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Putting The Romance Back Into Your Marriage

Are you feeling like the romance is deflated in your marriage? I know that it is a huge problem for people that read my blog. They have been married for a few years, and have lost those butterflies in their stomach.

Just because you and your spouse’s relationship has changed, doesn’t mean you can still be romantic. I asked Jess Hargraves to share with us a few of her best tips for bringing romance back to your relationship.

Here’s what she has to say-

You’ve probably heard this before, or are even experiencing it, but life can take a toll on your relationship. Sometimes, the two people forget that they were once so consumed by one another that the love slowly dies. The good thing? This doesn’t have to be your marriage.

No one goes into a marriage believing it’ll ever end. No one foresees a divorce – and if they do, they really shouldn’t be signing their name on the marriage certificate in the first place!

Marriage Can Become Boring

When you’ve been married for some time, it’s bound to get a little rhythmic, routinely. The honeymoon period of the marriage lasts for months for some couples. For others, it doesn’t take long to get back into the rut you were in.

It’s normal to ask where the adventure of falling in love went. Finding the strength and the time to put the love, the adventure and the passion back into your marriage will be challenging.

Day to day life can make it really easy to fall off the track of your marriage and get distracted.

Where Did The Romance Go?

Romance can get lost over time if you let it. To really have that desire for your spouse, you have to cultivate it every single day. You might find yourself daydreaming about a new relationship or getting lost in fiction fantasies. That isn’t healthy for your marriage. Instead of losing yourself in thought, start making romance a priority in your relationship again.

Here are a few tips to help you put the romance back in your marriage

Visit a Special Place

Go back to a place where you first met, or a place that has significance to you. Pick somewhere that holds a special meaning for both of you.

If you don’t have the ability to go back to a place you hold dear, then create new placed. Consider spending a night together camping. Give your spouse with the best camping gifts as a way of making the time even more special.  

Watch A Movie From Your Dating Years

Want to get nostalgic with each other? Watch a movie that you saw together while you were dating. Maybe there is a particular movie that sticks out in your mind. One of the movies that meant the most to my husband and I is Finding Nemo. We actually saw it on our honeymoon.  

Get Away For a Date Night

I suggest you make date night a priority. Why not plan a surprise night away for your spouse and don’t tell them where you are going. They don’t have to know that you’ve spent months creating a plan for the two of you to have a night or two alone.

If you have the ability to do an overnighter, book a cottage somewhere beautiful Don’t fill your weekend away with more distractions from each other if you can help it. The whole idea of getting away alone is to spend time together, not with anyone else.

Learn to Be Friends Again

One of the first reasons that people fall out of love is because they forget to be friends. They get so busy relying on each other for financial support, parental support and housekeeping, that they forget to be silly.

You were friends before you were in love, and that time of discovering what makes the other person happy doesn’t have to end with a signed marriage license. Have as much fun together as you can. Be silly. Dance in the kitchen while cooking together. Find the fun and you can find the most wonderful adventure.

Do Something Scary

I don’t mean dress up like it’s Halloween and run around shrieking at each other to make each other jump. If you’re used to lazing around at the weekend and sleeping in, it’s time to do something to get your blood pumping. Book a couples skydive.

Maybe you can go on a walking tour of the tallest building nearest to you. Choose a theme park and spend the day on thrill rides. Doing something that makes you feel alive and tingling with excitement is a great way to bond together and have fun, too!

If it’s something you’ve both never done before, all the better. Your adventure could unlock the original spark you had for each other and make you feel happy to be in the same place – that’s the goal.

Break The Routine

In the end, being in rut means you’ve been doing the same things over and over again and are losing the joy within those things. You need to get out of the rut that you are stuck in and breaking through the bored means changing things around and getting out of those routines.

Make Friday nights an indoor date night where all technology is switched off in favour of actual conversation. Break out the board games and snacks and have a competition with each other. Get into each other’s world and explore what you both enjoy. Flip a coin every week so you can decide what to do.

Marriage isn’t simple, nor is it something to be thrown away due to boredom. A rut can be broken, and your marriage can be as exciting as it was in the beginning, it just takes a lot of time and a lot of patience to get you there again. There’s never going to be a good time to reconnect, so make it a priority now.  

Crafts of Romance: DIY Christmas Gifts

You know how much I love DIY gifts for any occasion, especially Christmas. I have loved the things that Austin has made for me in the past. Also, I love hand making things for people to such degree, that my kids are convinced I can make anything.

