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{ The Fabulous 5 } Top 5 Date Night In Ideas

Date nights are so necessary yet so elusive…for us at least. As much as we need to take the time to reconnect and enjoy one another without the kids, sometimes all of the pieces like a babysitter and something fun and cost effective doesn’t  always line up. To be completely honest, at times all of the cards line up but I’m just so tired that the idea of getting dressed up and leaving the house leaves me feeling like date night isn’t all that important…I know.

My husband and I vowed that in the new year at least once a month we would put our technology down and give one another our undivided attention for at least one evening a month. Here are 5 date night in ideas for those nights when the babysitter dips out on you or you just want to cuddle at home.

Marriage Weekend

Surprise Party, Jazz in the Gardens, Brunch on SoBe – A Weekend in Miami

I never realize how much I need to get out of dodge until I do just that…..Get.Out.Of.Dodge.

Last year we didn’t travel at all trying to reserve all of our coins for the move. Now that we are mostly settled in we thought it would be a great time to sneak in a little get away to just relax and refresh. My father flew in from Las Vegas to stay with the children and the Mr. and I threw the deuces and hit the road to Miami.

Miami 2

After safely arriving to Miami after a 7 hour trip that should’ve taken 10 I hit the pedi spot with my bestie.  With my toes “did”, I got dressed for what I thought was going to be a night out on the town and dinner with the Mr. only to find out he and a friend of mine that lives in Miami put together a nice surprise birthday dinner for her husband and myself. Talk about good times with old friends.

Miami 3

Miami 4

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Saturday involved a trip to the beach, some visiting and a beautiful night under the stars listening to music at Miami Gardens’ annual Jazz in the Gardens concert. This year’s line up included Mint Condition, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton and Maze featuring Frankie Beverley.

Jazz in the Gardens

Post show, Mr. drove me  to South Beach, where I spent the night with two of my favorite girls in the world at a very chic boutique hotel on the beach.  Sunday morning the three of us grabbed a selfie and some brunch. We spotted Nicole Murphy walking by, she was about that I don’t want to be bothered life but I caught a glimpse of those abs. Yeah, I’m on that….starting next week!

Miami 1

The Mr. and I closed out our weekend getaway at Jazz in the Gardens, where LL Cool J, Anthony Hamilton and the infamous Frankie Beverly closed out our phenomenal weekend.

Frankie Beverly

As I head into a very busy next few months followed by the craziness of Summer I am glad that we took this opportunity to sneak away. When was the last time you and your significant other stole away? Have you ever taken a home girls trip? Have any trips planned for the Spring and Summer?

Frugal and Fab Marriage

Great Date Deals – CupDate

*I was provided a complimentary date through Great Date Deals. All opinions are my own…you already know*

Great Date Deals

A few weeks ago the Mr. and I stepped out for a much needed date night courtesy of Great Date Deals. Great Date Deals is an awesome website that does the hard work for you when it comes to selecting activities that you can do as a date. Great Date Deals offers deals for a number of major cities outside of Atlanta so make sure to check and see if yours is listed. I won’t lie, a part of the reason why we don’t get out as much as we should is because by the time we go around and around about what to do and where to eat while keeping our budget in mind we just end up staying at the house…true story.

The website listings are powered through Groupon so when you click to purchase the deal you are taken to the Groupon interface. Basically like I said they have done the hard part for you, so now there is no excuse for you to not hit the town with your honey.

The Cup Cupdate.

Mr. and Mrs.

For our date we headed out to The Cup – A Gourmet Cupcake Cafe located here in Atlanta. The location holds couples events that consist of lite fare and drinks, couple inspired games and cupcake decorating. Yes, I said cupcake decorating where you indeed get to eat lots of cupcakes.

The Cup

Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake Decorating

If you ever find yourself stumped on what to do for a date night or even a night out with the homies visit Great Date Deals Online or on Facebook.

When was the last time you went on a date? Where did you go?


Family Marriage

Operation Wedding

Y’all know I don’t ask much from you, so when I do I hope you get how sincere my request is.

Earlier this week I took a few photos of my neighbors. These photos were used for a submission  to win a dream wedding on behalf of our local Fox channel. Operation Wedding will grant one military family the dream wedding of a lifetime but they need votes.


Ancil has been deployed twice and is currently still away from his family working since coming off of deployment. She has been holding down the house and the family while he is away. They are such a deserving and giving family and I would really love to see them get this wish granted.

I said all of that to say, can you please take about 30 seconds to vote for them. Voting is open until 2/29. They are the first on the list.  Timeka Russell and Ancil Christopher. 


Thanks y’all!!