Eating Out While On a Tight Budget

You can generally prepare a homemade meal for the entire family for the price of one entrée at a restaurant. Subsequently, if you’re on a tight budget, then eating out probably isn’t something you should do very often! This is a somewhat discouraging reality for many of us. My household is on … [Read more...]

10 Fun, Frugal Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary

My husband and I are on a tight budget, but we still want to do something fun to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Thankfully, I’ve thought of a number of fun ways to celebrate without spending a lot of money. Fun and frugal anniversary celebrations Relive your first date. What did you … [Read more...]

Marriage Check-In Questions

As changes occur in your life, there is often a decrease in the amount of time and energy you have to invest in your marriage. My husband and I are seeing this firsthand as we adjust to parenthood. We’ve decided to be intentional about remaining connected during this busy season of our … [Read more...]

Rekindling the Romance of Early Marriage

During the early months of marriage it’s easy to go the extra mile to do special things for your spouse. As time passes, though, things like busyness, fatigue, distractions, and disagreements make this more difficult. I’m simply not as eager to make my husband’s favorite cookies now, nor is he as … [Read more...]

Fun and Frugal Double Date Ideas

Some time ago we looked at why it benefits couples to have friendships with other couples (read about the benefits of couple friendships here). There are lots of ways to spend time with couple friends, but it can be particularly fun to go on double dates. It’s not always easy to come up with … [Read more...]

Date Ideas for Every Season and Every Budget

While working on a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband (A Year of Preplanned Dates), I was reminded of how challenging it can be to come up with unique date ideas. Fortunately, a little brainstorming and a quick internet search yielded numerous ideas that span far beyond the stereotypical … [Read more...]

A Year of Preplanned Dates Gift Idea

When my husband and I were in premarital counseling, our facilitators placed a lot of emphasis on continuing to date once we were married. We thought it sounded like a nice idea, but didn’t understand why they emphasized it so much. Fast forward to now and hindsight shows us why. Life is busy … [Read more...]

Movies: A Good or Bad Date Idea?

My husband loves watching movies, so he thinks movies make great dates. I’m frequently unimpressed by movies, so I’m not so sure. Let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages associated with movie dates, as well as some things that can be done to enhance this classic date idea. Advantages … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Couple Friendships

Do you and your husband have “couple friends” (i.e., couples you and your spouse socialize with as a couple)? When was the last time you spent time with them? I’ve always appreciated the couple friendships my husband and I have. We enjoy hanging out with our couple friends and we share … [Read more...]

Reading With Your Spouse

Since the very beginning of our relationship, my husband and I have made a habit of reading together and intentionally discussing what we’ve read. In fact, during the 9 months we dated, we read Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life, C. S. Lewis’ Pilgrim's Regress, and Tony Dungy’s Quiet Strength (what a … [Read more...]