In this busy life, my husband and I have to make a plan to enjoy quality time together. We've found it particularly difficult over the summer when the kids are out of school, and we are so busy finding fun things to do as a family. Even if we have the time, sometimes our budget doesn't allow for arranging a babysitter and planning a meal and fun outside the house.
I am thrilled to have come across Night In Boxes! I saw the Date Night In Box and knew immediately that it would be exactly what my husband and I needed to organize a fun night at home at a reasonable cost. When the box arrived, I saw it was even more fun that I expected! We had a blast working our way through the box's contents. Planning your own date night? Read on for five reasons why it should be at home!
1. a Cute Theme
Each month, the Date Night In Box follows a theme for everything inside. This month, it was a Hawaiian Aloha theme! There was a very helpful flyer inside the box that explained everything included, along with suggestions for dinner and other accompaniments to make the night a success.
2. Suggested Recipes for Dinner and Snacks
I went all in with the suggested recipes. Funny story - my husband has been on the lookout for a jackfruit over the past couple of months. He read about how it can be a meat substitute due to its texture, so I knew when I saw it listed as a possible substitute for pork in the Date Night In flyer, I knew I needed to find some! Just as luck would have it, Publix had BBQ jackfruit on BOGO! (The verdict... we didn't actually like it much. But, we didn't like it together, so it was a bonding moment!)
I made the accompanying slaw for the sandwiches, and of course my favorite part was the macadamia nut cookies. My sons pitched in to help with the cookies, which was a fun way to spend the afternoon together before my husband and I had our "date."
3. Planned Activities
This is where Date Night In Boxes really shine. Many times, if my husband and I do get a date night, we make a plan for a nice dinner out and maybe a movie. We don't usually seek out an activity. Our Night In Box contained three different games and activities for us to enjoy! We learned a Hawaiian game, completed questions about each other, and even played Bingo! While of course the games were fun, I really enjoyed spending the time with my husband to read the directions and figure them out.
4. You can dress however you'd like
Despite not leaving the house, I was eager to make it feel like a special night, so I chose to wear a casual dress. My husband complimented my outfit, and then asked if he needed to change from his shorts and t-shirt. I was happy to tell him to be comfortable and that it didn't matter what we wore!
5. The Perfect Ambiance
Every night, my husband and I have some time to spend together after our kids go to bed. The difference on our Date Night was obvious. We had activities and conversation starters. We weren't talking about the kids, we didn't feel like we should be cleaning or doing work around the house, and we didn't resort to turning on the TV for entertainment. It was a great change of pace, and we even had special drink mixes to add to the fun!
Want your Own Date Night In Box?
Would you like to try your own Date Night In Box? A different theme is available every month, and you can order your own by visiting this website (affiliate link). They have different subscription packages including a single month ($34.99) up to 12 months.
This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary box for my review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I received a mattress and bedding through my relationship with Allswell Home. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As I recently started shopping to upgrade our queen mattress to a king mattress, I realized there were endless options, and few stood out. I could spend hours shopping at multiple stores and being approached by salespeople, or I could brave the Internet and select a mattress based on online reviews. Neither option sounded great, but with our family of five, a king sized mattress has become a necessity.
With our first home purchase resulting in many renovations, I realized I did not have the time to go from store to store to shop for a mattress. I started to shop for a mattress online and reading reviews when I came across a new brand, Allswell Home. I was instantly drawn to their "Supreme Queen" mattress, formerly known as (FKA) the King. Because ladies, who is really in charge of shopping?! Who decorates and makes the bedroom a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives? We do!
Luxury Bedding, Perfectly Curated
To add to my excitement about the Allswell brand, I saw that they have even worked with four incredible designers to assemble limited edition bedding collections that will look like they are straight out of a showroom (or Instagram!). With one click, you can add the entire look to your cart! Of course you can later customize, but for the design-impaired like me, this was a phenomenal and easy way to shop!
