Back to Back Date Nights

Last weekend Match and I had not one, but two date nights in a row! It’s not common for us to get a date night once a month, so two back to back was nothing short of amazing.

The first night we went to a beer tasting party. We went last year too, and this guy puts together a great party. He has all different kinds of beers, and you have to guess which one is which. It’s not easy! I’m so proud of myself, because to my surprise, I actually won the contest! Woot, woot! Match and I had a great time chatting with other couples. Can’t wait to go again next year!





Saturday was our big date night in Portland. We’ve been planning this trip since the last time we went to the comedy club. This time we got to see my favorite, Nate Bargatze. If you haven’t heard his comedy, you need to check him out. He’s hilarious! We went with my lifelong friend and her hubby. We started out with dinner at the food truck pavilion, and then on to the big show.


Match’s sister watched Piglet for us, and we were so grateful for it! They live in Portland, and we were able to stay with them and not stress about the big drive home. It also meant we got baby snuggles with our little niece! We had a great time and I can’t wait to go back for another date night!

The Importance of Quality Time to Married Couples

Do you and your partner really spend enough quality time with one another? It’s a fair question to ask because many couples who’ve been married for quite a long time don’t spend as much time as they should in one another’s company. No one’s saying that this isn’t understandable because all families have big responsibilities and careers that take up time too. But your relationship should never be the thing that gets sacrificed.


It’s something that you should give plenty of thought to because you don’t want the relationship that you’ve built your life around to be gradually eroded over time. It’s happened to so many couples already, and you need to be careful it doesn’t happen to yours too. It’s all too easy to fall into this trap. You can learn about all of this and lots more in the text below, so read on and find out why this matters and what you should do about it right now.


Why Quality Time Matters


It Keeps You Communicating With One Another


Communication is a huge part of any relationship, and you obviously can’t communicate with one another properly if you’re not spending quality time with one another. Finding that time for each other will allow you to talk more and be more open with one another, so that’s something that you should definitely try to work on as soon as you possibly can. It’ll be worth it in the end.


As You Get Busier, Finding Time for Each Other Only Becomes More Important


People tend to get busier as they get older, and that’s always been the case. However, you don’t have to accept this as just one of those things if it’s impacting on the quality and strength of your relationship with your partner. It only becomes more important to fight for those moments with one another as time passes and your lives become full of so many other things.


It’s Easy to Lose Touch With Your Initial Romance


When you’ve been together for a long time, it’s very easy for you both to forget where and why your relationship actually started. Time tends to push those things to the back of your mind, and it’s up to you to drag them back to the fore so you can remind yourselves why you’re together. This might sound silly, but it’s true. If you lose touch with that initial romance, you need to rediscover it sooner rather than later.



All Relationships Require Effort in Order to Stay Healthy


Just because you feel like you need to spend more time on your relationship, that doesn’t mean you’re failing at it. In truth, every single relationship out there require effort, and there’s no getting away from that fact. Relationships don’t stay happy and healthy just because you want them to, as wonderful as that might be if it were the case. You need to put in the hours and work hard if you want things to stay fresh.


Great Ideas for Quality Time With Your Partner


Watch a Movie at Home or at the Cinema


Sometimes, you just need to keep those date nights simple and straightforward. And that’s exactly what you can do by taking in a movie together. It can be as simple as getting together on the sofa and watching a movie together once the kids have gone to bed. Or you could head out to the cinema when someone else is taking care of the children. Either way, it’s a classic date idea for a reason, so make the most of it.


Eat Out Together


Hire a babysitter you know you can trust and get out there with your partner and have a classic date at a restaurant. There’s something wonderful about spending time alone over a candlelit meal. It might be something the pair of you haven’t done for a very long time if you’re parents. Take in all the great restaurants in your area, the ones that you’ve heard lots about but not had the time to visit yet. It could be really rewarding for you both.


