Inexpensive Fall Date Night Ideas

Fall Date Night Ideas

Fall is in full swing here on the homestead, the leaves are in piles around our trees and I’ve officially pulled out all of my sweaters. Needless to say I’m pretty excited about this lovely weather change, growing up in the north fall and winter were our longest season so I guess that’s why every time fall comes around it brings a smile to my face. Not only is each season fun in their own ways I feel as though the dating atmosphere changes with the seasons as well. Instead of days spent at the beach, or splashing through puddles like summer and spring, fall brings a completely different list of dates to choose from. Today I’ve come up with four fun, and inexpensive fall dates. The best part of all these are perfect for anyone, married, engaged, first date, or fifth date they’re all fun!


1 | Make a Blanket Fort

Sometimes the best date nights are the ones where you just stay home. But to make things more exciting grab those blankets and pillows and let your imagination start flowing! Create the best blanket fort ever and cuddle up inside to watch your favorite movie.

2 | Visit A Pumpkin Patch

There’s nothing more fun during fall than visiting your local pumpkin patch! This always brings a smile to anyone’s face and most of the time it’s cheap fun! Google, or ask around to find some of the best pumpkin patches in your area. I especially love the ones with a bakery, and corn maze. Treat yourself to a delicious snack, pumpkin picking, and getting lost in a maze, how romantic!

3 | Coffee Shop Date

Although simple, it’s sometimes just nice to get out of the house. Coffee shops are perfect for an inexpensive date night. Not only are they open later than most restaurants they also have a cozy atmosphere. You could even eat at home then hit the town for some relaxing fun.

4 | Game Night

Pull out those old board games and invite another couple, or two over. Busting out your old board games and relaxing at home is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my husband, or a group of friends. It’s easy to create a date night atmosphere in your own home with a few extra things. Create a cracker and cheese platter for your guests, and make sure you have some fresh sweet tea made for them to sip on, and don’t forget to light your favorite fall scented candle! Add a little more change to the night by sitting on the floor, with pillows around, this is cozy and different.


There’s just a few inexpensive fall date night ideas for you to choose from! Which one is your favorite?

If you’ve been inspired by this list of fun ideas don’t forget to pin the image above so we can inspire fun date nights with even more people!









2014 In Review


I can’t believe 2014 is almost over, is it me or did this year just fly by?



  • I switched from Android cell phone to the iPhone
  • Started my last semester before graduating college
  • Wrote this blog post on in response to an article based on “23 Things To Do Instead of Getting Engaged”


  • February 2nd my Mom was diagnosed beasts cancer free, and we ate cake to celebrate.

2014 in review 3

  • The Cowboy turned 22 and in his honor we listened to Taylor Swift’s song 22 on repeat.


  • Spring Break? More like plan as much as your wedding in one week.
  • Had way too many giggles with my roommates.
  • Mamma Bear and Papa Bear celebrated 30 years of marriage!
  • Created this meme of my roommate.

2014 in review

  • Lead an acoustic worship set with The Cowboy for DNow
  • Spent the day in the ER taking care of one of the students who broke his clavicle during a church event.


2014 in review 2

  • Moved back to Indiana


  • The Cowboy & I was created.
  • The Cowboy & I had our Tea Party themed wedding shower!
  • Sophie Nicole was born (on the same day as the wedding shower! girl wanted to party!)


  • DQ came out with a s’more blizzard and it was amazing.
  • Road trip to Arkansas with my Mom.
  • Third wedding shower.
  • Second bachelorette party!


  • Cavenders asked to use my Instagram photo (insert squeak)
  • 4th of July festivities! Including, food, fair, family, friends, and everything America!
  • The Cowboy & I got hitched! (July 12th <3 )


  • Disney World honeymoon!
  • Moved into The Homestead


  • Growing accustom to the farm noises begins.
  • Working for the church.
  • Shake It Off was released (yes this is a highlight)
  • My Mom visited us for the first time in The Homestead!


  • I discovered this vine, which I then quoted the rest of the month

  • David visited us for Labor Day.
  • Posted The Cowboy & I’s first home pictures.
  • Continued to have amazing small group nights with our 7th graders.
  • My 21st birthday!
  • Won a 4.5 hour game of Monopoly!
  • Watch our pastor’s kids for the week.


