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How You Can Be More Romantic with Your Partner

Have you noticed that your relationship does not involve as much romance as it did in the past? Well, if you have noticed this, then the chances are your partner has also noticed, even though they may not have said anything. Being romantic is something that both partners have to get involved in if you want to keep that magic alive, so it is well worth looking at romantic gestures that can help your relationship.

Being romantic is not about talking dirty or buying anal toys – these are more suited to those looking to improve their physical relationship! Romantic gestures are ones that take thought and effort, and which come from the heart. Fortunately, there are lots of ways in which you can extend romantic gestures to impress your partner, and we will look at some simple yet effective solutions in this article.

Some Steps You Can Take

If you want to inject a little more romance into your relationship and earn some brownie points from your partner into the bargain, there are plenty of options you can consider. One of the things you can do in order to be romantic is to cook your partner a home-cooked meal with all the trimmings as a surprise. And, don’t sit down in front of the TV with your food! Make sure you create a wonderful, romantic setting with fine wine in an ice bucket, candles, soft music, the works. This will create a fabulous intimate restaurant feel but you won’t have to worry about other people cramping your style.

For those who can afford to take a little time out and splash a little cash, booking a romantic trip away as a surprise for your partner is a great idea. If they work, you could even sneakily contact their employer and arrange for the necessary time off, so it comes as a complete surprise. You will find some fabulous romantic breaks to choose from such as spa breaks for couples, beach breaks, perhaps even couples’ camping. The choice is entirely yours but make sure it is something your partner is likely to enjoy before you choose.

If the weather is good, you can always arrange a romantic afternoon picnic with your partner, which is a great way to enjoy some quality time together but won’t cost the earth. If you have a pleasant park or beach near to where you live, you can head there for your relaxing afternoon. If not, you could even set up the picnic blanket in your own garden and enjoy total privacy. You will be able to sit back and chat, enjoy spending time as a couple, nibble on delicious snacks, and enjoy a drink or two.

All of these provide you with romantic and simple solutions to surprising your partner and adding some romance into your relationship. These are steps that will help to show how much you care by the effort and thought you have put into it. 

10 Great Ideas for Family Fun this Fall!

Fall is such a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors—and embrace the indoors! Whether your family likes to get up a game of football before a snooze and a snack, or if you’re more about baking and decorating, crafting and movies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy when the first chill of fall comes around.


Like what?


Visit a pumpkin patch or apple orchard  — nothing says fall like picking out your seasonal gourds for decorating the house inside and out. Don’t forget to save the seeds to roast in the oven: they make a yummy snack! Fresh apples—and pies that you can make with them—are worth the trip to the orchard to pick them yourselves. Maybe you can swing in a hayride while you’re out there!
Jump into a pile of leaves  — there’s nothing better than the crunch and crackle of a great big pile of leaves that someone else just raked up! Then everyone can help rake them up again for another round of jumping good fun!


Set up a bonfire and s’mores  — with the cool evenings, there’s nothing better than getting dressed in the warm and fuzzies, setting up a bonfire and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Tell campfire stories with a spooky theme: the creepy factor is so much better with the crackle of flames and the darkness beyond. When everyone’s tired of the great outdoors, you can move the party inside and watch a scary movie!


Get lost in a corn maze  — this is seriously good fun for the whole family! Set up a prize for the one who gets out first! And don’t forget to pick up some corn to either boil or roast at home, for a taste of the season with your dinner.


Check out a local fall festival  — farm visits and fall festivals abound, with livestock competitions, petting zoos, rides, games and candy floss. Who wouldn’t be up for that?


Take a leaf peeping hike  — what’s better than a trip to the countryside to see all the changing leaves? Whether a state park, or just your local hiking trails, going out and collecting some fine leaf specimens, pine cones and more can help when you want to decorate your house a little with all the finery that fall has to offer. Imagine your Thanksgiving centerpiece decorated with pine cones dipped in gold paint, beautiful leaves and a garland or two of pine bough!


