When I first met the Huz I just knew he was the one, so bloody clichéd but also very true. Before the Huz showed up in my life I had kissed a few frogs, so I knew what I did and didn’t want from a relationship. That he made my heart skip a beat, was a dead set spunk and he treated me like a Queen kinda clinched the deal. Fast forward twenty five years and he still makes my heart flutter and these days we are more in love. But relationships don’t just happen, they need nurturing and attention…and dare I say it a little romance helps too
How I met the Huz
When I was twenty one and living on the Gold Coast I packed up my Holden Camira and headed North to Hervey Bay (in Queensland) to live with a friend who needed a flatmate. I needed a change of scenery and to not be in a relationship, so it seemed like an adventure.
Turns out that ‘no relationship’ dream wasn’t to be because my first night in town was spent with my flatmate, her boyfriend and his cousin…a hunk of spunk guy who changed my life forever.
All four of us enjoyed a fun night and dinner at the Pizza Hut, remember the red and white gingham place-mats and paper tablecloths you could draw on? I guess you could say it was our first ‘date’ because we have been together ever since.
Romance doesn’t need to be big and flashy
Fast forward a few decades and we have been married for twenty three years and now have two adult sons, life is good. We don’t go in for big romantic gestures because being nice to each other every day and spending time together is more important.
However there was that one Valentines Day when I was close to giving birth with baby number one where he excelled. He waited until I was asleep and made a huge papier mache heart with loving words written on it and suspended it from helium balloons. He then blew up over one hundred balloons and filled our little unit with them. When I woke up in the morning it was a sea of balloons and some flowers…simple, not expensive but, I still remember it with fondness.
He’s a keeper!
These days Valentines Day isn’t really our thing, sometimes we celebrate either side of the Hallmark day but mostly we add some romance to our relationship with a regular nice dinner out. The kind of dinner date filled with anticipation where I frock up a little, we enjoy a good meal with a fancy drink or two and reminisce about special moments over the years while making sexy eyes at each other.
Enjoying a romantic dinner at Sean’s Kitchen restaurant
In fact we did just that this week when we dined at Sean’s Kitchen at the Adelaide Casino. Sean’s Kitchen is chef Sean Connolly’s New York inspired restaurant, diners can enjoy a modern menu fused with quality local produce. You can choose to dine alfresco style along Station Lane, inside the hub of the restaurant or upstairs in the New York style loft which offers diners an extra special more intimate dining experience or is perfect for special events.
The Huz and I enjoyed a cheeky cocktail each
An amazing and colourful entrée of ‘Pea Risotto’ and a ‘Heirloom Tomato Salad’. WE couldn’t decide which we wanted more so we shared the two, the Huz loved the salad and the risotto was a hit with me.
Onto the main course and I enjoyed ‘Orgy Of Mushrooms’ with ricotta gnocchi…OMG, sooooo good! The Huz was won over by the split baby chicken with fig and foie gras salad. Sounds fancy, tasted fabulous 🙂
I ‘almost never‘ get defeated by dessert but look…baked New York cheesecake still sitting on the plate because my eyes are bigger than my tummy! The Huz did well to polish of the Pimped Golden North Ice Cream, I had a sneaky taste and it was goooood!
After making ‘sexy eyes’ at each other over dinner we took a walk along Station Lane, and I made ‘sexy legs’.The Huz captured it all 🙂
GIVEAWAY, a dinner for two at Sean’s Kitchen.
EDIT…NOW CLOSED. WINNER JULIE WILSON. Thanks to the good folk at Sean’s Kitchen and Adelaide Casino I have a dinner for two to give away. Just tell me ‘why you fell in love with your significant other?’
Giveaway open to Australian residents aged 18+and closes Tues 23rd Jan 2018. Winner contacted 24/1/2018. Prize is a dinner for two at Sean’s kitchen to the value of $150, valid for twelve months and cannot be exchanged for cash. Winner notified on Styling Curvy blog and Facebook Page
Putting the spark back in your relationship
So how do you stay connected with your partner or even spark up a little romance? While we love eating out there are certainly some other ways to show your significant other you love them. They don’t need to big and flashy or expensive options (but it doesn’t hurt occasionally), just things you both like or maybe things you used to like doing together before kids and work got in the way.
Here’s 16 ideas to add/keep some spark in your relationship…
-making the trip to Bunnings without whingeing
-packing a picnic and heading off on an unplanned adventure to the hills, beaches or countryside.
-make a playlist of their favourite songs
-play them while you enjoy a home cooked dinner together
-write a love letter, and mail it to them
-plan a weekly dinner date or coffee date. A time to connect, chat or plan.
-take dancing lessons
-send them a text everyday with a love message
-pack a lunchbox with a hidden love note
-play a board game together
-see a movie during the day or enjoy a movie marathon session at home
-go market hopping and explore a neighborhood you don’t know
-take a cooking class or cocktail making class together
-take a bike ride together
-frock up and enjoy a romantic dining experience at a fabulous restaurant
Hands up who would like a romantic and tasty dinner with their partner?
Til next time,
this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sean’s Kitchen and Adelaide Casino. Read more on my disclosure policy.