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Here we go! This is the start of our Date a Month Challenge.
Every Thursday our FB page will be directing you here to our Date Night Inspirations. We will number them in the order that they were created.
Week 1 January: Sledding in the Boondocks
If this were my situation, I could imagine my burly husband taking over an hour to get ready. He would gather chains for the truck, tools to fix broken chains along the way, chainsaw, three spare tires, and dogs of all sorts. You may ask, “Where oh where does he plan on going?” Somewhere in the boondocks, I guess.
So you might not be surprised when I pack food, water, fire building materials, head lamp, extra batteries for the head lamp, enough snow clothes to cloth a nation, and my spirit of adventure. I don’t know what may lie ahead because my husband sure likes to trek off the beaten path, or rather places only Native Americans have ever seen. I better pack some more food…….oh and the sled too. And no, this would not be the truck he would drive. Something big, full of diesel, and pre-crashed is more like it. Hmmmm……better grab some sleeping bags. You never know.
Week 2 January: Cribbage Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
In my younger days, I used to go help my aunt and uncle put up hay or help during calving season on their ranch in northern Colorado. They had a special bond. I could tell. My aunt was always upbeat even though she was forced to a wheel chair because of her MS. I was amazed by her positive attitude. My uncle who is over 80 years old now is still managing the ranch by himself.
Every morning after breakfast, these two would play a couple rounds of cribbage. I could tell even at my age that this was a special time for them to just do something together, just enjoying each other. Pinned on their wall right above the dining table was a wrinkled up piece of paper marked up by the winnings of past days. They kept close track of who won and even bet a few dollars occasionally. They had played this game for so many years that their fingers moved like lightning. They could go through a round in minutes.
This small amount of time spent each morning was what glued them together, what still holds them together.
Week 3 January: Dimmer Switch Date
This is a “For Him” date. He might have to do a little work for it though. Maybe you already have a dimmer switch installed for the lights in your bedroom. But if you do not, this is a fun date night idea.
A dimmer switch can be purchased at any local hardware store, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.
Lighting is very important for a romantic bedroom feel and this is an easy way to do it. Candles are great, but I have heard stories of ladies catching their hair and other things on fire.
It could be fun to give this idea to him gift wrapped in a box or bag. You could have the dimmer switch wrapped in a sexy lingerie piece. Tell him he has to install the switch before any action arrives.
I understand that some women find it difficult to make love with the lights on. This would be a good step towards having the lights on. You can make it as dim as you like and work your way up to brighter times in the future.
WEEK 4 JANUARY: Shop Date
Hey guys, want to put a smile on your girls’ face? This is a “for her” date! Most women love to shop, weather they admit it or not. Honestly I am not a die-hard shopper. But when it comes to getting the chance to shop without the kiddos I definitely perk up. Add the undivided attention of a husband in there and it will put a smile on my face. There are always “things” that a girl needs. And a mother will put these needs off just because of the inconvenience of dragging all the children around to find it. If she doesn’t absolutely have to have it, she will go on and on without it.
Here are a few things that you guys will need to know before you drop this date idea on your lovely.
1.) Some families are on a pretty tight budget. If you’re a husband, your wife might “hold the purse strings”. It can be pretty tough to convince any such lady that she might have a good time shopping. You may have to set aside some of your spending money or do some fast cash jobs before hinting to any shopping date.
2.) Pick a time when you know your lovely is not on her cycle. (Very important!) Also, choose a fair weather day to go. Some women don’t like to go shopping when the roads are bad to get there, or if it’s pouring down rain.
3.) Arrange for a babysitter. Choose someone that your wife prefers. She will be more relaxed for shopping and keeping her mind on the fun ahead.
4.) Prepare yourself. No I’m not kidding. You need to be prepared to be at this most, if not all of the day. Take a little extra cash for lunch or dinner. You will need lots of coffee. (Very bad to fall asleep) a thousand times, “No!” Prepare yourself for visiting intimate wear shops. Ladies like your opinion on those much needed bras and panties. Have an opinion. Even if you are not sure, just pick something. Practice, “I love that one.” But don’t say that for every piece. You need an opinion here. Don’t be offended if she picks something else entirely. Just smile and say you like it.
5.) Patience, you will need lots of this. Take a good book or magazine, just don’t get too engrossed in it. Piece of advise, do not answer or be on your phone unless it is absolutely necessary. You can ruin the entire date if you are on your phone! If you run your business from your phone, leave the phone at home.
6.) Be encouraging. You might hear phrases like, “I am so fat!” “I hate myself.” “I’ll never find what I want, let’s just go home!” “Why did you suggest such an expensive date, we could have used this money to pay off debt.” Try not to take offence. Say things like, “Well, you could go naked. That’s fine with me.” “You deserve this time to look for things you need. Let’s make the best of it.” “I love you just the way you are.” “Come here, (hug) everything will be okay.” “Don’t worry if you can’t find a thing on this shopping trip, it’s just fine. I’m just having the time of my life spending time with you.”
