13 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive in Your Marriage

Are there ever days when you feel like your marriage has become all business without any fun or romance? I know there are weeks when we get so caught up our every day routines and the things that we have to get done that we fall into a “business partner” mindset. I spend my days managing our household and working, Joe spends his days at work and after he gets home, we spend our nights getting dinner on the table, enjoying family time, getting the kids to bed and the house cleaned up, bills paid and discussions that need to be had about household business. That’s a lot of “adulting” and we sometimes forget that romantic and fun side of our relationship in the process.

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9 Ideas for Fun Birthday Surprises to Gift Your Spouse

My sister-in-law used to tell me that by going big with the birthday celebrations those first few years of our marriage, I was setting the bar high for birthdays for years to come. That didn’t deter me in any way! Some years our celebrations are big and extravagant and others they are more low key. The one thing I try to incorporate into my husband’s birthday surprises each year is making him feel special. It doesn’t matter what you do for your spouse for their birthday, what matters is that they know you care and that they feel loved and appreciated and important in this world. I believe that everyone deserves that every day of their life, but a little extra on their birthday.

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Four Ways to Record Your Love Story - At Home Date Idea

This at home date night activity could be a one time thing, happen once a month so you can keep things updated and journal as life unfolds, happen every so often until you’ve finished recording your story or it could be incorporated into your anniversary celebration each year. Here are four fun and unique ways to record your story together and strengthen your marriage and family relationships.

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Five Ways I've Invested in Myself this Year

At the beginning of this year, I decided that I was going to make it a year when I made myself a priority. Over the past few years, I’ve lost myself in pursuit of being the best wife, mom, employee, student, friend, daughter, sister, etc. that I can be. It was by no fault of the people in my life, I only have myself to blame. I’d put my own care on the back burner and ended up in a rut that I felt like I couldn’t get out of. I’ve done a lot to invest in myself this year and to be the best me that I can be. It probably comes as no surprise that as I’ve become a better version of myself, I'm better in the other roles that I fill in my life as well.

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Cold Weather Date Night Idea - Hot Chocolate Tasting

Drinking hot chocolate together has been one of mine and Joe's favorite things to do since early on in our relationship. It can be a quick way to get some quality time in together at the end of a long day, when you have an afternoon off work together or after the kids have gone to bed. Whether you're stuck at home, have a couple of hours to spare or are looking for something fun to fill an entire afternoon, a hot chocolate tasting would make a really fun date night!

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Five People Who Should Consider Life Insurance in their 20's

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately for two reasons. One, Joe and I just transitioned our life insurance policies over to another company so we've been discussing the topic frequently. Two, I've heard of so many people passing away lately and not only are their families left behind, mourning the loss of their loved one, I've often heard mentioned the financial burden that they are left with at well.

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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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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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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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Viewing Debt as 'Ours' vs. 'Mine' and 'Yours' in Marriage

I hear about so many couples combining their finances when they get married but keeping their debts separate. If I'm being honest, I cringe every time I hear about one of those couples. It hurts me even more than when I hear that they keep all of their finances separate, but I'll save that topic for another post. If you share the same goals for what you want to spend your money on and what you are saving up to do in the future, but you are divided on getting rid of the payments that are keeping you from reaching those goals faster, it will divide the two of you as a couple as well.

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Free Drive In Movie Date At Home

One of my favorite summer traditions is going to the drive-in or checking out the local movies in the park series. Our current stage of life comes with few obstacles that keep us from enjoying those activities for date night as often as we'd like. So we've found fun ways to switch up our movie dates with this fun at home alternative. You don't have to have a projector or a fancy setup to enjoy this date. But if you choose to "go big or go home", that's ok too!

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Why You Should Take a Marriage Moon Together

You've heard of the honeymoon and the babymoon, but have you ever been on a marriagemoon? We have been on a lot but until now, we've never called them that. At least twice a year, we take a night or two and get away for a romantic weekend, or I guess a second honeymoon together. We usually stay close and we don't spend much money, but we make it special and we use the time to connect with each other. We've been doing this since the beginning of our marriage and it's always been a game changer.

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The Best Date Night Subscription Boxes for Married Couples

I've put this post together as a resource to share with those people who are looking for monthly subscription options for date nights at home. I've scoured the internet and social media looking for subscription companies that are currently in business. In this post, you'll find a link to each one, pricing information and what makes them unique in the date box subscription world. Some of the companies have offered an exclusive promo code for my readers to test out their date night box. Pay close attention to the expiration dates on the ones that you're hoping to redeem because a couple are only good for the next month or so.

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Date Night In - A Date Night At Home Cookbook

The Date Night In Cookbook takes at home date nights to a new level. With full meal menus for every season, and date night inspiration behind each one, there’s a recipe in this cookbook for everyone. Be more intentional with your date night at home and prepare a meal together for your date. "Whether you love cooking together, are looking for ways to change up your date night routine, aren't going out as often to save money or are looking for new hobbies to enjoy together, I think you'll love the Date Night In cookbook. "Date Night In is the story of nourishing a relationship and the food that brings us together."

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How Your Marriage Could Benefit from a Few Date Nights at Home

A lot of stages in life make it difficult to get out of the house or put money toward a babysitter and a date every single week. The good news is, you don't have to wait until you have extra cash, a night off or even a large chunk of time together to go on a date. At home date nights have become one of our favorite things over the last couple of years and they could benefit your marriage as well. By being more intentional and a tiny bit creative with your time at home, at least one night a week, you can still make date night a priority in your marriage every single week.

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