The Single Life: 5 Great Outdoor Date Ideas

BY: - 12 Jul '13 | Single

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In my past dating life, I didn’t do a cartwheel when someone asked to go on an outdoor adventure. I wasn’t a huge nature lover. Heck, I dropped out of Brownies before I crossed the promotion bridge to Girl Scouts.

When a date involved a hike or a climb,  I instantly pictured my hair sweating out, my makeup melting and my Hay fever flaring up. But this time around, I bought some chic scarves, mineral makeup and allergy pills. While living overseas, I became one with Mother Nature. I zip-lined through treetops, jumped off cliffs into raging waters and rode an elephant across a river. The memories lasted longer than a dinner or a movie.

Checkout these 5 great outdoor date ideas to find out how you can embrace your inner Girl (or Boy) Scout:

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I love fresh fruit, especially when it's picked straight from the source. Recently, I went to a farm that took visitors on a hay ride to the strawberry fields. After picking the best berries, I explored the farm, interacted with animals and took home lots of sweet treats from the market. For date two, you can make a cobbler together.

 

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Heather Hopson wrote 60 articles on this blog.

Not long ago, Heather Hopson was an award-winning television host in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's writing a different kind of story as a new mom. She gives readers the key to her diary and shares personal stories about single parenting, dating, transitioning to motherhood and her obsession with being what her family calls an "activity mom." The site features celebrity interviews, parent spotlights and confessional videos. Follow her journey through motherhood on Twitter @dearmomdiary.

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5 Things to Remember When Your Million Dollar Wedding Turns Into A Five Cent Marriage

BY: - 17 Jul '13 | Marriage

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I’ve been married for nearly one year and I can honestly say that while I enjoy being a husband, there are times when the laughs and joy my wife and I felt on our wedding day are not reflected in our relationship. We knew we would have occasional disputes, but there have been times when we’ve both wondered how a day that started out so joyously could evolve into a relationship that seemed so contentious. Thankfully, we’ve begun to find our groove and have learned a few very important lessons about how to create a better relationship along the way. Here are five things every couple should remember.

Marriage doesn’t create character; it reveals it.

1. You can’t play what you don’t practice

The first tip is for couples that haven’t yet said “I do”. Whether seriously dating or engaged, the courtship phase is a great opportunity to begin preparing for marriage, assuming that’s what both people desire. It allows each person to answer two very important questions before getting hitched: “who am I?” and “what do I want in a relationship?”. Marriage doesn’t create character; it reveals it. That’s why a person needs to have a good understanding of themself and their future spouse before getting married. This is why premarital counseling/education is so important. It provides a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, your partner, and how the two of you function as a unit. It’s also a great way to prepare a couple for their lives as husband and wife. Every couple needs a set of relationship tools, whether for loving communication, managing money, or resolving conflict. Get familiar with these tools now so that you can find them when you actually need them.

 The specific issue might be unique, but everyone goes through issues in their relationship.

2. You’re not alone

One of the most important things to remember when going through difficult times in the first year, or years, of marriage is that you are not alone. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking your issues around finances, intimacy, quality time, household responsibilities, and conflict are unique to you and your spouse. They’re not. The specific issue might be unique, but everyone goes through issues in their relationship. The reason this can be such a shock is because many of the people closest to us never open up about the struggles they go through in marriage. Whether because of pride, shame or some other reason, they keep their difficulties secret and attempt to paint a picture of marital bliss. In addition to our loved ones, much of the media we consume doesn’t provide a balanced perspective on relationships. Reality shows often focus on the most explosive types of conflict to improve ratings.  But it’s likely that minor annoyances and disagreements are the more frequent source of frustration in your marriage. Regardless of what others want to admit or what we see or read, always remember that everyone has issues in their relationship.

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Delano Squires wrote 25 articles on this blog.

Delano Squires is a blogger and public policy strategist in Washington, D.C. His primary interests are contemporary African American culture, fatherhood, and families. He is also a contributor to The Root.

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