 days to Valentine’s countdown and do one thing each day. Whatever you do, use this list as a springboard to make your marriage more of a priority year round!

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Do You Save Some of Yourself for Your Spouse Each Day?

I try my hardest to do at least one thing every day to make my marriage a priority. Sometimes that’s texts throughout the day letting my husband know I love him, other days that’s packing his lunch and surprising him with a drink or a treat during a crazy work day, but I like the most to spend quality time with him at the end of the day. If I’ve spent my entire day teaching or used up all my energy deep cleaning our house, or even given my all to our two toddlers, I have none of myself left to give to my husband. On those days when I’ve overdone it, the kids go to bed and my brain goes off duty. I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow, I don’t have the brainpower left to connect and my husband is left feeling like the lowest priority on my to do list.

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20 Winter Date Ideas for Married Couples

Winter is not my favorite season, I prefer the warmer months, but I try to embrace all that it has to offer. We are also not winter sports people so the skiing and snowboarding that everyone spends every weekend doing in the winter don’t appeal to us at all. We have however, found some really fun date nights that are perfect for the colder winter months. I find myself looking forward to the cold and the snow because I know that it means we’ll get to do some of those fun winter activities that we enjoy doing together.

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