Mike and I have fallen into a bit of a rut. We usually do the same thing every night which includes us making dinner and then lounging on the couch watching recorded TV until it's time to go to bed. This is fairly new since we started living together a few months ago however, as much as we have tried it is a hard routine to break. When we are trying to make plans it usually ends up like this:
Me: We should do something tonight.
Mike: Ok, what do you want to do?
Me: I don't know, what do you want to do?
Mike: I don't know.
We sound just like the vultures from the jungle book and we
always usually don't really end up doing anything and fall back into our old routine.
So I decided that it was time to stop that. I remember there was a post from Lauren Conrad's website so I decided to do something like that for us. Over dinner the other night we brainstormed some ideas for easy date nights. Some cheap or free and others to splurge on ourselves a bit. The more we began talking, the easier it became to come up with ideas. We came up with about 20 ideas so the next time we find ourselves in the vulture spiral again - one of us will just pick a stick out of the jar and that is what we will do!
This project was actually really cheap. The paint was on sale at Michaels for under 6 dollars for both colours, the jar I already had and the popsicle sticks were from the Dollar Store for 2 bucks for 20. The stones are just fish tank stones that I had left over from goldfish a few years back - they are so Mike won't cheat to see what he's picking :-)
We also made sure that we agreed to all of the date ideas so there was little chance for us to pick one of the ideas and not want to do it. The only complaint that will probably come up is when it is my turn to pick the movie - did I see a cheesy rom com in my future?
Here are some of ideas and the others included things like: A Round of Golf, Billiards, Stanley Park, DIY Project and so on.
We wanted a mix of active and sedentary activities depending on our moods that day as well.
It has already come in handy since yesterday we found ourselves watching a movie we had already seen (Almost Famous anyone?) so we picked from the jar and it told us to Take the dogs for a walk and so we got our shoes on and out the door we went. It is nice sometimes when you don't have to think or plan something.
Hope you guys like this idea and it can be done with anything! You can put dinner menu ideas on it, activities to do with your kids or even girls night ideas for your friends!