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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

Date Info: 
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Fright Fest 
Price: $50 per person- but look for discount tickets- we got ours much cheaper! 
Location: Valencia, California
Time: Plan at least 3 hours, but you could spend all day! 

A few weeks ago Jacob got word that he was going to have to work a Saturday in Burbank, CA to see a project launch on time. Because we've been blessed with a companion pass, I get to fly where he flies for free. He told me he was so sick of traveling alone, and really wanted me to come. "I'll buy you food you take you fun places" he said, and he lived up to his word! 

We headed to Six Flags to ride some roller coasters at night and to check out Fright Fest. 

The park was decorated with no area left untouched! 

I want to tell you it was amazing, but I honestly think they went pretty overboard. There wasn't an area you could get to without going through a haunted zone, and most involved being chased by zombies. Most was in good fun, but many were pretty aggressive and disturbing. I had one huge guy get up in my face and would not stop touching me. I pretty fervently told him no, and he kept doing it. My inner-feminist couldn't get past the play on rape culture, and how disturbing it is to have a creepy guy dressed as a zombie isolating you specifically. I've never seen Jacob get so upset, but I'm glad he came to my defense!

We decided after a few hour-long waits for rides and the harassment incident, that we were good with only a few rides. I'd say if you're a haunted house fan this is so for you! If you are like us and could pass, I'd wait until after the season.

But on the upside- roller coasters! And they are even more thrilling at night!

I also got to introduce Jacob to the funnel cake. He's never been able to gain weight, and when he asked what a funnel cake is, I think I realized why! I made sure the s'mores cake happened for him. We ended the night with this amusement park treat, and it was a great way to make the date a positive memory!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Clean Eating Fruit Dip Recipe

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The Halloween festivities began last weekend for us with a couple's party we always look forward to. I love the holiday season and the parties. It's such a great time to get together and enjoy company with friends! One thing that's always a struggle though, is the food table. There's so many delicious treats, and my insulin levels hate me after my inability to resist! 

I've found one great solution, if I bring something healthy I know I can snack on, I'll spend my night with that instead of just the treats. A few months ago I was trying a cleanse with only clean eats, and I realized I could have Greek yogurt, which had potential for a great dip! Using it as a base, I played around with a few ingredients I knew I could have during my cleanse, and I came up with one of my favorite healthy snacks that feels like a treat! Best of all, it only takes four ingredients to make! 

Here's what you need: 

Clean-Eating Fruit Dip: 

1 17 ounce container of plain greek yogurt
2 heaping TBSP of all natural Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
1.5 tsp cinnamon 
4-5 packet of Pure Via Stevia 

We're talking pure protein here with the nut butter and Greek yogurt, and the calorie free Pure Via is a natural, Non-GMO, sweeter made from the stevia plant. 

It takes about 3 steps to make this easy delicious dip too. 

1. Take out about 2 heaving TBSP of yogurt so you have room to stir. 
2. Add the nut butter, Pure Via, and cinnamon. 
3. Stir it all up, and once it's almost fully mixed add the 2 TBSP of yogurt you took out back in. 

Before you know it you have a delicious dip that's easy to take with you to your next holiday party. 
One other note, the Pure Via is actually affordable at Walmart (about $2), but they have a coupon right now to save $.55 on one Pure Via® Non-GMO, All Natural, Zero Calorie 40 Ct. Packets. Jewel has also teamed up with them and you can get a free download and cookbook too!

But seriously, let's get back to the food!
After you make the dip, all you need to do is cut up fruit of your choice. Apples work extra well this time of year since they're in season, and you can brush lemon juice on top to slow down the browning. We also love adding grapes, bananas, oranges, or pears to the plate.

It only takes a few minutes, and you're good-to-go with an excellent healthy party treat!

