Happy Monday everyone! I hope your week has started off great! I think I’m going to try running again after taking a few days off. I wanted to give my body (and my brain) some time to get back to normal before running again. It was nice to have a break and I’m excited to go for some miles again today:) This post today is sponsored by Blue Apron. We are talking about our date night and something else we do in our marriage!
We love date night over here, a lot. Sometimes I can’t believe that we’ve been married for over a year already! It feels like the time has completely whizzed by! That is probably because we have crammed a lot into the almost 14 months of marriage! Something that we have REALLY tried to do with our marriage is have a date night once a week. We knew going into things that we weren’t going to have a ton of alone time with two, 3 year olds. Things sure aren’t going to slow down once December 15th hits either so we really have to make sure that our ‘Date Nights’ are a priority otherwise it is kid stuff 100% of the time! This is especially true because I like to get in bed the same time the kids do lately, ha!.
Whether our date night is out and we have a babysitter or it is at home and the kids are asleep (or downstairs watching Beauty and the Beast like we did one night with Blue Apron), we thrive off of this time together each week. I’ve got something else I’m sharing at the end of this post that we try to do each week that really helps us too!
Let’s talk about food first! My heart rejoices when we receive our order from Blue Apron! Everything is shipped right to us in a refrigerated box so everything stays fresh and cold even if you are gone when it is delivered. This means I get a break from the grocery store with these two below because Blue Apron sends exactly what we need and in all of the right proportions!
We chose to have General Tso’s Chicken and Garlic-Butter Shrimp & Corn for our meals this last time. Blue Apron adds new dishes to their menu each week so it is really fun to go through and choose exactly what sounds fun to make and eat. They have a HUGE selection of recipes that you can check out here!
Just in case you aren’t a big time chef, do not worry… the Blue Apron recipes are SO easy to use and follow along. Each step includes a picture and a great explanation of what to do next. I’ve been using them for almost two years now and I haven’t had a meal I didn’t love yet! They help to get us out of our cooking ruts and trying new and fun dishes!
We started off with the Garlic Butter Shrimp & Corn!
Knox was a little weirded out by the fact that the potato was purple but Brooke was excited about the purple potatoes because purple is my favorite color!
The shrimp was AMAZING (it was garlicky and buttery.. the best) and the corn was perfect too! This was definitely a ‘new to us’ meal. It was so fun to have a few minutes just the two of us to talk and eat.
For our next meal we made the General Tso’s Chicken! We were both really excited for this one!
Thank you Andrew for being the one to cook raw meat at our house. I have not wanted to do that this entire pregnancy!
Once the meat is cooked, I’m happy to help again ha!
Nothing like having date night in yoga pants and a running top. I’ve told you this before but during the second trimester I have not enjoyed eating out that much. I would much rather stay at home at night and eat. One of the many reasons I love Blue Apron.
I thought the finished product of the General Tso’s Chicken was so pretty and Andrew said that this was his favorite Blue Apron meal so far! It had just a bit of spice. I loved the light crispiness of the chicken and the sauce was so good (yes, I’m slightly drooling as I type this because I want it again ha).
Blue Apron SUCCESS!
I wanted to share something else that Andrew and I do each week in our marriage along with date night. I read about this idea on my friend Zack’s blog (here is the post) and thought it was a really great idea and Andrew totally agreed. It’s a 30 minute conversation. We do this each Sunday night together as we head into the new week!
Basically we split up the conversation into 5 different topics: finances, our plans for the week, appreciation (talk about the things we really appreciate about the other person), improvements (things that we can work on to strengthen our marriage and help the other person more) and our goals.
Andrew teases me because I get so excited for this conversation together each week. Sometimes it lasts 10 minutes and sometimes it lasts an hour (every now and then I can’t actually stop talking). Either way I really love it because it gets us talking about things that don’t usually just pop up on a Tuesday night when the kids are spilling milk and we are helping them search for their art supplies. As we all know, communication is EVERYTHING and I feel like having time set-up each week to communicate about some important stuff helps us to understand one another better and work together to keep strengthening our marriage! I love it and I love going into the week together with a plan:)
If you want to have a delicious date night at home or try new amazing recipes while skipping the grocery store… try Blue Apron! The first 50 readers will get three free meals on their first Blue Apron order! Go HERE to get this offer!
Also, I wanted to share Blue Apron’s awesome recycling program. They have two options for you that you can read all about here! Oh and don’t forget that there is no commitment with Blue Apron, you can skip or cancel the service at any time!
What is your go-to date night?
Have any BEST DATE NIGHT stories and/or WORST DATE NIGHT stories? I would love to hear them!
If you have a significant other… what is one of the foods that they cannot stand!?!?
When was your last break from running? Why did you take the break and how long was it?!