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I it’s important to have a date night. Even if you’re married, especially if you’re married. Relationship status aside a girl needs to dress up and go out somewhere special, even if she has to take her self. Bonus, you have an excuse to buy some thing pretty. Something a little floaty, a little girly and a little sexy, and right now I am really digging the summer dress collection at Free People.
See? Absolutely perfect for a sultry summer date night.
All images and dresses from Free People.
With Valentine’s Day only two days away, it seems like have the inhabitants of Tallahassee are scrambling to make last minute plans. I made the mistake of going to Target after work yesterday and the whole back corner of the store was insane, people grabbing candy and themed gifts while 2 sales associates were desperately trying to restock the shelves. I don’t even want to think what things are going to be like on Wednesday and Thursday. Since I figured some of you might be experiencing some of the last minute planning anxiety, I wanted to share some non-restaurant “date” or “singles only” night options. True story: My worst hangover ever was after a “singles only” Valentine’s Day party. I still can’t look at vodka, or any chocolate laced cocktails without getting a little queasy.
Make a Fort- it might sound a little childish, but I made one with Andy a few months ago and it was awesome. We even ate dinner inside it.
Go on a picnic – pack up your favorite wine and some special treats and have a romantic dinner at your favorite park. Or in your living room, or bedroom, or in your fort.
Movie Night – Pop some popcorn or order a pizza and watch your favorite movies. And don’t just go for the romantic comedy, your significant other should be allowed to weigh in on the movie choice. If you build your fort in the living room, you can watch your movie from the fort. Or on a laptop inside of the fort.
Did I mention I liked the idea of building a Valentine’s Day fort?
But you guys get the idea. There are plenty of ways to celebrate that don’t require reservations or elbowing past the flock of mom’s buying cards for their kids to take to class or the guys desperately trying to remember their girlfriend’s/wife’s favorite kind of candy.
While I very much love being a homeowner, there are some days that make me think wistfully about the times when someone else was responsible for the all the little things that go “wrong” with a place. Andy and I received an upsetting letter from our homeowner’s insurance provider a couple of weeks ago. They informed us that they’d sent out an inspector and he had reported that we had “far to many” trees in our yard and “debris” (aka leaves) on our roof. Furthermore, we were required to hire a tree expert to evaluate our situation and remove any trees that were considered dangerous. A week later I come home to a yard full of tagged dangerous trees. We’re still waiting on the final numbers, but we’re very much between a rock and a hard place because the agreement we signed when we moved into this particular neighborhood clearly stated that we were not allowed to remove any trees more than 10ft from the house without approval from the homeowners association.
Since we will most likely be spending several thousand dollars in the near future, we’ve dramatically curbed our spending. We bring lunches from home, reduced eating out to maybe once or twice a week, and then only on weekends, and we’ve been having “date nights” at home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time, you just have to be a little creative. I am very much looking forward to having an at home movie night and trying out this kick-ass popcorn recipe, by crafting queen Martha Stewart, in the very near future.
Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag. Fold down the top of the bag, and crimp to seal. Microwave on high until popped (making about 6 cups), 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Season popcorn with 1/4 teaspoon salt; transfer to a bowl, and add toppings as suggested below.
* Or you can cheat and use the “plain” microwave packs from the store.
Add a Topping:
1. Pesto Presto
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter + 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons jarred pesto
2. Sugar and Spice
3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted with 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar (toss with popcorn) + 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows melted with 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (toss with popcorn) + 2 chopped graham crackers + 1 1/2 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
Okay, so it is supposed to be a Mother’s Day treat, but I am pretty sure Andy won’t mind me using it for date night.