Author: Stacey

5 Reasons Why Date Night Could Save Your Marriage

5 Reasons Why Date Night Could Save Your Marriage

We have something to admit to you. We’ve skipped date night. A lot. Gasp. I know. We’re terrible people. Ok, all sarcasm aside, it really is a big deal for us. I mean, we create content for our website  ENTIRELY about date nights. So if we’re not keeping ourselves accountable in our marriage, how are we supposed to help you stay accountable to dating in your marriage? But on the flip side, we can relate to you. There’s this little thing called life – I’m sure you’ve heard of it – and it loves to do things like make you jump through flaming hoops of fire. Ok, I admit our lives are a little crazy right now and that is an over exaggeration. Life can hit and it can certainly make you busy with the end result being you and your partner missing date nights as the weeks go on. Ok, Stacey, what’s the big fuss? We do date night on occasion, we have much bigger things to worry about, and our marriage is fine. …

50 Romantic Questions to Get to Know Your Spouse

50 Romantic Questions to Get to Know Your Spouse

Do you need more intimacy in your marriage? Or are you newly married and want to know the romantic side of your partner? Or do you want to keep the flame going in your relationship and could use some creative ideas? Either way, talking a pause in the day and carving out time to talk, focus on each other, and even find out something new you didn’t know about your partner will build intimacy in your relationship. Wherever your marriage is at, we have come up with 50 (some fun, some sexy, some thought provoking, but all romantic) questions to ask each other on date night. Find a quiet place, get comfy, light some candles, follow the instructions below and let the conversation begin! For a sampling of some of the questions look further down the post. To download a date night ready printable PDF containing all 50 questions with instructions included, purchase below. Take this date night wherever your hearts’ desire! Questions: What makes you feel the most loved? What’s your dream date night? …

15 Guaranteed-to-Win Gifts for Him

15 Guaranteed-to-Win Gifts for Him

Behold. The holy grail. A list of gift ideas that are sure to impress the man in your life. Let’s be real. Shopping for your man for the holidays, anniversary, or birthday can be one of the hardest things to do. Speaking from experience, my husband tends to have everything that he needs and I usually have to get a little creative every Christmas and birthday. So with that, I’m here to help take some pressure off of your gift giving celebration and provide you with a tried and true list of ideas your man will love! Hopefully your gift shopping will be a little easier than mine 😉 Luxury pen – This isn’t just your run of the mill ball point pen from Staples. Make your man feel like million dollars while he’s at work. Check out Tiffany & Co., Cross, or Parker to name a few. Some will even do an engraving for you. A nice framed picture of the two of you together – This one doesn’t hit the piggy bank and …

30+ Date Night Ideas for Foodies (Other than Going to a Restaurant)

30+ Date Night Ideas for Foodies

Tired of the same old local restaurants or the stereotypical dinner and a move date nights? We’ve got just the thing for you (well, 33 to be exact). Whether you’re on a budget, bored and in a foodie rut, or just looking for some ideas to spice up your night together, we’ve go you covered with some fun date night ideas for fellow food lovers. Bon appétit! Try a new recipe together – have a favorite dish at a local restaurant? Or are you up for the a culinary challenge? Make a fancy dinner from scratch at home. Our favorite cookbook for date nights at home is Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hock at Home”. We’ve also got some of our favorite date night recipes right here on the blog. Make tapas and snack all night – I love tapas because I can never decide on what I want to cook. Make appetizer serving sizes of your favorite dishes to share with your sweetie. Chocolate and pink champagne – pick up an assortment of chocolate truffles from …

65 date night ideas for active adventurous or outdoorsy couples

60+ Date Night Ideas for Active, Adventurous, or Outdoorsy Couples

Date nights don’t always have to be dinner and a movie. Whether you and your spouse love being outdoors, getting some exercise in, or enjoy trying something new, you’ll hopefully find something in this list that will give you a fun activity to try out for date night! Go kayaking – whether you rent or own kayaks, live by a river, lake, or ocean, hit the water with your boo for some awesome views and a good work out together. Go hammocking – you might laugh at this one, but this is seriously one of our favorite activities together. Though there’s no workout involved (unless you hike), it’s a great way to do something different and get outside together. Check out our version of this fun and unique idea! Go hiking – this is a great work out and you can experience some amazing adventures together. This is one of our favorite day date ideas to do on the weekends! If you live in the New England area, check out our hiking adventure at Beavertail State …

