Category: Fun

Celebrate Summer Solstice

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Summer Solstice (June 21st) is the longest day of sunlight, and a great excuse to celebrate Summer before it passes you by. Check  the approximate times for sunrise and sunset and plan a day of Summer fun in this time frame.

Outdoor Ideas

Indoor Ideas

  • Movie marathon. Watch your favorite movies or shows from sunrise till sunset.
  • Board game marathon. Play your favorite childhood games, and learn some new ones while you’re at it.
  • Hobby marathon. If you share a hobby with someone, get together and work on your hobby the entire day.
  • Read-a-thon. If you would rather spend a quiet day alone, read from sunrise till sunset, keeping record of how many pages you read in one day.
  • Video game marathon. Throw a party at your house with multiplayer games, play an online MMO, or hit the arcade with a couple of friends for the day.

What are some fun ways you can think of celebrating Summer Solstice?

Doughnut Dates

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Yes, you can incorporate these tasty fried pieces of dough into your next date night or romantic gesture. After all, what says love more than fried food?

Doughnut Tasting
Dress up doughnuts with a tasting. Make a 5-course meal with three rounds of doughnut bites and two rounds of savory dishes (sausage, eggs, cheese, etc). Or you can make a “flight” of doughnuts by putting bite sized pieces in wine glasses.

Doughnut Scavenger Hunt
Make doughnut-shaped clues on construction paper that lead to a secret candlelight doughnut picnic.

Find the Crazy Shops
As good as glazed and jelly-filled are, don’t be afraid to be adventurous. There are fun, crazy doughnut shops all over the United States with fun flavors, like the Lemon Thyme doughnut from Dynamo Donuts in San Franscisco (which is amazing), or the popular Cronut out of New York. Check out Eater.com’s list of hottest doughnut shops to put together your doughnut bucket list.

Doughnut Delivery
Forget flowers. Send doughnuts.

Doughnut Breakfast Date
Need a creative breakfast idea? Check out these doughnut hole skewers from ValSoCal. For a romantic breakfast of homemade doughnuts, try Wilton’s heart-shaped doughnut pan, paired with Brown Cookie’s double heart-shaped egg ring. (I may or may not own both of these.)

Cards With Doughnut Puns
Make a doughnut-shaped card out of construction paper with some silly doughnut pun like, “You donut know how much I love you.” or “Donut ever let me go.” You won’t get any poetry awards, but you might get a smile – which is a lot better.

Make Your Own Doughnuts
Bust out the Pinterest and the deep fryer! Doughnuts have endless possibilities and can be a fun cooking experiment. Make a doughnut bar before sitting down in front of your date night movie.

Go Global
Different countries have different versions of doughnuts. The French have beignets, Mexico has churros… actually, Saveur has a whole list of doughnut variations you should check out. You can even go to the countries themselves to try it.

How do you enjoy doughnuts? Comment below!

Things to Do in May

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What are some fun activities you plan on doing in May?

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Ice Breakers #2

Sometimes you need an ice breaker when you’re on a date, at a party, or sitting at the dinner table. Try this ice breaker and follow up questions during that next awkward silence!

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Make Movie Night Magical

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Ah, the cinema. The collaboration of hundreds of talents, ranging from filmography to acting, from costume to set design, from production to directing. Cast and crew spend months of long hours fulfilling their visions, hoping to tell the stories from their hearts. And now it has become a lifeless, effortless date night option. The shame!

Although dinner and a movie isn’t considered the most impressive of date night choices, it has a lot of creative possibilities. If you want to make movie night magical, you have to create the magic yourself!

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25 Sites You Should Have Bookmarked

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The internet is more than cat videos and Facebook. It is an amazing resource that can and should be used to enrich every day life. Here are 25 websites we think you should browse on a regular basis.

 

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The Art of Creative Romance

lookRomance can be an intimidating word. Thanks to high-budget chick flicks and imaginative romance novels, it feels like the bar for romance keeps getting higher and higher. The truth is, romance is not as complicated as it seems. It’s not particularly elaborate, expensive, or theatrical. It does, however, take a bit of planning and thought; but overall, romance comes down to five basic things: personalization, presentation, variety, planning, and a special twist.

