Wednesday, January 4, 2012

52 date nights


Vincent and I have a lot of things we want to accomplish in 2012 and one of them is have a date night at least once a week.

52 dates.

Minimum.

No excuses!

We both agreed that the date nights need to be free or semi-affordable. Here is the list I came up with and will be adding more to as I go. I borrowed some and made some up- either way I hope it inspires you to keep the romance alive in 2012!


Check out my post for date night ideas by price!


Date Nights
1. Sketch out a blueprint of your dream house
2. Make of list of must-haves in your dream home (
laundry chute, three car garage, spiral staircase, etc.)
3. Paint each other’s portrait
4. Deliver cupcakes, cookies, etc to friends, family, or nursing home
5. Plan our 5 year anniversary vacation
6. Make a map of places you have been and want to go. Make a list or places and sites to see.
7. Teach Vincent about photography and have him teach me something he likes
8. Build a fort and watch a movie
9. Watch home videos
10. Attend a festival
11. Go see a local band
12. Spa night!
13. Cookie bake-off!
14. Build out bucket list
(as a couple and as individuals)
15. Make a work of art for the house
16. Walk the River Walk
17. Visit the State Museum
(First Sunday of every month $1 admission. 1-5pm)
18. Paint your own coffee cup at a pottery place
19. Go to a Flea Market
20. Go bowling
21. Make a time capsule
22. Go to Carowinds
(outside budget but that’s ok!)
23. Go to a bar to watch a game
24. Volunteer at the local shelter
(homeless or animal! Everyone needs to help)
25. Have a water balloon fight with friends
26. Play board games
27. See a movie at the dollar theatre
28. Go to a wine tasting
29. Make a very specific list of things you love about each other
(i.e. I love when Vincent is talking to someone across the room and doesn’t know I am watching him. I think he is so gosh darn sexy!)
30. Grab the pups and go on a picnic
31. Go to a Goodwill or Thrift store and pick out one crazy item for the other person. $10 budget.
32. Get up early and go eat brunch somewhere nice
33. Historic walking tour
34. Watch stand-up comedy all night
35. Make a list of potential baby names
(for way in the future! It will be fun to see how much we change our minds).
36. Take our moms out for dinner (okay, I know this is over budget and includes others in our date night but I think it’s a great idea)
37. Make a 5, 10, 15 year “basic” plan (I say basic because life doesn’t always go as planned but it could be fun to dream it out!)
38. Take the dogs for a long walk
39. Make a gift for someone else. Just because.
40. Try a new work out!
41. Cook an exotic meal or cook something we have always wanted to try.
42. Have a picnic at the lake
43. Go through that junk drawer! Ew! I know! No fun- but it can be if you do it together!
44. Rearrange a room. Just for a change.
45. Play video games all night – Vincent will love this one! Especially with the new MLB game coming out.
46. Pajama party! Pop some popcorn, make a pallet, and watch a cheesy show or movie.
47. Go to a bar (during happy hour to save money!) and flirt mercilessly with your man! It’s sure to spark something ;)
48. Make a mix CD of songs that remind you of your time together. Not going to lie, one of the songs will be Eye of the Tiger because Vincent and I watched all the Rocky movies in the first few months of dating. Every time I hear it I smile.
49. Go for a long drive to nowhere.
50. Watch each other’s favorite movies from childhood. Vincent loves Angels in the Outfield and I have never seen it!
51. Have a rapping contest ;)
52. Do nothing but enjoy being together.

