Library Date Night

Free & Fun Library Date NightOne of the most important parts of my marriage is having regular date nights. We learned very early on that if we weren’t intentional about spending quality time with one another, and continuing to ‘date’ each other (anyone who knows our story knows how funny that is), we would quickly find ourselves spinning into miscommunication and not loving one another well.

Though out hectic schedules don’t allow for us to have one regular, sacred date night per week (if yours does, luck you!), we do try to have a special date night every week, or at least every other. Usually this involves some type of coupon or gift card for dinner and then watching a movie at home. This week, however, I stumbled across some ‘date night idea’ blogs on Pinterest, and they inspired a super fun night out for us!

I will fully admit that this date was very much created to the tune of this blog post from Singing Through The Rain, which was inspired by this post from The Dating Divas. All this to say, it’s clearly an awesome idea, but the general concept of it definitely isn’t mine, so go explore those blogs and get some fun date night ideas of your own!

Matt and I had dinner (with a gift card haha) and then ran some errands before ending up at our local library, just down the street from our apartment. I had prepared several cards that each had a few ‘tasks’ on them, like these:

-Find a recipe you want to make for your spouse
-Find your favorite childhood book
-Find a book that details your dream vacation
-Find a joke book that your spouse will think is funny
-Find a movie that your spouse will want to watch tonight
-Find a CD that your spouse will be excited about
-Find a magazine that you think your spouse would like a subscription to
-Find a poem that describes the current state of your relationship
-Find a book on a subject that your spouse would like to learn more about
-Wildcard: give your spouse an assignment, and they give you one back

I made two of each card, so we were always searching for the same things. When we found what we needed on each card, we would meet back in a corner with some armchairs and share what we had chosen for one another- in detail! We read our childhood favorite books to each other, shared our poems (which were tear-inducing, darn hormones), critiqued one another’s vacations, and told jokes to each other. I learned things about Matt that I didn’t know before, and I think the same went for him!

On the whole, this provided us with several hours of fun, good conversation, and didn’t cost us a penny. I highly recommend it! This would also be fun to do in a bookstore, where you could chat over a latte and probably have more of a book selection. This just worked well for us 🙂

Do you have a creative date night idea you’d like to share? Email me at karli.feedmemama@gmail.com!

A Word About Sourcing

A friend asked me recently about my sources for this blog.  Since I’m not in college anymore, I’m rebelling against citing every source of my writings in MLA format with footnotes, thank you very much, but I do think that it’s very important for my readers to see where I am getting my information from.  Though my writing style might be somewhat anecdotal, I am striving to relay information that is important not only to me, but should be to you also, and I want to use the most reliable sources to do so.  There are several categories of media that I pull from, but the following is a thorough list that I will update as new sources come about.

COOKBOOKS:

Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day

Jim Donovan’s Outstanding in the Field

The Organic Seasonal Cookbook

Five Ingredient Vegetarian

Raw Food, Real World

The Sneaky Chef

Sundays at the Moosewood

 

WEBSITES:

Modern Alternative Kitchen

The Road Not Processed

Kombuchakamp

Designsponge.com

Betterworldshopper.org

Various company websites (when companies are featured)

REFERENCE BOOKS:

The Better World Shopper Handbook

Taking Charge of your Fertility

Sufficient

New Choices in Natural Healing

Healing Diets

 

ANECDOTAL BOOKS:

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

The Gradual Vegetarian

Diet for a Small Planet

 

MAGAZINES:

Yoga Journal

Natural Health

Real Simple

Whole Living

Vegetarian Times

Mother Earth News

 As I said, I am not 100% concerned with footnoting everything that I say here.  Much of it comes from my own experience and conversations. However, I want you to be as informed as possible, and I will do my best to link everything I can to articles and sources that you may find helpful to do research yourself!  Happy reading!