Date Ideas

Date Night At A Car Show (3/24/2019)

Car shows have always been a huge part of my life since I can remember. My father used to bring me to all of his car shows growing up and I always had fun at them. I grew up having a number of classic cars like a ’65 Oldsmobile, a ’75 Mustang Mach 1, a ’92 Mercedes and my own first car is an oldie– a ’98 BMW. I love classic cars and now Ryan also has a classic car a ’92 Lincoln Towncar.

Ryan and I recently went on a date night at a huge car show and I thought it would be a really cool date idea for others to go on with their significant others. Car shows are usually a lot of fun with vendors, prizes and trophies (if you enter your car– it doesn’t have to be classic either). Sometimes there’s even live music which is always a lot of fun.

Here’s some photos of us having fun at our car show date night:

This date night was a ton of fun as we ran around and looked at all of the amazing cars. We were lucky enough to be able to take a photo with the Batmobile as well. Not a lot of people are allowed to stand by that car because it is worth a lot of money. One of the managers allowed us to take a photo behind the ropes since we were one of the last people at the show.

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-Stay Chic,

My Valentine’s Day (2/15/2019)

Hey everyone! I wanted to share what I did this Valentine’s Day and to wish you a belated Valentine’s Day. I hope it was full of love, and maybe not just love for a partner but love for yourself and for those around you. Ryan and I had a great Valentine’s Day ourselves and I am honestly so thankful for him.

Ryan spoiled me this year and surprised me with a whole room decorated for Valentines Day. He got me all of my favorite candies and he even made me chocolate covered strawberries. When I walked in there was romantic music playing and on each of the lollipops on the bed there was a reason why he loved me written on the back. He also got me tickets to go to a local event that lets you play with cats in a cafe.

I had given Ryan his favorite candies as well and tickets to see a comedy show. I also did a cheesy but adorable gift where I made date night popsicle sticks and put them in a heart shaped tin and I got him a bell that says “Ring for a Kiss”.

Later on in the night we had an at home candlelit dinner with steaks we had made and some mashed potatoes and broccoli. It was very romantic and after dinner we ended the night with ice cream sundaes and a movie. I couldn’t have wished for any more, this Valentine’s Day was perfect and Ryan is perfect.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment down below what you did for Valentines Day this year!

-Stay Chic,

Ryan’s Birthday Planning (2/1/2019)

This year for Ryan’s birthday I am making big plans for his 21st. I am so happy he is finally 21 and we are going to have such a blast together when we go out! Since this is one of the biggest birthdays of our young adult lives I have some pretty extravagant plans. I wanted to share these with you all because I can’t keep them a secret any longer.

For Ryan’s birthday I am planning two weeks worth of activities. Yes, I said two weeks and yes, I am extra. We’ve been so busy between family events and work/school we haven’t had a moment to do anything for us. I figured doing a bunch of activities during my spring break will be perfect. Let me break the plans down for you all:

How I will execute the plans:

Each day for the whole two weeks Ryan will have a package to open and inside the package there will be a notecard for him to open. The note card will be decorated with drawings and themed stickers as well as information about what we are doing that day. Inside the notecard there will be any necessary gift cards/ certificates, money, or tickets we will need to do these activities.

Monday, March 4th:

Ryan and I will go on a Chipotle date. We are huge Chipotle fans if you didn’t know. The Chipotle will be pre-ordered and we will go to pick it up. Then we will have a cute dinner date at home together watching our current favorite show Parks and Recreation.

Tuesday, March 5th:

Ryan and I will be going on a Target date. Each of us have a preloaded $10 gift card and we have to find the perfect gift for each other. Whoever finds the best gift picks what we eat for dinner!

Wednesday, March 6th:

I will be taking Ryan to a shooting range. Ryan likes to go to the shooting range as a hobby so I figured I would take him to do something he would enjoy.

Thursday, March 7th:

This night we will be going to see Captain Marvel in an IMAX theatre. Ryan will love this because he loves Marvel and hero movies. Plus, he just caught up on the Marvel series and March 7th is the opening night for Captain Marvel.

