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20 Cheap Things For Couples To Do

Here is our list of 20 cheap things for couples to do.

  1. Make a fire in your backyard. Pull out the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate and devour some Smores while enjoying the warmth and glow of a cozy fire. Be sure to cuddle up and keep each other warm!
  2. Go out for coffee to your favorite coffee house, even better explore a coffee house that you have never visited before. Pick a place with comfortable chairs, a couch would be great, and settle in for some great coffee and conversation.
  3. Cook dinner together. Pick your favorite meal or browse through cookbooks and pick a meal that you have never created before. Turn up the music and let the good times roll!!
  4. Go bowling!  Pick out some of your favorite songs on the jukebox and challenge each other to a fun and friendly bowling competition.
  5. Go out for dessert. Instead of indulging in an entire meal go out just for dessert. Pick something large so you can share it together!
  6. Go for a drive to and watch the stars. Find a place in your area that is free of light pollution and spend some time under the night sky marveling in God’s creation!
  7. Play your favorite board game or card game. Preferably pick a game that will take a long time to finish, such as Monopoly, and make a night of it. Don’t forget to turn on some music and put out some snacks!
  8. Watch a movie together. Make sure it is just the two of you, kids not invited! Pick out the most romantic movie that you can think of, cuddle up and enjoy!
  9. Go hiking. Explore an area that you haven’t explored before, be adventurers. Make sure to let someone know where you are headed before you leave, safety first!
  10. Make a batch of cupcakes and decorate them. Don’t hold back, pull out all the stops and see who can come up with the most creative cupcake!!
  11. Go to the park and play. Get on the playground equipment and pretend that you are a kid again! Push each other on the swings, play tag, hang from the monkey bars. Let yourself be free just like when you were young. Before you know it you will be laughing till the tears start rolling!!
  12. Spend a morning at the farmer’s market. Get up early on a Saturday, grab a coffee and spend some time browsing the farmer’s market. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh bread for lunch and some cinnamon buns for breakfast!
  13. Browse your local thrift stores or flea markets and see who can find the most unique/ugly item. Be sure to proudly display this item at home to remember your wonderful day together!
  14. Go skating. Skating, especially at night, on an outdoor rink is very romantic. Hold hands and navigate the rink together.
  15. Play a round of mini golf. Our city has an outdoor and an indoor mini golf course so this can be a year round activity. Mini golf is relatively inexpensive, doesn’t require too much concentration and will certainly provide you with plenty of entertainment and laughter.
  16. Go to a thrift store and put together an outfit for each other. Be creative, don’t go for something “normal”. Be sure to try the outfits on and take a picture to capture the moment. If you are really adventurous, purchase the outfits and wear them out to dinner together!!!
  17. Go sledding in the winter. Grab your sleds or borrow some sleds and hit the most popular hill in your area. Be sure to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate together after you have conquered the hill!
  18. Play video games together. Pick a game that involves some interaction, “Just Dance” or “Mario Kart” are good choices, and prepare for the hilarity to begin!!
  19. Fly a kite. Don’t let a windy day get you down instead grab a couple of kites, head for an open field and prepare for some fantastic fun! Dollar stores usually carry inexpensive kites if you don’t have any of your own.
  20. Go to the museum. Our local museum has everything from live animals to dinosaur bones. Every museum has something interesting to offer so why not explore one together and perhaps learn something new!

Can you think of any other interesting activities to add?

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6 Mother Daughter Activities

It has been such a whirlwind raising a daughter! You think when they are little that they will never get older and then one day they are standing in front of you asking you to teach them to drive!!! I loved the time when my daughter was younger, but I am also loving this new chapter in our lives of watching our daughter grow into a woman. We can now connect on a whole different level than when she was a toddler or pre-schooler. One thing that I am finding particularly awesome about this stage in my daughter’s life is the one on one time that we have together. Here are 6 mother daughter activities that we enjoy doing.

