Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Anniversary - Bologna Budget Style

Yesterday was my anniversary.

As of 7:40 yesterday evening, Husband and I had officially been married for two years. I would like to say, before I get into the meat of this post, that I am very lucky to have married my best friend. We really are like peanut butter and jelly.

The very newly minted Mr. And Mrs.


With me rebuilding my freelance career, we decided to go relatively low-key when it came to celebrating this year, and I have to tell you, it has been fantastic (so far... we are doing more celebrating this weekend).

We didn't have to spend too much, either.

Matt and I with the full Idle contingent (minus T... she was probably behind the camera).

We chose to have a nice dinner out at a local restaurant (Borealis, a new favourite of ours), have a drink and just spend some time in one another's company. It wasn't extravagant or excessive in any real way; we just enjoyed a very good, intimate dinner with one another (not to mention a little dessert... this place does AMAZING desserts) and called it a night.

We didn't get each other gifts or do anything over the top - we exchanged cards of varying degrees of cheesiness and ... this is where I get into the bologna budget side of things - wrote each other letters in our anniversary journal.

Me and my Man of Honour ("little" brother)

This was an idea of Husband's last year. He went out and got a nice moleskin journal and started a tradition that I hope we will continue for the rest of our lives. He wrote me a beautiful note (that made me cry). He told me that every year we were to write each other a letter in this journal around our anniversary to say what we are thankful for in our marriage. Honestly, if I didn't get another anniversary gift for the rest of my life I wouldn't be upset, as long as we keep filling in that book.  It shows more love, thought and caring than anything that could be bought and paid for.

To me, those are the real treasures.

... I think I may have gone on a bit of a tangent there...

Matt and his Groomsman (He introduced us 13 years ago)

What I'm trying to say is that, just like everything else, you shouldn't just measure gifts in dollars and cents.

Husband is not a romantic person, nor am I. When he opens his heart like that, it means everything. I know it means a lot to him when I do so as well.

We are so cute (totally biased)

So again, I stress that value does not come with a price tag. Getting caught up in money when it comes to gifts could make you miss out on something truly valuable.


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  1. Happy belated anniversary! Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Your husband's idea is truly lovely, what a beautiful way to show your love to each other.

    Faye Jessica x

    1. He's a good soul. And thanks for the anniversary wishes!

  2. This will be our 5 year anniversary, and honestly one of my favourite anniversary 'celebrations' I still remember is our 2nd, where we took a weekend, bought all our favourite foods and drinks, collected all our favourite movies and never once left the house, just in our pajamas camping out in the living room with our dogs... it was amazing, and definitely nothing extravagant!
    Happy Anniversary!

    Britt |

    1. Those are the best times! I mean, I love going on adventures and trying new things, but good entertainment, good food and good company are the true trifecta.

      One thing I have found a tight budget makes you good at is being creative. You find new and awesome ways to express your feelings.


  3. Oh how sweet that journal idea is! You guys give me serious romance goals. I am in a fairly new relationship that is filled with romance and cute little gestures that I hope will continue just like your relationship. It really is the small things that count.

    Love Amber| x

    1. Yay new relationships! We have been together 9 years and one piece of relationship advice I always give is never get complacent. Love is hard work and complacency leads to trouble.

      Also, don't get the wrong idea; the journal is extremely romantic, but we also got in an argument over a mop today, so it evens out...

    2. But still... #relationshipgoals