Celebrating Three Years (with a giveaway!)

Now that we’re married, a lot of people would say our dating anniversary doesn’t really matter. But our first date was also the first time we ever met. (Online dating for the win!) So what may seem like a small event to some people now that we’re husband and wife is still pretty huge to me. My favorite person in the world has been in my life for three years now. I’ve had three years of waking up every day feeling cared about and loved.

To celebrate three years with my soul mate (corny, but true) I thought it would be fun to have a little staycation. The Element by Westin is the hotel Josh’s work put us up at when we were apparment hunting. It was my first time in Omaha and I remember being blown away by all the city had to offer, and so excited about our future. I also fell in love with the hotel. We joked that if we didn’t find an apartment we liked we’d be more than happy to live in the hotel.  We ended up finding the perfect apartment just a half mile from the hotel, but the Element will always hold a special place in our heart. When we were given the opportunity to stay there this past Saturday night we were ecstatic.

We checked in, got all dolled up, went out for drinks, dinner, and saw Last Vegas (great movie!). We then came back to the hotel and curled up in the world’s comfiest bed and watched Lady Gag on SNL. (She was surprisingly good!) The next morning we lounged around, enjoyed the best complimentary breakfast I’ve ever had, and then headed back home. It was nice to have time to relax and focus on each other, free of distractions and technology. I love that we didn’t have to travel father than our backyard to do so. To see a photo recap of our staycation and get details on how to win your own night’s stay, read on.

Element by Westin was so kind to offer a complimentary weekend night stay to a reader. They’re also running a special promotion for anyone else who may be interested in a staycation of rates as low as $99 on the weekend.

To enter to win a night’s stay at the Element by Westin in Omaha simply leave a comment here telling me why you would like to win a staycation.

For an extra entry tweet, “I entered to win a @Westin staycation in #omaha from @girlgoneveggie and you can too! http://www.herheartlandsoul.com/celebrating-three-years-with-a-giveaway/” And leave a separate comment letting me know you did so.

The giveaway will be open until this Wednesday. I will email the winner on Thursday.

A big thanks to Element by Westin for their generosity and amazing service during our stay. They’ve made a lifelong customer out of me. We’re actually staying at a Westin resort for our honeymoon coming up in a few months! I can’t wait!

Question of the Day: Have you ever taken a staycation?


  1. says

    omgosh as it would be a vacation for me.
    ID FLY THERE :-)
    it’s been tooooo long.
    ((sharing with my peeps too in case any of them already reside by you))

  2. says

    Hmm…a staycation with my husband and none of my 4 kids. Paradise! But also because my husband and I haven’t been alone in SOOO long. He and I were actually separated for 6 months and he recently moved back in. So it would be nice to be able to reconnect!

  3. says

    How much fun!! Of course Kevin and I would LOVE to win a staycation! I think that would be a great way for us to spend our 1 year in February! We still haven’t explored that part of Omaha, and it would be a great opportunity!

  4. Kevin says

    I am fairly new to Omaha and would love to see more around Midtown! I think this would be a great way for me and my wife to spend some quality alone time, A lot of the time we are so busy and have opposite schedules. This sounds like a great staycation!

  5. says

    My husband and I now work opposite schedules during the week. We try to make the most out of our weekends. So, an excuse for a staycation would be amazing.

  6. Maureen McCarville says

    I would LOVE a night at Element. My boyfriend and I’s six year anniversary is coming up in a month and we love just being able to get away to spend some time by ourselves!

  7. says

    So many awesome comments already, how are you going to choose?! I would like a staycation at Element because I haven’t taken a real vacation in over a year and a half! Also, the boyfriend and I just marked 3 years together!

  8. Maggie says

    I would love as staycation at the Westin! My fiancé and I are currently in a long distance relationship for the first time since we started dating. I am in grad school and he is still back in St. Louis looking for a job up where I am at. I didn’t want him to move until he found a job he loved as much as his job in St. Louis. This would be the perfect opportunity to spend a weekend together! Awesome giveaway :)

  9. Emily says

    I would love a staycation! Hotel stays are my favorite, they make me giddy! (I always put it on my birthday list for my fiance :)) This would be a fun date night when my fiance comes in town!
    Great blog by the way Erin!

  10. says

    I need this. :)

    I think my husband and I have been on three dates in the last two and a half years. (Four if you count the time we signed our mortgage papers. We got a sitter for that. I don’t count it!)

    I would love to get a sitter, go to a Creighton game, and stay at the Westin for the night! Love it!

    Congrats on your dating anniversary. That is so sweet! After 11 years together, we could use a little staycation for sure!

  11. says

    We celebrated our 8 year anniversary 2 weeks ago and our dating anniversary will be in a few weeks on the 13 and our engagement anniversary date is on December 12th. So we have lots to celebrate with a staycation! Clearly, we are with you: we celebrate the dating anniversary, too! A good marriage always celebrates the little things. :)

  12. JoAnn Hageman says

    I love Westin’s and have been curious about the Element. I had never heard of it before the sign went up in Midtown. With 2 kids and no grandparents nearby, we would definitely figure out a way to have the kids cared for while we have our 1st stay in a hotel w/o kids in over 2 years.

  13. Nicole says

    My husband and I are looking to re-locate from the bay area to Omaha in the new year, and a stay at the Westin while looking for a place to live sounds like a huge stress reliever!

  14. Libby says

    A much needed night out with Corey, with no little one tagging along! And a full night of sleep with no interruptions!!

  15. JoeyfromSC says

    I would love to win a staycation because I haven’t really had time to stop & relax in SO long living here in L.A.! I also live in a tiny, blah apartment ha..so, getting away for a night in a nice hotel(love your pics!!), would be awesome!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Love your blog btw and I emailed you about email subscribing when you have time..thanks!

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