The Ultimate
‘Date’ Night Smoothie

A couple weeks ago, I shared about missing New York City and how we fixed the problem by bringing New York to us.

You can read the full details here, but basically we watched the movie Manhattan and tried to recreate a smoothie we discovered in Brooklyn at a cute little cafe called Siggy’s. I’m not sure if we were ever able to match their recipe exactly, but we are definitely enjoying our version. I thought I’d share the ingredients with you today in case you’re in need of a new smoothie recipe. I have a serious sweet tooth, but have been trying to find natural sources of sweetness to fulfill my cravings. This smoothie always satisfies! Hope you enjoy! We even gave it a new name. And it’s enough to serve two people, of course!

The Ultimate “Date” Night Smoothie

- 6 dates (pit removed)
– 2 bananas
– 1.5 cups of almond milk
– 1/4 cup of almond butter

Tips: Feel free to play around with the proportions. We do it a little different each time depending on our mood and which flavors we want to stand out most that night. Also, I’d say the key is to not blend it up entirely smooth. You want to run into little tiny pieces of date with each drink. They’re like finding little pieces of candy in your smoothie.

If you try it out, let me know what you think! And if you’ve got a simple, healthy smoothie recipe to share, please leave it in the comments. We’re always looking for new ones to try! I’ve got a mango here I’m wanting to do something with, but not sure what to pair it with. Any suggestions?

Styling by the wonderful StyleSmaller.

Ingredients: banana, almond butter, dates and almond milk"Date" Night Smoothie recipe combined in a blenderGirl laughing and drinking a smoothieIngredients for the Ultimate "Date" Night Smoothie

Be Forgiving
Make Marriage Happen

I’m sitting outside underneath the strong California sun with the hot air caressing my skin. I love hot days! And in the bay area, we never get enough of them.

I’ve told myself recently to take advantage of each one that comes. So yesterday, we scratched our plans and spontaneously picnicked with friends at the park. And today, I’m working outside in this absolute perfect weather combining two of my favorite things – warm weather and writing.

Before I share the theme for this month, I have to thank you all again for joining me in this journey to Make Marriage Happen. My main prayer for myself this year is to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving and grace. Along with thanking God each morning for the small or big ways I see Him in my life, I’m also trying to make a better effort at giving thanks to others for ways I’ve felt moved or loved by them. And your comments, emails and messages regarding this series have truly been a gift. So thank you!

This month’s theme is a bit more challenging then previous ones. It’s the nitty gritty that’s needed every day in marriage. But with two imperfect people promising their lives to one another, I know that it can also be something that seems impossible for some couples when the pain or hurt runs deep. The theme for April is forgiveness.

I recall the first time needing to forgive someone. I was a sophomore in high school and finally came to grips with the bitterness that was bent up in my heart over my parents divorce. I realized I needed to forgive my parents if I wanted that to go away. But I wasn’t able to come to that realization until I met and accepted forgiveness from Jesus.

But I think the concept works beautifully in marriage too. It’s going to be very hard to forgive your spouse until you realize how much you are in need of forgiveness too. Think about it! It’s much easier for me to forgive Vitaliy for something he did today when I remember how much I needed his forgiveness yesterday. Right? And in marriage, this is how it goes. It’s a never ending need to give and receive forgiveness. And the better you get at practicing this in the small areas of your relationship, the better prepared you’ll be at navigating through the larger areas.

That’s what I’ve learned in my own relationship. Something to get you all thinking about! Let’s Make Marriage Happen. And let’s do it today, #beforgiving. Is there something you need to ask forgiveness for? Or perhaps there’s something you need to forgive your spouse for that you’ve been holding onto that’s now started to turn into bitterness? Whatever it is, choose forgiveness today regardless of how you feel. Feelings always come later.

The photo is an oldie from 2010 :)

Make Marriage Happen Be Forgiving

Thursday Ramblings: Awesome Clients, Flash Mobs, and Jimmy Fallon

Y’all it’s Thursday which is practically Friday in my book. And Thursday means it’s date night and I am so ready for some down time with my husband.

Not my business partner, but my husband. Last night we had to prep for our tax meeting which took place this morning so you know I am even more ready to let loose. Running your own business is no joke! But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am beyond grateful to wake up and do something that I love. Not to mention, we work with the very best clients anyone could ask for. A friend recently asked me if our clients were really as amazing as I make them sound. You make it seem like you guys are BFFs, she said. When you have clients whose family and friends create flash mobs at the reception, how could you not want to become BFFs with them? Yes, that really happened at Anthony and Nicole’s wedding. Our clients really are that sweet and that fun, I told her.

In other news, is anyone watching Jimmy Fallon these days? I’m completely obsessed. I’m now requesting Jimmy Fallon lunch breaks. Earlier this week Vitaliy and I did precisely that. We made lunch and sat down to enjoy some much needed laughter. I had to put down my plate when I watched this lip sync battle because I was laughing so hard. But our favorite skit to date is this Obama-Putin conversation that we’ve had on repeat at our house. In light of all that’s going on in Ukraine, sometimes you need a little laughter to stomach the difficulties.

Well friends, that’s a little Thursday ramblings from me. I’m off to round out my day and close up shop. Any good videos you want to share for a lunch break laugh-fest tomorrow? Have a great night everyone!