6 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Love the idea of Valentine’s Day but not the overpriced gifts and expectations you see in the media? Or maybe you just don’t have it in the budget to go “all out.” Now, I love a fancy dinner and bouquets of flowers like most girls, but I also like the intimate and thoughtful gifts too, and admittedly, so does my bank account. So here are 5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas that won’t break the bank but will definitely break the heart, in a good way! Apologies for the silly tagline, I just had to!

Bike Ride through the park & Picnic

If you’ve got time during the day or plan to celebrate over the weekend this would be a perfect day date. Look around your area and find a park that you could ride bikes in, or even ride your bikes to and enjoy a picnic lunch or even dinner. And don’t worry if you don’t even own a bike, there are plenty of new businesses that have bike rentals by the hour.

Hand-made cards & hand-picked flowers

I feel like a hand-made cards and hand-picked flowers are often overlooked. I don’t know about you but I love the sentiment behind a card that was specially made for me and flowers that were hand picked by someone who loves me. I honestly prefer the look of wild flowers over a bouquet of roses. So, if there are any guys reading this, girls like this kind of stuff. Make us feel loved and special. Knowing that someone was thinking about you during the day and took the time to make something for you is one of the sweetest feelings!

Movie night with all your favorite snacks

So the weather didn’t turn out the way you thought it would, or maybe it did and this is what you had planned all along! Enjoy a cozy Valentine’s Day evening in, watching your favorite movie, or a new one paired with all your favorite snacks & drinks. Grab blanket and snuggle up on the couch!

Watch the sunset with home-made dinner.

Or even the sunrise with a home-made breakfast. But if you’ve got a little extra moolah, go to a fun little cafe near you for an early morning breakfast! There’s something nice about waking up when it’s quiet out and going out somewhere to watch the sunrise.

Ice Skating & Dessert

Ice skating is such a fun activity to do and a great way to make fun of each other. Queue all the crazy legs and falling. Even if you live in Hawaii of all places, you can still go ice skating! At least if you’re on Oahu. And after all that fun, head out for some dessert. I personally like to get Hot Fudge Sundays from McDonalds plus, they’re only $1 or, again, if you’re in Hawaii somewhere around $2. Lucky we live Hawaii!

Board Games/“Get to know you” Quizzes & Desserts

This is one of my husband and I’s favorite thing to do on date nights, or even late nights when the girls are asleep. We’ll look up “Get to know your spouse quizzes” and others along those lines. They’re so fun to do and often times have questions you never really thought to ask. And as always, bring some desserts and/or your favorite drinks to enjoy!

And remember, it’ not all about buying the most expensive and most elaborate gifts, but making them feel loved! Maya Angelou, said it well,

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers +Instagram Pointers

Are you a new blogger or interested in blogging? Today on the blog I’m sharing a few helpful tips for newbie bloggers. Now, I’m no expert blogger, but I have learned a few things along the way, that I’d love to share!

When I first started blogging, it was this unknown world, there’s no master guide to blogging, it’s just you and the internet. I had so many questions on how to do things and even what I “should” do as a blogger. At times it would be frustrating and time-consuming and by the end of it, I would still be confused. So here’s are a few things I’ve learned while blogging over that past year.

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4.29 | Welcome Eve Marie

Birth Stories. I love hearing about people’s birth stories, there’s so much emotion and excitement and memories that will never leave you. Today, I’m sharing my birth story. It’s not my first and I hope it’s not my last. There’s nothing really crazy or super unique about it, but it’s mine and I will always cherish it. My due date was April 20, and from how my first pregnancy went, I was pretty sure I’d go past my due date. And I did. Overall I had a really easy pregnancy and I’m so grateful for that. But there’s nothing like those last two weeks. Time seems eternal and your energy levels are pretty low, especially with a two year old running you all over the place.

Just to warn you, I might get a little detailed here and there, not too much, just a little. But hey, it’s a birth story, what do you expect?

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What’s in My Hospital Bag?

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I hope you all had a great week! Over here in the McColgan home, we are patiently awaiting the arrival of our second baby! Woohoo! Definitely having lots of emotions. I’m so excited and at the same time a little intimidated! But I’m pretty sure those are normal feelings when you’re about to give birth and bring home a new baby! So I thought it would be fitting to share with you guys what’s in my hospital bag…the second time around. I‘ll try to link all the items for you guys and I’ve also attached a printable “Hospital Bag Checklist” that you can use as well!



Nursing Bra  |  Striped Pajama Shorts  |  Black Pajama Shorts with Tassel  |  Lanolin  |  Soothing Gel Pads  |  Gingham Bag  |  Toiletries Bag  |  Nursing Pads


Hospital Bag Checklist

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Click HERE to download!

Maternity Must-Haves

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Happy  Friday mamas! Today on the blog I’m rounding up some of my favorite maternity items and I’ll also be sharing some that I don’t think are that necessary. For the record, so far I’ve had relatively “easy pregnancies” so maybe think of this as a “maternity starter pack.”

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Growing up Together


Parenting is such a rewarding experience, but at the same time (and most of the time) it can be very testing and full of emotions. Raising littles is no easy feat and I only have one! But the memories made along the way and the lessons learned are unforgettable! I love this new role as a mom. When most people think of having kids, or at least what I mainly thought about was starting my own family, how wonderful it would be to raise the next generation, teaching them life values, and teaching them about the Lord. I knew there would be the little battles, but you don’t really know what it’ll be like until you’re in the “battlefield.” What I’ve come to learn is that as I’m raising my child, I am also learning things about myself and how I as a person can and need to grow as well.

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Life Update



Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to do a life update for a while. We have a few big changes coming up this year. I know everyone is saying “I’m so excited for 2019!” But seriously, I am super excited to see what this year has to offer, especially looking forward to all the changes that are going to be happening. Some people may not be so excited to welcome change, but I love changing things up, even with things as small as rearranging the furniture in the house. It just feels so refreshing and motivating (at least to me!).

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Mother’s Day

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Becoming a mother has been hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I have been pushed far beyond what I thought was ever capable of doing. I’ve come to my breaking point multiple times. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Although motherhood has been the most difficult job I’ve ever had, it has been the most rewarding experience ever. I have been stretched and molded into someone I didn’t know I could be. When Ellie was first born, I didn’t know how to feel, of course I loved her, but I didn’t know her, I was almost scared of her. I was worried if I would be able to raise her, to even keep her alive. My whole world had changed in a day. I remember thinking, “I’m mom, I’m the one that people will give her back to when she’s crying, including my husband, I’m the one that’s supposed to know what to do.” I was so intimidated, I knew nothing! But in motherhood, you learn as you go, you ask for help, you find out what works for YOU and YOUR baby. After a couple of sleepless and tearful nights, I felt like the Lord was reminding me that she is a precious gift from Him. She has been given to specifically PJ and me, NO ONE ELSE. God had seen it fit to give me a child. It was my new job to raise this child with love and grace. To teach her about Jesus and what He has done for her, and to be an example of a Godly woman to her. I’ll continue to mess up and fail, a lot, BUT I will continue to persevere and trust in the Lord. For you mamas out there that are feeling tired or at your breaking point, know this, the Lord of Heaven, the King of Kings, He is by your side. He will never leave you. Lean on Him, ask Him for more patience, more grace, more forgiveness, not only for your children but for yourself and for all those around you. Not everyone has this opportunity and my heart goes out to them; to those who have lost their children, to those who have had miscarriages, and to those who have struggled with infertility. I thank the Lord for this sweet child He has blessed me with and I will do my very best to raise her in the Lord.

Happy Mother’s Day