7.) Pay attention to what she says she likes. You will get to know her better and have an easier time when it comes to getting her a present in the future.
I hope that this is a help to some of you guys.
WEEK 5 JANUARY: Animation Date
This is a fun date for parents and their children. It might be a bit unusual, so break out that creative side!
While the kids are asleep you two can make something magical and spend some fun time together doing it.
The idea is to pick out some action figures, stuffed animals, or toys from your child’s room. Figure out what your toys will be doing? Will they be reading, cooking, taking a bath, etc.? What kind of messes will they be making? Just use your imagination. Then take pictures of the scenes that you have created. Clean up your mess, put the toys away, and then show the pictures to your kids in the morning.
“See what your toys were doing while you were sleeping!”
I can envision you two having a blast coming up with crazy activities for the toys.
WEEK 1 FEBRURARY: Boudoir Puzzle Date
Here is a unique Valentine’s Day gift for hubby, turned it into a date!! He’s going to love this one.
Note: This post has several links to other websites.
This will take a little preparation. First you will need to shop for a new lingerie piece. Our store offers fine quality lingerie. http://theheavenlysecrets.com/product-category/lingerie/
Now find a friend to take some boudoir pictures of you wearing your new lingerie. Here is a link to a post I did on (How to Look Awesome in Lingerie). http://theheavenlysecrets.com/choosing-lingerie-that-fits-you/ Pinterest also has boudoir pose ideas that could be helpful. I am not providing a link for that. Could be a little…….you know. (For this website)
Next find a company like Shutterfly to print your chosen picture onto a puzzle. Here is a link that might help you get started. http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-gifts/puzzles
Purchase or make your own paper heart box for the puzzle. Here is a link to instructions for making your own. http://www.marthastewart.com/873647/valentine-candy-boxes?czone=holiday/valentine-center/valentine-cnt-gifts¢er=276967&gallery=306835&slide=873647
Place your puzzle pieces into the heart box. Give it to him on your special night. Do not tell him what the puzzle picture is. No guessing! Inform him that he will have to put the puzzle together to find out. You will help, of course.
Have your new piece of lingerie (that you were wearing in the picture) all ready to model for that night.
Create a romantic atmosphere. A fire in the fireplace, marshmallows ready to roast, music, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.
This will be the most exiting puzzle your man has ever put together. Be sure to order a puzzle with a little challenge to it.
WEEK 2 FEBRUARY: Old Fashioned Movie Date
The big hubbub is the movie coming out on Valentine’s Day – Old Fashioned.
Note: This post has a link to another website.
Below is a link to the trailer. Check it out. Hopefully there is a theater near you that is showing this.
If you go see this, let us know what you thought of it.
Week 3 February: Car Kit Date
I’ve never been an oldies car kind of person. But I’m sure that lots of you out there are, especially your husbands.
For my eighteenth birthday my brother bought me a Ford Mustang model car kit. My roommate (best friend in college) and I had a blast putting it together.
I truly believe this would make a super fun date. The model doesn’t have to be an oldies car. It can be the latest jazzed up hot rod or some tough looking truck. Just pick something that one or both of you are interested in. You will be surprised to discover details about the vehicle that you might not otherwise have noticed. Hopefully hubby doesn’t get in over his head with a too detailed one. This date could last a year then. Encourage him to purchase a simpler kit, one that is already painted, etc. and that can be completed in a couple of hours. Good luck!
Week 4 February: Moonlight Walk Date
Guess what is special about the night of March 5th? Yes, there is a full moon.
I remember not being able to sleep one night. I felt led to go outside. I didn’t even know there was a full moon out there. (Probably why I was having trouble sleeping.) I remember thinking, “How silly this is!” But it ended up being one of the most awe inspiring times of my life. I felt God’s presence as never before. It was glorious. Such a glimpse of heaven I had never had. Everything was lit up with a soft glow. It was so quiet, so still.
I do believe that the closer we come to know God in our own lives, the brighter our lives will be with our spouses. It is in moments like these that we talk about things that are dear to our hearts. We open up and shed a little more light onto who we are, what we think.
Our date inspiration this week is a walk in the moonlight. A few things have to line up just right for this to take place in your wonderful neck of the woods.
First you need to have a clear or almost clear sky. Not filled with clouds or snow/raining.
Next, you need to wake up when the moon is high in the sky in order to get the full glow effect of the surrounding landscape. So that might involve going to bed a little earlier than usual and hoping that you hear your alarm clock.
