Five Ways to Use Social Media to Plan Your Date Night


Sometimes I feel like Trae and I get into a dating rut: dinner and a movie. (Actually, it is more like Chinese take-out and Redbox.) And honestly, this bothers me a little bit, especially since our area has a lot of fun events going on. The problem is trying to figure out what events are going on, who is having events, etc. I have found social media is the best way to be in the loop on what events are going on and to also know when a lot of unique events are happening.

And since the weekend is fastly approaching, here are the five tips on how to use social media to enhance your date night.

1. Like your local town’s page as well as surrounding towns’ pages

Towns continually update their pages not only with the news but also with new businesses opening up and community events. Trae and I just learned that our town is holding its first food truck rodeo thanks to its Facebook page. Also, thanks to the town’s Facebook page, we learned one of our favorite, but normally too expensive to eat at, restaurants is holding a tasting for its new menu items. Looks like we have two yummy dates in our future! We also like Raleigh’s page and get tons of updates of fun events and downtown festivals that are only a short drive away. Not too long ago we went to watch The Goonies (Trae’s favorite movie) for free in Raleigh’s town square. Don’t forget to check to see if your town’s downtown has their own Facebook page. A lot of times towns will have one main Facebook page and then one downtown page. Greenville, SC, has two pages, and I used to get a lot of great ideas and updates from their downtown page when we lived in that area.

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Cuddling Up: A Guide to Get Your Snuggle On


Happy National Cuddle Up Day! Here in North Carolina the temperatures have finally started to drop, and it is finally feeling like cuddle-time weather. And with a snow storm fast approaching, I say bring on the cuddling!

I love the nights when we are in bed because television isn’t appealing and we are too tired to read, so we cuddle and talk. We laughed a lot too. It was the best way to end the night. Not only is cuddling fun, but it is also have been scientifically proven to have health benefits. According to Life Hack, Oxycontin, the feel good hormone, is released when you cuddle.

If you are feeling good when you are cuddling with your spouse, then you are more likely to associate happy feelings with your spouse. That fight you had a while ago will seem like a distant memory. Science actually suggests that you should cuddle with your spouse ten minutes a day because it helps strengthen your connection as a couple. I mean, lying down being snuggled for ten minutes a day is something I can handle…especially if science tells me it is good for my relationship!

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Gift Ideas for the In-laws


Christmas is just around the corner and that means time to buy presents.  The internet is full of gift ideas for husbands and wives, but what about gifts for the in-laws? If you are like me, you struggle to find good gifts for your in-laws.

My mother-in-law is hard to shop for. Very hard. I know everyone claims their mother-in-law is hard to shop for, but how many of your mother-in-laws have told you to return a gift because you need to save money? Yep. That has happened. It really made me understand why Trae had given up buying her presents by the time we had gotten married. My father-in-law isn’t much easier to buy for. He buys all his golf equipment and boating accessories from Craigslist or second-hand stores. He lives to find the best deal and his patchwork pontoon is proof of his deal-hunting abilities. So he doesn’t want us to buy anything that wouldn’t be considered a “steal of a deal.”

On top of that, they both say they have everything they need and don’t want any more clutter. As a result, I have had to get creative with Christmas gifts. My mother-in-law recently retired and my father-in-law will soon retire, and with the extra time on their hands, I have learned that gifts that involve an activity are the best ones. Some great gifts have been

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