  • The Cowboy threw me a surprise birthday party!
  • Preached at Momentum Youth.
  • The Homestead received wifi!
  • The Cowboy chased away cow with a bebe gun at 2am.
  • Out Of The Woods was released (yes this is also a highlight)
  • Went fishing, and actually caught some fish. Love having family time.
  • Won a Halloween costume party!

2014 in review 4

  • Taylor Swift’s CD 1989 Released


  • Road tripped to Indiana for two weddings!
  • Let the Christmas shopping begin!
  • Jurassic World preview released.

  • The Cowboy & I’s first Thanksgiving together!
  • Weekend in OKC with family <3
  • The Christmas Experience at Momentum Youth.


  • The Cowboy’s work Christmas party.

10 Amazing Wedding Ideas

Happy Monday!

It’s a happy Monday because you are now half way through the day! Whoot whoot! Why do Monday’s have to be such a drag, I just don’t understand it. You know what’s not a drag though? Planning a wedding! All the excitement and endless possibilities, it’s anything but a drag!

Planning The Cowboy & I’s wedding was so much fun! Let’s just say I had to cut myself off from all the pinning, simply because we couldn’t accomplish everything in a short 9 months. The other day I was thinking to myself, why let these wonderful pins I didn’t use go to waste? That would simply be selfish! Below you will find a compilation of wedding ideas I simply love but didn’t end up using. And ladies they’re all free game!

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Wedding Pins 1


// 1. I loved this wedding cake topper! We decided to go with something more simple and just used flowers. But here’s the link if you wanted to order it!


Wedding Pins 2


// 2. We searched high and low for lighted branches for center pieces and they were no where to be found! We finally decided you have to get them at a certain time of the year, and summer was not it. Either way I love this idea, it’s simple beautiful!

Wedding Pins 3


// 3. Have each girl write on their chalk board how they met the bride and take a photo!


Wedding Pins 4


// 4. IN LOVE WITH THIS IDEA! Instead of the traditional place cards for the reception use these!


Wedding Pins 5


// 5. Map out your relationship on a chalk board for your guests to read.


Wedding Pins 6


// 6. Instead of throwing rice throw sprinkles! I’ve heard the photos turn out amazing!


Wedding Pins 7


// 7. “I Spy…” wedding edition! I had the idea instead of using disposable camera have everyone use their cell phones and then post to Instagram with the wedding hash-tag.


Wedding Pins 8


// 8. We didn’t do a groom cake but if we did, this would have been my choice!


Wedding Pins 9


// 9. I’m in love with these rustic invitations, they just didn’t flow with our theme. But look how gorgeous they are!


Wedding Pins 10

// 10. What girl doesn’t want a chandelier at her wedding? This one would look adorable hanging in a barn!


How did you decorate for your wedding? I would love to see some pictures! Tweet me a photo or use the hash-tag #thecowboyandi on Instagram!



My Barbies Never Got Married

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Growing up I never planned my wedding, my Barbies never got married, and I never played “bride”. My thoughts in high school were not consumed with color swatches and floral arrangements. After The Cowboy & I got engaged my head spun with ideas, and projects.  It was a blast creating such a magical day with my  Mom’s help and endless redirection. (gotta love those A.D.D. moments)


I absolutely loved my wedding boots! You can check out the designer here, she’s AMAZING!


I loved our wedding, I know every bride says this but I truly believe our wedding was the best!


The day wouldn’t have been so perfect without the touch of my Mother’s creative mind, and multiple lists! <3


A big thank you to our photographer who captured all the little moments within the day, such as The Cowboy & I praying before the ceremony <3


And a massive thank you to our family friend who video taped our entire day, and created a timeless video for us to keep forever!

We can’t forget our amazing travel agent who helped us plan the most perfect honeymoon ever!

Although I didn’t spend years planning my wedding, I think it was simply perfect in every way!


The Homestead Photo Shoot

I’m so excited to share with all of you The Cowboy & I’s first home photos.

I saw this adorable idea on Pinterest, duh, and I knew I had to make this happen! Thanks to my wonderful Mother, who came to visit us, we were able to snap a few shots!





Welcome Signature

Kissing Key Signature

Taking a Nap Signature

Front Yard Kiss Signature

Piggy Back 2 Signature

Boots And Rings Signature

Dirt Road Signature

Home Is Where Our Story Begins Signature

Key Signature

Carrying In Signature

Truck Signature

Walking In Signature


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