Monday, August 16, 2010

Two Fun Date Nights to Have with Your Honey! :]

A month or two ago I bought a book titled "How to Date your Spouse" from Deseret Book. I haven't had a chance to read it all, but after reading some of the book and after looking at blogs like The Dating Divas and Love Actually I started to realize the importance of PLANNING weekly dates. Andrew and I never had a problem of finding places to "go out" to. It was the planning BEFORE hand and designating a for sure night to do something special that we were lacking in.

Because of this, every Friday night (unless certain circumstances exist) we switch off planning dates. It is the designated date planner's decision where we go, what we do, and whether or not they want to keep it a surprise or not from the other person. As of now we have to go on five dates before we can go to the same place again (as in restaurants) so we get a chance to try new places. In the future we will have more rules such as certain dates can only be $10 and so far, but for now we are just getting in the habit of going on weekly dates.

For Andrew's first date (8.6.10) he took me to Red Robin, then to King Putt Mini Golf, followed by Red Mango for dessert. We had never been to the Mini Golf place but it was SO fun.

Everything was glow in the dark, even the golf balls. I stunk at first, but after a few pointers from the husband I actually enjoyed myself and beat my hubby on a few holes.

We highly recommend going there. Also, we had heard about Red Mango from a few people on facebook, so we decided to go there since we were in the area. It's "healthy" ice cream and it was WAY good. I recommend going there as well. It was a way fun night overall and I'm greatful to have such an amazing husband.

For my date on 8.13.10, I decided to plan a fun/romantic spa night at home. Andrew had mentioned how he just needed a day to relax so I thought this would be perfect as long as I didn't make it "girly."

I made sure that he wouldn't come home all day (and luckily I had the day off). I straightened up the house, went grocery shopping, and came home to prepare for the date. I bought a TON of candles to set the mood and set those up first, then started cooking homemade pizza. I used the recipe from Cooking for Two, a book from Deseret Book and also used a Ceasar salad recipe found on If your interested in either, let me know.

Anyways, Our house is sectioned off pretty well so I could have "stages" without him seeing everything that was going on all at once. In our front room I list some candles and set out some Sparkling Cider and glasses. I wanted him to get the feel that this was going to be a romantic evening. I also made sure to only light the candles for each room while in use so I wouldn't start a fire.

Next I had him go in the bathroom and shower since he hadn't had a chance to freshen up after working in the hot sun all day. Using advice from one of the blogs I read, I bought shower crayons (so fun!) to write a fun message in our bathroom to let him know what we would be doing. I also set out pajamas (I wanted robes but they were "out of season?" This actually may have been a good thing because we aren't really "robe" people so they wouldn't get used much.) for him to get changed in to after he was cleaned up.

I highly recommend buying the crayons if you are married; they are a fun and interesting way to add spice to a daily routine.

While Andrew was showering, I made sure that dinner was cooking smoothly and that it would be ready when he was done. I lit the candles for the living/dining area and set out the food.

The dinner was REALLY yummy and it was romantic to talk and eat in the candle light. After dinner, Andrew cleaned up for me while I lit the candles in our room. I DID buy stuff for facials but I don't recommend it if you have a "manly" husband. He didn't want to do facials so I didn't force it on him, and we just stuck to the massages. We made sure we both got 20 minute massages so it was fair and it was SO relaxing. We enjoyed the time spent together and recommend this idea to EVERYONE!

After our massages we ended the night with chocolate covered strawberries and brownies. We just wanted to focus on relaxing, picked a movie to watch, and fell asleep.

If you EVER need a night to relax I suggest planning your own "spa night." You can do more activities like facials and pedicures, or keep it simple like we did. I think the fact that I made dinner and dessert made it that much more special as well.

Do you have any dates to suggest?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

simple craft :]

My husband LOVES mason jars. It may be because he served a mission in Georgia, or maybe it's because he loves anything involved with outdoors and mountain men. All I know is, they are a PAIN to wash. Especially when you don't have a dishwasher. I have "little" hands too and I can't get my hand in there without fearing that I'll permanently have mason jar hand for the rest of my life. Due to this fact, I pondered: "What can I do with these so that they are still used, but not used to drink out of?"

As a result, I present this "craft" to you.

First I started with 3 empty mason jars.

I went to Joann's and bought Styrofoam, vase filler, and 3 flowers.
I cut the Styrofoam in small enough pieces that would fit in the vases, stuck the shortened flower stems in the Styrofoam, placed them in the vases and filled the vases.

P.S. Just as a warning this stuff GETS EVERYWHERE and is a pain to clean up, so I suggest using it outside.

See what I mean?!

Anyways, after a few short minutes, I came up with these and LOVE the feel of them

(Ignore the candles, those were used for a date night I planned) Aren't they cute? It was a simple, cheap way to use the mason jars and they add the perfect touch to the room.

Have you done any simple, cute crafts lately?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Long Time No Blog...

I've noticed I only manage to post once a month which I'll try to work on, I promise.

And since my husband just made me try a "bolled" aka boiled peanut, this will be as good a time as any. (PS it was DISGUSTING)

Lately I've been really upset about the weight I've gained. Like really upset. My lack of motivation to go to the gym at 10 o'clock at night really isn't helping either. SO, as a result, TOMORROW LITERALLY STARTS A NEW DAY....a time to start taking this issue seriously. I WILL be going to the gym at least once a day for an hour and I WILL be keeping track of what I eat and doing the Weight Watchers program...even if I'm not going/paying for the meetings. At work I will make it a point to use 15 minutes of my lunch break to take a walk as well, which I did two times last week and it was fun to get out for a minute. Basically, any working out I can add to my schedule, I WILL do. I never realized how much weight can effect your life until you lose weight and gain some of it back. It really does get you down in the dumps so I'm making a huge effort to get back in shape. PLUS I need to look hot for my husband of course. He always tells me I'm beautiful no matter how I think I look, but I'd still like to make this change, for the both of us. Wish me luck!

In other news, my life seems to be full of work and then vacations. And no, I'm not complaining. Since my last post we celebrated our 6 month anniversary and had fun on July 4th.

 Also, after Costa Rica we were able to go to Wyoming for Jeff Harber's wedding

and then a week or two later were able to go to Panguitch Utah for our annual trip. It was a trip full of family, fishing, games, parades, and my sister's BIRTHDAY! It was a really fun trip, like always. We went fishing where  my nephew Jackson caught his first fish :] and his Daddy as you can tell, ha.

We also went to "our tree" where I hope to go every year until we are really old. :]

I really do love Panguitch and can't wait to build a house there some day when Andrew and I are older and have raised our future kids.

Speaking of kids...My best friend for life since Kindergarden, Kelli Empey, texted me this morning saying that she had a dream that I was pregnant. And speaking of dreams involving pregnancy, I had a dream I was as well this week. Weird huh?! While these are some peculiar coincidences, I am not pregnant yet and don't plan on becoming pregnant until Andrew and I have been married AT LEAST a year and hopefully I am done with school. I know things don't always go as planned, but as far as I know there is no bun in the oven and when that day comes I WILL be's just not now.

Other than working I'm just contemptating what classes to take this fall and wondering if I'll get in classes I need. I'm continuing with elementary education classes and hope it's the right choice for me. I know whatever road I'm supposed to take and wherever I'm supposed to go will all work out and until then, I'm just doing crafts and enjoying being married to the love of my life. I'll have some home/craft pictures to post in the near future, I just don't have them ready yet.

Look forward to hearing from me more often and getting updates on my road to getting one hot bod as well! :]