Great Cheap Date Challenge #20

Whoa! We’re up to 20 date nights completed. So far, so good! It’s been one of those weeks where I feel like I’ve been pulled in a million different directions, and I just want to be home for goodness’ sake! So, I think that we ought to plan a stay-at-home date. such as…

Henry and June

“Compose together, or take turns writing paragraphs and then folding over what you’ve written except for the last sentence, which the other person then continues until the conclusion of the tale, at which time one of you reads the whole thing aloud.”

I’m sure this will be a riot to post about on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Great Cheap Date Challenge #17

Every Friday I post one of 52 Great Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordon. A friend of mine gave me this little deck of cards as a stocking stuffer so long ago, and one day while I was feeling adventurous, I pulled them out and enlisted my husband for a 52 week dating challenge. Every week, we pick a new adventure to do together. Some are out on the town and others take place right at home after the kids go to bed. Some of my favorite dates don’t even involve leaving the house! They simply require the two of us and a sense of humor. We are having a blast! And I welcome you to accept the challenge right along with us. This week’s challenge is rather perfect because Sunday is Clark’s 33rd birthday.

Bake a Cake

“Have yourselves a Betty Crocker date by poring through the best-sounding dessert recipes and choosing one that you might never tackle alone. Grocery shop for the ingredients, then make your outrageous creation from scratch as the evening’s entertainment. Be sure to have doilies and glasses of milk on hand.”

I’m pretty sure Spice Cake isn’t all that outrageous, but, I do have some pretty interesting cake molds. I wonder how Clark would feel about his birthday cake being in the shape of a giant bunny?

Yes. Let’s!

Bowling with Benefits

 

Big Balls. Little Balls. 

Have yourself a middle-American afternoon dressed in garb appropriate for a miniature golf game, or head to a putting green and whork out your whacks there. If you hate chasing those little white balls, head to the bowling alley (you do have your own shoes and bowling ball, yes?) for a cutthroat bowling tournament for two.”

Clark and I spent all day Friday looking forward to bowling a few frames at the Epicenter’s Strike City Lanes. We were placing bets, and I must say, the stakes were getting more provocative as the day went on. We showed up psyched because regardless of who won, we knew we would both make out okay. I should have been tipped off by the bouncers freezing outside the front door. Strike City soon struck out when we discovered it cost $45 an hour per lane. Excuse me? This is supposed to be a Great CHEAP Date Challenge. So, bowling for benefits turned into Shocktops and cheese sticks at the snack bar. I wasn’t too disappointed as we exchanged perhaps the first uninterrupted conversation of the entire week. It is a wonder how 2 people can share a name, a bed, and a checking account and in 5 days time only manage to squeeze in enough dialogue to ensure the garbage made it to the curb before trash day. I’m pretty sure we looked more like a newly dating couple than a married couple with 5 years and 2 kids under our belt, since the waitress did ask us if we wanted separate checks. I’ll take that as a good sign. Cheap Date Challenge #15… Good times without the embarrassing bowling score.

Great Cheap Date Challenge #11

‘Tis the season to think less of one’s self and more of others. This is the perfect time to accept this weeks Great Cheap Date Challenge, by Lynn Gordon.

Volunteer, My Dear?

“Although running off and joining the Peace Corps may not be practical at this time in your lives, there are other ways to spend time together while contributing to the welfare of others. Nonprofit organizations often put out a call for volunteers around major holidays, though you may want to avoid the rush and make a few calls yourself to see which cause could use a cooperative couple of volunteers.”

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

Just The Facts, Ma’am

“Both of you write down 20 personal questions on separate scraps of paper. Roll your questions up and drop them into separate bowls. Take turns pulling questions out of your date’s bowl and answering it. Each of you can exercise the right to not answer one question.”

Clark: “Buried or Cremated?”

Salina: “Buried.”

Salina: “What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you?”

Clark: “Light as a feather, stiff as a board” really works.