Personalization
Say your sweetheart knows you love baseball and decides their next romantic gesture should involve that particular sport. If they bought you a random jersey from a random team you might appreciate it, but it wouldn’t have half the impact as them buying you a jersey with your favorite player’s name on it, right? Relationships involve knowing and appreciating another person for who they are. The best way to show someone you adore them is to include who they are in your romantic gestures. What do they like? What do they dislike? What makes them happy? What styles are they into? What do they prefer? Pay close attention to who your sweetheart is – after all, that’s who you fell in love with.

Presentation
Buying a woman a dozen roses and handing them to her is romantic, yes. But how much more romantic is it to take those dozen roses and placing them on the ground one by one, leading from her front door to a love letter on the bed? Presentation is a big part of romance. It doesn’t always have to be over-the-top, but a little extra thought in presentation adds to the quality of the gesture.

Variety
Dinner and a movie is – in all honesty – a pretty solid date. The reason dinner and a movie gets so much flack is because many people make it a default date, failing to put in the effort to keep variety in their dating life. Variety is a huge key in being romantic. Expensive dates need to be balanced out with cheap dates, serene strolls on the beach need to be balanced with adrenaline-pumping roller coaster rides, double dates need to balanced out with intimate dates for two. Keep a date journal or calendar of the dates you go on, paying special attention to repetition and style. It’s easy to hit a plateau in your dating life, so keep a record to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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Spontaneity is incredibly romantic… sometimes. But when spontaneity is the only thing holding together your date night life, it can become dull fast. A lot of time is wasted when no one has a decision for the evening. The reason this is saddening is because planning a date or romantic interlude is incredibly easy. All it takes is a little research and a few notes. Grab the nearest newspaper and look for upcoming events. Look on the internet for attractions pertaining to your sweetheart’s interests. Look through romantic idea books and websites and write what ideas you like. Look at holidays coming up over the next few months and see what romance is inspired by it. Dates are simple enough to plan for weeks in advance, and they turn out better when you do so. (Note: you can plan something a week ahead and still make it look spontaneous.) Putting in the extra effort of planning ahead makes the date more romantic, helps the date run smoother, and it ensures that your romantic life is getting the proper attention it deserves.

A Special Twist
Adding a twist to a romantic gesture easily increases its romantic value. There are many books that offer romantic ideas and gestures, and they should not only inspire you to be romantic, but to be creative. Think about how you can put a twist on the romantic ideas other people have come up with. This is romantic innovation. Twists can be as simple as replacing the words in an idea. For example, instead of breakfast in bed, make it lunch in bed. Instead of a one dozen roses, make it four dozen roses. Instead of an Italian dinner for two, make it an Italian vacation for two! Twists are not incredibly difficult to come up with and they make a huge difference in the quality of your romantic gesture.

Note that all of these elements do not need to be incorporated all at once. That would be exhausting! The idea is to look at what your options are and then make that romantic gesture your own. Romance is no place for laziness. Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, you can be creative in romance. Your relationship will be all the better for it, too.

Romantic Time Capsule

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst decide if this capsule is for you, your kids, or to any stranger who happens to find it. Keep in mind that anyone could find it at any time, so don’t put intimate items and details into your capsule!

Pick out a metal box, a sturdy can with a lid (a coffee can works well), or shoebox, depending on where you’re planning to store it. Fill it with items from the past year, such as:

  • Photos you took that year together
  • Movie ticket stubs
  • Fortune cookie fortunes
  • Love letters, emails, and notes you’ve written to one another
  • Newspaper clippings
  • A list of romantic ideas
  • A list of dates you went on
  • A list of restaurants you tried together
  • A list of special memories
  • Marriage advice for other people who may find the capsule
  • Articles on family and marriage

We even have a time capsule print out sheet for you! Fill it out together, then add it into the capsule. Write a large note on the capsule saying, “DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 2022!” (Or whatever date you decide to open it.) Find a place in your backyard to bury it; or you can place it in the corner of a closet or cupboard if you don’t own your home.

Now that you’ve put it away, forget about it! When it’s time to open your capsule, reminisce and enjoy the good old days. Once you’re done fawning over your old memories, make another time capsule!

Click here for our Time Capsule Fill Out PDF