Tag Archives: Dating

Restaurant Idea Book

29 Mar

My boyfriend and I love to go out to eat, and we treat ourselves pretty regularly. The problem comes when we need to decide on where to go. Since I’m a vegetarian, and a fairly picky eater, it’s not always easy for me to try a new place without a little research. George, on the other hand, likes to try new things, and never has a problem with any menu. Tired of scanning through restaurant options on date night, I went ahead and created a Restaurant Ideas Book.

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I did a little digging on Trip Advisor and Yelp to find restaurants we haven’t tried within a reasonable radius. I only included places with average or better reviews, and looked at the menus to make sure there were a couple options I was okay with.

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I wanted to make a little book, so I planned out mock pages on plain paper. This allowed me to see how I wanted the book to flow.

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After printing out my pages, I made an orange cover. To bind the book, I just stapled the middle. In order to make the cover a little fancier, I used matching origami paper around the “spine.” I would have used rubber cement as an adhesive for the origami paper, but I couldn’t find it and used spray mount instead.

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For my creation, I divided up some of the suggestions into Date Night, Weekend Breakfast/Lunch, regular suggestions, and a special Bonus for an ice cream place. I did my page layout in Photoshop since I don’t have InDesign at home.

The biggest part of this project was researching which eateries to include! The book itself was very simple and printed on a home inkjet printer.

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I already presented this craft to George and he was appreciative. I told him we have a year to try the 13 places listed. It should be fun!

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Boyfriend Easter Basket Alternative

22 Mar

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I remember the joy that I had every Easter morning when there was an overflowing basket of candy and toys waiting for me. Because of this, I always want to pass on special treats and candies for Easter. Instead of spending lots on candy to fill an Easter basket for my boyfriend, I decided to make a more meaningful gift. For George’s Easter present, I created  the perfect mix of candy and love notes.

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I purchased Easter colored mini Reese’s Cups and small circular labels.

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On each candy, I put on a sticker with a thing I love about my boyfriend, George. They ranged from his sense of humor to his love for his family. These labels fit perfectly on the bottom of each candy.

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I used a Ball Jar to hold all the candies. Before I started writing out my notes, I dropped candies in to see how many would fit. For my jar, I could get about 25.

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After each candy was labeled with a thing I love, I put them all back in the jar. I cut out a circle of paper to display through the top of the jar, and made a cute little label to go along with it. Tied with a ribbon, my Easter gift is all ready to go!

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This “25 Things I Love About You” jar is the perfect present for a husband or boyfriend on Easter or any other occasion. It’s especially nice for guys with a sweet tooth, like George!

Clothespin “Mail”

20 Mar

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Today’s quick craft creates a hiding spot for a short message on a clothespin. It’s a perfect way to send some love to your friends or hunny.

For materials, you’ll need a clothespin with a spring mechanism that opens and closes, as well as some paper, glue, and a fine-pointed pen.

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I measured out the front “pincher” part of my clothespin. That’s where your miniature envelope will be. For me, I needed to cut pieces of paper that were .5 inches tall by .75 inches long. On the front piece I drew the mock-up of a letter addressed to my boyfriend George. On the other piece, which became the back of the envelope, I drew fake fold marks.

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The idea is that when you open the clothespin, you’ll reveal the hidden note. Therefore, you need to cut the front piece in half. You will glue the pieces to the top and the bottom of the “pincher” part of the clothespin. On the other piece of your envelope, which looks like the back, you’ll flip it over and write your hidden message there. Since I wanted to glue my back to the bottom “pincher” part of the clothespin, I wrote my message on the top of the piece of paper.

I used simple Elmer’s glue to attach the envelope cutouts to the clothespin.

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It’s just that easy! I’m going to mail my clothespin letter to George. I know it’s going to make him smile.

Creative Way to Gift Your Keys

13 Feb

A couple weeks ago I was looking for a creative way to give my boyfriend a set of keys to my apartment. I searched online for ideas, but didn’t really find anything I liked. Some people suggested hiding the key in food, and one of my coworkers had the great idea of hiding the key in a piñata. I ultimately decided to go with nesting presents.

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I started out with a small jewelry box and glued on what I thought was the perfect quote for the occasion: “Come live in my heart, and pay no rent,” by Samuel Lover. My printer decided it just couldn’t print anything because it was out of cyan ink, so I hand-wrote the quote.

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Next I wrapped that box in a slightly larger one, and that box in a slightly larger one, and so on and so forth. I think I ended up with 4 nesting boxes.

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I’m not sure George knew what to expect when I presented him with a large box on a random day. He dutifully unwrapped each layer, laughing incredulously as each box revealed only more boxes. He obviously eventually got to the keys!

I’m glad I thought of a fun and thoughtful way to gift my apartment keys to my boyfriend. Do you have any other creative ways to give someone a spare key?

A Week of Love Notes

11 Jan

For Christmas in 2012, George and I spent the holiday apart. We normally spend a lot of time together, so I knew I would miss seeing him on Christmas. I decided to make a special gift for him- a pill organizer filled with love notes.

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This project is so simple, yet is perfect for long distance relationships or those times when you’ll be apart from your honey. I purchased a weeklong pill container from CVS. Inside each day’s container, I put a special note or quote.

I also stepped it up a notch for Christmas. I enclosed a small flash drive that had a video message from me. It was a simple movie I recorded on my computer, but it was a special and goofy message. For the following day, I enclosed an SD card filled with music for George’s car so he could listen as he drove to come meet my family (!).

I also put in some small treats, although it was a bit difficult to find candies that fit in the small space. I used M&M’s, jellybeans, a mint, and an Andes chocolate mint.

Try it out! Your loved ones will love to have special little notes from you every day.

Winter date ideas | Outside of the House

9 Jan

This is the time of year where I get completely antsy. I enjoy having all four seasons, but summer is definitely my favorite time of year. In cold winter, I have to rack my brain to keep busy and avoid cabin fever. Here are some relatively cheap ideas for winter dates, or just hanging out with friends.

Winter date ideas Hudson River

Grab a book and head to the coffee shop
Sometimes all we need is a change of scenery. Head to your local library to pick up a book, and then enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea, relaxing on cozy couches. The bonus is that coffee shops have prime people-watching opportunity.

Volunteer
For the past year, I have been volunteering at my local food bank roughly once a month. It can pull me out of any bad mood, because I am so focused on the task at hand and how lucky I am. This Sunday George is going to accompany me. Check with your neighborhood organizations, like senior centers, animal shelters, libraries or soup kitchens, to see if you can help.

Cheap night out
If you do decide to go out, make it inexpensive. Head to your local college bar for happy hour and play darts or pool. Check specials online and eat out when there’s a deal for a large percentage off meals or drinks. Often places that are busy during the warmer months will run specials in the winter to draw you in.

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Local arts events and free activities
In my town I am clued into the arts scene, since I work in it. You would be surprised how many free activities there are every single week. You can often hear live music, or go to galleries for completely free. Local colleges may have inexpensive performances. Make sure you check the local paper or find a local entertainment blog to discover all of the free events out there.

Snowy day
If you can’t avoid the snow, you might as well embrace it. There are a lot of things that can only be done with it’s cold. Turn into a kid and go sledding, build a snowman, and have a snowball fight. Try ice-skating or snowshoeing.

Whatever you end up doing, don’t forget to enjoy the winter and the people you’re with!

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