Enduring All Things: June 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

What I'm Reading, Watching, and Listening To {June 2018}

Well guys, it's been a month and a half since my last Reading, Watching, Listening post, and I haven't finished a single book. I decided I liked writing these posts at the end of the month rather than the middle. And I just haven't been able to read much.

You know, I've noticed that I can't lose myself in a book like I used to. I find my mind wandering and thinking about all the things I should be doing instead of reading. And what's strange is back when I was able to lose myself in a book, I had much more responsibilities. Like when I was in either high school or college and I was studying, playing sports, and doing all sorts of other extra-curriculars.

I think the difference may be that I now work for myself and the work of a "blogger" (or "influncer" or "content creator" or "entrepreneur" or whatever you want to call me) is never done. So while I was in school, I could spend time reading and not worrying about other things because it was outside of class time, my homework was done, and I didn't have practice that day.

And, it doesn't help that a lot of my work is done on my phone which is pretty much always right beside me and is addicting in nature.

But I digress... Let's just get to the other things I've been reading, watching and listening to lately, shall we?

Books:

None. As I mentioned.


Blog Posts/Articles:

TV Shows:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

Season 4 of the beloved Netflix original didn't disappoint. Kimmy was still Kimmy. Titus, Jacqueline, and Lillian were still perfect. All the story lines progressed as needed. The ridiculousness got more ridiculous (in a good way). And the evil reverend is still finding ways to ruin Kimmy's life. This season was actually made better than the others in my opinion by the addition of jabs at Trump and the current state of our country! Pure gold!

Movies:

Oklahoma! (with Hugh Jackman)

Alright. if you watch my Instagram Stories, you probably know that I finally watched the Aussi version of Oklahoma! toward the end of May. You need to know that I have always been a big fan of Oklahoma! In fact, my brother played Judd Fry in a school production. And Harding did it as their homecoming musical my freshman year. Plus, I've always loved the 1955 movie. Also, it's no secret around here, but I love Hugh Jackman and everything he does! So I've been dying to watch this version for a long time and I finally found it on DVD at my library.

So anyway, first I want to say that it had been a while since I'd seen it and there were a few things I forgot about. Or that I just hadn't picked up on before. Like, I don't ever think I realized that the looking glass that Will brought back from Kansas City had pictures of naked ladies in it. Whoops. Guess I was pretty darn innocent last time I watched it. Either that or Harding left that part out. Also, I always knew that Ado Annie was pretty easy, but before this particular viewing, I didn't really pick up on the fact that nobody really cares that the peddler gets around. Double standards, man. Thanks, feminism for helping me pick up on this. And lastly, I never realized how incredibly Will can dance and swing a rope. Again, that may be more of a reflection on this particular production than my perceptiveness in the past.

Deadpool 2

Ok so I wasn't a huge fan of the first Deadpool. It was a bit too crude, if you know what I mean. But we saw the second one because it looked really good and because we have MoviePass. Well, you guys! They toned down the crudeness a ton! It's wasn't near as bad as the first one. There were still a couple scenes that were adult. But I didn't cringe the whole time and want to just melt into my seat. It was still absolutely hilarious, had a dropped a ton of super hero names, broke the 4th wall for the entire movie, and even taught a great lesson about family!

Solo: A Star Wars Story

You guys! This movie was surprisingly so good! It was better than The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi combined. It was even better than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And according to Pearson it was "much better than it had any right to be!"

I think it got a lot of bad press and people weren't expecting much from it because they didn't like the idea of a new, Han Solo played by somebody besides Harrison Ford and because The Last Jedi was such a let down. But you guys! This movie was amazing! Alden Ehrenreich played an excellent Han. He made it his own, but after only a couple scenes I forgot that I wasn't watching Harrison Ford. I was simply watching Han Solo.

Also, they explained a lot of Han's back story, of course. Like how he got the Falcon, how he met Chewie, and how he got into the life of a smuggler and fell in with Jabba. And there were even some fun catchphrases and other lines that were nods to what we already know of Han. But it wasn't cheesy! It was so well done!