My favorite part is how fast this goes! Even with all the treats, we never take home any extra and it's always the first item at the table to vanish.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Couple's Watercolor Class from Beth Allen Art

Date Info: 
Watercolor Date Night Class from Beth Allen Art 
Price: $42
Location: Various locations in East Valley, Arizona 
Time: 3 hours 

If you haven't heard of Beth Allen you should stop what you're doing and check out this amazing lady! She's had a little buzz around her the past few months with a few big names in blogging discovering her and name-dropping Beth as one of their favorite artists. I've loved reading about her online, but I've loved meeting her at Alt in June and becoming friends with her even more! She's amazing, ridiculously talented, so sweet, and her paintings and prints have true meaning. 

One of the amazing things she's started doing as of late, is hosting a couple's date night which includes water color lessons with supplies provided, complete with romantic ambiance and delicious food provided by her amazingly talented husband Jared- the man behind Proof Bread
Watercolor Class Date Night

Beth is so charismatic, we really had fun just hearing her speak about how to mix paint and color.
Beth Allen Art Watercolor Class

It was such a great night, full of some excellent couples! Do you spy the amazing Alex of Ave Styles or Anjie from Yellow Bungalow Shop? Reachel of Cardigan Empire, Kayla of Freckles in April, and many other talented AZ ladies graced us with their presence too!
Outdoor couple's party

Quote- Beth Allen Art
Date Night by  Beth Allen Art

We all brought a little food to share and basked in the end of summer produce.

We brought the cheese plate. It went perfect with the Proof Bread from Jared!

I know it sounds stalker-ish, but I could just watch other couples enjoying their time together all night and have an amazing time. Happy marriages, it's one of the greatest things in the world! 
Couple's Date Night- Beth Allen Art Watercolor Class

Beth Allen Art Date Night Class

We tried our hang off to the side so we could snag our own private table and have some quality one-on-one time. That's also one of my favorite things in life!
Romantic Painting Class

Watercolor Class- Romantic Date Night

We both chose flowers for our muse, and decided we should definitely try free-hand painting more often! It's not as hard as it looks.
Couple's Water Color Class- Beth Allen Art

Beth is doing classes in Arizona about once a month. You just have to show up and enjoy the food, talent, and one romantic date night with her artistic touch leaving no detail untouched.
Beth Allen Art Class

Beth Allen Art date night water color

And did I mention I love watching couples in love? Here's the woman herself sneaking in a slow dance with her husband. They are such an amazing couple, and trust me, they are one artistic couple you want to support! 
Beth Allen Art and Proof Bread
Beth even has a class coming up this weekend if you're looking for something to do- check it out here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Powers of Lame

Want to know what question I get asked a lot that I've never answered or blogged about?

What was your first date?

I am hesitant to answer this often, because of all the things we've done in our time together, of all the cool activities we did as friends in group settings, our first date seems a little lame.

I'll come back to this opener, I promise, just stick with me here.

The second question I get most often is how we met. Answer: a lame church dance neither of us wanted to go to. We were the wing-man and wing-woman for friends. I tried to assert myself with the occasional banter as the 3rd wheel to a friend and a guy who seemed to mutually be digging each other. I don't know what I said, but I was trying to be funny. I heard a witty reply to it from behind me, turned around, and even in the dark room I could see a tall, skinny, smiley man. This took me back, as my perception of funny guys is they typically developed-an-awesome-personality to compensate for lower self-esteem in another area. At least that was my story in junior high, "Well self, we're going to have to learn to be funny, because people just aren't going to come flocking to that weird cowlick and large set of thighs." Surprisingly, I had great self-esteem growing up. I just saw this as the reality of life. The really beautiful people often don't develop the funny personality because they get attention without it. Every now and then, you find either a late bloomer or someone completely oblivious to their looks who think they need to develop a stronger sense of humor, and I was pleasantly surprised the night I met Jacob that he fell into this category.

We talked all night, he committed me to going to his church the next day, and he made sure to save me a seat. I went home thinking how I didn't hold back an ounce of my weirdness, and he stayed. I've never clicked with anyone that fast in all my life.

