10 Reasons to Buy A Fake Engagement Ring

You Might Want An Alternative Engagement Ring

“Jewelry has the power to be the one little thing that makes you feel Unique”

— Elizabeth Taylor.

If you haven’t heard the term “Alternative Engagement Ring”, we’re just referring to other options aside from real diamonds. Why? Simply put, because diamonds are expensive and not for everyone. We’ve realized some women want a less expensive option as their permanent engagement ring, and some people want a back up in addition to their current ring. If you’re still not convinced and are wondering why someone would want an Alternative Engagement Ring, here are some things that might get you thinking about one for yourself…

10 Reasons Why A Faux Diamond May Be Right for You:

1. You have to pay for your wedding yourself. If you and your future spouse are trying to save for a house or are paying for your wedding yourselves, a fake diamond ring may be a great option.

2. Travelling is important to you. Maybe you’d rather have free cash that will allow you to travel as newlyweds. Don’t put your dreams on hold for something you can always buy later. Experiences make more memories than possessions.

3. You lose EVERYTHING. You’ve never had a piece of jewelry longer than 6 months and you’re constantly taking it off, unable to remember where you left it. Play it safe and don’t risk losing something so expensive. If you still want a real ring, reserve it for special occasions. Wear your fake on the daily so you don’t stress about dropping it down the sink when you’re doing dishes.

4. You’re very active. If you’re constantly hitting the gym, going camping, or swimming at the lake, you may not want to be wearing an expensive item on your finger. Working out can cause a lot of wear and tear while increased activity (especially swimming!) can cause your ring to slip off without you noticing. If anything, this may be a good reason to only wear a fake when you’re active and then wear your real one for the normal day to day stuff. 

5. It doesn’t bother you. If you could care less about diamonds, why spend money on one? Don’t let your friends or overpriced jewelers tell you that you need it. Do what is best for you. If you and your spouse have other goals or you simply don’t find diamonds attractive, skip it altogether. Purchase a nice look-a-like to wear if you’re out to a nice dinner or maybe you just need to get Aunt Martha off your back at the Christmas party this year. 

6. You just want to hang with the girls. Maybe you’re sick of getting hit on at the bars, and you need a bigger deterrent than saying “No, thanks”. Because let’s be real, a lot of guys don’t take no for an answer! Get uninterrupted girl time without having the awkward conversation of turning a guy down.

7. Promise RingsHello?? Why do you need to buy a diamond ring before the diamond ring? Get your partner a realistic looking CZ ring to show your commitment without breaking the bank before you pop the real question. 

8. Your style changes frequentlyMore here.

9. Swelling. Are You pregnant? Or do your fingers just swell at the first sign of warmer weather? Mine do!

10. Promise RingsHello?? Why do you need to buy a diamond ring before the diamond ring? Get your partner a realistic looking CZ ring to s

 At the end of the day, everyone has different preferences and a fake ring may or may not be right for you. However, if you choose to skip the real diamond, make sure your fake is still great quality so it lasts and doesn’t turn your poor finger green. As long as you take proper care and steps to clean and care for your rings, they can last forever! Check out How To Care For Real 925 Sterling Silver Jewelry here.

So let’s be honest…. For some reason or another, having a fake ring as your primary engagement ring, or even as a back up would be really convenient!

All Amber Jones Co Rings are 925 Sterling Silver and AAA Cubic Zirconia. You can trust we stand behind our products; quality is everything to us. If you ever have issues with your AJC Ring, we have a 30 day no questions asked return policy. 

You can shop all of our Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Engagement Rings here.

Unique Stocking Stuffers Ideas For Him

I find myself searching “gifts for him” over and over again on Pinterest, Google, Etsy and anywhere else, yet I never find any new ideas. It’s always the same old stuff. Socks, a shaving kit, a personalized keychain, and of course the “love coupons”. But where’s the stuff they really want?

Not to worry. I’ve talked to guys of all ages and come up with a list of gift items they actually want. Without further ado, here are the perfect stocking stuffers for your brother, dad or boyfriend!