53. Mute your favorite TV show or movie and make up your own dialogue. :)
54. Go to a driving range. For about $6-10 you can buy a bucket of golf balls and borrow a driver. It's actually pretty fun!
55. Go to a shooting range. I don't know how much renting a gun cost and ammo but Vincent and I went the other day for under $20.
56. Go to an outdoor concert. During the summer, there are a lot of places that offer free music. Grab the pups, some drinks, a blanket, and enjoy the show!
57. Take a cooking class (may be outside the budget but could still be fun!)
58. Start a new exercise routine. Vincent and I started the Couch to 5K thing and have enjoyed doing it together. 
59. Go window shopping downtown (or in an area that has some fun unique shops!)
60. Head to a local park and catch a game! We have a baseball field 1/2 a mile from our house :)
61. Karaoke... need I say more?
62.  Break out some old board games - think Guess Who, Life, Candy Land, Connect Four, Mancala, Jenga, or Battleship
63. Who said date night had to be at night?! Get up and cook a big breakfast together, then climb back into bed to eat it!
64. Play 20 questions, or something like it. This blogger has a great list of questions! Or check out this one!
65. YouTube Date night - spend time watching funny vidoes! This couple even put together a list!
66. Break off the top of an egg, dump the insides, fill with paint, and take turns throwing at a canvas! Sound nuts? Check out this blog for more "info" ;)
67. Hire a photographer to take photos of the two of you! 


Reader submitted:

68. "Let's go fly a kite..." - grab your honey and head to the park to fly a kite :)
69. Release your inner child and break out a slip-n-slide!
70. Nerf gun war anyone?
71. Or how about a marshmallow war!?
72. Pinterest craft night! Sit down, find a craft you both would like to do and have at it!
73. Star gazing. Oh so romantic! Grab the wine too!!
74. People watch at the mall (or other location). Make up a back story for them - but be nice!
75. Take a dance class - swing, salsa, ballroom - just get up and get moving! 
76. Go Geocashing!
77. Go get a haircut together.
78. Go for a walk in the rain, sans the umbrella ;)
79. Head to the Farmer's Market and pick out your dinner. Enjoy with a glass of wine!


So many options how to do you pick!? Especially when you are as indecisive as Vincent and I are!

Check out Jennifer at Life in the Green House’s  Date Night Jar! She color coordinated the dates based on price, planning time, and stay-in-stay-out factors.


Also,  Ana from Ana’s Area had a great idea – write them all down and throw them in a jar and pull one out!

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I decided to add a newer “image” for easy pinning since the list keeps growing. :)



Photo credit Kathleen Amelia (www.kathleenamelia.com)

118 comments:

  1. I love this idea. I think date nights, big or small, are well deserved! I will run this by Vic.

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  2. This is awesome! So many good ideas, I love this blog!

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    1. thank you! Glad I could share :)

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  3. Oh my goodness I love these!! Hubby and I have been married for 16 years and it is hard to come up with new stuff! Long drives to no where are my fav's! So cute thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure! I'm glad you liked them! :)

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  4. Found this post via Pinterest & I love it! My boyfriend & I have been trying to figure out what we want to do for our anniversary next week & this gives me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Shayna
    mykitchenhomelife.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful! It is so hard to find affordable things to do so I'm glad I could help!

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  5. This is really cute!! Thanks for the ideas!

    mybillie.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this! Adorable :)

    rachaelstone.blogspot.com

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  7. My husband is a Marriage and Family Therapist and I am a Life Coach. We are asked to do a lot of public speaking engagements. We have an engagement coming up to speak to a group of husbands and wives. Our topic is on dating. Your date ideas are wonderful and I hope it’s ok if I borrow them. Thanks for posting.
    Cheryl
    Deseret Counseling Center

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    1. Sure thing! I am glad I could help! I heard on Cosmo Radio that they have some ideas too and I was thinking that I should send it to them! haha ;) Enjoy!

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  8. Gidday,
    Amazing ideas Mary..Kudos to you both. would be happy and excited to see how you guys following up with it.

    Good Luck guys...again Aaawesome

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  9. I'm married for 16 years now but with him for 26 and the first thing I thought was .... dang her husband is sexy! lol...love the blog ;)

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    1. Hahah thank you! Glad you enjoyed them! And yes- my husband is super sexy ;)

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  10. These are great date ideas! Dates don't have to be always dinner outs but must be fun as well. Great post you got here. Thanks for the information that you've shared with your readers. :)

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    1. My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed them! :)

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  11. Everything we do revolves around the kids. Whenever we may get a touch of alone time we spend an hour figuring out what to do and just end up going to bed. These are such awesome and feasible ideas! I can't wait to get started! I feel like we are dating all over again!