Take a Trip to the Theatre


There are plenty of great date night ideas out there, but none are quite as special as taking a night out to the theatre. It offers something that you don’t get from a movie because it feels more like an occasion, and that’s what makes it such an idea fit for a date. You and your partner could get something to eat beforehand or even afterwards if you want time to discuss the play together after it’s finished.



Go to the Places You Used to Hang Out


This is a nice idea if you feel like you need to rekindle your relationship with your partner a little. If there are certain places that you two used to hang out with one another when you were younger and first dating, why not go back there and roll back the years? It’s always fun to remember and reminisce about times gone by, and it can help you to remember just what made you two fall in love in the first place.


Take a Weekend Away When You Can


It’s not always easy to do things like this when you have a family, but if you can persuade your parents to take care of your kids for the weekend, it can be really healthy for you and your partner to get away. When you’re used to having your weekends full of taking care of children and keeping them entertained, it can be a real breath of fresh air to have time alone with your partner. It’s something that every couple needs from time to time.


Finding time to spend with your partner could not be more important, and the matter only becomes more pressing the longer you’ve been married. You should never take this relationship for granted because if you do, you might one day live to regret it. So take inspiration from the ideas mentioned above.

Your Dream Job Is Calling You

If you sit and think about your job at the minute, can you comfortably say it is your dream career? We’d put money on the fact it isn’t, and you’re in fact really unhappy in the job you’re in. A lot of people just stick with the job they’ve got because it’s easy, the know the people, or they know they’re getting paid the same amount at the end of every month. But what is the point in life if you’re sitting behind a desk hating life for 8 hours a day? There’s so much more to life than that, and finding your dream career is going to show you what you’ve been missing out on. Here’s how you can take the leap of faith and start looking for a new career.


Find A Role You Like


Finding a passion for something is the first hurdle that a lot of people face. Whilst you might know for sure that you’re not happy within your current role, you might not actually have an idea in your head of what your dream career is, which is fine. All you need to do is a little research, or maybe even volunteering to see if you like a role. Then you can think about whether you need to retrain to get to the career you want to do. For example, you can take lean online courses that means you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home, and there’s plenty more courses to choose from as well as the lean manufacturing course. It all depends on what tickles your fancy, and whether you’re actually going to be able to complete the course. Whilst they are really good at pointing you in the right direction with life, and can be done around your normal career, they aren’t free. So make sure you’re dedicated to finishing the course or a lot of money could be wasted.


Think Of The Money


Money makes the world go round, and we’d all be liars if we said we weren’t thinking about the money when it comes to looking for a new job. A lot of roles are so well paid, but they’re often the ones that are harder to get. But that’s not to say that you should settle for second best. If you’ve got an idea of the salary you’d like to earn, you can then use this as a guide for the career you’d actually like to do. Certain careers are obviously going to pay less, but don’t let this stop your hunt for your dream career. Whilst thinking of the money is important, the money isn’t the full story when it comes to job satisfaction.


Interview Techniques


If you want to get a new job, you need to master interview techniques to make sure you’re successful. One of the best is to just be yourself, and be confident. Whilst they understand it’s nerve wracking for the people coming in to have an interview, they’re also looking to see who you are as a person. Swallow your nerves and come out of your shell early on in the interview if you really want to impress them.

5 Meaningful Ways To Celebrate Your Engagement

Your engagement is such an exciting and unique time in your life – full of joy, love, anticipation, excitement and possibility. Many of us immediately go full tilt into wedding planning, but taking the time to celebrate being engaged is important. It’s a time that you never get back. If you want to mark it with some celebrations, but don’t want to plan the traditional party, here are five other ways you can enjoy this special time:


  1. Try an ‘Engagement-Moon’

Why save all the fun for after the wedding? With more and more couples now opting to delay their honeymoon until longer after the wedding, you could consider booking in a trip to celebrate before the big day itself. Whether you opt for a sunshine break or just go for a local hotel, a weekend away together goes you a chance to celebrate together. Wedding planning can be a crazy process, so take some time away from the stress to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Groupon has some great deals for short city breaks if you’re on a wedding budget.