Luxe Mattresses to Meet Any Need
Allswell Home has two mattress options: softer or firmer. Despite the fact that I love a soft mattress, I went with the firmer because I have been struggling with back pain for the past four years, and keep hearing that a firm mattress is best for your back. I also loved that the Firmer One mattress has both memory foam AND coils!
So, how does ordering a mattress online work? I expected delivery to take a week or so, but I was pleasantly surprised that the box appeared on my doorstep just 3 business days after I ordered!
I didn't want to deal with finding a box-spring (are you sensing a pattern here? I'm all about time-saving!), so I purchased a platform bed frame with wooden slats to support the mattress. All I had to do to set up my new Allswell Supreme Queen mattress was unbox it! Followers of my social media and blog know that I like to keep it real, so you are welcome to check out my Live unboxing of this mattress:
I had NO idea what to expect when unboxing a mattress of this size, and I definitely got a little flustered there at the end. The good news, however, was after one more pass of the included opening tool, I had a beautiful, luxe mattress!
Customer Service That Sets Them Apart
Shopping online can be a bit nerve-wracking if you are making a big purchase like a mattress. What if something goes wrong? What if you don't like it? Allswell Home Allstars have you covered. My original shipment included the mattress, two Euro pillows, and a mattress cover. The mattress cover I received was actually for a Queen bed, so I had to work through an exchange. I emailed their support team, received a personalized response within an hour apologizing profusely for the error, and had my new, correct, Supreme Queen mattress cover within a couple of days. They included the shipping label for my return, and I just had to drop it off at UPS.
In addition to an easy ordering process and painless return, they included some amazing swag with their shipment. Check out that mask!
Sleeping on an Allswell Home Mattress
It has been almost three weeks sleeping on our new mattress, and our entire family loves it! No, we don't all sleep on it every night - my three boys have their own beds, but the struggle is real, friends! Nearly every night, my husband and I have someone sneak in to join us at some point, and the Supreme Queen keeps us all happy! I don't even notice when one of my boys comes in - the mattress doesn't transfer their movement and wake me up.
Florida friends - I was also concerned about memory foam making me hot. If you're looking for a mattress that doesn't make you sweat, I've been comfortable every night so far on my Allswell Home!
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I had the immense pleasure of attending the Tampa opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, and I loved it! It was my first Cirque du Soleil show and I had really no idea what to expect. The name implies a high energy show, and it delivers on that promise throughout the entire show!
The story of WAZ, a successful game show host who has found sadness in his fame, was one exciting performance after another. I found myself asking, “what will they do next?” and being blown away by the talent and artistry of the performers.
I don’t want to give away the show, so I’ll share some photos of my favorite parts:
My husband and I attended the show with two friends of ours. We were unsure if the show would be appropriate for our 5 and 7 year old boys. While they would have LOVED the acrobatics and definitely the bmx bike stunts, they would have likely been scared by a few moments of darkness and my oldest may have not liked the loud crowd at certain times. Cirque du Soleil is meant to entertain the whole family, so use your own discretion when deciding about your children.
Don't Miss the Show!
VOLTA is here in Tampa through March 18, 2018 with multiple showings each week. The show takes place under the big top in the lot adjacent to the Tampa Greyhound track. You can even see the massive, beautiful tent from 275.
General public tickets are also on sale now by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Tickets are available starting from $37.
I received complimentary tickets in exchange for my review.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My family and I recently had the opportunity to stay at the new Marriott dual-branded Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites on Clearwater Beach and LOVED our experience! We spent one night in the Residence Inn side of the property and my boys are already asking to return.
The brand-new property opened in the summer of 2017 and boasts oversized guest rooms with a coastal vibe, flexible living, working and sleeping space, stunning views of Clearwater Bay and a wide array of shared amenities. Both brands stay true to themselves: SpringHill Suites offer stunning décor from West Elm and comfortable features, while Residence Inn offers a kitchenette and ample space for extended stays and families. They share the lobby, pool, business features, and exercise room.
Our family of five was very comfortable in the Residence Inn room. My husband and I were able to share the king sized bed, and our boys enjoyed the sofa bed. We still had room for the Pack n Play for our baby too. We had a beautiful view of Clearwater Harbor and the Intracoastal, and were just across the street from the beach.
