Monday, July 17, 2017

Stay At Home Date Night: DIY Couple's Massage

Do you ever feel like you'll never quite catch up with your ever growing to-do list? As our moving day looms closer and closer, I feel like I keep thinking of more and more things that need to get done. I need to clean the house top to bottom so that we make sure to get our cleaning deposit back, I need to verify that all of our utilities will be turned off in Nevada on the right date and turned on in Arizona on the right date, I need to look at more carpet samples and try to make a decision on which one we like, I need to confirm times with the moving company... You get the idea. And Brad's to-do list is much longer than my own. On top of all of his moving tasks, he's still working full time and wrapping up all of his last projects. So to say we're busy is an understatement.

We're finding that our time spent together is mostly all business. Who is going to call the lender and make sure that the final documents are ready to go so that our loan goes through? Who is going to check in with the realtor about doing a final walk through via skype? Who is going to pick up the tacos for dinner, because I'm sure not cooking tonight (that last one is only sort-of a joke).

So it's become more difficult to connect in a meaningful way. That's why I'm extra excited to share with you a fast way to reconnect after a busy day that will help you to relax and rejuvenate together. Give each other massages using massage lotions or oils. I received oils in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Stay at home date night idea couple's massage


Recently, we tried the doTERRA Aromatouch Massage Kit. At first I was a little nervous about so many smells in one massage, but the kit is so well planned and thought out that the different scents in the oils blend really well together. The kit comes with massage techniques, which was great since we didn't really know what we were doing. We enjoyed both the full body massages and the hand massages.

Today, I'll be sharing how to do a full body AromaTouch massage with your spouse. (You can see images for each movement and watch videos on how to do each movement HERE). If you are using doTERRA oils, you will do different oil introductions at various points, so follow the kit instructions. If you are using other oils or lotions, these motions still make for a great massage!

doTERRA AromaTouch Kit DIY Couples Massage

First, perform three clockwise palm circles. You palms will move together in a clockwise circle three times across the hard area of the upper back.

Next, perform the alternating palm slide three times on each side of the back. This motion should be done on the opposite side of where you are standing. Palms should slide from the spine to the side, beginning at the lower back and alternating hands until you reach the crown of the head. Repeat three times, then transition to the opposite side and repeat the process.

Third, you will perform the 5 zone activation. This one is a little tricky to explain, and I definitely recommend watching the video. Basically, you will stand at the crown of the head, reach down to the recipient's tale bone and rub your hands along the spine to the crown of the head. Then you will return your hands to the sacrum, with hands slightly further away from the spine pulling hands up and then along the shoulders. Repeat for all 5 zones (moving hands out further each time).

Auricular stress reduction comes next. Grip each ear lobe between your thumb and forefinger, working your fingers in small circles along the ear to the top. Then, slide your thumb along the back of the ear to return to the lobe. Repeat three times.

Repeat the Alternating Palm Slide and the 5 Zone activation twice.

Perform the thumb walk tissue pull. Your thumbs move along either side of the spine in circular motions from the lower back to the crown of the head. Repeat three times.

Repeat the alternating palm slide, the five zone activation, and the thumb walk tissue pull.

Moving to the feet, perform a regional tissue pull by using your thumbs in a circular motion, and massaging the foot from heel to toe in a zig-zag pattern. Next, on the same foot, perform the pinpoint zone activation.  Basically, you press your thumbs (alternating) from heel to each of the 5 toes. Perform the 5 zone tissue pull on the same foot. To do this, run your thumbs three times from heel to each toe.  

Repeat these three steps on the opposite foot.

Perform the alternating palm slide one last time.

Perform 3 clockwise palm circles.

Finish by performing the lymphatic movement. Slightly lift the recipient's legs off the table and rock him back and forth for 15-30 seconds. Repeat three times.

DIY Massage


Let me tell you, this is one amazing massage. We felt much more legit than just rubbing each other's backs. And it was nice to be able to connect physically and emotionally after such a busy and hectic time. We will definitely be adding DIY massages to our list of Stay-At-Home-Date Ideas.

