Monday, July 25, 2016

How Pokémon Go Is Good For Your Relationship

Pete and I went away last week and stopped in a new (to us) town on the drive back home. We had a nice dinner and walked around a bit before heading to the hotel to sleep. We woke up early the next day and decided to walk around the town to see it in daylight.

Yelp had given me a few historical buildings to look out, but once we saw those, we were kind of stumped.

"We should look for Pokémon," I suggested, half-jokingly. See, I had downloaded Pokémon Go on my mom's phone the week before and she told me to get it so we could walk around together. But, other than opening the app at home, I hadn't played. Pete and I weren't quite sure what to expect, but we decided to play.

It was the best. Seriously. We had such a fun time exploring the town, letting Pokémon lead us from one landmark to another. We want to make it a thing now, going to new towns and following Pokémon to spots to see. Playing made me realize how Pokémon Go is good for your relationship, so, of course, I had to write this post.

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How Pokémon Go Is Good For Your Relationship


It gets you walking. 
So much of the fun of Pokémon Go was that we were able to explore a new city on foot. The downtown area was filled with Pokéstops, and we went from one to another -- wherever Pokémon said to go. Bell at a church? Sure. Veterans memorial? A nice way to pay our respect. Small park on the ocean? What a view!

The next thing we knew, Pete's Fitbit buzzed, letting him know we had already walked 8,000 steps -- and it wasn't even noon yet. If you're already sweating for the wedding, this is a fun way to do it. More fun that what we often do at night: walk around our community, pretty much in the same loop.

It gets you talking. 
Each Pokéstop shows a photo of a landmark and you basically have to walk to find it. So you open the app, click on the closest Pokéstop, and figure out where it is. You talk about if one of you knows the location and, if you don't, you read the map together and figure out where it is.

Even if the conversation is only about Pokémon, it still gives you an excuse to talk. Plus, you can talk about what you see on the way too.

It gets you learning. 
We were in a new city when we played the first time, so we were able to really learn the history behind it. Pokémon took us to different historical signs and museums. So, of course, we were there hoping to catch an Eevee, but it was cool to learn about the battles that were fought over the waterway in the town.

And it's fun to learn stuff together. Maybe it's a cooking class, maybe it's painting, or maybe it's Pokémon helping you learn history. Whatever it is, learning new stuff together is a great way to evolve as a couple.

It gets you burning. 
You're burning calories together, which is great. But it also means you'll probably get hungry at the same time. So you can take a break from Pokémon and grab a quick snack (or meal, depending on what time you're hunting). All of a sudden, you have an impromptu date -- and who doesn't love that.

Plus, it just gives you something to do together. I'll be honest. At first, I was like, "I don't get it." I would open the app when I was blogging and sometimes there would be a Pokémon on my laptop screen, and mostly there wouldn't be. So I got bored and that was that. But when Pete and I played in the real world, when we took turns catching Pokémon and got excited when the phone vibrated to let us know there was one around, we really, really liked it. So no matter what you think of it, get the app. You'll like it. And your relationship will too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: What other ways is Pokémon Go good for your relationship?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Going To The Chapel Cucumber Feta Salad

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I told you I had the idea to post easy recipes on A Bride On A Budget because after you're married, you're gonna need to cook for two. And, as much as cereal may pass as a meal when you're single or in college, it's not exactly a nutritious dinner for two.

Our first recipe post -- For My Fiance Focaccia Bread Pizza -- did so well, we're keeping the ideas going.

This new recipe is so easy. It's a summer side salad, which is healthy and a good alternative to a pre-packaged bagged salad. Which, yes, is easy to open and serve, but not as tasty as my Going To The Chapel Cucumber Feta Salad.

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Going To The Chapel Cucumber Feta Salad


We actually grow cucumbers in our garden, which is why the one in my post is so irregularly-shaped and less green than normal. But oh my gosh, it is tasty. I love cucumbers anyway, but they can be pretty bland. The ones from our garden are really flavorful, which is why I don't need salt in my recipe. You can add a pinch if you need it.

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What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:

Want a yummy summer salad recipe? Give this Going To The Chapel Cucumber Feta Salad a try! Get the recipe at www.abrideonabudget.com.

Clean your cucumber. Since we grow ours in the garden, I know they're pesticide free and leave the skin on. If we buy them at the store, we usually use a dish brush to clean our fruits and veggies. Keep this on the side for food only. Don't use it with dish soap on your dishes and then try to clean your food after. That is a big no no. You could also wash your veggies in plain vinegar too, if you have that handy (which, honestly, I never do).

Cut your cucumber.

I cut mine like a pizza, into eight pie-shaped pieces. I like to sort of try to keep the size of the cucumber pieces similar to the chunks of feta. That way, you can have a nice balance in every bite.

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Add the cucumber, feta, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Toss. Add a pinch of salt if you want and toss again.

Serve.

That's it. I'm telling you, it's so tasty. I've been making this salad every single time we've had a cucumber come out of our garden. I'm obsessed with it -- and I'm sure you will be too.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you make this cucumber feta salad?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Heart Escort Cards (made from toilet paper rolls)

I'm really into upcycling. Anything that can be turned into something else will. My mind is basically a resurrection yard for garbage. Which is fun when I do the projects, but less fun when I tell Pete things like, "Hey. If you're the one who finishes the toilet paper in the guest bathroom, don't throw out the tube. I need it for a project."

So we saved it. And another one. And I finally had enough to upcycle into this project.

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DIY Heart Escort Cards


These are pretty easy to make, but they do take a bit of time since you're, literally, watching paint dry. So invite over a bridesmaid or two (or a glass of wine), so you have someone to chat with while you're waiting.

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What You'll Need:

What You'll Do:


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Fold your toilet paper roll in half.

With your ruler, measure your toilet paper roll into eight equal pieces. (They end up being a half inch each, so if you are using a paper towel roll instead, mark pieces of that size).

Mark each section with a pencil. Cut the pieces with the scissors.

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Paint your pieces and place them on the scrap paper. Let them dry completely. For a nice effect, paint half the pieces one color and half a second color. Just be sure to paint an even number of each since you'll want to match two pieces to form your heart.

For a dark color like red, I only needed one coat. The pink was thinner so I did two coats. Then, I painted the inside.

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Place glue on one side of one of the pieces. Affix a second piece to it, making sure to line up the "point" of the heart at the bottom. Clip a binder clip to the glued portion. Let this dry completely.

Try and keep the "flat" side out and put the uglier side (with the crease) inside. It looks prettier that way.

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While that's drying, you can make the name cards. Cut the card stock. You can cut it straight or in a scroll, whatever you prefer. Just make sure it's 3-inches from edge to edge so you can fit it on your heart.

Write the name of your guest(s) and assigned table number on the card stock.

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Put a little glue on the edges of your heart and stick down the card stock. As with every other step involving glue, let it dry completely.

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You can display these at your wedding welcome table flat. Just make sure they are in alphabetical order so your guests can find their seats.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you be able to make these DIY heart escort cards?