Not Your Typical Dream Date

Do you have a routine date night? Your favorite restaurant and a movie or picnic under the stars? Well, the hubby and I are simple – dinner (nothing fancy and no dressing up) and a movie if we aren’t too sleepy. We try for once a month and it is a hit or miss. Babysitter backs out, someone is sick . . . There are a lot of things that can interfere with date night and we have learned to be flexible. A take what you can get approach is usually the most successful for us.

The original plans were for dinner and a movie. Back-up plans were dinner.  What we got . . . a trip to Costco! Here’s the deal, I love this man and when we find time for just the two of us it is priceless. Did we make the most of our trip to Costco, of course!

Based on the expressions from others, not many folks take selfies in front of their neighborhood Costco.

If you must know, we bought an industrial strength shelf for the storage room, some granola bars, and some baby wipes. We joked about being crazy teenagers riding in the carts, however, buying baby wipes takes the fun right out of cart rides. Most importantly, we laughed, shared a quick bite to eat and a coffee, we held hands, and snuck in a few kisses.

Next month, if we are lucky, we can check out Bed Bath and Beyond, or Home Depot to really turn up the heat. (Just Kidding!) In all seriousness, our biggest obstacle is being indecisive. The pressure to make a once a month outing special is too much for us. So, like I solve many of my challenges . . . I turned to Pinterest!

I decided to make a date night jar. For this project you will need one mason jar, scrapbook paper, colored wooden craft sticks, decorative twine, a black, fine tipped marker, and a hot glue gun.

I used colored craft sticks (you will need at least two colors), but you could paint them to match your theme.

Begin by writing your desired date night ideas on popsicle sticks with the black marker. I used two colors. Red for dates outside the home that require a bit of planning and yellow for home bound dates. I took some inspiration from Jayme Lynn Pierce at Is Daddy Home Yet? She also shows you step-by-step directions on how to make one here.

The possibilities are endless and you can always add new ones.

Next, using your hot glue gun, glue the scrapbook paper around the center of the mason jar.  Wrap the twine around multiple times and tie in a knot. I also glued a little piece of paper to the lid.

Super easy – 15 minutes from start to finish.

I can’t wait to try it. It adds a little excitement to our once a month adventure.

There are other interesting ideas on Pinterest that I would like to try. Tell me what you have done or what is on your to-do list and how you schedule time with your significant other. If all else fails, Costco can be a lot of fun – just bring a sense of humor and throw your cares to the wind!

Cheers, Kelly


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