Build a scarecrow  — if decorating your house is your thing, whether for Hallowe’en or just for fall, the best addition, particularly if you have a porch, is to build an epic scarecrow and put him outside to greet visitors! Whether you make him spooky or just cute in overalls and a hat, it’s a fun way to spend the day.


Make candy apples  — nothing says fall like apples coated with candy or caramel. They even smell like autumn! And at least the kids are getting some fruit in them, right? If candy apples aren’t your thing, any kind of fall baking, with the fragrance of pumpkin spice, allspice, clove and cinnamon in the air, is a good way to spend an afternoon.


Set up a playground playdate picnic  — with snow around the corner, getting in one last playground visit with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the season. Turn it into a cool weather fall celebration picnic with cocoa, an old fashioned apple bobbing contest and lots of yummy pumpkin spice flavored treats! Add a scavenger hunt or a rousing game of touch football for extra excitement and to make sure the sugar from all those treats gets used up!


Visit a haunted house  — professionally designed haunted houses are is best with the older kids, but you can get your ghoul on with the littles by turning your own front yard, porch or garage into a haunted house! Keep it going until Hallowe’en so that all your neighbors and friends can enjoy it too!


Whatever you choose, make some memories with your family and friends this fall. You’ll cherish them all winter long.


Bio: 
Rhianna Miller is the playground design and safety expert at  https://rubbermulch.com/ , the original and environmentally responsible mulch made from 100% recycled rubber used in gardens, playgrounds and sustainable landscaping. Rubber Mulch is weather resistant, durable, and the most cost effective mulch around and is specifically designed to protect children from falls on the playground. 

Gifting Gear for Valentine’s? Pair It with an Adventure

-Joe Jackson

Gear generally makes a lovely gift for your adventurous guy or gal, but better to pair it with an experience where they can actually put it to use. Here are five ways to bring some of our favorite tools on your date.

I tested the Igloo Daytripper backpack last year, and while it’s a bomber cooler in its own right, the pouches for stowing cutting utensils, a corkscrew, and a Kindle-size cutting board (all of which come included) really stole my heart. It carries just enough food for a full meal and is plenty comfortable for sporty full-day hikes if you so choose. Stuff the Daytripper with your partner’s favorite bottle of wine and ask a cheese specialist what to pair it with. (Splurge. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.) Ideally, prescout your hike and pick a perfect landing spot for your picnic. Make sure to time it with a spectacular sunset, or at least check what the weather is doing so you don’t end up getting caught in the rain.

Leus Towel ($32) and Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs Book ($20) for a Soak in the Hot Springs

Despite the occasionally farty sulfuric smell and potentially colorful (read: dirtbaggy) locals, nature’s hot tubs are infinitely more romantic than their man-made chlorinated counterparts. They’re also prime relaxation spots after climbing, skiing, or backpacking trips. For this gift, keep the hot springs in the forefront and plan a trip specifically to hit one or a few in a weekend. Get one of Falcon Guides’ solid regional hot springs guides—I love this one for the Pacific Northwest—and put a bookmark in a few spots and the date you plan to visit. Couple it with a big towel, like one from SoCal company Leus, in a fun print.

BUY NOW (HOT SPRINGS BOOK) BUY NOW (LEUS TOWEL

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern ($60) and Fugoo Tough XL Speaker ($200) for a Weekend of Car Camping

The difference between a romantic car-camping trip and one that reminds your partner of the forced family fun trips of their childhood can be summed up in one word: ambience. In the past, I’ve used Ticla’s Good Love lantern to set the mood, because it can dim to a sultry seven lumens. But since Ticla’s gone under, I recommend the BD Apollo for its frosted lens that produces a nice soft light. Pair it with the Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth speaker that can deliver the depth of Barry White’s lovely voice, making your tent feel like a French chalet.

BUY NOW (LANTERN) BUY NOW (SPEAKER)

The North Face Base Camp Duffel ($169) for a Flight to Belize

Anticipating your partner’s needs can make or break Valentine’s Day. Say your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to get away from it all for a vacation. Preempt their impending burnout with a round-trip ticket to a Caribbean country (or somewhere else that’s warm in February). But you have to make sure all their precious stuff survives the trip, too. The Base Camp Duffel is the most-used carry-on by Outside’s staff, thanks to its perfect mixture of durability and heavy-packer friendliness.