I invited Rebecca Shubert on today to share with us a few of her favorite DIY Christmas gift ideas. Here’s what she has to say-

Christmas is a romantic holiday when you manage to take the stress out of it. It is strange, after all, that we complain more about our stress levels during the festive season than the rest of the year. It is supposed to be a time for relaxation and family, after all.

Make a difference this year and treat yourself as well as your loved ones to the therapeutic effects of crafting. You’ll get to pour your energy into creating something special for the ones you love, and they get something to cherish forever. It’s a win-win!

Here is a handful of great gifts to craft for your husband or boyfriend this year that he will love – and not just because it came from you.

1. Homemade Tie For Him

A man proud of his scarf would carry one you made with pride – as long as they look neat and professional, of course. It should be something that works with his style. They’re so easy to make, too! Just check out this easy tutorial and pick up your favorite fabrics before sewing it all together.

Treat yourself to a sewing machine right away if you don’t have one yet, by the way. You’ll probably want to craft up every present you give from now on. Start by looking at the ones in your price range and browse your way through the top rated sewing machines before you purchase one. They can be quite expensive, and a bit of research is a must.

2. DIY Knitted Scarf For Her

DIY Scarves

It’s a classic Christmas gift to craft up but oh-so time consuming if you don’t have the skills for it quite yet. When you get the hang of it, though, you might even see it evolve into one of your favorite hobbies. You could end up one of those crazy knitting-ladies who picks up her yarn whenever she has a free moment.

It is probably not the best gift to start assembling when you only have a short month to go. This is particularly true when you’ve never knitted before. Start with a scarf, for example, and try your luck. It’s so calming and fun when you get into it, so have a look at this gorgeous DIY scarf for inspiration and dream about the day you have the same kind of knitting skills.

3. Travel Album

When your spouse is an old soul who loves to travel, you simply can’t go wrong with a cleverly crafted travel album. Collect all your fondest memories and make the background of each picture section a map of where you traveled when the picture was taken. Let whatever memories you have lying around become a part of the same album.

Here’s some ideas to get you going:

  • old concert tickets
  • lyrics of your favorite songs
  • cute notes you’ve written to each other and kept hold of for some reason.

It’s both romantic and nostalgic which is, as we know, the perfect combination for Christmas presents.

Doggy Dates: 10 Date Ideas For Couples & Their Dogs

Keelie and I have both always had dogs. All through our childhood and our entire marriage, we’ve had at least one dog, usually more. One thing we’ve never really done is doggy dates. Our poor old beagle isn’t exactly in her prime and ready for a night on the town. However, it’s a cute idea overall.

Nat is here with us today from Rover.com to tell us about 10 ideas for doggy dates you can try.

You love your honey; you love your dog. Who’s to say you have to choose which one to spend time with? Here are ten creative ways you can bring your dog along on date nights and daytime excursions, courtesy of the humans at Rover.com.

#1: Hike & Picnic

Many local trails allow dogs to hike on-leash. Check the rules beforehand to find out whether dogs are allowed and what leash restrictions apply. Bring along DIY puppy treats, water for both of you and your pet, and a picnic spread. While you’re noshing, be sure to have a bone or stick for your pup to chew on. You might want to pick up a collapsible water dish to keep your dog hydrated on the go, too!

#2: Outdoor Patio Dinner

Have a favorite restaurant with a dog-friendly patio? Bring your pooch along and treat them to a high-class dinner at your side. Either share from your plate, bring delicious treats along, or find out whether the restaurant does doggy plates (you’d be surprised what leftovers they might be able to provide at a discount). You may even meet some other couples and their dogs!

#3: Countryside Drive

Happy Dog Head Dog Car Pet Happy Car Window

If your doggy loves car rides, they’re in luck. The driver can choose a scenic drive for a daytime excursion. The other person gets to plan a playlist of favorite music. Everyone sings along loudly with the windows wide open (bonus points if the pup joins in!). Add a park stop for the puppy to get a potty break and burn off some energy. Don’t forget to take pics!

#4: Citywide Scavenger Hunt

This one requires some planning, but it’s well worth it–especially for partners and puppies who love surprises. You can make the clues easy-to-find and interactive by sending them via text. For instance, your first clue might be a silly rhyme that sends your scavenging partners to the tree under which your dog loves to pee.