And lastly, the other characters were perfect. Donald Glover was brilliant as Lando! They even had an exchange that explains why Lando mispronounces Han's name. And I thought they handled the love interest very well. I did not like the idea of Han being with anybody besides Leia, but throughout this movie, I found myself really liking Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra, much to my own dismay. But they handled it well and now the scruffy looking nerf herder can go fall in love with the princess!

Oceans 8

This movie was fantastic! It was even better than I expected and I had pretty high expectations! But can you blame me with the stellar cast? Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Mindy Kaling, just to name a few. Boy I tell you, I think I would totally take on a life of crime just to get to hang out with these fabulous ladies!

Plus, I think I've just become a person that can enjoy a movie like this that makes you think. A lot had to happen just right for the heist to go down and these characters were brilliant. I believe (and I may be wrong because it's been a long time) that the other Oceans movies focused more on the action and stunts and less on the brain power and plotting.

Life of the Party

Y'all. Melissa McCarthy did not disappoint in this movie! Again, it was better than I expected it to be. It was perfectly funny and yet had an emotional serious side to it as well. Gosh I love her so much! I feel like I can say "I loved Melissa McCarthy back when she was just Sookie St. James!"

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Again, this movie was not as bad as I expected. Are you seeing a pattern here? Thanks MoviePass for allowing us to see movies in the theater even when they don't look that great. And here's to them always turning out better than expected!

Anyway, this movie was certainly better than the last Jurassic World. The story was much more compelling. It wasn't just a bunch of scenes of people running away from dinosaurs. There was some of that, don't worry. But it wasn't the whole movie. We get some more back-story of Owen with Blue and the other raptors and it's the cutest sweetest thing ever! It made me fall in love with the dinos more than I ever had before.

I will say, I didn't love the ending but I know some people will love it. It's just a preference and I thought it should have gone another way.

The Incredibles & The Incredibles 2

We went over to a friends house this past Saturday to watch the first Incredibles movie before all going to see the second one together in the theater. I'm pretty sure I've only seen the first one once in my life and I have no idea why. It was amazing!

Both of these movies were fantastic. I mean they're Disney and Pixar, so of course they're good. I don't think those companies know how to make a bad movie. At least not together.

Anyway, I loved the family themes and the lessons about being yourself and believing in yourself. Plus, Jack-Jack growing into his powers is amazing!

YouTube:

You guys, Brita has been busy lately on her YouTube channel she created for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite! She published 5 videos this month and they're super informative and interesting. I had no idea about most of the research she's done on trademarks and what they could mean for the future of HP:WU is so exciting!

Yes Means Yes

My blog friend, Chelsea of The New Wifestyle gave a TEDx talk with her husband in Akron, Ohio a while back. That talk is now on YouTube and it's pretty fantastic! Pearson and I have already implemented the "Yes Means Yes" concept in our marriage and it's already helped so much! The Averys are geniuses! 

Jordan Lee Dooley of Soul Scripts

So my sister-in-law has been sharing a lot lately about how she studies her bible and how Jordan Lee Dooley changed the way she studies. I mean, Mary talked about Jordan on Instagram SEVERAL times so I decided I should check it out. Well, I'm hooked. I even signed up for the SHE Refined Project!

Anyway, I haven't been able to watch a ton of her videos on YouTube yet. (I literally found her yesterday). But I did really like this one about how she studies her bible and her version of bible journalling. Now I just need a journalling bible!

Little Women trailer

Did you know there's a new Little Women movie coming out in September? It's going to be a modern retelling on the 150th anniversary of the book. Little Women might just be my favorite classic story and this new movie looks so good, according to the trailer. Also, the actress who plays Jo went to my high school and was in theatre with my brother, so that's another reason to be excited!

Music:

I've actually been listening to 2000s hits and dance music. It's pretty motivating to clean to! Other than that, not much has changed since last month's post. Still listening to my Disney, Broadway, and Instrumental playlists a lot along with The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast, and Hamilton soundtracks.

What have you been reading, watching, and listening to lately? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TWO BIG Announcements

Happy Hump Day, Friends! I'm so excited to share TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS with you guys today!