If you live in the city, you may need to go on a little drive.
Trust me, it will be worth it!
Week 1 March: The Library Date
Who says dates have to be at night. I propose a brunch date. Unless your library stays open late at night, a brunch date is what it might need to be.
I would suggest picking a topic. Say something like Home Remodels, History , How Is Something Made , or perhaps some Romantic Poetry. Just depends on the type of folks you are.
So go out to eat for a late breakfast. Note: some of the finer restaurants are much less expensive for breakfast. Follow this peaceful meal up with some restful library time.
Some libraries are quite fancy. They have fireplaces tucked away in little corners with comfy couches and chairs to snuggle up in. Just make sure that snuggling is all you do.
You never know till you try it. It will be what you make of it. These kinds of dates encourage discussion for what each of you like or dislike, which in turn help you grow just a little bit closer together than you were before.
Week 2 March: Fitness Date,
I do believe that “strength is the new sexy” is IN. Working out is the new healthy. If you don’t work out you might not have anything in common with your friends. Everyone is doing it………well, not everyone. I’m here to tell you that I have a pretty buff husband and I have never (repeat) NEVER seen him do an exercise routine, ever!!! He was one tuff cowboy when I met him and he is still one tuff “manly man” if you know what I mean. I, on the other hand, should be much more devoted to my exercises than I am, but I am not here to talk about me. I’m actually going to talk about my sister and her husband.
Dusty gets up early every morning before her kids wake up and does her exercises. She has had three kids and is in great shape. Her husband also is unbelievable fit. They do everything you could possibly imagine in the way of exercising – routines, weights, balls, kettle bells, and good old hard work and sweat. They thought it would be a fun date idea. So here we are.
Choose what time of day you will be having this sweaty date.
Set some realistic goals.
Remember this is supposed to be fun.
Invent some kind of reward for reaching your goals – a reward that you will both enjoy.
If you are not very familiar with your Video routine, I suggest just writing out what and how many you will do. Otherwise one of you might spend the whole time worrying about keeping up or doing it right.
Because there most likely will be one of you that is not as “into” the whole exercise thing as the other one.
Don’t forget to take a shower together. Wait, did I just say that……….?!!
Week 3 March: Teach and Learn Date
Nope, this is not a movie night date. It is more like a double date, but just for the two of you. Each of you knows something that the other doesn’t. Each of you knows how to do something that the other might like to learn.
For example: Your husband loves the cinnamon rolls that you make. He learns how to make them, with you as the teacher. You’ve always wanted to know how to change the oil in your car. He teaches you while you wear your Daisy Duke shorts.
Fun, fun, fun. Customize this date to your liking. Teach each other and learn from each other. This is the ultimate date for strengthening knowledge of your spouse.
Note: Make sure that what is picked is not something that has to be done, like a “you help me, I’ll help you” plan. Keep to the idea of each of you making the decision for what you want to learn. Be genuine. Keep it simple and fun.
Week 4 March: Origami Date
Even if you are not the crafty or artistic type, this could be made into an evening of fun. You Tube is full of little clips showing how to fold paper into interesting creatures or things. Maybe you could check out a book at the library. Just be sure to buy some origami paper. It is thinner, resulting in easier folding. It can be purchased at your local Walmart. Make some shapes for Easter and hang from the ceiling like a chandelier. If you have children, they would love this.
Week 1 April: Book Date
When my husband was working as a milk man, yes I was married to the milk man, I would read books on tape; recording them for him to listen to while he drove. I probably had too much time on my hands when first married, I know. But it was a fun way to connect while he was away for so many hours. When he would come home we would talk about the book.
I am proposing something much simpler, reading together. Choose some comics or adventure, whatever your fancy. It brings you close together to talk about what you have read – spiritual books especially.
I am compiling a short book list. Some of these you will have already read, some you will gasp that I would ever suggest them, try to not judge too harshly.
– any Patrick F. McManus books (prepare to almost die of laughter)
– Raising a Riot by Alfred Toombs (true story- light and fun, parents can relate to this book)
– The Buccaneers series of three books by Linda Chaikin (lots of history in this book)
– Oak and Iron by James B. Hendryx (very old book, deep)
– Sir Gibbie the unedited version by George McDonald (deep, thought provoking)
– Rush of Heaven by Ema McKinley (modern true story)
– Light of the Western Stars by Zane Grey (my favorite book!)
– The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright (if you haven’t read this book, it’s time)
Week 2 April: Good Samaritan Date
True joy comes from serving others. I challenge you to a Good Samaritan date! This will take a little bit of motivation. You may say, “But I don’t have time.” Nobody ever has time. You’ll have to make time. So how to go about this? Just drive around your neighborhood or town and find something that needs done or someone who needs help. You may need to stop and ask someone. You may get refused. Just keep trying. An old neighborhood is sometimes helpful to visit. There may be elderly people that could use a hand with something. If you look hard enough I guarantee success. You just never know where or how the Lord will guide. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for help. He knows who is in need more than anyone.
