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Simple happinesses

Today’s blog though isn’t exactly specifically my relationship, but something that I have come to learn about happiness as a result of it.

I wanted to start this blog off with a little quote,

“I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple; find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy and you’re set”. -Unknown

The reason I picked this quote in particular is because today I wanted to talk about happiness. Not really just happiness as a whole, but simple happiness. 

Not really sure what that means? No worries, if you don’t quite understand now I’m sure you will by the end. It’s really a “simple” concept. See what I did there?

Happy is really a pretty simple definition actually. From the dictionary,

hap·py   ˈhapē/

adjective

 1. feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

Happiness however? It’s kind of more complex, although the definition doesn’t really show its complexity.

hap·pi·ness   ˈhapēnəs/

noun

noun: happiness; plural noun: happinesses

1. the state of being happy.

The reason I say it is more complex is because there are countless things that can make you happy. It could be your family, friends, pets, significant other and so on. The list is endless. The problem is that we don’t realize all of the things that make us happy because most of them are so simple. These simple happinesses get lost in a sea of reasons that you are unhappy. This is because people tend to focus more on the negatives in life instead of the positives. So today, I want to talk about the positive, simple happinesses you can find in your life.

What are some of these simple happinesses that I am talking about? To list some of the many my relationship has come to show me,

I have found happiness in his touch, his voice, his smile. The way he takes my hand and kisses it. How he makes the perfect cuddling partner.

I have found happiness in spending time together, no matter how short it may be. The way he comes to see me after a long day of work. How he acts when he’s super duper tired.

I have found happiness in the way I look at him and the way he looks back at me. How he squeezes me, just because he can. The way that he comes up behind me and hugs or kisses me.

I have found happiness in doing new things and exploring new places together. The way he thinks he knows where we are, when actually we are pretty lost in the woods. And how he won’t admit we’re lost.

I have found happiness in the way he holds me. The cute little things he does for me, like carry me over puddles so my shoes don’t get wet. 

I have found happiness driving around in his car singing as loud as we can. How he reminds me to take cheesy pictures, but still makes fun of how cheesy they may be.

I have found happiness in simple trips to the grocery stores, or going to a shopping mall just to look around. The way that he carefully picks out everything he buys.

I have found happiness in practically everything since I have started dating him. The way that we can enjoy anything we do simply because we love being together. 

I have found happiness in him. 

This is where the quote I started off with comes into play. Find what it is that makes you happy. For me, this would have to be all of these simple happinesses in little things that I’ve found in my relationship with him. Find who it is that makes you happy. Although obvious, for me, the one who makes me happy would be my wonderful boyfriend. When I am with him, nothing else in the world exists.

My point with this blog is not to get caught up in all the bad things happening all the time. Instead, go out and do something that makes you realize how beautiful life is. Enjoy every second that you possibly can because you surely don’t get to go back in time to do it over. Never take someone, or something, that makes you happy for granted because it could be gone in an instant.

Mostly, the things I found that made me happy were ones that you just don’t look at in the big septum of life, but you should. Every little, simple thing adds up on the list to make you realize what an amazing day you had looking back. Focus on the things that make you happy and you’ll be set.

Happy eight months to my incredible boyfriend❤️ I can’t imagine where I’d be if I never met you. Thank you for being your wonderful self and never ceasing to make me smile and laugh. 

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Couple Date Ideas: Fall Edition

Keeping a tradition alive, as well as expanding upon last seasons Couple Date Ideas: Summer Edition blog post, back again this season is the new and improved Fall Edition!

Here is an entire list of wonderful adventures and date ideas for you and your significant other during this fall season!