Friday, March 8th:

I told Ryan that I was making plans for his birthday and I asked him what was one thing he wanted to do. He told me the one thing he wanted to do was have a DIY romantic dinner date with me. We will cook baked ziti (one of Ryan’s favorite dinners) and have a candlelit dinner together this day.

Saturday, March 9th (RYANS 21ST BDAY):

This is Ryan’s 21St birthday which just so happens to fall on our towns St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Ryan and I had planned on going to the parade and doing a bar crawl on his birthday since the beginning of this year. So we will be attending the St. Patties Day Parade and doing the bar crawl in our town!

Sunday, March 10th:

In the morning we will be going to one of Ryan’s favorite breakfast places and grabbing some food. We will then be going ice skating in the afternoon and once we finish we will be going straight to Ryan’s family birthday party/dinner.

Monday, March 11th:

Ryan and I will be going snow tubing this day after he gets out of work. Nearby there is a mountain that does galactic snow tubing which is nighttime snow tubing with a laser show. This should be really cool.

Tuesday, March 12th:

We will be going skiing on this day because it is our favorite hobby to do together. I figured we should going skiing one last time before the season is over!

Wednesday, March 13th:

On this day we will be going to a place near me that does axe/hatchet throwing. This will be a ton of fun for us to do together and it’s also BYOB which will give Ryan another reason to flash his new sideways ID!

Thursday, March 14th:

There is a famous bar near us that I’ve been going to for quite some time now that I’ve been 21 for a number of months. This bar gives you free pizza with every drink you purchase (you can even purchase a soda if you don’t drink alcohol). I will be bringing Ryan here on this day so he can experience this awesome bar and maybe we can play some ski-ball (yes, they also have arcade games and it’s amazing).

Friday, March 15th:

Ryan loves lighthouses and this is one of our hobbies we do together. We visit lighthouses a lot! So I figured I’d bring him to a lighthouse nearby that we haven’t been to yet. Then later on I wanted to bring him to a club a couple of towns over that I’ve been going to almost every weekend. It’s a lot of fun if you like to dance.

Saturday, March 16th:

On this day I will be bringing Ryan on a trip to Atlantic City. Here we will be going out to eat at our favorite restaurant, Ryan will gamble for the first time, and we will be going to a club to go dancing!

Sunday, March 17th:

If you have been reading my blog for a long time then you know I am 55% Irish. Ryan is also Irish so this day we will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with my family. Every year we eat a traditional Irish dinner and watch the movie The Quiet Man. We will also be celebrating Ryan’s birthday with my family on this day as well.

This is the last of Ryan’s birthday plans and I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on these huge plans and if you have any suggestions.

Stay Chic,

Follow Along On Our Fall Dates So Far (11/7/2018)

Hey everyone! Since we are well into the fall season I wanted to show you guys all of the dates that Ryan and I have been in thus far. We have already done a lot but we still aren’t finished with going on fall themed dates just yet! I’m hoping that this post gives you some inspiration on what dates to go on with your significant other.

We babysat our niece which is always something we enjoy!

We saw a lighthouse which is something we love doing together!

We learned about historic battle forts, we enjoyed nature walks and another lighthouse!

We went on the last boat ride for the year because the season is coming to an end!

We enjoyed drinks and lunch with his amazing family!

We drove a boat together (Ryan was very scared that I was driving)!

We attended a local fall festival which was so much fun and we ate a lot of food!

We had a romantic dinner date at Olive Garden aka one of my favorite restaurants ever and it is also where we had our first date.

We went to a winery and drank some wine, ate at food trucks and also enjoyed the bonfires.

We attended a family costume party dressed as Ray and old Luke Skywalker from Star Wars.

We spent some time with the kids trick or treating on Halloween!

We bought a classic car to fix up and cruise around in!

These dates were a ton of fun and it was so amazing to share these experiences with each other. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what fall dates you’d like to experience!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

25 Girls Night Ideas (11/1/2018)

Hey everyone! I wanted to come on here and talk about girls night ideas. I do a ton of date ideas but what about those date nights with your besties. This also doesn’t have to limit to just girls, it can be for anyone but I just chose this as the title because I usually host girls night at my house! So let’s start listing some friends night activities.