We started our evening with an appetizer and drinks in the lobby. The wings were delicious – we ordered 10 and asked for a box when they arrived… then we didn’t need the box because we ate them all!
I was worried that the kids would be unwelcome in the beautiful lobby, but there were numerous families and the staff was particularly accommodating. Cecil at the front desk even taught us a new trick to keep my son’s shoelaces tied (a double bow instead of double knot!). We decided to pick up a pizza for dinner and were referred to King’s Pizza just a block away from the hotel. We walked there and brought it back to our room for a delicious pizza picnic! With it being the holiday season, we used the in-room Smart TV to access our Netflix account and watch Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was the perfect ending to our evening!
The next morning we enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast in the lobby. The staff did a phenomenal job of keeping up with the Sunday morning high-demand, and we all enjoyed our own breakfast choices. They offer scrambled eggs, both pork and turkey sausage, make-your-own waffles, toast, yogurt, fruit, juices, and more! I was especially impressed by the coffee bar with a selection of flavored syrups to add to your coffee.
After breakfast, we took a walk on Florida’s award-winning Clearwater Beach, just across the street. Our stay was during the coldest weekend in December, so we bundled up and went exploring. Living in Tampa, it sometimes is easy to forget how lucky we are to live so close we to these beaches. We will be planning many more return trips!
SpringHill Suites Clearwater Beach
Residence Inn Clearwater Beach
The properties share their address:
309 Coronado Dr.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites provided me with a complimentary stay in their hotel in exchange for this blog post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
During the first weekend of December, my husband and I attended Clearwater Beach Uncorked and it was so much fun! We were not sure what to really expect, but I can tell you that you will never go wrong with unlimited food and drink tastings on the white, sandy Clearwater Beach!
Our VIP experience started an hour before the General Admission began with a meet and greet with Norman Love. I had personally never heard of this talented chocolatier, and now I’ve already ordered his unique, delicious chocolates as gifts for family members! We were also treated to a presentation from Duncan Hines about some of their new products (have you checked out their Perfect Size cakes yet??).
Although there is no better way to start the day than with dessert, we loved our next opportunity to make our way around the other chef’s tables with the smaller crowd. My husband and I usually have different tastes – he loves seafood but doesn’t care for veggies, I’m the opposite – so a tasting tent is perfect for us! He is still raving about Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s sushi and their shrimp, and I loved Dandy’s corn gazpacho. Many of the vendors were offering samples that we were able to bring home such as chips made from pasta or veggies. So interesting!
I was not sure how the tent on the beach would work with all of the food, but it made for the perfect setting to mingle and sample for the afternoon! We also enjoyed the VIP Spirits Lounge at the official host hotel Wyndham Grand, just across the street from the tasting tent at Pier 60. I am personally not a big fan of liquor, but the vendors offered some delicious cocktails and the Patron Pops were not to be missed!
I will definitely look forward to attending Clearwater Beach Uncorked next year! They also have a sister event on Florida’s other coast – Cocoa Beach Uncorked!
I was given complimentary tickets for this event in exchange for promotion on my blog. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
For Little Ones to Love
The hoodies are highly functional. The sleeveless jumper we have is a great balance of cool for summer and still great for being in the air conditioning in a museum or mall.
While baby boy is probably too young to have a preference on his appearance, his big brothers LOVE the spikes on the hoodie. They can’t agree on whether he looks like a dino or alligator, but they love the design!
For Adults to Love
The Purl Lamb Hoodie Company produces clothing that is organic and ethically made by Fair trade artisans with organic dyes and processes. They are thick, durable, and true to size. My guy is about 20 pounds and close to a year old, and he fits perfectly in the 6 - 12 months size. I love the variety of unique designs! Check out the donuts or French fries!
I happily dressed my little guy in the jumper, and I think these styles would be a wonderful gift to someone with children for any occasion.
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While all thoughts are my own, I received a complimentary Purl Lamb jumper for my review.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!