The first one is...

July is our anniversary month!

So we will be celebrating 6 years of marriage on July 14th. But... what does this mean to you?

Well it means that I am taking the entire month of July to focus on wedding anniversaries on the blog and my social media! This exciting month of anniversary celebrations will include but is not limited to...
  • A post about why anniversaries are important and why you should celebrate them
  • Anniversary celebration date ideas (besides just dinner and a movie)
  • Anniversary gift ideas
  • Cool anniversary related products
  • Marriage related book reviews and...
  • GIVEAWAYS
So be looking forward to that! I sure am! Oh, and I'm also looking forward to our anniversary camping trip. Sorry I can't take you along for that.

The second announcement is...

The Dating Divas are launching their 10 Minute Marriage Challenge

You guys! This product is going to be amazing! It's not like anything they've done before!

Basically, you sign up and pay a one time fee, then for three months you'll get texts sent straight to your phone with ideas to help you connect with your spouse in 10 minutes or less!

There is a "hers" version and a "his" version. The "hers" version will get man-approved ideas sent to your phone every Wednesday and Friday while the "his" version will get woman-approved ideas sent to your phone every Tuesday and Thursday. PLUS! Both versions will get the Divas' "Get Your Date On" texts every Monday so you can both start planning for the coming weekend!

Each individual version is $30 and the couple's version is $50. BUT!! If you order during the pre-sale TODAY ONLY (June 27th), you can use the codes below for 30% off.

Then regular enrollment will only last from June 28th through the 30th. If you don't sign up then, you'll have to wait till the Divas decide to do the program again in the future.

CLICK HERE to read more about the program on the Divas' blog.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the "hers" version. (Use code WIFE for 30% off)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the "his" version. (Use code HUSBAND for 30% off)
CLICK HERE to sign up for the couples version. (Use code MARRIAGEMATTERS for 30% off)

I'm super excited to use this text service to reconnect with Pearson over the next three months. The best part is, Pearson is totally on board because he just automatically gets the texts straight to his phone. There are no cheesy printables and I don't have to bug him to do anything!

Are you as excited for our anniversary month and the 10 Minute Marriage Challenge as I am?
Do you think you could take the challenge?
What other ideas would you like to see on the blog during our anniversary month?
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Friday, June 22, 2018

5 Surprising Marriage Lessons from our Cross-Country Move

Happy Friday, friends! As you probably know, Pearson and I moved from Ohio to Oregon at the beginning of this year. We first went to Orlando and spent a week at Disney and Universal to celebrate Pearson's graduation before embarking on our two week trip across the country. We visited a lot of family and saw a lot of sights along the way. We also ran into a few bumps and learned a lot of life lessons. Today, I want to share some marriage lessons that we learned on that trip!
My husband and I moved across the country at the beginning of this year. It was a wonderful trip that strengthened our marriage in many ways. But it also had it's challenges. Here are 5 surprising marriage lessons I learned from that trip!

ONE || Too much time together can make you scream!

Maybe this is just me, but somehow I think it's more universal than that. And to be honest, I'm surprised it took as long as it did. Pearson and I spent a TON of time together at the end of last year and beginning of this one.

He graduated in the middle of December but was really done with school before that. And my last day of work was December 8th. So we spend most of December together celebrating the holidays and packing. Then we went to Orlando and then drove across the country. We were together 24/7 for all of January. And most of that time was spent in a car! Then once we got here, we didn't know anybody and we had a full week before Pearson started work so we spent all that time together getting our apartment set up and establishing residency in Oregon etc.

Anyway, I really didn't start to feel it until after we had been here for a while but I just needed a break, you know? And there is nothing wrong with that. The important thing is to communicate that to each other. I took a day to myself and just drove around our new area. I left Pearson on the couch playing video games, which he was fine with. And at the end of that day, I felt so much better. But before I did any of that, I told Pearson why and he completely understood!

TWO || Be supportive. 

There were many times on our trip that one of both of us was really upset about something. I mean, we had been on the road for three weeks. We were also moving across the country far away from all of our family to a brand new place we knew nothing about. We were exhausted and emotions were running high.

