Year: 2016

Romantic scanvenger hunt date night

Romantic Scavenger Hunt Date Night

I’m sure you’ve done tons of scavenger hunts in your day, collecting random items with a group of friends for a probably not-so-great prize. When doing a scavenger hunt for our own date night, a lot of the items on lists we found seemed random. What did light bulbs and an old newspapers have to do with date night any way? So as we do here at Tonight’s Better Together, we came up with our own fun, creative list that’s romantic and perfect for date night. Scavenger Hunt Instructions: Below is a list of items to find. You can find these items in your neighborhood, the mall, the grocery store and your own home. The sky’s the limit! You can also download the PDF for easy traveling and checking off your found items. It’s fun to come together and see what each of you has come up with and it’s also fun to go on the adventure together. That’s why some items on this list you will need to split up for and others you …

Day date on Block Island, RI

Day Date on Block Island, RI

Most people are familiar with locations like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket Island. Memories of warm summer days with Atlantic Ocean breezes may come flooding through your conscious mind. A fun fact, Martha’s Vineyard was where the original Jaws movie was shot, but you can relax because the shark was fake and anytime a great white gets anywhere near a beach the authorities are hot on its tail. However, there is a lesser known Island off the coast of Rhode Island that, in our opinion, could be better than any of the aforementioned locations. Block Island is a small island that is just a ferry ride away for any who wish to enjoy its shores. With the summer heat in full swing, my wife and I decided to take a day for ourselves and go find some cooler climates. We landed on Block Island as we had not been there before and we had only heard good things from friends. We were pleasantly surprised to find this to be a relaxing day for two. …

Boston Must Try Restaurants: Deuxave Review

Boston Must Try Restaurants: Deuxave Review

Located in the beautiful Back Bay of Boston, Deuxave is located at 371 Commonwealth Ave. The plates served up here are contemporary French with fresh American ingredients. My favorite! And here’s a fun fact about the restaurant for us Rhody’s: the chef studied in Providence, Rhode Island. Howdy neighbor! The atmosphere of Deuxave is relaxed but sophisticated. The decor is beautiful but you also don’t feel out of place if you come dressed in jeans. Our favorite part of this place is the outdoor seating, which is perfect on a summer night. It’s hard to find a restaurant in Boston with ample outdoor seating, but Deuxave has a cozy patio that fits 30 people so you can enjoy the outdoors in an intimate setting. Enjoy views of the historical district and park (then again every place in Boston is historical) while enjoying a glass of wine and a delicious plate of food. Regarding the parking, good luck finding a spot. Due to it’s popular location, it’s slim pickings. Skip the endless search and go straight for …

Hammock Date Night

Summer Date Ideas: Hammock Together

While fold out chairs have been the gold standard for enjoying sunny summer days, the hammock is the completely underrated runner up. We thought investing in a hammock would add some flavor to our summer days and we were instantly overjoyed when we were right. While you’re sitting atop a heap of metal and plastic, you could be gently swaying in the wind between two trees strengthened by time and patience. Okay, I get that my description is a little too picturesque but hammocks are just better. One fateful summer evening, we decided to head down to India Point Park in Providence, RI. The temperature was in the mid 80’s and was dropping as the sun was dipping lower in the sky. We found a spot between two trees with sufficient strength atop a small null in the middle of the park. It was the perfect spot to either watch the walkers go by or see what the local fishermen were pulling in. It was made all the better by snuggling with my wife and …

Seared Tuna Ahi Salad Recipe

Summer Date Ideas: Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Recipe

Summer evokes a lot of memories for many people. It could be the feel of the warm summer sun on your skin or even the cool ocean waters on your feet. Often times it’s the smell of barbecue from the grill. We completely agree, but we also enjoy a cold and crisp salad with some seared fish to top it off. When the humidity of the New England summer sweeps through like a rushing stampede, if there is anything that makes us think cool thoughts, we are on board. This dish was born out of an early date in our relationship. Given that I made the first move, our first couple of dates were orchestrated by me. Then I challenged my at the time girlfriend to cook dinner. I could not have prepared for what was to come. It was a delicious meal composed of greens and fresh ahi tuna all why we watched the San Diego skyline light up the sky from Coronado Island in a small, hidden park on the water. This particular …