If you are interested in an Aromatouch Kit, make sure to get in contact with Leslie, our Doterra representative. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or her Doterra site.

Stay At Home Date Idea Couple's Massage



Friday, June 30, 2017

Revive Date Night Link Up

I seriously can't believe that June is basically over! I'm still not totally sure where the month went. It was a fun filled month where we celebrated our anniversary, took a trip to Seattle, and tried to stay out of the 115 plus degree weather! In all, it was a great month and our focus on #ReviveDateNight really helped us to get out of our date night rut! We had some really great dates including our Color Date, eating at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, seeing Mystere by Cirque du Soleil, making homemade pizzas, and hosting a group date. Now we just need to chug forward and not fall back into old patterns.


I'm especially excited about our Date Box Swap to keep us on a high note when it comes to date night. If you signed up with me, you should be assigned your partner and you've hopefully heard from them and are exchanging emails in preparation for the big swap in August! And if you missed sign ups, don't worry... I'll be hosting another swap for the holidays!


And now, I'm excited to invite you all to link up your own #ReviveDateNight posts! Please share anything and everything that you and your spouse are doing to make Date Night a priority! I can't wait to read all of your posts and get good ideas to keep the love alive through regular date nights!

And make sure to visit Justine and Amberly to see how they #ReviveDateNight




Friday, June 23, 2017

Revive Date Night with a Couple's Getaway

This month has been all about #ReviveDateNight and I have loved sharing and learning together about ways to get out of date night ruts and reconnect with your spouse. 

For me, the number one sure fire way to rekindle that spark in marriage and get out of a major rut is to have a little get away, just the two of us. It can be a little stay cation, or a full blown 5 day trip away. The key is that you just need to leave behind all distractions (kiddos included... hard as that can be), and devote some time to just each other. 

Last week, we were able to make a trip to Seattle and it was absolutely perfect. It was right around our anniversary, so we made it an anniversary trip. I'll be sharing more specifics of the trip over the next two weeks, but for today I just wanted to share some pictures from the trip along with reasons why I think a couples get away is so important. 


The main hesitation I hear about making a little getaway happen is finances. You'd rather spend the money on a family vacation or you feel guilty spending it on yourself. I'm here to tell you that it's worth the investment and it doesn't have to be extravagant (though there's nothing wrong if it is). And I definitely don't think a couple's getaway should replace your family vacation. It's totally possible to prioritize both. 


So let's start with the why of why I think it's important to budget this in. At home, we get caught up in the day to day grind of things. Are conversations are mostly centered around who's going to pick up the dry cleaning, what time we need to leave to make it to the work party, how many watermelons I need to buy to the neighborhood service project, etc. Even during date night we'll be guilty of talking "business" more than anything. But if you do something out of the ordinary and get out of that routine, you'll find that other conversations will flow more easily. Goals and dreams. Hopes for the future. Silly and romantic conversations. You'll talk to each other like you did while you were dating. 

Now, I'm not saying you should just throw caution to the wind and make a getaway happen if it's not in the budget. Be wise and do what you can. If you can't make a few nights away happen, find a local hotel in your own city.  If that's even too much, pitch a tent in your own back yard. Just do something that will break the routine and let you focus on your spouse again. 

And now, for what I think is the even more difficult issue of leaving kids behind. I had SUCH a hard time leaving my little one this time around. I mean, super hard. I actually cried. A few times. And by the end of the trip, Brad and I were both super ready to all be back together again. But I still think it was so good for us to take the time and get away. To make it a little easier on you and the kiddos, here are some tips: 
 - Leave some fun things for the kids to do behind when you go. 
 - FaceTime with them as much as you want during the day. 
 - If you'll be gone multiple days, consider switching things up for them around the half way point. Our little gal stayed with my mom for the first two days and my in laws for the second two days. It helped her a lot to have a change of scenery, new toys, and new cousins to help her not be sad. 
 - Send a post card home.
 - Do something extra fun when you get home. 
As much as parenting is a full time job and a major responsibility, I believe that nurturing your marriage is just as important. We were able to focus on just the two of us for a few days and rekindle the love we share. And you know what? We were even better parents when we got home. 




