Valentine's Day For The Ladies...

Valentine's Day is a time to treat yourself! Even if you don't have a "valentine" you can still celebrate by pampering yourself with a spa treatment, chocolates, or by scoring those cute shoes you've had on your wish list for awhile! Better yet, grab your girlfriends and have a girls night - complete with at-home mani/pedis and a rom/com :) 

I know some people could care less about Valentine's Day, but I personally LOVE it and kind of always have! My mom always made it special by leaving us little notes and candy or putting them in our lunches when we were young. My husband and I usually celebrate with a dinner date night - which is a treat for us because it's such a busy time of year for him! Also, I just adore walking into stores right now with all the pink and red! It's so pretty!  

I rounded up a few super cute gift ideas for Valentine's Day - and you can shop below! Xoxo!

xx, 

Ashley

Three Years...

 

Today marks 3 years that Chris and I have been husband and wife. It's so easy to love someone that's patient, compassionate, kind, humble, and steadfast...not to mention, easy on the eyes! I'm really proud of how much we have grown in the past three years and I feel an ever deeper love for him than I did on our wedding day (which I didn't think was possible!) Nothing makes me more excited than growing old together and getting to spend my whole life loving him. I'm so lucky!

Our photographer Patti Takacs (Kivalo Photography), who I still collaborate with 3 years later for my blog, captured our day so perfectly. I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that she took that day and a few days later in on our mini-moon :)

xx, Ashley 

Picco! Best Pizza in Boston!

Like any foodie moving to a new city...I've been doing my research on the top places to eat! Phrases like "best donuts in Boston" or "best ice cream in Boston" have been taking over my Google search bar. Recently, "best pizza in Boston" produced results hailing Picco, a small pizzeria less than a half mile from our apartment, home of the best pizza in the city! I couldn't believe our luck! Last Friday, Chris and I went over without reservations for an early dinner and actually got a table. I was super impressed with the menu and it's variety, having more than just pizza and salads. The appetizers included things like meatballs, carnitas tacos, and roasted cauliflower gorditas (which I had, and LOVED!) Chris and I shared a mushroom and pepperoni pizza and were not disappointed. We told our server to "lightly cook" the dough because they like to bake them well done with some "char." A "must go to" spot if looking for some great homemade pizza in the city! 

Wifestyles Of The (not) Rich and The (not) Famous...

Nowadays if you want to set aside a weekly "date night" that involves going out for dinner, a movies, drinks, etc...the night can get pretty pricey! I have gotten creative with a few inexpensive date ideas and honestly, most of the time they end up being more fun than a stuffy dinner or movie anyway! Happy to share with you some creative ways to spend time together without breaking the bank!

1. At-Home Movie Night:  You can do this for under $10! Rent a few red box movies, buy some popcorn and a few boxes of candy and there you have it! You can set it up really cute for your man...post a "Welcome To Movie Night" with the DVD's, candy, and popcorn all on the table, and blankets/pillows on the couch ready to go! It will make an ordinary night seem exciting!

2. Go On A Picnic: This could be a really romantic Saturday or Sunday afternoon Fall date. Bring a bottle of wine, some cheese and crackers...pack a few blankets, one to sit on and one to cover up with...and just enjoy each other's company. You can do this for under $20! (Maybe even cheaper depending on the bottle of wine you get :))

3. A Day At The Museum: Now that we live in Boston, there are so many cool exhibits and museums that we can go to!  The best part? Most are FREE! You can have a whole day exploring with your love for zero dollars. I would encourage you to research your area to see what you find...you'll be surprised how much you can do right in your own backyard!

4. Build A Living Room Fort: How many of you did this when you were little? Why did we stop just because we're adults? This is SO fun and doesn't cost a single thing. Create a blanket and pillow fort in front of the TV...make some snacks to eat in your "fort", then either talk or find a movie to watch on demand! Date night for $5!

5. At-Home Spa Treatment: You want to really surprise your man? Have candles lit, soft music playing, and lotions, scrubs, and massage oils lined up for when he comes home. Tell him to soak his feet in a warm sudsy water bath, give him a nice foot massage and scrub. While he's soaking his feet, massage his shoulders with oil. He will be pleasantly surprised and maybe even return the favor!