Friday Frivolity - Ways to Date Your Mate

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...

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At last week's party, we shared our favorite nursery rhymes.

May is Date Your Mate Month, so we're sharing our favorite ways to keep the spark alive.

I tend to give G homemade gifts for our anniversary that help us do this, so most of my favorite ways focus on those:

1. Customized Hubby Gift

This little calendar was one of the first things I gave G. It included all the specific festivals and events that I knew would be happening in our area so that when we were up for an activity, we could just check the date and head out the door -- no searching online for something to do!

I also added in a list of other potential activities for each month of the year, like camping, visiting a state park, or exploring a local museum, so that we always had plenty of resources to choose from to fit our mood.

2. A Year of Fun

We actually gave this gift to every couple we knew one year for Christmas and it was a huge hit. There's an envelope to open each month to learn what the special activity will be. These are all low-cost ideas and some months even have a bonus package to unwrap to add to the fun!

3. Passport to Fun

If you've been a reader around here for very long, then I know you're familiar with this one. Each month we'd "travel" to a new country to explore all the sights, sounds, foods and other activities I could come up with from what we already had on hand.

We kept it up for two solid years and it was a load of fun!

4. Love Jars

As I started spending more time at the rink, our schedule started to feel overwhelming, so we needed something flexible and easy to turn to whenever we had some extra time.

This jars have been the perfect resource and one we'll be sticking with until things calm down a bit and we have more time.

5. Reading Books Together

Come on, you can't be all that surprised to learn that our book-crazed selves even bring reading into our romantic life, can you?

We've gone through lots of books together as a couple, breaking them into little pieces over time. Sometimes the two of us do a lot of eye-rolling at the questions and activities included in them, but we always push through because the discussions we have as a result are usually worthwhile.

Plus, we're constantly modifying these things to make them our own -- using the books as a tool and jumping-off place, rather than following them militantly.

Some of the books we've used in the past that you might want to check out include The 5 Love Languages, 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work, Making Love Last Forever & The Keys to Growing in Love, Wild at Heart, His Needs, Her Needs5 Steps to Romantic Love.

Now time for the new stuff!

The Hosts:

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa recently wrote about her all the fantastic fun Peg + Cat-themed birthday party she threw for her've gotta check it out!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  She's been on a bit of a hiatus, but you have to stop by her blog to see the adorable reason behind it!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions! 

Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we have multiple hosts and co-hosts we will also have multiple features.... but you will have to go check out the other blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)    


The featured post for Syncopated Mama this week is........

I was so tickled to see this Mother's Day gift idea, because not only is it right up my alley, but it's just the type of thing I was sharing in today's post! Check it out for yourself here.

Now, the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome! 

We're so happy you're here! Let's have some fun!

What fun do you have planned for the weekend?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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