Week 3 April: Sexy Checkers
This date night might be a little much for some of you. It is a game that you can play in the privacy of your bedroom or when NO one is at home, but the two of you. All you need is a checker board and checkers. Each of you will need to have a total of 16 items of clothing or accessories on. Yep, you guessed it! Every time you lose a checker, you have to take something off. The loser should be completely naked if you counted right. I imagine this game providing loads of fun for you brave couples. I dare you to give it a try!!
Week 4 April: A Train Affair
I have spent hours and hours searching for information about this date night. I was so disappointed. Nothing exists like I dreamed it would. So instead of whining too much about it, let’s just make the best with what we have.
The good news is there are still trains that run all over North America.
The bad news is there is not anything out there that looks like the one pictured below. Only in Europe do they exist and we are talking over $1,000 per person. There was an interesting train route up in Canada, very expensive.
But a train ride could be fun. Although I’m afraid I am not speaking from experience. For I have never ridden on an overnight train. I hear is is fun dining on them. So take a train to visit some old friends that you never see and have a short vacation.
How have your experiences been on overnight trains? Have you found anything out there that was nice?
Week 1 May: Tepee Hotel
Who wants to take a trip to Marfa, Texas? I have to admit that these tepees look pretty romantic. The idea is stunning. These are like mini hotel rooms. At 22 ft. in diameter they sport brick floors with a queen size bed, electrical lighting, and linens and towels for use at the nearby bath house. If you are the traveling type then start packing. If you are the carpentry type then start building. Even a little one in the backyard could lead to tons of fun. Here is a link to check it out. “>El Cosmic Tepees. $80 to $85 per night! Next up, Indian inspired lingerie! A must!
Week 2 May: Swimming Under the Stars
Who has seen the Esther Williams movie “Dangerous When Wet?” If you have, you will know that swimming in the dark is very romantic. Especially if you were wearing a swimming suit like that and could swim like Esther.If you have never gone swimming in the dark before, then it is high time you have tried it. Many are fortunate these days to have their own backyard hot tub. But for those of us who don’t, there is always the public pool that stays open till ten.
We are blessed to be able to live close to the Glenwood Springs, Colorado Hot Springs. It is magical when there are stars overhead, but it is even more magical when it starts to snow.
For myself, I am a private type “night swimmer.” So I would go for the hot tub. I would make homemade hot chocolate with real whipping cream. Mmmm.
But hey, maybe you are more adventurous than I am. Grab a towel and get a move on!
Week 3 May: The Lunchbox Surprise Date
Get ready for a super cute date idea. This can be used for hubby or wife. I am calling this the lunch box surprise date. The only prep needed for this date is a babysitter and a little bit of lingerie. So prepare for a babysitter, make your card, and slip some lingerie into an envelope. Then sneak it into your spouse’s lunch box. Hopefully they didn’t have any other plans for the evening, or perhaps this will sway them. There is nothing more relaxing and fun than a night at home alone. Spread clean sheets on the bed -sprinkled with your favorite sent. Prepare little delectable foods. Light the candles and have a relaxing, luxurious evening together.
Week 4 May: Haunted House Date
It may be a good idea to talk to some born and raised natives. They will know of some old abandoned houses or homesteads –although it could be hard to find some of these that are not on private land. There are public ones, but they are few. Try to find some in your area, if you are not too urbanized. This date night could be even more fun if discoveries were made at night. Just make sure it is not haunted.
Week 5 May: Personal Chef Date
Okay guys, this might be a little out of your comfort zone. First you will need to do some scouting around for a personal in-home chef. They will come to your house and cook supper. Sounds expensive, right? Well, it depends on “who” the in-home chef is. It could be someone as simple as your mother, or the dear neighbor across the street. Maybe your children would enjoy dressing up and acting as servers for the evening. Whatever you decide to do, the most important aspect is SURPRISE.
Send your lovely off to her friend’s house for the afternoon. Tell her she needs to prepare for an elegant evening. Then surprise her when she arrives with a bouquet of flowers. Be dressed in your best. She will be charmed, I’m sure of it.
Week 1 June: S’moreable Date
I’m sure others have already exhausted this date night idea. However, I hope that I can put a few quirky ideas in here for you. If you are a s’mores hater, then this date may need to turn into a “gazing at the stars by the campfire” kind of date. I do realize that having a fire is not at all practical for everyone. So I have put together a few options for fire ideas.
