3 Ideas For A Perfect Date Night At Home.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!

We are almost through the work week, so don’t worry you can do it!

If you are anything like me than Wednesday is usually the day you start to ask “what am I going to do this weekend?” & if you are anything like me you start to realize with the holidays coming up, bills, vacations, etc. you really shouldn’t DO anything this weekend.

Now, this can be a bummer. I enjoy going out even if its for a couple drinks. However, I realize that this can add up as far as how much spending is really taking place (especially if you go out every weekend) so I started thinking of ways to not blow the budget, yet still have a good time at home and I came up with these three ideas for a date night in.

So lets begin….

1. A Movie Night

Everyone right now is watching scary movies since Halloween is right around the corner, so why not have a “Horror Movie Night.” Grab the popcorn, snow caps & a cuddle buddy ( mine is the dog) and BAM!

If scary movies aren’t your thing, you could always watch a comedy or action movie. Whatever you prefer jazz it up! For example, turn your living room into a tent, make pajamas mandatory and just have fun!

2. Fancy Dinner For Two

Who says you have to go out to eat good food or dress up for that matter? Ladies, get yourself in shower, put on your favorite black dress and heels. Gentlemen, style your hair, put on some cologne and meet each other in the dinning room ( or wherever you eat in the house).

Now, if you can’t decided on who will be the cook, order out from your favorite restaurant. Enjoy each other’s company and take the time to catch up.

3. Retro Game Night

Ah, yes! This may be my favorite idea out of them all. I’m pretty sure all of us who grew up in the 90’s played a lot of video games! ( Mario Kart was my jam!) Some of us still do, judgment free blog here & what better way to get a little competitive with your partner than to challenge them virtually.

Here’s an example; my partner and I ordered pizza, downloaded Mortal Kombat on the Xbox & stayed up until one in the morning battling each other. ( He was secretly mad because I kept winning)

These are just some of my favorite at home date night ideas, but there are a lot more out there to choose from! What I love is that any of these ideas can be tweaked to fit different personalities or style.

Have fun, get creative and enjoy!

P.s.

– Let me know what you and your partner do, I’d love to share and get new ideas!

Always,

Tara

5 Essentials For A Saturday Night At Home.

Hey Ya’ll! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, and getting ready for some Halloween fun in a couple weeks. With the weather getting colder it’s the perfect time to start carving those pumpkins, and decorating the house for trick or treaters!

Speaking of colder weather, I am starting to notice that my will to go out on the weekend is slowly fading away. I used to think it was because I was getting older and lame ( don’t comment on that… ) but honestly, I just want to be warm & lazy sometimes… most times.

HOWEVER, according to my partner I do like to go out & I have a hard time just sitting at home. He may have a point ( key word MAY) but I think with social media it just makes me feel lamer than normal when I’m at home watching everyone else post their crazy night.

So, I thought about it and really it all comes down to having a general plan or idea of how to spend my night in. If you are anything like me you can’t just sit at home trying to decide what to do? Trust me, I KNOW. I have spent many Saturday nights at home upset because I literally had NOTHING to do. So, I decided to come up with my five essentials to create a fun, stress free, night at home.

1. Food & Drinks

This is probably the most important (to me at least). In order to stay in on the weekend you need to have snacks & drinks! It’s always a bummer when you don’t want to go out & then you realize you have nothing in the house. THE WORST! So I always make sure I have my favorite comfort foods and beverages ready to go before I am in for the night. I mean… there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a wine buzz. (Not like you’re driving 🙂 )

P.S: There is always delivery.

2. Candles

Let’s be real, all us girls have a thing for candles. Not only do they smell amazing, but they create a calming & relaxing environment. Plus, if you do have a significant other they help create a more specific mood as well…. ( Wink Wink). We’re all adults here.

3. Blankets & PJ’S

Alright, we ate, we have our wine, candles burning, now we need to wrap ourselves up in the perfect blanket! (Can you visualize it yet?) The whole point of staying home is because we want to be cozy & lazy, right? I also find myself getting into the cutest pajamas I can find. I may be at home, but I still want to look good!

4. Entertainment

Probably the second most important essential is your entertainment for the evening. Sometimes I turn on my favorite music playlist to vibe out to, or I log into my Netflix account. Whatever you prefer make sure you have a general idea before hand. We all know you can scroll through Netflix for an hour before you get frustrated and turn it off. & since it is October, the horror section might be a good place to start.

5. Stay Off Social Media!

Don’t even think about it! Disconnect from the virtual world & enjoy your night. Take this time to get back to center. I’m not saying everything on social media is negative but there is a lot, and sometimes we just need to give our brain a break. For me it helps with my creative side because there are no distractions or influences.

That’s it folks! My five essentials. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you have any other must haves that you love I would love to hear it! Have a good Weekend!

Always,

Tara

Back To The Start

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope everyone is just as ready for the weekend as I am! (We can get through this Thursday!)

Today, I wanted to take a moment and talk about relationships. Since I have been reflecting on my own lately (Our 5-year anniversary is today!) I figured there may be some people out there that could benefit from a chat as well. So let’s jump in….

I really don’t know where to start and believe me I am no expert, but recently as I was strolling down memory lane looking at old photos (mostly going…where is that shirt? & why am I not that skinny anymore?) & it occurred to me that even on our worst days, weeks, or years, my feelings haven’t changed. My mindset, goals, and visions are the same.

Now, some of you may be thinking, good for you, but let me explain. Most couples will tell you, when you are in a relationship there can be a lot of outside influences and opinions that come flying at you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve asked for them or not. Especially in todays world with social media, it can be hard to focus on just the two of you. You see your girlfriends on Facebook posting on how their boyfriend/spouse bought them flowers, dinner or a new car (I’ve saw it) and you glare over at your partner from the couch like “Where’s my car?!”

The biggest one for me recently is MARRIAGE. That’s right my friends, everyone around me is getting married and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want the same. I mean, I’ve put in five years already! But then, I’ll sometimes ask myself… is that what you really want? And my brain can’t deal.

img_0051Now, if I let every blog, magazine article, or family member influence me 100% (& I won’t lie sometimes you can’t help it) I would be VERY single.

I guess my point in all of this is, both of you are going to grow, you’ll grow together and individually. People are going to keep posting about their lives on social media, and you are still going to take those surveys on Facebook to see if your compatible with your boyfriend/girlfriend’s zodiac sign. However, there are only two people in the whole wide world that know the story of you two (plus the cliff notes). Will you stop asking for advice, no. And I wouldn’t recommend it, but stop comparing.

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Even if you’re single (& still reading… hey you!) the same thing goes. Don’t compare where you are to others. You never know who may be looking at you from the outside wanting what you have. Everyone needs to take time to focus on themselves/ each other. Don’t let those small intimate details get lost in the shuffle. You may need to unplug from social media, drink a glass of wine, or if you’re like me,  pop in your head phones and scroll through old photos to remember those initial feelings that made you fall in love in the first place. Let it remind you that your relationship is yours alone and not everyone moves at the same speed.

Always
Tara