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Feb 3, 2016

Loving Well // Date Nights & Quality Time

This post features products given to us from our friends at JORD.  As always, all content, photos, and opinions are mine and I only support brands that I truly love!

Last week, AJ and I celebrated five months of marriage.  It's hard to believe that we have been husband and wife for that long, but at the same time, it's hard to remember what life was like before we shared it so closely.  One of the things that we quickly learned in marriage is that just because you live with someone doesn't mean that you are always creating a quality connection when you're spending time together.

There are plenty of days where I stay at the office too late or AJ stays up working long after I've gone to bed.  There are plenty of times when we sit on the couch signing or writing or editing our own projects and it's easy to say that we're spending time to gather in those moments, but the reality is that those moments are lacking in focus on one another.  And while that time is absolutely necessary, as we both run a freelance business and need to dedicate time to that, it's even more necessary to be sure that we're dedicating time during the week to focusing on one another.

Since my work week is Sunday-Thursday, AJ suggested a few weeks ago that we start making Thursday nights our date nights.  Typically, for us, that means dinner, maybe a movie, but that's not the part that matters.  What matters the most is that we get to spend some time together away from work, away from the computer, and away from our phones.

I've come to love our little Thursday night dates.  They're typically not anything super fancy, but they just set such a good tone to our weekend.  They allow us both to unwind and relax and give me a reason to look cute at the end of my work week.  And they're just such a refreshing and simple way to show the other that we care with undivided attention and time that's not rushed.  I love spending any sort of time with AJ, and these dedicated date nights really allow us to refocus on one another before we spend our weekend checking things off of our to-do list together.  Because time with the one you love is always well spent!

One of the other things that I love about our date nights is getting to plan an outfit and have a reason to dress cute!  Wednesdays are really long days for me and it's easy to roll out of bed on Thursdays and not want to put a whole lot of effort into my hair and makeup, but I realized pretty quickly that I like to feel pretty on our date night.  As silly as that might sound, putting a bit of time and thought into what I'm wearing or how I look on a Thursday gets me even more excited to spend some time out with my husband on Thursday night, even if that time just involves grabbing dinner and then walking around Target (which, let's be real, happens a lot!).

So, this week, I've already thought through my date night outfit, and I'm excited to include this super cute wooden watch from JORD.  I love JORD's wooden watches...they're unique and I get so many compliments and questions when I wear them.  And every girl knows that having cute accessories can help make or break an outfit!

I've partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for the Valentine's Day! ! If you've had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code, they'll be good through the end of March! Entering is easy; click here. It will ask you for your email and your favorite JORD watch (so many to choose from) once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you! And if you're still looking for a great Valentine's Day gift for your guy, trust me, AJ LOVES his JORD watch...we can't recommend them enough!


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