8 ways support your spouse when they lose their job

8 Ways Support Your Spouse When They Lose Their Job

This month, we’ve been faced with something we’re never been through. A layoff from work. If you’re a seasoned human being, I’m sure you’ve been through it. It happens to many of us. But this is our first time. And it’s rough. If you’re going through a job loss with your spouse, we’re here to encourage you. We want to lift you up in this time of trial because trust us, it can be trying on a marriage. So as we’re going through this as a family, I thought why not share some valuable lessons we’ve learned on this journey. 1. Have a “it’s not the end of the world” mindset Really, it’s not. It’s a job. It’s not who you or your spouse are as individuals. It’s actually temporary if you look at the entire span of your life. Okay, I might be getting a little too deep a little too quick, but a job really is a season, not a lifetime. 2. Be constructive, not destructive This is not the time to grill …

Fun and Frugal Date Night Idea: DIY Nerf Gun Game

Fun and Frugal Date Night Idea: DIY Nerf Gun Game

Sometimes it’s a little fun to get goofy and have an unconventional date night. That’s why we came up with a fun DIY target practice date night for you and your special someone to try your hand in Nerf gun skills. Whether it’s just you and your boo or the whole family, get ready to have some fun. Perfect for anyone on a budget, a great stay-out-home date idea, or to celebrate your husband on Father’s Day. What you’ll need: 10 paper or plastic disposable cups (smaller cups are more challenging) Scotch tape Scissors One Nerf gun Nerf gun amo (this game calls for 10 shots per round) A large area in the house with no breakables around (a dining table works great!) This PDF printable for targets and score cards Paper A printer Instructions: Print the PDF targets and score cards then cut them out. Put the score cards aside; you’ll be using those during game play. Tape your cut out targets to the outside, upper part of the cup. If you have smaller …

Our Top Ten 2017 Posts for Marriage Resources and Date Ideas

Our Top Ten 2017 Posts for Marriage Resources and Date Ideas

We’ve successfully reached a second year in blogging and we have a lot to celebrate. We have an ever growing and amazing community of 5,000+ readers, we’ve written 94 posts, and have spent countless hours planning, researching, writing, photographing, and learning. We’ve even started a monthly newsletter, and have collaborated with fellow relationship bloggers and date night worthy products and services. The long hours haven’t been easy but it’s certainly been worth it! So in celebration of our two year blogiversary, here’s a round up of the top ten articles that became everyone’s favorite over the past year. 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 Maybe you’ve been married for a while and the conversation has run dry. Maybe you’re newly married or engaged and want to know your partner on a deeper level. Or maybe you two are so …

10 Ways to Become an Expert Communicator in Your Marriage

10 Ways to Become an Expert Communicator in Your Marriage

Most marriage conflicts are caused by one issue: miscommunication. Communication seems simple. You talk, then your spouse talks, then you’re good! Right? Communication is a complex topic. Not only do people communicate differently but there are also multiple ways to communicate such as intention, tone, frequency, verbalization, and even physical. We have issues that every other marriage couple faces: in-laws, both families living on the other side of the country on opposite ends (always a touchy conversation regarding splitting the holidays), financial issues, heath problems, you name it. But we’ve resolved every single one of our fights within one hour or less through intentional communication in our marriage. We’ve simplified communication in marriage and compiled our experience into 10 easy-to-accomplish ways to become a pro-communicator with your spouse. 1. Replace nagging with encouragement Nagging doesn’t get you anywhere. It’s negative and belittles your spouse. When you change your nagging to encouragement, your spouse will be happier to respond and will feel respected. Start finding things your spouse does around the house that makes you happy …

50 Fun "Would You Rather" Questions to Get to Know Your Spouse

50 Fun “Would You Rather” Questions to Get to Know Your Spouse

Need a fun activity for date night that really gets the laughs and conversation flowing? Newly married or engaged and want to get know your partner even more? We’ve come up with some fun (and a few funny), thought provoking questions for you and your partner to get a little closer and laugh together. Find a quiet place, get comfy, light some candles, follow the instructions below and let the conversation begin! For a sampling of some of the questions look further down the post. To download a date night ready printable PDF containing all 50 questions with instructions included, purchase below. Take this date night wherever your hearts’ desire! Questions: Would you rather travel to the past or the future? Would you rather have hard fails or easy wins? Would you rather have an all-inclusive vacation on a tropical island or an all-inclusive historical journey through Europe? Would you rather have more money or more time? Would you rather hit the pause button on your life or the rewind button? Would you rather believe ignorance …

