It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. One of the many things that I love about this time of year is how lively a city can look decorated for the holidays. Syracuse sure does clean up nice with all the lights.
Ian and I were due for a mini-date and we like usual were a bit strapped for cash. We planned to be “out” during an afternoon and pretty much winged the whole date. Luckily we had a blast and I think you may too.
Find out where/when your city or town will have a decorated Christmas tree. Bundle up if you are in a chilly place [like Syracuse!] and pack a camera if you want. Syracuse is great because they also BLAST epic Christmas music right in Clinton Square – where the tree is set up. We could have also gone ice skating but we were being a bit lazy.
Stroll around linking arms. Talk about your Christmas plans. The key to this date is to talk & see. If you get cold have your significant give you a hug. Caution: I wouldn’t suggest this for a first day. Just sayin’! Now, I suggest after you freeze your butts off to make a trip to your local cafe and order a hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Since I was in need of a little caffeine boost before we saw the tree we went to the Downtown Cafe Kubal location and ordered the most amazing mocha and pumpkin spiced latte. Check out my Instagram feed for the fancy picture of our lattes.
Alyssa from All Things Beautiful has some great cheap date ideas as well! [Today she’s talking all about exploring the historic district of your city – I love this!]
P.S. This is my last post using wordpress.com! It’s a little sad, but I’m onto bigger and better things. Stay tuned for the big reveal on Monday!
Let’s face it, unless you are a high rolla [don’t we all wish?] sometimes you don’t have a ton of money to spend on a date. That doesn’t mean you can’t go on one. The hubs and I are pretty creative when it comes to “dates” and most of the time prefer these outings vs. the typical dinner and a movie. Believe me, we love to eat and watch movies but we also like to change it up. Well, we are going to share at least 4 date ideas over the next few weeks to help when extra cash is stockpiled away for holiday presents! We present:
Date idea #1? Go on a photography date. Note: This date can also double as a chance to be creative, could turn into a DIY project [more on that soon!], and hey you might even get some new pictures for your blog!
What you need:
A camera – this could be a digital camera, a disposable, a hipster [like my fisheye and holga film cameras] camera, iPhone, whatever you have!
Your significant other.
A favorite place.
Optional: a cute outfit, one that you are comfy in from multiple angles. I always opt for a classic button-down and jeans or cords. But if you are going out in public you should probably wear some clothes, just sayin’!
Task: Go explore your favorite place. Have fun, who cares what you look like. Take pictures of each other, take pictures of the grass or water or fire hydrants, whatever floats your boat. The point is not to be a professional photographer – unless you already are. I got lucky and Ian does this for reals, but all you need to do is let loose, bond and have fun. It’s okay if one or both of you aren’t creative, you can crack up at the pictures later on! <–Believe me, we do this a lot!
If you have no idea how to pose, create a pinterest board about photography and try to recreate the shots. Instagram your photos later or print them out. Make them your new profile pictures or do nothing with them. The point is to be out, doing something. Feel free to take cutesy pictures like this:
Or be a creeper [coughlikeIancough]:
Or if you are feeling camera-shy feel free to take pictures of the surroundings:
The only cost will be if you decide to have your photos printed – which is totally optional! We picked a few spots that we wanted to take photos so you can really plan it to be as long or short as you want. I can’t show you all the pictures because I will be using a lot for my redesign and I’m desperately trying to be patient and wait until the new design launches. But, if you wanna snoop a little more check out Ian’s tumblr.
What do you think? Would you ever go on a photography date?
I’m thinking of using these photos for our holiday cards [isn’t that crazy to think of?!] I’m not-so-secretly keeping my fingers crossed that I win the “Year in Review” giveaway from Amanda Jane Jones <–hey, look another Jones!