  1. Coffee Dates – We are both Starbucks fanatics so naturally we would gravitate towards having a coffee date together! This is simply a time to grab a coffee and chat about what is going on in our lives. It is a laid back, relaxed time of bonding that we both really enjoy and the coffee is an added bonus!!
  2. Shopping – Okay, I know that not every woman likes to go shopping but my daughter and I actually enjoy this experience. Whether we are shopping for a dress for a special occasion or just popping out to Target in the evening to browse the makeup section we find this is a great way for us to spend some quality time together. Usually our shopping trips involve some form of silliness and lots of laughter, which is good for the soul!!
  3. Physical Activity – This could involve anything from taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood to hiking in the woods to kayaking to biking along the river. If it involves getting outside and getting active we like to do it together! My daughter sometimes has to convince me that getting active is good for me, especially on those days when work has been long, but I am always glad when I do get out there with her!
  4. Watching Gilmore Girls Together – The show Gilmore Girls is my daughter’s all time favorite television show, she has watched all 7 seasons 7 times all the way through! I am also infatuated with this show so it stands to reason that we would enjoy watching it together. When my husband is out of town we will make some food, settle in and watch one or two episodes in the evening!
  5. Sharing Great Books – So, this isn’t technically time that we spend together but it is a shared experience. If I read a great book that I know my daughter will enjoy I pass it on to her and she does the same for me. These books give us something to discuss together, maybe during our coffee dates! We are always on the lookout for books that we might enjoy together.
  6. Special Events – So, this could incorporate many different activities such as going to a movie together, watching a play together or going to a concert. My daughter and I have enjoyed going to a couple of concerts together and it is a neat experience to share. Last night we attended a Taylor Swift concert together and it will be something we will talk about for a long time to come! We also get excited about going to movies together that we have been anticipating for a long time such as the Hunger Games series or the Divergent series.

The time that we have with our children is relatively short. It is up to us to make the most of this time and relish every moment. These mother daughter activities are extremely precious and bring memories that will last us a lifetime.

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10 Things To Do In Vegas Besides Gambling

Las Vegas isn’t just a city of gambling, drinking and loose inhibitions. We have discovered that Vegas also offers many family friendly attractions. Here is a list of 10 things to do in Vegas besides gambling. However, if you are going to take in any of these attractions it would be wise to check out a bundle price (usually three attractions for a discounted price) as most of the entrance fees can be pretty steep.

  1. The High Roller –  The High Roller is a massive observation wheel  located on the Las Vegas Strip that allows you to have a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding mountains. This observation wheel hits a height of 510 feet during a leisurely 30 minute ride that allows you plenty of time to see the city and take
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    The High Roller

    many beautiful pictures. The High Roller is open from 11:30 am – 2:00 am so you can see the sights in either the day or the night. Admission is cheaper during the day (most people want to see the Las Vegas lights) but the view is pretty spectacular during the day as well.

  2. Grand Canyon – Okay so this one speaks for itself!! One of the
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    Grand Canyon Skywalk

    seven natural wonders of the world the Grand Canyon will take your breath away and perhaps leave you in a state of shock at just how amazing it is!! There are several options to see the Grand Canyon if you are in Las Vegas. Many tour companies offer tours that will take you to the West Rim of the Canyon (where the Skywalk is located).  We went with a company called Pink Jeep 10 Things to do in vegas besides gamblingTours and I can’t say enough good things about them. There are also tour companies that will take you to the South Rim but this is a longer drive and therefore makes for a longer day. If you are adventurous you can also rent a car and take yourself to the Grand Canyon. All I can say is if you ever get a chance go and see the Grand Canyon (West Rim or South Rim), you won’t be sorry that you did!!

  3. Automobile Collection at the Link Hotel – This is pretty cool if you are into history or into cars. The Link hotel has a museum of collectible cars (one of a kinds and rarities) most of which are
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    Classic Car Collection

    actually for sale. You can wander around at a leisurely pace and take photographs of all the vehicles. There is an entrance fee of around 12 dollars per person which was pretty reasonable considering some of the cars that were on display. A couple of the vehicles were owned by famous people or are still owned by famous people. There is a car there that was the last vehicle that JFK rode in safely before his death and a car that was owned by Marilyn Monroe.