After our little getaways, Date Nights improve, our conversations improve, and our relationship is even better than before. I'd say that's worth it. 

So what do you think? Is a couple's getaway worth it to you?


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6.21.13: A Unique Engraved Anniversary Gift

Tomorrow will mark 4 years of marriage for me and Brad. In some ways, it's hard to believe that we've been married that long, but in other ways (good ways), it feels like we have been together forever. And I suppose that in some ways, we have.

Darby Elizabeth Photography

Generally for our anniversaries, we swap the traditional gifts. For the first (paper) anniversary, I made a Love Notes journal that we pass back and forth. The second (cotton), I made a sock bouquet (Brad is obsessed with argyle socks). For the third (leather), I bought a leather journal. I'll be sharing this year's traditional gifts later in the week, but I also wanted to do something a little extra for Brad this year. It's been a bit of a crazy year, and I wanted something meaningful and useful.
A big thanks to Jord for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.


I learned a few months back that Jord Wood Watches is now offering engraving on the backs of their watch faces. And I've been wanting one for Brad ever since. I love how meaningful something as simple as engraving can be. I chose the watch I wanted quickly and without much trouble. I knew that I wanted something in a dark wood and with a round face, so that was no trouble at all. I went with the Hyde in walnut and black and I am absolutely in love.

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I had a much more difficult time choosing what to have engraved on the back. I knew that I wanted it to reflect our marriage. I considered a few words from our song. I considered something like "love you forever." I even thought of doing something more punny... "love for all time." But eventually, I settled on something very simple. Our wedding date.

 http://www.jordwatches.com/#twobestfriendsinlove

I'm in love with how the engraving turned out. I love that it's a constant reminder for Brad of the day that started it all. To me, our wedding date is a symbol of choosing each other. It's the day we made sacred promises or vows to always love and care for each other. It's the day that we committed to give our whole selves to another person--the person. The day that we said it's forever.

Which is why I'm so pleased with this unique gift for Brad. It says so much while saying so little. It's just what I had hoped it would be. So if you're in the market for a unique gift, make sure to check out Jord Wood Watches. They have amazing selections of both men's watches and women's watches that will be sure to impress. And the option to engrave makes these wood watches an even more special gift.

Brad loves his watch and I was so glad that it was ready to go earlier than I had anticipated! I was able to give it to him on our Seattle getaway, which made for the perfect surprise!



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Jord is generously offering one of you lucky readers a $100 credit to their store! You can enter to win HERE, and everyone who enters will receive a $25 off code, just for entering. The giveaway will close July 9, 2017 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on October 29, 2017.

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Do you like to give meaningful anniversary gifts? Do you follow the traditional gifts each year? 


Luxury Wooden Watch

Friday, June 16, 2017

How To Plan a Color Theme Date Night

One of my favorite ways to get out of a date night rut is to have a themed date. Themed dates can be anything you want them to be: choose a letter of the alphabet and plan as many activities as you can that start with that letter, choose a country and make food from that region while listening to traditional music and following with an activity based on the culture, or choose a genre of music and create a date around that theme. 

The current theme date I'm planning is a color date! This one definitely stretched me, but when Justine told me that she was planning a color date, I was excited to jump on board. I decided to plan my date around the color blue. 



Of course, the date includes blue outfits. I feel like this is just an absolute must. 

Next, some blue flowers were practically required. I love blue flowers! Brad bought me some awhile back, and I had never seen anything like them before. 


From there, we will be headed to dinner at the Blue Iguana. It's a tasty Mexican Food joint, that we just can't say no to!


If you don't have a conveniently named restaurant near you, you could cook a meal at home and eat on blue plates. Either buy a cheap pack of disposable plates from a party store (seriously, they have every color), or buy nicer plates from the dollar store. If you don't want to buy blue plates, go with a simple blue table cloth! 

Dessert was a more difficult decision. I've settled on vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream topped with fresh Blueberries! But making blue koolaid slushes was also very tempting. 