Clark: “Would you ever like to live on a farm”

Salina: “Absolutely.”

Salina: What would you say is my worst personality trait?

Clark: I’d like to waive this question please.

(Salina is thinking…. “smart man.”)

Clark: “What are 3 world cities you’d like to check out before you… check out.”

Salina: “Venice, Italy. Agra, India. Paris, France.”

Salina: “Who would you choose to star YOU in the movie of your life.”

Clark: “Johnny Depp or Glen Hansard.”

(Salina is thinking, “Glen Hansard?…. that’s random.”)

Clark: “What’s the greatest thing in your opinion about our marriage”.

Salina: “The confidence that comes with knowing we like being with each other more than with anyone else in the world.”

Salina: “Have you ever not told me the truth about something?”

Clark: “What kind of question is that?”

(Long pause)

Clark: “Can I go back and answer the ‘worst personality trait’ question instead?”

Salina: “No, you may not.”

Clark: “I like to think of it as loving… not lying.”

(Clark laughs awkwardly)

Hmmm.

Great Cheap Date Challenge #10

We are roughly 1/5 of the way through 52 Great Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordon. If you are following along with us, you know that each of these challenges have been unique, requiring an attitude of adventure and a sense of humor. I am thrilled to bits when I hear of other couples that are doing these challenges along with us. If that is you, I would love to hear your stories. While some of these feats are more tell worthy than others, it feels like Clark and I are a dating couple all over again, which is the most important thing. After five years and two kids, we’re beyond being able to finish the other’s sentences. Clark could literally grunt and I could translate. So this week’s challenge is going to require some creativity and thought. And as always, I welcome any thoughts and suggestions.

Just the Facts, Ma’am

“Both of you write down 20 personal questions on separate scraps of paper. Roll your questions up and drop them into separate bowls. Take turns pulling questions out of your date’s bowl and answering it. Each of you can exercise the right to not answer one question.”

Like I said, five years and two kids later, the tendency is  to think that I already know everything about my husband. I could take this the “would you rather direction”. For instance, “Would you rather have to sing everything you say from now on, or would you rather have Regis Philbin narrate your every move for the rest of your life?” Those are always fun, but the challenge is to come up with personal questions. I’d rather this be more juicy, less silly.

We are taking yet another road trip this weekend. Seventeen hours in the car last weekend with the munchkins wasn’t torture enough. With plenty of talk time in the car, this ought to pass the time for sure.

What are some things that you wish you knew about your partner that perhaps you’ve never thought to ask?

November Giveaway Winner!

November’s giveaway winner of 52 Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordan is none other than….

LUCY PARKS!!!!!

Congratulations, Lucy! I’m cooking up December’s giveaway. Keep checking back to find out how you can win!

Great Cheap Date Challenge #8

Tallest in Town

“Do a little research to find the tallest building in town, then meet by the elevators afterwork and have a vertical adventure. This adventure is especially fun when the top floor has a view. If you are a fan of express elevators, you can conquer a few other buildings on the same date. And if vertigo hasn’t set in by this time, head to your corner cafe or bar to share whatever comes in the tallest glass they have. While imbibing, tell each other tall tales.”

This is particularly special date night for us since tomorrow Clark and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage! The night that Clark proposed to me, he took me to a restaurant called the Sundial Restaurant on the top of the Westin hotel in Atlanta. While I was enjoying the 360 panoramic view of the city, he was sweating in his soup because he was about to ask me to marry him. I look back on that night with such fondness, and so it is with great nostalgia that we accept this Great Cheap Date Challenge #8.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway to win a set of 52 Great Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordon by subscribing to my blog and leaving a comment below. You can post this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter and leave another comment below for an extra entry per post. A winner will be chosen on November 30th. Good luck!

