Oven Baked Ribs and Homemade Drop Rolls - Date Night At Home Meal

We've gotten really good at grilling or smoking ribs, but during the colder months when we don't want to cook outside, we miss this recipe so I decided that this year we will make them four different ways (in the oven, crock-pot, grill and smoker) and share our technique for each of those with you!

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Our Favorite Christmas Eve Tradition

We (well, maybe just me) loved the idea so much that I convinced Joe to make it a tradition and open our gifts at midnight every year since. Except, if I’m being honest, we don’t make it to midnight anymore because we’re way too tired. Instead, we’ve made it a Christmas Eve tradition to do after we’ve helped Santa and made sure everything is ready at our house for Christmas morning. It’s a tradition that will actually serve a purpose for the rest of our marriage!

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Christmas Lights Drive - Holiday Date Idea

The first Christmas that we were married, I had a fun and low key idea for a date night tradition that I hoped we would continue for years to come. Rather than walking around somewhere to look at a Christmas lights display, I thought it would more enjoyable to drive around one night and see as many different lights as possible. That first year, we stopped to grab a cup of hot chocolate and drove up into some of the wealthier neighborhoods on the mountain, listening to Christmas music while we looked at their lights. We had such a good time that we’ve made that drive every year since.

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Christmas Cookie Decorating Date Night + The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Rather than having my own sugar cookie decorating party to get gifts ready for neighbors and our contribution ready for parties, I invite Joe to join me and we make a date of it. Some times he helps me frost, but most times he’s the taste tester every step of the way. We turn on Christmas music or bring the small TV up and watch a Christmas movie while we decorate. Sometimes we’ll get all of the decorating done while the kids are decorating their cookies at the kitchen table, but a lot of times I opt to wait until they have gone to bed or are taking their naps.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping - At Home Date Night Idea

Are you a wrap presents as you purchase them type person or do you wait until the weekend before Christmas and wrap them all at once. I tend to do the latter because I like to get it all done in one sitting. The last couple of years, we’ve made a date night out of wrapping Christmas gifts and it makes the whole process a lot more fun! This at home date is perfect for a night when you don’t have family parties or other things going on. It gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company after the kids are in bed, while still crossing something off of your to do list.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Your Spouse

Stocking stuffers are my husband's most dreaded thing to shop for and my favorite! Last year when we were out shopping for gifts with the kids, I pointed out a few great stocking stuffer gifts that I would love to hopefully help my husband out. In my stocking a few weeks later, I found a plethora of face and food masks. I have loved and used them all but I couldn’t help but giggle that he had focused on one of the suggestions I gave him and went to town. This year I’m hoping that this post of ideas will help him and other spouses out there who stress out about what to put in their loved one’s stockings!

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Holiday Traditions for Married Couples

The holidays are a lot of fun but they can also be crazy and chaotic. Amidst the chaos, it can be easy to let your marriage take the backseat to all of the family parties and activities that you have planned. Don’t let the fun that you have planned for the holidays take the place of the fun that you would usually be having together. Instead, create traditions that give you an opportunity to stay connected and increase the romance in your marriage through the holidays.

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Three Ways to Make Your Marriage a Priority During the Holiday Season

We’re heading into the busiest time of the year and I’m already thinking about how I’m going to make sure Joe and I are making each other a priority daily. Last year during the holidays season, our schedules got consumed with family parties, work events, church activities and Joe’s heavy load at work. I know that we aren’t the only ones who struggle to find time to connect with each other during the hustle and bustle of the holiday. These are the things that we are planning to do over the next month to ensure that we are making time for each other and that we keep our marriage strong as we head into the new year.

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Dividing Your Time with Both of Your Families During the Holidays and All Year Long

“How do you divide your time between the two of your families for the holidays?” It's one of the questions I get asked the most this time of year and one of the things that I think married couples worry about the most. Deciding how to spend your time for the holidays, which family traditions to participate, and making sure that you get quality time with each of your families while leaving room in the schedule for quiet nights at home and your own traditions can be a challenge.

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How Often Are You Thanking Your Spouse?

A few years, Joe and I filled up a Thankful Jar for the entire month of November. It was a great opportunity for me to recognize all of the ways that Joe blesses my life! I started to notice how many things I had been taking for granted. It made me realize that I don't say “thank you” to my husband nearly enough. I feel like there are some things I had started expecting him to do just because we are married. Although I don’t feel like you need to thank your spouse for every little thing they do, I do think that I could be a bit more verbally grateful to him for all of the things he does for me on a daily basis.

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The Breakfast Food That Makes Me a "Fun Mom"

Belgian Waffles with fruit, ice cream and Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce are more of a dessert, but because they're waffles, I justify eating them for dinner and even breakfast. This is one of my favorite foods from childhood and one that I always looked forward to introducing my future family to. This is a meal that can turn an ordinary day into a special occasion! I'd like to think that meals like this make me a "fun mom" in the eyes of my kids.

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PJ's, Pizza and Popcorn Picnic - A New Family Tradition

In my three years as a parent, I've found the saying, "Everything is more fun with kids" to be true. Holidays are more fun and every time our kids experience something new for the first time, I feel like it's more exciting for us than it is for them. Recently we've started sharing our favorite songs, books and movies from when we were growing up with the kids and it's been a lot of fun! For years I've had this idea for a family tradition, and now that our kids are old enough to enjoy movies and sit through them, we're ready to make it a monthly thing.

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Buttermilk Pancakes and New Traditions

I've always had dreams of enjoying a big breakfast together as a family every Saturday or Sunday morning. Waking up to the smell of pancakes and eggs on the weekend was one of my favorite parts of growing up. We also had hot cereal every Sunday morning because it was quick and kept us full through church meetings. Unfortunately, rotating church times and our Saturday work schedules over the years have prevented this from becoming a regular tradition in our little family. Then a few weeks ago I saw someone mention that they have one night a week set aside to eat breakfast for dinner and I realized that was the answer to all of my problems!

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Finding Balance in My Life - Making Time for Me

Taking care of myself has become important, no matter what my schedule looks like or how impossible it may seem some days. I have started setting aside half an hour to an hour of time at the end of every day for myself. I stop cleaning and don't try to cross any other projects off of my to do list. I have my activities that I love to do, some that last an hour or more and others that take only ten minutes. And I almost always enjoy a treat during my me-time, just like my mom always did when I was younger.

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