Family, Marriage

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

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

Date night ideas and themes are a dime a dozen but I think you really only need 4 at-home date night ideas. Check them out here!

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

Family, Marriage

“Married and bored, or single and lonely.”

“Married and bored or single and lonely:” how humor in marriage is great marriage advice.

Marriage advice and marriage humor go hand-in-hand. You need a sense of humor in marriage. Chris Rock sums it up: Married and bored or single and lonely.

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. read more

Family, Marriage

Dating your Spouse: Indulge and Celebrate

Anniversary gift ideas, indulging to celebrate a milestone.

Searching for anniversary gift ideas? Anniversary gifts don't have to be frugal. Consider indulging a little to celebrate a milestone. Click here for more!

My husband is my biggest supporter. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this, homeschooling, blogging, housewifery, without his financial and emotional support and encouragement. He is my best friend, and it’s important for us, and our marriage, that we stay connected.

However, we live life on a budget and getting a babysitter isn’t always an option. Date nights at home are lifesaver for us. We have a standing date on Friday’s for brandy old fashioneds and juicy gossip! We also love pizza and comedy night and other fun, theme date nights at home. read more

Family, Marriage

10 Things I Have Learned about Grief and Loss

Coping with death and grief, 10 things I have learned.

Coping with death and grief

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. read more

Family, Marriage

Date Night at Home

Date night at home can be as simple as a steak dinner!

Date Night at Home

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