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    1. I don't have kids but I can only imagine! I'm glad you found some of the ideas helpful!!! :)

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  12. This is so nice <3 Im going to try some of these dates :D

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  13. Loved your ideas! Stealing them all! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! And no problem! Enjoy! :)

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  14. These are all great ideas but my boyfriend doesn't like to do anything. Then what?

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    1. I'd try and find something he likes to do, within reason, and do it together. He has to like something.

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  15. Another fun idea would be go Swing Dancing. Where I live it is fairly cheap :)

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    1. That is a great idea! I'll add it to the list! Thank you! :)

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  16. So many great ideas here (and in the comments section!) Shared on my blog and you're a hit:) Thanks for the inspiration http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2012/06/hump-day-distractions_13.html

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    1. Thanks for sharing it! I've had a lot of people say they've enjoyed it so I'm just glad I could help! :)

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  17. There are so many great ideas! Might just share this on my blog. Thanks for the ideas!


    http://www.marriedfilingjointly.blogspot.com

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  18. Found this on Pinterest! Sharing this on my blog! I have decided to do a blog post after each date we do! Check out the first "getting started" blog post about it!
    Thanks!
    http://anasarea.blogspot.com/2012/06/52-date-night-ideas-date-1.html

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  19. My husband and I like going to the farmers market without a plan for dinner. We decide together and then have a glass or two of wine together while we cook. It is a lot better then someone else cooking for the other. I liked a lot of your suggestions too :)

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  20. 16 years married and one of our first dates is still one of our favourites - go fly kites together (or take it in turns and take the camera - you get great pics of your loved one looking up at the sky) Love your ideas and think we need to put on our pjs and bake cookies then hide in our home made fort and watch childhood movies ...

    Glenda

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    1. Glenda-
      I love the kite idea! I haven't done that in so long!

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  21. Haha - there are some great ideas here! My husband and I can usually never figure out what we want to do on our nights off and we end up just sitting around watching tv. I'll definitely be bookmarking this blog. Thanks!

    http://coordinatedkate.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! :) I know the feeling! I hope it comes in handy :)

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  22. Great ideas for a newlywed couple!

    michaelandwhitneyweekes.blogspot.com

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  23. Love the ideas! With a 3-year old and #2 on the way, the Hubs and I don't get to have an official "date night" all that often. But, the next time we get to I'll be using some of your ideas instead of the old stand bys of "dinner out" or "the movies." Some of them would even work for after the kiddos are in bed and a "date night IN," which tends to be what we get to do more often anyway. Thanks for the creative list! :-)

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    1. Thank you! It's been a group effort! Hope it helps and congrats on #2!!

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  24. Something that I love doing is having marshmellow wars. They don't hurt no matter how strong you are if you wipe them at eachother from across the house. They are too soft to break anything and it is alot of fun! I recommend it

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    1. Totally love this idea! I will add it to the list! Thank you! :)

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  25. This is AWESOME. My man is a long haul trucker and the cheaper the date the better, he also has a hard time thinking of things to so. I really appreciate you taking the time to compile this list!!

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    1. No problem! I'm glad you found it useful! I keep adding ideas so make sure to check back! :)

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  26. I love these! We live far away.from family and cant always.go out so Something we do is pick tv show series.on netflix(right now its sons of anarchy) and everynight when we put our kids to bed we both grab a snack.and.sit down for an episode or two a night! Then we always spend the rest of the evsning and next day analizing what we think is going to happen next.lol We ve been married for 4 years so it gives us more convo
    starters than just "what happened at work
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    sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com

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  27. Tara,
    Vincent and I do that too! We watched Ugly Betty in 2010 and were hooked. lol. We started doing the series thing shortly after because it's somehting fun and easy to bond over! We totally watched SOA too! He is slightly obsessed! I can't wait for Season 5 to start!!!

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  28. great list and cute blog!! i found you from Dancing with Ashley's link!! i'm excited to read more.

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    1. Welcome Les! Thank you! I' glad you enjoyed the list! :)

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  29. I love this! Saw it on Pinterest and will definitely be trying out some of these ideas. Now that my husband is done with the BAR and we have our lives back, we have more time to spend doing quality things together!