BUY NOW

Smartwool PhD Seamless Boy Shorts ($40) and Darn Tough Merino Crew Cushion Socks ($21) for a Backpacking Trip

Though lingerie is an extremely popular Valentine’s Day gift, buck the trend and go for merino wool underwear and socks for your partner, along with a plan for a nice long backpacking trip. While they may not fit the traditional romantic aesthetic, Smartwool’s Boy Shortsand Darn Tough’s Merino Crew Cushion Socks are a lot better at mitigating odor than whatever they’re making fancy underwear out of these days—and they still look good, to boot. They’ll make both of you much more desirable tent mates after a long day of hiking something like the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina (a good route for hitting those romantic vistas).

BUY NOW (BOY SHORTS) BUY NOW (SOCKS)

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Gifting Gear for Valentine’s? Pair It with an Adventure

-Joe Jackson

Gear generally makes a lovely gift for your adventurous guy or gal, but better to pair it with an experience where they can actually put it to use. Here are five ways to bring some of our favorite tools on your date.

I tested the Igloo Daytripper backpack last year, and while it’s a bomber cooler in its own right, the pouches for stowing cutting utensils, a corkscrew, and a Kindle-size cutting board (all of which come included) really stole my heart. It carries just enough food for a full meal and is plenty comfortable for sporty full-day hikes if you so choose. Stuff the Daytripper with your partner’s favorite bottle of wine and ask a cheese specialist what to pair it with. (Splurge. It is Valentine’s Day, after all.) Ideally, prescout your hike and pick a perfect landing spot for your picnic. Make sure to time it with a spectacular sunset, or at least check what the weather is doing so you don’t end up getting caught in the rain.

Leus Towel ($32) and Falcon Guides Hiking Hot Springs Book ($20) for a Soak in the Hot Springs

Despite the occasionally farty sulfuric smell and potentially colorful (read: dirtbaggy) locals, nature’s hot tubs are infinitely more romantic than their man-made chlorinated counterparts. They’re also prime relaxation spots after climbing, skiing, or backpacking trips. For this gift, keep the hot springs in the forefront and plan a trip specifically to hit one or a few in a weekend. Get one of Falcon Guides’ solid regional hot springs guides—I love this one for the Pacific Northwest—and put a bookmark in a few spots and the date you plan to visit. Couple it with a big towel, like one from SoCal company Leus, in a fun print.

BUY NOW (HOT SPRINGS BOOK) BUY NOW (LEUS TOWEL

Black Diamond Apollo Lantern ($60) and Fugoo Tough XL Speaker ($200) for a Weekend of Car Camping

The difference between a romantic car-camping trip and one that reminds your partner of the forced family fun trips of their childhood can be summed up in one word: ambience. In the past, I’ve used Ticla’s Good Love lantern to set the mood, because it can dim to a sultry seven lumens. But since Ticla’s gone under, I recommend the BD Apollo for its frosted lens that produces a nice soft light. Pair it with the Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth speaker that can deliver the depth of Barry White’s lovely voice, making your tent feel like a French chalet.

BUY NOW (LANTERN) BUY NOW (SPEAKER)

The North Face Base Camp Duffel ($169) for a Flight to Belize

Anticipating your partner’s needs can make or break Valentine’s Day. Say your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to get away from it all for a vacation. Preempt their impending burnout with a round-trip ticket to a Caribbean country (or somewhere else that’s warm in February). But you have to make sure all their precious stuff survives the trip, too. The Base Camp Duffel is the most-used carry-on by Outside’s staff, thanks to its perfect mixture of durability and heavy-packer friendliness.