1. Real candy. Skip the Hershey’s kisses for another time. Go to a candy shop like See’s or Ghirardelli and pick out what you think are his favorite flavors. Better yet, find a small candy maker online that specializes in his favorite type of sweet treat.

2. Is he not into sweets? How about craft beef jerky or cigars? Last year, I did my own research on cigars that won awards over the last couple years. I popped a couple in my husband’s stocking and he was so impressed with my selection!

3. Detailing supplies. Most guys I know wash and detail their own cars because apparently the local car wash is not to be trusted. They see detailing products like girls see makeup. They all do different things, and you can never have too much! I recommend Liquid X Detail Spray for the newbie, while the Liquid X Ceramic Spray is great for a more experienced detailer. You could even fill an entire stocking with samples, towels and tools! Bonus, this means they’ll probably clean our car too!

4. Go with a theme. For example, one year my husband bought an orange Miata so I went with it. I got him an orange Carhartt beanie, orange gum, orange socks, orange chapstick, Reese’s candy, his favorite dried mango and even a book with an orange cover! He thought it was both hilarious and thoughtful as he realized what trouble I’d gone through to find everything in one color. So does your man have a favorite color? Favorite movie or brand? Does he love coffee? Get him a couple of bags from a quality local shop, along with some coffee scrub, lip balm, coffee candies, coffee bars and premium coffee scoop. Pick something and run with it!

5. Clothes. Yep! You can fit clothes into a stocking. One year I rolled up a long sleeve hooded Nike tee in my husbands stocking. He was so surprised to get a normal sized gift in his stocking! Just when he thought the big gifts were over, BAM! Snag his favorite shirts and roll up one or two in his stocking.

6. Hygiene products or Cologne. Guys love to be well groomed for their ladies. Pick a manly body scrub, or moisturizer. If you find a scent that turns you on, why wouldn’t he want to wear it every day? Ex: By the Fireplace cologne by Replica. This fragrance smells like the rugged man in a flannel and boots waiting by the fire. Trust me, this one is for both of you. If you want to make it fun, get him a sample pack. You can also go with the cheaper roller ball options.

7. Games or books. Does he like games? My husband and I love Hive and Monopoly Deal. These are great games to take with you to breweries or travelling. Is he interested in reading? Pick something motivational like Greelights or Shoe Dog. If he’s into humor and personal development, grab something like this.

7. Go dirty. Have some fun by stuffing his stocking with items to get him excited. Include something you’ll wear for him, some kissable massage oil and a naughty game for the two of you to play. This stocking will be one he’ll never forget!

8. A useful keychain. Ladies, enough with the personalized gifts for your boyfriend. He has plenty to remember you by, and before long, all of these trinkets are going to pile up in a drawer where they’ll never see the light again. Instead, get him one of these genius Cielo pill keychains. My husband keeps caffeine pills and Excedrin in his and has been using it for 5 years! It makes me happy to know I got him something he uses every day.

9. Tech. Do some snooping and find out what brands he likes. Does he have a special keyboard and mouse? Headphones or protective cases? Any of these can give you a look into what he likes. From there, check out what else that brand has to offer. Chances are, they have countless other products he doesn’t have yet. For more ideas, take a look at bluetooth headphones under $25, or tech storage, like these cable management straps.

10. Groupon. Are you sick of putting lame gifts in his stocking? Try an experience to mix things up! Get something for him and the guys, or something for you two to try together. Either way, it’s a gift that you get to look forward to, even after you’ve finished unwrapping gifts and the holiday magic has faded.

The Perfect 10 Day Trip To Ireland

I’ve been to Ireland 5 times. I know that sounds insane, but I know by the end of this article, you’ll be booking your ticket to the Emerald Isle to experience it for yourself. 

First off, Why should you visit Ireland? Simply put, it’s relatively inexpensive and safe, plus they speak English! There’s also a perfect balance of natural beauty and history. Chances are, you speak some sort of English, which means you can order food and drink without stress, rent a car and read signs if you get lost. No other country can compare to the picturesque villages, incredible landscape, welcoming locals and an intensely fun culture. Being in a safe environment where they also speak your language, you’ll be able to fully experience everything Ireland has to offer. 