Once they’ve found the right spot, you can send the next text, and so on. The final stop could have a bone buried for your pup to dig up, and a special surprise for your date, too. You might even enlist help: get a friend to bring your boo’s gift, and snap a photo of your happy family at the end of your hunt.

#5: Doggy Spa

You all love being pampered, so why not make a day of it? Bring the spa home to you or find local businesses that fit your needs. You and your date can give your dog a bath and follow up with any other grooming your pet enjoys. Next, hire a Rover sitter while you enjoy a couple’s massage. Once you’re all relaxed, you can cozy up for the evening in a cuddle dogpile.

#6: Pet Supply Store

Your pup will love roaming the aisles of their favorite pet store with the two of you in tow. Pick up some brand-new treats for your pet to enjoy, and get a long-lasting chew toy like an elk horn that will occupy your doggy back home. Let your dog sniff out their favorite parts of the store, and see what you discover!

#7: Playground & Dog Park

Fido can’t say no to the dog park. But when’s the last time you got on a playground swing? Let out your inner child at the local park. You and your partner can take turns spinning each other on a tire swing, then running around the dog park for a family game of tag. You’ll both get lots of fresh air and exercise, and you’ll feel like a kid again!

#8: Beach Day

If you have a beach nearby – even a local lake or pond – make a day of it. Plan a walk along the dock, run in the sand, and bring snacks and water for all. Start a seashell hunt, and see what your pet discovers on the way. If it’s nice out, top off the day with a casual swim or a watery game of fetch with a floating toy.

#9: Canoeing

Head for a lake or river and rent a canoe. Bring along life vests for the two of you and your pup, to stay on the safe side in case of a flip or choppy waters. Make sure everything you bring along is packed in a dry bag, including your picnic and doggy snacks. Dry socks may also come in handy!

Plan your route ahead of time and know how you’ll be getting back to the car. If you’ve never taken your dog on a boat before, do a tiny harbor test run to make sure they feel safe and comfortable in the canoe and won’t jump out.

#10: Double Date

By now, you’ve probably met a few other couples who also have dogs. Invite friends over for dinner, along with their canine companion(s). Be sure your dogs get along. Then, while you enjoy your steak, your pets can play in the next room.

Want more flexibility? Hire a Rover caregiver to look after the dogs while you’re eating, or to take them out for a walk. Then, join them in the backyard for playtime, or to watch the dogs play while you sip a coffee.

Nat Smith is a community member at Rover.com. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

How to Team Up And Increase Fitness With Your Other Half

I finally did it! I joined a gym about a week and a half ago. Austin and I are both able to get in on my pass, so we’ve made Fridays our work/date and workout/date days. We spend the mornings working on Love Hope Adventure and the afternoons our workout at the gym times.

I finally did it! I joined a gym about a week and a half ago. Austin and I are both able to get in on my pass, so we’ve made Fridays our work/date and workout/date days. We spend the mornings working on Love Hope Adventure and the afternoons our workout at the gym times.

It’s so helpful to workout together as a couple. I think it is a bonding experience as well as gives you a lot of accountability. We’ve never had the opportunity to do this before, and we are really enjoying it.

Today, I asked Patty Tyndell to come and share some of her top tips about how couples can workout together and benefit. I’m excited to hear what she has to say-

Consider A Workout Routine

health goals

The very first thing you should be considering is the exercise you’re doing with your partner. You spouse may be a good candidate for a gym buddy. Here’s a few issues you’ll have to work through:

  • Childcare
  • Finances
  • Time

These are some pretty tough obstacles to overcome depending on your season of life. But, if you are in a place where you can make these things happen, it is totally worth it.

However, if you are unable to make gym membership happen, then you can figure out ways to exercise at home. There are many YouTube videos that will give you ideas of how to workout at home without gym equipment. One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Zuzka Light. She does workouts every day that shows you how to use what you have to get fit.

Healthy Eating

A lot of fitness experts will tell you that your exercise only accounts for around 20% of your fitness and health level. As a family, you share a lot of meals together. That’s why it makes sense to work together with your dieting goals.

Don’t think that you have to just eat salads and bland foods all day. There are plenty of simple health options you can try:

  • Swap soda for bottled lime flavored water
  • Commit to eating one healthy meal a day
  • Cut back on the number of deserts you eat in a week
  • Add fruits or vegetables to every meal

Use Competition to Your Advantage

 

Striking up a bit of healthy competition is a great way to drive each other when you’re trying to get fit. If you and your spouse aren’t the kind that can handle competing against one another, then you could join a Diet Bet.