Home Health Spa

Turn your bathroom and living room into a health spa with fresh towels and homemade facial cleanser (cut a recipe out of a summer lifestyle magazine of your choice.) Or try out those sample-sized beauty products you’ve accumulated over time and haven’t had the heart to throw away. Be imaginative and make a menu of all the services your spa offers, from healthy edible snacks to scalp massages. Make special stationary, and send your date an appointment confirmation card.”

Transforming my house for Saturday night’s Great Cheap Date Challenge was in fact challenging. Setting the mood for our home spa night required relocating the Elmo potty seat to make room for a basket of candles, scrubs, and lotions next to the bathtub. Clark started asking me at 6 o’clock if we could put the kids to bed, which I thought was kind of cute. Part of the fun for both of us with these different date ideas, is the anticipation we feel leading up to our dates that we’re about to somehow make another special memory. While Clark and Salem worked in the yard all day Saturday, I spent the day in the kitchen with Mia putting together our gourmet spa menu (recipes soon to come). Everything was going swimmingly until Taylor Swift’s song “Never Grow Up” began to play while I was showing Mia how to hold the measuring spoons.

“Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh darling don’t you ever grow up, don’t you ever grow up
It could stay this simple
I won’t let nobody hurt you
Wont let no one break your heart
No one will desert you
Just try to never grow up
Never grow up”

Next thing I know, I’m boo hoo-ing in my Baker’s chocolate when Clark walks in and gives me that look that all men give like, “Seriously, you’re crying?” Just how long can I get away with blaming an episode like that on being postpartum?

Clark took care of the kid’s bedtime routine while I attempted to transform our living room into a luxurious health spa. I lit every candle in the house and had a YouTube playlist of relaxing and meditative instrumental music on repeat in the background. I scattered silk rose petals all over the living room floor (the very same ones that Clark used when he proposed), and I had all of our spa “treatments” arranged for the evening.

After all that, we were total mush. Like a couple of wet noodles, we climbed into bed and proceeded to have the BEST sleep we’ve had in ages. I haven’t escaped the multi-tasking house of cards that is my mind at any given moment of the day like that since our honeymoon. It felt like we took a vacation without leaving the house and without having to set any time limits. I told Clark, it was probably one of my favorite memories we’ve made in this house thus far. Home Health Spa night will become a regular occurrence for Team Beasley.

Great Cheap Date Night Challenge #7– utter success!!

Feel free to download our Luxurious Home Health Spa experience and enjoy it for yourself, or have fun making your own and comment with your ideas. Also, don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway for a free set of 52 Great Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordon. Put this in your sweetheart’s Christmas stocking, and look forward to enjoying each other in new and unexpected ways all year long!

Great Cheap Date Challenge #7

“Home Health Spa”

Turn your bathroom and living room into a health spa with fresh towels and homemade facial cleanser (cut a recipe out of a summer lifestyle magazine of your choice.) Or try out those sample-sized beauty products you’ve accumulated over time and haven’t had the heart to throw away. Be imaginative and make a menu of all the services your spa offers, from healthy edible snacks to scalp massages. Make special stationary, and send your date an appointment confirmation card.”

I came across Kevin & Amanda this week. Their fantastic blog offers the most unique and creatively named fonts and the best part is, they are all FREE! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make my very own spa treatment and gourmet cuisine menu using one of their fonts entitled “Three Dates, One Night.” You can download it by clicking here. Also, if you’re doing the Great Cheap Date Challenge along with us, you can download our Luxurious Home Health Spa treatment and gourmet cuisine menu or make a fun one of your own. If you do, be sure to let me know!

I have had so many people ask me where they can get a copy of 52 Great Cheap Dates by Lynn Gordon. You can order it here, or you can enter this month’s giveaway on my blog which just so happens to be a set of 52 Great Cheap Dates! Be sure to subscribe to my blog and leave a comment below. If you post this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, let me know and you will receive one extra entry for each post. Clark and I are having a blast doing this. It is sure to become a holiday stocking stuffer for all of our favorite couples.

I hope you enjoy a relaxing weekend!

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