I have never, in all of the 13 countries I’ve visited, experienced such warm and inviting hospitality. The Irish people are full of fun and laughter and are happy to tell visitors stories of their ancestors or legends of the land. Dublin may not fall into this category as it is a large bustling city and the Capitol, but the smaller towns and villages really capture the country’s gracious and inviting personality. 

I highly recommend driving a car if you can. It’s the best way to see everything and stopping in different towns for lunch breaks is always fun.

Without further ado, here is my ideal 10 day trip to Ireland:


Arrive in Dublin & drive to Kilkenny (1.5hrs)

Kilkenny Things To Do

1. Medieval Mile: Kilkenny is known as a Medieval city, so if you’re interested, check out the local history, bars and buildings that make up this historic town. You can book a walking tour, but I prefer to stumble upon these things as I go and ask a local if I see something particularly interesting.

2. Kilkenny Castle: This is in the middle of town surrounded by a stone wall. You can’t miss it. Grab some sandwiches, cheese and snacks from the shops and make yourself a picnic on the lawn.

3. Smithwick’s Brewery Experience: Irish Red Ale…enough said. Take a tour through one of the most well known Irish breweries and enjoy a pint when you finish.

4. Have yourself a Hen party: This town is known for having the most bachelor/bachelorette parties you’ve ever seen! So why now throw your own here? Even if you don’t it’s fun to experience all of the other stag/hen parties around.

Kilkenny Bars & Food:

Kytelers Inn: The oldest pub in Kilkenny, established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.

Left Bank: Converted bank to night club. This bar has a younger crowd and a party vibe.

Paris Texas: This place is known for great food and patio seating.

The Dylan Whiskey Bar: Try all the Irish Whiskey and become an expert! I never appreciated whiskey until I visited Ireland.

Matt The Millers: This bar has several stories and is great for live Music. I have memories here of us taking over an entire floor of the building and dancing until they closed.

*Suggested Addition: Visit Mount Juliet Estate. This is where I got married! It is a gorgeous estate/hotel on acres of horse pastures. Have afternoon tea, ride a horse through the grounds, or walk their many trails through gardens and along the river. This is also a great stop to experience a proper tea. This is a wonderful place to spend an entire day or a couple of days if you have the time. There are endless activities like archery, falconry, horseback riding, shooting, fishing, and trails. The beautifully restored rooms make you want to wander and curl up with a book. If you can, please please stay or visit here, I promise you won’t regret it!


Kilkenny or Mount Juliet > Killarney (2.5 hrs)

On the way: Try to stop at the Rock of Cashel, gorgeous castle ruins.

Killarney Things To Do

1. Ride bikes through the National Park. Make sure you experience views of the lakes, Torc waterfall, Muckross House & Abbey (Most of these points are part of the Ring of Kerry). All of the bike shops provide a map of the park with all of the landmarks. You can also take a bus tour or drive the Ring of Kerry. There are parking lots at each stop. I wouldn’t recommend doing a horse carriage for the entire park as they can be expensive but it can be a fun option for a short ride.

2. Skellig Michael. Just do it. Buy some motion sickness pills, patches or bracelets and brace for a possibly crazy boat ride. You’ll also need to prepare for some pretty intense stairs on the side of a cliff built thousands of years ago, but there’s a reason one of the recent Star Wars movies was filmed here.

Because of this, you’ll need to book WAY in advance and plan to make this an entire day trip between the drive to Portmagee and the boat ride in and out. Plan several weeks if not months out. The Island is only open a few months in Spring/Summer. It is closed during the rainy season.

Your boat will take off from Portmagee, which is approximately 1.5hrs from Killarney. We had our B&B (The Fuscia Guest House) pack us sack lunches that were ready in the morning. If you don’t want to deal with that much travel in the morning, book a stay the night before in Portmagee so you can just walk to the docks. The boats take off at 9am every day. If you do nothing else the entire trip, DO THIS. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done!