You should look at each other’s progress, monitoring exactly how well one another is doing. Along with this, it can also help to share a personal trainer, if you decide to have one. This will make it easier to have sessions, while also giving you both the chance to get similar feedback.

By dieting together, it will be harder to let yourself down by eating something bad. Along with this, going to the gym together will make it harder to skip a session. Your marriage in fitness will not only drive your motivation to workout and diet in the first place. But, it will also give you the power to do more. It’s very easy to settle when you’re the only one you have to impress.

Team Building Will Help Your Marriage

Any time you can do things together as a team, you will have a stronger marriage. There’s multiple benefits to committing to fitness together. First, you are generally getting healthier and more active. Second, you can increase your libido and desire for one another. And third, you are developing a stronger relationship.

Hopefully you’ll get some good ideas of what can be done when you’re trying to tackle fitness with your spouse.

Keep Your Relationship Exciting With These Tips

When you think of tips to keep your relationship exciting, you might think of things that happen in the bedroom. But, there’s a lot of things you can do to develop your friendship. I invited Michelle Reyes on to give us a few ideas to enjoy your spouse more.

When you think of tips to keep your relationship exciting, you might think of things that happen in the bedroom. But, there’s a lot of things you can do to develop your friendship. I invited Michelle Reyes on to give us a few ideas to enjoy your spouse more.

Here’s what she has to say-

A few years into your marriage, you can get into routines that get in the way of your relationship. It is so important to invest in your marriage from day one and not let it go, even during the child raising years.

Here’s a few ways you can keep your relationship exciting-

Small Gifts Can Go a Long Way

give your spouse small gifts to let them know you are thinking about them.

There is no need for married couples to stop giving one another gifts for no reason. It’s such a sweet gesture to come in with something little for your spouse. I know that I always feel a huge amount of appreciation if my husband brings me my favorite type of doughnut.

If you don’t know what to buy, just remember that reviews sites are great for present and gift ideas. You might find some unique ideas that you haven’t thought of before.

Have Real Conversations About Your Day

Creative conversation starters will keep your conversations going with your spouse.

Some married couples eat dinner together in the evenings while watching tv or looking at their phones instead of connecting through conversation. If you’re in that situation at the moment, you need to make changes right now. Unless, of course, you’ve already got another time you are making time for real conversation.

Make an effort to ask your spouse about their day at work or just anything that is on their minds.  Commit to having honest and open conversations about whatever it is that you are thinking about. Encourage them to talk about their hobbies, plans, and ideas.

Struggling to come up with some conversation ideas? I suggest you try creative conversation starters. This will take the pressure off of coming up with what to talk about.

Go on a Couple’s Getaway

Take a couples getaway to re-ignite romance in your marriage.

This tip is slightly controversial, but here goes. At some point, most married couples should take a break away from the family home and their kids. I like to call it “sex-cations”. You can use that time to get to know your spouse again and remember all the reasons you fell in love.

I know that childcare is very hard to make this type of thing happen. Staying away from your kids at night is very difficult. Even if you only take a weekend city break, or a full day away, your relationship will benefit. Do what you can.

These are just a few of the things you can do to bring back the excitement in your marriage. Always make time to focus on each other so that your relationship doesn’t fall apart. It’s a lot more difficult to go through a divorce than it is to find time to spend with one another.

14 Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Substitutes

Last year, I radically changed my diet in hopes to control my asthma. I’ve struggled with asthma, allergies, and eczema since I was a kid. Over the years, I’ve done a lot to manage it all. But, I finally found something that made the biggest difference.

Last October, I cut out grains, dairy, and sugar. It was a hard transition to make and I didn’t know what to eat for many months. Even now, I sometimes struggle figuring out what to make.

I’ve found that many recipes that you generally make can be made with substitutes. All substitutes I’m sharing is dairy, and grain free…much of it is no sugar, too.

Here’s a few substitutes that you can use-

1. Unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk

Unsweetened almond milk can be used for a milk substitute except in store bought pudding. I did use it to make a chocolate pie though, and it worked. The chocolate pie I made is the kind you cook on the stove from scratch.

Coconut milk can be used for a substitute if you want a sweeter flavor on something. It’s naturally sweet, and since I avoid sugar, I put it in smoothies.

