7 Easy At-Home Date Ideas

7 Easy At-Home Date Ideas

It's time to shake up your relationship and get a little creative.

After being in a relationship for a while, it can be difficult to come up with new things to do together to keep the excitement alive. So it's time to get creative and do a little planning. If you're nervous that you're on your way to being stuck in the takeout and Netflix dating life, then it's time to try some of the date ideas below to add some fun back into your dating life.

In order to make sure that you actually try these dates out, and don't end up just laying around on the couch, make a plan! Doing a little preparing in advance and putting these dates on the calendar will help to ensure a successful date.

1. Wine/Paint Night

Ever see those Groupons for paint nights hosted by bars that a group of moms typically go to on nights out from their husbands? (Well, my friends and I enjoy them too but that's beside the point.) Have an at-home version for a cheaper and more relaxed date.

There's no pressure for your painting to be good in the comfort of your own home, it's just for fun. Get some canvases, paint and brushes from a local craft store and check out this site that has 30 easy ideas of what to paint. Oh, and don't forget the wine.

2. Homemade Pizza

This may come out amazing, or it may be a total disaster. The point of this date is to try cooking something new and have fun with it! Let your inner Italian chef out with this chicken broccoli alfredo pizza recipe.

3. DIY Dance Lessons

This is another fun one that is more comfortable to start out doing in the comfort of your own home. Hopefully, at least one of you has rhythm and can help the other, but regardless, this is an entertaining way to learn a new skill, or to just make some memories dancing together. Check out this salsa video or this one on line dancing. Good luck!

4. Indoor Campout

No campout is complete without s'mores. If you don't have a fire place, try this fun way to roast some marshmallows! Build a blanket fort and toss some pillows on the ground while you enjoy your delicious treats.

5. Home Improvement

Check out Pinterest for something fun you can make, such as this mason jar organizer, or this fun chalkboard coffee table.

6. Learn A New Skill

This is similar to the third idea, learning to dance (props to you if you attempted it!). But this option can include anything! Think back on conversations you've had with your partner; is there anything that he or she has mentioned they wanted to learn? Or something you have always wanted to try with them?

Perhaps, you're planning a trip abroad together and you want to learn the basics of the language of the country. Or maybe, he is really into photography but has had trouble figuring out his camera and you're interested in learning about it too. You can learn a lot from the internet, and doing these things together makes it more enjoyable.

7. Romantic Picnic

Spice up a typical boring picnic with some romantic ambiant lighting. Light some candles and use a string of lights to help set the mood. Grab some drinks, and make a nice cheese board to up the fancy level. Check this page out for tips on creating the perfect charcuterie boards to accompany this chic picnic.

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8 Instagrammable Lattes You Can Buy Chapel Hill And Carrboro

One of the best parts of getting a cup of coffee has to be Instagramming your barista's latte art.

One of the best parts of getting a cup of coffee has to be Instagramming your barista's latte art. Here are eight places in Chapel Hill and Carrboro with some of the most impressive (and delicious) lattes:

1. Perennial

Perennial not only makes a mean latte, but with their teal coffee mugs, brick walls and the marble countertop, you'll have the perfect aesthetic for each latte. Perennial has a second floor with mismatched furniture, worn brick walls, and a great view for your next Instagrammed latte.

2. Open Eye Cafe

At Open Eye, you'll not only find the perfect drink, but you'll also find some incredible latte art. I mean, look at that feather! If you're looking for a little extra boost to your latte, go for the chai latte (and keep the two shots of espresso). Not only will it look incredible, but it's a great afternoon pick me up.

3. Joe Van Gogh

With a name like Joe Van Gogh, you can expect art in your latte. Usually, I'm impressed with a leaf or a heart, but scrolling through their Instagram location tags, I found myself continually impressed, especially with latte swans and feathers topped with hearts. Take a peek of their Instagram tags to see some of their impressive art.

4. Gray Squirrel Coffee Co.

If you're in the mood for a little heart in your coffee, Gray Squirrel has you covered. Their drinks are simply elegant and definitely show that they're made with love.

5. Coco Bean Coffee Shop and Cafe

Mixing hearts and feathers together, Coco Bean Coffee Shop's lattes look just like they would match your bullet journal's headers. Bring your bullet journal along with you to get some journaling done (or snap some photos) as you sip your latte.

6. Caffe Driade

Both of these drinks look delicious and I love the swirly hearts! Add in an almond croissant and not only do you have an awesome photo, but a great after class snack.

7. Carolina Coffee Shop

At Carolina Coffee Shop, it feels like I'm drinking my latte from a soup bowl! The massive size of each drink doesn't take away from the artfulness of each drink's foam.

8. Guglhupf

When I first stopped at Guglhupf, I loved seeing the glossy, wooden tables and thought about how it would be the perfect backdrop for a latte photo. Once I got my drink, I saw how the two looked perfect for each other and snapped about 10-15 photos.

There are plenty of coffee shops throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro, but these eight have incredible latte art. Comment below some of your favorite places to get your ~artsy~ brew!

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14 Anxiety-Ridden Thoughts You Have While Watching 'Chopped'

DO NOT use it as a garnish.

I take reality shows a little too seriously sometimes, but cooking shows are where I absolutely go off the wall. A classic staple in my favorites is "Chopped." To be honest, I'm not sure why I constantly watch this show because it fills me with nothing but chest pain

I know I can't be the only one who ends up screaming at the T.V. and gets death glares from the rest of their family who is trying to have a quiet evening, so here are some elements of the show that send me up a wall.

1. *two minutes left on the clock* "I decided that I'm going to make ice-cream"

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? THIS IS WHY EVERY PERSON BEFORE YOU HAS FAILED. You don't have the time, please take the L and move on before you serve cold soup!

2. Just looking at someone and knowing that they're about to overcook something

Call it chef's intuition. I can't cook, but I sure know that you're about to burn the underside of that lamb.

3. Looking at someone's bad plating and wondering who taught them anything about presentation

This is...this is really bad. You BETTER hope that your flavor counteracts with it.

4. "I forgot a key ingredient, but I think I'm gonna be okay"

They aren't suggestions for your meal, Linda! You kind of have to have them.

5. When the person you were rooting for gets chopped within the first two rounds

What am I supposed to do for the rest of the episode? Root for Bert? I hate his attitude, that's why I didn't pick him in the first place.

6. Instantly getting annoyed when a person you hate goes to the finals

The judges are obviously sick and have defective taste buds today or something.

7. But rejoicing when they end up losing

Second place is the first loser. SEE YA.

8. Trying to imagine what you would decide to make in the split seconds you have before the round begins

I can make tacos, spaghetti and maybe some microwavable rice if I'm feeling elegant.

9. Feeling your heart rate accelerate when you hear "Chefs, open your baskets"

What's inside what's inside what's inside

10. Wanting to protect the children on Chopped Jr. but wanting to scream at them at the same time

You are BETTER THAN THIS, Cindy! Get your act together.

11. "I am a professional, definitely one of the best in my field"

I bet.

12. The pang you get in your chest when your favorite chef is being ripped to shreds

Just rip my heart out, why don't ya?

13. Getting ready to chuck your remote when a chef says they're going to use the key ingredient as a garnish

Did you even watch this show before?

14. Realizing that you've been glued to your couch for eight hours and you ironically forgot to eat

Because watching other people make food is so much better than actually making it yourself.

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