Of course there is just the plain and simple campfire, there is the fireplace in the house (yes even that), the chiminea on the back porch (very safe), the iron fire pit with the dome screen. They sell these indoor tabletop fireplaces (its true $30 bucks), there is this nifty gadget called the Smores Maker, they even make these wire tongs that are special for s’mores so you can grill them (Mmmm), and they also sell these mini hibachis (very cute). Wow, that was SOME ideas there. Now on to s’more ideas, yikes it is endless. Here are only a few. Just add a toasted marshmallow or two.
– honey grahams, bananas, peanut butter
*Cinnamon Toast S’mores
– cinnamon grahams, butterscotch chips, white chocolate
* Mint Chocolate Chip S’mores
– chocolate grahams, mini chocolate chips, peppermint patty
* Caramel Apple S’mores
– cinnamon grahams, apple slices, caramel dip
* Candied Bacon
– honey grahams, dark chocolate, cooked bacon
* Nutella Cookie S’mores
-chocolate chip cookies, Nutella
* Italian S’mores
– pizzelles (or thin crispy waffle), mixed berries (warmed with honey), dark chocolate
* Mexican S’mores
– honey grahams, milk chocolate, cinnamon, chili powder
*Sweet n’ Salty S’mores
– honey grahams, caramel sauce, toasted coconut, and sea salt
My mouth is watering!!! If none of the above sounds good, try baking your own graham crackers from scratch and using decadent candy bars instead. Sparklers are fun any time of year. Okay I’ll stop…..
Week 2 June: Lake Date
Break out your map and find a local lake that you have never been to. This date could be fun for the whole family or possibly a double date. It is always more fun if you have a boat. And hopefully the weather is warm so you can go swimming. That is why I suggest that you invest in a water trampoline float. They look incredibly fun. You can bounce up and into the water. Plus it floats just like a raft. The brand O=Zone Water Bouncer seemed to be pretty nice. I’m sure there are endless brands out there to try.
Week 3 June: Hot Air Balloon Date
Your breath is cloudy in the crisp morning air. The sun is just about to shoot its warm rays across the scene below. Everything is illuminated by yellow brightness. You get to witness this from on high, floating and gliding through the sky. You are in a basket, tucked in close to your loving companion. The view is magical. This is the Hot Air Balloon Date.
You may think that this could never be something that you could afford, but you never know until you try. I checked around a little and the rates are anywhere from $190 to $275 for one adult. The times range from 30 minutes to 75 minute. I am guessing that these rates are more on the expensive side. So start googling some providers in your area and give them a call. You never know, maybe they are having some special deals.
Week 4 June: Spa Date
Relaxation….This could be the date of the year! I’m in for a massage. I know that most of you wives have husbands who can give a killer massage, but let’s face it. Most of us woman cannot even put a dent in the muscle mass of our men. It could be nice for them to get a professional massage. Do it together. Later, for an added bonus, head on over to the nail place and get a manicure or pedicure, for the lady of course. Guys, be sure to give your opinion on everything. “I love that! That is okay.” I understand that not all guys are “in” for this sort of thing. So gals, if your man baulks at this, it might be best to give it up.
Week 1 July: Horseback Ride Date
Horseback rides vary greatly from business to business. I used to do this for a living, so I know a little bit about it. I can tell you that it probably will not be romantic if you go on a horseback ride without any views or where you have to wear a helmet and are head to tail in a large group. You will need to look for a business that offers individual and personal horseback rides. Ask them questions like “Is it possible to go on a ride with just the guide and yourselves? What kind of country will the ride be going through? Will you be going on back trails or a road? How advanced of a rider do you need to be?” Take a look at this website. It is a classic example of a rare company that offers horseback rides on a personal level. CUSTOM MOUNTAIN RIDES
If you search and search but still cannot find anyone like this, then I suggest contacting a local farmer or rancher. You have a good chance that they may do rides themselves, or know of someone who does.
Week 2 July: Live Show Date
I enjoy a live show. There is just something magical about it. It could be, because instead of just listening to the music you are also feeling and seeing it. If you are not a music fanatic like me, there are many other choices like a play or stand-up comedy. All in all, it is probably the little lady that enjoys this more than the guy. But hey! She will love to have you sitting by her side. Try not to act bored or fall asleep. No, very bad! Instead, engage. Ask her questions. Comment pleasantly about something you liked or enjoyed. She will think you are the greatest guy in the whole world.
Week 3 July: County Fair Date
It’s that time of year. Local county fairs are gearing up. Put on your boots and pick up your gal. You are county fair bound. The activities are endless. Take a stroll through the barns and see lots of livestock. Attend livestock shows and sales. Visit the exhibits or enter some of your own exhibits. These can range anywhere from cooking, photography, sewing, or woodworking. Head on over to the carnival and go on some rides. Get some cotton candy and funnel cake. Fun, fun, fun. If you are still aching for some adventure there are usually rodeos every night. You will have to purchase tickets for these.
