My Favorite Romance Novels

Happy Valentine's Day! Who's in the mood for romance? I want to talk about books today and as I'm sure you've probably learned by now, I don't read a lot of romance novels. It's not my favorite genre and I find it, well, cheesy if I'm being honest. I'm always nervous to start one because I feel like I'm only going to end up hating it in the end so what's the point in wasting time? It always happens though that just as I feel like I'm about to give up on the genre completely I stumble across a total gem that gives me hope for the genre … [Read more...]

Date Night: Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt date night I created for Halloween went over so well last year that I thought it would be a lot of fun to create another one for Valentine's Day. Brandon and I aren't the expensive dinner and fancy wine kind of people when it comes to Valentine's Day but we are always down for games and people watching. I'm sure it's the social sciences major in me but I can sit and people-watch for hours. You could call it stalking but I prefer to call it researching societal behaviors. ;-)  Just like I did with the Halloween scavenger … [Read more...]

Conversation Starters for Your Next Date Night

Lately, Brandon and I have been trying to be more deliberate about date nights. We are planning them ahead of time, trying new places, and requiring that date nights are screen-free (so you may have to wait for that Twitter reply ;-) ). It's been really great because we've discovered new coffee shops and restaurants, explored new parts of our city, and had some of the best conversations of our entire marriage.  We've been able to reconnect in a way we didn't know was possible because we weren't even aware that we needed … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Favorite Reads of 2016

Over the last week my GoodReads feed has been full of friends setting their reading goals for 2017. Some have been incredibly reasonable (like 12 books a year) whereas others have completely blown me away (like 100 books a year). I set mine as a completely achievable (I think) 26 books per year. The Kindle app on my iPad is full with books I haven't read so I don't think I'm going to have any issue finding something to read although is going to be hard to top the ones I read and loved in 2016. Here are a few of my 2016 reads, in case you … [Read more...]

Food Subscription Boxes to Get You in the Kitchen Together

This post includes affiliate links which help support Far Beyond Love. I love subscription boxes (#noshame) but I'm kind of new to the food subscription boxes. It always seemed so interesting but I am kind of neurotic about food and I wasn't fully sold on the idea of a company shipping my food to me in a box. Eventually I realized if they aren't shipping it to me they are shipping it to the store I'm buying it from so really, what's the difference? Let's try it!  I researched a lot of food subscription boxes before I ordered from … [Read more...]