3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

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3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

  1. Cook together

It’s easy to slip into mutually assured inflation when you get into the habit of regularly ordering in or eating out. After a long day at work, why wouldn’t you two want to kick back, have some Chinese or pizza delivered, and call it a night? Unfortunately, the easy way of handling dinnertime can settle you into an unhealthy lifestyle. Too many carbs, too much fat, and too many processed ingredients will leave you both with padded waistlines, slimmer wallets, and not-quite-optimal health.

Luckily, cooking together is an activity and lifestyle habit that has a multitude of benefits. It’s easy to prepare and enjoy healthy meals when you’ve both put in a joint effort into creating them. Choose the meals you like and experiment with favorite recipes. It’s hard to overdose on fat, sugar, and salt when it’s your hands that are controlling what goes into your food. You probably won’t be stirring in high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or aluminum phosphate into meals you make with your own hands, either.

Not only will you save money and improve your nutrition by not shelling out for takeout or delivery, but you will also grow closer as a couple. Cooking is an hour or two of quality time together that can be fun, quiet, loud, and intimate. Turn on some Sinatra as you have an impromptu twirl about the kitchen island. Shake those salad greens dry while having a silly sing-a-long to “Shake It Off.” Continue reading >


7 Touching Father’s Day Gifts That Will Leave Dad Speechless… #2 is Genius!

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“Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad.”

If your dad is your hero, don’t you think he deserves a hero’s gift this Father’s Day? Here are 7 unique ways to show your love for Dad this Father’s Day.   And the best part is that you can pull off most of these ideas for $10 or less.   Remember, it’s not the price-tag but the thoughtfulness behind the gift that matters most!

  1. Do A Chore That Dad Usually Does – I’m guessing that there is some errand or chore around the house that is typically done by Dad.  Perhaps Dad is the one who fills the tank up with gas or washes the car.  A wonderful surprise would be to get up before Dad on Father’s Day and stealthily take care of that errand.   Then sit back and enjoy Dad’s priceless reaction when he notices that you took care of it on Father’s Day!
  2. Surprise Shower Love Note -  This is the perfect way to start the day off with a huge smile on Dad’s face.  Crayola makes these nifty washable bathtub crayons (available on Amazon here).   While Dad is still sleeping, sneak into the bathroom and leave him a special note of appreciation on the bathroom mirror and/or shower.   When Dad wakes up and heads to the bathroom to wash his face or take a shower, the first thing he’ll see is your lovely message.  My wife Olga and daughter Eva did this for me once, and filmed it!  You can watch the home video below.  As you can see, I loved this sweet surprise!  
  3. A Donation In Dad’s Honor - Making a donation in your Dad’s honor to a charity that he is passionate about is an incredibly moving and memorable gift.  If  your Dad’s father is no longer with the family, then you may even consider making a donation in memory of Dad’s dad.  It doesn’t get any more thoughtful than that on Father’s Day!
  4. A 5-Star Spa Experience At Home - If you have kids and want to say thank you in a very romantic way to the father of your children, then consider giving him a 5-star spa experience at home.   Olga has been kind enough to transform our home into a 5-star spa on occasion, and it is such a wonderful treat.  We put together a step-by-step video guide to show you exactly how to pull this off with some awesome tricks, including how you can easily warm up towels to wipe off the massage oils just like they do at the 5-star spas.  It’s not like we own a commercial towel warmer, so you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy you can do this in your home. 
  5. An Actor Delivering a Personal Father’s Day Greeting for Just $5 - Have you heard of Fiverr.com?  It’s a site where people offer their services for just $5.  It’s typically used for business purposes (e.g. graphic design, translation, etc).   But there are also impersonators and singers on Fiverr that will create a personalized video for Dad for just $5.   For example, for $5 you can play Dad a customized recording from their favorite politician, whether Bill Clinton or George Bush, wishing him a Happy Father’s Day?  Or perhaps a song from Marilyn Monroe.  There are endless options for your perusal on Fiverr.com, where you are certain to find a performer that Dad will enjoy.
  6. Breakfast In Bed With A Heartfelt Twist -  Breakfast in bed is always a thoughtful way to get Father’s Day off to a great start.  But if you want to literally put your love onto the breakfast tray, consider serving a heart-shaped delicacy.  In fact, there is an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to heart-shaped foods, with over 100 pictures and recipes.  God bless the internet :)
  7. A Custom Fortune Cookie Greeting -  We love this simple 30 second trick that allows you to open a fortune cookie (without cracking it) to remove the message and replace it with your own custom greeting.  This could be a great way to surprise Dad with a message letting him know how special he is to you.  We also filmed a step-by-step guide on how to pull this off (video below and see our full blog post here). 

