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Jul 19

Summer Date Night Ideas

Staying home and vegging out on the couch can be very tempting, especially after a long day of work, but how silly would it be not to take advantage of these warm summer evenings, especially if you have a significant other to keep you company? Whether you’re in a committed relationship or flirty summer fling, one thing is for sure: you want to do date night right.

Planning a date night and trying new things with your partner can be a lot of fun, but when inspiration runs low, motivating each other to get out can be a challenge. Scroll below for some hot date night ideas for the summer.

  1. Beach walk: No matter what the time of year, the beach is an ideal place for a romantic date. Set the tone and feel like your the star in a romance movie as you take in the salty ocean breeze and feel the sand between your toes. With unforgettable sunset views, it can be the perfect way to end the day with your loved one.
  2. Outdoor movie: Take movie night outside to an old fashioned drive-in theater! Chino Hill’s Mission Tiki Drive-In is a perfect place to cozy up to your special someone as you watch one of your favorite films.
  3. Arcade bar: Travel back in time and up the competition between you and your partner by playing old-school arcade games. Arcade Mission Control located in Santa Ana is a hip bar that brings the 80’s back with style. Sip on specialty cocktails and craft beer at this vintage arcade that will bring you back to your childhood.
  4. Beach picnic: Keep it casual with a relaxed beach picnic. Just pack a basket full of you and your significant other’s favorite treats and head to the beach before sunset. If you want to take things up a notch, try Joy Mode, a single destination for renting everything you need for a specific occasion. They’ll supply the picnic basket, chairs, blankets and other essentials, so you don’t have to. What’s even better, they deliver the items to your door and pick them up when you’re done.

Pro-Tip: Get rid of any digital distractions. It’s no question that phones can interfere with personal interaction, so ditch them during your date and go for a digital detox. The next time you go on a date, try leaving your phone at home or power it off for the duration of the date, so you can fully enjoy each other’s company.


Jul 12

The Perfect Summer Hostess Gifts

The barbeque is fired up, rosé is flowing, and you have been invited to more summer gatherings than you can count. Of course, being the amazing guest you are, you know arriving with a little gift for the host is a must.There’s always the standard bottle of wine or potted orchid, but with so many other fun, creative options out there, why not try gifting something new? Scroll down for some of the cutest summer gifts every host and hostess will love (and maybe pick up a little something for yourself!)

Guest soap: Pretty soaps like these from Claus Porto make the perfect hostess gift. It’s amazing how items even as simple as soap can be really elegant and sentimental gift.

Coaster set: These make a great gift because, well, who wouldn’t want another set of coasters? Coaster sets are one of those things that nobody ever really thinks about, but always needs. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

Apron: We all have the one friend who thinks they are on an episode of MasterChef whenever they step foot in a kitchen, so you know a professional crip apron will be much appreciated.

Coffee table book: A great coffee table book (especially one that relates to a hobby or interest of your host) is a nice decoration to any home and will show how much you care.

Salt keeper and Maldon sea salt: Salt keepers are a stylish way to store not only salt, but other useful spices as well! Bringing a sophisticated salt keeper along with a special box of Maldon sea salt is a great two-in-one gift idea.

Pie dish: Pie is an all American summer classic which demands an all American dish! A cute red pie dish looks great for a 4th of July party (and every other party thereafter!).

Honey set: Specialty honey is a beautiful and tasty present that gives your host a variety of flavors to spread on toast or drizzle on yogurt for months to come!

Rummikub: This is the best game to play with friends and family. It’s simple enough that anyone can play over a glass of wine and good conversation.

Sugarfina: These perfectly packaged, clear boxes of lux candy will make any host happy! Sugarfina’s signature 3-piece candy bento box is a great treat for your host to enjoy.


Jul 05

Tips for a Stress-Free Road Trip with Kids

There’s no better feeling than packing a bag and hitting the open road. There’s a special kind of freedom listening to your favorite music, windows down, hair blowing wildly in the wind, and driving to particular destination. But wait, you’re an adult now, so add a couple of little kids who have zero tolerance for being put in the back seat of the car for hours as you travel across a wide road of nothingness.

While road tripping is a great way to spend time with family and explore something new, keeping the kids from battling each other in the back seat can be tricky. Below are some tips and tools to help keep the kiddos entertained as you enjoy the open road.

  1. Stock up on snacks! ‘Hangry’ kids are almost as bad as ‘hangry’ adults, so avoid the “I’m hungry” whines from the back seat by packing a bag full of your kid’s favorite snacks that your kids actually enjoy. This will prevent you from having to buy junk at every gas station mart – a win-win! For a full list of kid friendly, healthy snack options, click here.
  2. Make an activity station by using a cookie tray! Cookie trays are the best little “activity tables” for kids because their raised edges will prevent crayons and pens from flying everywhere when your child is drawing or writing. You can also add some fun magnets into the mix for them to play with!
  3. Bring table topics, a box full of family friendly conversation starters along with fun facts that are sure to get the family talking! This game is especially great if your kids are a little older, as you can really engage with them and get the conversation going.
  4. Play the license plate game! This is a fun way to keep your kids’ eyes on the road (and not on their iPad). All you’ll need are blank maps of the fifty states and a box of crayons. Have your kids color in each state as they see a license plate. Encouraging interactive games that incorporate elements of the road trip will help your child think positively when they look back on their time in the car.
  5. Lego tic-tac-toe is a great, mess free alternative to this classic game. Forget the paper and pen and make it more hands-on with a lego board and a few colorful block pieces. The kids will stay entertained for longer when there’s a toy in front them and they are ready to play again and again. Click here for some lego board inspiration.