10/23/2013

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

Plug-and-Socket-Halloween-Costume

13. Peas & Carrots
peas-and-carrots-couples-costume

14. October Fest
october fest couples costume

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

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7/03/2013

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

categories: Date Idea, Giveaways


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!

Whispering Sweet Nothings     |      Blonde Undercover Blonde      |      Roots and Feathers     |     Kieran Honeybee      |     Mommy’s Memorandum      |     Love, Fun and Football     |     Helene, In Between     |     A Mom With a Lesson Plan     |     Krystal’s Kitsch     |     Jessica… Who?     |     A Wild Tonic     |     New Momma Beckers     |     Effortless Mom     |    The sTORI Book     |     Brunch With Amber     |     Baxtron Life     |     Henning Love     |     Here and Now     |     Classy & Fabulous     |     A Writer In Love     |     Crystal Faye Blog     |     The Ashcraft Bunch     |     Saol Sona     |     Girlfriend Jill     |     Tutus & Tea Parties     |     Not Done Growing    |     The Dime Diary     |     Violet Imperfection     |     What Makes Savannah Smile     |     These Are The Days Never To Be Forgotten

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 –  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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6/03/2013

$200 Cash Giveaway – Enter Below!

categories: Date Idea, Giveaways

$200 Giveaway – Enter With The Rafflecopter Widget Below – This month we are excited to host our first ever giveaway on the Datevitation Blog.  We are giving away $200 via Paypal or Amazon (winner’s choice!).  Simply enter using the nifty Rafflecopter widget below.  You can get entries for following our various social media accounts, plus we’ve partnered with the following awesome blogs who we have sponsored in the past.  You can also gain entries for following these great blogs as well, which we highly encourage you to do!

The Dating Divas  |  Tiny Heart | Stories of Kel | Why Girls Are Weird | Postcards from Rachel | Thriftary | Baypark Dream | I Love You More Than Carrots | Freckled Italian | Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles | The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart | Kaelah Bee | Pillow Thought | Truly Lovely | My So Called Chaos | Nanny to Mommy | A Night Owl | Hubby Made Me | Chestnut Mocha | Life Oceanside | For Lauren and Lauren | The DayLee Journal | Bella the Blog | Just the Two of Us | Wifessionals

$10 Discount with JUNEGIVEAWAY promo code – In addition to the one lucky winner of $200, we’re offering a $10 discount towards a Datevitation gift book (books typically start at $20).  Just enter the code JUNEGIVEAWAY at checkout for the $10 discount.  It’s still not too late to get a book for Dad (or the father of your children) for this Father’s Day.  Our order cut-off date is June 6 with general shipping or June 11 with Priority shipping.  You can get started making your book here.

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4/23/2013

The Best Way To Start Your Sweetie’s Day

categories: Date Idea, How To:, Romantic Ideas

Most of us get out of bed half-asleep and head straight to the bathroom for a shower to wake-up and start our day.  Now imagine you step into the shower, open your eyes, and the first thing you see is a sweet love note from your love on the shower tile.  Wouldn’t that be a great way to start your day?  The inspiration for this great idea is our now 3-year old daughter Eva who makes a guest appearance in the video above.  You see, Eva is not a huge fan of taking baths, so Olga and I were looking for ways to keep her entertained.  We discovered these Bathtub Crayons from Crayola, and now, Eva loves taking baths because she can sit and draw to her heart’s content.

The other week, Olga had a brilliant idea.  Why not use the Crayola Bathtub Crayons to write a love note for me?  So she enlisted Eva’s help, and the result is what you see in the video above.  This is such a fun, cute idea and it really did make my morning.  It can be a great joint effort with your kids if you have children, and even if not, you can still pick up some Bathtub Crayons and surprise your sweetie with a sweet love note to get his or her day started with a smile.

If you liked this idea and video, you’ll love our free video series full of practical step-by-step video guides to romantic gestures that will help bring happiness to your relationship.  Indeed, this is just 1 of 9 ideas we highlight in the free series.  You can sign up for the free video series right at the bottom of this post!

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4/03/2013

7 Habits of Highly Happy Couples

categories: How To:, Relationship Experts

photo of happy couple
We thought it would be fun to do a Datevitation spin on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, which we’re calling the 7 Habits of Highly Happy Couples.
  1. Block “Just Us” Time – We are all so busy these days. Work. Family. Friends. TV. The Internet. With so many things competing for attention and so few hours in the day, it is easy for weeks or even months to fly by without spending any quality time with your partner. That’s why Olga and I have a new tradition. The first Sunday night of every month is blocked off in our calendar for an evening with just the two of us. We discuss what happened last month and talk about the month ahead. This has worked wonders for our relationship, and I’m sure it would do the same for yours!  Thanks Brad Feld for the great idea!
  2. Know The Words “I’m Sorry” – You’re not perfect. Nobody is. And occasionally you are going to screw up. When you do, say “I’m sorry.” But what is really difficult is learning to say “I’m sorry” when the situation is not so black & white, and perhaps you are both at fault. It may feel good in the moment to have the scathing last word in an argument, but you can find even greater satisfaction in taking the high road by being the first to say “I’m Sorry.” By taking this approach, you’ll find you can often quell an argument that would otherwise escalate into a full-blown fight.
  3. Say Goodbye With A Kiss – Before you leave the house, give your partner a kiss goodbye. Everytime. It’s a sweet little gesture that only takes a second, and will leave you both with a good feeling as you embark on your day. This one is super simple so there is no excuse to not implement this habit immediately!
  4. Make Love Often – Intimacy is vital to any healthy relationship. Indeed, one of the best parts of being in a relationship should be the regularity with which you can get it on :) Yet, so many couples let days, weeks, and sometimes even months go by without making love. So here’s an idea: Decide that making love will be a habit in your relationship. You can even block time for intimacy and put it in the calendar if necessary.
  5. Try New Things Together – Don’t be that couple that always goes to the same restaurant and makes “date night” seeing a movie once a month. You are unhappy because you are bored! Happy couples try new things, challenge each other, and like to get out of their comfort zone. As an example, Olga challenged me to face my fear of heights and we recently went paragliding together. She also bought us a flight lesson for my birthday. Conquering a fear with the help of your partner will undoubtedly bring you closer together.
  6. Be Each Other’s #1 – We have a lot of people we care for deeply in our lives. Our family. Our friends. Our community. But at the end of the day, there should be no doubt that you are each other’s top priority. Olga knows that she is the most important person in my life and that I have her back. I know she feels the same about me. Make it a habit, through words and action, to be each other’s #1.
  7. Do The Little Things – We always hear the importance of doing the “little things” — those actions that can take just minutes but will leave your sweetie smiling for hours. But happy couples actually do the “little things” and do them regularly. If you need ideas in this department, you’ll find a lot of step-by-step video guides to little things you can do today on our blog, including my personal favorites: how to put your own custom fortune in a fortune cookie (without cracking the shell) and how to surprise your special someone with a custom postcard (using your smartphone). Both of these examples take just minutes to do, and you’ll be amazed at how much happiness they can bring to your partner, and therefore, to your relationship.

What do you think about this list?   Can you identify any habits in your relationship that you think should be on this list?  Please let us know in the comments below!

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