30 GREAT SUMMER DATES: 8 Reasons to Go to a State Fair Together

state fair meadowlands new jersey sky rideOne of the things The Man and I do to keep the sparks flying is make sure we don’t ever skip date night. Our worlds don’t always collide during the week so we force the quality time whenever we can and we’re almost always glad we did. We know dinner and a movie can get old, so if you need a little inspiration, don’t worry we’ve got your back. Introducing Man Wife and Dog’s new summer series. It’s called 30 Great Summer Dates. We’ll post 30 ideas throughout the summer and hopefully you’ll find one that can work for you and yours.

First up, heading to the state fair. Summer is the season for them, so lookout for one near you. We have a huge one during the first two weeks of July ever year here and The Man and I always make a point to go. The experience is a little different every time (I’m getting a little too old for some of those spin and jerk rides) but we always have fun. Here are 9 reasons you should try it. The first being the photo above! What’s more romantic than a sky ride at night for two?

Reason 2: Funnel Cakes!!!!state fair funnel cake

Reason 3: A little friendly competition!
state fair water race chance game

Reason 4: You’re never too old to have your husband win you a teddy bear – especially when they look this cool.

Reason 5: It makes a great double date, so bring friends!couple eating corn dogs

Reason 6: Rides that make you feel like this! Continue reading

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REVIEW: Bring Your Love to Life With Easy Canvas Prints

canvas photos canvas pictures order canvas photosThe Man and I got a unique opportunity from the gang over at Easy Canvas Prints to review one of their photo to canvas projects and tell you guys about it. It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because as you know we’ve been giving our place a much needed makeover and a big goal for us was to frame more memories on the walls. We ordered an 8 x 11 inch photo canvas and were just thrilled with how it turned out. Ordering was super easy, there were so many different options for wraps/borders and styles and I have to say it looks darn good on our hallway wall. We love it so much we’re going to order a few more in different sizes to create a giant canvas collage to run down the hallway.

It was tough deciding on a photo to use but we went with one from our lovely engagement shoot. That day was such a happy day for us and we don’t ever want to forget it. So we turned it into art we’ll forever keep. If you’re looking to bring a love memory back to life we highly recommend using Easy Canvas Prints. Plus, be sure to check out their Facebook page for regular discounts and deals. (They run a lot of them!) Very simple, the order comes super fast, and honestly it looks GREAT! See?
How do you display your memories? To see how we displayed our wedding photos click here.

Disclaimer: We were not paid to write this review.

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So I Tried That Marriage Trick Will Smith Taught Me

will smith on marriage essence marriage adviceBy now I’m sure many of you saw (either on Twitter or Facebook) that I recently got the chance to sit down and talk candidly about marriage with Will Smith. (I love my job!!)

The experience was truly surreal and eye opening in so many ways. You can read my article about what Will taught me about marriage over on ESSENCE.com for a full recap but today I’m just going to highlight the most valuable tip he shared with me: The art of giving your man the space he needs to stay sane.

“If you don’t give your husband thirty minutes to himself when he first comes home he’ll stop coming home,” Will said.

It was a doozey of a statement but since he and Jada have been happily married for like ever I figured it was totally worth a try. I’ve been guilty many a nights of bombarding my husband with questions/comments/requests the minute he or I walk in the door. Sure he usually looks annoyed but I never really cared that much until now to be honest. I figured it came with the whole marriage territory thing. But after Will dropped his wisdom on me I thought to myself maybe I’m wrong. I want The Man to keep coming home, obviously.

So alas I gave it a go. Continue reading

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Meet a Wife Monday: Mom of Three Fran Stops By

meet a wife mondays Fran WarrenA lot of things inspire me to want to keep my marriage healthy and happy. One of them is meeting other wives who are making it work every day, and loving it! I knew quite a few before I said “I do”, and since Man Wife and Dog Blog was born I’ve met so many more. They’re all so fabulous I want you to meet them too. This week meet parenting blogger Fran from the fabulous advice blog Life With 3 Kids!

The Wife: Fran, 31

The Man: Desi, 33

But You Can Call Them: The Warrens

How She Snagged Him: “We meet at Tennessee State University’s football homecoming when we both realized we attended the same college. We exchanged numbers and began dating a couple of months later.”

Married Since: 7.7.07

The Kids: D.J., 11; Ava “Little Mama”, 3; Chase, 1

Place They Call Home: Atlanta, GA

How She Pays the Bills: Education Consulting

How He Pays the Bills: Works for a Major Airline

What Makes Her Man Hot: He is extremely kindhearted, generous, and great father! Continue reading

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The Tale of the Women Who Googled Me To Get With My Husband

google search someoneThe Man and I do our very best to keep up with each other’s lives outside our marriage. When we’re both finally home from work in the evenings we get together for what I jokingly call “story time”. This is when we both tell our “you won’t believe what happened to me today” stories and try to best each other’s tales with one even more hilarious or off the wall. Yesterday my husband had me beat. He recently started working a second job to save money for our big trip to Europe next summer (tell you more about that later) so after completing a long 15-hour day he decided to hit the bar for a drink. His main goal was to grab a beer or two but my husband’s very chatty so it wasn’t long before he was fully engaged in casual chit chat with the two people sitting next to him, a couple enjoying happy hour together.

The woman asked him more questions about himself than the man did, obviously. It wasn’t long before my husband felt almost as if he were being grilled. She wanted to know his name, age, where he works, even what he likes to do for fun. He was confused. It felt as if she were trying to size him up, but why? She was there with another man and my husband was clearly wearing a wedding ring. Then she mentioned “all her many single girlfriends” and it hit him: She might be trying to make a love connection for them. But hold on. Hasn’t she noticed he’s married?

To be sure there’s no awkward conversation coming later (since she’s said her friends are on the way there to meet her) my husband decides to slide in a little name-dropping. He successfully uses the phrase “my wife” three times in one sentence. Bam! She has to get it now, right? Maybe…or maybe not? Just as she appears to begin to notice that he’s really married and her date is really bored her friends arrive. The woman is quick to introduce him to those single friends of hers and she runs off all the things she’s learned about my husband to them (her poor date must feel so left out!) except for the one most important thing. He’s married! She forgot that part. So my husband slides “my wife” into another sentence as he pretends to care what these new ladies have to say. (He’s reached his limit as far as non-wife-girl-talk attention spans go.) Both women say in unison “oh, you’re married?!!” Again, my husband is confused. Do women not look out for wedding rings the same way men do, he wondered? He tells them that he is in fact married and happily married at that. He says their moods visibly changed once he used the word “happy” before the word “marriage” but that was no surprise to him because most single women do resent that. (Oh really!?) Continue reading

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Introducing the All New Man Wife and Dog Blog (Check Us Out!)

Guess what!?! If you hadn’t guessed already, our little blog has just gotten a big makeover!! We’re so, so, so happy to share our all new site with you (our wonderful readers!) and we owe it all to Christina from the fabulous Visual Luxe Design.

After our last designer, Studio Chic Designs, took our money (in full) and ran without ever finishing the job (we felt it best to name names as a warning) we were hurt and thought we were screwed and then Christina flapped her cape, swooped down from the sky and saved the day like a true diva superhero — and professional! (We love you girl!) Okay, so watch our little introductory video and then go check out Christina’s site if you’re thinking your blog or company site could use a fabulous upgrade too!

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