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Date night ideas for home

Since we are all spending more time at home now and I’ve had several questions regarding date night ideas at home. I compiled some of our favorites along with some ideas we are planning on trying this year.

Since we are all spending more time at home now and I’ve had several questions regarding date night ideas at home. I compiled some of our favorites along with some ideas we are planning on trying this year.

Spa Night

Back in April we decided to do a spa night. So we got a bubble bath ready, put on some relaxing music and put candles in our bathroom. We also gave each other a back massage. It was a great way to relax during a crazy season and a great way to spend time together since we weren’t able to go to a real spa.

Dinner and a movie in

Since we can’t really go to the movies right now, this one is a favorite of ours. We pick out a movie we want to watch and make a special dinner. Pop some popcorn and maybe bake some cookies and enjoy a movie night. To add some extra fun, try building a blanket fort around your TV. We did this during quarantine and it was great!

Car Picnic/Picnic in your backyard

This one is great for spring/summer nights. Several times in April and May we went to Chick Fil A and even our favorite pizza place in Frederick, MD and ordered to go food. We set up a blanket in the trunk of our car and ate our food together. You can also do this in your backyard during the nice warm days and make your own food for it.

Board Game Night

We love this one even when we aren’t in quarantine. We pick out a couple different board games, grab some snacks and play. It makes for some fun healthy competition. We even did this via zoom with my family too. Check out my other post on board games here.

Blind folded baker/ Bake off

We love baking in our house, but haven’t done this one yet. We plan on trying this one ASAP. You can blind fold your significant other and then bake something together, helping them with the baking.

Bowling in your hallway/mini golf at home

These two ideas are next on our lists to try. There are actual home bowling sets/mini golf sets you can find on amazon or you can make it fun and come up with stuff yourself. For bowling you can use plastic cups as the pins and a rubber ball for the bowling ball.

Star Gaze/ Bonfire with Smore’s

We love being outdoors in the evening during spring and fall. Grab yourself a blanket and some snacks and star gaze together. During the fall, we love using our bonfire outside and enjoying some Smore’s.

Coffee Tasting Night

If you love coffee this one will be fun! Grab some different samples of coffee and blind fold each other and try to guess the flavoring. Enjoy some biscotti or cookies during the process.

I hope that these date night ideas help you all during this time we are at home. Let me know in the comments if you all come up with some other fun ideas.

5 Tips for a healthy marriage

1. Always put God first, make time for a quiet time reading the Bible every morning.

This is so important for us to have a quiet time in the morning so we can focus our attention on God first. I find that it helps both of us to view each other through a better lens and helps us to be kind to each other. I highly recommend incorporating a quiet time in your daily routine.

2. Communicate and over communicate.

This one is key in any good relationship, but so important in marriage. We aren’t always the best at this one, but it’s so important to over communicate with each other about everything so you’re on the same page as each other and also so you don’t end up with unmet expectations for the other person. We talk about everything even to the smallest thing of telling each other when we are spending money on something. It helps us stay in tune with each other and on the same page.

3. Have a date night every week

We love our date nights and it’s so important to prioritize your spouse. Even if you have kids, it’s so important to take one day every week aside to have just you and your spouse. Our date nights range from at home movie and game nights to going out to dinner or even going away for the weekend for a small getaway. When we were first married, we didn’t have a lot of money to spend and it was hard on our marriage and we found it difficult at times to plan date nights, but a lot of times it would include a free activity like the pet store or chocolate world for us. Being creative and fun really helps bring your marriage to life.

4. Willing to sacrifice for the other person

This one is a very important one! It’s so essential to place one another’s needs above your own. When we were first married, it took us some time to learn this one. Sacrificing means putting the other persons needs or wants before your own. This takes time and practice to learn how to give up anything from time to things you expect or want.

5. Lots of hugs and kisses

This is so important in every relationship, especially in a marriage. It is said that if you hug someone 20 times a day they feel more loved. We try to hug and kiss each other often throughout the day.

These are the things we’ve found most helpful that have helped us to have a successful and healthy marriage. We are far from perfect and every relationship has it’s difficult seasons, but focusing on serving each other and loving each other through all seasons is so important!