BUY NOW

Smartwool PhD Seamless Boy Shorts ($40) and Darn Tough Merino Crew Cushion Socks ($21) for a Backpacking Trip

Though lingerie is an extremely popular Valentine’s Day gift, buck the trend and go for merino wool underwear and socks for your partner, along with a plan for a nice long backpacking trip. While they may not fit the traditional romantic aesthetic, Smartwool’s Boy Shortsand Darn Tough’s Merino Crew Cushion Socks are a lot better at mitigating odor than whatever they’re making fancy underwear out of these days—and they still look good, to boot. They’ll make both of you much more desirable tent mates after a long day of hiking something like the Mountains to Sea Trail in North Carolina (a good route for hitting those romantic vistas).

BUY NOW (BOY SHORTS) BUY NOW (SOCKS)

ANNUAL LE DÎNER EN BLANC RETURNS

THE ANNUAL SUMMER EVENT LE DÎNER EN BLANC – CHICAGO RETURNS ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017

 

The Legendary Pop-Up Culinary Event, Hosted Annually by over 70 Cities Worldwide,

Celebrates its 6th Edition in the City of Chicago.

 

CHICAGO – A leading summer event in Paris for nearly 30 years, this secret event is well on its way to becoming the summer foodie tradition in Chicago as well. On Thursday, August 24, 2017, Le Dîner en Blanc – Chicago will descend on an undisclosed, stunning public space in our city to revel in Chicago’s burgeoning food and wine scene as the most unique picnic experience in the city and the world.

Each summer hundreds of thousands of people in cities around the world set out for an elegant soirée dressed all in white with their table and chairs, gourmet picnic and place setting for two in celebration of their city, friendship and a magical night under the stars. The evening begins as participants converge at their selected meeting point prior to the main event. From there, they are led by a Dîner en Blanc – Chicago volunteer to an iconic outdoor destination. With the city as a backdrop, guests enjoy music, entertainment, dancing, and new friends throughout the evening. More than 3,000 attended the sold-out 2016 event, and over 3,500 guests are expected to participate in the 2017 edition of Le Dîner en Blanc – Chicago.

“It was the perfect place for our engagement!” exclaimed 2016 attendees Basia Milan and Adrian Ortiz.

“Le Dîner en Blanc – Chicago is first and foremost an event to celebrate our city. With the inspiration of the original Parisian event, we have created an inclusive environment that transcends societal labels and brings people together to experience the heart of Chicago. Every year we are overwhelmed and delighted at the community that has been created, reuniting old friends and creating new ones. We strive to keep this going by bringing people together, giving back to the community and, of course, having a marvelous time doing it!’ state the hosts of the Chicago event” – Roger Hobby, James Wild, Lauren Haras, Annette Dalloo and Jenn Jones.

Invitations occur in three stages. Each invitation is for two people: Phase 1 is for 2016 members who attended the previous year’s event; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees and; Phase 3 is for guests who register on the waiting list. Sign up now at chicago.dinerenblanc.com/register.

To keep with Le Dîner en Blanc’s unique tradition, guests are asked to observe the following rules:

  • Once confirmed, guests’ participation is essential.
  • Dress code: It’s simple! Elegant, white outfits and accessories – originality encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful.
  • Table setting: all white and no disposable place settings!
  • Wine and/or Champagne.  Beer and hard liquor are prohibited.
    • Per venue, City of Chicago and state laws/regulations/ordinances, guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol. Guests wishing to enjoy wine or Champagne must reserve a voucher through the e-store. Non-alcoholic beverages welcome.
  • The location is a secret. Guests meet at their selected departure point and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc – Chicago volunteer to the secret event site.
  • At the end of the evening, guests are required to take all of their belongings, leftovers and garbage, leaving the secret location as pristine as they found out.

    Guests must bring:


    • One table, two white chairs, white tablecloth, and white cloth napkins.
    • A picnic basket with food, proper stemware and white dinnerware.
      • A catered picnic option is available for those who do not wish to pack their own, available for pick-up onsite at the event. Guests wishing to order must purchase a voucher online through the e-store.
    • Valid Driver’s License or State ID are required (all guests must be over 21).

    For full details on the event’s rules and additional tips, please visit chicago.dinerenblanc.com/about.