Week 4 July: Breakfast in Bed Date
Charming, romantic and sweet are the three words that come to mind when I think of this date. It could be random or planned. I have made countless breakfasts that have been carried to bed for my “work in the middle or wee hours of the morning” husband. So, I have had enormous practice in this area. Prepare, prepare. Figure out what you are going to have the night before. Have the coffee maker set up so all you have to do is push the button. Even fruit can be pre-cut and stored in the frig. Bacon can be pre-cooked too and then just reheated the next morning. Think of something special that you both enjoy. Like homemade cinnamon rolls or doughnuts. These can be easily prepared in advance. Send the kids to their Grandparent’s the night before for an added bonus on this date. That way you will not be rushed or have to get up earlier to complete this date. Have fun and keep it simple.
Week 5 July: Dress Date
Every guy should do this at least once in his lifetime. ROMANTIC!!!! Yes, you will get her attention with this little surprise. Seem too simple? Well it’s the simple things in life that mean the most. So do a little prepping, make reservations if needed and don’t forget to leave the dress, jewelry and note.
Week 1 August: Mushroom Hunting Date
This date idea is obviously not for everyone. But it is unique. I know that with mushrooms it is a hate/love relationship. So if you are on the love side of the spectrum with mushrooms then this date could be a treat for you. First you will need to purchase or find a book at your local library. Try to pick one that is narrowed down to your area. Like if you live in Colorado; then pick a book for that area. It will make reading it easier. Also you could research the internet. Figure out what mushrooms are growing right now. Pick one or two kinds of mushrooms to hunt for. Keep it simple. You could either prep for dinner before-hand., picking something that would go with mushrooms. Or you could pack a refreshing picnic to eat while you are hunting. Keep in mind that it is never wise to hunt for mushrooms without knowing which ones are poisonous. Find a buddy that knows about mushrooms for a good double check.
Week 2 August: At the Park Date
Going to the park may seem like a ho-hum date, especially if you had just taken your kids there earlier in the day. But there are three things that I love about this date. First, it is cheap. Won’t cost you a dime! Second it is simple. You won’t be waisting anytime planning or preparing. Thirdly, I can imagine some fun and interesting conversations inspired during this date. Sharing childhood memories, throwing a frisby, burning some calories or just a relaxing swing ride are some of the visions that come to mind. Maybe you could take some special dessert to enjoy at the park. Be sure to bring a table cloth and some refreshing beverages.
Week 3 August: Bed and Breakfast Date
Some of you may be thinking, “Why would I stay in a bed and breakfast when I can just rent a hotel room?” Well, for those of you who have never had the opportunity to visit a bed and breakfast, let me enlighten you. It is truly a scrumptious and remarkable time. Lots of bed and breakfasts are located in some kind of historical home. They provide professional services on a personal level. I love the history. I love the food. I love the sites. Make your reservation way in advance. These places can get booked up as far as a year out. You don’t want to miss out.
Week 4 August: Sock Puppet Date
If you are parents, then this is a date for you. All you need are some old socks and a few crafts like yarn, googly eyes, and buttons. You will need to wait until the kiddos are asleep or send them to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for the night. This is supposed to be a surprise for your children, a puppet show just for them. Pick something that you would like to teach them. Maybe your children have been struggling with being bullied or being a bully. You could revolve your skit around a lesson on how to handle bullies, etc. Make sure you have all your supplies before the date night. Otherwise you might have to make a trip to the store. 1. Gather supplies. 2. Make an easy dinner with your favorite dessert for later. 3. Plan what your skit will be. 4. Practice a few times. Remember to have fun. A little humor goes a long way.
Week 1 September: Music in a Canoe Date
I am not sure that I could think of more of a romantic date than canoeing by moonlight. Growing up we watched On Moonlight Bay one thousand times. I am sure I could recite most of the movie by heart. My date night inspiration stems from the scene where Gordon MacRae is singing to Doris Day in the canoe. Alright, I understand that not all of you guys out there have voices to match his, but it is the thought that counts. Come on fellows! This could be the best memories of your entire lifetime. If you can play a guitar, even better! Remember though, canoes can tip very easily. Getting all wet could ruin the atmosphere a little bit. Take a picnic basket, sparklers, blankets, or fishing poles. Make this a night to remember.
