love Archives - Chef Charley
  • Love Your Spouse

    It’s the Little Things

    The other day my husband came home and surprised me. It wasn’t anything crazy or big, and it literally was free. BUT HE THOUGHT OF ME … and it was very evident that he had. You see he brought home a book from me. He had gone to the local radio station to do an ad for work that day. They had a table of books they were giving away for free. He knows I love reading, and took the time to look for one he thought I might like. My sweet hubby came home and I quote said, “So, I got you something, but I don’t know if you’ll…

  • Love Your Spouse

    The Look of Love

    I’m not sure if you all know that I photograph weddings occasionally (Life by Charley Danielle). I actually photograph families and babies as well, but there’s something about weddings that make them my favorite to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like capturing such a special day and letting a couple relive their moments through the story my photos tell. It could also be that they make me think of my own wedding day or that I’m a helpless romantic. Regardless, they are my favorite! It’s such a beautiful thing to see, the look of love between two people… and sometimes it’s more evident than others. This past July I photographed…

  • Love Yourself

    Positive Body Image.. Learning to Love Yourself

    Y’all I haven’t worn a bikini top and bikini cut bottom combo swim suit since I was 18… and even then I felt subconscious. I moved to a skirt bottom with a bikini top early on. To me, my legs had never been beautiful, and my hips were always too wide. And until last year, I wore a skirt bottom and tank top because well .. two kids later and let’s just say those insecurities I had at 18 were way worse after that. If I could go back to my 18 year old self, Id say, “Girl, you are not fat just because you are a size 7 and…

  • Love Your Spouse

    9 Years of Marriage <3

    My hubby and I are celebrating 9 years of marriage today .. almost a total of 14 years! We are 3 years short of spending half of our lives together! Y’all that’s crazy to think !! We’ve owned two houses, had two beautiful girls, supported each other in job changes (so thankful for my hubby’s job now and the fact that I’m able to stay home with our girls), lost family members, and dealt with some obstacles along the way. We have had countless adventures and have gotten to experience life together. We were babies starting our relationship … and in the years we’ve grown together. Our vows we said…

  • Love Your Spouse

    Slow Dancing… Swaying to the Music…

    I was recently talking with my sister in law who gave me a great suggestion for a post. It’s actually a favorite thing of mine. (It’s the romantic in me!) So, I thought I’d share this wonderful idea to help you connect with your loved one. Y’all, if you ever want to surprise your sweetheart with something simple and sweet hit the play button on your Ipod and slow dance in the kitchen.  Think of the scene from The Notebook when Noah and Allie dance in the street. Or on a more grander level think of the scene with Johnny and Baby in Dirty Dancing. Everybody loves “I’ve Had the Time…

  • Love Your Spouse,  Love Your Travel

    Chicago Couples Getaway

    My husband and I love to go on getaways! We don’t live too far from Chicago, so we often do day trips or an overnight trip. I thought I’d put my planning skills to use and write up a getaway itinerary for couples! I’ve researched the best places to eat and fun things to do in Chi town.  At the end I also added some extra places worth mentioning in case you don’t like some of the ideas listed. Start by dropping your bags off at the front desk of the Sheraton Grand. You can check in later in the day. Enjoy a walk to Farmhouse Chicago. This restaurant has…

  • Love Your Family

    Family photos

    Do you take yearly family photos? In our family we take them at least once a year, sometimes twice. I’m pretty lucky, though, because I’m a photographer and so is my sister in law, so we can take them pretty much any time we want! My husband loves me oh so very much because of it! Even before we took yearly family photos, I ALWAYS had to capture any and every moment we had. Kids grow and change so much the first few years of their lives that it’s nice to take them a couple times a year. When they get a bit older just once a year will be…

  • Love Your Spouse

    Date Nights for Any Budget!

    Because I love planning (and sharing! I swear in another life I was a travel agent or an event planner!) I decided to compile a fun list of dates to get you inspired to have a good time with your sweetheart! I gave a variety; it doesn’t have to be super extravagant. You could write them down and put them in jar, pull one out randomly to decide the week of, or you could pre plan them. I’ve also picked three ideas and had my hubby pick the one he wanted to do; that way he’s kinda sorta included in the planning process. 🙂 Pricey dates: -Get dolled up and…

  • Love Your Spouse

    Love Language

    My husband and I were 17 years old when we started dating and got married at 22! We were mere babies. We met in high school two young, happy kids. We went through a rough patch in college as most young kids trying to find their way in this world do. Looking back now it was a way for us to grow and understand what we needed and wanted from each other. In the beginning my husband and I struggled with understanding each other. We used to have so many fights about the stupidest things, but it was because we weren’t communicating well. It wasn’t until I came across the…

  • Love Your Friends

    My Person …

    This girl .. she gets me. She’s my person. (If you don’t know what this is from … we can’t be friends! Just kidding!) In Grey’s Anatomy the main character, Meredith, has a person who just gets her and understands her. Christina is her person. She just completely and utterly understands the crazy layers that Meredith has, and there is ZERO judgement from Christina. My person .. my Michelle .. she totally and utterly gets me… and has ZERO judgement for anything about me. She accepts me for who I am and knows my deepest, darkest secrets. We met in high school, and became extremely close in college. As we…