20 Ways to Appreciate Your Spouse and Stop Complacency From Damaging Your Marriage

Complacency is a nasty little thing. It’s a dangerous habit in marriage that’s easy to fall into and  can result in taking your significant other for granted. Time slips by and so do jobs, bills, kids, house, and family responsibilities. Before you know it, you and your spouse have no time to connect and you’re putting your relationship on auto-pilot. The best way to fight complacency in marriage is through appreciation. Here are 20 easy actions you can do to appreciate your spouse and stop complacency dead in its tracks. Bring your spouse flowers. Send your spouse appreciative text messages. Leave Post-It notes on the bathroom mirror telling your spouse how you appreciate them. Leave a letter of appreciation in your spouse’s car. Pack a note of appreciation into your spouse’s lunch box. Make your spouse a special dinner just because. Remember to say thank you when your spouse does something small for you. Remember to be appreciative if your spouse does something big for you. Buy your spouse a small gift to show them …

5 Successful Ways to Manage Expectations in Your Marriage

5 Successful Ways to Manage Expectations in Your Marriage

A lot of marital issues come from unmet expectations. It’s inevitable that when two people come together, there will be disappointment when it comes to building a life together.  Often times though, the pain of unmet expectations can be prevented. Let go of your assumptions and unrealistic expectations in a marriage by following these five helpful tips. 1. Communicate! The number one reason why there are so many let down expectations is due to lack of communication. If you can really grasp how to communicate with your partner, you’ll see an immediate increase in met expectations. 2. Needs versus wants This is a great question to ask yourself before or during the moment you feel your expectations aren’t being met. What do you really need versus what do you really want? Draw a line for yourself in between these two. For example, if you and your partner are going on vacation, make a list of things you need to make you happy. Mine is a nice place to stay with good service, a pool and …

Sexy Easter Egg Hunt - Add a Spark to Your Marriage!

Sexy Easter Egg Hunt – Add a Spark to Your Marriage!

This date night idea is not for those who blush easily. If you’re looking to add a spark to your marriage, we have a fun, spring themed activity to get the engines of romance revving. This is an adult, married couple Easter egg hunt that does not include jelly beans! Put the kiddos to bed and let the hunt begin.   Instructions Download, print, and cut out the PDF or write these ideas on stickies. If there’s any that make you feel uncomfortable, you don’t need to include them. Download here Purchase 3 of 12 packs of empty plastic Easter eggs. Stuff the Easter eggs with the sexy ideas. Put the kids to bed or find a baby sitter! Toss the eggs around the bedroom, living room, and dining room. Ready, set, go! It’s time for your spouse and you to collect as many as possible. Open your eggs when your ready to use them and follow the instructions on the papers in the eggs. I recommend both you and your spouse opening a few …

San Pedro, Belize

Everything You Need to Know for a Week in San Pedro, Belize

If you have been following us on Instagram, you’ve seen us post some dreamy, tropical photos lately. After a few months of hard work at our day jobs while balancing the blog and home life, Eric and I were in desperate need of a getaway. With that, we met Eric’s family for some good, ol’ fashioned R and R in the sunshine and aqua ocean of San Pedro, Belize. I think the main lesson for me during this vacation was to unplug! I’m a web designer by trade so I am constantly plugged in. The good news was internet connectivity was spotty. Just what I needed! Though it was tempting at first, I soon found myself only needing my phone to take a million, dreamy summer pictures. I even stopped paying attention to the time and what day it was. I call that a success! I was really able to finally relax for once and engulf myself in the tropical paradise of San Pedro. This being my first real international trip (Mexico and Canada don’t …

Antique Store Scavenger Hunt Date Night

Antique Store Scavenger Hunt Date Night – with Free PDF Download

A scavenger hunt at an antique store is the perfect winter date idea for those rainy or snowy nights when you want to leave the house and do something other than the age old dinner and a movie. It’s fun to dig through the past finding a few treasures but mostly trash. It’s also a great budget date night! And who knows, you might find a sweet deal on an item or a fun trinket to commemorate the night. Here’s a list of thirty items to find. Split up and race each other if you’re the competitive type. Don’t forget to take photos for proof! Or find the items together, laughing at all of the odd novelties along the way. Download the scavenger hunt list here. Print and check off the items as you find them. Child’s highchair Glass chandelier Tea set Suitcase Copper teapot Sowing machine Toy car Child’s doll Type writer Globe Tea tin Cook book Gaudy broach Fur coat Hand mixer Candelabra Jacket with shoulder pads Turquoise jewelry Apron Clock Sequined dress …