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$300 Cash Giveaway For Ultimate Valentine’s Day Date Night

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300 VDay Giveway

To celebrate our favorite holiday of the year, we’re giving away $300 Cash (via Paypal or Amazon, winner’s choice).  We suggest that you use the money for the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day date night, but it’s your money so you get to deicide!  You can enter in the Rafflecopter below by following our various social media accounts and helping to spread the word about the giveaway.    We have some amazing new how-to video guides with great tips on how to make your sweetie’s day, so even if you don’t end up winning the cash, your relationship will win by keeping in touch with us!  Here’s one of our favorites on how to put a custom fortune in a fortune cookie!

Enter into the giveaway below.    You can get multiple entries by following our different accounts.  We’ll announce the winner here on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014.   And of course, it’s not too late to order a Datevitation gift book for Valentine’s Day.  A love coupon book is the most romantic gift you can give your lover this Valentine’s Day because it is the gift of spending time together.   You can use the code VDAY2014 for 30% off your order (offer valid until February 14)!

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15 Insanely Clever Couples Costumes For Halloween

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Datevitation Halloween Couples Costume

It’s hard enough coming up with a creative Halloween costume for one person.  It’s even more challenging when you are looking to collaborate with your significant other.  We’re here to help!  We’ve scoured the interwebs and compiled the following list of the our favorite couple costumes.  For our crafty community, we found 10 super creative DIY costumes. These are all costumes that you can make at home and many of them can be made without much effort or expense.  In instances where there were accompanying tutorials describing exactly how to make the costume, we have included the links below. We know that DIY costumes are not for everyone, so for those of you who would prefer to purchase ready-made costumes, we also offer five fun alternative below the DIY options.

DIY Costumes


1. American Gothic Couple (see detailed blog post by SeaKettle)

American Gothic Couples Costume

2. Google Maps

2 - Google Maps

3. Mr & Mrs. Pacman (see detailed post by Julieannart.com)

Mr. & Mrs. Pacman Costume

4.Wilson and Chuck Noland From Cast Away

Castaway Wilson and chuck noland couples costume

5. Beer Pong (more info here)

5 - Beer Pong

6. Words With Friends

7 - Words with Friends

7. Soap & Lufa (detailed post here)

8 - Soap and Loofah 2.jpg

8. Wendy and Waldo

9 - Wendy and Waldo

9. Mario and Luigi (detailed post by Dana Albertson)

10 - Mario and Luigi

10. Tooth & Tooth Fairy (detailed post, again by JulieAnnArt.com)

11 - Tooth and Tooth Fairy

Paid Options


For those of you who are not quite as crafty and are just looking to purchase a costume and get it in time for Halloweeen, here are some of our favorites and you still have time to receive them by the Holiday if you order soon. We have found that HalloweenCostumes.com has the best selection with hundreds of couples costumes options at various price points. Note that we do NOT make any money if you purchase your costume through this website.

11. Adam & Eve
Adam & Eve

12. Plug & Socket


13. Peas & Carrots

14. October Fest
october fest couples costume

15. Popeye & Olive
popeye and olive couples costume.jpg



His & Her Kindles or $200 Cash… Winner’s Choice!

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Grand Prize: His and Her Kindles OR $200 Giveaway (Winner’s Choice) – Enter Below! - After the incredible success of our first giveaway in June, we decided to come back this month with a bigger and better giveaway for July.  Specifically, one lucky winner will have their choice of (1) His & Her Kindle PaperWhites (or His & His, or Her & Her…. whatever floats your boat!); OR (2) $200 via Paypal. Simply join the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below.  You can earn entries by joining our newsletter (in which case you’ll get a free video series with great romantic tips from Datevitation founders Alex and Olga Karpman) and by following our various social media accounts.   To help spread the word, we’ve also partnered with 30 awesome bloggers.  We encourage you to check out their great blogs (links below!) and follow them in the Rafflecopter as well to gain even more entries and increase your chances of winning the grand prize!

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$10 Discount with JULYGIVEAWAY promo code
 –  You are all winners in our eyes :)  So, for the month of July, we’re offering a $10 discount towards a Datevitation gift book. A big steal given how books typically start at just $20! Just make sure to enter the promo code JULYGIVEAWAY at checkout. You can get started making your book here, and the promo code expires at the end of July so get to it!

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