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

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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!

10/15/2014

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 >

6/07/2014

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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1/25/2014

$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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