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As you guys might be learning, along with my love of food, I’m also a sucker for fashion and even though he’s got it down pretty good himself, it’s always nice to treat Meik to something new that I know he’ll love!

My agenda is twofold today. I am so excited to be partnering with JORD watches for a giveaway where everyone wins! The winner will receive a $100 Gift code towards any watch of their choice and just for entering, every single person who enters will get a $25 Gift code (Click here to enter)! It doesn’t get much better than that. With a beautiful collection of both women’s and men’s watches, whether you win or not, this is a nice little bonus towards a gift for someone else…or why not for yourself?! I love these watches because they are as comfortable as they are stylish and are so easy to dress up or down. With a birthday coming up, it was the perfect time to spoil Meik with this Frankie watch in Dark Sandalwood and Smoke. More on this at the end of the post.

(The watch shown in this post is the Frankie series in Dark Sandalwood and Smoke)

I’m also sharing how we manage to make quality time together a priority, no matter how hectic life gets.

I’ve talked about this before, but I truly believe that the greatest gift you can give is your time (although a beautiful watch does come in as a close second ;)) This is something Meik and I have always worked at making a priority in our relationship. It hasn’t always been easy, between starting our relationship as I was going into internship, followed by him starting an intense school program just as I was finishing and then going right into starting his career off having to fly in and out of town for the first 2 years. Having limited time for so long really made us appreciate the time we did have. Although things are a bit more settled in terms of school and in town worknow, somehow life just seems to keep getting busier and busier, and I can only imagine how crazy it will get when we eventually start a family!

Our time apart definitely set the foundation for creating some good habits. Whether it’s with your husband, best friend, parents or your own family, here are some of the things we’ve found most helpful in making sure we stay connected.

Schedule it in!

This might sounds silly, but just like meal prep or meal planning, when you schedule something into your calendar it is a whole lot more likely to actually happen! I live and die by my calendar- meetings for work, personal appointments, dates with friends, and we try to do the same for our time together. Otherwise it just becomes too easy to let this fall to the bottom of the priority list. After all, we live together…we get to spend everyday together, right?! Passing by each other in the morning rush or working side by side into the evening, watching TV or reading together- that is not quality time!

So at the beginning of the week we try to take a look at what we have going on and schedule at least one night a week to spend some good quality time together. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it can be as simple as cooking dinner together, going for a walk or having a glass of wine and sitting and chatting, but quality time without distraction is what we’re going for. 

Phone Away

One of the things we try to do when we’re spending time together is put our phones away! Again, just because you’re in the same room doesn’t mean you’re spending time together.  I admit and my friends will agree- I am easily distracted (anyone else just feel like they have a million ideas racing around at once?!) . So I make a point to minimize distractions as much as I can when I’m hanging out with someone and this includes putting away my phone.  

This can sometimes feel near impossible with a job that is so intertwined with social media, client calls and answering just one more email. How many times have you pulled your phone out to check the time and the next thing you know…you’re 30 minutes deep in your Instagram or Facebook feed?! We are definitely guilty. This is where a watch becomes a lifesaver in preventing you from getting sucked into that vortex.

Take Turns Planning

Part of being truly connected is learning about and taking interest in each others’ interests. Now I definitely don’t think you need to or that it’s even good to have all of the same interests. That’s how you keep things interesting, and having activities you do with other people is important too, but I have learned a lot and even enjoyed things I never thought I would by being open to learning about and trying new things with Meik (who knew I‘d become a Sci-Fi movie Fan or learn to be comfortable riding around the city on a road bike) and for Meik, he’s always been good in the kitchen but used to be more for the bachelor style cooking of meat, vegetables and rice or potatoes.

One our favorite things to do together has become trying out new recipes, ingredients and finding great local food to test out. He’s even let me sucker him into trying more plant-based meals. Check back next week to see what we were making here. We are so in love with the outdoor space at our new place so with the warm weather we’ve been trying to get out there as much as possible and now with our fire pit and light set up, it’s the perfect spot for date night!

How do you find time to make your relationships a priority and find time to stay connected? I’d love to hear.
And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for $100 towards your favorite watch! All you have to do is click the link here and enter your info and you’re set! Good luck! Contest ends July 16th, 2017 at midnight.


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Thank you JORD Watches for providing the beautiful watch that is seen in the photos in this post. I was not compensated for my time to write this post or social media content and only work with brands I truly believe in and support. All opinions are my own. Questions? Please feel free to reach out!  

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