I’m a Good Girl & He Knows It! <3

This Valentine’s Day I decided that I wanted to cook for my beau.  This is my first time cooking for him (besides some Red Velvet cookies that I made once), so I want to get his input on what he would like for me to make. Do you know what he said?! Take a guess…

You probably thought he said steak and potatoes, salmon and broccoli, chicken and macaroni and cheese. Well, that was somewhere along the lines of what I thought he would say too. But he did not. He wants me to make Pad Woo Sen (or yum woo sen), his favorite Thai dish. I don’t blame the man though, because this meal is beyond delicious. I decided to accept the challenge.

In the upcoming week I will share with you pics of how the food turned out? (cross your fingers and say a prayer for me)

In addition, to the Pad Woo Sen. I will be making the following deserts:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Heart-shaped Brownie
Heart-shaped Brownie

After dinner, we will be heading to the movies to see “About Last Night” the movie with Kevin Hart, (the fine) Micheal Ealy, Joy Bryant, and Regina Hall.  In addition to sharing pics of my food and the recipes that I followed. I will also, share my review on this movie, which I fully expect to be hilarious!

Peace Lovee,

-Dom

Inexpensive Date Ideas!

Here are 4 inexpensive date ideas that you can utilize! I’ll keep the ideas fresh every quarter so that you can keep your relationship fresh! I got you. ;)

  • Host your own photo shoot in your city’s downtown. Take pictures of each other in fun, hot, or goofy poses in front of your city’s landmarks/favorite spots. All you need is your camera!
  • Volunteer together. Some of the most popular one-time volunteer ideas are serving meals at a soup kitchen or packaging food items at a food pantry. There are tons of other options. Check out http://www.volunteermatch.org/ to explore your options.
  • Watch a marathon of your favorite tv shows. Stream them right from Youtube, Netflix or Hulu…if you already have it).
  • Workout together. Go for a run or walk in your neighborhood.  If it’s a little frigid outside you can stay inside. Do squats, push-ups, sit-ups, crunches, and more.

It’s Valentine’s Day :) :(

hearts

Today is one of those days where I sometimes feel like I have to walk on eggshells around certain people. For those that are somewhere in between  blossoming a new relationship and celebrating 40 strong years of marriage, today is a good day! It’s a Hallmark holiday…I get it, I get it. Though, in the midst of all of the candy and cards, today still serves as a great opportunity to remind people to appreciate the special people in their lives, to remember why they fell in love in the first place, and at the very least to have a fantastic night and create a new memory.

However, on the other side of the spectrum there are many people hurting today. For those that struggle with not having companionship, of all the 365 days, this one is the absolute worst. Some of you have never experienced the joys of sharing this day with someone and others are dealing with the memories of celebrating this day with a love that is now estranged. That hurts and the pain is real. Being a little unenthusiastic about the day doesn’t make you lonely, or godless; it makes you human. Your time is coming lovee, #waitonit. In the meantime practice living a life that will allow you to be the best mate that you can be. Practice being patient, kind, selfless, caring and supportive to your friends, co-workers, family members and strangers. This could very well be your season of preparation. Be anxious for nothing…

Another reason not to fret is because….Right here, right now, I am sharing 8 (last-minute) ideas on how you can celebrate this day, whether you are in a relationship OR not.

4 Ways to Celebrate

1) Do something that you’ve been saying that you’ve wanted to do. This could include checking out that new restaurant that opened up in town, treating yourself to a professional massage, take a walk near the lake, get your haircut, or….(fill in the blank).

2) Have dinner with your other single friends. Share with one another what you “love” about each other.

3) Send someone you love (like your siblings, parents, or friends) an e-card. The act of doing something nice for another person usually makes one feel better about themselves. You might also consider wishing a  “Happy Valentine’s Day” to the married couple whose relationship inspires you.  Reflect on their relationship and what behaviors and traits they’ve modeled. Ideally this should remind you of why settling is not an option and make you thankful that you have this time to develop in some areas. :)

4) (I bet you didn’t see this coming). Review your bucket list and life goals. If you don’t have a list, make one TODAY. People who write down there goals are far more successful than people who don’t…Marriage is on my list, but trust me there are so many others on there too! Valentine’s Day is one day out of the year. What dream have you neglected? What to-do item is still pending? Today is just as good as a day as any to get started. Also, how rewarding is it to spend Valentine’s day pursuing one of your dreams, one of your passions, or one of your desires?

4 Ways to Celebrate with your mate 

1) Exchange hand-written love letters and read them to each other aloud.

2) Reveal your inner child. Fight the urge to be cliche. Go to the park, play tag, play hide-n-seek or  shoot some hoops. Make it a competition…loser cooks dinner.

3)  Create a boyfriend tag/husband tag video. This will be a nice stroll down memory lane for you two.  Make sure you share it with me, I’d love to see it!  (If you don’t know what that is, go to Youtube and search “boyfriend tag.” There are tons of videos. You can also search google “boyfriend tag” to locate the questions.

4) Carve both your first initials in a tree. However, this might be illegal. If it is, I encourage you to NOT do it, but instead try going to a place with a great view of you city. Take pictures and soak in the moment.

That’s all I got! Let me know what ideas you have planned or even what haven’t you done but would like to?

Peace Lovee. Enjoy your day.