Blake and I had a super casual Sunday “day date” yesterday – which is so refreshing for us. Because life is so busy between work schedules and schoolwork, we are not used to being free on the same day (crazy, I know).
First Things First:
Our casual Sunday day date started the day at a local arts market! They had SO MANY VENDORS and it was so cool! I am so big on supporting small businesses, so it was such a fun way to do that!
Budget Date Idea: Parking and Entry were both FREE, so if you can manage to walk around the place without spending money (as we did not haha) it can be a very cheap, or even FREE experience! So fun!
Here in Southwest Florida, it was about 90 degrees yesterday! So we cooled off in a local coffee shop we had never been to! Adventures and dates don’t have to be extravagant to be fun – Exploring new places is my favorite thing to do!
Budget Date Idea: Coffee shop dates? Typically $3-$6 per person! I love these kinds of dates because you can sometimes hit two birds with one stone (i.e. study and hang out with your s/o).
Now Here’s Where The Date Gets Super Casual
Blake and I are, as many others are in the beginning of the year, working toward living a healthier lifestyle together (wow this sounds so cliche, sorry y’all). I picked up a book from Homegoods a couple weeks ago, Good Clean Food, and since then we have been using this book for meal prep inspo.
Now, if you would have asked me if cooking a meal together was a date like – one month ago? I would have probably said no haha. But in the beginning of the book, the Clean Food Dirty City author inspired a mindset shift for me that I never saw coming: to enjoy the time spent in the kitchen and truly take pride in what you create in there. Wow. I’ve been doing meal preps for a longgg time now. Blake and I have been cooking together for a long time now. But to say I enjoyed cooking, or that I took pride in it? That definitely wasn’t true.
So after coming to grips with the fact that I was taking advantage of something important, I realized how connecting it can feel to work toward a common goal while cooking with Blake in the kitchen. It’s fun to experiment and try new recipes, and to create something together as a team! And it’s honestly kind of a metaphor for life: both of us working together toward a common goal.
Wrapping It up
So, for those of you who made it this far, I applaud you haha. I feel like the content in this post today was kinda jumbled and unclear, but the biggest takeaway? Mindset. I feel like sometimes we get so caught up in just trying to get everything done that we forget to enjoy the moment and be present in it. This is a concept that I have really struggled with in the past, and am still working on now. We all live such busy lives, and sometimes this task is easier said than done.
My challenge for you this week as we start fresh: to really focus on being present in the moment.
And if you’re interested in more budget friendly date ideas, check out the following post: Stay At Home Date Night Ideas!
As always, I thank you all so much for the love and support,