Friday, January 24, 2014

Love is in the Air-Jen from Down with the Dearmores

As we soak up these sweet moments as a family of 4 I am elated to have some great posts to share with you thanks to some of my favorite gals. Love is certainly in the air around here and I'm thinking with the upcoming holiday it might be for you too. I hope you enjoy this fun little series

Hello there, Dear Owen readers! I'm Jen and I blog over at Down with the Dearmores, where I blog about marriage, motherhood and everything in between! I am a mommy to Ella {2 years old} and the wife to Josh {married for 5 years}. We live in the Houston area, where we both grew up. I work as a full time mommy and wife and a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist in a near by school district. I love my job and being able to serve little ones and their families, but being a mommy is truly my dream job! I hope you'll stop by to visit

I was so excited when Emily asked me to be apart of her guest post series while she is taking a little blogging break preparing for life as a mommy to TWO sweet little ones! So excited to meet sweet baby Claire! Emily is a blogger friend turned real life friend! I knew we would hit it off the moment I read her blog as we have much in common! We share not only the joys of motherhood together, live about 30 minutes apart, and are both Speech-Language Pathologists! She is one of the most sincere and sweetest person I've ever met!
Emily asked us to share about "how we make date-nights happen"! I thought this was such a fun idea {and honestly, I'm probably even more excited to see what everyone else is going to share}!


Obviously, date nights happened on a much more regular basis before we became parents! However, we have tried our very best to keep up with them! I believe some of the best advice I received after {and I even think before} becoming a mommy was to make sure that my hubby and I continue to spend quality time together. Before a baby is ever in the picture, your time if pretty much focused on each other. Not so much after a little babe! It definitely takes much more of an effort, but let me tell you, date nights are SO important!

Some of our most favorite date nights are going out to eat - and I'm not talking about running in, eating real fast, then on our way out the door! We almost always get to a restaurant early, usually about 30-45 minutes. This allows us to have a little time to unwind from a busy day, visit, enjoy a cocktail, and focus on each other before we become consumed in our food {you know what I'm talking about!!!!} :) About 2.5 to 3 hours later, we feel like we've been able to truly unwind as well as enjoy each others company {without feeling rushed to get out the door}! We are very blessed in that we have of our parents living close by, so we do get to go out and make these nights happen, I would say at least, once a month! But, sometimes, going out isn't always an option....

SO, how to we make date-nights happen in our home?!!? That's just our home! Instead of going out for a fancy shmancy meal every Friday or Saturday night, we do the whole get up at home as soon as we put Ella to bed! She is an early riser, so she is normally down by 7:30. Then its time for us....just the two of us! If it's a nice night out, we'll venture to our back porch for our own cocktail hour, listen to music, talk, dance....whatever our little hearts desire! :)

After hanging out for awhile, hubby {who is the cook in our fam} will grill us out a steak, fish, whatever we're in the mood for that night. I like to get everything set up inside {it doesn't have to be fancy, but it sure makes it more fun} and maybe put together a side or a salad!

Honestly, we've been enjoying nights like these even before our sweet girl was born! We love to experiment with different foods, wines....we even had live lobsters shipped from the Northeast for a date night {sorry, just a little side note}!

We then get to enjoy our meal together {sitting at the dinner/dining room table}! Afterwards, we normally watch a movie or sometimes, just sit on the couch together and listen to music! Nothing fancy, I know, but that's not the point! The point is quality time with just the two of us!

I hope this will be a fun little inspiration for you and your hubby! Don't get me wrong, we love getting to go out, go to concerts, travel....just the two of us, but sometimes, that's just not a reality with little ones {and I wouldn't trade that for anything}, but that doesn't mean that date nights have to stop {or even be boring}! I came across this little quote the other day and thought it was pretty fitting for this series!

So here's to your next date night, whether in or out, just make them happen!


Thanks so much Jen for your date night ideas! Y'all Jen is a gorgeous lady inside and out and her sweet Ella- well, she is just adorable!!! Jen has impeccable style and I absolutely love her style post, home decor and real life posts. You will definitely want to pay her blog Down with the Dearmores, a visit. 


Jess Norden said...

Great post, Jen!!! You make date nights seem so relaxing...just what they should be!!!

Colleen Sullivan said...

I love date nights and I seriously need one, like, tonight!! I can't believe those lobsters! I would have freaked out if I had to hold one!

Elizabeth said...

I love this! And need to remember it more often. We get so consumed in our daily life and taking care of our little one that we often forget about date nights and spending time just the two of us. Thanks for sharing Jen!

Amanda {Kids and Cabernet} said...

Sounds like the perfect night to me! Thanks for the ideas!