13 Unconventional Date Ideas To Plan This Summer

13 Unconventional Date Ideas To Plan This Summer

Whether you're married or going on a first date, sometimes it's nice to think outside the box.

Dating is such an exciting experience and can really fill your life up, but sometimes dinner and a movie just don’t feel like enough. Whether you’re going on a first date or have been married for years, here are some unconventional dates to try with your significant other!

1. Become a tourist in your own city

Maybe it’s going to a museum or taking a helicopter ride over the city. Even if you know everything, sometimes it’s fun just to re-explore with your love.

2. Spend the day in Ikea

You don’t even have to buy anything! You can browse furniture and pretend you’re outfitting a new home. Pick out all the things you hate and explore what each other’s style is.

3. Pretend to go home buying

Do you ever wonder what the inside of those fancy mansions looks like? You can make up names and occupations and have a fun day of acting while exploring the insides of those dreamy homes!

4. Test drive cars

Sometimes hopping behind the wheel of a fancy new convertible is exciting, especially if your wallet isn’t injured in the process! Take it for a spin with that arm candy of yours!

5. Volunteer

Who says doing a good deed can’t be a date? Spend the day working in a soup kitchen or doing yard work for a non-profit. This is a fun way to get some quality time with your love, while also being a good human in the process.

6. Stay in a local hotel for the weekend

Who says you actually have to “get away” to have some quality time? Sometimes living it up in a hotel for a couple of days is just want you need. Order room service, swim in the pool and enjoy those cozy robes for a couple of days.

7. Take a “sick day” and Netflix binge

There’s something mischievous about blowing off work to be together, and sometimes, a day of seclusion is nice. Have a movie marathon or binge a new show all while staying in bed and absorbing each other’s company. It might be just what you need!

8. Spend the day at an animal shelter

Nothing will make you happier than playing with cute puppies and kittens all day. You can cuddle and play and learn more about your partner in the process.

9. Prove that bingo isn’t just for the elderly!

Bingo can actually be really fun and even more exciting to be playing it with your partner. You might even see a new side of competitiveness come out!

10. Explore thrift stores together

You never really know what you’re going to find in a thrift store. Maybe you’ll find something from your childhood that will spark a story to tell or just find things that make you laugh, either way, you’re sure to have a good time. And hey, maybe you’ll find something you want to take home!

11. Attend a trivia night

Are you a trivia buff? No? Me either! But it’s certainly fun to try! See what your partner knows — or DOESN’T know. It’s sure to give you both a good laugh!

12. Fly kites

Sometimes you forget how fun being a kid was. Re-explore your childhood with a kite day at the park or beach. Just be sure they don’t get tangled!

13. Go to a local Farmer’s market

Explore all the fresh produce and cute jewelry and smelly soaps while holding hands with your love. You’ll get lots of good food and get to spend quality time with your partner!

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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


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.


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.


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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