35 Winter Date Ideas

Living in Wisconsin, we spend most of our time trapped inside. The weather in the Midwest usually determines our plans.

My husband and I said that 2020 we were going to make more of an effort to spend quality time together. But planning anything with an unpredictable Mother Nature is hard. To help out I made a list of my top 35 Winter Date Ideas.

I tried to find things that were a mix of outside/inside and free/inexpensive. Pick out a few that you’d want to do and add them to your calendar. Do not cancel on yourself, make it a priority. You will not be disappointed, and will love making these memories.

35 Winter Date Ideas:

  1. Go ice skating.
  2. Cozy up for a Netflix & chill night.
  3. Visit the Ice Bars in Milwaukee.
  4. Go see a movie, we usually go on Tuesdays because the movies are $5 and you get free popcorn.
  5. Go sledding or tubing.
  6. Play board or cards games.
  7. Attend a local Winter Festival.
  8. Take a cooking class.
  9. Go indoor skydiving.
  10. Have a living room picnic.
  11. Go indoor rock climbing.
  12. Take a yoga class together.
  13. Enjoy a spa day.
  14. Make a romantic candlelight dinner.
  15. Plan your next trip or vacation.
  16. Visit the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva, WI.
  17. Go check out the Mitchell Park Domes.
  18. Go to a sports event, like a Bucks or Admirals game.
  19. Go out and sing Karaoke.
  20. Book a Brewery tour.
  21. Book a local Winery tour.
  22. Do an outdoor photoshoot.
  23. Give each other massages.
  24. Take a dance class.
  25. Sit under the stars with an outdoor fire, cozy up with blankets. Sip on hot cocoa and make s’mores.
  26. Take a bubble bath together.
  27. Go on a carriage ride.
  28. Rent a cabin up north and enjoy a winter getaway.
  29. Visit an indoor trampoline park.
  30. Explore your own city, make it a staycation. Check out all the little stores and stop in local bars and restaurants.
  31. Get dolled up and go out to a brand new restaurant that neither of you have been yet.
  32. Check out an indoor go cart track.
  33. Rent a lux dome and enjoy appetizers and craft cocktails.
  34. Hit the snowmobile trails.
  35. Here is something unique, board a Snow Train. Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad will take you through a winter wonderland and feed you dinner too.

Although not all on the list above will interest you, but you will find a couple ideas. Try them out and you’d be surprised. Enjoy laughing and making memories with one another. Really go out of your way to make an effort to put your relationship first, even in the bluest of times and weather.

*Play a little game, have your significant other pick a number 1-35, and that’s the date idea for the day.

If you think of anything else that would be fun to do for a Winter date idea, comment below. I’d love to know.

Xoxo,

Ambur

Life is better in slow m-ocean!

December 1st our little family left on a last minute vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

After a rough few months prior, we decided to escape reality and clear our heads. It’s exactly what we all needed.

We stayed at The Fives in Playa del Carmen. We stayed here once before in 2017, and wanted to come back.

The food was a huge reason for wanting to return. I’m in love with churros and where else can you get good authentic churros? Mexico of course. Mya’s favorite was the chocolate lava cake with ice cream and dad of course loved the brownie and ice cream.

Every restaurant we ate at was so good. The waiters were so polite and gave excellent recommendations. We always left with full bellies. Even Mya (who is a somewhat picky eater) always found something and ate it all.

This trip we really focused on relaxing and spending time together. My husband and I own our own businesses and Mya is a busy lady herself, so hanging out just the three of us was essential. We’ve always traveled with other people or just my husband and I. Mya is only getting older and growing up so fast so this time with her is priceless.

The Fives has so many pools that we wanted to hang out at a new one everyday. Almost all of them had bars super close, which was a bonus.

Since we were all in super chill mode, we decided to skip an excursion and do a spa day instead. I must say it was the best decision we made. Mya had never had a message before so it was perfect. Plus, the spa had an amazing deal, so it was too good to pass up.