Top 5 Favorite Restaurants in Melbourne, FL

This post is long over due from me as I get a lot of questions about FL even though I don’t live there, but visit about four times a year since my family lives there. One of our favorite things to do when traveling is to try our different restaurants and Melbourne, FL and the surrounding area has a lot of fantastic restaurants to choose from. I wanted to narrow it down to five of our top favorites when we visit.

1. Frigate’s Restaurant Bar and Grille

Florida has a lot of restaurants and bars that are on the water, but this one tops off all of them. The food and atmosphere are both excellent. The restaurant sits right on the Eau Gallie river and is surrounded by beautiful palm trees, twinkle lights, and a dock that goes out to the water. Almost all of the seating is outdoors and you just get that vacay vibe from it. All of their food is amazing, but I particularly love their market grouper that is fresh and can be made different ways with a sauce on top. You must try their sweet potato fries which come with a maple dipping sauce that is amazing. I also love their many cocktails including their red wine sangria. I’ve never had a bad meal there yet and always enjoy the views. Here are some pictures of the restaurant for reference.

2. Yellow Dog

We recently got to eat here with my parents for New Years Eve and it was SO good! It’s definitely on the pricier side, but the food is delicious! Everything on their menu we ordered was so good. They have lots of great fish, steak, chicken, seafood, and even duck on their menu. I got the maple chicken and it was delicious! They even had gluten free and dairy free bread for me as well. I also put a picture of it below for reference.

3. First Watch or Keke’s

These are our two favorite spots for brunch. Both have amazing and unique menus and offer a lot of gluten and dairy free options for me as well. My hubby loves the french toast at both places and I love getting the breakfast hash at both of those places as well. The coffee is also so great and First Watch even has non dairy creamer too!

4. Grilles

This one will always be a favorite to us as it is the place Corbin and I went to with our family after we got engaged. This is more of a casual waterfront restaurant. On the weekends they have live bands out on the patio and dancing and beautiful views of the water. Any of the seafood and fish items are delicious and they have amazing fries!

5. Sands on the beach

If you’re looking for a beachside restaurant this is a great place! It sits right on the beach and has access to the beach from the restaurant. The food is great! I love their salads for lunch and fish for dinner as well. I also love that you can grab a drink and go spend some time on the beach at the same time.

Bonus: Fat Donkey Ice Cream or Del’s Ice Cream

This one is a bonus for you all! Fat Donkey is our absolute favorite place to grab ice cream in the local area. They have a ton of ice cream options and also a non dairy menu which I love of course! If you’re looking for non dairy try their chocolate almond fudge flavor. We used to love Del’s when I could eat regular ice cream, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you don’t have any allergies in the family.

I get so excited sharing all of these restaurants with you all and it makes me excited to visit these places the next time I go! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been to any of these places or tried them and what your favorite dish is!

Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and it’s one of those years where we all have to be creative with our date nights! I wanted to share our top 6 ideas for a unique Valentine’s Day Date night experience at home.

Themed Dinner and Movie Night at home

We love doing dinner and a movie at home and making it really special with dinner and also popcorn and cookies. I love the idea of a themed dinner though and I would go the extra mile to make it special. Last year for May the 4th, we watched Star Wars movies and made some green milk and cookies. It was so much fun to have a theme to it. So maybe you could do a Great Gatsby theme or 50’s style theme or arabian food while watching Aladdin. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Take a master class on how to make chocolate or any cooking class together

We have yet to do this one, but this date is definitely on our list. There are several places online including Airbnb that are offering special cooking course or chocolate making courses. How fun would it be to make your own chocolate.

Spa trip/create your own spa at home

If you can get out and go to a spa and do a couples massage I highly recommend it! Corbin and I have done several of these and we have not been disappointed. If you can’t go out, then create one at home with a bubble bath, lots of candles, calming music, order a special massage oil or lotion, and complete with chocolate strawberries with a glass of wine.

Board Game Night

If you are the competitive type this one can be fun! We love playing board games together. I added a couple of our favorite board games that we can play together just the two of us. Maybe think outside of the box with games you can play that make the night romantic. Make it complete with some snacks and your favorite dessert.