We're very excited about our blue date tonight! Grab yourself some blue shirts and join us! 
And make sure to visit Justine and Amberly today to see how they are helping you #ReviveDateNight


Friday, June 9, 2017

Revive Date Night with a Date Night Bucket List

You guys, I'm going to be fully honest. We have totally been in a date night rut recently. We've been making it happen, but we don't plan ahead and we often end up doing the same thing over and over... so we needed to make a change.


So for Date Night last week, we sat down and made a Date Night bucket list. It was a little hard at first... I told you, we're in a rut. We had a hard time coming up with some good ideas at first. But once we got some ideas flowing, we were able to come up with a pretty great list. I'm really excited about it too! We typed it up nicely and we're going to print it out and leave it posted on the fridge so that we can refer back to it easily and make sure that we are making the activities happen. This way, even if we haven't planned ahead well, we have some great ideas to choose from!

Here's a sampling of our Bucket List:

  • Make Homemade Ice Cream
  • See a Musical
  • Visit Fountain Hills
  • Go to a You-Pick Orange Grove
  • Take a Gondola Ride
  • Take a Couples Cooking Class
  • Visit a Museum
  • Do an Escape the Room
  • Have a Picnic and Make Kites
  • Host a Murder Mystery Party
  • Rent a Tandem Bike
  • Go On A Hike
  • Ride a Trolley in Old Town Scottsdale
I think making a bucket list was the best thing that we could have done for getting out of our rut. It made us think of different things that we could do rather than takeout and a DVD. Not that there's anything wrong with that every now and again, but let me tell you, it was getting pretty old... 

If you want to make your own Date Night Bucket List, here's a cute free printable that you can use!

Click HERE to Download



What do you do to get out of your date night ruts?

And don't forget to sign up for our Date Box Swap. Sign Ups close on Wednesday. And make sure to check out what Justine and Amberly have to say about reviving date night and remember to use #ReviveDateNight so we can follow along with your date ideas on Instagram! 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Date Box Swap

Hello lovelies! I hope you are all enjoying the beginnings of your summers and that you have plans to make all sorts of amazing memories. I wish for all of us that some of those memories include some awesome date nights! And to help with that desire, I'm excited to announce a new box swap that will help get you out of a date night rut, keep your date night mojo going, or just be a whole lot of fun for you and your spouse! Mainly, I think this is a perfect swap for our #ReviveDateNight series, because we will be swapping so many great date night ideas.

Date Box Swap

If you've never before participated in a box swap, let me explain the generals quickly before delving into the specifics of this box swap. You will be assigned a partner to get to know via email over the course of a month. At the end of that month, you will each mail each other a box of goodies. Here are the specifics on how this swap will work. After reading the specifics, if you can commit to participating fully, you can sign up to join the swap using the google form linked to at the end of this post. You do not have to blog to participate in this swap.

For the Date Box Swap, you will:

  • Be assigned a fellow wifey pen pal. You will receive an email from me with your partner's information on or before June 17th
  • Email your partner at least three times during the duration of the swap to get to know her. I recommend once a week or more. 
  • Mail your partner a Date Night In A Box valued between $20 and $35 (before shipping) that will arrive on or before August 4th. The sky is the limit on what you might send. The idea is to help each other come up with new and exciting date ideas. You might send a 2 player game that you and your husband adore. You might send all of the fixings to make gourmet s'mores at home while watching a favorite movie. You might send gift cards and some Dating Divas products. Seriously... these boxes can be anything. Just something that a hubby and wife can do together for their date night that you think your swap partner will love. 
  • Use #DateBoxSwap on social media if you are talking about the swap or posting images of your box so that we can all get ideas from each other. Tag @twobestfriendsinloveblog so that I can see all the fun you're having
  • If you blog, come back here and leave your Date Box Swap post in our link up on August 18th. If you don't blog, just come back and see all the fun goodies that everyone received. 
  • Have so much fun meeting a new wifey friend and helping each other get new ideas for date night!

