This post was sponsored by Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that my husband and I are in the process of building a brand new home (to be completed before Thanksgiving!) When we broke ground on December 26th, 2016, we had no idea just how strenuous, demanding and labor intensive this journey would be. Now that we’re approaching the very end of the build, it seems like it’s requiring even more of our time, attention and effort, and it leaves us feeling a little drained at the end of each day (but excited, nonetheless!)
Just to give you a glimpse into our daily lives, here’s what a typical day for us looks like: My husband leaves for work at 7:15 each morning. He returns home around 6:00, and by 6:20 he’s back out at our construction site working away until about 8:30. He comes home, helps me put our toddler to bed, and then everyone in the house is typically fast asleep by 9:00 on the dot because we’re all so tired. Sounds super exciting, right? It’s a routine that we’ve been in for almost a year now, and it’s definitely taking a toll on all of us. My husband and I both crave quality time from one another, and it’s really hard to accomplish that in the 20 minutes that I get to see him during the work week!
So since this has been our daily routine for quite some time, I’ve become much more intentional abut finding ways to make the best use of our time together so that we can reconnect, even if we are only getting to see each other for a few minutes a day. We’ve been putting into practice 3 simple ways to get in a little time with each other and to reconnect during the most busy season of our lives, and because of these 3 things we’re able to rest and unwind each night without feeling like we didn’t get to spend any time with each other at all.
1.) Be Present
One way we’re getting in a little extra quality time together is to just be present with each other. I know this isn’t something that’s convenient for everyone, but finding a way to just be in the presence of your spouse for a few minutes a day to assist, to chat or just for moral support can really boost morale and make you feel like you filled a need in their day. For me, this looks like taking a hike out to the construction site for a little bit to help with anything physical that I can do.
For others, it make look like waking up at the same time as your spouse and simply getting ready for the day together, or to be in the same room as the other while doing simple household chores. Whenever you see an opportunity to be around your spouse when life is otherwise very busy, take it and make the best of it, even if it’s just for a few minutes!
2. Share a Meal
Because it often seems nearly impossible for us to be able to sit down together at the dinner table each night and share a meal, I decided to regain this lost time we were experiencing by taking the meal to him while he’s working at the construction site. It’s not entirely convenient for me to lug a big casserole dish or a 3 course meal out there, and thankfully that’s where Tai Pei single serve Asian Food entrees fit in to our lives to give us a quick, convenient and delicious meal that’s ready to go in minutes, AND is also portable so I can simply cook it straight in it’s packaging in the microwave and go!
We’re crazy about Tai Pei’s Asian inspired frozen entrees for several reasons, and at the very top of our list is the fact that they’re made with real, quality ingredients and with no preservatives. None of the bad stuff, just real and delicious food!
3. Share a Memory
At some point throughout the day when you get to see or speak to your spouse, round up an old shared memory that will bring a smile to their face! It can be something small and simple, or it can be a memory with more significance, but no matter what the memory is, it has the potential to make a lasting impact on your spouse all day long!
As I was preparing a Tai Pei entree to take out to my husband earlier this week, I hand selected the chicken fried rice variety, because my husband and I share a special memory related to fried rice from our college years. As we were eating our meal together, I reminded him of the days when we worked together at a pizza joint that was right next to a restaurant that served Asian food. We would frequently do “food swaps” with that restaurant – 1 large pizza in exchange for a huge portion of delicious chicken fried rice. I can still remember enjoying those meals with my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time,) and we laughed and reminisced the rest of the night about that old job and that simple memory!
No matter what season of life you’re currently in, we all tend to find ourselves to be a little bit busier than we’d like to be from time to time. During those times, it’s important to not allow it to negatively affect the things in your life that are important to you. Enjoying Tai Pei single serve entrees with my husband during our busy week nights has brought us so much joy and has helped us reconnect a little when life has tried to keep us apart, and it’s definitely eliminated the boredom of typical, everyday meals with all of the varieties that are available!
Next time you’re at your local grocery store (click here to find a store near you,) swing by the frozen food section and pick out a few selections of Tai Pei single serve Asian Food entrees! And while you’re at it, make sure you clip this money saving coupon for $1 off any Tai Pei single serving bowl!
What are some ways that you like to reconnect with your significant other when life gets busy? How could Tai Pei fit into your lifestyle and make it better? Leave a comment below and share the love!