Category: Date Night

Feb 09 2015

Olive Garden

On Friday, Feb. 20, Olive Garden will break down the barriers to date night for parents through a national partnership with My Gym. Olive Garden will cover the cost for kids to have a fun-filled evening at My Gym while parents enjoy an affordable Four Course Festa Italiana dinner as part of its second annual Parents’ Night Out.

Parents Night Out Banner

A recent survey found that the overall cost, including childcare and dining, combined with lack of trustworthy child supervision are the largest barriers to date night for nearly 75 percent of parents.* Parents’ Night Out is designed to solve this dilemma. Parents can enjoy quality time over an affordable and delicious meal at Olive Garden while their kids are entertained with games and activities in a safe environment.

Couples can participate in Parents’ Night Out by contacting their nearest My Gym location to confirm participation, obtain event details and register. Space is limited to approximately 30 kids at each of the 148 participating My Gym locations in the U.S. and Canada, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (deposit required).

To help parents make the most of their evening, Olive Garden is offering its first-ever Four Course Festa Italiana starting at $12.99, featuring unlimited breadsticks and choice of homemade soup or famous house salad, and choice of small plate, entrée and decadent Dolcini mini dessert.

For more about the great deals at Olive Garden, visit www.olivegarden.com or connect with Olive Garden on social media atFacebook.com/OliveGardenTwitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

Share and Enjoy.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Print
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Google Reader
  • Add to favorites
Oct 23 2014

Date Night at Hearts of Clay Pottery

Brina working on her new plate!

Earlier this year I took the girls to Hearts of Clay to make their first pottery creations.  We were super excited when we got the call from Hearts of Clay saying that the items were ready to pick up, however, one of the pieces had broken (Brina’s big flower plate).  They were very sweet and offered to let her create another plate if she wanted to come in and do it.  Although, she was sad about the broken plate that she had worked so hard on she was a good sport and felt a lot better knowing she could create another one.  We made it into a Mom-Daughter Date Night and had a great time being creative together.  Thankful for Hearts of Clay and their kindness in letting her come make a new plate.  We had a wonderful time and look forward to another fun activity at Hearts of Clay in the future.

Mom Daughter Date Night at Hearts of Clay Pottery

Brina’s new plate!  She made the plate beautiful, but simple this time around.  Instead of a flower she chose a square shape.  Her colors are very similar to the last one she created.

We also picked up the pieces that were done from the previous visit to Hearts of Clay!  They turned out really well!  Glad the girls enjoyed this fun adventure!

Hearts of Clay Pottery

All the pieces that survived the first fun creative evening at Hearts of Clay.  Karlie’s is the rocket plate and the goat!  Brina’s is the purple heart, black lab, giraffe, and cat (whose tail fell off).

P1280232c

Karlie was so thrilled “Oreo” the goat came out well.

P1280234c

Karlie loves space so her rocket, stars, and planet plate was a perfect display of something she enjoys!  She was pleased with how it turned out!

We are looking forward to seeing how this Brina’s recent plate turned out along with her other little creations she made with the extra clay.  We met up with Jake and Karlie after finishing up at Hearts of Clay and the four of us went out to dinner together.  It was nice to spend a little one-on-one time with Brina as well as a relaxing rest of the evening with the family.

Share and Enjoy.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Print
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Google Reader
  • Add to favorites
Jun 22 2014

Weekend Getaway to Hot Springs, North Carolina

Beautiful Day for a road trip with my Handsome Man!

Jake and I were able to getaway for a weekend while the girls were at church camp!  It was nice to spend some time relaxing together.  We were able to chat and have some one-on-one time without any interruptions for a solid weekend.  One of the best parts about where we went is that no cell phones, email, or internet work so there were less distractions!  We even had our first couples massage which was so very relaxing!

P1150428c

Drinking my morning coffee while Jake makes breakfast!  I am so spoiled.  Grateful for a husband that cooks!

P1150435c

My date for the weekend!  Love you Babycake!

P1070549c

We rarely take pictures together so we snapped one after our couples massage at the Old Red Bridge in Hot Springs, NC!

P1070535c

Our home away from home for the weekend!

P1150423c

We went to the Hot Springs Log Cabins, it was so nice and peaceful in the rocker on the front porch.  The only thing you could hear were the birds!

