Author: Eric

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to place a successful anniversary

5 Ways to Plan a Successful Anniversary

It’s that time of year again, when you and your honey are preparing to celebrate another year of wedded bliss, or if you are dating, another year of happy partnership. These events should always be memorable and special. However, it seems that this may become a hard event to plan when you are in the middle of the thing we all must tolerate, life. We feel the stress and anxiety that accompanies life as much as the next couple. Here are a few things that have helped us plan successful and relaxing anniversaries so far in our journey together. 1. Plan Ahead This may seem obvious but it is a must with any event. Set a reminder for yourself a month (or more if you’re thinking of traveling) in advance so you can actually have a moment to think about what you’d like to do. By planning ahead, you will circumvent one of the biggest things that creates distaste for anniversaries: stress. No one likes it and we are all combating it in our daily …

Free date night ideas: camping indoors

Free Date Night Ideas: Camping Indoors

With the winter holidays fresh in our memories, we’ve been searching for fun date night ideas. If your wallets are a little lighter than normal due to the holidays, we understand you. With that in mind, we wanted to factor both the winter season and our budget into this date idea. We landed on camping indoors because who doesn’t like to build a tent out of blankets? It’s not just for kids anymore my friends. I’m sure most can agree it’s good to mix things up every once in a while, so why not do that with your house? Now you can go the whole nine yards and pull out the sleeping bags, assemble the tent in the house and drag out camping equipment but let’s face it, you are at home and camping can be so much more comfortable. We drug our mattress out of the bedroom and laid it in the middle of our apartment, spread all of our blankets around, hung some of our Christmas lights up to create that “starry night” …

6 Valuable Things I Learned in my First Year of Marriage (from the guys perspective)

6 Valuable Lessons I Learned in the First Year of Marriage (from the Man’s Perspective)

The following points illustrate things that I have learned through my first year of marriage as a husband. These are not necessarily words to live but merely lessons that my wife and I are hoping will be valuable to our wonderful readers out there. I have heard, like most men have, the age old proverb, “happy wife, happy life”. While that is generally a fair piece of advice that was communicated to me on my wedding day, I couldn’t help but wonder “how do I go about that in the best way?!?!” So this is a compilation of my knowledge around that very question. 1. Pay Attention Self-admittedly I am still working on this particular point, but it should be said. As a guy, I tend to get laser focused on one thing at a time and my wife is able to juggle ten thoughts at once. You can see where conflict can come into play. One of the things I have noticed is that while I am never able to multitask effectively, making sure …

Best Places for Coffee in Providence RI

Best Coffee Shops in Providence RI

Coffee is an integral part of American life these days. Most of the time it provides the kick we all need in the morning to get our day started. While this may be the typical association with coffee, it can also be a great catalyst for a first date or a laid back date. We have scowered Providence to highlight some exceptional coffee shops that each bring their own flair to the joy that is coffee (for those that do not drink coffee, what is wrong with you? Just kidding, or am I???) New Harvest Coffee and Spirits (@nharvestcoffee) Located in the oldest indoor mall in America, this establishment has a very relaxed atmosphere with ample seating, wonderful coffee and pastries. They roast all of their own coffee and distribute it around Providence to various establishments so you can expect some killer quality. One of the stand out features about this coffee shop is that they offer a large selection of whiskey for those later hours when coffee might not be the drink of choice. …

How to Survive the In-Laws

For all the married couples out there that do not necessarily see eye to eye with their respective father or mother-in-law, this is a post that we have learned from our past and present experiences with our in-laws. To give a little background on a sometimes touchy subject for most couple, my wife’s parents came out to visit us for about two weeks. As previously stated, we don’t necessarily see eye to eye on everything so my wife and I started writing down a list of the things we learned to help keep our sanity while maintaining a strong marriage the next time we are graced with presence. 1.  Remember you are a team This is a preparation step for when you are planning the sequence of events upon your in-laws arrival and it might be the most important. The first thing to remember is that you are a team by having a conversation before they arrive and agreeing that you and your spouse are united and support each other no matter what. This is …

Los Andes: Peruvian Delight

Every so often we like to talk about a place to go spend your hard earned money on that special someone. The proverbial dinner and a movie date idea seems so cliché at times, however we do want to go out and enjoy some delicious food without having to put the effort in to create it. I’m sure a lot of people can relate. This gem of a restaurant, nestled in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Providence, is a wonderful place to come enjoy some Latin cuisine with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant we are writing about is Los Andes. To start, this place is usually packed as it is no secret to the Providence local so make sure to try and call ahead a week in advance (maybe two sometimes) in order to ensure a reservation. One of the cool things about this place is even though the building is rather unassuming on the outside, the inside is very nicely executed. There is also free valet when you pull up, which makes it …

The Dorrance

Downtown Providence is a hot bed for great places to eat. On this particular evening, we decided to go to The Dorrance on the corner of Westminster and Dorrance St. Once you step through the revolving doors of The Dorrance, it looks as if you have taken a step back in time. You are immediately confronted by a rather long bar, but before you think this is just a bar, take a look around and immediately the level of class sky rockets. The high vaulted ceilings are splashed with maroon and cream with gold ascents that look like they are from the Gilded Age. This may all seem very picturesque, and believe me it is, but once we made our way to our seats, the night just kept getting better. Given this was more of a special occasion for us, we decided to have a drink to get the night started. The cocktail list is worth the read as the house specials are cleverly crafted and if you aren’t interested in those, you can always …

Greek Dinner Recipe - Tzatziki Sauce, Pita Bread, Tabouleh and Chicken Souvlaki

Homemade Greek Dinner for Two

This was one of the first date night ideas I put together when my wife and I were newly dating. This is a dinner date that takes a lot of forethought and prep so if you are looking for a quick date night idea, you may want to rethink this one. This date was meant to impress and it definitely did, as evidenced by the rock that resides on my wife’s left hand. For those that are not very confident in their cooking skills, this dinner is fairly easy as the ingredients are minimal and the prep is intermediate. If all else fails, run down to your local greek restaurant. Now down to the details… Note: Actual ingredients and detailed instructions for each recipe is at the bottom. The dish I prepared was chicken souvlaki (chicken kebab if you need a visual) and pita bread with tzatziki sauce. My wife helped out by preparing tabouli (or tabbouleh? Who cares! It tastes good!) to add some veggies and color to the plate. Stopping right there, this …

Dinner by the River: Waterman Grille

This is a glimpse into one of the first date nights my lovely wife and I engaged in when we moved to the beautiful state of Rhode Island. The lead up to this date was actually a story in itself but to cut it short, our gas stove was not working and we didn’t have a microwave yet so we decided to make it a date night and venture out into the unknown. You know when you walk into a candy store and all of the sudden you have no idea what to get because you have every option in the world? Well that is exactly the situation we were in. We had been in Providence maybe one day and now we had to navigate the culinary landscape that Providence has to offer, which is no easy feat. We figured we would go somewhere relatively close and we landed on Waterman Grille. First off, we had no idea what to expect with this but we knew it was considered a finer dining experience (based off …