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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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This is a t-shirt that I actually own, made for me by one of our good friends. Not completely true, but still so funny.

My hubs says we’re in a “passing phase”. The kind where life is crazy trying to manage our jobs and home and raise two, well-adjusted kids. We often feel like we are two people who coexist, doing what needs to be done to make our children’s lives happy and secure, but without connecting with each other. While we are totally in love with our kids, and soooo grateful for the blessings in our lives, we miss spending time with one another. I’m telling you all of this because we truly WANT to spend more time together, but we’re realizing this is just one more thing we need to be intentional about. (Want to know more about my motto for the year: be intentional? See herehere and here.) Anyway, I’m sure you all can agree that building a strong marriage is, next to having a saving faith, the most important thing we can do for our families. So, I’ve been on a quest to find fun, cheap and easy date ideas to reconnect and just enjoy each other.
This idea is brilliant and such a fun gift idea for the hubs. Make 12 envelopes and fill them with a pre-paid date idea for that month. At the beginning of each month, sit down and plan a night for your date and you’re set. This definitely requires a lot of planning, but once it’s done, you have NO excuses not to go out on a date!
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The The Dating Divas are a group of women whose blog’s sole goal is to provide all sorts of different date ideas. From Quick and Easy Romance Ideas, to Anniversary Ideas, to Date Nights Out on the Town, to Family Fun Nights, they’ve got it covered! I was impressed with how many fun, romantic and inexpensive dates they thought of.

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I found this fun list of unique date ideas on Pinterest. Some of them actually made me giggle just envisioning the hubs and me doing them (see numbers 3, 5 and 6), and others made me wish upon a star that they would happen in my lifetime (see number 8).
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And finally, did you know that Groupon now offers special deals on getaways? I’m loving getting them in my inbox every week, and I actually convinced the hubs to book this one:
I’m so excited, but we still need to set a date. That’s the tricky part, but we’ll keep trying until we find one that works. And here’s the pep talk for the day: Make sure you do whatever it takes to strengthen your marriage. It’s worth it!
So, fill me in.
What do you do to keep the spark alive?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Love that T-shirt Kevin.

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