Date Nite

Real Love at Starbucks

So, it’s Valentine’s Day and we have to work. To me it’s like a “national holiday” so this is a harsh reality. So I have 2 choices, be a champ and show up and do a great job at our Open House anyway, or possibly “pout!” I decide to make it a special day because I am WITH the man I love…my Boyfriend-Husband! So after our work is done, I ask him to meet me downtown at the local Starbucks! As it turns out, Starbucks has just started a NEW program called, “Starbucks Evenings.” At select locations, they serve wine and appetizers such as goat cheese pizza and bacon-wrapped dates! Such a deal! It was one of the most fun Valentine’s Day Dates EVER! We got a patio table on the street and people-watched to our heart’s content, laughing at our good fortune that we enjoyed each other so much! So when you have to work on a special day like we did; check out your local Starbucks and have FUN anyway! As someone once said,

“REAL LOVE is often hard, inconvenient and costly; but TRUE happiness only comes to those who care about others at some cost to themselves.”

First Date

One of the coolest things you can do with your Boyfriend-Husband, is to focus on how far you’ve come in your relationship! Recently, my man and I went on a Special Date to celebrate our FIRST DATE ANNIVERSARY!!! My guy first asked me out for breakfast on our college campus many years ago on October 31st! So we always try and remember that incredible date in a special way. We got all dressed up and made reservations at :

5050 Arroyo Rd.
Livermore, CA. 94550
(925) 456-2450
Executive Chef: Mike Ward

The restaurant has a great history and started as a family winery in 1883. You can also enjoy wine tasting nearby or even book tickets at a summer concert event under the stars. There are options to sit outside the restaurant on a star-lit patio or inside a romantically lit dining room. We found the food to be AMAZING! We especially enjoyed the pork chop and the scallops and sent our compliments to the chef, Mike Ward. Mike as worked with some of the best chefs in the country, including the Michelin-star restaurant, Picholine, in New York City. He focuses on using fresh ingredients from local sources. The entrees can be pricey, but as of today (11/15) they do take the PASSPORT CARD which rewards you with one entree for free. Check it out and let me know what you think! Enjoy your history with your man and BON APPETITE!!!

The Perfume Tree

Want to do something different with your man? If your guy loves you in perfume… here’s a really cool date! As part of your next date; go to your favorite department store and hang out together at the Perfume Counter. Get someone to help you that you like and start experimenting with different fragrances on one another! It’s a really fun way to get to know each other’s preferences and it might even produce some good laughs. If your guy is on the private side; you can always bring home a “Fragrance Sampler” which cosmetic stores like Sephora or Ulta usually carry; and create your own “Perfume Counter” at home! As the Song of Songs says, “I am my lover’s, the one he desires. My hands dripped with perfume, my fingers with lovely myrrh.” Enjoy the man you chose and delight one another!

Date Night 101

What is so COOL about having a “DATE NIGHT” with your man?? A lot of things! When you set up having a regular Date Night with your guy, it creates something to look forward to that has NOTHING to do with the everyday routine and sometimes grind of life. Forget the bills! Forget the deadlines at work! Forget the diapers! It’s time for the LOVERS to come out to play!! It’s time to put all the “Have To’s” aside and just ENJOY EACH OTHER! If you have children, decide ahead of time who is going to organize the sitter and who is going to set up where you are going. We like to take “turns” so that all the planning doesn’t fall on the same person over and over again. It doesn’t have to be “PROM NIGHT” just because you are going out! You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Some of our BEST DATES have been grabbing a deli sandwich and taking a beach walk. We save up for the “OVER THE TOP” dates which may involve a birthday or an anniversary and may include dinner in the City or a hotel getaway. The important thing is to just DO IT!! Make these fun times a regular occasion in your in Love Story and ENJOY YOUR MAN!!

Celebrate Your Man

So I decided that my man’s birthday was coming up and what would a GIRLFRIEND-WIFE do to celebrate?? Proclaim a new “National Holiday,” right? Who creates these holidays anyway, and why can’t I do the same?!! My man’s birthday came in the middle of the week, so I intentionally took the day off and encouraged him to do likewise. It took a little convincing but very soon he was happy to come on board! I blocked out the whole day and filled it with all HIS favorite ACTIVITIES, LOVE LANGUAGES and PLACES TO GO!! What speaks “LOVE” to my man happens to be “QUALITY TIME.” So I spent the entire day just “hanging out” with him! We went to “Sideboard” for brunch and then off to the “Lafayette Reservoir” for a killer hike on the rim! FACE TIME with the kids of course, a foot massage and dinner out at “Va Da Vi” his fave place in Walnut Creek. We even hung out in the Apple Store to get his computer updated! Totally HIS kind of day and he loved it! Just the kind of day a BOYFRIEND-HUSBAND would dream of!! An ancient proverb says: “Who can find a good “girlfriend” wife? She is worth more than diamonds! Her husband can trust her, and she will richly satisfy his needs.” Have fun dreaming up your next “national holiday” to honor your man!