What’s In Our Easter Baskets 2018

Let me just start by saying, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying the day as much as I am. So far, it’s been full of laughs, good food, and family course!

This year, I chose to do something a little special for my husband and our pups. I went all out and got each of them their own Easter basket filled with goodies! Here’s what was inside!

My husband’s basket included: a blender bottle, huggable hangers for his work ties, an air freshener for his new car, a 10 pack of new socks (essentials ya know), scratch off lotto tickets, and a bottle of his favorite wine (19 crimes).

My guy isn’t very big on sweets or candy so I tried to find alternatives and things I knew he was in need of! I was able to find almost everything from Target for a super affordable price. Some of the stuff was even on clearance! Overall, I think his basket turned out pretty good! With a cost of less than $50!

As for the doggos, each little baby got a small basket with toys and treats I’ve been eying for them lately! We have a female corgi and a male pug mix so it was important I color coordinated! Do I sound like a crazy dog mom yet?!

Peach, our corgi, received: a pizza plush squeaker, a rubber blue and yellow bone, one purple and green rope, and a peanut butter chewy.

Needless to say, she loved everything that was in there!

Po, our pug mix, received: an avocado plush squeaker, KONG brand tennis balls, a blue and yellow rubber bone, and a beef flavored chewy.

This little fluff ball was too happy when he saw all his new stuff!

After the basket opening concluded, I let the puppies go on an “Easter egg hunt”. Each plastic egg hid a treat inside. Which, to my surprise, the dogs were actually capable of opening on their own! It was cute watching them run around the house to find these! How did you spend your Easter?!

Why Date Nights Are Important

When I got married to my husband, part of me thought our relationship would change. I knew plenty of couples who warned me of marriage because to some…marriage meant more responsibility, accountability, and planning. Friends told us we’d forget about making time for one another and that date nights would slowly slip away. One year of being married later, I can vouch to say all of those things were untrue!

Yes, marriage is hard work and sometimes the hubs and I lose track of what’s going on around us. That doesn’t mean our relationship isn’t strong or moving at a slower pace than before. In fact, we’ve made a bigger effort than ever to make sure our time together is well spent. Which is what led me to write this post!

Time To Talk

Sometimes the only time I have to talk with my husband about important life details is when we’re out to dinner. Get off your phone when you’re with each other and speak. Plan for your next vacation, talk about the bills you have due for the week, or just ask questions about each other’s day!

Experiencing New Things

One of the best things about “date days” is finding new restaurants to try or fun experiences. A relaxing couple hours with your spouse or loved one makes all the difference if you’re always on the go and away. Learn something new together, go on an adventure to a new place, or find an activity you two typically don’t do as a couple!

We recently discovered a new restaurant in our area that offers special brunch on Sunday afternoons. It was quiet, tasty, and we decided to splurge on a sit-down place that offered new flavors! A date idea you might enjoy with your significant other might be a night out at a restaurant grand opening or any grand opening for that matter! Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a good thing!

Giving Undivided Attention

Circling back to having time to talk. It’s equally as important to be giving each other undivided attention, free of distractions. Some of the things I’m referring to is the phone, T.V, or work duties. All of that needs to go out out the window on date nights!

Listening

We can all guess that when we speak, we want others to listen. Make sure you’re really taking in the conversation between you and your significant other. What’s the point of going on a date if one person is zoned out the entire time? This is why most of the “dates” my husband and I go on consist more of a social atmosphere rather than let’s say…a movie!

Even though life has been crazy lately, I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else. Getting a little sappy in this post so if you made it to the end, thank you! I hope you find the value in date nights like I do!

Chicago Eats – Owl and Lark

I’ve found heaven on earth ladies and gentlemen and it’s called Owl and Lark. Located in the La Grange (Chicagoland) area this cute little spot is the perfect combination of quick bites and sit down staples. After seeing tons of hype about this place on social media, I knew I had to make my way towards it.

The menu at Owl and Lark really took me by surprise. They had salads, smoothies and bowls, dairy-free options, and a variety of different breads to choose from for your avocado toast. Which by the way, is the bomb diggity.

I ordered a 16 oz matcha latte with oat milk (considerably my new obsession). Oat milk gives the drink a natural flavor. To me, it’s like an upgraded version of regular milk. It was light and flavorful + the perfect amount of sweetness. Totally frothy and blended together nicely. I loved it!

To compliment my hot beverage, I also splurged on the pumpernickel bread avocado toast. The avocado wasn’t too overwhelming – it was evenly spread across and topped with pickled onions, red pepper flakes, arugula, and watermelon radish. The watermelon radish atop everything was, to be honest, a bit much. I was intimidated at first but after a few bites, that fear was gone and filled with flavor!

Besides the wonderful food and drinks this place had, I also just have to briefly touch on the atmosphere. This gem was bright, filled with character, and modern with a tiny amount of rustic flair. If my personality and style was a coffee shop, it would be this.

Owl and Lark, thanks for creating such an adorable place for my hubby and I to have lunch. Everything about our experience was perfect and I’ll 100% be back for more! Friends, if you live in the Chicagoland area, put this spot on your list to visit! I promise you will not regret it!

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