Week 2 September: Pet Date
Here comes a pet lovers date night idea. If you have a pet or wish you had a pet, this date will be cute and cuddly. Find a local pet store or Petco. They allow you to take your dog or cat with you in the store. You never know when you may need to ask your pet what kind of treat they would prefer. Pet stores are mesmerizing places that you could spend hours in. I love exploring all of the exotic animals. So make a date of it, just you two and your pets. Here are a few ideas. If you do not have a pet and would like to check them out, then visiting a shelter would be a great start. If you already have a pet, then plan your date around your pet. If you both have dogs then visit Petco, pick up some fast food and explore the nearest woods or dog park. You could also go on a hike or run together.
Week 3 September: Night Gazing Date
The night sky is ever changing. Comets, eclipses, shooting stars all take our breath away and remind us of the Great God our Creator. What an amazing universe He has made. Do some studying and pick a night with a meteor shower or an eclipse. Investing in a telescope will open up a whole new perspective that you have never seen before! Pack some s’mores supplies, blankets, or hot cocoa. If it is possible, build a fire. Check out some books from the library about stars and planets and take them with you. Don’t forget your head lamps.
Week 4 September: Golf Date
Fall is such a spectacular time of year. Date ideas for outside are a must! I thought golf would be nice. It is a relaxing sport that allows the two of you to talk. If you are a novice, there is always putt putt golf. This is fun too, but can get a little crowded. Make reservations for a nice lunch or dinner afterward. Try to find a golf course with colorful trees and landscape.
Week 1 October: Movie Date
We enjoyed this movie so much that we are recommending it for a date night inspiration. It is packed with action, adventure and romance. The Burns Family is made up of two home-schooled families that produced this film. They started out with Pendragon. It has been amazing what they have been able to do with such a limited budget. Lots of hard work. You can purchase it at Walmart. Their story is set in the historical time period of 1776. The truths that can be learned from this movie are deep. It is rated PG. Start making some popcorn, Baby! Beyond the Mask Movie Trailer
Week 2 October: Dance Date
Music, tons of fun, and even aerobics are all a part of this date. The possibilities are endless. But one thing you will need for this date to work is two willing partners. If you don’t know how to dance then take some dance classes. If you are shy, then check out YouTube. They have lots of helpful lessons you can learn and practice in the privacy of your own home. From Square Dance to Swing Dance; Salsa to Polka, they are all different and unique in their own way. So figure out what type of dancing you would both enjoy learning and get to dancing! Eventually you could branch out to a public dance for a date night. You might just find that you had the time of your life.
Week 3 October: Corn Maze Date
We just went to an amazing pumpkin patch and corn maze. Everywhere you turned, there were more surprising adventures. Toward the evening I started noticing couples. The girls were adorable in their bright colored scarves and knee high boots. They would smile knowingly at each other over this and that and hold hands as they strolled along in and out of the pumpkins. It was charmingly beautiful. So grab your date and see if you can get yourselves lost in a corn maze. You could take some blankets and hot cocoa for a snack. And don’t forget to pick a few pumpkins for carving later.
Week 4 October: Breakfast for Supper Date
The other day we prepared breakfast for supper and it was the best meal I have ever eaten. Since we soak everything, we had to plan for this in the morning at the very latest. We made sourdough pancakes with heavenly syrup, bacon, hash browns, and scrambled eggs. Mmmmm! It was delicious. For this date I propose that you plan ahead. Get a babysitter for the kids. Have all the food prepared, because it is last minute cooking. Start with the hash browns. Melt butter in skillet, peel potatoes, shred, toss with salt and a little garlic powder, and add to skillet. Turn on low heat and cover. Next turn oven on to 350 F. Layer a cookie sheet with non-stick tinfoil and place bacon on sheet. Cook in oven for around 30 minutes. Next get your pancake batter mixed up. Here is the recipe I use.
1 ½ cups fresh ground kamut flour
1 cup of milk
Mix in a glass bowl, cover with plate, and let these ingredients sit for 8 to 12 hours in a warm place in your kitchen.
Add 1/3 cup olive oil – ½ Tablespoon honey – 1 egg (beat the egg white and fold in at the end) – ½ teaspoon baking soda – ½ teaspoon sea salt – 1 Tablespoon vanilla – and a pinch of cinnamon
Do not mix too much. If the consistency is too thick for your liking then add a little water.
Here is a link to our Heavenly Syrup recipe, or you can just use butter and maple syrup.
Fry your eggs in some bacon grease, Baby!
Set the table very fancy and let your husband know that this is a neck tie affair. Be sure to let him know that he is only to wear the neck tie. You will be wearing an apron. Remember, just an apron. This will be sure to be a special surprise for your honey.