So yes we both got upset easily and maybe even overreacted some. But we were both super supportive of each other. I'm sure Pearson wanted to roll his eyes and/or scream when I cried about my hair looking oily in all our pictures (turns out it was the leave-in conditioner I'd been using). But he didn't. He listened and tried to understand. I did the same for him when he was mad about different things throughout the trip.

THREE || But also keep them grounded 

Going along with the above point, it's also important to keep each other grounded. If your spouse is blowing something completely out of proportion, it's usually okay to tell them it's not a big deal. There is a happy medium. If your spouse isn't going to be real with you and call you out when you're being ridiculous, who is?

For example, we had a LOT of trouble with the company we used to move our stuff. Zippy Shell tricked us into having to buy a second pod. We were livid with them. I even tore them up on social media. Then, when we were about half way through our trip, they told us they were not going to be able to drop off our stuff on the date we asked for. That meant we were going to have to spend two more days without our stuff. I was livid. And I told them how I felt on the phone. But Pearson cut me off and told me it's okay. He brought me back to earth and reminded me that they are people too and it wasn't that big of a deal. In fact, we were able to stretch our trip out a bit and include the Grand Canyon!

FOUR || Compromise.

There were many times during out trip that we had different opinions, wants, and ideas. So we often had to compromise. If I'm being honest, we've always been really good about compromising. I think that's partly because I usually don't have very strong opinions about where to go or what to do. But I do remember a few times on this trip that we had to compromise.

One of those times was when we were in Vegas and I wanted to spend the whole time on the strip taking in the sights and sounds of the city. But Pearson wanted to go to Hoover Dam, which I could take or leave. So we decided to spend the morning at Hoover Dam and the evening on the Vegas Strip. I think we were both glad we did!

FIVE || Try to always remember the positive.

So one thing that I learned from this trip is that I focus on and remember the negative a lot more than the positive and Pearson does the opposite. The other day we were talking about the trip and Pearson said that December and January were the "best two months of his life." But when I look back, I remember a lot of heart ache and worry. I remember being super tired. And I have a lot of regrets about not planning well enough and how much more we could have done.

But I can't live like this. And it's true for all of life, even marriage. If we always focus on the negative and remember only that bad parts, we'll look back on our lives and think we have it pretty bad. We'll think our marriage is terrible and if we're not careful, we'll start to resent our spouse and wish we hadn't married them. Instead, let's focus on the positive. I know you have plenty of good things in your life! So do I! So lets remember those things. Let's remember all the times our spouse surprised us and did good things for us. Let's remember how hard he or she works and forget all the times they've done wrong!

Our trip out west was a fantastic adventure. It wasn't perfect but it was fun. I learned a lot. We made great memories. And I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else!

Have you ever moved across the country? How was your experience? What did you learn?
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How To Be Creative About The Time You Spend Together in A Relationship

Wow you guys! I haven't published a blog post in over a week! You may have seen on Instagram on Friday that I just have not been inspired lately. Well, that is going to continue for a little longer. I'm not even blogging today. Instead, I'm bringing you a wonderful guest post from freelance lifestyle blogger, Laura Burton.

I hope you enjoy what she has to say!
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Life’s getting busier and busier and the reality is that many couples are spending more time at work away from each other.

When they do spend time together, all effort is directed towards making those moments as unique and memorable as possible.

A lot of modern couples are doing normal things differently in a bid to make each other feel loved. I guess a new adage – a couple that’s creative together, stays together – should be coined.

Looking for creative ideas to put a spin on the way you and your partner spend romantic time together? We’ve got a few.

ONE || Make Exciting Secrets Together

There is something thrilling about having secrets with someone. Imagine having some deep secrets just between you and your partner! Won’t you feel bonded at a deeper level if you created a few secrets together that no one else knows of?

Making your own secrets need not be tricky. Simply slip away from a party into a dark corner and make out passionately. You may even try something bolder like making your way into a park after closing hours. The idea is to do something together that nobody else knows about. It’s sure to give you both a shared adrenaline rush.