  4.  The Hoover Dam – A wonder of engineering the Hoover Dam
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    Hoover Dam

    is really spectacular. We were taken to the dam as part of our Grand Canyon tour so that we could take some pictures and take in the grandeur of the facility. There is a visitor center at the dam and tours are available as well. This is an amazing feat of human engineering and really shouldn’t be missed.

  5. The Moving Statues at the Forum Shops/Caesar’s Palace – This is an animatronic show within the Forum Mall at Caesar’s Palace. It takes place at the Atlantis fountain in the food court and occurs every hour on the hour. The moving statues are pretty cool and best of all it is FREE!!
  6. The Rainstorm inside the Miracle Mile Shops – This is another mall attraction. Every top of the hour and every half hour on the weekends a rainstorm will occur at the pond in the Miracle Mile Shops. It is neat to see and if you are doing some shopping anyway it is worth having a look. Again, this attraction is FREE!
  7. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – You can spend a couple of hours hanging out with the celebrities here at Madame Tussauds.10 things to do in vegas besides gamblingTake your picture with someone famous and tell all your friends that you met them in Vegas! There is also a 4D theater within the museum that shows a Marvel superhero short film. The wax museum is located just outside the Venetian Hotel.
  8. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay – Mandalay Bay houses an aquarium with many different species of marine life. You can get up close and personal with the sharks through a viewing tunnel and a simulated shipwreck, the sharks will swim over your head and under your feet! This aquarium is also home to a 30 foot Komodo Dragon which is pretty impressive to see. Also spend some time at the open tank where you can touch rays and horseshoe crabs. This isn’t a huge aquarium so take your time and take lots of pictures. The entrance fee for adults is 18 dollars, children (5-12) 12 dollars and children 4 and under are free.
  9. The Fountains at the Bellagio – These fountains are world famous and really should not be missed. The water and light show is choreographed to music, is complimentary and is really quite mesmerizing. Be sure to get to the fountains a little early so that you are able to find a good viewing location. The show times are numerous and vary from weekdays to weekends, check this link for a current schedule and description of the fountains.
  10. Ferrari Showroom at the Wynn – This is the only authorized Ferrari dealer within Nevada. It will cost you 10 dollars per person to enter the dealership but once inside you will see some of the most luxurious and expensive vehicles in the world. Only 30 people are allowed within the dealership at a time so there might be a lineup, depending on what time of year you are visiting.
  11. Shopping, Shopping, Shopping – This is a bonus attraction! From the luxury shops on the Las Vegas strip to the outlet malls located off the strip, Vegas has some of the best shopping in the world! If you enjoy the shopping experience then Vegas is the place for you!

As you can see, there are at least 10 things to do in Vegas besides gambling! But this is just scratching the surface, we couldn’t take it all in! I guess we will have to come back!!

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Active Date Night Ideas

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Biking the Heritage River Trails

Summer is the perfect time for an active date night with your partner. Check out this link for some great active date night ideas that will get your hearts racing! (Source: Date Ideas For Couples Who Want To Get Active Together) Dave and I love to spend time together hiking and biking but sometimes an active date night for us is taking the dog for a walk. Doing something active together can bring you closer as a couple and it can make you feel healthier as well. It can also be so much fun exploring new activities together! So, get out there and get active together!

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Hiking in the Ancient Forest

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Vegas Baby!

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Hanging out waiting for our flight

We are currently on a family vacation in Las Vegas! Every summer Dave’s company has a large convention in a major city in the USA and the kids and I tag along, it’s a great way for us to see some pretty awesome cities! We have been fortunate enough to visit Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego and Toronto (which is the only Canadian city that the conference has been held in).

Dave and I had an opportunity to visit Vegas together in September of last year. Dave surprised me with tickets to a Kings of Leon concert (my favorite band of all time) for my birthday. We had a really fun weekend and shot some video of our adventures in Vegas. Here is a link to our YouTube channel if you want to watch the video for yourselves

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The High Roller observation wheel. Yes, we went on that, 510 feet in the air!!

While we are on vacation we will continue to post new blogs each week day, in between touring the city! Now it’s off to Vegas baby!!

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Enjoying the view from the High Roller!!

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