We know how to bring in the summer and celebrate!  It’s going to be a busy one so having a weekend together was a true treat!  It was awesome to truly get away from it all!   Thankful for opportunities to spend with him.  He truly is my best friend and the love of my life.  I am blessed!

Share and Enjoy.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Print
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Google Reader
  • Add to favorites
Feb 13 2014

P1100026C

My sweet date tonight wanted to eat at McDonald’s.

Last weekend I was able to go on a date night with my sweet Brina Bee!  She was very specific about what she wanted to do that night so I went along with her date night plan.  First, she wanted to go to the Goodwill Clearance Center, walk through a craft store, browse through used book store, and eat at McDonald’s.  We had a blast going through the bins at the Goodwill store looking for treasures.  Her big find was a cute FurReal pet dog (new it retails for about $90) and we paid between $1 to $2 for it (the goodwill clearance store charges by the pound).  All it needed was a good cleaning and some fresh batteries.  She was so excited!

It was a lot of fun walking, talking, exploring, and eating dinner with my sweet Brina.  Love my time with her, listening to her talk, and watching her get excited.  She is a real sweetheart.  I didn’t take any pictures of us shopping, walking, and exploring because the only time we stopped moving was when we finally sat down to eat at McDonald’s!  She kept us going.  We packed a lot of fun into one evening.  Love you Brina!

date night with Brina

Love listening to her tell stories, laugh, and have fun together!

P1100032C

Thankful for extra time with my sweet B!

Share and Enjoy.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Print
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Google Reader
  • Add to favorites
Dec 10 2012

Oh, I am so not a fan of being sick.  The whole family went to the doctor last week because we were all not feeling well and had temps from 101 to 104.  Somehow we had managed to get strep throat and a couple ear infections.  Thankfully we all seem to be on the mend.  I am hoping that this is our last round of sickness for a long time.  Maybe this week I can get caught up on some items!

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read to the girls and have them read to me daily – we didn’t read for a couple days when everyone was really sick
  2. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  3. Daily School Activities & Homework Completed
  4. Attend After School Activities
  5. Plan one special Activity with the Family
  6. Finish Decorating  & Putting up Christmas Bins
  7. Work on Christmas List – working on it, still have more to do
  8. Blessing Lives Everyday with Special Surprises (B.L.E.S.S.): 25 Days of Christmas Blessings – we finished week 1 and it was a neat experience for everyone!
  9. Date Night with my Man

Personal Goals

  1. Exercise at least 5 days this week – with being sick I didn’t get this done
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  3. Finish reading The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith – working on it
  4. Reading / listening through my Bible – doing the 90 day plan through YouVersionfaithfully going through the days, love being able to listen it on my phone
  5. Make my first fresh Wreath at a Wreath Party with Friends

Home Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one dayit took me 2 days to get it done this week
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Tackle Fall Cleaning & Organization Projects – was put on hold with being sick this week
  4. Pay all upcoming bills

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. Write and Send Out Community Group Email – missed Community Group so didn’t get the email out
  3. Community Group Christmas Social at our House

Financial Goals

  1. Stay within Budget on Groceries $40 for 4between Jake and I going to pick up things I didn’t have all the receipts by the end of the week
  2. Payoff the Van – working on it
  3. Emergency Fund – save 3 months worth of living expenses (we are trying to build this back up because we had to take some out for unexpected expenses recently.) – moving forward
  4. Stay within Christmas Budget – staying up-to-date

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read to the girls and have them read to me daily
  2. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  3. Daily School Activities & Homework Completed
  4. Attend After School Activities
  5. Plan one special Activity with the Family
  6. Finish Decorating  & Putting up Christmas Bins
  7. Work on Christmas List
  8. Blessing Lives Everyday with Special Surprises (B.L.E.S.S.): 25 Days of Christmas Blessings

Personal Goals

  1. Exercise at least 5 days this week
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  3. Reading / listening through my Bible – doing the 90 day plan through YouVersion

Home Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Tackle Fall Cleaning & Organization Projects
  4. Pay all upcoming bills

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. Write and Send Out Community Group Email

Financial Goals

  1. Stay within Budget on Groceries $40 for 4
  2. Payoff the Van
  3. Emergency Fund – save 3 months worth of living expenses (we are trying to build this back up because we had to take some out for unexpected expenses recently.)
  4. Stay within Christmas Budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Share and Enjoy.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Print
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Google Reader
  • Add to favorites