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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

Valentine’s Day Randomizer

pinkdice2We want to make Valentine’s Day special yet easy for you. We fear that Valentine’s Day might over-whelm you – or worse, under-whelm you – and your plans will fall short of awesomeness.

So let’s make this easy: grab a die and roll it for each category below. Add your own romantic spin on each idea (see our article, The Art of Creative Romance) and voila – You have a solid Valentine’s Day date. (You can use this for anniversaries and birthdays as well. You’re welcome.)

Valentine’s Day Morning
1- Have flowers sent to their house around the time they wake up
2- Put a love letter under their windshield wiper
3- Make your sweetheart breakfast in bed or go out on a breakfast picnic
4- Be their singing wake up call
5- Leave a gift on their door step. Ring the door bell. Run away. (Even if you’re married!)
6- Give them a neck or foot massage before they go to work

Valentine’s Day Evening
1- Go dancing – whether it’s at a restaurant, club, studio, or at home
2- Cook an intimate dinner at home, proceeded by a board or card game
3- Attend a show, play, or concert
4- Go out to dinner, choosing a fancy place you rarely visit or a special place out of town
5- Go to a local event or place (check your newspaper or city website for ideas)
6- Turn a room of your house into a getaway

What Gift You Should Buy Your Sweetheart
1- Specialty food item they love, such as wine, tea, chocolate, spices, etc
2- Something R&R related, such as spa treatments, a hammock, massage chair, a vacation trip, etc
3- Something media related, like a CD, movie, video game, comic, or book
4- Something you can do together, such as a board game, event tickets, or a hobby project
5- A handmade gift – like a poem, wall hanging, bookmarks, etc
6- Something for outdoor use, such as tools, picnic supplies, sports equipment, or a swing for two

What You Should Write in Their Card (Yes, they get a card.)
1- Reasons you love them
2- Reasons why you appreciate them
3- A special memory of the two of you
4- How they’ve changed you for the better
5- Why you never plan to leave them
6- Why they are a great husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend

What You Should Tell Them Face to Face (Just fill in the blank.)
1- I appreciate your ____________
2- The thing I love most about you is ____________
3- You’ve taught me that ____________
4- I knew I loved you when ____________
5- My favorite memory of you is ____________
6- I’m so grateful that ____________

14 Days of Valentines

heartChristmas gets 12 days, so why can’t Valentine’s get something too? Don’t wait to show affection till the 14th. Follow this calendar to make the next two weeks memorable.

We highly suggest everyone does the “Singles” prompts. Don’t forget about the other people in your life that aren’t your sweetheart!

1
All: Write down the amazing character attributes of God.  (Merciful, righteous, wonderful, good, creative, loving, etc) Sit back and stare in awe at His glorious nature.

2
Him: Hand-write her a love letter. Drop it off at the post office to be sent– even if you live together
Her: Send him a love email
Singles: Write a thank you card for your parents

3
Him: Call her and tell her that you are thinking about her
Her: Text him and say that you miss him
Singles: Text/email someone you lost touch with

4
Him: Take her to whatever movie she wants to see
Her: Buy him snacks at the concession stand while you’re at the movies
Singles: Go to the movies with a friend you’ve known at least 5 years

5
Him: Organize a picnic breakfast in the park
Her: Bring him his favorite smoothie for breakfast
Singles: Make a full breakfast for your entire household

6
All: Spend time with your First Love. Make a list of things to thank Him for. Then thank Him.

7
Him: Buy her a potted plant and leave it on her doorstep with a note.
Her: Buy his favorite ice cream and drop it off at his fridge with a note.
Singles: Take your best friend to his/her favorite cafe for drinks.

8
Him: Email her a song that reminds you of your first kiss
Her: Email him a song that reminds you of your first date
Singles: Email someone a stupid song from when you were in middle/high school and laugh about it

9
Him: Take today to groom yourself for your woman. Pluck your eyebrows. Do your laundry. Buy cologne.
Her: Beautify yourself for your guy. Paint your nails. Use a pumice stone on your feet. Get a haircut
Singles: Spoil yourself completely

10
Him: Offer to wash her pet
Her: Offer to wash his car
Singles: Offer someone in your neighborhood to do either of the two mentioned above

11
Him: Take her to her favorite restaurant .
Her: Buy him a book and surprise him with it at dinner.
Singles: Contact the people you rarely talk to on your Facebook/Myspace/Email list and leave a short message

12
Him: Make her dinner
Her: Bake him a cake
Singles: Bake cookies for a specific group. (Such as coworkers, Bible study, math class, etc.)

13
All: Look over the last year and write down all the things God has done for you and those around you. Give Him praise for always looking out for you and the people you care about.

14
VALENTINES DAY!
All: Spoil someone unconditionally, without any complaint, without any selfish motivations, and no holding back. Have a good holiday, everybody!

Rules of the Double Date

245734_7156#1– The man pays for his date
Don’t make a double date awkward by fighting over the check. The man pays for his date regardless of the situation. Request separate checks at dinner if you have to.

#2– Pick locations that are more fun than intimate
Intimate settings are meant for single couples, not double dates. Being overly romantic can be distracting and awkward when there’s another couple with you. Pick relaxed locations that are good for casual fun and conversation.

#3– Avoid winging it. Come up with a plan first.
Ever been with a group of people who can’t decide where to go for dinner? Frustrating, isn’t it? A date can lose its luster when you waste time trying to figure out what you’re doing next or when you have to admit that you can’t afford the restaurant the other couple suggests. Plan out your date in advance.

#4—Always guys against gals
If you’re going on an outing where you have to split into teams, the rule is men against women. This keeps your outing from going sour because your date is highly competitive or one of you turns bossy.

#5– Easy on the PDA
No one wants to see your PDA when you’re on a date by yourselves, let alone on a double-date. You two aren’t the only people in the room and you shouldn’t alienate your guests by being overly gushy or touchy-feely.

 

Ideas for Double Dates:

  • Bowling
  • Tennis
  • Amusement parks
  • Arcades
  • Board games
  • Concerts
  • Basketball
  • Picnics
  • Game tournaments
  • Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • Dancing