Providence, RI Must Try Restaurants: Local 121 Review

Brunch tends to be forgotten when it comes time to plan a “date night”. Date morning just sounds wrong. But despite how weird it sounds, brunch dates are great for changing up the scene and having a relaxing start to the day. For this “date morning”, we decided to double date it and meet up with another lovely couple at Local 121. The restaurant is nestled in Downcity of Providence, Rhode Island at 121 Washington St. The dinning experience is in a space that was home to a prior hotel and has been beautifully restored. All of the building architecture and even the décor is art deco. It feels like you’re traveling back in time as soon as you approach the building. The dimly lit dinning room, comfy leather chairs and large high back booths make your dining experience feel more secluded and is perfect for a date. Don’t get confused when walking through the door though. The actual restaurant is straight ahead but their basement is home to a historical speakeasy that’s reserved for …

Six Relationship Lessons You can Learn from Pokémon Go

Have you ever thought back to your childhood days of the cartoons and characters you grew up and pretended with? Well as I’m sure a lot of you have heard, the mobile phone game Pokémon Go is allowing everyone the chance to live out their dreams of catching them all! We thought it would only make sense to try and incorporate this game into a date night, as my wife and I both grew up playing the games and watching the TV shows. While this outwardly adventurous game offers fun in groups and by yourself, there are a lot of lessons we took away that are useful for relationships. We realize this is really nerdy but please, bear with us as we tell you about our Poké adventure. Lesson #1: Be Willing The knee jerk reaction for many might be that they don’t want to play a childish game and maybe they don’t think of video games as fun. However, a willing heart and mind almost always leads to new self and relational discoveries. It …

Flintlock Trail, Rhode Island hiking

The Man Approved Outdoor Date Idea: Flintlock Trail, RI

It is the beginning of summer and we were asking ourselves, “What can we do outside for a date?” True to our form, we decided on a hike that we could involve our pup on. We love to hike as many people do, but we are not intense about it. We wanted something that would be challenging but have some gorgeous scenery, and most of all, secluded time to spend with each other. The fore-mentioned criteria led us to the Flintlock Trail in West Greenwich, RI. Before you decide to go romping through the woods of Rhode Island, I must warn you. Make sure you have drenched yourself in tick repellent as well as given your pet the proper preventative measures. Due to the incredibly warm winter we have had (thanks global warming), the tick population has boomed and so please plan accordingly. We want you to have the best experience possible. With that out of the way, we can start talking about much more interesting hiking topics rather than parasites. Flintlock Trail is nestled …

Boston must try restaurants: Ostra review

Boston Must Try Restaurants: Ostra Review

Every once and while, we adventure outside of Providence and head into the next closest food meca: good ol’ Boston. This time we decided to try Ostra, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant that seemed like the perfect place for a special night out. Although their food has a Mediterranean flair, the decor is intriguing but clean and contemporary. You’re greeted with crisp, white walls, a cool black and white octopus painted onto them and metal horseshoe crabs intermediately hung in varying places. There’s a slick bar area that turns into a view of the kitchen and a beautiful spread of oysters on ice. The dinning room is large and open, with high ceilings, white pendant lanterns that look like jellyfish, giant black and white photos of the sea, and tables plated with cool horseshoe crab charger plates that I wanted for my own home. I feel like I just keep saying cool over and over again, and really, that’s the best way to sum it up. The atmosphere certainly leaves quite the impression and you definitely …

8 Ways to Prevent Long Commutes from Ruining Your Marriage

8 Ways to Prevent Long Commutes from Ruining Your Marriage

Chances of divorce and infidelity can happen when one or both spouses are commuting long distances. Based on a 10 year study in Sweden,  couples that have commutes 45 minutes or more have an increased chance of divorce by 40%. Not only are there these statics, but there are an overwhelming amount of infographs on Pinterest and headlines on popular sites that read “Couples with Long Commutes are More Likely to Divorce ” and “The Rise of the Super Commuter and the Fall of the Marriage”. It’s enough to make any commuting couple, with a healthy or strained marriage, fear for their relationship. We’ve been in a celebration mood for the last couple months, partly because of my husband’s successful completion of his MBA and partially because he had a job as soon as the diploma was in hand. However, a reality has recently set in on the arrival of his dream job. He commutes an hour to work and an hour back home. Sometimes more depending on traffic. Plus business trips. Uh oh. More …