The story stops there, because that's how we met. But I love how almost everyone I tell this story to in person adds, "And it was happily ever after from there." I kind of do that weird head scratch thing I do when I'm not sure what to say. But I usually add, "Well, after 4 months of drama, each of us was convinced the other person was in love with or dating someone else, but somehow miraculously stayed friends. There was also a moment where a friend asked Jacob his feelings and he tried to play it cool which made him come off as a total jerk using me, a month of me avoiding him, a strong spiritual feeling I still needed his friendship in my life and to be nice, and several weird months of kind of dates later, there was dating. It took close to a year to get to this point. Dating also involved a lot of conversations and hard moments dealing with my abusive past, my lack of belief in love and marriage, and a lot of hard work with him at his first job working grueling hours. As well as me teaching by day and getting an MBA by afternoon, evening, all hours of the night, and also the weekend. There was a lot of figuring out how two independent upper-20-somethings make room in their lives for someone else.

Let's go back to our first date. I was just getting into the phase of feeling like I should be friends with Jacob, after some heartache feeling like he never liked me and was just using me because he liked the attention. I had just barely let him in as a distant friend, so when he told me he wanted to chat about someone he was concerned about, I didn't think he was asking me on a date. When we walked into a nicer restaurant, I still didn't think it was a date. When he picked up the check after dinner, I thought, "Wait, what? He's never done this before!" I think that was when I realized we were alone, not with a group, and that he'd even picked me up at my house. I only half thought it was a date. And then when he suggested we go to a movie, I raised one eyebrow. When we got to the ticket counter, and he paid for two seats it hit me, I was on a date. It took almost two hours into our first date to realize we were on a date. I apologize at this point for all hopeless romantics whose jaws are dropped at this point. It is very true, I had no idea we were on a date until it was more than half over. It was incredibly lame as far as dating stories go.

I'd also love to tell you we went and saw an epic movie together, one that will date a year and will go down in history. I guess that could be true if you're a legit Michael Jackson fan. But really, "This Is It" will always be a sweet memory of a movie with a nearly empty theater and two people laughing pretty hard at some of funny things MJ said and did during the filming and maybe some sing-along/dance-along moments happened too.

I've thought a lot recently about how to try to give readers that story of epic meeting, hard and fast falling in love, and a very romantic courtship, but the truth is, it just isn't there! We're kind of lack-luster romance story. The two people who go on a romantic date each week and really are blessed with a great marriage have a very un-romantic story.

The more I reflect on this, the happier my meeting/first date story make me. It was just all kind of lame and calm. Why would that make me happy? Because I realize what a power there is in lame. It doesn't have to be the greatest pick-up line at a grocery store, or an epic blind date, or serving together in the Peace Corps in a 3rd world country. It can be a mundane dance wearing t-shirts and jeans, and the love of your life can just show up. You don't have to know they are for you when you meet, it can take months to even figure out if you should go on a date. That can still make someone right for you. Skydiving, cooking-classes, and dinners at hip restaurants are wonderful and exciting first date stories. But a trip to a movie theater to see a low-grossing movie can also yield the same spark of love. And, if you don't even realize your first date is a date, that's totally fine too. Love really does often hit when we least expect it, where we least expect it.

I love that love finds us in the right places at the right time. I love a good story as much as the next, but I also love that we're writing an exciting story together now. Life isn't a romantic comedy where it ends at that exciting first kiss or a proposal. Real love comes from some pretty mundane, lame moments. It's the moments where we do chores together, talk about our weaknesses and fears, or even help clean up barf from the flu that I see that real love is just beaming through life. Those lame moments that you don't typically share with others, those are where the true love and romance are. And so friends, there are the top questions I'm asked, and the answer is something I think just took some time and maturity for me to realize. We have the lamest, most beautiful love story in the world, because it is real, and because it is ours.

The older I get, the more I continue to realize just how beautiful the powers of lame are.

....and how dated using the word "lame" makes me. So here's your reward for reading an absurd amount of the word "lame"- a few pictures of awkward almost-dating, and just-barely dating baby Camille and Jacob!

*Our friends had a thing for formal dinner parties, and consequently that's when we took pics!


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