  1. Apple picking
  2. Leaf raking (and playing in them)
  3. Mountain hiking (for the view!)
  4. Berry picking
  5. Go to a pumpkin patch
  6. Visit a sunflower field
  7. Carve pumpkins
  8. Make halloween themed treats (yay for Pinterest)
  9. Make a berry, apple, or pumpkin pie! (fresh from the orchards!)
  10. Corn maze
  11. Hay rides
  12. Costume shopping
  13. Scary movie (on the go!)
    • I read a blog that someone did this and brought blankets and their computer outside to a “scary” place to watch a scary movie!
  14. Have a picnic
  15. Make s’mores
  16. Attend a football game
  17. Go for a drive to see the fall foliage
  18. Pop popcorn on the cob
  19. Fall festival or county fair
  20. Build a blanket fort
  21. Go star gazing
  22. Watch the sunset or sunrise, or both!
  23. Have a campfire
  24. Halloween maze
  25. Use costumes, in the bedroom *wink, wink*
  26. Go to a haunted house
  27. Make caramel or candy apples (freshly picked)
  28. Go to the same place 3 Saturday’s in a row to see the leaves change color
  29. Find a ski area with lifts running in the fall to see the foliage
  30. Make a leaf collection and dry them in books
  31. Have a fall photoshoot
  32. Movie night
  33. Halloween party (with costumes!)
  34. Game night
  35. Go shopping for a new date outfit (he picks for her, she picks for him)
  36. Go to the gym together
  37. Pinterest some crafts to make with leaves
  38. Go tailgating
  39. Attend a concert
  40. Take a walk in the park
  41. Go on a bike ride
  42. Cook a meal together
  43. Have a paint night
  44. Apple cider or coffee house date!
  45. Workout together
  46. Go for a run, outside
  47. Complete a 5k
  48. Rollerskating
  49. Bowling
  50. Try a new restaurant
  51. Take a walk on the beach
  52. Play a game of frisbee
  53. Go geocaching
  54. $1 store mini gifts
    • This was another date idea I saw, each of you enter the store with the same amount of money and put together a little gift for each other
  55. Make cookies (for friends or family, or just to eat!)
  56. Go to the zoo
  57. Go to the aquarium
  58. Find a local flea market
  59. Walk around a pet store (that has animals!)
  60. See a drive-in movie
  61. Or just a regular movie date
  62. Or dinner and a movie, there are actually theaters that have dinner tables instead of cinema seats!
  63. Harvest festival
  64. Have a costume competition (with other couples)
  65. Horseback riding
  66. Volunteer together
  67. Take dance lessons

To be added upon as I think of more ideas! 

**Cover picture is not ours**

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8 Tips for Boyfriends

Every girl is different with what they do and do not like in a relationship. Some girls are needy and some girls need their space. Some girls like receiving gifts and some girls would rather have affection.

I’m going to list some basic tips that MOST girls like!

1. Text back fast

This one is for the girls who are needy (like myself). Girls like to know that they’re a top priority. If you aren’t really doing anything, just be sure to text your girl often! I know you can’t always text back in a quick manner. Which brings me to my next tip.

2. Let her know when you’re busy

This is one thing that really irks me. Don’t just drop from the face of the earth randomly. Let your girl know when you won’t be able to talk! Most girls appreciate this a lot. I know I do.

3. Buy her flowers

I loooove receiving flowers. I always think of my boyfriend whenever I look at them. They’re so pretty and smell really good. I love that it’s an old fashioned gesture that’s still around today. It’s so simple but thoughtful.

4. We enjoy the simplest of things

We don’t always need extravagant dates or gifts. Pack a lunch and take her on a picnic, dress like bums, get some snacks and binge watch Netflix all day, take her to the drive-in theater, etc. It really doesn’t take much to make us happy (at least it shouldn’t).

5. Take her on a surprise date

A fancy date is good every once in a while too! Tell your girl to put on her nicest dress and look all dolled up but don’t tell her what you’re going to do. Take her to a fancy restaurant and treat her like the queen she is. Now, surprise dates don’t have to be fancy or expensive. They can be anything you want them to be!

6. Send long paragraphs via text

I love receiving long paragraphs from my boyfriend that tell me how much I mean to him. It can make my bad day good and my good day great. It just lets me know that he is thinking of me. This goes to girlfriends too! Send your man a long paragraph!

7. Send a love letter

People don’t do this that often nowadays. But I think writing a love letter means so much. You’re taking the time out of your day to sit down and hand write your love. It’s just really sweet.

8. Listen to her

I know us girls sometimes just ramble on. But do you know how many points you gain when your girl is talking to you about something and then you later mention something about what she said? A lot. You are her best friend and she just wants to tell you everything. Try to be interested in what she’s saying.

So girls, show this to your boyfriends if you feel he is slacking in some of these areas! Every girl deserves to be treated like a queen.