Can you believe it’s been a month since Valentine’s Day? I can’t. I feel like I blinked and we went from mid-February to mid-March! Yet here we are, with Valentine’s Day over a month behind us, and everyday life means that Daniel and I are busy from first thing in the morning, when our alarm clocks go off between 7:30am and 7:55pm, until later at night, when we call it a night around midnight, if not a little before.
But even after almost twelve years of being a monogamous couple, seven and a half years of marriage, two children who are now school-aged (can you believe that Alyssa is turning 8 next fall and will be going into second grade, and Ryan will be turning 6 in July and starting first grade?!), and both of us working full time, we manage to make romance and expressing our love for one another a priority. That’s one of the most important keys to any relationship, I think: taking time to not only tell but show your significant other how much you love them. Here are some of the little things Dan and I do each day to continue letting each other know how strong our love still is:
- We always say, “I love you”
- We hug and kiss each other good morning, hello, good night, and goodbye
- We text each other romantic and silly messages
- We have “our” words and “our” little games (that sounds so silly in writing, but I know you know what I mean!)
- We thank each other and make sure to express appreciation and gratitude in both big and small ways
- We make sure our children know that we love them, but we also love each other, and we’re not just Mommy and Daddy, we’re also Husband and Wife
Of course, from a purely practical standpoint, there are many things Dan and I do to ensure we have time for ourselves, and for each other. ♥ We take advantage of when the kids are at school, or birthday parties, or other events. We’ll sometimes go to events with our kids together, in order to share family time as well as time with each other when the kids are occupied. We’ll trade off on homework/dinner/clean up/bath time/bed time, in order to give the other a break; or, we’ll tag-team such duties in order to expedite the process and give us more time for each other.
And when it comes to meals, we sometimes take advantage of quick yet delicious meals in order to make dinner convenient, quick, and free of hassle. Ristorante Pizza from Dr. Oetker is one excellent option for a delicious and hearty lunch or dinner.
Dr. Oetker is a German company that makes not only pizza, but also baking products, cake and dessert mixes, and organic products. While I have not had the opportunity to try any of Dr. Oetker’s baking products, I have had the opportunity to try their Ristorante Pizza. While Dr. Oetker’s line of Ristorante pizzas is frozen, these pizzas are not your average frozen, toss-in-the-oven pizzas. First, there are the flavor options:
- Quattro Formaggi: cheese lovers unite! As the name suggests, the Quattro Formaggi offers several cheeses: blue, edam, emmental, and mozzarella.
- Ristorante Funghi: Do you enjoy mushrooms on your pizza? Then you’ll love the Funghi with its generous offering of mushrooms and cheese!
- Ristorante Mozzarella: I consider this to be the “basic” pizza – mozzarella cheese, edam cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.
- Ristorante Spinaci: delicious and generous amounts of spinach mix with sun-ripened tomatoes and several cheese to create an authentic pizza.
- Ristorante Vegetale: a veggie lover’s delight, the Vegetale offers many vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
- Ristorante Speciale: the must-have pizza if you want a little of everything, the Ristorante Speciale features meats (ham and pepperoni), cheeses, and zesty herbs
We had the opportunity to try out Ristorante Mozzarella (the kids’ favorite), Formaggi (very delicious, and very cheesy!), and Spinaci (I was the only one that liked this one, but it does contain spinach, after all, and not everyone likes spinach). All three pizzas were absolutely delicious, with our favorite features being the delicious, ultra-cheesy cheese, and the thin, crispy crust. I especially like Ristorante Pizza’s crust because it’s thin and crispy – not thick with a tendency to “wad”, like many pizza crusts do.
The pizzas themselves bake up to crispy, bubbly perfection in 10-12 minutes in your oven. Simply unwrap the pizza, place it directly on the middle rack, set your timer, and let your mouth water as the scents of a baking pizza take over the room and prep you and your family members for a delicious dinner. It’s no wonder that Ristorante Pizza is the number one frozen pizza in Italy!
You can purchase Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza from many grocery stores in the following states for $4.99 – $5.99: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Baltimore, Maryland, and New Hampshire. Find your local retailer in these states here.
One winner will receive a special prize pack from Dr. Oetker, consisting of a coupon for a free Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza, a branded freezer bag, a branzed pizza cutter, and a Crate & Barrel Slice & Serve Board.
- Start date: 03/19/12 at 11:00am EST
- End date: 03/26/12 at 11:59pm EST
- Winner announcement: 03/27/12
- This giveaway is open to US entries
- Each option gives you additional chances to win – none are mandatory, but the more you complete, the more entries you have into the contest!
Disclosure: Dr. Oetker provided me with free products in exchange for my honest opinion.