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Romantic Getaway – How to Plan One with Your Partner

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 14, 2019 | Categories: Marriage, Relationships

The idea of a romantic getaway can really awaken the magic and add a new spark of interest and love in any relationship, and if you two have been struggling to spend some time together, treating yourself to a vacation is the best way to get closer to each other and have a splendid time while you’re at it.

So here’s what you need to do to plan a getaway with your partner.

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How to Plan a Romantic Getaway with Your Partner

Plan Together

Planning your getaway together is so much fun- right from hunting the perfect destination and setting the budget to spending hours packing for the trip together and grabbing all your essentials – it can all be a very exciting joyride that you two can do together as a couple.

Work on an itinerary of activities that you both enjoy and want to do and be a bit flexible as well.

Make it Fun

While the trip itself may not be a surprise and you both may have gone through everything tons of times, do something spontaneous and give your partner a little surprise — it can be something as simple as a nice gift, or requesting the hotel management to arrange for some rose petals to be scattered across the bed to make things romantic… you get the drill.

Room Time Matters

The fact that you’re out on a vacation doesn’t mean you have to stay out all day and pass out the moment you land on the bed in your hotel room. Remember that room time matters too, and if you both feel like just staying in bed until lunchtime for the day, that’s what you should do. What matters the most is that you both should enjoy together and feel closer to each other.

It Doesn’t Have to be Long

When you’re trying to move around your schedules and free up some days together when you can actually go for a vacation, remember that it doesn’t need to be a long vacation always.

Even if you’re out by yourselves just for 4-5 days, it can still work – don’t postpone your plans hoping to finalize on a couple of weeks where you both are free from your own lives. A lengthy travel plan isn’t necessary to have a good time.

In fact, if a weekend or a 3-day weekend is all you can both manage to do, that’s better than nothing.

Keep it a Secret

Do something you’ve just heard in novels, plan your getaway but don’t tell anyone about it. Cover all your commitments beforehand and get that escape you two needed together.

Make sure you bring your camera along to capture loads of memories. Stay away from your phone and keep those email notifications turned off- make the vacation about just the two of you as a couple.

The important thing is finding a little time away with your significant other sans distractions. Make it all about the two of you.

Who knows, you might even ignite that old spark that’s been a bit fizzling out.

And if you absolutely cannot manage a getaway, maybe you can get a babysitter if you have kids and have a romantic weekend in for the two of you. Plan a romantic candlelight dinner and include these Prosciutto Cherry Bites and homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries. And these Chocolate Crepes are perfect for a Valentine’s Day or Sunday Brunch.

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Things You Need to Include in Your Budget

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 13, 2019 | Categories: Financial

This post on budget tips and the importance of not letting your life insurance policy lapse is sponsored by Mason Finance. All opinions are 100% my own. I’ve made a budget since my early twenties… long before I got married and had a family. I like knowing where my money goes. Lucky for me, my […]

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Chocolate Crepes Recipe for Sunday or Valentine’s Day Brunch

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 11, 2019 | Categories: Recipes
chocolate crepes

One of my favorite breakfast and brunch foods is chocolate crepes. Crepes are very thin pancakes. A crepe batter doesn’t have a raising agent in it like pancake batter does, so crepes are thin and flat not thick and fluffy. Crepes are popular in France, making it a fancy brunch food to make on Valentine’s […]

Crystal Clear Sound With Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless Earbud Headphones

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: January 29, 2019 | Categories: His Gadgets and Tech

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless Earbud Headphones are 100% my own. It can be said that I, like most people, really enjoy music. So when the chance […]

SAVE on RITZ Crisp & Thins at Walmart for Game Day + Giveaway & Dip Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 27, 2019 | Categories: Deals, Food
game day

This post was sponsored by RITZ as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Are you excited for the Big Game next week? I know I am. It’s a huge event in my home, not just for the game itself, but for the commercials, […]

The 77’’ Class LG OLED C8 TV is a Showstopper

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 23, 2019 | Categories: Home and Garden
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Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy gift card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are 100% my own. One thing my family can agree on is the importance of a good home theater. Whether we’re watching the big game, playing video […]

Best Buy Open House Event January 19th

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 16, 2019 | Categories: Technology
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This Saturday, January 19th from 11 am – 3 pm select Best Buy stores will be hosting an Open House Event.   While you’re at the Open House, Best Buy’s Blue Shirt experts will be on hand to help you experience the best in major appliances from brands like Samsung, Whirlpool, Café, and GE. Because […]

Tips on Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor

By: Greg Chaffins | Date: January 13, 2019 | Categories: His Lifestyle

For the past couple months, it has been the rainy season in my neck of the woods. Now, I am not complaining about that, since the alternative form of precipitation would have been snow, and that is just no fun. But still, this much rain will let you know quickly if your roof is not […]

A Good Meal Starts With the Best Meat

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 12, 2019 | Categories: Food
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There is nothing worse than sitting down to a meal to have the meat be tough and/or flavorless. Seriously disappointing. Whether it’s a meal you’ve prepared at home yourself or dining out at a restaurant, when you take a bite of meat that is tasteless, dry, or tough, it is such a waste of time […]

Look Younger With These Easy Beauty Tips

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: January 7, 2019 | Categories: Beauty
Easy beauty tips to look younger

Ladies, aging isn’t a bad thing. We are just as beautiful now as when we were when we were in our twenties. But there is still a way to age gracefully. It’s okay to want smoother skin, to want to not look as exhausted as we feel. So let’s look at some quick tips to […]