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Cheap Date Ideas

May 10, 2012

One of the reasons why I love summer is because the warmer weather and sunshine offer more opportunities to get out of the house – and spend less money.  So grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, husband or wife for a date that costs little or no cash.

Check out my recent article on free date ideas for some great suggestions for…well, free dates.  I picked my 10 favorite ideas – including Weird NJ and “locking your love,” which Erica suggested after visiting the Bridge of Love upon her last trip to Helsinki, Finland.  Couples engrave or customize their own padlock, attach it to the bridge and throw away the key, symbolizing their everlasting love.  Unfortunately, there aren’t too many bridges or structures in the US that condone this (I guess it’s a European thing), but how cute would it be to do that with your partner at one of your favorite locations?

I was surprised that I found it somewhat difficult to find date ideas that are absolutely free.  It’s quite easy for small spending to go unnoticed (like my beach/boardwalk suggestion where you may have to pay admission, or even the amount of gas it may take to get to your destination).  But I did find a ton of unique and romantic date ideas that are not only great alternatives to the typical “dinner and a movie,” but cheap too!

Arcade
Board Game Night (Good for double or group dating!)
Boardwalk
Bowling
Camping
Carnival
Comedy Club
Darts
Drinks, Appetizers & Dessert
Go-Karts
Haunted Houses
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Laser Tag
Local Play
Local Sports Game
Mini-Golf
Movie in the Park
Movies (Minus the Snacks from the Theatre)
Museum
Open Mic Night
Paintballing
Picnic
Play Pool
Restaurant Tour
Shooting Range
Stargazing
Take a Class Together
Test Drive a Luxury Car
Volunteering
Walk on the Beach or in the Park
Wine Tasting
Zoo

Now, all you need is a date, or even a friend to do all this awesome stuff with!  Have any other ideas?  Share them!

The weekend is almost here – hang in there! <3 Kelsey

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Wedding Shoe Alternatives: Casual & Comfy

May 7, 2012

Like typical girls, we here at Little Things love a good pair of shoes.  Erica is the high heel fashionista, Kristi & Jessica have flats in every color, Nikita is the boot fanatic and my closet is full of sneakers and slip-on’s.  Though we have such differing footwear preferences, we can all usually agree on a gorgeous pair of fancy bridal shoes (like some of the ones in the picture).  Then I started wondering about non-traditional bridal footwear:  what about the bride who doesn’t want to be taller than her soon to be husband?  Or the bride with bad feet?  Or the brides who just hate stilettos and heels?  So I organized this list of shoe alternatives for weddings.

TOMS® – If you’re not familiar with TOMS®, check out their website here. They’re for a great cause:  every time you buy a pair, another pair will be donated to a child in need.  A recent discovery for me, and I’m obsessed.  I want a pair to match every outfit because they’re so freakin’ comfy.  They even have wedges if you’re looking for a comfortable heel to wear.

Flip Flops – For the beach wedding, of course!  And I don’t mean the cheap, rubber thong flip flops you can buy from a dollar store.  Our Personalized Flip Flops or Personalized Flower Flip Flops ensure a safe and comfortable walk down the aisle.  Plus you can give a pair to the girls in your wedding party as the bridesmaid gifts.

Converse – You can’t go wrong with a pair of All-Stars.  They’re available in literally every single color, and you can have so much fun with them.  I was browsing pictures on the web, and I’ve seen the cutest photos of stuff couples did – like writing their vows on the sides of a classic pair of black Chuck high tops.

Vans Shoes® – I’m not exaggerating when I say I live in my Vans.  Like Converses, you can pretty much find them in every color.  Again, I stumbled upon some pretty cool pictures of slip-on’s worn in weddings, including complete artwork drawn in black marker on a white pair.  So cool.

I would definitely consider any of these as wedding shoe alternatives.  Though I probably wouldn’t mind a fancy pair of Louboutins (as long as my rich fiance can afford them).

Any other ideas?  We have three engaged women in the office who are dying to know!

- Kelsey

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