3. See where the night takes you. There are traditional Irish dancing shows, live music and dancing at pubs and great shopping!

Killarney Bars & Food:

The Laurels Pub (Main st. with Red doors): Try the club sandwich or the Calamari

Celtic Whiskey Bar: If you like Whiskey, book the scheduled tastings here, or try “the best old fashioned ” of my husband’s life and the best whiskey of his life (Kilbeggan 21 year, now discontinued and limited available).

Murphy’s Ice cream: Local & Homemade. Treat yourself after biking through the Killarney National Park. Even if it’s cold and raining, you won’t regret it. 

Porterhouse Restaurant: A night to “treat yoself?” Do it here. They have great steaks and live music.

*Tip*: Killarney is my absolute favorite place in all of Ireland. Everyone that came to our wedding said the same. Make sure you stay at least a couple of days here. 


Killarney > Dingle (1hr)

On the way: Be sure to stop at Inch Beach (you’ll see the signs, it’s right off the main road) and drive your car onto the sand. Yes, this is allowed. No, you won’t get stuck. Take the route via ferry if you want a fun way to get to Dingle. You’ll still pass Inch beach if you take this route.

Dingle Things To Do

1. Drive around the Slea Head Drive.  I did this the day it was raining and it was still great! It’s easy to follow the tour buses and see what’s worth stopping for. There are some really amazing views here. 

2. Longs Riding Center: Beach & Mountain ride. Experience beautiful beaches and the green hills in one ride. I would suggest this riding center over others in Galway.

3. Dingle walks: Dingle is a very small fishing town known for being slow paced and quiet. Enjoy the scenery and unique pubs. Perhaps you’ll see the famous dolphin, Fungi. Yes, that’s a real thing. It’s the town’s pet.

4. Seafood: Yes, this is a thing to do in Dingle. All seafood it pretty great in Ireland, but Dingle takes the cake. You don’t want to miss the seafood chowder or fish chips in this Irish fishing village.

5. Great Blasket Islands: I haven’t done this but I’ve heard it’s pretty cool. If you have the time, take a boat to see the crystal waters and ancient islands.

*Tip*: For the adventurous…Take Conor Pass out of Dingle. It has some of the most breathtaking views, but also slightly intimidating roads. At some points it becomes one lane. If you feel comfortable driving at this point, go for it! Everyone takes turns letting people through the narrow parts and are very patient with each other. Its not a long way through the pass and we felt it was totally worth it. We also stopped a few times to take pictures.

Dingle Bars & Food:

Out of the Blue: Great seafood caught that day. Served until they run out!

The Chart House: Upscale seafood

The Boatyard: Casual, with great views of the harbor and the best fish & chips! 

Murphy’s Ice Cream: Yep, there’s another one here.


Dingle > Galway (3hrs)

On your way: Take Conor Pass. Highly, highly recommend! See Dingle Tips for more. The Cliffs of Moher are also on the way to Galway. You can either take a tour bus from Galway or stop on the way there. I recommend skipping the tour bus as it stops at a lot of other places and takes all day. It’s easier to drive yourself and just pay the parking/admittance fee on your own.

Galway Things To Do

If you’re going to have a night out, do it here. Galways is known as a college and party town.

1. Cliffs of Moher. The first time I saw them, I cried. You can’t leave Ireland without seeing this amazing sight. 

2. Latin Quarter. Shopping and lively pubs. This is a fun place during the day with street performers and people window shopping. Return at night for a great bar scene!

3. Horseback riding at Feeney’s Riding Stables. I have ridden here and had a great time. The views were nice and the people were great. However, the riding views at Dingle just a bit better.

4. Eyre Square Centre: A large indoor shopping mall with clothing stores, food and gift shops. 

5. Eyre Square: There is a small park square in the center of town, perfect for people watching or reading a book. There are plenty of locals having picnics, napping and hanging out here. 

