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!

Spring Favs: Outfit Ideas, Things To Do + More

The weather in Illinois has been absolutely amazing lately. Bravo Chicago you’re finally doing this Spring thing right! Can you believe yesterday I wore sandals? Sandals…in April! Crazy isn’t it?! Get this, as I’m writing this post the temperature reads 75 degrees. How exciting!

Anyways, today I thought I’d publish a post all about Spring Favorites! The weather is changing which means trends and styles are too! I’ve made so many recent purchases prepping for these upcoming weeks. I wanted to share my finds and hopefully get you guys in the Spring mood too!

Two-Strapped Sandals

To start, I know I’m a little behind on this whole Birkenstock trend but man these shoes are comfy! I love pairing mine with some leggings and a large tunic. Lately, that’s been my go-to Sunday attire. Super simple to throw on and gives me the support I need to walk around comfortably.

Collared Shirts & Dresses

I’ve been totally in-to the collared look. Recently, I picked up a few striped styled collared short sleeves that go great with distressed skinny jeans. The tops make me look less grungy and more put together when paired with the rips. I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. A perfect compromise for sure!

Dresses are my guilty pleasure. Sometimes I really don’t feel like wearing pants. Can I be the only one?! Dresses are easy and light weight. It’s basically a whole outfit in one. Gotta love that.

L’Oréal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray

We all have that one hair product that does our locks wonders, this is mine. I’ve always struggled to find something that can tame my hair while also keeping it volumized and beachy. The Air Dry It Wave Spray gives me everything I need for a simple, quick, style. I recommend it for those who are always on the run yet want to feel refreshed and natural.

H2O+ Marine Toner

To give my skin the extra little glow, cleansing, and replenishing it needs I look to this stuff. Filled with ingredients found in the sea, it’s quickly becoming my favorite new face product to use on the daily. I use this before bed time after I’ve completely washed my face. It leaves the skin feeling renewed and healthy. Pick up a bottle of this stuff now!

Pearl Earrings

Pearl anything for that matter! Did anyone else forget these beauties existed? Because same. These wonderful pearl studs from Ice Jewelery complete all of my Spring outfits. I feel like such a classy lady when I put mine on. I never want to take them off!

To add, Ice Jewelry has so many other great jewelry options for every occasion all for affordable prices! The site lets customers purchase straight from designers keeping everything very low-cost. Plus, if pearls just aren’t your thing they carry a variety of other great pieces. With Mothers Day right around the corner, this just may be the destination for the perfect gift! Use my code Natalie10 for 10% off your next purchase. Happy shopping!

Shop Ice Jewelry Here

Psssst…stay tuned towards the end of this post for special giveaway information! You could be the lucky winner getting your own pair of pearl earrings just like mine!

Iced Green Tea & Honey Lavender Lattes 

The love for this one goes deep friends. The Starbucks Green Tea Latte gives me life. Except, I love to put my own little spin on it. In my drink, I like to add non fat milk, 2 pumps of peppermint and light ice! It’s so refreshing and revitalizes your mood quickly! Pick one up for yourself and tell me how you like it!

I’ve also been swooning over honey and lavender lattes. The sweetness of the honey engages with the lavender so well. Feels like joy and happiness every time I drink one!

Pierogies 

I come from a mixed breed family with ancestors spread throughout France, Poland, Germany and so many others. However, growing up I always knew one European style food I just couldn’t get enough of. Those were Pierogies! These consist of crispy dough on the outside filled with whatever you want on the inside. I’ve been cooking them up for breakfast and dinner non stop just to relive my childhood a bit. Some of the greatest fillings to me are sweet cheese, potato, and sauerkraut! Add a dollop of sour cream for the saltier options and sugar for the sweeter ones. So delicious!

Conservatories

Plants have become quite a big part of my home. I’m always on the look out for adding new ones to my collection, big or small. One of the greatest places I love to gain inspiration from is the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. There are so many plant species and amazing things to look at. It’s really an awesome Spring day idea if you’re searching for something to do. It’s also free!

If you’re not an Illinois native, try a local greenhouse in your area. The place will make for pretty pictures and a wonderful shopping experience. Much better than Home Depot. I promise.

GIVEAWAY TIME

Now, earlier in this post I mentioned to all of you I had a little giveaway going on for one of my favorites this Spring season. Thanks to my friends over at Ice Jewelry, one of you is going to win your own pair of pearl earrings! Here are the simple rules for your chance at scooping these up! Be sure you’re following myself as well as Ice Jewelry on our Instagram accounts, then tag a friend on the collab post I recently did with them! After that, you’re done and entered! The winner will be chosen May 15th so get those entries in quick! Good luck!

Inexpensive Date Ideas For Spring

Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! In today’s blog post I thought I’d start by introducing a few ideas for Spring date days! The weather is starting to change, the birds are chirping, and summer is on it’s way. During these cooler sunny days, I love to spend a lot of time outdoors and experiencing the things around me. Below, I’ve listed five different date ideas perfect for friends or partners! Give it a read and share with me your upcoming date plans! 

Farmers Market 

Exploring these last couple of weeks has reminded me how great it is to support local farms, vendors, and creators. Farmer’s markets and little shopping areas showcase the people in your area who work extremely hard for a living and make amazing things. Enjoy that fun atmosphere with the one you love during the Spring time. Many of these markets will be opening up fully for the season. Live music, great food, fresh flowers, and hand made products can’t get much better than that!

Baseball Game

Baseball season is right around the corner! Personally, I really dislike watching the games on television. However, going to the field and experiencing everything in person gets me so excited! Check out your cities major or minor league team tickets. Typically, they’re not very expensive and a lot of fun!

Mini Golf

Inexpensive and easy to play! You don’t have to be great at golf to play a round. Look into your nearest mini golf place for specific pricing and information. Most of the courses are located outside which could make for an awesome Spring day if the weather allows! Afterwards, go grab a cup of froyo to complete the day out! Super fun and easy! 

Outdoor Lunch

Where I live, there are a bunch of food places with outdoor eating. Take advantage of the Spring weather by enjoying a lunch or breakfast outside. You could even do something as simple as grabbing a coffee at Starbucks and choose to sit in their outside area. Another really inexpensive option that would be perfect for a sunny day.

Hiking, Kayaking, Being Outside

Some of my favorite Spring and Summer activities consist of working out. Being active during one of the best times of the year is so enjoyable. Research your nearest trails or hiking areas where you can just walk, run, and soak in all the nature. 

Same thing goes for kayaking. If you’ve tried it, you know how great it is and how awesome you feel afterwards! If you haven’t tried kayaking, give it a shot! There’s classes out there with instructors ranging anywhere from $15 and up. Check your location and see what’s nearby. Last year, I was able to take a kayaking excursion highlighting a sunken ship in Door County, WI. It was super interesting to see something like that up close! You’re burning calories and getting fit with your friend or partner. Awesome date day for the adventure seekers!