Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Trip to the Docks

B: Marina docks are a magical place. If these boats could speak, they would contain stories of far-fetched fish tales left for the interpreter to discern fact from fiction. Every great sea-worthy movie contains a white and navy blue stripped long sleeve tee. Merely seeing someone wear such a shirt takes the mind to a nautical setting, such as the shirt Humphrey Bogart wears while he steals Audrey Hepburn's heart in The African Queen.

B: While perusing the docks, we discovered a huge of flock seagulls perched along a vacant spot. Naturally, I ran through the mass of birds. Tara was apprehensive to follow me in my pursuits. She wanted nothing to do with the loud, upset birds who continued for several minutes to swarm and cry-out in vain for the terrible inconvenience in their day.

On Brandon: J. Crew shirt, Banana Republic pants, Sperry shoes, Persol sunglasses, Shingle belt

Monday, March 27, 2017

Get Organized: Meal Planner

K: Maybe it's the notion of "spring cleaning" that always gets me, but I find that around this time every year, I get the itch for organization. Organization is something that's always been a part of my life. Even from the time that I was little, I've never been one to have a messy space and I can't stand clutter. Fast forward to my adult years and our home is no exception. Brandon and I spend time every weekend organizing for the week ahead of us to ensure a stress-free day to day life.

We thought it would be fun to put together a series on organization. This week's focus area is meal planning. I typically cook three to four meals per week and allow us to eat leftovers one or two nights. Since we both work during the day, I don't have time to make grocery trips after work; instead, I do all the shopping on Saturday or Sunday. This means that our list has to be extensive and everything must be planned out. I'm really not a "fly by the seat of my pants" kind of person and my organized outlook transfers itself into the kitchen as well. I know that not everyone shares my desire for organization, so I've got a few ideas and resources for those who are trying to up their game.

Pinterest is my go-to for recipes (you can see Our Recipes here and follow along with my pins, like the Pomodoro sauce below). One day during the weekend, Brandon and I discuss what we'd like to eat, I look up recipes, and plan for our meals. I've been using a meal planner template for years now and finally decided to make one of my own that is aesthetically pleasing. I usually list out the meals by day and then generate my shopping list in accordance with the ingredients needed.

The beauty of using a meal planner means no last-minute runs to the grocery for that one small item that you forgot. If I don't write down every ingredient that I need, I know that I'm bound to forget something (meaning Brandon then has to run to the store while I'm frantically cooking in the kitchen, waiting on that last ingredient). It's crazy how adding this one small organizational step into our routine allows our meals to be perfectly planned.

Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce SOURCE

I'm challenging you to try this with our free meal planner template! Start planning on Saturday or Sunday and let me know the difference you find in your week. Leave a comment below once you've planned everything and tell me which meal you're most excited about cooking! I may need to steal your recipe...

Be sure to check back next Monday for the second installment of our "Get Organized" series.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Date Activity: Tandum Bike Ride + FREE Giveaway

K: We're excited to announce the launch of our free e-book resource! You may have noticed that Brandon and I have been consistently trying to post date ideas for couples (you can see our past posts here, here, and here). Today is no exception, but we also want to go ahead and give you a fabulous resource that will inspire you to try something else besides dinner and a movie. As a couple, we try to be as creative as we can and find something fun and unique to do every weekend. No matter what your relationship looks like, we are confident you'll get a date idea from this guide! Click here to grab your copy.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Misty Morning Beach Walk

K: Brandon and I are the epitome of early risers. Our weekend at Port Aransas beach was no exception and we were on the beach before 8 AM. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side during our stay, with perpetual gray skies and misty mornings. Nevertheless, we made the most of our time together and insisted on daily beach walks and trips to town.