Galway Pubs & Food

The King’s Head: The best place for live music, but make sure to get there early for a table. We found it best to get a table by having dinner here and ordering drinks once the music started. Try their house Red Ale- delicious!

John Keogh’s Gastropub: Casual Pub food

Brasserie on the Corner: Upscale Irish food


Galway > Dublin (2.5 hrs)

In my opinion, you can do Dublin in 1 day. You’ll really only want to spend 2 days here if you are going to take a day tour starting in the city. So head here later after you’ve spent the day in Galway.

Dublin Things To Do

1. Northern Ireland bus tour:  Take a tour to see Giant’s Causeway & Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge (both musts), along with the dark hedges, Dunluce Castle and Belfast. This is an all day trip but they hit all the major points up north with interesting history from the tour guide. You will have enough time in Belfast to do a Black Taxi tour if you’d like. Make sure you pack snacks for this long excursion!

2. Teeling Distillery:  Book a tasting and learn about Ireland’s whiskey heritage! You learn more at this one than at Jameson. To me, the Jameson distillery was a little boring and you only compare Jack Daniels, Jameson & Scotland’s #1 whiskey. If you’re from the US, you probably already know what Jack Daniels tastes like! Teeling allows you to learn a lot more about the entire history of whiskey in Ireland and learn the difference between types and processes in distilling. Teeling has been an upcoming brand for a long time and is now well established with many awards. You can find it at most bars in the US. 

3. St Stephen’s Green: A huge park that reminds me of a smaller Central Park. Take a long stroll…or a nap. You can’t have alcohol out in the open, but there are plenty of shops where you could buy some cheeses and meats to enjoy a nice picnic.

4. Trinity College Library: A must for book lovers like me! I believe there is a $10 entrance fee. 

5. Do a pub crawl: This is a MUST. You can find them at any hostel or book online. You’ll make new friends and have someone to lead you around so you don’t get lost.

6. Temple bar: There is an entire area known as the Temple bar area which is busy almost every time of day. Sometimes there are farmers markets set up as well. 

7. Shop Grafton Street: Well known for its upscale shopping scene. It’s fun to walk through and window shop even if you don’;t want to spend money. 

Honorable mentions: St. Patrick’s cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol, Guiness Factory Tour. 

Dublin Pubs & Food

Porter House at Temple bar: Grab some drinks or dinner or just enjoy the atmosphere and all FIVE levels. Seriously, this bar is so cool! Get here early before it fills up.

Taco Taco: Grab brunch here, specifically the Duck hash. Or get brunch anywhere. But Dublin knows how to brunch!

River Bar on Burgh Quay: Try the Irish Lasagna!

FIND THE DONUT CART. It’s called the Rolling Donut on O’Connell St and you will not be disappointed. Fresh fried donuts rolled in sugar? Yes, please!

Tip: You can walk almost all of Dublin. Its packed in pretty close, so you shouldn’t have to drive anywhere. It’s a little stressful driving here anyway. 

Of course there are so many more things to see but these were my favorites. Feel free to print this out & take it with you. Happy traveling!

More Ireland Tips & Tricks 

1. You can download entire areas of a map while on wifi & then access it when you are on the road/without service. Since Ireland is only the size of Indiana, you can download the ENTIRE ISLAND. Please do this! It was so helpful when  I went. You can get live directions while you are offline and it will be a life saver on the narrow, winding roads! Directions here.

2. If you do drive (which I highly recommend), make sure you request an automatic. Most people only drive manual there. They also drive on the wro..I mean LEFT side of the road. The roads are narrow, but if you get scared, just pull as close as you can off to the side and stop. Wait for the other car or tour bus to stop. I see other drivers doing this all the time as well!

3. The outlets are different from the U.S. and Europe. They use the same plug as the UK. The voltage is different so spend the money and get a nice plug with a converter. I didn’t have a voltage converter on my outlet the first time and ended up with a fried flat iron and cellphone charger – Not fun! I highly recommend this one.

