10 Living Room Dates: for the snow bound couples.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, some of you may be snow-bound (like us), on a budget, or want to keep things low key- yet special. J and I are always looking for new things to do for date night, that feel exciting and fresh- even when it’s too cold to explore. Here is our February list:

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  1. Learn Salsa dancing

    • J and I have not done this (yet), but it is on our bucket list for 2017! While I would definitely consider J the “romantic” in our relationship, I have always thought this would be such a romantic date (not to mention a fun skill to build upon.)
  2. Creative Night and Take out!

    • I am always looking for a night to catch up on my crafting, a DIY project, take a picture, or write a post. Since we like to do these things together, it is nice to share this on a “date night.” Here is a link to our Twice Dutch Pinterest DIY BOARD . I hope to make it through these in 2017.livingroomdatespost-32
  3. Chopped Date

    • We love anything cooking channel and Chopped is a favorite! We love the idea of using unusual ingredients and racing to figure out new recipes. (OK- I love the unusual ingredients parts, J loves the competition part, together it’s a fun date.)
    • RULES: Give each other a list of three ingredients- and the use of the kitchen for a given time limit. Fill in the rest of the recipe with anything in the kitchen, you just have to use the 3 given ingredients somewhere in the dish. So fun.
  4. Tag Team DJ

    • Share your favorite music with each other.
    • Guess who artist, title of song, genre…etc
    • Jason loves to look up the lyrics and “find the deeper meanings” (we listen to a lot of alternative music, haha.)
    • Play childhood favorites
    • Sing along with them
    • Find overlapping favorites
    • Bust a move!livingroomdatespost-28livingroomdatespost-27livingroomdatespost-26livingroomdatespost-23livingroomdatespost-22
  5. Popsicle stick/ rubberband war

    • When I was in elementary school, my brothers and I would make these popsicle stick-bomb-structures, and we would set up on different sides of the room. When ready, we were allotted a certain amount of rubber bands, and the war would commence.
    • GOAL: take down the enemy structures, the team with the most structures standing when the rubber bands run out, wins! It is a game that will fill your living room with uncontrollable laughter. link to build. 
  6. Wine and Design

    • I came home one day to a watercolor painting on the dining room table, “Did you get my picture?” Asked J, with that boyish twinkle in his eye that I love so much.
      “The watercolor of the orange circle?” I asked.
      “It’s a pumpkin! I’m still working on it…” he replied
    • I tell that story because I’m typically thought of as the “creative one” in our relationship. I’m the theatre artist, music teacher, harpist…etc. BUT J will surprise me every day! He writes, plays piano, sings, PAINTS! Sure, we could pay to paint a bridge or something while drinking wine with strangers….OR we could do it ourselves, in our living room at our own Wine and Design IN. 

  7. Yoga

    • J and I have very different “exercise routines” (i.e. he actually works out, and I think about how much I want to work out!) BUT I love doing YOGA and so does J! So this is a super fun date night. ALSO kick off your “31-day revolution” with a date- and write down some goals together, connect with each other on multiple levels. Adrienne is a *free* yoga instructor, GREAT, funny, and challenging.
  8. Good old fashioned game night

    1. We love games, but it’s hard to find fun games for 2 players! I have compiled a list of our favorites:
  9. Donuts, Coffee & Crosswords

    • Who says your date has to be at night? Saturday mornings are great for together-time. It was -30 this weekend, we bundled up, drove to the Donut Shoppe picked up some donuts, brought then back to our living room, and had a date morning. Crosswords, laughter, coffee, and sweets- you can’t beat that start to a weekend!livingroomdatespost-90
  10. Netflix Originals Marathons!

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Him and Her. Life and Narrative. Married, partnered, friends. Simple and sweet. The ups and downs together. Be kind, be caring, be loving. A theatre artist and a military officer. Living in Alaska, often long distance. We explore, we write, we share. We love to travel, eat, listen to music, try new things, be present each day, and live a minimal lifestyle.

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