2. Ground Flaxseed

Flaxseed can be used as an egg substitute in baking. As long as the egg isn’t used as a binding agent, you can swap it out. Use 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water for each egg you want to substitute.

I like to use it as a grain sub. I put it in meatballs or meatloaf in place of breadcrumbs. Also, I add it to the topping for apple or strawberry crisp.

3. Cauliflower

You’ve likely seen cauliflower used as a pizza crust alternative. I have made a cauliflower crust before, but I didn’t like it. Here’s what I like to use it as an alternative to:

  • Rice
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cream soup base

4. Butternut Squash

If you are trying to stay low carb, you can use butternut squash as an alternative to sweet potatoes. While it isn’t a grain, I find that if I eat too many potatoes, I never feel satisfied.

5. Grain Free Thickeners

There’s a few different things you can use as a no grain thickener. This is different than no gluten, because if you are just avoiding gluten, you can use cornstarch.

  • Potato flakes-If you aren’t low carb, use potato flakes to thicken your soups, gravies, and stews. Make sure to read the ingredients list to confirm dairy free.
  • Arrowroot– Another substitute you can use is arrowroot powder. It is a little weird when it thickens gravy, because it makes it a little jello like, but it’s still good. But, I’ve used it in soups without a problem.

6. Cheese Flavoring

There is a dairy free cheese on the market, but I’ve not been impressed with it, but have used it on occasion with some amount of luck. It tastes really salty and doesn’t melt. Also, did I mention it’s like $5-$6 per bag where I live? Insane.

However, there’s another solution if you want to add cheese flavoring to your food. It’s called nutritional yeast. I’d say it tastes similar to the cheese powder on cheetos. I’ve mixed it into mashed cauliflower or put it into soups. It will dissolve.

I’ve made dairy free, grain free mac and cheese that way. I just used unsweetened almond milk, dairy free butter, nutritional yeast, dairy free cheese, and chickpea noodles.

7. Grain Free Flours

I am surprised at the number of grain free flours I’ve found. So far, I haven’t figured out how to make sandwich bread from any of them, but I’ve had huge success with muffins and brownies.

Here’s the top grain free flours I like:

  • Banana flour– this is not a sweet flour like you might think. It’s made from ground up green bananas. Just note that it is a dryer flour, so it’s easy to overcook your muffins.
  • Almond flour– this has a texture similar to ground flaxseed. I’ve used it successfully to make apple crisp or strawberry crisp. Again, it’s kind of dry, so if you are using it for baking, mix it with another flour.
  • Soy flour– I’ve used this flour to fry chicken and it’s amazing. My family prefers it to regular flour now.
  • Coconut flour- I’m in love with the banana coconut flour recipe on Wellness Momma.

8. Chickpeas

One of my favorite things to eat is chickpeas. I like it in the form of hummus for my vegetables. Also, I use it as a substitute for noodles in chicken noodles soup. It doesn’t taste like noodles, but it fills up the soup without the starch.

You can also bake them in the oven with a little season on them. I think they have the texture of oven baked fries, because they are soft in the middle with a tougher outside. Here’s a roasted chickpea recipe.

9. Grain Free Noodle Alternatives

There are a few vegetables that I like to use as noodle alternatives. Spaghetti squash is a popular option, because it naturally shreds like angle hair pasta. You can make wide zucchini noodles with a vegetable peeler.

I was super excited to find chickpea noodles. These noodles cook up great and don’t get mushy in your soups. I’ve also seen black bean and red lentil pasta before at Walmart.

10. Grain Free, Dairy Free, Breakfast Bars

You can eat any type of breakfast bar from Larabar. I think most are sugar free, because they are sweetened with dates. You can buy them in the protein bar sections at the grocery store. They also sell a dairy free, grain free brownie bites and caramel bites.

11. Cloud Bread

Cloud Bread is a good biscuit substitute. It’s basically meringue, but it’s really good. You can put jelly on it and it rocks.

12. Dessert Options

The Costco where I live sells something called Crispy coconut rolls. These taste like waffle cones. I see them here on ebay if you don’t have a Costco. That’s a high price for them. They are like $6 or $7 at Costco, but they may sell them on Amazon.

Strawberry Crisp Recipe

The only dairy free chocolate I’ve found is Ghirardelli 72% cocao. You can buy it Walmart, also.

Here’s the easiest dessert ever that I make all the time:

I make from scratch is strawberry crisp. I cut up fresh strawberries.