• Wine and paint night at home

• Go to the club

• Get some appetizers at the bar

• Have a pizza party night

• Spa night

• DIY ice cream sundaes

• Night at the movies

• Shopping spree

• Closet Purge

• DIY night

• Give each other makeovers

• If you or your friends want to do something different to their hair and don’t want to go to a salon Dye each other’s hair (please be smart about doing this, know the risks and take the proper precautions).

• Game night

• Go get massages

• Get your nails done or do your nails together

• Have a heart to heart

• Host a dinner party

• Bake together

• Go out for drinks

• Karaoke night

• Drink wine and watch a tv show you all like

• Visit a local coffee shop

• Scary movie night at home

• Go bowling

• Go to your local winery

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your thoughts are on these friends night ideas.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Best Fall Double Date or Group Date Ideas (10/7/2018)

Hey everyone! I’m here to share the best fall double date or group date ideas (obviously depending on your group size)! So, I am here to share the fun with you all. These dates can also be turned into friend group days!

Here’s the list:

1) Weekend Long Camping Trip

2) Local Festival

3) Boat Ride

4) Couples Spa Trip

5) Winery

6) Laser Tag

7) Hay Ride

8) Haunted House

9) Out For Fall Cocktails

10) Drive In Movie

11) Fire Pit

12) Dinner At Someone’s House

13) Trivia Night

14) Escape Room

15) Hatchet Throwing

16) Kayaking

17) Football Game

18) Wine And Painting

19) Amusement Park

20) Roller Skating

21) Go To A Club

22) Aquarium

23) Go On A Fall Hike

24) Bowling

25) Corn Maze

26) Have A Halloween Party

27) Have A Murder Mystery Party

28) Go To The Local Brewery

29) Pumpkin Carving

30) Karaoke Night

31) Cooking Class

32) Watch A Theatre Performance

33) Scary Movie Night

34) Bar Crawl

35) Support Small Businesses (Small Business Day Is November 24th)!

I hope you enjoyed these date ideas and remember to subscribe for email notifications to never miss a post!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Girls Night Ideas (10/3/2018)

I have some really fun ideas for you guys that are different than the normal date nights I share. I wanted to share some inspiration with y’all for the nights you have with your friends. I did name this girls night only because all of my friends I normally hangout with are girls but of course this can be for any gender!

So here are some fun Girls Nights Ideas:

• Ice Cream Night

• Wine And Painting Night At Home

• Out For Drinks

• Out To A Dancing Club

• Fuzzy Sock And Movie Night

• Baking Night

• HGTV Night

• Shopping Spree

• Trip To The City

• Brunch And Mimosas

• Beach/Lake Day

• Facial Day

• Outdoors Instagram Photoshoot

• Plan A Trip Abroad

• Hot Yoga

• Boat Ride

• Concert

• Sleep Over

• Dipping Strawberries In Chocolate With Wine

• Go For A Group Hike

• Wine Tasting

• Team Up For Trivia Night

• Go Get Makeovers At MAC or Sephora

• Spa Day

• DIY Together

• Go Get Massages (GroupOn)

• Shoe Shopping

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below what other friend night ideas you have!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Last Minute Dinner Date Idea (9/14/2018)

Hey y’all! I’ve recently had little to no time to go on dates with Ryan and it can definitely get frustrating. We both don’t get home until really late and most restaurants are closed so there’s not much we can do for going on a dinner date after work/school. So we came up with a few last minute dinner date ideas to help those with the same problem!

Cook From Home

Run to the store really quick and have your significant other pick out a meal and cook it for you or vice versa.

Get Takeout

• Have A DIY Romantic Dinner

Ryan and I have done these a ton of times, so whip out your string lights and tapered candles!

• Get The Leftovers Out And Have A Potluck

Have a DIY dinner, drinks and movie night! Feel free to invite over your night owl friends or family.

