Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 1

“Being a parent will rock your world so much that is it naive to think that it won’t affect your relationship with your spouse.”

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book When Two Become Three: Nurturing Your Marriage After Baby Arrives by Mark E. Crawford, PhD. It covers a topic that many parenting books leave out – how to make sure you’re taking care of your relationship while going through a ton of stressful life changes.

“92% of parents described more conflict and disagreement after they had a baby.”

Not convinced that it’s worth focusing on? Chapter One, The Journey Begins, provides a ton of compelling arguments as to why it’s more important than you might think. There’s the obvious – don’t you want your children to grow up in a harmonious home? – as well as the long-term – raising children is only one part of a marriage. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you’ll want a relationship to come back to.  It’s even mentioned that those who are in unhappy marriages suffer worse emotional and physical health!

“New parents spend all of their time parenting and not enough time ‘spousing.'”

Convinced? Concerned? Never fear! Keep an eye on this spot, and we’ll tackle this book together – pick it up on Amazon here. By the time we’re done, you’ll be armed with a ton of tools and tips on how to keep your marriage strong!

Ready for Chapter 2? Find it here!

7 Can’t Miss Events in March 2018

Spring is coming, and there’s lots to do! Whether it’s tasting ice wine or stocking up on gear for your next adventure, there’s an event for you in this list!

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Some delicious events to delight your taste buds!

Ice Wine Festival – Grand River Valley Region, Ohio
Dates: March 3rd, 10th and 17th, noon-5pm
Price: $6 per winery
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5 wineries are participating in this event, running the first 3 Saturdays of March. Attendees can visit each winery, sample wine, get food, and experience a variety of other events including a sled dog demonstration and ice sculpting.

Agave on the Rocks – Phoenix, Arizona
Date: March 30, 2018, 6-10pm
Price: $75 ($70 for members)
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A tequila-themed event hosted by the Desert Botanical Gardens. Includes a welcome tequila, food tastings and live music. Additional tequila-themed cocktails available for purchase.

Sustainable Wine & Food Series – Los Angeles, California
Date: March 22nd, 6pm
Price: $150 ($140 for members)
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The LA Zoo & Botanical Gardens has partnered with local wineries to host a series of four course farm-to-table dinners. Each dinner is set at a different location in the zoo. The first event is March 22nd, featuring Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc.

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Acoustic Space Series: Destiny Muhammed Trio – Oakland, California
Date: March 16th, 2018, 6:30-8pm
Price: Museum admission ($15.95 before 5pm, $7.50 after 5pm)
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Listen to the Destiny Muhammed Trio, a jazz trio with a cool and eclectic sound. Before or after the show, take time to explore the museum.

Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating – Chicago, Illinois
Dates: March 22nd – August 26th, 2018
Price: Free with museum admission (admission prices start at $35)
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If you like unique art installations, this exhibition is perfect for you. It features a selection of chairs and stools, designed and created by Max Lamb. This is the first in the Franke/Herro Design series, which highlights the work of emerging talent.

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Check these out if you love outdoor adventures!

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Festival – Florida Keys, Florida
Dates: March 10-17, 2018. Times vary.
Price: Prices vary, many free events available
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An entire week of outdoor activities, hosted by a variety of wildlife refuges in the Florida Keys. Includes nature walks, origami, a wildlife fair, and more. Registration required, see website for details.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo – Saratoga Springs, New York
Dates: March 17th, 10am-5pm & March 18th, 10am-4pm
Price: Free
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Get ready for all your spring and summer activities with the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo, featuring over 150 exhibitors, ranging from running to biking to green living.

 

5 Gifts for the Outer Space Lover in Your Life

Have an anniversary or birthday coming up, but not sure what to get your partner? Never fear, this is just the first in a series of gift guides we’ll be publishing!

First up: gifts for the outer space lover. Is your loved one fascinated by the stars? Do they dream of one day visiting another planet? This gift guide is for them!

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Rihga Planet Chocolates

Your space lover have a sweet tooth? Get them these beautiful planet-themed chocolates from Japan! Each planet has a different flavor – Earth is cacao, Mercury is chocolate mango, Saturn is rum raisin, etc.

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Star Talk by Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Everyone loves to learn more about their favorite topics. This illustrated book from Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent way to learn more about outer space. Find it on Amazon here.

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Outer Space Stationary Set

Perfect for the desk supply connoisseur, this stationary set from ThinkGeek includes a journal, a memo cube and binder clips, all in beautiful outer space designs.

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Space Shuttle Poster Set

Beautiful and educational, these posters are scanned from vantage NASA artwork. Find them (and lots of other cool space-themed decorations) here.

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Sure, mugs can be kind of a lame gift – bu this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. When a hot beverage is poured into it, it changes to display the full sun and moon. Grab it from ThinkGeek here.

 

Relationship Foundations: Love Languages

Does it ever feel like you and your partner aren’t on the same page? It could be due to a difference in Love Languages – the way in which you express and prefer to receive affection. We generally express love in the way we’d prefer to receive it. Unfortunately, sometimes that can cause feelings of neglect if our partner doesn’t perceive these actions as acts of love.

There are five main love languages – do you recognize you or your partner in any of these descriptions?

Words of Affirmation
People who prefer words of affirmation generally enjoy compliments, gratitude, or general acknowledgement.

Acts of Service
People who prefer acts of service generally enjoy when their partner takes care of things around the house or runs errands.

Receiving Gifts
People who prefer receiving gifts love getting bouquets or chocolates – even remembering to pick up their favorite snack on a grocery run can make them feel loved.

Quality Time
People who prefer quality time enjoy actively spending time with their significant other – but things like spending time in silence watching TV may not be enough for them.

Physical Touch
People who prefer physical touch enjoy the little moments like holding hands and cuddling.

 
Keep in mind that most people have a combination of love languages – only satisfying one of these preferences may not be enough. It’s important to have honest conversations with your partner about the way you express and receive affection. There are many resources online for discovering your love language, but the best may be to go directly to the source – you can find an online assessment here.

A Note From Our Founder

Hello!

Let me introduce myself – I’m Victoria, and I’m the founder of Crescent. I came up with the idea for Crescent during one of those moments we’re all familiar with – my partner and I were sitting around, trying to figure out what to do that weekend. Neither of us felt like spending time researching, reading reviews, and making decisions. I thought to myself “What if there was a service that would do all the work for us?” As far as we could find, none existed – so we decided to create one!

Whether you’re looking to reconnect with your significant other, or just find something interesting to do with minimal effort, we’re here to help. Of course, since we’re freshly launched, we’re eager to know what we could be doing to improve or help – just drop us a note at hello@datecrescent.com. We’re listening!