For the topping:

  • ½ cup of almond flour
  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons dairy free butter or coconut oil hardened

I just sprinkle the topping on the strawberries and bake at 350 for 30 minutes- just like mom’s apple crisp.

I like to add coconut yogurt on it sometimes too. I’ve even baked it on top of the strawberry crisp in patches, and it was good. You can add a little bit of sugar to the yogurt or it will be a bit bitter.

Peanut Butter Cup Recipe

These peanut butter cups are so easy. Just need a Ghirardelli chocolate bar, peanut butter, and coconut oil..

13. Grain Free Tortilla Chips

This is the closest thing to grain free tortilla chips. They are made up of mostly beans, but there’s a little bit of rice flour in them. Not completely grain free, but good enough. They’ve got a cheeto like chip, but it’s not dairy free. You can buy gluten free tortilla chips, if you don’t mind the grain of corn.

14. Best Grain Free, Dairy Free Pizza Substitute

The best pizza substitute I’ve come across is cooking french fries and then covering them with spaghetti sauce and pepperonis. If you like the dairy free cheese, you can add that. You can also add some onions and bell peppers and it has the same flavor as a veggie pizza.

Overall, I haven’t come across a too many recipes I couldn’t modify with substitutes. As long as you make it from scratch, you can just about find a substitute for it.

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Improve Your Marriage With Small Acts of Kindness

I’m a huge proponent of being nice to your spouse. It seems like such a simple thing, but in reality, it is everything. We can easily stop showing our spouse those little courtesies that we naturally do for others. I think it is a familiarity type of thing.

I invited Jessica Burnell on today to share with us a few of her ideas of small acts of kindness you can do for your spouse. She had outlined some great things-

It’s time to break your bad habits and start showing one another how much you really care. Here are a few different ways that wearing your heart on your sleeve can prove beneficial for your marriage.

Tell Your Partner You Love Them

Sometimes we become so used to feeling a certain way about someone that we forget to tell them exactly how we feel in words. Remember to tell your partner that you love them frequently, but don’t force it. Whenever you feel particularly tender towards them, let them know with those three little words. It helps them to feel appreciated and know that you are still just as enamored with them as you were at the start of your relationship.

Make Sentimental Gifts

You don’t have to wait for birthdays or other celebrations to roll around to make a gift to your spouse. You can make sentimental gifts at any time to show your appreciation and affection. This shows that you’re thinking of them even when you’re not expected to.

A present handed over on a specific calendar date or following a particular achievement is often expected. But a present out of the blue makes much more impact. Remember that the best kinds of sentimental gifts are often handmade.

Here’s one idea to get the ball rolling:

Make a scrapbook containing titbits and memories from your relationship’s beginnings to the present day. Stock up on scrapbook supplies. You’ll need a scrapbook itself as well as picture corners, glue, and tape. This is your creation so it can turn out exactly how you want it to.

Whether you want an assorted collage of pictures or fancy taking a more neat and chronological approach, the final piece will come to fruition relatively easily.

You can also add things like saved tickets from movie dates, tickets to events, or notes and letters you’ve exchanged for an extra special and personalized touch. Remember to write a message in the front for them to read every time they look through it.

Arrange Date Nights

When you are married, it’s easy to slip into the same old routine. But dating is just as important now as it was when you first met. However, rather than getting to know one another, the focus will now probably be on keeping up with how each other are feeling amidst the rush of everyday living.

It is important that you and your spouse have quality time together doing things that you enjoy. Otherwise, things can quickly become dull. You may end up arguing purely to provide yourselves with something to do.

Here’s a few things you can do-

  • Go to the movies
  • Check out a new restaurant
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood
  • Find a picnic spot

You will both be so much happier when you get to do enjoyable things in one another’s company, rather than focusing on chores, appointments and other responsibilities. Distraction-free time as a couple is extremely important!

Always Say Goodnight and Good Morning

If you and your partner are away from one another for a period time, you should always make the effort to say goodnight and good morning to one another. Why? Well, it shows that this person is the first thing on your mind when you wake up. Also, that they are the last thing on their mind before they go to sleep.

It opens up the conversation for the day and then closes it off for the night without your partner worrying and wondering why you stopped replying without warning. It’s a simple sentiment but will make a huge difference.

