Hi friends! Coming to you with a surprise lifestyle post – I had planned to share some recipe inspiration today, but Matt and I had a unique date night earlier this week and I got some pictures and just thought it would be fun to pop in and share. 🙂
If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration for the upcoming holiday, be sure to check out this blog post: Healthy 4th of July Recipes.
That post focuses on appetizers and desserts, so if you’re looking for main dish BBQ fare, check out this post: Healthy Grilling Recipes for Summer.
And now, on to the date night!
I mentioned in my life lately post earlier this week that Matt and I have been doing a weekly date night, which has been a really nice routine. When Riese was super little we got into the habit of very rarely having dates, and then it was covid life, and… yeah.
Now that Wes is old enough we feel comfortable leaving him with a babysitter, it has been really nice to do something to prioritize our relationship and connect without the kids on a consistent basis!
Since the weather has been warm and it has been light out so late, we’ve been mixing up our date nights and doing an activity instead of just dinner, which I love.
This week my idea was to go kayaking! I think writing earlier this week about how we used to go kayaking to see the 4th of July fireworks before kids inspired me. 🙂
(And yes, our life jackets are not fastened – we were told we only had to have them in the rafts with us, we didn’t necessarily need to wear them. So we went for an in-between option.)
I LOVE kayaking, especially in the evening when it’s not so hot out, and we hadn’t gone in ages.
We hustled out of the house as soon as our babysitter arrived and made it in time for their last kayak rental appointments of the day – a 6 p.m. departure from the marina!
We rented two single kayaks from Belle Haven Marina, which we’d never been to before.
In the past we’ve always done rentals in Georgetown (in D.C.) via Key Bridge Boathouse, which is fun but it’s kind of a pain traffic-wise on a weeknight to get into Georgetown. Plus, this way we got to explore some new to us areas!
There were some cool little marshy areas for us to explore along the coast. It was incredibly gorgeous and fun to be out on the water for the first time in ages. Being in nature is always my go-to when the world just feels like… a lot. Anyone else?
It was just so calm and peaceful out there, it was lovely.
We even saw what we think were Bald Eagles!
Can anyone confirm?!
After kayaking for about an hour and a half, we drove into Old Town and had a late dinner at Virtue Feed + Grain which was also lovely. It was packed but we snagged a spot outside!
We shared a bunch of stuff – their umami burger (with mushrooms and bleu cheese), fries, and two salads – a delicious spinach, walnut, and feta salad and a just okay seared tuna salad.
Such a treat of an evening.
I will end this post with a random request for advice! We are dealing with some fruit flies around our indoor countertop compost bucket. We’ve been composting for years now and hadn’t had this happen until just recently, so I’m not sure why they all of a sudden showed up!
I thoroughly cleaned out the bin and the lid, replaced the charcoal filter with a new one, and it didn’t do anything.
I asked a friend who knows a lot about composting and she said to try putting a jar with a little vinegar in it next to the compost bin – it has some plastic wrap with a few holes poked in it on top so the fruit flies go in and don’t leave.
It has caught a few but not all of them… maybe I just need to be patient?
Any tips are welcome. 🙂
Have a great weekend, friends, and a nice holiday if you are here in the U.S.
I’m taking next week off of blogging as we will be on vacation in the Outer Banks. So, see you back here in a week-ish!