With no plans we had the leisure to do whatever we wanted, when we wanted. 

Two of the days we spent down by the ocean. Since we escaped Wisconsin to get ocean therapy we wanted to soak up all the sunshine and the sounds of the beach.

Since 2017, The Fives is a time share resort as well as a all inclusive resort. I did notice that if you weren’t a member the service wasn’t as great. We waited a while for the shuttles to go to back and forth to the beach or restaurants by the beach. I also, felt like there wasn’t enough staff/waiters walking around taking orders. As a bar owner, my biggest pet peeve is when you order a cocktail from someone and it tastes totally different from some one else. And that happened quite a bit with a simple mojito. I know, these are hardly real problems but I wanted to share for anyone looking to go and so they can plan ahead for them.

Pro-tip: we always bring our own cups, usually a yeti 20oz cup to keep our drinks cold and you don’t have to order as often. They generally serve in small plastic cups.

This is what my family needed. We officially booked our family vacation to South Padre Island for May. This is one we go with my whole family. Should be one for the books.

Have you been to South Padre Island? Comment below place we must go or see!

Xoxo,

Ambur

Beautiful Wedding Invitation Designs


This past Thanksgiving my mom got engaged. So let the planning begin. As the oldest daughter (with better taste, I may add lol) I am so excited to help her plan everything from her bridal shower to the wedding.

With planning comes the invites to everything. But I found the perfect company to work with for the most beautiful wedding invitation designs. Basic Invite is completely customizable and are mobile friendly. Being able to upload our own pictures and to chose from over 180 different colors makes them perfect for my mom to choose the perfect invite.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost an unlimited color options with an instant preview online. You can design the cards exactly how you’d like them by being able to change each color element. You can change anything down to the very last detail. Which sets Basic Invite apart from many other stationary companies.

As of now, my mom isn’t set on the exact style she wants for her wedding. Basic Invite allows customers the ability to order a print sample of their invitation so my mom can see exactly how her invite will look and feel before she places her final order.

Another very neat thing that Basic Invite offers is 40 different color options for your envelopes. I told my mom to have it stand out right away before anyone even opens it. Plus, all the envelopes are peel and seal, so don’t need to spend extra time licking each individual envelope. Who has time for that?

Basic Invite has thought of it all so you don’t have to worry about missing or forgetting anything. Each invite is part of a set. They have all the wedding stationery that you will need from the invitation to the thank you cards afterwards.

To also save my mom time Basic Invite also has a FREE address collection service to request addresses of guests by sharing a link via social media and email. So you collect the addresses and get FREE envelope printing. How cool is that? It beats calling every single person when there is so much more you can focus on.

Browsing BasicInvite.com, the Seal & Send Wedding Invitations caught my moms eye. There are over 30 different designs that are also completely customizable, they also include the ever popular foil options. Seal & Sends the guests names are printed on the front of each invitation so no envelope needed. Then you add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker. The RSVP postcard is already attached to the invite, guests simply tear off and mail in. Super simple and different.

One stop shopping for sure when it comes to all your wedding stationery. They have thought of everything, which allows you to focus on the most important thing: the food. Just kidding, but it’s one less stress you need to worry about.

You can check there out here. Or visit them on social media @basicinvite.

I love sharing things with my followers that will simplify their lives. Tag me on Instagram @ambur.a.vance with your Basic Invite design, I’d love to see it.

Xoxo,

Ambur

Fashion, Food, Family & Football – The only F’s I’m giving

In honor of Thanksgiving this week, I wanted to share my outfit inspo. For me, any excuse to dress up is a win for me. While other family members are all about comfort, Glam is my answer.

This outfit is actually one of my favorites to date that I’ve shot.

This top is $10!! It comes in 7 other colors and runs XS to L. It’s got stretch to it (which allows you to eat as much as you’d like) and I love the lace detail in the sleeves. The added balloon flare down the forearms adds trend and elegance.

I paired the top with jeans to casual down the look. However, you can certainly wear it with black slacks or a pencil skirt to dress it up and wear to work.