Do Your Fair Share

help each other out with chores in the home

By the time people are married, they have often fallen into a routine when it comes to the distribution of chores. More often than not, one partner ends up doing more than the other. This might be completely fine and not cause any tension or problems. However, you should try as hard as possible to do your fair share of the chores.

If your partner cooks, offer to clean up and vice versa. This can also apply to other responsibilities. Take socializing as an example. If you are visiting your friends or family more than you are spending with their friends and family, propose a visit or meet up.

Don’t be selfish with your time. Especially if your partner is going to be involved in your plans. You should make an equal effort in all aspects of your lives. This can be from cleaning to socializing and various other areas that you may not have even previously considered.

Even if your marriage has no noticeable problems, it’s always productive and positive to make more of an effort with your loved one. So make sure that they are always aware of how much you care for them. Do this through both actions and words. After all, there’s always room for improvement.

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4 Tips For A Perfect Date Night In The Kitchen

You know how much of a date night advocate I am. So, I invited Rose from Gimmy Tasty on to share with us her top tips on how to have a perfect date night in the kitchen. She’s got some great ideas.

Couples should always dedicate a special time for bonding. Despite the erratic tides of schedules and the presence of other mundane activities in life, creating a space for you and your beloved is still necessary. But there is no need for you to make these romantic dates to be extravagant. Even a fine dinner in your own kitchen can become a moment worth cherishing for. Of course, it will take some simple preparations to make this wonderful night to happen. Don't worry if you are still clueless about what to do. I am going to teach you the ropes of how to have a magical date night in the kitchen!

Here’s what she has to say-

Couples should always dedicate a special time for bonding. Despite the erratic tides of schedules and the presence of other mundane activities in life, creating a space for you and your beloved is still necessary.

But there is no need for you to make these romantic dates to be extravagant. Even a fine dinner in your own kitchen can become a moment worth cherishing for. Of course, it will take some simple preparations to make this wonderful night to happen. Don’t worry if you are still clueless about what to do. I am going to teach you the ropes of how to have a magical date night in the kitchen!

Choosing the Right Recipe

If you are a pretty skilled cook, making any recipes should be a piece of cake for you. But this time, you should not just instantly dive into any cuisine that comes into your mind. You always have to mind your partner. Does he/ she have any allergies? Is he/ she a vegetarian? These are some of the necessary questions that you must answer. Otherwise, you might end up making a food that your partner might detest. And that could ruin the perfect date night!

The element of surprise can be a good thing. But if you are pretty unsure of the flavor preferences of your better half, then just communicate. In this way, you can prevent disasters from happening.

Preparing the Recipe

Now that you know what to cook, it is time to head in the market. Strictly pick the fresh ingredients only. This would allow your cuisine to exhibit the finest appearance and taste. Of course, your partner would be happy to dine in such kind of lavish. The mood would really get better if you can satisfy your beloved’s tummy.

Easy date night recipes

If you lack some cooking wares and equipment, then you should invest in them, too. There is no point on borrowing tools in your neighbors because that is quite embarrassing and taxing at the same time. Better get those amenities for yourself. These investments can serve you the next time you will plan for another date in the kitchen. Get those personal blenders, skillets, and juicers right away!

Cleaning the Kitchen

If you are finished in cooking, then it is time to prepare your kitchen. Clean all the dishes and all the materials you used in food preparation. Arrange them properly in their respective storage so that your kitchen will look good and tidy. Don’t forget to clean your counter tops and tables as well.

If you want a foolproof and tidy appearance, make sure that you vacuum the flooring of your kitchen. Just remove any blemishes that could become an eyesore to your date. If possible, just do a general home cleaning. This would certainly leave your partner dumbfounded and impressed! After all, a squeaky clean abode is a rare sight for busy couples!

Wrapping It Up

If the two of you are sitting on the dining table already, it is time to start your date. It would be great if you have prepared finger foods like crackers or fries because they can easily stir up conversations.

I am sure that the two of you know each other very well. Therefore, if you are running out things to talk, then you could just explain why you have chosen the recipes that you made. Are there any special memories lurk behind these foods? These things could really make the night light and lovely!

Of course, don’t forget to shower some words of affection. They could make your partner remember why he/ she fell in love with you in the first place!

Hello! Rose here! I am a full-pledge mother and a kitchen warrior at the same time. I created the GimmeTasty.com blog so that I can share my cooking knowledge to each interested individuals out there. If you want to catch up with my culinary adventures, just visit and subscribe to my site! I am excited to see you there!