7 Terrific Travel-Themed Gifts

Does the love of your life also have a love for travel? Nurture it with these 7 terrific travel themed gifts – they’re perfect for any special occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – whatever you need. There’s something for every traveler on this list!

Don’t have a travel lover on your hands? Perhaps a space lover gift guide or a flower lover gift guide would be more helpful.

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The LOST IN Collection

This books are full of amazing information. This collection features 19 books, covering cities like Paris, London and Buenos Ares. Find the collection here.

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Cavallini Toscana Journal

Give your partner the gift of a beautiful place to store their memories with this gorgeous leather journal. Find it at PaperSource here.

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Scratch Map

What could be more fun than keeping a record of all of the great places you’ve visited? This scratch map is the perfect way to do it! Find it here.

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Cashmere Travel Set

Now this is luxurious – a beautiful travel set made of cashmere. Includes things like a scarf and a sleeping mask. Find it here.

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Carry On Cocktail Kits

Everything you need (except the alcohol) to make delightful cocktails in the air can be found in these kits. Grab some here.

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Passport Covers

There are a ton of passport covers to choose from, but we love this adorable Bon Voyage Cover from Farfetch. Find it here.

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Custom Foil Map

This is a beautiful way to celebrate a city with a special memory – perhaps you took your first vacation as a couple there, or maybe it’s where you proposed. Find them at Minted here.

 

Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 5

It’s time for the fifth chapter of When Two Become Three by Mark E. Crawford.  Miss out on the other chapters? Start at the beginning here.

Chapter 5 is addressed to one member of the partnership: moms (chapter 6 is addressed to dads). Still, it can be valuable for both members of the partnership to read, since it provides quite a bit of insight into what both partners are going to be going through.

The chapter begins by discussing the differences in how a mother experiences new parenthood vs a father. One thing to note is that this chapter makes the assumption that the mother was pregnant with the child, and it’s not an adoption. Though most of the book holds true no matter the circumstances of the birth, this chapter is more focused on the mother being pregnant.

It does make some sense – it discusses that the hormonal changes the woman experiences during pregnancy put her in a different mindset once the baby is born. If neither member of the party is experiencing those changes, they may be a little more on the same page regarding some of these things.

The book tells new mothers that the transition to motherhood will likely be “natural and dramatic” whereas it may take a bit longer for men to transition into fatherhood. It does mention nearly 60% of women experience a mild sadness after giving birth – the “baby blues” and somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of women will experience post-partum depression. It is important to speak with your doctor if you feel seriously depressed (or even mildly depressed) after giving birth.

So, how do new mothers help their partners transition into fatherhood? The book has some great insights, starting with reminding mothers to remember that the fatherhood experience is a bit different than their own. This can be exacerbated if the mother is taking on the primary responsibility of caring for the child. New fathers may wind up feeling a bit left out or lost. To help prevent that, new mothers should remember to try to include the father in as much of the routine as possible.

In fact, when it makes sense, new mothers should let the father take over some responsibilities fully. Perhaps it’s part of the bedtime routine, or maybe just the hour when they first get home from work. New mothers may be tempted to over-correct every move the father makes when taking over these responsibilities, but should try to let the father discover their own way of doing things.

The final tip the book gives is to remember that your partner is playing two roles now: father and husband (just as you are mother and wife). It’s important to take advantage of little moments to help remind yourself that you are a partnership and a unit. It may be making sure to talk before falling asleep, or perhaps it’s just holding hands at the dinner table. If you have the opportunity, taking the occasional date night is a wonderful way to re-connect as a couple. Once you feel up for something a little more exciting then dinner and a movie, we can help you plan!

Thanks for joining us for this book club! Next week is Chapter 6: For Dads: Man to Man.

 

One Easy Trick To Avoid Arguments About Dinner

It’s an argument as old as time: What should we do for dinner? (or any other meal). Maybe one member of the relationship is more indecisive than the other, or perhaps your taste in food completely differs. Either way, if you find yourself in constant arguments about food – this trick is for you.

It’s called the 3-2-1 trick, and it’s simple – one member of the couple picks 3 meal options (“Order Chinese, that pizza place down the street or leftovers”) and then the other member eliminates one option (“Eliminate the pizza place.”). The first member of the couple then picks from the remaining two options. This can, of course, be modified in a variety of ways – you could start with 4 or 5 options, you could do it twice, once to pick the type of food and once to pick the restaurant, etc. It’s very flexible!

Of course, this method isn’t perfect – there are a few things that both members of the relationship need to be willing to do. For one thing, they need to agree to try out this method in the first place. If one member of the couple is unwilling to even try eliminating an option or picking 3 options, then this trick is unfortunately a non-starter.