4. Plan for rain. Always bring a water resistant jacket with you. When the forecast shows sun, you can still expect a 15 minute drizzle here and there throughout the day. A small travel umbrella is a must have too! Pack good shoes for walking that can get wet like these by Sorel. I can walk in these for days. If you don’t want to spend the money, these will work too.

5. Stay at B&B’s. You will be served amazing Irish breakfasts, baked goods & receive great info from the hosts on where to go/what to see. A lot of them even offer sack lunches to go in the mornings which is a huge help if you’re planning on hiking or going on an excursion.

6. They do not tip. If someone went above and beyond, or you take a taxi, you may want to tip one Euro. And yes, they use the Euro. It’s a good idea to ask for some 1 Euro coins at the exchange counter so you have plenty to give out. Grab a little coin purse so you don’t have to take out your whole wallet when you tip your taxi driver or server.

7. Follow the music. On the weekends, if you walk through town, you’ll hear music spilling out of pubs. Follow the sounds until you find some singing and dancing!

8. Take your time. The best way to enjoy Ireland is to act like a local. Walk at a leisurely pace, spread out your days and enjoy the unique culture unlike the rest of Europe!

9. Take a red eye and sleep on the plane so you hit the ground running and avoid jet-lag! I’ve tried all the travel pillows out there but this one is literally the best! I usually can never sleep on airplanes but this wrap around design actually keeps my head up and allows me to rest.

10. As safe as Ireland is, there is theft everywhere. Don’t take valuables when you travel anywhere. Ladies, leave your engagement rings at home and wear a fake! Inexpensive Sterling silver options like these are a great option if you still want some sparkle but don’t want the risk.

