Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Love: Keeping in Touch

One cornerstone of maintaining any solid relationship is communication.

Long distance/camp relationships are no different.

Here's how we stay in touch when Mike's on shift and he's an hour ahead:

1. Emails

Mike sends me a daily email to wake up to each day. (I know, I'm lucky to have such a romantic!) If your guy isn't much of a morning person try sending him one before you head to bed. He'll love knowing you're thinking of him every night and he'll probably reply so you can wake up to one too.

2. Texts

No brainer here. Get a good text plan for both of you and get chatting! Just remember the guys aren't supposed to be using their phones when they're working so find out when his break is and keep it free so you can chat. If you do text him when he's working or at the gym don't expect a quick reply ;)

3. Couple App

Mike and I love this app… you can send messages, images, videos, draw pictures for each other… all without ANY danger of your cell company mixing things up and sending pictures to another number by mistake (it's happened to me!). Also you can "thumb kiss" each other where you each hold your thumb to the touch screen at the same time and it vibrates. Silly but kind cool. It's like Instant Messenger but between you two ONLY.

Also it has an anniversary/birthday reminder setting so neither of you can forget those important dates ;)

4. Skype/Facetime

Your guy will need a good wifi/internet connection to make this work but most camps do provide this. We have a nightly FaceTime date where we catch up face to face and even watch Netflix together. Even if we're busy and can only manage a 5 minute call we still make the effort. Especially when you have kids involved this is an essential tool to stay connected.

Did you know? Two people can watch the same Netflix account at the same time! Mike and I pick an episode of our favourite TV show (right now: Brooklyn 99), line it up then countdown so we start at the same time. We both watch the episode with our FaceTime running so we're watching it together even though he's in another province!

5. Phone Calls

If your guy is out in the middle of nowhere or has very bad internet signal then things like Skype and FaceTime are nearly impossible. In these cases a nightly phone call is essential. The next best thing to seeing each other is hearing each others' voices.

TIP: Some cell phones have a "wifi hotspot" capability - get a good data plan on his phone and use it to get a quick skype/facetime call in!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Life: Organising the Cleaning

Ok I'll admit it… I hate chores.

I despise doing dishes.
Sweeping the floor frustrates me (when I can't get every last speck of dust).
Discovering what used to be something in the fridge grosses me out.

BUT Chores have to be done and if you're on your own (or have kids who aren't old enough to help yet) you have to find a good strategy that works for you.

After a lot of pinning over on Pinterest about different cleaning solutions but I discovered Fly Lady.

I loved her idea of morning, afternoon and evening routines, focusing on zones and dealing with it 15 minutes at a time.

But I found her site confusing and there was too much in my house that needed attention for me to ignore until it was that time of the week/month.

SO I came up with an alternative Fly Lady inspired routine:

Daily Routines

Weekly/Monthly/Yearly Routines

To kick things off I spent a day organizing, cleaning and getting my house up to scratch.
I organized my freezer, cupboards, washed appliances and generally caught up so my house looked the way I wanted it to all the time.

THEN I kicked the routine into gear.

I chose to put most of my 'evening' chores into my afternoon as I tend to have more time and energy before I head to work in the late afternoon/evening. I never have any energy in the evening so I cut that down to the bare basics. Mornings I generally have lots of time to squeeze things in.

Inspired to create your perfect cleaning schedule? Here are my tips:

1. Decide what chores need to be done in  your household on a regular basis
2. Prioritise them into daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
3. Split your daily chores into blocks that will work with your routine, test them out and see how they best fit.
4. Do the same with your weekly/monthly/yearly chores.
5. Kick start your system! Give yourself a day to do a thorough clean (or as best as you can) and get your house how you want it to look.
6. Put your schedule up so it reminds you and everyone in your household what needs to be done and when.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Love: Out of the Box Date Night Idea

You and your hubby have finally found the time to schedule in a regular date night on days off…

Just you and hubs, kids are with sitters, phones are off… and you end up doing the same thing you always do.

For us we always have movie nights - we dated watching movie nights, we watch movies together via FaceTime and when we can't think of anything to do we watch a movie.

It's better than nothing but every now and then I challenge you to break out of the box.

Do something you've never done before.
Do something you'd normally say no to.

We chose to do a Brewery Tour and Haunted Pub Crawl (it happened to be halloween night).

It was FUN!

We drove down to Victoria, made a road trip out of it, had lunch then made our way to the tour pick up point.

Our first stop was Phillips Brewery - and I can tell you those little mini glasses sure have kick when you drink 7 in 45 minutes! (or in Mike's case he had nearly 14 as I was driving home and was merely tasting)

Next up we went to 3 different haunted pubs in the area… stopped for a drink in each one and ended the night with some delicious munchies.

If you or your man loves a good beer I'd highly suggest it and even if you're not much of a beer person I suggest you give it a try - after all this is about doing something out of the ordinary! There's more to beer than a boring old Lucky ;)

What was your most interesting unusual date night?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Life got crazy.

New posts coming your way over the next few months.

Starting tomorrow!