Make frozen meals (frozen pizza) and do homework/work together

Have dessert for dinner

The great thing about being an adult is your parents telling you that brownies are not a meal! So indulge in sweets because you can.

I hope you enjoyed these last minute dinner date ideas. Remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below posts you’d like to see!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

A Week Of Date Ideas (8/13/2018)

Hey everyone! I’ve been on a date idea craze lately and wanted to do a post that gives you all date ideas that you can do for a whole entire week. You and your significant other should definitely and try complete this list at least once! A whole week of dates is so much fun!

Sunday-

To really brighten up your Sunday together you can both go on a shopping spree together! Make it even more fun by getting each other surprise gifts (with a set money limit) at the end of the shopping spree!

Monday-

Re-decorate a room! Whether you live together or not you can re-decorate a room in your house/apartment or either of your bedrooms!

Tuesday-

Do a DIY wine/beer/whiskey/cheese tasting at home! You can either do it alone or invite some friends over. You can pair this with a painting night with some Bob Ross videos. Whoever paints the best picture gets to pick the theme of the next couples date night!

Wednesday-

Go to a park together! You can even do a picnic at the park you visit. Just make sure you are allowed to picnic before you get there!

Thursday-

Visit your family’s house for dinner and bring some homemade dessert with you that you both prepared earlier.

Friday-

Hit the bar or a club and if you are not old enough to do this then make your own dance floor in your house! You can use colored lights from a store like five below or Wal-Mart and use a speaker for music. Dance the night away!

Saturday-

Go to an open house together! You can both dress up and visit an open house and pretend like you are looking for a home together! This can even help you both figure out what you are looking for in a house and how you would like to decorate it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! I hope you use these Date ideas to your advantage and comment down below what your thoughts are on them!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Make It A Date: 20 Dates That Should Happen Everyday (8/12/2018)

Everyday is quite a bit of time but some of these dates are necessary and could even make your own life easier! I think these dates are important to try and have as much as you can. You may not even realize that a lot of these things could be date ideas! So, let’s jump into the list of things to make a date out of!

1. Working Out

Being sweaty and exercising may be the last thing you’d want to do as a date but trust me, it’s to your and your significant others benefit! Exercising should be a part of everyone’s everyday life. Whatever you are able to do for exercise, then make it into a date. You can keep each other company or even assist and encourage each other. Exercising can be as simple as taking a walk for a half hour or lifting free weights. This can help keep you both healthier and help you fit exercising into your day!

2. Talk About Your Day

This is a very simple but necessary date to have. Sit down or relax with your significant other and take ten minutes to just talk about how your day went. Let each other have a chance to speak about their day and their feelings– no one should be talking over one another. After each of you talk, you may have a better understanding as to why your significant other may be in a bad mood or why they are exhausted! If they don’t want to talk about their day then don’t pressure them, give them time to open up to you and let them know that you are there for them if they want to talk about it!

3. Eat Together

Some of these dates can be hard to fit into everyday, especially if you are in a long distance relationship or you/your significant other travels a lot without you. But eating together can definitely be achieved whether you are in the same room or across the world. If you are not with your significant other physically, then make sure to video chat with them when you eat or even send them a video if they aren’t able to video chat with you. If you are able to eat together physically then you can cook together, set the table really nice and have your meal.

4. Spend Some Time Hugging

I’ve heard this from a few married couples, and they live by this advice: Spend about 10 minutes everyday hugging. This method apparently brings you closer together and helps you de-stress. So not only will this help your relationship but it will help your own mental health as well. You can do this in the morning before you both start your day, when you see each other during free time you both have, once you get home from work or right before bed. You can talk during this time but make sure to not talk about anything you will possibly fight about– this time is for bliss and de-stressing.

5. Talk About Things That Have Been On Your Mind/ Worrying You And Try To Problem Solve

When you are worried about something or something on your mind has been bugging you the best thing to do is talk about it. The more you let something fester inside your mind, the more anxiety and problems you will build. Doing this might also make problems seem a lot bigger and more serious than they actually are. Discuss anything of this nature with your significant other and you can both work on a solution together. If you are worried or something on your mind is bothering you that has to do with your significant other, don’t accuse them of whatever it is. Just discuss your worries calmly and have an open conversation, accusations will only make your significant other defensive and the problem will not be solved.

