7 Fun Fall Date Ideas For Young Couples

7 Fun Fall Dates For You And The Candy Apple Of Your Eye

Here are my seven favorite things to do in the fall with my boyfriend!

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Let's face it, sometimes going out to dinner every weekend gets boring... or maybe not! In any case, here are seven fun things you and your boo can do now that it's getting cooler outside!

1. Corn maze

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You might get stuck in the corn like some scary "Children of the Corn" nightmare, but hey, you'll find your way out eventually, right? Seriously though, trying to work through the maze with your partner can be both challenging and hilarious... especially if one of you is directionally challenged.

2. Carve pumpkins

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This is pretty cheap, and if you pick good designs, it can be really fun! You get a chance to let your crafty side shine through, and you can feel like a little kid again. Be wary, though: If you pick a design that's super hard, it may not turn out exactly as you planned...

3. Go to a haunted house

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This one is fun because you can hang on to your partner the whole time and hide behind them. Seriously though, I love haunted houses for some unknown reason, and there are a lot of affordable ones that make for a good adventure.

4. Have a bonfire

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Bonfires are super cozy, cheap and fun! Invite a few friends over and have a party!

5. Make couples costumes

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OK, literally every girl plans Halloween like at least a month before it happens, so why not get your boo involved too? Couples costumes can be hilarious when you pull them off the right way, so plan ahead and make a good one!

6. Go on a hay ride

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If you couple this with food before/after, or maybe both, this makes for a fun date! Just don't go if it's recently rained; trust me, you'll thank me later.

7. Visit a local farm or orchard

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Orchards have the BEST apples ever, and they often have a lot of other cute homemade fall things as well! If you're super good at baking, you can make a pie with them... or if you're like me, good luck!

What's your favorite thing to do with your boo in the fall? Comment below!

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To The Toxic Relationship I Was Afraid To Let Go Of

To my younger self... I'm sorry.
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As time goes on the question that echoes in my mind is: "why?" Why did I let someone who was so undeserving have my love, time, and affection?

We all like to think that we have what it takes to mend the damage someone carries, but the fact of the matter is we don't. Hurt people, hurt people – and it was only when I tried to heal a bruised heart mine became the one in trouble. When you're young, vulnerable and under someone's spell you don't realize that you shouldn't have to rip yourself apart to keep someone else whole. I was scared of losing someone I didn't really have and I thought it was better to have someone halfway than not at all.

The irony of it all is that I grew up in a healthy environment. I have two parents who love my sister, each other, and myself unconditionally. They practice the same values they preach, some of which being loyalty, forgiveness, and how important it is to love each other despite the flaws that consume us. Those values were engraved so deep in my heart and soul I couldn't recognize when enough was enough or when to pull back and that just because I displayed these traits didn't mean they would be reciprocated. It took me a while to figure out I had to draw the line of determination from desperation.

It was a bittersweet realization when I looked up from my treacherous journey only to see it led me to a dead end, but I have never felt so liberated.

There's no denying I came out of the storm a different person and most definitely with a different heart. There were so many important lessons learned, both good and bad but the one thing that's for certain is it took me getting lost to find myself. You don't fully understand what you deserve until you experience something you don't. I learned the importance of self-worth and how crucial it is to not beat yourself up over the "coulda, shoulda, woulda's." I learned that in order to love someone, you have to start with yourself.

I know I'm not the only one who experienced this and I know I'm not the only one who wanted to figure it out on my own terms, but what I do know is that no one deserves it. I'm in my twenties now and still unsure of the actual meaning of love, but I know with absolute certainty that what I felt then was not it. I have so much growing, learning, and experiencing to do – and I fully intend on taking only those who deserve to be with me on my journey. No more and no less.

Everyone's story is different but the one thing they have in common is that we get to decide whom we share our stories with and how they make us feel. You never know which page your story will end with, so make sure it would be one you would be happy with. I urge every single one of you to rid yourself of people who do more harm than good. Life isn't forever.

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Ghosting Is Not Only Annoying, It’s Childish—Get Your Act Together And Respond

It's time to stop ignoring conversations.

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The term ghosting is defined as the practice of ending a personal relationship with someone by suddenly and without explanation withdrawing from all communication. (Also, how sad is it that it actually has coined definition.) Whether you are ignoring your co-worker, friend, tinder match, mom, I can guarantee you that everyone, at least once, has ghosted on someone.

And it's understandable. That's how our society is built now. If you don't like something, you stop using it and move on to something else. If you don't want to be in a conversation, you ignore it and move to the next conversation. But when you begin to do that with every conversation, you are no longer communicating. You're just being childish.

Ghosting is easy because if you don't like how the conversation is going, you can just exit out of your messaging app and pretend it never happened. But the problem is that the other person that's involved with that conversation can't pretend like it never happened. The intention behind the ghosting is still there. Whether you are mad at that person, feel uncomfortable, or just don't want to listen what the other has to say, the receiving communicator will still know what you're feeling because you can't think of a response. The "ghoster" just couldn't face their issues and decided to hide behind a screen. And that's infuriating. If you can't handle the responsibility or responding, you shouldn't be able to start a conversation at all.

Of course, it's easier said than done, but we need to get back into the habit of finishing conversations. We need to be able to face our problems and know how to communicate them to others. We need to understand true interaction if we want to be able to have a real relationship with other people. So stop being annoying. Stop being childish. Respond.

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