Both members also need to be willing to accept whatever the final meal choice is. No sulking or getting mad that they didn’t secretly pick the one you wanted! If this is something you or your partner might do, then it’s best to keep track of who had the final pick last time, and make sure to alternate – that way, everyone gets a turn picking dinner.

So there you have it – a nice, simple trick to avoid those strangely messy meal-time arguments. Next time you find yourself in one, give it a try!

Want another quick tip on avoiding meal arguments? Have Crescent plan your date!

8 Exciting East Coast Events, April 2018

April is almost here! It’s time to plan out next month’s dates, and as always, we’re here to help. If nothing in this list strikes your fancy, check out our concierge service. We’ll come up with the perfect date night idea for you and your partner.

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Some delicious events to delight your taste buds!

Taste of South Boston – Boston, Massachusetts
Date: April 8th, 6pm-9pm
Price: $55
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Have a wishlist of restaurants you want to try? Cross a ton off the list with the Taste of South Boston event. Over 30 restaurants will be represented, along with a selection of wines and beers.

World Grits Festival – St. George, South Carolina
Dates: April 13th-15th, 9am-9pm
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Who doesn’t love a specific food festival? Celebrate this hot breakfast meal at the World Grits Festival with events ranging from a 5K to a Rolling in the Grits contest.

6th Annual Hot Sauce Expo – New York City, New York
Dates: April 21st and 22nd, 10am-6pm
Price: $10 to $100, depending on the package you purchase
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The perfect event for hot sauce addicts. Get the General Admission ticket if you just want some free hot sauce tastings and entertainment. Upgrade if you’re looking for some more culinary experiences, like barbecue or a taco buffet.

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These events are the perfect opportunity to learn something new.

Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival – St. Michaels, Maryland
Dates: April 7th, 10am-5pm & April 8th, 10am-3pm
Price: $5
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Experience 35 artists from around the east coast, all with a shared love of sea glass!

Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Exeter, New Hampshire
Date: April 20th, 7pm
Price: $20
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Film festival dedicated to short films showcasing and celebrating stories of the human-nature connection.

Easels in the Gardens – Edenton, North Carolina
Dates: April 20th & 21st, 1pm-7pm
Price: $30
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Enjoy a stroll through the gardens of the Cupola House and watch artists at work. The event also includes a garden party and a variety of workshops.

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Check these out if you love outdoor adventures!

Wild Azalea Festival – Morrow, Georgia
Date: April 7th, 11am-4pm
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Annual festival featuring guided hikes, animal encounters and more, hosted by Reynolds Nature Preserve.

Moonlight Trail Rides – Bedford, Virginia
Date: April 28th, 7:30 PM
Price: $42
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Go on a romantic, moonlight trail ride. There will be complimentary refreshments and a bonfire after the ride!

Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 4

It’s time for the fourth chapter of When Two Become Three by Mark E. Crawford.  Miss out on the other chapters? Start at the beginning here.

Chapter Four brings up something that’s contentious in many relationships, baby or not: dividing the chores. A lot of the tips in this chapter are useful for any couple, so if you’ve stumbled on this post without a baby on the way, read on anyway!

The chapter starts off with some upsetting statistics – unrealized expectations over shared responsibilities accounts for a 10% decline in a husband’s marital quality and a 25% decline in a wife’s martial quality. It also warns that couples that have it all figured out before a baby arrives may still have trouble, since so much will change.

The chapter goes on to describe a downward spiral – since each member of the partnership isn’t feeling appreciated, things tend to get worse, they tend to check out, do less, or let resentment grow.

However, all hope is not lost! Mark E. Crawford goes on to describe 10 things couples needs to do to help fix the situation. I’ll list a few of them here, but if you’re struggling with this issue, or think you might struggle later, you should definitely take a look at the full list.

Make a List

Sit down with your partner and make a list of all of the chores that need to be done. Once the list is written, then assign the tasks. It may feel a little juvenile, but it will eliminate any mysteries about what needs to be done and who will do it.

Stay Flexible

It’s okay to revisit the list, especially when you’re first starting out. If someone is finding a chore hard to complete, have an open discussion to try to come to a solution (the conflict resolution skills from Chapter 2 should help with that!)

Try To Relax

You have a newborn in the house, who will soon be a toddler. Things may not look the way they used to for awhile, even if both partners spend every moment on chores. That is absolutely okay – try to take a deep breath and keep things in perspective – a little clutter is okay.

Thanks for joining us for this book club! Next week is Chapter 5: Some Advice for Moms.