If you think that this is the perfect swap for you and can commit to all of the requirements, come join us! To sign up for the Date Box Swap, please fill out this form HERE. Please only sign up if you can for sure send your partner frequent emails and mail her a date box by August 4th. Sign ups are open 6/7/17 through 6/14/17 and you will receive an email with your partner's info no later than June 17th.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Revive Date Night: 5 Tricks to Start Dating Your Spouse Again

When is the last time you and your spouse had a date? And how frequently do you make date night happen? Once a week? Once a month? Can you even remember? And if you are consistent with date night, do you ever feel like you're in a rut of doing the same thing over and over? That's the trouble we seem to have with date night. We're fully committed to making it happen every week, but we can get caught doing the same thing week after week. Usually these ruts consist of Take-Out and Netflix. And every now and again, there is nothing wrong with that. But when we do it week after week, it feels less and less like date night.



So if you're in a date night funk, haven't had a date night in months, or just need to switch things up a little bit, this post is for you! Today I am sharing 5 ideas to get back on the horse and really start dating your spouse again. Basically, these are things that are meant to jump start your dating routine by changing things up a bit.

1. Plan a Double Date.
This month I will be sharing some of our favorite double and group dates. I think that these are one of the best ways to get out of the date night funk. If you invite others and plan ahead, the date night will most definitely happen and you will do something outside of your norm. Chances are, you will also dress up and look your best, which always adds a necessary spark to date night.

2. Ask Your Spouse Out On A Date.
One of the ruts that we sometimes get into is just understanding that date night happens every Friday and not planning very well. So many times it will be Friday morning and one of us will ask "did you have anything planned for date night, or should I figure something out?" And then we will usually end up watching a movie after the little one goes down. While there is nothing wrong with this, it will lead to a date night rut if we do it over and over.

Now think back to before marriage, while you were dating. You would take turns planning out great dates where each of you would have a great time, you could reconnect, and maybe even impress each other a little bit. You would ask the other in advance to make sure they were free. For some dates, you even put a ton of effort into the asking... making a puzzle or game of it. So go back to those days. Take turns and each plan an extra special date. Ask ahead of time in a special way. Make it a bit of a surprise so that you can still give your spouse those gilts of excitement and butterflies.

3. Do Something A Little Crazy.
Doing something completely out of the ordinary will help you to get out of a date night rut. Spend a little more than you might usually, or nothing at all. The cost doesn't matter at all. What matters is that you make is something completely different. Go indoor skydiving. Take a 30 mile bike ride. Hike to a hidden water fall. Do an Escape the Room experience. Try a ropes course. Make a picnic and eat it on the roof. Just do something that will get you excited and create a change.

4. Buy Tickets In Advance.
There is something special about being able to look forward to an event together. For Christmas, we both bought the other tickets to musicals, and looked forward to them for months. Buy tickets to a sporting event, a show, a concert... even just a movie for the next weekend. Just buy them ahead of time so that you can look forward to something together. It also makes date night more exciting when you know you already have something lined up.

5. Create a Date Night Bucket List.
One of the easiest date night ruts to fall into is just simply not knowing what to do. You fall into a routine and do the same thing (read: Netflix) over and over. This seems to be an especial problem when you don't plan ahead and just fall back on your old stand-by. Enter the Date Night Bucket List. Making the list can become a date night on its own. Sit down together and come up with ideas of date activities that you would each like to do. Then when a weekend comes around when you don't have a plan for what to do, you can pull out your bucket list and choose something without any trouble.


I'm especially excited to tell you that I've teamed up with two of my favorite bloggers for a blog series this month all about Reviving Date Night. Justine, from Little Dove, Amberly from A Prioritized Marriage , and I are on a mission to help couples get out of date night ruts and really start to date each other again. Every Friday in June we will be posting ideas on how to revive date night. And make sure to follow along on Instagram where we will {spoiler alert} be hosting an amazing Date Night Giveaway along with even more ideas. We would also love to hear all of your ideas! Make sure to use #ReviveDateNight so that we can learn from each other and really bring back date night this month! Show us how you overcome obstacles like busy schedules, tight finances, kiddos, or anything else to make date night happen!




Friday, May 26, 2017

Baby Number Two

Pregnancy Announcement

Excited doesn't even begin to express how we feel about a second little one joining our family in November. We are really looking forward to meeting this new little person and watching our family grow.