While I don’t advocate breaking rules or laws, it does help couples to be daring, do something out of the ordinary and thrilling to add chutzpah into their relationship.


TWO || Gastronomical Duet

This can be as exciting as you make it, especially for new couples. Cooking with your partner can tell you a lot about them. The way they choose, handle and transform simple ingredients into something delectable - you need to make mental notes!

Preparing your favorite food together can be great fun. Of course, there will be the occasional touching of hands and meeting of eyes, which can spark something electric between the two of you. Now you’d surely want to douse that fire together while you’re still indoors!

THREE || Let the Stars Shine for You

Got a warm blanket? Is it going to be a clear sky and a starry night? If the answer to both these questions is in the affirmative, let these factors work for you. Head to the terrace or an open space, wrap yourselves in the blanket and let the constellations do the magic!

FOUR || Play Mode: On

This idea will work well for couples who are into video games, and can be an interesting and comfortable way to spend the evening together indoors.

Let’s face it, playing video games becomes a rarity once work and other responsibilities take over. So, this weekend (or whenever you have time), get those gaming consoles out and go all out with throwing impossible gaming challenges at each other. Sounds like a lot of fun!

FIVE || Laugh a Little; No, a Lot

Plays can be unexciting, movies can be over-the-top, but local live comedy shows are always fun – even if they’re bad!

Most standup comedians are really impressive, and if you and your partner have a particular favorite, make sure to get a ticket to their next show and laugh your head off during your evening of fun.

SIX || Bond with Music

I’m referring to making the classic mix tape as it is commonly known. Sit down together, go back in time and list down all the songs that you’ve loved listening to ever since you were a kid. Also include your current favorites.

Let nostalgia infiltrate your senses as you remember when you first heard the songs on your playlist. Sharing such memories is nothing short of precious!

SEVEN || Get Spooked

Horror is one theme that does not go with romance in any way! But what if you did mix the two and ended up having a gala time together?

Head to the nearest haunted house and make a date of it. With the extra dose of adrenaline running through your body after the scare-fest, you will want to spend that energy at home!

However, if the haunted house is not your scene, try going to an amusement park or a shooting range instead. The possibilities are endless.

EIGHT ||  Act Like a Teen

Mountain climbing, rock concert, movie marathon, pizza eating contest – wanted to do all these fun things in your teens, but didn’t get the chance? You may not be a teenager anymore, but that does not mean you can’t do some of these things at your current age, regardless of how silly they feel.

No time is better than now, so pick your favorite activity and do it with your partner. Go back to feeling like rebellious teenagers for a night by doing something you both think you’re “too old” for.

NINE || Play Dress Up

If it’s been a long time since you dressed to impress your partner, now may be a good time to put some conscious effort into doing so.

Ditch your regular clothes and go glam for a night out (or in). Dress the way you know your partner will love to see you (or dress each other up) and become the object of their desire once again! This is a great way to turn up the heat in your heart for each other.

Conclusion

The great thing about trying new ideas is that you may just figure out unique ways to do the things you enjoy. If you like spending time with your partner, you will probably try at least a couple of these ideas. How did they work out for you? Got any other fun ideas to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section.

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Laura Bruton is a freelance lifestyle blogger, keen on human psychology and chocolates. When not writing about relationships and lifestyle, you can spot her in the cosy corner with the WE, SHE or HE books, by Robert Johnson along with her warm baked cookies and a cold glass of milk!
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Friday, June 8, 2018

How to get out of your Boring Dating Rut with Date Crescent

This blog post was sponsored by Date Crescent. All opinions are mine.

It's no secret around here that I love my date night and think continuing to date your spouse and make date night a regular occurrence in your marriage is very important. In fact, I just wrote a round up post with a bunch of articles about dating your spouse, many of which were my own blog posts, for Date Your Mate Month. And the fact that there is such a thing as Date Your Mate month means our society is realizing the benefit to dating your mate! Which is great!

