So, date nights. They are something David and I are trying to make more of a regular occurrence. The girls aren’t tiny babies anymore (sob!) so we are more able to have our wonderful sitter help us out and prioritize our marriage by spending more time together. Plus, I kinda like David, so it’s always a fun time no matter what we do.
That’s a good thing because date nights don’t necessarily mean fancy dinners out. Sometimes they involve a casual dinner at Duckworth’s.
And by “dinner‘ I mean giant plate ‘o nachos that I face-planted into.
Some people tell me I’m lucky I don’t have a sweet tooth. Well, I have a raging nacho tooth which I may argue is more challenging. If any other locals have a nacho tooth, David and I declare Duckworth’s the best local nachos for the following reasons:
- They use REAL cheese, not some drippy, soggy sauce.
- They are generous with the guac and jalapenos.
- The grilled chicken on the nachos is incredibly well seasoned and tastes like real chicken, not fatty leftover pieces that were clearly an afterthought.
Hm, I didn’t plan for this to be a post on nachos, so perhaps I’ll move on.
What did we decide to do with our couple hours of sweet freedom?! What else do you do in the ‘burbs?
Oh yes. Definitely my choice, not Davids’s. I giddily grabbed a cart and reveled in the glory of solo Christmas shopping.
This is David’s forced “I can’t believe we’re taking a selfie in Target at 8:00 pm” smile (well, it would be if David actually ever used the word selfie), to which afterwards I skipped after him belting out You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!
No kids tagging along and I still can cause a scene at Target. Boom.
I was pumped to find these $0.99 nail polishes that will rock Hailey’s stockings.
Don’t you find that it’s always the cheapest toys/purchases that kids like the most?
Afterwards we celebrated being almost done with all our Christmas shopping by grabbing a beer at Ultimate Ales.
If you are a beer aficionado within a 30 mile radius of this place, you need to check it out. Owner Mark is awesome and ridiculously knowledgeable on beer. Their selection, both on tap and on the shelves, is out of this world.
A pretty wild night, no? How did we end up?
In bed before 10:00 pm of course. Just the way I prefer it! Ha.
In other news, here are some good reads I’ve found around the web lately!
Creativity can take so many different forms and I loved reading how Jen found and fostered her particular creative calling.
I definitely saved a link to Cassie’s Easy Buttery Yeast Rolls because I love the method she explained of making, then freezing the dough to easily pop one out for weeknight dinners. David would love a fresh roll with dinner!
Lindsay’s post on When Blogging Gets Hard was a refreshing read for me. I certainly have my ups and downs with blogging, but I feel like her post can relate to life in general for all of us.
Sally wrote a post asking if your child is really as picky as you think. I liked her insight and definitely agree that snacking can present itself as picky eating.
This apple cider hot toddy. Another one from Cassie? What can I say, she is my photography idol. Plus, David always brings up hot toddies once the weather gets cold and I never remember correctly how to make them so I can’t wait to give this one a try!
Char showed me how to take my coffee to the next level and make it a cup of nutritious goodness. Char is a wealth of info on plant-based nutrition and I love learning from her!
I love that Nicole is so candid with sharing her small business tips and loved this post on how she wrote and published her e-books (for some delicious, healthy breakfast and dessert recipes that are worth checking out btw!)
Stephanie shared some awesome tips about how to grow your following on instagram that I really enjoyed reading. Personally I’m a little torn because I hesitate to venture too far from the ‘real life’ aspect of instagram (you can find me here!) that I love so much, but do recognize that people respond much better to pretty pictures. What do you think?
My friend Rachel (whose little boy just turned 1 month old!) shared Katie’s post on 10 things a postpartum mom really wants when I asked her if she had any good ideas on things I could bring to a friend. It’s amazing how quickly I forget what the new baby stage is like!
If you had a date night tonight, what would you like to go do?
Read anything on the web that’s great lately? Link to it below so I can check it out!
And have a wonderful weekend 🙂