Kymri seems to be super excited, though I'm not certain that she fully understands. She loves telling people that she's going to be a big sister and that Mommy has a baby in her belly, but I can't decide if she really knows what those two things mean. She walks around talking about being a big sister and sometimes she will come up and rub my belly and say "I love your baby, mommy!" It's definitely heart warming and I just love it. I'm hoping that we can prepare her well for when the big day does come. She sure does love having Mommy and Daddy's full attention, so I'm sure that this will take some getting used to, but I have also seen how much she loves seeing babies at church, at the store, etc. so I'm hoping that she will take it in stride and slip easily into her new big sister role. But even if it takes some getting used to, I know this little girl is going to be the best big sister there ever was.

Pregnancy Announcement.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beat the Heat: Sea Quest Aquarium

Summer has officially arrived in Las Vegas. To be real, it's been here for about a month. But this week it was in the 90s and felt like death. So for any of my fellow Nevadans or Arizonans, I decided that we could all use some tips on how to beat the heat this summer. So I will be posting weekly activities that we're doing to keep us busy and cool all at the same time.

Awhile back, I was happy to accept an invitation to visit the new Sea Quest aquarium that recently opened here in Las Vegas. I was quick to jump at the chance. Sadly, the aquarium was about a 40 minute drive for us, so I won't be able to go back frequently, but I am so glad that I had the chance to experience it! And my little one was in absolute heaven.

Sea Quest Las Vegas

Sea Quest is an interactive aquarium. We were able to hold a lizard (read: we both watched the worker hold the lizard because my daughter totally takes after me and is slightly anti-lizard-holding... but we could have held him if we wanted to). We fed fish and sting rays, which was a huge highlight for my little one. She was so excited that all of the fishies would flock to her when she dumped in her food. And she loved putting her fingers in the water. She wasn't so certain about touching the fish that came by, but she liked the idea of it. Her very favorite thing was going under some of the tanks. She loved looking up and seeing fish swimming above her.

Sea Quest Las Vegas

Sea Quest Aquarium is set up really well. We traveled the world as we went from room to room, from the desert to the rain forest. Each room was like a different spot on the map and we enjoyed learning about the different species from each location. From stingrays to tortoise, sharks to snakes, the variety did not disappoint.


In all, it was a fun outing and with the temperatures now up, something we would definitely do to beat the heat this summer. If you are in Utah, Las Vegas, or Fort Worth, make sure to check out Sea Quest Aquarium this summer. If not, find a local aquarium! Your kids will love it, you will have something to fill an entire day, and you will stay out of this crazy heat. Happy Summer everyone!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Flowers

I'm not sure about you, but I don't know how it is May already! This year is really flying by. Here in Vegas temperatures will reach the 90s this week, the water parks are open, and the splash pads have been turned on. We're officially in summer mode and it feels pretty good. 

To be honest, I'm not too sad to say goodbye to April. It wasn't a bad month, but we definitely felt some "April showers" around here and are looking forward to some more flowery days. 

May is going to be one crazy and amazing month. This month we will:

Travel to Arizona for two weddings

Celebrate Mother's Day 

Start a more official house hunt (please send me all the patience vibes you can muster)

Start packing up our house (let's be honest... I never really unpacked everything to begin with)

Go to the splash pad practically every other day

Go to weekly gymnastics classes

Start our summer reading program


So it's definitely set up for a month of May flowers. And I have just the dress to kick off the month. 


This floral maxi dress from eshakti is just what I was looking for this spring. I wanted something light weight and flowy, easy maintenance, and fun. This dress fit the bill perfectly! 

I love that eshakti let's me customize everything about the dress. Ever since having a baby, my body doesn't quite fit into one specific size. So I love that I simply send in my measurements and eshakti does the rest. I also changed the sleeve length on this dress since I wanted them just a bit longer. I love that I could have chosen elbow sleeves or long sleeves as well if I had wanted. These dresses can truly become one of a kind with so many customizable options. 


Eshakti also has me hooked on pockets in a dress. I don't know how I survived without them. It's so much more convenient! The pockets are a great size, but so well done that you can't even tell they are there. There is no awkward bulge or extra fabric. 