There are many hindrances that keep couples from having a regular date night. Busy schedules, kids needing attention, cost of babysitters, cost of the date itself, being too comfortable in the relationship, and not realizing the importance. Just to name a few.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
The one that I want to focus on today and that seems to be the biggest issue in mine and Pearson's stage of life right now is creativity. We sometimes struggle with finding fun things to do for date night. We just moved to a brand new city, completely across the country from where we've lived all our lives. We want to explore! We want to try new things. We want to experience all that Portland and the PNW has to offer. We want to do more than just dinner and a movie (though we just got MoviePass so that just adds to this hindrance, oops).

Well guys, I've found a solution to this problem!

Introducing Crescent: A dating concierge service for couples!

You guys this service is so cool, convenient, and all around awesome! I don't know why nobody has thought of it before. Basically, Crescent does all the research and planning and comes up with a fun, unique, local date for you (anywhere in the country)! All the work is taken out and all you have to do is put in your preferences, accept the date, and show up. I'll explain how it all works.
How to get out of your Boring Dating Rut with Date Crescent One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
First you go to datecrescent.com and click "Get Started Now." Once you click that button, Crescent will ask you to sign up. Basically, this is just so they have your email as a way to contact you. You don't pay anything until you request a date. Once you sign up (or log in if you already have an account), you can go to your profile and update your info and preferences. I believe if this is your first time logging in, it will automatically take you to your profile but I don't remember that for sure.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
The preferences page is pretty self explanatory. You click the thumbs up on activities you're interested in and thumbs down on the ones you're not. We actually just left the ones we're not interested in blank. I'm not sure if there is a benefit to that or not. You can also include some extras in your profile like your birthdays and anniversary.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Next, you'll create a date request! You'll choose what kind of date you want to do: Energizing Experience, Enriching Experience, Epicurean Experience, or Surprise Me. We chose to be surprised.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Next you'll schedule your experience. You pick 3 or more dates you'll be available, what time of day you want, how much you want to spend, and how far you're willing to travel.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Next, you decide which concierge package you would like. We chose deluxe because Crescent was kind enough to gift us their service for free in exchange for this blog post. But $14.99 isn't bad (and I have a 50% off coupon code that you can use: 12B85AAA49, which is good for any package). I also believe the benefit is still fantastic at the $2.99, budget price point! With the express package, Crescent will still do all the research to find your perfect date, it just might take them a little longer to get back to you and you'll have to actually do the booking yourself.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Once our date request was submitted, we got the below email saying they received the request.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Then, within 24 hours, I got the below email. The description of the date was also available on my account at datecrescent.com. Then we clicked the button to except the date. If we didn't like the date, all I had to do was reply to the email saying so. I did reply to let Victoria know that we would eat at the festival and to not worry about planning a dinner for us.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Once we had accepted the date, the people at Crescent booked our tickets for us! We didn't have to pay for our tickets because, again, this date was a gift from Crescent in exchange for this post. But I believe if you have to pay at the time of booking and Crescent is booking for you, you'll pay for the date through the same payment method you used for the service.

Our Date, Scheduled and Booked by Crescent

The next day, I got another email from Victoria at Crescent with a link to access our tickets. All we had to do was either print them or have them ready on my phone at the festival. We didn't have to do any work!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
So this past Saturday, we headed into Portland at about lunchtime! We really enjoyed the festival. The atmosphere was so fun. The weather was perfect and it was a great way to try something new!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
It was held at The North Warehouse which is a really cool little venue in a fun part of town. Most of the festival was set up out side with a few vendors and sitting area inside the warehouse.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
We even enjoyed some delicious German street food from the food truck there.
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
After we'd had enough of the festival (and it started getting more crowded), we decided to extend the date a little and explore some of Mississippi Avenue, one of Portland's famous happening streets. We decided to check out ¿Por Qué No?, a tiny hole-in-the-wall taco place that we had heard was amazing. Sure enough, we got there around 3 pm and the line was still out the door!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
Luckily, the staff was efficient and it didn't take us long to order. Plus, a benefit of going at an "unpopular" time was that we easily found a seat and got to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere a little better than if we had gone at lunch time. And I must say, the tacos lived up to their reputation!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
After our snack, we walked a little more up Mississippi avenue. We checked out some businesses including a vintage guitar shop, a vintage music shop, and a comic book store, before coming across a Blue Star Donuts! Blue Star is another place we've been told we had to try. So try we did! I got a Real Maple Bacon donut and Pearson got a Blueberry Bourbon Basil one. Both were fantastic!
One of the biggest hindrances that gets in the way of regular date nights is the creativity and planning. Often we're discouraged because we don't want to do yet another dinner and a movie. Now there is a concierge service that does all the research and planning for you! Introducing Date Crescent!
So basically, we had a fantastic all day long date on Saturday! And we would have never even known about the festival if it weren't for Crescent. We wouldn't have known The North Warehouse existed nor would we have seen a list of future events and even made plans for future dates. We would probably have eventually explored Mississippi Avenue, but probably not on Saturday. Crescent made everything so easy and I definitely plan on using them again for some fun dates in the future!