Order in your favorite meal

I love this idea, especially if you live in a big city near lots of restaurants. Order in your favorite meal and enjoy over a candlelight dinner together. Make it extra fun by blindfolding your spouse and seeing if they can figure out what flavors the food has in it.

Take a dance class online

We love going dancing and actually went to a dance studio last year who was giving free salsa dancing classes on Valentine’s Day. It was so much fun! This year is a bit different do why not sign up for one online or look up dance tutorials on youtube. I listed some ideas below.

Free Ballroom and Latin Lessons, Free couples dance lessons, At home couples dance lessons, Virtual Online Dance Lessons, Beginner Salsa Free Lesson

Create a Scavenger Hunt at home

I did a small scavenger hunt for my husband back in our first little apartment together for Valentine’s day with clues and everything. I think it would be fun to try it again at our bigger house. I also think it would be fun to maybe to have some of the clues take you to either a restaurant you both enjoy or a coffee shop. I did clues with different types of candy and the last clue led him to a dessert I had made. So whatever you come up with, just make it fun for the both of you.

Valentine’s Outfit Ideas For Home

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is only a month away! I wanted to give you all some different Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for home and going out if you are able to. I also put some ideas on here that you can recreate with some pieces that might already be in your closet.

This sweater is perfect for Valentine’s Day since it’s a neutral color. You can pair it with your favorite jeans and a pair of ankle boots.

I love a classy neutral look like this for Valentine’s Day. This bodysuit pairs well with any skirt or jeans for a more casual look. I love a classy faux leather skirt. Wearing a size small in the bodysuit and size medium in the skirt.

This cozy chenille sweater is perfect for a casual Valentine’s Day look. You can pair it with jeans or a pair of your favorite leggings. I am wearing a size small and it fits true to size.

I love a casual dress for Valentine’s Day. This burgundy dress is perfect for it! Wearing a size XS in the dress and it fits true to size.

This heart sweater is perfect for Valentine’s Day and pairs well with leggings for a comfy look. I love the neutral color, it also comes in pink and purple as well. Wearing a size XS and it fits true to size.

I love a pink dress for Valentine’s Day. This sweater dress is perfect for a special at home date night. Wearing a size small and fits true to size.

I absolutely love a cardigan for winter going into spring. This pink cardigan is great for Valentine’s Day and pairs well with a cream bodysuit and jeans. Wearing a size small and fits true to size.

I love a cozy sweater for Valentine’s Day and this pink heart one is my fav! The material is super soft and you can pair with either jeans or leggings. Wearing a size small and it fits true to size.

I love a classy sparkle skirt and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It pairs well with a white sweater and is so fun! Wearing a size small and it fits true to size. I love that it has some stretch and room in it.

Goals for 2021 + How to set realistic goals

It’s hard to believe that it’s a new year. 2020 was a rough year for everyone and it certainly flew by fast. Even though 2020 was a tough year, I am still so incredibly thankful for the many ways God blessed us and so thankful for the many ways I grew during those tough seasons. I wanted to share with you all my word for this year and also just a little insight into how you can set realistic goals for yourself.

When I look back on the year 2020, I realized how hard it was to follow through on things. This year, 2021 I am going to do my best to follow through on all areas of my life. So my word is follow through. Whether it’s writing more blog posts on here, answering emails or texts I receive, or even finishing house work I start at home I want to be very intentional in every area of my life. I have all of my goals written down for the year and they all encompass these two words: Follow through.

An easy way to set realistic goals for the year is just to first of all note that they are goals so if they don’t happen, to remind yourself you’re not a failure just because you didn’t accomplish a goal. Second, only giving yourself around three big goals for the whole year that way you don’t get overwhelmed. I reminded myself after writing all of my goals for the year too, that above all of the other goals my spiritual goal is most important to me. If I’m not spending time with God, I can’t possibly accomplish any of the other goals. Lastly, categorize your goals into groups. My husband and I got these 2021 planners that set out goals into categories. For example: Business Goals, Fitness/Physical Goals, Spiritual Goals, Relational Goals, etc. This really helps to be able to process your goals on a much easier level.

Thank you all so much for your continuous support in 2020 and I look forward to another year of building more community on here! Hope you all have a great start to the new year and enjoy setting those goals!