Valentine's Day Date Ideas

Hello Lovely,

Valentine’s Day is totally overrated, but there are still some hopeless romantics out there looking to keep the spark alive. At this point, I’m sure everyone is tired of the traditional dinner and movie date, and let’s face it, taking your girl to a club is just no longer cool. Step your game up! So I’ve rounded up 5 really fun and creative date ideas for anyone looking to shower their loved one with affection on this special day!

ROMANTIC CUDDLE KIT FOR TWO

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A romantic Cuddle Kit is an amazing gift for your anniversary, your spouse’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, OR just because! It would also make a cute wedding or bridal shower gift, or a quick-pick-me-up for a cold weather day. It can be thrown together in a jiffy, and who wouldn’t LOVE a night of cuddlin’, snugglin’, and lovin’ in a basket? It’s quick, easy, AND romantic, plus, it comes with a darling, free printable gift tags and “Snuggle Up” banner to help you have the most romantic cuddle around. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Here are some suggestions of what you might put inside…

  • A soft, fuzzy blanket

  • Some Bubbly

  • Chocolate Truffles

  • A lovey, dovey movie

  • Some Candles

  • Some Romantic Music

  • Socks

  • Hershey Kisses

  • Cocoa

The opportunities are literally endless! Just include whatever you think is comfy, cozy, and super cuddly.

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Romantic Rooftop Date

Meeting and falling in love is such a thrilling, exciting time! Enter the romantic rooftop date-perfect for a picnic!!  And why stop at a picnic blanket when you could have a table and chairs?! Don’t have a flat roof?  Are you living in an apartment without roof access?  Well, don’t let that stop you!  Ask to borrow a friend’s roof for the night.   (I’m pretty sure it’s empty and available.)  Or look for a place in town with access to a great view.

Even if you are solo, all of these activities are fun things to do with your friends and family during the cooler fall and winter months. Give them a try and report back!

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Sign Up for a Cooking Class

When cooking isn't your strong suit (and restaurant reservations are booked to the max), sign up for a last minute cooking class where you can learn to make each other's favourite meals. Things always tend to heat up in the kitchen.

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A Wine Bar Crawl

Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop from place-to-place and order different kinds of wine and tapas along the way. It's waaay more interesting than a boring ol' sit-down dinner. Of course, it doesn't hurt stashing one away for later too.

A Scavenger Hunt

This Valentine’s Day, add a little family fun with this Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt that everyone can enjoy! You can make up your own, complete with creative challenges, photo missions, and sexy prizes. I’ve even got two ideas for you. The first is specific to Valentine’s Day and only requires your significant other. Not only is this scavenger hunt easy to set up with a cute bag label you can print directly onto the bag, its full of fun activities that will create a memorable Valentine’s Day adventure. Follow all of the scavenger hunt clues to reveal hours of Valentine’s Day fun!

The second option is something I did four years ago for a significant other’s birthday. Just invite your most adventurous friends, print off the clues and let the race begin!

Do you have another fun Valentin’es Day date idea? Sound off below!

This Quiz will Help You Create a Custom Wedding Cocktail

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Hello Lovely,

Wedding Season is upon us. Everyone is still talking about the Royal Wedding (I didn't even bother to watch) and I'm sure a lot of relationships are feeling the pressure to walk down the aisle in style now! One of the ways you can do that is by creating your own custom cocktail for your big day. I've been to a lot of events where they created custom cocktails for the event and that really made it feel special. But making your own signature drink can be a lot of pressure. What should it taste like? Whose taste buds should you go with? Should you include top shelf drinks?

Brilliant Earth has a super-simple solution. The ethically-sourced engagement ring company just launched its very own Wedding Cocktail Generator to help you and your betrothed create a drink specially tailored to your relationship. The quiz results even provide a mocktail version of the recipe for nondrinkers.

So now, instead of worrying whether “met while bar-hopping downtown” tastes more like vodka or gin, you can get back to the important decisions, like whether to spend your money on an end-of-the-night soft pretzel drunchies bar or a bridal-themed bouncy castle. (I personally want the bouncing castle - holding my bouquet, ladies!)

Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

Montana and Jess' Stunning Nautical Wedding

On December 30, 2017, my baby cousin Montana was wedded. The wedding took place in Freeport at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. The dock provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. The nautical theme was consistent throughout the decor, down to the anchor that provided the perfect ampersand under the arch to symbolise the joining of two individuals.

The magnetising chemistry between the couple really showed throughout the ceremony. They seriously couldn’t be any cuter together. It was a photographer’s dream to work with such  individuals who were so passionate about one another that it also inspired me with my own emotional journey.

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WednesDate: Fun With Charades

Hello Lovely,

Undoubtedly a party favourite has to be charades! It's a great way to show how in sync you and your significant other are, and if you're not, it's still a good way to learn new things about them! But when you're apart from your beau, it could be hard to share fun moments together over board games. If board games are your thing, Fun with charades is a website that lets you play charades with friends online with your webcams! It’s like having a party without having to leave your seat.

Pictionary online games have always lacked that special something that real life charades offered, but now you can make a total fool of yourself on cam. Invite your friends to a room, or play with others online. Act out word clues over live online video. No registration is required!

The LDR Diaries Vol. 1

Hello Lovely,

I’m usually really private about my relationship but after some careful consideration I’ve decided to open up more about it, in hopes that someone reading this, who may be considering entering a long distance relationship or is currently struggling with one, can get something inspiring out of it. Long distance relationships (LDR) are never easy, yet Masai and I have been making it for almost 2 years (only 4 months shy). This is significant for me because before him, I’ve never be in a relationship for even a year, so to make it this far really says something: HE HAS GOT TO BE CRAZY FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME!

Our first official photo together as a couple

Our first official photo together as a couple

Within our first year of dating, we spent all of 27 days physically together. Could you imagine spending only 27 out of 365 days with your significant other? I’m sure by now you’re wondering how the hell we made it this far.

Somehow we still managed to spend major holidays together. For his 30th birthday, I organised a real life version of The Amazing Race, in which we ran all around my island trying to beat my friends. Of course we won!

Poor fools didn't know they were about to lose!

Poor fools didn't know they were about to lose!

I'll never forget our first Christmas spent together and the two times we spent Easter together. (I met his brother at Christmas and I got really ill our first Easter, which meant we had to cancel our fishing trip but the second Easter was much better as we got to go to church together and he finally saw me dance for himself). 

Trust me when I say it has not been easy. There were days when I asked God if I listened correctly when I chose him because so many days felt like a mistake. Even recently, now that we’re physically together for three weeks this summer, we fought my first night in town in Walmart. I know what you’re thinking: How tacky is it to argue in Walmart? What did you even argue about: Are you getting enough savings; should we go with Aquafina or Dasani? Looking back on a lot of our fights, I can see how petty it was but the good thing is, we always learned something new about each other.

We’re not rushing this thing between us. We’ve both been in whirlwind romances before and had our hearts ripped out, shredded and force fed back to us while we watched that love rendezvous with someone else right in front of us. Not saying we’re jaded now, just smarter, and more cautious to do things right this go around. We’ve got a whole summer of (affordable) adventures planned out and can’t wait to enjoy this time together. This will be the most amount of time we’ve ever spent together consecutively. I can’t wait to update you on it next month.

Takeaways From This Month’s LDR Diaries:

·        Don’t walk away from a fight unless you’ve learned the reason you had the fight in the first place and have a solution for preventing it in the future

o   But be realistic: You will still fight, because you can’t change anyone but yourself. It just helps to have that mental note of how to avoid triggering the situation that ticks off your partner.

·        Just because you can’t BE with your partner, doesn’t mean you can’t still DO things with your partner.

o   Online chat programmes like Skype, WhatsApp and Rabbit are great ways to stay connected and share intimate moments of life. If life is too busy, WhatsApp is a great way to quickly shoot your partner a message, voice note, image video or even call FOR FREE! Skype is great for face to face chats and if you miss going to the movies together, Rabbit is a great website that lets you stream movies and other online videos in a private room just for the two of you.

o   If you and your beau are competitive, Pogo is another great site to check out to play games together in real time, like Monopoly and Scrabble.

