Staying at Home Date Ideas

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sometimes, when I see what other couples do in date nights, I feel like we are a weird one because we don’t do what a couple it is supposed to do. We have never been a cheesy couple (not even at the beginning, ten years ago), and honestly, we don’t like the traditional stuff other people do, such as having a candle light dinner (really, I don’t see the food and is very uncomfortable!), dancing together, or writing love letters and then read to each other. We definitely prefer to eat tons of pizza in pajamas while watching a movie (which, by the way, it’s not always a good quality one, aka: Kung Fury, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes…), or playing board games while drinking beer.
It doesn’t mean we don’t love each other, or that we are not real and true. It means every couple has its own ways to run a relationship, and no one is wrong or right, and what for some dance salsa could be the most romantic thing in the world, for others could just be drinking beer together.

Anyways, sometimes we are tired and veeery lazy to go anywhere so we prefer staying at home and prepare a date night together. We are very simple in that way, no complications!

So, this is my idea of a perfect staying at home night date:

1. Play board games. There are a lot of games two people can play: Catan, Carcassonne, TimeLine…And if you feel a little bit nostalgic, you can try with Battleship or Monopoly. 

2. Make some cocktails, play your favorite music in the background and just talk, like you would do in a pub but just the two of you. 

cocktail night

3. Take a huge bucket of popcorn, some gummy bears and snuggle under a blanket to watch a movie or series marathon.

4. Beer tasting with some good cheese is picking a win combination.

5. Cook something you both like. You can learn a lot of each other when you cook together. My favorite is making sushi! 


6. Play video games. Well, at this point I must say sometimes this is not a wise decision because we argue a lot! 

7. Give a massage to each other. I love foot massages, Grrrrrr.  

8. Spicy chicken wings, nachos and hot dogs for watching a football game

9. Spa night. Exfoliation, face mask, tonic & cream. Smooth as a baby :) 

10. Bubble bath together. Very relaxing!
bubble bath

I will confess something: I can't wait to make a tent with some sheets and have some junk food while watching a movie, as when I was a kid :)

And you? How is your perfect date at home?  What do you usually do? 

XOXO. Sara

Candleholder Kubus Inspiration

Sunday, March 20, 2016

DIY candle holder
DIY candle holder
The first time I saw Kubus candleholder I felt instantly in love with it. Although Kubus can look like a modern design, the truth is it was designed in 1962 by Lassen and it has lasted until today totally fashionable.
I really needed this cube goodness in my house, but the original piece costs around 200$ and well, I don’t have 200$ to spend in a candleholder-piece-of-art. So I tried to figure out how I could do it myself on a budget.
This candleholder, though simple to make, it requires some time due to glue drying times, but definitely worth it!

My boyfriend helped me to draw sketches by hand (you can see the mess) in order to decide what size and measures I wanted the cube. Once I decided that I marked measurements on the wood with a pencil and cut the wooden strips carefully.
To make the cube: 

Wooden strips:
4 x 15 cm
8 x 13 cm
Wood glue
Spray paint 

So, the pieces that make up the squares are 15 and 13 cm pieces. Each square is comprised of two of each. For the cube, you have to make two squares (obviously…otherwise it would be a weird cube) like the one in the pic. 

I used special wood glue to attach them and let it dry following the label instructions.
Next, I glued on the pillar pieces carefully and I waited until it was completely dry to glue the top square piece. Once again, I let it dry and then I glued the pipe ends. Finally, I painted it with aged bronze spray paint, and taraaaaaaaa!!
DIY candle holder
DIY candle holder

Of course, this is NOT Kubus, but is an inexpensive way of having something similar without spending too much, and it looks quite nice :). 

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