Week 5 October: Family History Date
Some of us are fascinated with history. Others…..not so much. But regardless, it is always fun to reminisce about your family trees and memories. How deep you go depends on what you have available. Do a little digging in the shed or ask Grandma for some old pictures. With some preparation beforehand I think this could turn into a warm and memorable date. Things you will need……… 1) Note book and pencils 2) Old photographs, slides, or home videos 3) Scanner and computer 4) Microsoft Word, Paint, Windows Live Movie Maker, and Windows DVD Maker software installed on your computer (most of these will already be installed) 5) Blank DVDs for burning. So first you will just sit down in your living room and write out your family tree. Then you can start sharing little stories from your families. Write these in your notebook. Then start digging and sorting through your pictures. Find the oldest pictures and start scanning. Scan your pictures onto your computer. Brighten and sharpen them in Microsoft Word. Crop them in Paint. Now you are ready to start adding all your pictures and stories to Widows Live Movie Maker. After all your pictures and stories are in then you can add some music to your DVD. Save to your computer. Lastly you will open Windows DVD Maker and burn your DVD. Turn on the TV and enjoy for years to come. It is a lot of hard work, but it is worth it.
Week 1 November: Road Trip Date
Grab a map and get ready for some fun. How many local roads are just waiting to be discovered? My parents went on a road trip for their anniversary. They took off on some no name road having the time of their lives. Needless to say, they were not driving a jeep. No one knew where they were. If they had gotten stuck or broke down it could have been serious. But they didn’t. Just fun and adventure came their way. So be sure to let someone know where you are going. It doesn’t need to be a marathon. Try out a local eatery. Bring along some binoculars, field guides and your camera.
Week 2 November: Off To Town Date
Country folk sometimes get entertainment out of going to town. It is definitely a change of scenery. I am ready to give you some suggestions for places to visit. If you enjoy history then visit the museum. If you enjoy music then visit a music store. If you enjoy décor or antiques then visit the antique store. This date is what you make it. Discuss what you both enjoy and pick one of each for both your enjoyments.
Week 3 November: Video Game Date
I don’t know anything about video games. I know a lot of people get hours of enjoyment from them, especially guys. This could be a fun date night if you already have the equipment or can borrow a friend’s. There are a few games that work good for couples. I am going to name a few. Mario Kart: Double Dash, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero World Tour, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, and Animal Crossing are just a few. It may be good to ask someone who knows more about this if they have any ideas. Feel free to comment below if any of you have better suggestions.
Week 4 November: Thankful Hearts Date
Thankfulness is the birth of all happiness. Dig deep and think about all the reasons that you are thankful for your spouse. “I am thankful for my spouse because………..” Write each reason on a heart and hang all the hearts in a special place. It could be a surprise as soon as they get home, the hearts could be spread over the bedcovers, or put in a card; whatever you decide to do it will be memorable and special. Serve your spouse’s favorite dinner or take a romantic bath; be creative and go with the flow.
Week 1 December: Sexy Stockings Date
If you don’t have sexy stockings, it is time to give them a try this Christmas. Find two stockings and write your pet names on them. Hang them in your bedroom. Pick a night to give them to each other. I would suggest a night that is NOT too close to Christmas, but try to do it before Christmas. Make this a special evening for just the two of you. Make sure you are not too tired. I am giving a list of ideas for her and him.
What to give her:
1. Massage candles
They have some super fun holiday scents. “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” “Jingle My Bells” *These candles melt your massage oil just enough to make it nice and warm for your massage.
2. Elegant Lingerie Piece
3. Sleeping Mask
4. A coupon for breakfast in bead
5. A gift certificate for a manicure, pedicure, or haircut.
6. Matching bra and panty set
What to give him:
1. Fun and spicy boxer shorts
2. A can of whipping cream.
3. Boudoir puzzle (you can find out how to do this in our Week 1 February Date Ideas)
4. Book (Sock Monkey Kama Sutra: Tantric Sex Positions for Your Naughty Little Monkey)
Such a hilarious book. All illustrated with sock monkeys.
5. Edible Panties (I could not find any links I would recommend.)
6. Candles or a string of Christmas lights (to cast a fun glow on all your fun)
Week 2 December: Let’s Skate Date
Two lovers dancing in perfect unison, to romantic music, under a star studded sky…….okay so this may not be a reality for most of us. There will most likely be one of you who is a “Never Ever.” Don’t sweat it. Swallow some pride. Learn something new. Reality is never quite like what you would expect, so don’t expect anything. Just take what comes and make the best of it.
Dig deep and you might find a little gem somewhere. What I mean is – there are lots of little hidden ice rinks in or around your town. You just have to search for them in a town square, at the park, or even just a plain old ice rink. If you can’t find a place that will rent ice skates, then try the used stores. They usually have tons of them. If it is not too cold, I would suggest doing this after dark or just at dark. It is more romantic. Plan some dinner afterwards at home or out. Or you could take some hot chocolate and some dessert. Just be sensitive to look for the signs that your date has had enough and would like to be done. This is especially true if it is their first time. Let the laughter begin!