In all, this is my perfect May Flowers dress! 

Have you tried eshakti yet? 



Monday, April 24, 2017

Prioritizing Date Night

If you've been around for awhile, you know that I am super passionate about making Date Night happen. I think it is so important to date you spouse. It gives you time to reconnect and talk, provides a chance to keep that spark alive, and helps you to refocus on what matters most.

Now that being said, I get that it can be so hard to make Date Night happen every week. Sometimes, we get in a rut of grabbing take out and watching Netflix week after week. Before long, Friday night is less like Date Night and more like every other night of the week. Planning and executing a unique date night is more than half the battle.

That's why I'm so excited about my friend Amberly's new ebook! You know those people who you meet online and just know that if you ever crossed paths in the real world that you would be instant best friends? I think Amberly and I would be totally besties! We seriously have the same passion for marriage and date night and some of the same little quirky habits. I really need to meet this woman! But in the mean time, I have been reading her amazing book, Prioritizing Date Night In Your Marriage: Why You Need to And How to Make It Happen.


Amberly has some amazing ideas on how to make date night happen every week. I mean, the woman had a date night while in the middle of a NICU stay... she's passionate and she knows how to make it work. Not only does she address the how, but the why. Too frequently I hear of couples who don't prioritize date night because they simply don't think they need to. They live together. They love each other. They're married. So, why date night? Well, if I haven't convinced you in this little blog that it is uber important, Amberly will definitely convince you in her ebook!

And my personal favorite part of the book is that she includes over 200 DATE NIGHT IDEAS!! Guys, that is almost 4 years of date night ideas! They are such fun ideas from indoor to outdoor, free to splurges. She has ideas for quick dates for busy weeks to full weekend dates. There is a date for every couple in any situation.

The really great news is that Amberly's book is on sale through May to celebrate Date Your Mate month for only $7! So head on over to her website HERE to grab your own copy. You will be so glad that you did! And make sure to use #prioritizeddatenight so that I can see how you put Amberly's wisdom into practice! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Small Things

We've been living in Las Vegas area for almost nine months now. And we will only be here for another three before heading back to Arizona. When we first moved into the house, I was super motivated to hang things on the walls. I got everything unpacked quickly and had a plan for exactly what I wanted.

But then our air conditioner started leaking after only being here for one week. Our landlord wanted to get a second opinion after being told that the unit would need to be fully replaced. Then he wanted a third opinion. Meanwhile, the leak continued. I tried to keep everything dry, but one day we noticed a giant bubble in the ceiling of our guest bedroom. It was damp. The bubble grew and grew until we finally realized we would need to pop  it before it popped it self. Gallons and gallons of water came hurtling out! Luckily, we had our mini pool under it to catch most of the flow. When our landlord finally admitted that the entire unit would have to be replaced rather than just repaired, a week had passed. And there was sooooo much damage. We had workers in our home every day for 4 weeks. Some to replace the air conditioning unit. Then we had to have mold inspectors. Luckily, there was no mold--yet. But to avoid any mold, since the insulation was soaked inside of the walls, we had to have men come and cut open our walls, dry out all the wood, replace the insulation, new drywall, new paint, repair the gaping hole in the ceiling, etc. It was crazy! I literally felt like my home was not my own.

Once everything was finished, we had been in the house for almost 2 months and nothing was up on the walls. And I had lost my motivation. I made a mirror and hung it, thinking that would motivate me, but it still didn't. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I was fed up with staring at blank walls and hung the bare minimum. I needed something on those walls! Haha. So with less than 4 months to go, I hung some pictures and called it good.


And you know what, my mood instantly changed. I didn't realize that I had maybe been the slightest bit down. But hanging pictures on the wall made it feel like I was actually home, even though this has always felt more like a stop off on our way to home. Anyways, it's a small thing for sure, but it made me happy.

And then today, I received the cutest piece of string art from String Fling Design! So I finally hung some things in our bedroom. I really love having a wedding picture up, and it instantly made me feel more at home.