If you want to try Crescent for yourself, be sure to use my code: 12B85AAA49. It's good for 50% off whichever package you choose!

Do you ever struggle with coming up with exciting things to do for Date Night?
Would you consider using a date concierge service?
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Monday, June 4, 2018

5 Simple Father's Day Gifts - Especially if you're Long Distance

Happy first Monday of June, guys! Did you know Father's Day is two weeks from yesterday? Yep. It snuck up on me this year. I feel like there is so much to celebrate in May with Mother's Day, graduations, weddings, and lots of birthdays in our family. And then June just sort of sneaks up. But there is a lot to celebrate in June too, my mom's birthday, mine and Pearson's dating anniversary. And Father's Day.

In a lot of ways, I think Father's get the short end of the stick. They work hard and share the responsibility of parenting! And especially if they work outside the home, they don't get the recognition and the perks of watching their kids grow up that most mothers do even if she works outside the home. And the holiday just doesn't seem to get as much attention as Mother's Day.

Anyway, because of all of this, I didn't want this Father's Day to go by without my acknowledging it. So here is my Father's Day gift guide, just like the one I wrote for Mother's Day last month.

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I live super far away from my dad and Father-in-law so I always try to make Father's Day special from a distance. Here are 5 simple Father's Day gift ideas for when you live far away!

Oh and by the way, if you don't know, my husband and I moved to Portland, Oregon this year. Which is almost as far away from our parents as possible while staying within the continental US. Both of our families live in Atlanta, Georgia. So all of the things on this list (as well as on my Mother's Day list) can be easily given across long distances!

ONE || BrightBox

You guys, Shea from Bright Box is a genius! She's created a company that will send someone you love a fun and super cute little box for only $5 (plus shipping - $8 total)! Each box comes with one main surprise (think candle, lip scrub, jewelry, socks), some candy and a cute card with your message on the back (can be anonymous)! She even has some guy oriented boxes. AND for Father's day, they have a special $15 box with some extra goodies! All you have to do is type your message and she does the rest!

TWO || A Trip

With all the travel agents and travel packages out there these days, planning and booking a trip completely in advance is easier than ever. So plan a fun trip for you and your dad to take in the next year. Or maybe for him and your mom to take. Try an all inclusive package from somewhere like Getaway Today to take all the stress of planning off of him! Oh and Costco has great travel packages too! I'm not sure if whoever books has to be on the trip though so just be aware of that.

THREE || Entertainment Subscription

Whether it's MoviePass, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or whatever, your dad will love you forever. Or at least mine would. We live in a world of constant entertainment and it's all going the way of monthly subscriptions! Most of these companies have gift options where you can specify how many months to give. AND they even work if your dad already has a subscription. Now he just won't have to pay for a few months. It could not be easier to give!

FOUR || Broquets from Amazon

For my Mother's Day gift guide, I suggested ordering either flowers or edible arrangements for delivery from Amazon. Well Amazon has the men covered too! Have you heard of Broquets? They're a company who makes "bouquets" for men! They package up manly things in a perfect little box as a great alternative to flower bouquets if your dad isn't into that. They have packages with jerky, hot sauces, sodas, and even shaving sets! They come at many different price points and most options are on Amazon prime. Click here or shop below!