But these shoes are my favorite. I love the transparent trend with the cap toe. These shoes can literally go with any outfit and they add a little edge.

Imagine a graphic tee, chunky cardigan, jeans and these chunky heels. So cute!! You will see these shoes on repeat for sure!

I’m linking my outfit details here. The top I’m wearing a large and shoes I would size up a full size.

I can not wait to see everyone’s Thanksgiving looks. And as I always say, have fun with it and take risks.

Do you dress up or stay comfy casual for Thanksgiving?

Xoxo,

Ambur

While shooting, I had the pleasure of seeing the 35th floor Sky Deck and Social Lounge at 7Seventy7, the amenities here are incredible just like the view!! The lounge is available to rent for any of your social events.

‘Tis the season to get Cozy

Wisconsin gave us 2.4 seconds of Fall this year, so now we have to dress for the brutal cold here in the Midwest.

This Winter you will see buffalo plaid e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e! So, I found the perfect top that is best of both worlds Sherpa & sweatshirt topped with buffalo plaid.

I paired this half zip Sherpa with Spanx leggings. To dress it up a little I paired it with black OTK boots.

This outfit can be worn casual too, throw on a baseball cap and tennis shoes and run errands.

Shop my look here.

While shooting, I had the pleasure of seeing the 35th floor Sky Deck and Social Lounge at 7Seventy7, the amenities here are incredible just like the view!! The lounge is available to rent for any of your social events.

This outfit worked well with this lounge, snuggling up to the fireplace or entertaining for the holidays. Check out 7Seventy7 on Instagram here.

What are your Holiday plans? Mine; most importantly, is to hang out with my family. Oh and eat!! I love Holiday food.

Xoxo,

Ambur

Fall in the City

Ok. So we got 5+ inches of snow on Halloween here in Wisconsin. Apparently Mother Nature wants us to skip Fall this year.

Well I’m still going to post about Fall.

Last month, I met up with a few blogger friends for a styled shoot. A picnic in the park with fall foliage added ambiance. The tablescape was perfectly decorated, and the did I mention there was a tree swing?

Yeah! How frickin cute? Not only was this fun to shoot but it was nostalgic to my childhood memories, swinging on my aunt and uncles swing set.

As always, when shooting or writing about fashion I truly try to find the most affordable fashion to share with my followers. This shoot was no exception.

My inspiration for a fall color palette is to look at the changing leaves on a tree. You can’t go wrong.

I went with a long sleeved ribbed mustard yellow A-line dress. I knew I wanted a pop of color so I wore a burgundy bootie and tied the colors in with a blanket scarf.

Shop my look here.

This dress is a perfect staple for fall fashion. You can add so many accessories to help dress it up or wear it casual. Later on in the shoot, I switched out my scarf for a burgundy teddy/Sherpa jacket. And threw on a pair of cognac colored over the knee boots.

Who doesn’t love a versatile dress that you can transition from fall to winter?

Xoxo,

Ambur

Game Day Gear

Ready, set, hike! I’ve always loved a good theme to dress up to. So, why should your favorite team gear be any different?

I’ve put together some of my game day gear for you. Ok I know we may not cheer for the same teams but the idea of dressing up is the same. We all love to show our team colors.

Accessories are your best friend when sporting your team. You can look so put together just by throwing on a leather jacket or a cute necklace. Or keep it simple by adding your favorite Converse and baseball cap.

Also, one of my pro-tips: shop at the end of the game season for sale items. Most of the time buying anything sports related can be expensive, so waiting for the sales is smart. Some of my favorite pieces were on sale and no one has them.

Another pro-tip for grade school to High School sports team is the buy a general sports shirt. For example: my daughters middle school sports team is the Falcons and the High School is the Black Hawks. So I bought a shirt with Grafton on it, so it lasts throughout her school career.

Whether you are tailgating, attending the game, or watching from home, you can cheer on your team in style!

Comment below your favorite teams!!

Xoxo,

Ambur