Readers, as I write this, I’m in the gorgeous Puerto Vallarta, at the Hard Rock Hotel. It is so amazing here! It is everything we had hoped it would be. The weather, the food, the activites, the friendly staff. We have an ocean view from our room, something we weren’t expecting.
The only negative we’ve experienced is Piglets attitude. We think this latest milestone (he will be 5 in May) has created the need to push limits. He has had a bad attitude and been very sassy with us. I also know he’s so overtired from all the activity, and the change in routine. As I write this, he is taking a nap, and I know it will do wonders for his mood. Lets just say the kids club has been incredibly helpful as well! We have been able to check him in to play while we get an hour at a time to ourselves.
He’s been a good boy for the most part, and I know he will be better as we make sure he gets his naps. We have had some pretty sweet moments as a family too.
We still have 2 more nights here, and we are soaking it all in. Match and I were able to get some amazing couple time. We have had long walks on the beach, worked out together at the gym, and this morning we had a yoga class and we were the only ones who attended. It felt like having a private couples lesson. Yesterday we went to a wild pool party. We didn’t stay long, but it was some great people watching.
Piglet made a friend with a sweet little boy and his younger brother. The parents are really nice as well, and it has been great letting the boys play while we relax poolside.
The all inclusive part of the hotel is the only way to travel. It is so nice having poolside service, and knowing we can order whatever we want. We have been sipping wine, pina coladas, margaritas, and been served nachos and pizzas. It definitely feels like we are living the rich life. A girl could get used to this!
The sun is good for your health. Now that the spring is finally here on our doorstep we can start to climb out from hibernation and enjoy the sunshine which graces us. Sunshine is a powerful thing which can help us to produce vitamin D for our bodies, it helps us feel happier and is just fun to be around.
Whether you decide to travel across the world and stay in a fancy hotel like AC Hotel Queretaro Antea In Mexico, or simply sit in your local beer garden with a pint of cider: make sure you take the time to get out in the sun this spring, and here are the reasons why.
It’s great for your hair
As we have mentioned above, exposure to the sun helps our body to produce more vitamin D. Vitamin D is a substance which is integral in keeping out bones, our nails and our hair strong and healthy. Therefore, more sun equals stronger hair. If you can spend an hour in the sunshine every day for a month you will see a huge difference in the strength and overall health of your locks.
It’s great for your mood
Do you ever feel sad in the winter? This is not just a case of you being grumpy: it is a real medical condition known as seasonal affective disorder. SAD for short, is a mental condition which says that in the winter we are sad because we cannot spend time out in the sun. This is the perfect excuse to get out this weekend and go for a walk in the sunshine, because it is good for your brain! If you are having a stressful week, take the time to spend an hour relaxing in the sun. It will greatly improve your mood, relax you and get you ready to tackle the rest of the day.
It makes your teeth stronger
The sunshine is an incredible thing. It is the lifeblood of all living things and serves as the first link in the food chain. It has many amazing properties for all species, but for us it can help with strengthening out teeth, vitamin D is just as important as calcium when it comes to tooth strength, therefore it is important for us to take in enough every day to keep our teeth healthy. Although you can eat supplements to up your vitamin D intake, it is much more fun to sit out in the sun for a while!
It clears your skin
When we sit out in the sun for a long period of time with no protection this can cause out skin to mutate and skin cancer can eventually be born. However, if you always wear your sunscreen when you are outside, the sun can do more good than harm to your skin. When we are hot our pores open up and we sweat to cool ourselves down. The act of sweating is amazing for flushing out those clogged pores and therefore leaves out skin feeling much clearer.
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!
It’s been 6 years since we said hello and goodbye to our first baby, our little Roo. 6 years. It’s an incredible thing. In so many ways I feel like a lifetime has passed since that terrible day. I get the sense that some people may think it’s important to not take the time to remember this day, to simply pretend it never happened, that SHE never happened. But that’s the thing about tragedy, and those pivotal moments in your life. If it weren’t for Roo, we wouldn’t be where we are now. I don’t think I would be the mother that I am now, and we wouldn’t have our Piglet. So every year, in spite of the heartache it causes, I remember. I remember the joy of learning when I was first pregnant. I remember the fear of the complications, and I remember the pain and the sadness of losing her. I think it’s important to share her story, because she shaped me. She made me into who I am today, and I’m grateful. Forever little one, for always. Mama loves you.
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.