Hannah from String Fling Design was so wonderful to work with. I sent her probably 5 or 6 different images of some designs that I liked and she sketched out the perfect mock up! I fell in love with it and when I opened the actual piece of art, I was even more excited about the final product! The colors were just what I wanted and the design was perfect. I wanted two love birds and she added the Mr. and Mrs. when I couldn't decide what more it needed. I couldn't be more happy with the final product!



Hannah can make pretty much anything you can dream up! One of her specialties is LDS Temples. I wasn't expecting it, but she surprised me with this cute recreation of the Mesa Temple where Brad and I were married. Now I just need to find the perfect spot for it!


I had never tried string art before, but I am really pleased with it. It's definitely popular right now, so make sure to head on over to String Fling Design and place your order! Hannah is offering my readers 20% off custom orders now through May 31st using code WIFETRIBE20.

And if you are a member of my Facebook group, make sure to find our giveaway for your own custom string art!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Summer Bundle

You guys! I'm so excited to tell you that I've teamed up with the Dating Divas again! This time, I worked with them on their amazing Summer bundle! I'm happy to announce that my Indoor Mini Golf Extended Family Pack is a part of their Summer Bundle

summer printables

Wahoo!!
We're talking the very BEST Summer ideas & fun all in one place!
AND of course the Divas have a CRAZY GOOD deal for you so you can get in on all that awesomeness. 
If you follow the Divas, you'll know that this isn't their first bundle... and that these bundles are CRAZY AWESOME! And with Summer right around the corner...
They are hooking you up with EVERYTHING {and I do mean EVERYTHING} you need for a fun, meaningful, and memorable Summer.
I'm happy to add my printable to 16 extremely talented bloggers and designers to create the ULTIMATE Summer bundle!
Lovelies. This bundle is so full of FUN, I don't even know where to begin.
Wait for it...



Can you even BELIEVE it? See what I mean? It really IS even better than the Diva's last bundle!! (I'm talking double the value!) What you're looking at is OVER 300 PAGES of printables for you, all in one handy dandy Summer bundle. And OF COURSE, they slashed the price! So much that you'll think it's a typo. It's not. The deal is THAT AWESOME.
TONS of crazy, cute printables—ONE crazy, low price!
You can get over $400 worth of ADORABLE items for only $15-$20!
NOT KIDDING! Father's Day ideas, road trip helps, summer activities, fun coloring pages, kid boredom busters, and MORE all from your favorite bloggers! You’re waiting for the catch, right? Well, there is a teeny, tiny one...

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

This is a 3-Day sale, buuut the price goes up a little each day. Here's the breakdown...
  • Buy on the 17th for only $15
  • Buy on the 18th for only $18
  • Buy on the 19th for only $20
  • After that, this deal is GONE FOREVER!
So basically what your mama always said is true- procrastination doesn't pay!
Buy early and SAVE BIG. But wait too long {like after the 19th at midnight MST} and this deal will be gone FOREVER!
And now, here's what you've been waiting for: THE BIG REVEAL.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

This baby seriously has EVERYTHING you could ever WANT or NEED for Summer {AND MORE!}! Including...
  • My Indoor Mini Golf Expanded Family Pack
  • Summer Chore Cards
  • Party Printables
  • Summer Reading Bundle
  • Father's Day Cards
  • Road Trip Activities
  • Coloring Pages
  • Activity Jar
  • AND SO MUCH MORE! 












Um, one of those ALONE can be around $20 on Etsy! And you get ALL THAT JAZZ for the same price? This is a no-brainer!

BUT WAIT!

Hold the phone! While I know you are probably OVERWHELMED with all that cuteness you just saw, you didn't think that was all, did you? It's not. Because I LOVE you so very much, I will be sending you a special little treat if you purchase the bundle through my link below.


I am dying from all that goodness.
And for only 15-18 buckaroos {for OVER $400 worth of goodies??!}! SHEESH! Sign. Me. Up.
Three super, duper important things to remember:
The price JUMPS tomorrow! It's only available for THREE DAYS! Midnight MST on the 19th, this deal is gone FOREVER!
What are you waiting for?!



HAPPY SUMMER!


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