·        Know your love style and be realistic about it

o   So many times he has told me that I’m a hopeless romantic, expecting things from him that’s just not his style. So if you’re trying online dating like we did, always establish this up front and make adjustments however you can, to save yourself some disappointment in the future.

The 10 Things I Love About My LDR

Being in a long distance relationship is fun! (Most of the time) Even though the miles separate you and your loved one, there’s so much to enjoy about being apart from each other. The fact that the person you love is hundreds or thousands of miles away doesn’t mean that distance has to be something horrible or difficult.

It’s so easy to focus on the negative aspects of a relationship like this, but what are the positives!? Believe it or not, there are lots of perks to being in an LDR and tons of reasons to love the distance between you. There’s the date nights, the gifts and packages and the love you both share from hundreds of miles away to think about!

Not convinced? Maybe my handy info-graphic below will change your mind. It’s got 10 beautiful reasons that I love my long distance relationship (even when it’s really hard!)

What do you love about YOUR long distance relationship?

WEDNESDATE: Now is Good

WEDNESDATE: Now is Good

Every last Wednesday of the month, we will feature a short & sweet long distance relationship date kit. Each “WednesDate” will include a free full length video and or other online or printable activities to accompany it.

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EJ & Janae | Unstoppable Love Engagement Photo Session

Working at a Bath and Body store six years ago, Janae never thought that’s how she would meet her future husband. After four years of an unsuspecting friendship, and a failed relationship with a mutual friend, EJ finally made his move. She loved his sense of humour and he could always make even a bad situation good. Little did Janae know, from that moment, he had planned to make her the one, and wasn’t taking no for an answer. EJ saw a passionate, down-to-earth and selfless woman who went above and beyond to make others happy.

EJ said that peaches remind him of Janae, and I can’t blame him. She has very peachy cheeks, and always has as long as I’ve known her.

Janae recounted feeling secure, loved and special when she’s with him, which definitely showed in the photos. She was comfortable around him, whereas her beauty and smile left him speechless while shooting. She was caring and considerate, always making sure he looked his best in between shooting; even coaching him behind the scenes, which of course made him blush. Their matching outfits were absolutely adorable! Can you believe that Janae's mother made the dress specifically for the shoot in like two days?

When they think about all that they’ve been through, the one thing they can laugh about now, is how despite everything, their engagement was almost called off over a Jet Ski incident! EJ laughed, but Janae didn’t find it so funny when she found herself thrown off of a Jet Ski after recently getting her hair done. She admits it was silly now, but I can just imagine her yelling at him for messing up her hair in the middle of the ocean.

On February 13, 2015 EJ took the next step in their relationship by proposing over dinner in a restaurant. They are both looking forward to new experiences and Janae is especially looking forward to being a wife and a mother.

“He’s not a perfect person, I’m not a perfect person, but I think that we’re perfect for each other. I honestly think that God sent him in my direction.” - Janae

Thank you for allowing me to capture this precious moment in your lives. May God to continue to richly bless each of you!

Thank you for allowing me to capture this precious moment in your lives. May God to continue to richly bless each of you!

Free Valentine's Photo Session Giveaway

Hello Lovely,

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And if you want to capture that day with your special someone this is the contest for you! Simply submit a photo of you and your sweetie, on my Facebook Page or Twitter, with your brief love story and you're entered to win! Get your friends and family to like your picture and the page, and the couple with the most likes will get a free Valentine's Day Photo shoot valued at $200! Enter TODAY!

Rules and Information:

  • You must both live in The Bahamas (if on a Family Island, travel expenses must be covered).
  • You must be in a relationship for at least one year.
  • Deadline for submissions is February 22, 2016
  • Photo session will take place February 6, 2016. Date is negotiable, but must be completed before Valentine's Day.
  • Free photo session includes two people only. No one else will be allowed on set unless the couple has children together.
  • Photo session location can be chosen by winning couple.
  • Make-up will be provided by renowned Makeup Artist William Moultrie
  • Couples will get bonus points for sharing a uniquely creative and touching story.
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This contest will also be featured on Cup of Love Giveaway hosted by Planet Weidknecht and Mom Does Reviews

XoX,

Olivia