Because I’ll be in Oregon over Valentine’s Day, my husband & I decided to celebrate the holiday a little early this week with a special date night. With all the traveling back & forth that I’ve been doing and this being his busy season for work, we’ve had to become really intentional about carving out time for one another and making it a priority to connect in the midst of our chaotic schedules. Sometimes this means actually getting dressed up & heading out somewhere nice and sometimes it’s as simple as sharing a bottle of wine & talking on the couch after the kids have gone to bed.
One thing we’ve implemented that’s helped us so much is a weekly “check in”. On Sunday evenings, we sit down and talk through what we have on our schedules for the week (this includes any business meetings, appointments for the kids, responsibilities at church and errands that need to be run). This ensures that we’re both on the same page about who is doing school drop off/pick up, walking the dog, grocery shopping, etc.
Then we end by asking each other “how can I best serve you & show you love this week?”. It’s such a simple question, but it has been a game-changer for us in terms of keeping open lines of communication & making sure that we are meeting each other’s needs & speaking one other’s love languages (highly recommend this book if you don’t know what yours is).
I was recently introduced to this new-to-me jewelry brand, Ana Luisa – what sets them apart is that all of their pieces are ethically made using 100% recycled gold + everything comes with a 1 year warranty. They have the most elegant everyday pieces that are as beautiful as they are well-made. I immediately gravitated towards these pearl drops & this pendant necklace (great for layering or wearing on its own). More of my favorites include this dome ring, this dainty necklace, this chain bracelet & these classic hoops.
I’m partnering with them to offer a $75 giveaway over on Instagram & I’d love for you to come enter for your chance to win (comments must be left on this Instagram post). See something you love on their site & can’t wait for the giveaway to close? You can order now & get 15% off sitewide with code LOVE + free shipping (order by 7am on 2/10 to get in time for Valentine’s Day!).
What I’m wearing:
H&M Coat, Express Top (similar), INC Belt,
H&M Skirt (similar here, here, here or here),
a.n.a Booties (similar), c/o Ana Luisa Earrings & Necklace,
Lips: Maybelline Amazonian, Nails: OPI Lisbon Wants Moor