13 Quirky Date Ideas For The Couple Who Thought They Had Tried It All

13 Quirky Date Ideas For The Couple Who Thought They Had Tried It All

I'm not talking apple picking and pumpkin carving, I'm talking shooting fireworks and playing hide-and-seek around town.

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If stereotypical fall dates have lost their luster, here are 13 ideas for any couple to add to their autumn itinerary:

1. Have a day full of pranks. 

Designate a day to pull continuous pranks on each other. When midnight comes that day, whoever gets the best or last prank in wins!

2. Go to random local sporting events.

Pick up some cheap tickets to a local high school football game or local teams scrimmage and go! Its cheap entertainment and you're doing something fun while supporting local teams.

3. Celebrate a holiday that isn't actually happening.

Grab some fireworks and hotdogs and celebrate the 4th of July in middle of fall, count down the New Year in the middle of your year, or cook Thanksgiving Dinner in March. Celebrate your favorite holiday in whatever season it is!

 4. Have a food fight.

I stumbled upon this idea by accidentally getting into a food fight with my boyfriend. Only an ice cream cone and some mustard were harmed in the event.

5. Go on a "first date."

Act like you have never gone on a date with your S.O. before and really get to know them again! Relearn each other and maybe even find out new things about each other by acting like you haven't already been dating for years.

6. Each make something and then go on a picnic.

Just getting outdoors is one of the best date ideas of all time, but when you add food- it gets even better! Each of you should make something you are in the mood for, have been craving, or know the other loves and then reveal what you packed once you find a nice area outside to hang out in.

7. Switch roles for a day. 

Do you usually drive to the dates, pay, and act as "Big Spoon" while cuddling? Let your S.O. take on your part in the relationship for the day! See what all your boyfriend or girlfriend does for you by being them for a day.

8. Dress each other for a date. 

This could go two ways: you either both dress each other ridiculously and go out in public as such, or you get to see what your S.O. wants to see you in! Either way, it will make you laugh or really show you what your S.O. finds you most stunning in.

9. Volunteer at a local animal shelter together.

If you are a animal-loving couple, cure your puppy or kitten fever by volunteering at animal shelters together. It will be like you have 100s of animals of your own, just not in your home!

10. Play Hide-And-Seek in your city!

Designate a block of streets or a specified area and meet your significant other there. Want to know the catch? You arrive at different points separately and can dress however you want to disguise yourself from your S.O. Whoever recognizes or finds the other first wins and you can celebrate over the loser cooking dinner or treating the winner to ice cream.

11. Give each other $10 and find one another something at a local market, thrift store, or antique shop.

Go together to your towns local farmer's market, festival, thrift store, or antique shop and pick something out for the other. You can pick something you know the other person would love or that you could enjoy together!

12. Have a game night. 

Grab the board games, cards, and video games and go at it! Have a night of competition and spend time playing games with your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you're a competitive couple like my boyfriend and I, you can play for who's going to do certain chores.

13. Go on a date and the first person to touch their phone pays. 

Go out to eat somewhere or go play some mini golf, and the first person to touch their phone has to pay for the date. If you go the whole date without either of your touching your phone, split the cost evenly! Really enjoy each other's company without having phones distract from the date.

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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin

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Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.

xoxo,

The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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