Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nine Free (or VERY Cheap) Date Ideas

Hey hi! I'm Hannah from My Delicious Adventure and I'm so happy to be hanging out in this little corner of blog-land today :) I think it is so wonderful that Susannah is on an exciting adventure with her hubby!

Speaking of adventures, that's exactly what I'm going to talk about today! But, not so much the big adventures. No, I'm talking about the little adventures that can happen weekly. Also sometimes known as dates.

My hubs is currently working on getting his PhD. And before that for nearly the entire five-ish years we have been married one of us has been in school. This makes for a frugal lifestyle. But one thing that is important to do no matter your lifestyle income is to continue to date your hubby or special someone.

Here are a few of my favorite little adventures/dates .... for those on a tiny budget.

Have an indoor picnic in your living room if it's too cold or rainy outside.

Pick a date night. It could be a weekly or monthly night. This doesn't mean you have to actually leave the house or go to a restaurant. You could make a meal together and then enjoy eating your tasty results. To add a little spark, you could set the table all nice and pretty and even light some candles. oo la la. Or, if you do go out, go somewhere you have gift cards to (if you have gift cards. We like to ask for gift cards to restaurants for Christmas and birthdays, this way we can build a little supply and not have to pay for our dates out :).

Go to the park and take a picnic lunch (or dinner). Stroll around outside together before you find your perfect picnic spot. Try going to different parks to have new adventures each time. This is one of our favorite go to adventures/dates.



Have a weekly pizza and movie night. We don't have cable (or even the ever so popular Netflix). We borrow movies from the library (free!) and then one of us will fix pizza while the other gets our little munchkin ready for bed. By the time the wee one is ready for bed, so is our dinner. We are able to sit down together and enjoy some tasty pizza and a movie together. Cheap, yummy, and fun I'm telling ya'. It's really perfect for young families on a budget.

Visit a nearby factory or museum that gives free tours (or just look from the outside in if you can so you don't have to pay). This is one of our favorite things to do, it's just neat to see how factories function and it's a fun little way to do something a little different.



Explore your city. Pick a day and walk around downtown. Admire the restaurants, museums, shops, and buildings. People watch together. Pick a place you want to shop at or eat at some time and dream about it together ...maybe even splurge go there then.

Go to a petting zoo and pet the animals from the outside. Just walk around the entrance area and visit all the animals you can. That way you don't have to pay! In many ways, I think that makes the visit even more exciting, fun, and memorable. And yes, we have done this several times, kehe :) Or you could find a zoo that has free days and visit on that day.



Go to a National Park and spend the day hiking and exploring. You might have to pay a park entrance fee, but that's it. Pack a picnic lunch, some snacks, and a dinner depending on how long you plan on staying. Spend the day exploring and enjoying God's beautiful creation together.



Go to the Farmer's Market together. We have loved living in towns with great Farmer's Markets. They are fun to go to together, you can taste different fruits, veggies (depending on the type), breads, jams, and other yummy things. Plus you can pick a few fresh goodies to take home with you and enjoy.
The things on this list are by no means the only free/cheap adventures/dates you can have with your hubby or special someone. They are just some of the ones we enjoy the most. I'd love to hear of the things that you do for a free or cheap date! And remember, there is nothing wrong with finding things to do for free, that's almost half the fun of it!

Thanks again to Susannah for letting me pop over and share on her blog today! It's been an absolute delight visiting with you all! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Without Grumbling!

Hi everyone!  I'm Becky, and I blog over at Rebeckann's Random Thoughts.  When Susannah posted the other day that she would be needing people to guest post, I jumped at the chance!  I love reading Susannah's blog, and I hope you'll enjoy my little post here today.


About a month ago, I came across a passage during my devotional time that really struck a chord with me.

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.'  Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life." Philippians 2:14-16 NIV

The part that REALLY stuck out to me?  "Do everything without grumbling or arguing."

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure I do almost nothing without grumbling (or as the New Living Translation states it, "complaining.").  Whoops.

I've had a difficult winter for some reason this year.  I just found myself in this rut that I couldn't get out of (see: *sigh*), and even just last week I was on the verge of tears about how overwhelmed I feel.

Yet, this verse keeps coming to mind.

I know that we all go through difficult times in our lives.  I know that we will all have moments, days, weeks, months, or years of feeling overwhelmed and stuck, but I believe that it is in these times that we can shine.  How do we handle these situations?  Are we quick to complain?  Do we take these overwhelming feelings to the Lord and ask Him for strength?  I admit that I have certainly failed in this area.

We all have commitments and responsibilities.  We all have times we don't feel like keeping up, and that's ok.  But when the going gets tough, we are supposed to do what we need to do "without grumbling or arguing."  It's definitely a lesson I need to learn!

A chapter later, Paul also tells us to "press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." (Philippians 3:12)  No matter how dark things seem, we need to keep going.

In fact, as I type this, I have the windows open.  I took a walk in the beautiful sun today.  Things are already looking up.  Spring has come, and I can feel myself pulling up out of the rut that I'm in.  I pray that you all continue to press on through whatever you're going through now!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

It's that time again - time for us to join together as a body of Christ and get to know and encourage our sisters in Christ!  Link up any and all posts you've written in this past week (or dig into your archives!) that are an encouragement for the Christian community!  I can't wait to read your testimonies, find out what God's doing in your life, or learn what you're learning in your quiet time!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

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Your Host:

Susannah1
 
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If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

I Made It!

I'm Alive

Wow, what an unintentional blogging break that was.  What started as a "I don't have time to blog tonight" turned into over a week off!  I've missed you all!  Thanks so much to you wonderful ladies who checked on me during my time away from blogging.  It did my heart good to hear from you and to know that you noticed my absence.

Now...  Why was I gone?  Well, there were a few reasons...

1.  I had my last class session (for the classes I took at Nate's seminary) this past weekend.  They were AMAZING, life changing classes and, as soon as I process them, I'll definitely be blogging about them.  With the classes themselves and the assignments I had to get done for the classes I went a little brain dead there for a bit.

2.  We're getting ready for our trip in 2 weeks!  (Email me at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com if you'd like to guest post while I'm gone!  First come, first served)  I've been getting things prepped for our trip - mainly at work - so life isn't insane when we get back.

3.  On top of all, I wasn't feeling well last week and was going to bed at around 9:30 every night.  When I have an hour less a night blogging's the thing that unfortunately falls off the schedule.  Thankfully I'm feeling better now and think I'll be back in the blogging saddle again.  :-)  I have tons of ideas planned out...  Now to just get them written.

It's good to be back!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

It's that time again - time for us to join together as a body of Christ and get to know and encourage our sisters in Christ!  Link up any and all posts you've written in this past week (or dig into your archives!) that are an encouragement for the Christian community!  I can't wait to read your testimonies, find out what God's doing in your life, or learn what you're learning in your quiet time!

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines
1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!
4.  Share this blog hop on social media using #faithandfellowship or pin the button on pinterest.

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Your Host:

Susannah1
 
Susannah from Simple Moments Stick


Your Cohosts:


Aleisha from Britches and Boots  //    Britney & Hillary from The Quiet Place

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com


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