6. Make (Healthy) Meals For Lunch

It is up to you if you want to eat healthy or not but I think an important date to have is to make lunches together for work/school. Healthy lunches are usually the way to go for me (unless we have a cheat day or week lol)! But making lunches together for work or for school can save you both money by eating food from home and it is a nice routine to have if you are living together. You can even do something I’ve learned from Ryan’s family: make some lunches for the week out of leftovers from dinner. If you make dinner at home or if you go out to dinner and have leftovers take Tupperware and make lunches out of the leftovers. Another nice sentiment you could do is stick a note in his lunch box/ brown paper bag that says something sweet like “I hope you have a good day at work 🙂 <3!”

7. Visit Each Others Families

This can’t be a daily occurrence but once/ twice a week make sure, if you can, to try and visit families. Family is very important to Ryan and I so we try our best to make sure we see our family members once or twice a week. You can make plans to come for dinner (bonus: since they are family you can bring leftovers home from their house), you can offer to make desserts with them, have a wine/ beer night, or go to their house to chat with dessert and coffee. Just as long as you get to see the people you love! With the busy lives we all have today, it’s definitely important to make some time if you can, to see and spend time with family.

8. Get Off The Phone

This is something, nowadays especially, I tell anyone looking for advice when it comes to a relationship. Get off your phones. So much time is wasted looking at memes, tweeting, Facebook and Instagram scrolling, pinning on Pinterest and doing a lot of mindless things on the phone. Imagine how much quality time could be spent if you limited phone use around your significant other. I have been in this situation a few times myself, where Ryan and I have sat in bed and not said a word to each other while on our phones. It’s very sad and when I catch us doing it I put my phone down and limit my amount of phone use. This has actually gotten us closer.

9. Do At Least One Fun Activity A Day

Whether it be taking your dogs for a walk around your neighborhood, having a tickle fight, babysitting your niece/nephew or hanging out with another couple. Try to plan on doing at least one fun thing everyday that you both enjoy. It doesn’t have to be something that is time consuming either. It could be as simple as playing one round of go fish before bed. A side note: don’t get discouraged if you aren’t able to do this small fun activity. Things happen and plans get changed and sometimes you might not be in the mood to do it. Just try to make the plan and follow through, if not, there is always tomorrow!

10. Show Each Other Your Appreciation

Showing appreciation is something that is quite often forgotten about especially in a relationship. Sometimes we get so used to certain actions that we forget to appreciate them. Like your significant other opening the car door for you, or you waiting up for your significant other when they are working late. All that is necessary is a small thank you, or for you both to say reasons why “I appreciate you”. You can both even do the occasional “I got this because it reminded me of you” gift. Appreciating each other is definitely important to do almost daily. Making this into a date is easy– just take time to sit down and tell each other one or many things you appreciate that they do.

11. Show Affection

Long term relationships are sometimes lacking in this aspect. Sometimes you may not feel that affection is necessary 24/7 after surpassing the “honeymoon stage” which can last from 6 months-2 years. I’ve seen a lot of relationships end because they felt that there wasn’t as much affection as there once was. Just first understand that this is normal. The quick fix to this is to just show more affection (which isn’t limited to the bedroom). There are many ways to show affection. For example, holding hands, kissing or even kissing their cheek, hugging, back rubs, cuddling, and even putting your arm around their waist/shoulder. The list goes on! So try to make it a point to show affection everyday you can even make it a date by having a massage night, or a cuddle and video game night.

12. Skincare Routine

Try to implement doing a skincare routine for the both of you everyday. You can do this 30 minutes before they leave to go home, over video chat or before you both go to bed (if you are living together)! Skincare is very important and under appreciated. It’s definitely worth the money to have nice skin. Good skin is something that improves your confidence. So you can both make it a date every night to do a skincare routine together. If your significant other is not willing to do face masks and the whole 9-yards then you can try and make suggestions for face wash and different skincare products they could use.