FIVE || A Care Package

And lastly, if you live far away from your dad, like I do, there's nothing better than putting together a care package of all his favorite things to tell him you love him! Just like I did for my and Pearson's dads a couple years ago! Gather some of their favorite goodies: candy, silly toys, k-cups. Be sure to include some homemade baked goods. Decorate the box with The Dating Divas' free Father's Day Care Package Printables. And you're golden!


So these are my Father's Day ideas for long distance. I'm still not sure what Pearson and I are going to do for our dads this year but it will be something special for sure.

Do you live far from your dad? How do you make Father's Day special? What are your favorite Father's Day traditions?
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Monthly Goals for June {2018}

How in the world is it June already?? We're in the sixth month of the year which means at the end of this month, 2018 will be half way over! How crazy is that?

This month marks the beginning of summer. Although, it hasn't felt like summer around here. It's been in the low 50's for the last week or so. But I hear that's just how Oregon weather is. It never gets too hot and sometimes it dips back down after being in the 70's and 80's for a while. But hey, I'll take it!

Pearson and I bought some camping gear at REI last week during their big annual sale. We're planning a big camping trip at Crater Lake in July for our anniversary but we're actually hoping to do a couple small weekend camping trips this month now that we have some supplies. Wish us luck! I'm so excited for this!

But enough about all that, let's get on to the point of this post, shall we? My goals for July (and how I did in May).

How I did in May:

Spiritual:

  • Read 1st John EVERY DAY. I got this idea from Jami of The Young Wife's Guide when she did a webinar for this year's Homemaking Bundle. I have a whole blog post about it that I will share but I really think reading one book of the Bible every day for a whole month will be life-changing! 
    • I would say I did this about 3 times per week. So not bad. Though most of those times I actually listened to it rather than read it.

Physical:

  • Stick to the Keto Diet, only cheating at most once per week on the weekends.
  • Work out at least 3 times per week
  • Drink all the water I'm supposed to every day

Mental:

Marriage:

  • As always, I'm setting the goal of going on at least one intentional date per week!

Blog:

  • Post on the blog twice per week
  • Read through the Instagram Monetization guide by The Social Media Posse.
  • Write at least one sponsored post
    • I didn't technically write a "sponsored" post but I wrote a couple posts about Dating Divas sales with affiliate links

Home:

  • Keep the kitchen clean. Don't let dishes pile up for more than one day.
  • Finish decorating and setting up everything. 
    • Or at least I set up as much as I could. We still have a few things to buy but the budget wouldn't allow it this month
Before I actually wrote these out and crossed them off for this blog post, I thought I did a lot worse than I actually did! I accomplished slightly more than half of my goals! I'm calling that a win!

Resetting in June:

Spiritual:

  • Read (or listen to) Matthew chapters 1 through 4 at least three times per week
  • Get up in time to go to Sunday School class every Sunday
  • Do the reading and homework for Sunday School class every week

Physical:

  • Stick to a healthy diet, only eating out on the weekends (we stopped Keto because we were both having stomach issues. I am now currently on a modified low FODMAP diet and Pearson got really bad acid reflux from all the fat)
  • Work out at least 4 times per week (hiking and walking on the weekends counts)

Mental:

Marriage:

  • One intentional date or trip per week
  • Spend intentional time in the evenings talking over dinner rather than turning on The Walking Dead as soon as Pearson gets home
  • Finish planning our anniversary trip

Blog:

  • Post on the blog twice per week
  • Read through the Instagram Monetization guide by The Social Media Posse.
  • Plan out my anniversary month series for the blog

Home:

  • Deep clean our apartment
  • Finish decorating and setting up everything. 
My goals for this month are more on the simple side. I'm still trying to keep sight of my word of the year, RESET. So I'm resetting every part of my life by going back to the basics. For example: my spiritual goals involve simply reading the bible and Sunday School. There are no elaborate devotionals or study habits. I think you can see that "RESET" word in all of my goals.

Do you set monthly goals? Share your link in the comments or just tell me a few of your goals! Let's support each other!
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