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    1. Thanks! I will be adding more all the time so be sure to check back! Also - let me know how they work out!! :)

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  30. Pinned this for myself, but when my son asked what he and his wife could do on "date night", I emailed it to him. Thank you for posting this.

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  31. MY HUSBAND I LOVE TO PLAN A NIGHT OR DAY TO DO SOMETHING TOGETHER.we may have done it before but as long as we are together it's great.we travel in a rv so make the most of all the new places we go finding new things to see and do.It's been great for over 50 years and still counting never forget to make you mate feel special.

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    1. Congratulations on 50 years! That is wonderful!!! :)

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  32. Great ideas. Should come in handy. Thank you. Maybe a few more. A Pinterest craft night. Cleaning night (could include one another. Library night and flirt quiety across a table or thru the shelves. People watching at the mall figuring people relationships, moods, and make up conversations. Late night star gazing dinner maybe during a meteor shower.

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    1. Thanks for the ideas Robert! I added them to the list!! :) Hope the list comes in handy!

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  33. Great ideas. Should come in handy. Thank you. Maybe a few more. A Pinterest craft night. Cleaning night (could include one another. Library night and flirt quiety across a table or thru the shelves. People watching at the mall figuring people relationships, moods, and make up conversations. Late night star gazing dinner maybe during a meteor shower.

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    1. Robert! I thought I replied to your post but it didn't post! Sorry about that!!

      I added your ideas to the list! I love a good craft night and people watching!! Thanks for the ideas!

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  34. My hubby and i went on this awesome date one time and tho it was simple i loved it. It was just dinner at checkers... or another place you get to eat outside... then a quiet walk around the mall followed by a movie but we dressed up the slightest bit from our norm everyday clothes when we go out with the kids. So it was nice but simple. And I liked it. I've always enjoyed eating outside and find myself to busy at times to make a picnic plus I dread over getting bit up by ants and mosquitoes. So even tho fast food isn't the healthiest (especially checkers food) it's an option for parents that don't have time to make a picnic and rush out the door after getting themselves Rdy for the date and making sure the sitter knows what they need to know. All moms out there know what I mean!! Lol! But just an idea for y'all as well. I know dinner mall and movie is so cliche but it's still nice as you could always put a twist to it.

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    1. I love a good fast food picnic! I'll add your idea to the list!! :)

      I've never had Checkers so maybe next time I see one I will check it out! :)

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  35. Oh my goodness. I love your ideas. I'll keep them in mind when I visit my boyfriend in SC. He actually lives like 20min away from Carowinds. Your photography work inspires me. I love taking pictures and I want to be better at photography. Thank you so much for the inspiration. =]]

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    1. Anna!
      Thank you! I'm glad you like them!

      And thank you for the kind words about my photography. :) I'm glad it inspires you and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

      -ML

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  36. Me and my husband are doing a cheap date this coming Friday. I have a new mini van and I told him I thought it would be fun to lay down all the back seats load it up with tons of pillows and blankets and camp out of the van at a camp spot in the canyons. totally free date except what we take to eat and drink. he is so excited about it.

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    1. I love that idea! I'm going to add it to the list :)

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  37. Just saw this on Pinterest. Started reading and wigged out at #7...How does she know my husband's name is Vincent? Then I read the top ;) We've done many of these already, but I'm repinning for future ideas!

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    1. Hahaha! I bet that was weird! :) Glad you liked them!!

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  38. Thank You Tons for this! We are so going to try this out starting the new year :)

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  39. Great list. I'm about to post one tomorrow and happened to see a link for yours on Pinterest today. Mine is a little different since we have kids so tend to go in the evening and prefer to leave the house! I realized reading your list we do some of the 'at home' ones anyway. :) Great job.

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    1. Leighann,
      Saw your post! <3 it! I did another list by price if you are interested in the outside one! :) Thanks for stopping by!

      http://decrescenzio.blogspot.com/2012/10/date-night-ideas-by-price.html

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  41. Go for a drive in the country--bring a camera--take pictures along the way: scenery, each other, or use the camera and go for self (couple) portraits. Then, look for a roadside diner or place you've never been, and stop and have a bite to eat and/or a drink.