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32 Stay At Home Date Ideas

  1. Make homemade pizzas. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make dough from scratch. Kneading dough and frying it up yourself can be both fun and satisfying. Although, we all know Trader Joe’s makes a pretty good ready-to-go pizza dough too if you wanted to skip a step. Make the biggest pizza you’ve ever seen, or make a bunch of mini pizzas with different toppings! Experiment with stuffed or parmesan crust for an added bonus.
  2. Roller Skating. You guys. I bought roller skates and they are literally the coolest! Actually, my husband bought them for me after I started seeing them in music videos like my favorite Sigala song and Gold by Chet Faker. I splurged on the Moxi Lolli skates and I couldn’t be happier. My husband walks our dog while I’m free to skate back and forth and work on dance moves/tricks. We’ll do this at night when there’s no one up so I can use up the whole street in our neighborhood. Trust me, you won’t regret it! (Here’s a cheaper Moxi option that’s just as great). Your partner can roller skate/blade, or bike beside you. There’s nothing like learning a new activity together, plus you can make this idea a regular weekly activity.
  3. Movie & Nachos. I don’t know if this is embarrassing or impressive but one of my greatest talents is making insanely good nachos. We don’t just stop at cheese and chips. We get meat, chips and salsa from the local Mexican market, beans, cilantro, jalapeno, tomatoes, sour cream, hot sauces and of course…the guac. Not into Mexican food? Try a Mediterranean version with pita chips, mozzarella and ground turkey. Add some tzatziki, tomatoes, cucumber and garlic dip and enjoy!
  4. Lawn games. Don’t have any? Now’s the time to stock up. Giant lawn games always come in handy for BBQ’s or random weeknights where you need to blow off some steam before cooking dinner. Our personal favorites are giant jenga and cornhole. Some cheaper and smaller storage options may be lawn darts, bocce ball, or giant dice/yahtzee.
  5. Spa Day / Give each other massages. He probably won’t be open to a spa day until you mention massages. Take turns rubbing each other down as if you were a real masseuse. Set the mood with some relaxing music and scent the air with candles or essential oils. Lay towels down on the bed and use real massage oil to get the full experience. Bonus points for edible massage oil! End the night by taking a shower or bath together to melt off the oils and order take out to eat in your robes.
  6. Childhood photos. If you don’t have these accessible at your house, taking a trip to each of your parents might add to the enjoyment. This usually ends up taking more time than we think because you end up telling a lot of stories explaining each picture or memory. It’s a great way to get to know who your partner was and what their childhood was like.
  7. Online Shopping. Get out your phones and set a spending limit because you’re going shopping… for the other person! I prefer to stick to clothing on this one, because you can buy something you think they would look good in. However, if you want to open it up to everything, or a specific category, go for it! At the end of the night, share what you bought or better yet, wait until it comes in the mail. Grab a timer and get scrolling!
  8. Home Depot Project. Now, this may be an all day or even a multi-day date, depending on what you choose to do. Build a garden, a bookshelf or a table. If you’re not ready to take on a big project, you can start small with DIY wood drawer organizers, a serving board or a welcome sign. Chances are, a quick Pinterest search will give you more than enough ideas for some home improvement projects.
  9. Board Games. I know. Board games? Really? But hear me out. My husband and I recently started researching and trying every board game we could find. We love games, but figured there had to be better options than Monopoly or scrabble. There are! Right now we are loving Hive, a fun two person game you can take anywhere (breweries, flights, etc). Some simple two player games we recommend are Blockus, bananagrams, and especially Sushi Go! If you’re into more strategy, we suggest Michigan Rummy (the guys will like this one!), Azul, Pandemic, or Codenames Duet.
  10. YouTube Cooking Class. There is no shortage of how-to videos on YouTube. Choose something interesting like Spanish paella, homemade corn dogs, or go all out with filet mignon and demi glace.
  11. Video Games. He’ll love this option, and if you give it a chance, you will too! Getting competitive with Mario Kart while still cuddling on the couch? There’s something for everyone here.
  12. Ping Pong tournament. Clear off that dining or kitchen table and turn it into a ping pong table! Shoot, your table is round or too small? No problem! Improvising usually creates the most fun anyway. If my husband or I have a particularly bad day, we have a rule where we have to play ping pong. We usually end up laughing so much that we forget all about it and it’s a nice bonding activity for us to do together.
  13. Homemade Ice cream. Need I say more? Don’t just stop at vanilla or chocolate. Get creative with it! How about chocolate chip pancake? Or salted caramel pretzel? Better yet, just head over to your local Trader Joe’s and search for random seasonal spreads, cookies or anything you think might be fun. Going on a scavenger hunt for unique ingredients could add to the experience. There are ways to make it without an actual ice cream machine, but we suggest this one for the occasional date night, and the Cuisinart option for more anticipated use.
  14. Pasta Making. My husband and I really got into pasta making after our honeymoon to Italy. There was no comparison to experiencing authentic noodles served fresh al dente. He has perfected the linguine, so all I have to do is make the sauce. It’s fun to divide up the tasks and then bring it all together for a delicious dish. We use this pasta maker because its made in Italy (and those Italians know what they’re doing).
