Family, Marriage

The Only 4 At-Home Date Night Ideas You Need!!

4 simple, fun, and no-prep at-home date night ideas.

I’m going to introduce something a little crazy. I think there are only 4 at-home date nights you need. Four! That’s it. Not to say you should only GO on four dates a year, you simply only need these four ideas for at-home date nights.

You can do one a month and repeat the whole list 3 times a year. Or once a week, or pick 2 a month and repeat. Don’t be scared of repetition guys. It may seem like it lacks choices, but the more at-home date nights you have, the more routine they become. The more routine they become the more time you are spending together! Mingon McLaughlin once said “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” read more

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“Married and bored, or single and lonely.”

Marriage advice and marriage humor go hand-in-hand. You won't go far in marriage without a sense of humor. Chris Rock sums it up best. Click here for more!

I have always had odd choices in role models. I loved “Pistol” Pete Maravich as a kid. Kurt Cobain in high school. Chris Rock in my 20s. And Gavin McInnes in my 30s, which is a story for another day 😉 The first time I saw Chris Rock’s comedy, I was blown away. It was raw, vulgar, and honest. Chris ain’t afraid to say anything! Guns, race, women, he covers it all. But I love his views on marriage. In fact, you could say, everything I know about marriage I learned from Chris Rock.

What men want

“Food, sex, silence.” read more

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Dating your Spouse: Indulge and Celebrate

Date night ideas for married couples are sometimes hard to come by. Dating your spouse doesn't always have to be frugal. Consider having a date night at home where you indulge a little. Click here to find out our indulgence!

Every homeschooling family will tell you, you need a support system in order to stay sane during the whole homeschooling craziness. For me, my biggest support is my husband. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without his financial and emotional support and encouragement. This is why continuing to date your spouse is Taking Care of Me! Two previous ideas for dating your spouse included pizza and comedy night and at home date nights.

My next suggestion for dating your spouse isn’t quite so frugal. It’s about indulgence and celebration. My husband and I bought a $100 bottle of wine to share on our 10th anniversary. We bought it about two and a half years before our anniversary. It sat in our wine fridge, and we anxiously awaited the day we could taste it. But first more about the wine. read more

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10 Things I Have Learned about Grief and Loss

A sudden death can shake your world. Grief and loss are a hard road to navigate. What I have learned about death in the past 10 years.

Well. Today is the day I dread more than any day of the year. August 19, 2004 my father-in-law died in a work related accident. I really hate this day. It’s a reminder of his death, the aftermath, and that we will continue on without him. Of course, we feel his death all throughout the year, but this day really hurts. My husband and I were only 23 and 24 when he died. Not even married for two years. We have learned a lot about grief, loss, and life in the last ten years.

1. First and foremost, “You don’t get over it, you just make room.” It may be corny to quote “The Walking Dead” but it is the most accurate description I have come across. You never get over this, you simply learn to live with it. Some days are easier than others but you never truly get over it. read more

Family, Marriage

Date Night at Home

Date night can be expensive. But it doesn't need to be. Date night ideas for married couples can be simple and frugal as well as thoughtful and romantic.  Date night at home is the perfect way to reconnect with your spouse.

Today I am continuing my marriage series “Dating your Spouse.” In my last post, I talked about our week night tradition of pizza and comedy night. What it comes down to is marriage is more than anniversaries and special dates. It’s the small moments you create in your day-to-day life.

But no matter how many “I love you’s,” notes in the lunch box, special texts throughout the day, and kisses before work, parents need a date night. However, for some families going out to a nice restaurant isn’t always possible. Between finances and child care, it’s a hit or miss situation. Or if you are like me, it’s less stressful to wait til the kids are in bed and make a nice dinner yourself. Or even better, when the kids are away for the weekend!! read more