Since moving back from South Korea, Wednesdays have officially become “date night.” No matter if you’ve been married for 25 years or only 2 1/2 years like us, we are huge believers in dating your spouse! (Keep that romance alive, couples!) We know life can become hectic, finances can be tight, and your schedule may not always allow for even a full hour away with your spouse.
Last year, we taught English for nearly 55 hours a week. Our schedules were crunched! Not to mention, we were completely exhausted after being at school for almost 12 hour days (insert palm to face here). On top of this, we were holding to a tight budget. Did dating one another get thrown out the window? Heck no! We knew setting aside time for one other, no matter how short or simple, was foundational to a thriving marriage.
With such a small budget, we had to become creative! Popcorn and board games at home or long walks around the neighborhood were regular date night agendas. One time, our budget was so crunched, we simply made fruit infused water in mason jars and carried it to our local park to enjoy! That frugal of a plan may seem a little extreme, but the quality of conversation and laughter during that particular date night ended up being one for the books.
Now that we are living back in America, we have not ceased to make date nights a priority. They may not be glitzy, glam, or even cost a dime, but they are special to us. Recently, we decided to go on a romantic picnic at the park. Hello Chardonnay, cranberry cinnamon goat cheese, a baguette, hummus, and a beautiful pond nearby. Funny enough, our date ended up being crashed by a gaggle of geese trying to snatch our picnic spread! The quick flight back to the car was a riot and we still had an amazing time.
You see, we don’t mind getting creative with our dates. Our picnic treats cost about $20. We sat on a $5 Goodwill blanket. We found a quiet spot in our neighborhood, surrounded by trees and a pond. We even decided to forgo a traditional picnic basket and brought our Hand Woven Fruit Bowl from Zuri Collection. We live quite minimally, meaning we are huge fans of multipurpose items for our home!
Zuri Collection was started by its founder, Abby, after she spent time teaching in Tanzania. Spending time on the ground in Africa helped Abby understand the deep need of job security for local artisans. The talent and beautiful work was there; artisans simply needed a way to connect to the larger, global market. Abby’s goal is to create empowerment through job security for East African artisans. Rather than giving out charity, Zuri Collection is providing opportunity: helping individuals in developing countries pull themselves out of poverty and provide for their families.
“We are all implicated in the injustices of this world whether we realize it or not. Our purchases, every dollar we spend, stands for something or someone. The fast fashion industry is exploiting millions of artisans, seamstresses, and farmers in order to produce more clothing and sell them at a cheaper, and cheaper price. The cost to make clothes, however, has not decreased. Someone is paying the cost. Opportunities for consistent work and fair wages are few and far between in many developing countries, like Tanzania, although many artisans create beautiful work that is worthy of the global marketplace.”
Shopping a little more ethically can be as simple as allowing ethically made goods to hold a place in your everyday life. Whether you invest in ethically made garments, opt for the fair trade brand of chocolate, or use your hand woven fruit bowl as a date night picnic basket, every choice, no matter how small, silly, or resourceful it may be, is stirring change.
A few of our favorite pieces from Zuri Collection!
Note: This woven bowl was gifted to us by Zuri Collection. For the sake of transparency, we were not financially compensated for this post. Our hope is that by continuing to share sponsored posts, we can help you discover new brands who are impacting our globe for the better. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own!