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7 In Lifestyle/ printables/ valentines day

Valentine’s Date Night at home and printable conversation starters

Valentine's day date night at home and printable conversation starters. Chocolate fondue with fruit on table with candles and roses

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Showing you how to have a simple and intimate Valentine’s Date night at home with these free printable conversation starters.

Sometime in my early 30’s I started to prefer day dates or even date nights at home. Once we had kids, it sort of became our Valentine’s Day tradition to do something at home as a family, either breakfast for dinner with my red velvet waffles (click here for recipe) or fondue night. I love celebrating with the kids although usually it’s anything but romantic.  🙂

So I was inspired to create this simple Valentine’s date night at home and these printable conversation starters.  This will sure fill up your love tanks and make you feel more connected. <3

So put the kids to bed, and cozy up around some fondue and enjoy some intimate conversation, just the two of you! 😉

Valentine’s Fondue

Valentine's fondue for a Valentine's date night at home. Heart shaped fondue pot and heart dishes

Light some candles, and serve up some fondue for your Valentine’s date night at home. You can do either a savory fondue with cheese or make it sweet with melted chocolate. I found this super cute heart shaped fondue set on Amazon and knew I had to have it!

My favorite is a chocolate fondue with all kinds of fruits, marshmallows, pound cake, and pretzels!

Serve with my blushing rose fizz cocktail/mocktail (sharing the recipe here).

Or with my red velvet hot chocolate.

Free Printable Conversation Starters for Date Night and Intimate Conversations

Get to know your significant other better or spark some romantic conversation with these free printable conversation starter cards. Simply print out and cut.

Free printable conversation starter date night cards for Valentine's date night at home

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Here are some of my favorite finds for a cozy Valentine’s at home

I hope you have a romantic Valentine’s Day! <3 <3

 

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16 In food

How to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board

How to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board

With Father’s Day approaching I knew that I wanted to do something a little special. One of Rick and my dad’s favorite meals is steak and potatoes. Charcuterie boards are my love language and I’ve seen so many different fun combinations on Pinterest when I saw the idea for a steak board! I took it for a little test drive last weekend and not only was it beautiful but delish as well! Here I’m showing you how to make the ultimate steak charcuterie board!

And scroll down to see a few other ideas for Father’s Day dessert and some gift guide ideas.

 

How To Make the Ultimate Steak Charcuterie Board

You will need:

  • a board – I like a large one like this on Amazon
  • steak (I chose rib eye and NY strip)
  • vegetables (I wanted lots of color so I did corn, peppers, onions and asparagus)
  • potatoes
  • fruit (I made a little salad of peaches, mozzerella, fresh basil and balsamic glaze)
  • nuts
  • bread
  • cheese
  • butter
  • any condiments (Think chimichurri, balsamic glaze, fig jam, … mmmmm)

 

How to assemble your board:

This is the fun part because there’s no right or wrong. The key is to pick quality ingredients and let them shine!

1.) Start by laying out your board.

2.) Allow your steaks to rest and then slice and place on the board.

3.) Add your veggies, potatoes and condiments. You can use little ramekins or bowls to keep them contained if you want too!

4.) Place your cheese and sliced breads next.

5.) Fill in any holes or gaps with your nuts and fruit.

 

The opportunities are literally endless and these are great for entertaining, date night, or when you just want to do something a little special.

For more board ideas, check out my summer burrata board

And this goat cheese board

Serve with one of these tasty margaritas! Click here to check out 9 of the Best Margaritas!

Or my crispy smashed potato salad

For the perfect Father’s Day dessert, check out my Strawberry Cheesecake trifle. This is Rick’s fave!!!

For Father’s Day Gift Ideas click here to check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide with gift ideas he will actually want!

 

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2 In marriage

8 ways to reconnect with your significant other after baby

couple kissing on the counter having a date night

After our son was born, I resented my husband. Like majorly. He got to go to work and communicate with adults while I stayed home and washed laundry and bottles all day.  When I was up breastfeeding the baby in the middle of the night, he was snoring soundly. He didn’t understand the baby’s different cries and sometimes it was easier for me to just do things myself. Some days our only form of communication with each other was sighing when one of us would go to change the baby and we were out of diapers again.

That’s not to say he didn’t help me. He was a huge help, especially when we had our second baby. He kept the oldest occupied so I could tend to our youngest and recover from my csection. But I still held some feelings of resentment towards him. Our relationship had changed and I often felt like we were living on two different planets.  This feeling of disconnect after baby is more common than you think. Blame it on hormones, lack of sleep and just having to adjust to new roles but it’s something that every couple faces to an extent after having a baby.

Around the time I was 6 months postpartum and we were out of that new baby season, we decided we needed to make a conscious effort to reconnect with each other and work on our marriage. I’m sharing some easy ways to reconnect with your significant other. Read on below.

Plus, click here for my free printable conversation starters to get an intimate conversation going!

Here are 8 ways to reconnect with your significant other after baby:

1.) Go to bed at the same time – Bedtime is a time for couples to talk and be intimate. That time after we’ve put the kids to bed and it’s just us is often the only peace and quiet we get. In addition, it’s also been shown that couples that go to bed at the same time together, sleep better.

2.) Touch each other – hug, hold hands or give each other a massage. Even high-fiving each other after a tough parenting moment can make you feel connected.

3.) Have a date night – Sometimes we put the kids to bed early and sit on the couch with a glass of wine or a beer. Other times, we get someone to watch the kids and go out.

charcuterie board at Shaker and Vine in Schenectady

 

Couple out for a date at Shaker and Vine in Schenectady

Here are some fun date night ideas

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4.) Block out some screen-free time – Schedule some time in your day or your week for “no screen time”. That means no tv’s, no phones, no tablets or technology. Being present with each other not only enhances communication but it also makes each other feel like a priority.

5.) Create your bucket list as a couple – Sharing your goals or dreams that you have for each other and as a couple can help you get to learn about each other more and connect.

6.) Do something active together – whether it be going to the gym together or on a hike, exercise gets your endorphins going.

7.) Learn each other’s Love Language – When we first started dating, I read the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The book describes that there are 5 ways that people feel love – either by touch, acts of service, quality time, words of affirmation, or receiving gifts. You can take the quiz here to learn about which type you and your partner are.

8.) Find a mutual hobby that doesn’t revolve around the kids – Find something that the two of you enjoy doing as a couple. Not only does this give you the opportunity to find something you’re both passionate about, it’s also a common ground that doesn’t revolve around the kids. Rick and I enjoy doing projects together around the house. I usually get the idea, Rick does the work, and then I add my personal touch to finish it off.  Seeing our finished product that we created together makes us feel like a team.  (Some of our previous projects include whitewashing our fireplace and these DIY engineer prints).

 

I hope you find these little tips helpful for you and your significant other to re-connect. It’s easy to let our relationships take the backseat when we become parents but our relationship should be a priority too!

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