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

Thanksgiving Traditions

For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It’s my favorite because I always get to see family I don’t see often, I love to eat, and it feels like the kick off to Christmas.

The older I get the more into Thanksgiving I become because I get to host and cook for it. I love to cook. I will try out new Pinterest recipes and try to get them picture perfect. For the most part I’d give Martha a run for her money.

Here are some of my favorite traditions :

1) Family – My family has always been the most important thing to me and spending time with them is the best. We laugh and we cry, but most of all we have a ball. Literally just hanging out either playing games like spades or dominoes. Some watch football and other just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

2) Food – I know, Thanksgiving is a lot about the traditional feast. Everyone once and a while, we switch it up and add a Mexican flare to ours. Enchiladas, chimichangas, and rice & beans. Yum! We still have most of the traditional foods when you think of Thanksgiving. It’s nice to make it our own.

3) Christmas Parade – For almost my entire adult life I’ve been attending the Grafton Thanksgiving/Christmas parade. This is generally the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My daughter for the last 7 years have been in the parade either for Girl Scouts or Cheerleading.

We also watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV on Thanksgiving. Seeing all the floats and huge balloons is always so exciting.

4) Thankful Game: When I would host I’d buy a banner that was blank to fill out and ask everyone to take one and write down something they are thankful for. Then we’d hang it up and read them. It’s fun to see what everyone would write.

Shop the Thankful Banner here.

I know my husband and I can not wait for pumpkin pie. Last year I made this delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. It was so quick and easy.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? When I was a kid we would eat and then go bowling. Maybe that’s something I need to bring back.

Are you cooking or hosting? I have the year off from hosting, but I am in charge of the Cheesy potatoes and spinach artichoke dip.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!! I am beyond grateful for all my followers and taking the time out of your day to read my blog!

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

Body Blur Review

As a beauty blogger, I’ve seen a lot of different products that I want. However; some of them are pretty pricey so in order for me to share them with you, they need to work and be worth the money.

Here in Wisconsin Winter started early for us. Which means hello pale skin.

Body Blur is a wash off skin finishing body makeup lotion that perfects skin, gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish. This product typically lasts only 24 hrs unlike self tanners.

It’s great for softening the appearance of veins and small scars for a flawless skin finish, while adding a hint of color.

Body Blur costs any where from $38-$45 per bottle and comes in 5 different shades. I bought mine in the shade latte.

Before – After

I have two pro-tips for you when using this product:

  1. Buy or use a brush to blend into your skin. Not only will you get a more even application, but it won’t stain your hands.
  2. Add your favorite body lotion to it, Body Blur does seem to dry fast so adding extra moisture will make for a more even blend.

I’ve linked the body brush I bought for application and the Body Blur HD Skin Finish here. This brush is small enough to use on your face and dense enough to rub it on your legs. You can clean it using the same cleanser and cleaning pad you use to clean your makeup brushes. Products I use are linked here.

Left leg no Body Blur
Right leg Body Blur applied

If you apply Body Blur using my pro-tips I truly don’t think you’ll be disappointed. This product works well just for instant color or when your in between spray tans.

P.s. The pictures and video above, I applied the night before I did a holiday photoshoot. Since I was going to be wearing a dress, I didn’t want my legs to be as white as snow. I’ll post a picture below so you can see. *Bonus sneak peek 😉

It’s adds a subtle shine, it also made them look more toned which is a win for me.

Give a girl the right tan and she can conquer the world!

Xoxo,

Ambur

Perfectly Imperfect

Today’s blog post comes to you as a reminder. A reminder that it’s ok to be perfectly imperfect, we are after all human.

I also, wanted to share with you that everything you see on social media is often a misinterpretation of actual life. People do a good job of only posting the positive and good in their lives.

Short story: My husband and I owned a business with our (now ex) best friends. After losing my brother-in-law literally the day after we signed our lease we had to push forward with the business. Shortly after, things started to take a turn for the worst in our friendship. They didn’t care about the huge loss our family suffered from. They were blaming my husband and I for everything with the business. Call us names, attacking our character, and talking about us behind our backs.

It took me a year to realize they had a toxic relationship amongst themselves and tried to take it out on us.

Mr. will post on FB daily positivity videos and only care about the view count. Mrs. plans trips with friends A) that she talk crap about B) so she can make money off of them. It’s sad to see. They have become so greedy and unrecognizable. They have a house addition that has been a few years in the making and a vacation house that they said they bought when it’s really Mr.’s parents. Why do I mention this? Well because; more then money, they care about perception and attention. They want you to see them one way, as perfect. That they don’t make mistakes. Which has got to be hard and so exhausting. No thank you.

The silver lining is they set a daily example of how I do NOT ever want to be.

I want to elaborate on the perfectly imperfect part of this blog post. When I decided I wanted to start blogging, I had so much self doubt. After researching for months, I kept telling myself – I’m too old, I’m overweight, I’m not pretty enough, or that I’m too shy. But then I realized that’s what makes me, ME.

You’ll always have people who like you and people who don’t, that’s just life. When I started this journey, it wasn’t about what other people thought. It was about me and doing what I love.

I enjoy doing photo shoots to get content for my blog and IG. But again, I critique the heck out of them. Like do I look fat, or how many chins do I have?? Then I have to remind myself it’s ok to be perfectly imperfect.

At the end of the day, I have an amazing family, loving friends, and a sexy husband who loves me for me. Nothing else matters. So, I will always try to keep it real with my following, and stick to being authentic with a hint of Facetune lol.

Lastly, as hard as it is don’t beat yourself up. Be yourself! That is your greatest power. You don’t have to impress people by being fake. If they don’t love you for you, then they don’t need to be in your life. Perfection is impossible to achieve, and that’s ok.

Dolls, do whatever you can to follow your dreams!

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

Give em Pumpkin to Talk About…

I’m not sure about you but I love fall & fall fashion, I’ve mentioned it in previous blog posts. I love to celebrate fall until Thanksgiving, then I switch gears to Christmas.

I love this fall outfit. I am wearing a Ribbed open-shoulder sweater in the rust color from Forever 21. Can you believe that it’s under $20?

My jeans are a distressed jegging from Closet Candy Boutique from last year. But I linked a black distressed pair that will work just as well, and they are only $20!!

I accessorized this outfit with a black felt floppy hat and a pair of super cute short rain boots with a bow detail. This $3 necklace adds a little sparkle to complete my outfit.

Since in Wisconsin we did get our first measure-able snow fall the night before these pictures (10/29/19) I brought a suede army green Moto jacket and a neutral scarf to throw on top, since it was chilly.

Shop my look here. I always try to keep my outfits very affordable for my followers.

These pictures we’re taken at Cedarburg Creek Farm where they offer so many fun fall activities like: a petting zoo, pumpkin farm, Free hayrides, corn maze, and more. It’s a fun family friendly place right off HWY 60 in Cedarburg.

Did you make it to a pumpkin farm this year? Did you carve any pumpkins?

Secret of mine… I’ve never ever tried a PSL!!! Crazy, I know. Maybe this will be the year?!?

Xoxo,

Ambur