13. Do Something You Both Enjoy

You can start a series on Netflix and watch it together, watch movies, play video games, play board or card games, listen to music, play music, go in the hot tub or take a bath, read books together, make up dances, paint, reading a story to your kids etc. The list for indoor hobbies goes on. Try and find something you both enjoy that you can do when you get home from work or school. This will help both of you bond because it is a common interest that you both share. This doesn’t have to require hours of free time but maybe a half an hour to and hour!

14. Have A Special Night Designated To Something

Have a night designated to something you both love! For example, if you both watch football then you could host a football game night and have snacks, drinks and the game on! Thursday nights could be wine night if you both enjoy drinking wine. You could have Friday be for scary movies. I recommend only doing something like this once or if you really want to do it often-twice a week because this can become time consuming. Ryan and I have movie night on Tuesdays, we switch off who chooses the movie and we watch it with some little snacks and every other month we do movie night at the movie theater! It’s definitely something fun to do when you find something both of you enjoy.

15. Make Time To Discuss Plans!

This is so so important. Ryan and I have to do this, otherwise our lives are complete chaos. Making a point to sit down and discuss plans is a great habit to have in a relationship. It may seem extremely tedious but I recommend having a planner and sitting down for at least 20 minutes and discussing plans for the month and come back everyday for 5 minutes to make sure nothing has changed. This is great if you love together as well because you can use this time to budget your money, discuss what bills need to be payed and other things that are important to discuss. Plans can become hectic but when you take this step to make sure everything is in line, it will all work out!

16. Plan Your Dates

Actual dates can become nonexistent in relationships with two very busy people. But if you come together at the beginning of the week and plan to do something on the weekend then it will be easier to come through on those plans. A lot of the time in a relationship someone says “let’s do a Date night on Sunday downtown” and the plan is forgotten about. I say planning things like dates is important to do daily. Schedules can change and planning a date night in one day can be forgotten about over the course of a week. So come back together daily for 5 minutes to plan little things you can do on your date and as you get closer to the day you can pick a time to go and what time you want to get home etc. This will help keep the date fresh in your mind and it will be easier to plan around it.

17. Text Each Other Something Nice During The Day

This is like a small virtual date! Not everyone has the luxury of being next to their significant other every second of the day. So, when you are out with your friends, at work, wake up, or running errands without each other shoot them a text. It will tell your significant other that you are thinking about them and it will make them feel good. Things like his can automatically brighten up their day and if you do it often enough they might reciprocate and text you when you’re on their mind. You don’t have to write paragraphs about how much you love and appreciate them (only if you want to), you can just text them something like “Hey, miss you lots! Xo!” This is a nice gesture to try and do daily.

18. Clean Together

Yes this may seem like an annoying task but this will actually help you build team working and problem solving skills with your significant other. This also prevents the “You leave a mess behind wherever you are” argument most couples have. You can both clean together daily by staying on top of laundry, cleaning the house, and straightening up your room. It might not make you closer (per-say) but it will help build team working skills for your relationship because you are working together to clean. It also can help with problem solving in your relationship because cleaning shows that the quickest way to clean a mess (or solve a problem) is to do it together!

19. NAP!

This actually doesn’t have to be done daily unless you want to but napping together is something I found to be important in a relationship. Honestly, power naps are the best and they help me de-stress as well as give me energy to continue what I have to do for the day. So try and have a power nap with your significant other. It is a nice experience, and napping with your S.O. is much more comfortable than napping alone! Plus it will help you both de-stress which is definitely an upside to this activity. Less stress in a relationship, the better. So I say, nap away!

20. Surprise Each Other

This also isn’t something that has to be done every day. But having a little bit of surprise in every day or if you times a week is very nice and can help keep the spontaneity and lustfulness for each other in a relationship. This can be done by picking a flower from the garden outside and giving it to your significant other, giving a surprise back rub, or even spontaneously baking some goodies your significant other likes! It can be simple but also you can do complex things to surprising them once in a while as well. Like a small surprise party for their promotion at work or a nice surprise gift like a bracelet!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment down below what think about these daily dates.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell