12/18/2014

11 Creative Holiday Activities for Couples

categories: Classic Dates, Date Idea

11 creative holiday activities for couples

1. Hot chocolate experimentation

If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ve likely been unsatisfied by store-bought hot chocolate mixes. Finding them watery and lacking the deep chocolatiness that we crave, you’ve probably been guilty of mixing two or even three times the laughable suggested “serving size.” For a fun and truly indulgent date night at home, lay waste to your kitchen with pots of melting chocolate, open bottles of spirits, and obscene amounts of whipped cream. Kick the sad packets of cocoa mix to the curb and gather up your chocolates, truffles, peppermint candies, and liquor. Melt down those truffles from Trader Joe’s that everybody loves and mix it with a splash of vanilla extract and a generous pour of Bailey’s. Stir up a pot of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, some outrageously large scoops of Nutella, and some squares of Ghirardelli dark chocolate. There’s no bonding like the kind of bonding that comes with a night of asking for diabetes and death by chocolate.

2. Super snow fortress fight

That’s right. If you’re lucky enough to be in area that has flakes of crystalline ice coming down from the sky, it’s time to have yourself a good old-fashioned snowball fight. I’m not talking about the light-hearted, frou-frou handfuls of powder that lovers jokingly toss on each other’s peacoats during a romantic stroll outside. We’re talking about the snowball fights of yore that meant serious business, like determining who would get the last sugar cookie back at home. Construct proper fortresses as part of your snow warfare. See who can destroy the other person’s wall of defense first. Upgrade your game by borrowing the kids’ NERF guns and shooting each other through cracks in your snow walls. Get pumped and play hard. Return home with rosy cheeks and feel good about burning some of those holiday calories.
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12/16/2014

A 10-Second Starbucks Trick Guaranteed To Make Your Date Blush.

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Is there a Starbucks in your neighborhood?  I’m guess the answer is YES.   So you have no excuse not to do this 10 second trick that Olga brilliantly showcases in the video above.  Here’s the deal: Starbucks’ cups for hot drinks all have the following warning message: “Careful, the beverage you’re about to enjoy is extremely hot.” All you need to do is either bring a Sharpie with you to Starbucks or borrow one from the barista, and when your date steps away for a moment, take the Sharpie and cross out some of the language so that the warning simply reads: “Be careful. You’re extremely hot.” Then show your date the new and improved warning and enjoy the huge smile that follows (watch the video above to see how Olga pulls it off!).

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As you can see, this literally took seconds for Olga to do, but had me beaming for the rest of the day (and had me bragging to all my friends about Olga’s simple, yet thoughtful gesture). Next time you go to Starbucks, give this a try and let us know what you think in the comment section below.  For other fun tips and trick  like this, sign up for our free video series at the bottom of this post!

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12/02/2014

How To Turn Your Home Into A Five-Star Spa (The Warm Towel Trick Is Genius!)

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Olga turned our house into a Five-Star spa the other day.  It was awesome.  You have to watch the video above to see the creativity and love she put into this idea.   This is yet another example of something that does not take an incredible amount of set-up time but will leave a lasting impression on your partner.  As you’ll see in the video, there are 3 main components:

  • The Waiting Room — Turn your living room into a five-star spa waiting room.  Olga had everything that you would expect to see in a five-star spa and more!   Newspapers, magazines, fresh fruit, nuts, a pitcher of water with lemon.  I already had a huge smile on my face before I even got to the massage room.
  • The Massage Room – Your bedroom becomes the massage room.  Again, Olga replicated the five-star spa experience to a tee with soft music playing, and candles set up around the room.  She even offered me two massage oil options, and during the massage, checked to see if the pressure was too hard or too soft.  I love my life. [Supplies Note – Olga picked up the tea-lights and massage oils (Lavender Vanilla and Eucalyptus Spearmint) from Bath and Body Works.   I couldn’t recommend the massage oils more highly, especially the Lavender Vanilla.]
  • Post-Massage Experience – After the massage was over,  Olga left the room for a few minutes and came back with the warm damp towels just like the masseuses use at the end of a massage.   It’s not like we have a commercial towel warmer at our home so I was very impressed.  It turns out that this is incredibly easy to do, as Olga shows in the video above.  To cap off the experience, Olga gave me a cup of my favorite tea.
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I hope you can see just how doable it is to do the same thing for your special someone.  If you are interested in getting step-by-step guides to an additional eight romantic gestures just like this one, be sure to sign up for our FREE video series at the bottom of this post.
And you can get your sweetie excited about his/her massage today by including a 5-star spa love coupon in a Datevitation custom love coupon book.  You can start making your book here and use code 5STARSPA for 35% off your order.
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11/25/2014

3 Ways to Make Your Relationship Fun Again

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three ways to make your relationship fun again

Have mornings that were once kiss-filled and animated become exchanges of grunts and silent gulps of coffee? Complacency is the enemy of relationships (and life in general). Don’t let yourself settle for dull routine and lazy tedium. Put in the effort to make your relationship lively; it really doesn’t take much to put in little investments that have happy, constant returns.
 

1. Hide love notes for each other

Writing and slipping love notes to each other is a wonderful game that can easily become a romantic part of your lifestyle. Longer, full letters to each other are also lovely, but just a quick few sentences every so often is the base that you want. It only takes a minute to jot down a brief statement of your affection, but it will give your partner a moment of joy and a feeling of being loved that will stay with them for the rest of their day.

When he’s sick, slip a small note of love inside his pill bottle. When she has an important presentation that morning, leave a sticky note on her laptop screen to give her a boost of confidence when she opens it up. Hiding them around the house can become a competitive game where the goal is to surprise each other – go for coat pockets, cereal jars, books, under the toilet seat, and more. A bonus is that you’ll amass a collection of love notes that you can read and smile at anytime.

 
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11/24/2014

How To Say “Thank You” To Someone You Love With A Facebook “Say Thanks” Video

categories: Date Idea

At Datevitation, we are a huge proponent of the “Little Things” — an action that may take only a moment of your time but can make a lasting impact on your relationship. To make your life easy, we’ve provided a number of “How To” video guides to little things on this blog, including to surprise your special someone with a custom fortune cookie or greet them in the morning with a love note in the shower.

This week, we are highlighting Facebook’s “Say Thanks” videos – which you may have noticed popping up in your News Feed in recent days. Essentially, Facebook has handed you the opportunity to do a “Little Thing” on a golden platter. It only takes a minute to create a “Say Thanks” video but the end result is a touching tribute to your relationship that is guaranteed to make your partner smile. Please watch the video above for a full demo on how to create your own Say Thanks video.   You can get started on the Web here or if you prefer the mobile experience then just search for “Say Thanks” in the search bar.

Give it a try and let us know how your Significant Other enjoyed the video in the comments below!

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