  15. Play Bartender. Grab some booze, and a cocktail kit and you’re home is now a swanky, upscale bar. The upside is, you don’t have to worry about who’s driving! You can turn this into a competition of who can make the best cocktail of your choosing, or who can make up the most interesting drink on the fly. Either way, this is sure to get you in the mood for a fun night together.
  16. Workout videos. Again, there are endless YouTube videos for workouts. I happen to use the Peloton app (and no I don’t have the bike) but they have tons of options for workout videos. I challenged my husband to a short yoga class and now he asks all the time to do it again! He can choose boxing and you can choose barre or Zumba. Who knows, you might both discover a new workout routine!
  17. Drive through culinary experience. I’m not saying you have to get dressed, or even get out of your car. Choose a few drive through locations and research what the best item on the menu is. Go from place to place only trying one thing at each one. Make it a full meal with appetizers, main dishes and desserts! You’ll end up trying things you might never have otherwise, plus you’ll experience some road trip vibes driving from one to the other.
  18. Take personality quizzes together. Have you taken the Love language test? How about the related Apology or Angry tests? Enneagram anyone? Open up to one another so you can learn how to be a better partner and show up how they need you to. My husband and I retake the Love language test every so often because it can change. You’ll likely find out you’re only loving your partner the way you like to be loved, but not how they are longing to be cared for. Get deep with this date night and your relationship will be better than when you started.
  19. Tasting Party. Cheese? Wine? Chocolate? Pickles? Try this with any food you love. Go to a few different stores (or only one if they have a good selection like Trader Joe’s) and pick up different flavors and types of a specific food item. Give each other blind taste tests and choose a prize for the winner like a massage or no laundry for a week.
  20. Backyard S’mores. If you don’t have a fire pit or a fireplace, there are plenty of alternatives. You can use candles (extra romance points for this one), the stove or a makeshift s’mores station like this one.
  21. Have a bake off. I love a little healthy competition. I also feel like ot creates funny memories you likely won’t forget. See who can bake the best or most unique cupcakes and set a reward for the winner like no dishes or a foot rub. Wrap up the extra goodies and write some notes to leave on your neighbors doorsteps. This way you don’t end up consuming all of the baked goods at once and you might makes some friends out of the deal.
  22. Fall down a Youtube rabbit hole. This happens to us all on accident, so why not do it on purpose? Take turns showing each other funny or interesting videos. Once you get going, there’s no telling what kind of cat videos or home fails you’ll end up finding!
  23. Talk about your goals and actually plan them out! I know this seems like a weird thing to do because we don’t like making ourselves and our inner dreams vulnerable, even to those we are close to. But if you start by talking about what you want your life to look at in 5, 10 or 15 years from now, its pretty fun to dream up the best version of your future together! After you both talk about who you want to be, what you want to be doing etc, you can work backwards and talk about ways you could actually make that happen. Sharing what you want most out of life will bring you so much closer together than you ever thought possible.
  24. Plan a trip. You can do this two ways. If you’re dreamers like me, plan something extravagant. Plan to fly first class to Vienna for the New Year’s Eve Imperial Ball where you’ll arrive via limousine in a ball gown and tux, and then spend the remainder of your trip at a cabin in the countryside with a view of the Alps while you sip on hot cocoa. If you’re more logical like my husband and you want to plan something more realistic, plan a local road trip with all your stops that you’ll do later on. Planning will encourage team work while giving you something to look forward to together.
  25. Truth or Dare. I know this may seem juvenile. But it really goes to another level when you’re married. “Truth? Did you actually like the sweater my mom got you last Christmas?” or “I dare you to give me your best strip tease to a Taylor Swift song” We’ll play a version of this we call truth or else. Example: “Tell me the last time you farted in the bed or else you have to scoop the litter box this week”. Pour some wine and let the good times roll!
  26. Pretend you’re on Chopped. Is it weird that I love competition and/or to make my spouse do something difficult for my own amusement? I hope I’m not alone in this. Just imagine choosing the most ridiculous ingredients and giving them a countdown to create an amazing meal. It’s even better if you take turns and narrate while the other cooks under pressure. Find out who deserves to be the Chopped champion!
  27. Project Runway. Get some fabric from the local craft store and create outfits for yourselves (or each other!) and see who has an eye for design.
  28. Lip Sync Battle. Just watch some of the YouTube videos of these wacky performances to get some ideas. Or just continue to watch the videos…
  29. Face Off. Now this could really be interesting. Choose a theme from his favorite movie and try to recreate a character using some old makeup or Halloween face paint! Take it to another level with face wax to create fictional looks on each other.
  30. Making it. This is a great option for everyone. Watch an episode to get an idea or a theme and run with it. Each contestant can work with the medium of their choice to showcase their skills. This way you’re both doing something you enjoy.
  31. Ink Wars. Did anyone else draw fake tattoos on themselves when they were kids? Now’s your chance to let your inking skills shine. Plus you get to create art on your partner. You decide if the artist or the subject chooses the placement…wink wink. Get out your Ball Point Pens and start working on those temporary tattoos!
  32. Pretend you’re on another reality competition show. There are a million shows to choose from. So You Think You Can Dance, Fear Factor, America’s Got Talent, Fear Factor, or any others you enjoy watching!