Date Night: How to make it happen when schedules are busy and money is tight.

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Chase and I have had a rule since the day we got married that we’d always do a weekly date night. We’ve both been influenced by our parents who set the example of doing regular date nights. They always stressed the importance of continuing to ‘court’ each other after marriage and taught us how imperative it was to take that time alone together each week. So Chase and I decided early on that we’d make it a priority to do that. And honestly, our weekly date nights have become one of my absolute favorite parts of our marriage. It’s so nice to go out with this boy I fell in love with and reconnect with him as my lover. Ya know what I mean? Yes he’s the man I share a roof and a bank account with and we divide and conquer on parenting duties and the daily tasks, yes. BUT, he’s also my dreamy, interesting boyfriend. He’s my trusted bestie. He’s the guy I want to talk to. He’s the guy I want to check me out. He’s the man I want to impress. Date night helps me turn down the noise of the daily minutia and turn up the volume on all of that.

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

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Happy Tuesday homies!¬†This post is more for me than it is for you. (you’re like Mmmmmk? Thanks a lot you selfish B!) I mean, I hope that you find it helpful as well, but mostly I have no flippin’ clue what to get husband for Fathers Day, so this post was intended to force me to think about it and figure something out. Fathers Day is in less than 2 weeks, after all. Less than two weeks people! Can you believe that? We’re almost half way through June! What the deuce? Where does the time go? I can’t appreciate it.

Anywhoooooo, in my search I stumbled onto J.Crew Factory and discovered that all their Dad related items¬†(a.k.a. mens stuff) were 40% off right now. Woot! So I rounded up a handful of my favorite items to give you some Fathers Day gift ideas! That floral chambray tie is happening for sure, and husband is going to like it or else. Mostly what I love about getting Chase J.Crew Factory stuff is that I feel like I’m getting away with something: it seems like a nicer gift because it’s J.Crew, but it really doesn’t cost much more than I’d pay elsewhere because it’s factory. Husband feels good, I feel good – everybody wins!

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Just some good ol’ fashioned mixed prints

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It’s Fri-YAY! Happy Friyay to one and all! What are your weekend plans? Mine suck. Haha – k not really, but kind of. Mostly my hubs is working all weekend, which equals I’ll be a sad, mopey bear until he’s done. Woof. At least I have the warm fuzzies from yesterday’s Warrior’s victory over the Cavs to pull me through. What a great game, holy smokes. I don’t know what it is you guys, but I suddenly feel mildly obsessed with basketball. These NBA playoffs really sucked me in, and I’m not even mad about it. Chase has been pretty stoked about it too, haha.

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The Perfect Summer Dress…

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How was your weekend guys? Jack and I jaunted over to Boise. Every year, I get together with my two best girlfriends from childhood. We’re on year seven! Pretty impressed with ourselves about that, not gonna lie. Last weekend was Girl’s Trip 2015, so grandma and grandpa kept an eye on Jack while I went and played with my gal pals. It was so nice. Mamas need some girl time – amiright? And I have to admit: every time I visit Boise, I remember why I loved it there so darn much. I’m not sure I can even put words to it – it’s just a real, real good place. Now it’s back in Cali and back to the grind. Trying to slap on a happy face bout that and just do the dang thang. Nipping those post-vacay blues in the bud – woot!

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Crush your mid-week hosting (with just 5 extra mins!)

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If you’ve followed GBO for very long (or even 5 minutes), you’ve probably gathered that I have a serious propensity for spreading myself way too thin. It’s something I’m good at – what can I say? (#nottobrag #justkiddingthisisntagoodthing) With a full time job + the blog + husband + my sweet baby boy, you’d think that mid-week entertaining is something we simply wouldn’t have time for. Aaaaand you’d basically be right. BUT, a person’s gotta live too, amiright?!

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