Budget Date Night Ideas - Do a puzzle together

Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas: Pizza and Puzzles

Before we go into our usual talk about a fun date night idea that you and your’s should add to your arsenal, I would like to point out the accomplishment of getting two words with double “Z”s into the title. Just saying… All kidding aside, my wife and I wanted to do something fun and different but not break the bank. We pondered about what might be fun, but also allow us to spend quality time with each other. The idea struck me and it seemed so obvious after that point. Let’s do a puzzle! Generally speaking, I had not done a puzzle since I was much younger and even then, it seemed like something I did when it was cold outside or camping in the woods with no television. But in all reality, doing a puzzle with your significant other is a great time to communicate and relax. Especially if you are taking on a 1,000 piece puzzle, you will undoubtedly need to talk about the pieces you are finding, if nothing else. The …

Cold Soba Noodle and Pork Salad

Summer Recipe: Cold Soba Noodle and Pork Salad

It’s not quite officially summer here in Providence, Rhode Island, but it sure feels like it. We live in a cute little Victorian house with no AC so as the days have been getting more hot and humid, our meals keep getting colder and colder with more salads and fruits. It’s a little tough to think of a cold meal in conjunction with date night. When you think of dinner dates, you typically think of a beautiful steak or a fancy fish. But with the early summer we’ve had, being in a hot kitchen and eating a hot meal afterwards sounds awful! We decided to get a little creative on date night and came up with a delicious cold soba noodle and pork salad recipe that we absolutely loved. Yes, I know what your thinking. Noodles with salad? Cold noodles? Are you nuts? But I promise you, this is the best dang noodle bowl combination you’re going to want during the summer. And it’s great for date night because it’s more than just a salad. …

Providence restaurant review Mills Tavern

Providence, RI Must Try Restaurants: Mill’s Tavern Review

Everyone has their favorite restaurants that have the dishes they crave month in and month out. We all have these go to spots that offer up good times and fond memories. You may even have a reoccurring date night specific restaurant list. While it is never a bad thing to be intentional about date nights, there is always some room for a little change. Sometimes we all want to feel a little fancy and treat ourselves to something nice. Mill’s Tavern in downtown Providence offers an inviting atmosphere with a seasonal menu that always impresses. One of the obvious things that makes this restaurant great for a special occasion is the atmosphere. Don’t let the word tavern deter you. It’s far from that. Huge windows that let in the evening light, beautiful stone and wood walls, and soft romantic lights really set the tone for the night. Not to mention valet and overwhelmingly great service make the night feel seamless, special and relaxed. We began our evening with wine and appetizers. Additionally, the cocktail list …

Tonight's Better Togehter Top Ten Posts

Our Top Ten 2016 Posts for Marriage Resources and Date Ideas

The month of May marks our one year anniversary for our blog. We’ve made it! We’ve gotten through our first year and we’re reflecting on how amazing of a journey it’s been so far. We can’t believe how fast this year has flown by, how many incredible people who we’ve connected with, all of the adventures we’ve been on and the community that’s grown around this blog. In one year, we have an amazing community of 2,000 readers, we’ve written 57 posts, taken 5,208 photos and have spent countless hours planning, researching and learning. A very big thank you to all of our readers, commenters and new friends we met during this process. So in celebration of our one year blogiversary, here’s a round up of the top ten articles that became everyone’s favorite. If you’re not a weekly reader or if this is your first time here, this is a great way to get to know us. We invite you read and join the community. 1. 50 Questions to Really Get to Know Your Spouse …

Wicked Tulips: Spring things to do in Rhode Island

Spring Date Ideas: Tulip Picking in Rhode Island

Spring has officially sprung and the flowers are starting to bloom all over the place. It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and explore the no longer brutal outdoors. If you and your honey are looking for a fun and relaxing afternoon outside, then you should think about checking out Wicked Tulips. It’s an annual event that takes place in Johnston, RI at the Wicked Tulips Flower Farm. This is a great place to get a few selfies of you and your boo or just to take pictures of a lot of different varieties of tulips. Also, they keep half of the field open for picking so you can take home a wonderful assortment of tulips to remember your adventure. They charge $1 per tulip so budget appropriately. FULL DISCLOSURE: you will need to purchase tickets ahead of time via their website and they do tend to sell out quickly if you’re planning to go on the weekend. The best way to find out when the tickets go on sale is to sign up …