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    1. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  42. my boyfriend and I went to a drive-in movie last year and LOVED it. next time though, I want to take a truck and lay in the bed of it to watch the movie :)

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  43. what cute ideas! saw this on Pinterest...following you now!

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  44. I think a good addition to the list would be a walk in the rain. I live in seattle (where it's always raining) and it is sooo romantic. Especially when it turns into dancing in the rain :) No umbrella allowed!

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  45. My husband and I like to go geocaching (it's like a treasure hunt). Very inexpensive to do and you find some interesting places on your adventure to find the cache! This is a great activity with the kids too! We travel a lot with our families living in OH and SC and geocaching helps to break up the long trips!

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    1. We had a friend recently tell us about geocashing! I will add it! :)

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  46. My husband and I love to go get haircuts together! It's a whole new us!

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  47. Thanks for posting these ideas! Sometimes it feels like we're in a rut bc dating on a budget is tough. These are such creative ideas! Thanks!
    -Kate
    www.ositocraftiness.blogspot.com

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    1. You are welcome! Check out my other post about date nights by price! :)
      http://decrescenzio.blogspot.com/2012/10/date-night-ideas-by-price.html

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  48. Love the idea of making a list together. Can't wait to share with my husband. A few thinks I enjoy doing with my husband...work in the yard together, clean out a flower bed and plant new flowers and shrubs. Remodel a room in the house together.

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  49. found this list on pinterest. i was reading the list and it really sounded like things i could do where i live. i saw in the tags that sc was tagged. i thought for sure you were in columbia. (confirmed that on your photography site.) i am too, small world. :)

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  50. This is wonderful! it's our 5year anniversary this weekend (my boyfriend and I) and there's multiple ideas here that sound fab, the time capsule idea especially. Definitely up for that! Thankyou!

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    1. You are welcome!!!! Happy anniversary!

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  51. It's really easy to get into a boring routine when you settle into married life. Even though your lives may be or may get busy, you will spend one day a week with each other and that will make all the difference in maintaining a healthy marriage. Great ideas.

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    1. It really is. Sometimes you have more money and then other times you don't. My husband and I were, like most newly weds, pretty broke so we had to come up with fun ideas! :)

      Thanks for reading!!

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  52. This is great! We've done a Pizza Cook-off night. We each made a homemade pizza of our choosing and invited friends over to 'judge' the pizzas. We had a blast!

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  53. Great Ideas, one thats fun is photoshoot night, one of you dresses up to be photgraphed and the other is the photographer, go to fun location and makes great pictures and fun date!

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    1. Oh goodness! My husband with a camera! Scary! lol. I may have to give him a point and shoot and not my D700 but that's a great idea!!

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  54. I am your newest follower! There are some AWESOME ideas here! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  56. My husband and I have been married 42 years, on Tuesdays we go to a local sandwich shop for dinner. I don't have to cook and we get to spend some we time. There is no secret to happily everafter, just don't give up on each other when things get tough. We have been through a lot and it is work. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    1. Happy Anniversary!!! :) 42 years! That is awesome! :)

      Thanks for checking out my post and for being an inspiration for future generations <3

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  57. Just wanted you to know that you were featured in our ULTIMATE Date Idea Round-up today! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/romantic-rendezvous/101-date-idea-round-ups-the-ultimate-date-night-list/ Thanks for sharing your date ideas! XOXO, The Dating Divas

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  58. There are some good ideas here, some even make it onto my don't need a babysitter list. :)

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  59. Thank you for sharing this very informative post

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  60. These really are amazing! Sometimes school & work can overwhelm other important aspects of life, like a relationship but these really inspired me and my boyfriend! Thank you so much, I love your blog. http://crafty-happenings-adb.blogspot.com

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  61. Good informative ideas here, going try out some of them!

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  62. Some great ideas.. Definitely need to alter a LOT of them if you have kids!!!

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  63. My husband and I like to play casual bocce ball in the park. We don't use a fancy bocce ball court, but just bowl anywhere -- the weirder the terrain, the better! We often each take a beer, poured into a themos to keep it cool (and sneaky), and we always have fun, even though he always wins. :)

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  64. A list of amazing ideas.Really appreciable.Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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