2. Host a Games Night


If you are friends with lots of other couples, and you’d like to include them in a celebration -but he idea of a traditional, formal party leaves you cold – why not host a low-key games night? Get everyone to bring nibbles and drink and set up a poker table or bring out the board games (Jenga gets seriously competitive and hilarious after a couple of drinks!). It will bring people together without the pressure of a large event and you’ll get to celebrate your news together with your friends.


3. Involve The Wedding Party


If you already know you have a group of girlfriends that you’re planning to make bridesmaids, invite them for an afternoon tea to kick off the planning process. It’s lovely to get your girls involved in the lead up to the big day itself – from browsing through piles of wedding magazines for dress inspiration to hitting up 77 Diamonds to find the perfect wedding rings and of course, giving their opinions on cake flavours, bridesmaid dresses and flower arrangement! You could even have them help by finding out how to make your own wedding invitations. It makes each step on the journey to getting married exciting in its own right if you share it with others.


4. Visit The Place You First Met


If you’re a sucker for a bit of romance, why not go back to where you and your husband to be first met? A sweet way to take a moment out, if you’re planning a wedding website you could even get some pictures taken there recreating when it all began and celebrating your story.


5. Spend Time With The In-Laws


They’re about to become your family, but you may not have actually spent all that much time with your husband to be’s parents and siblings. It’s he perfect time to get together all the family for a nice dinner and share your happiness and news of how the wedding planning is coming along. Use this exciting time to build stronger bonds and introduce the two sets of families before the day arrives- it will make for a much smoother celebration if everyone already knows each other a bit.

All You Need To Know About Planning a Destination Wedding in Florida

With thousands of miles of stunning coastline, and good weather pretty much guaranteed all-year round, it can be easy to see why Florida is on the list of many people that are looking for a destination wedding. Florida has so many natural features and unique qualities, that can be a destination for all couples and all budgets. Whether you want to be on the beach saying ‘I do’ out onto the gulf, have a Disney wedding, or fancy being deep in the Everglades; there is something for everyone.


But if you’re not local, there are a few tips and tricks that you need to know to help you to save some money along the way. Here is a quick guide to help.




Top Cities To Choose


Based on trends from previous years that show where most people in Florida get married, these can be the best cities to choose from:


  • Miami
  • Tampa
  • Orlando
  • Florida Keys
  • Jacksonville


Though these are the cities that most people have been choosing to get married in, there are some interesting stats about the costs of having a wedding in Florida. And interestingly, it does vary from which part of the state you choose. The south has some of the more costly and luxurious wedding venues, much like the Coral Gables Country Club, whereas the north of the state, a little less popular for weddings, has some cheaper destinations and venues. So that could be worth thinking about if you’re looking to keep costs down. Other costs, like flowers, planners, and music were all pretty similar across the board.


Making It Legal


There is no point going all the way to Florida to find out that you’re not legally able to get married as you don’t have a marriage license. If you’re from Florida, then you have to allow a three-day period to wait, from applying to it being legal. So with some planning, it should be done in the weeks leading up the wedding. The good news is if you’re coming in from abroad or out of state, that you don’t have to have that waiting period, so you can arrive, get the licence, and get married pretty soon after.


You will need a licensed official to officiate at the wedding, as well as checking things like land permits if you choose to have a beach wedding or in a park, for example.


Picking the Best Date


If you don’t want to incur additional fees for having to stay longer at hotels, for instance, then it is best to avoid getting married during the hurricane season, which is around July to October. There can be more rainfall during this period too, as well as more humid weather. It is also a good idea to avoid the super touristy times to visit. Easter is one of the most popular times for tourists to visit Florida, and as a result, the prices can rise massively. Avoid spring break and other popular tourist times too, especially if you’re on a budget.


Good luck planning your wedding!