Not a week goes by when someone in our home doesn’t mention the phrase, “low maintenance.” No, we aren’t talking cars or electronics, we’re talking women advice that’s given to our teen age boys men.

It’s that time in their life when some of our fun family night dinner time conversations revolve around character qualities and personality traits to look for in a future wife, and both my hubby and I agree that one attractive quality entails “low maintenance” women.

Now, out of context, that might sound kind of odd, but as I dream of a future daughter in law, obviously, I want her to  be a women who loves my son, but I also want her to be the kind of woman who understands that “it’s the little things that are the big things.” Meaning, someone who can enjoy and embrace life’s small moments. Someone who can make the mundane magical. Someone who doesn’t have to be wined and dined lavishly on a regular basis to have a wonderful time. (Now, don’t worry. I am already sharing with my guys, every once in awhile that’s a special and fun thing. 😉

My husband and I have been married for nineteen years. It’s hard to believe, but just this month we are officially one year away from our big 2 -0. When I was approached about this post, they mentioned the theme Romance 365, asking “How do you keep romance alive and connection occurring post Valentine’s Day?” It’s a question that my husband and I know is important. My husband and I have noticed with many of our friends that once their kids grown up and leave the nest, they don’t have a relationship left. They’ve forgotten how to communicate.

We definitely don’t want that to happen to us, and we realize the importance of keeping the fun and friendship alive with open lines of communication. For us, that means date nights. Honestly, we recently admitted that we need to commit to making that a priority, and we’ve been doing much better. One of the things I love about our relationship is that we never have to do lavish things to have a great time together. In fact, I remember our fifth anniversary. Typically, that’s a “big mile stone” year when couples go on a trip or celebrate in a big way. Well, finances were really tight that year, so we lived life large that year with a $1 movie and a BOGO free dinner coupon meal at a cheap, greasy spoon.

Looking back, it was special. It was celebratory. All these years later, that year created better memories than a fancy dinner ever would.

Keeping the romance alive is as simple as pizza by candle light with meaningful conversation and quality time spent together, and Dr. Oetker is going to give someone a fun evening in.

I love family owned businesses, and Dr. Oetker’s is a fifth-generation family-run business headquartered in Germany. Italy’s #1 frozen pizza is now spreading throughout the US.  If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you know we eat our share of frozen pizza.

With five kids, three of them teen boys, it’s a staple in our house, but I never had the privilege of trying it until last week. I had planned on throwing it in the oven for a special, pizza by candlelight meal, but by the time I arrived home, there was only one piece left of the  Pizza Quattro Formaggi. (A delicious blend of mozzarella, edam, emmental and blue cheese, complemented by a tantalizing basil seasoning on a crispy thin crust.)

I missed the Ristorante Spinach, which was layered with sun-ripened tomatoes, savory leaf spinach, cheese and mozzarella, perfected by a hearty garlic sauce because one son polished it off himself and assured me it was beyond delicious. I told him it was supposed to be for a “special meal.”

Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante frozen pizza features fresh, high-quality ingredients on a thin crispy crust. Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante frozen pizza gives you Italian restaurant style pizza taste without paying restaurant style prices.
They come in a variety of specialties: Ristorante Speciale, Quattro Formaggi, Ristorante Spinaci, Ristorante Mozzarella, Ristorante Funghi, and Ristorante Vegetale

One fortunate winner is going to win a FUN PIZZA prize pack which includes 1 branded pizza cutter, 1 branded freezer bag, 1 Free Dr. Oetker coupon, and 1 Pizza Slice & Serve Board from Crate and Barrel.

You have four chances to win, but only one entry is necessary to win.

1) Tell me how you keep the romance alive on a small budget.

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Dr. Oetker Ristorante is currently available at grocery stores in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Baltimore, Maryland and New Hampshire, but anyone can enter to win.

This is a sponsored giveaway post. Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante product and additional incentives were provided to me. All opinions stated are my own.”