DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

Adam and I tend not to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Fighting the crowds and paying for overpriced meals when its negative degrees outside just isn’t as fun when you’re old 😉 . I love crafting from mason jars because they are so easy to work with. I made the good news jar with a mason jar back in January and I’ve used them for multiple times at bridal showers. If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive gift, this is perfect for you!

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What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Washi Tape (or paint)
  • Label Maker (or marker if you use paint!)
  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon for Jar
  • Tag to tie on to ribbon that says “Date Jar”

Instructions:

  • Add washi tape to popsicle sticks and add your date idea labels on top of that

OR

  • Paint popsicle sticks (red & pink) and write your date ideas on top of it with a paint pen

I would make each design / color a different category. Example: Red — Expensive. Pink — Less Expensive. White — Stay at home. Below are some of my ideas by category.

 

Expensive:

  • Couples Massages
  • Winery Tour / Overnight stay at a Bed & Breakfast
  • Dance Lessons
  • Cooking Class
  • Booking a limo for a fancy dinner
  • Weekend Getaway
  • Broadway Show
  • Dinner Cruise

Less Expensive:

  • Beach Date
  • Hiking Date
  • Ice Skating & Hot Chocolate
  • Dessert Only Date
  • Coffee & Croissant Date
  • Boozy Brunch Date
  • Movie Date
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Bowling
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting
  • Comedy Club
  • Sunrise or Sunset watching
  • Happy Hour
  • Fro-Yo
  • Fondue Date
  • Art Gallery
  • Picnic at the park
  • Running Date (5k)
  • Golf / Driving Range
  • Jet-Ski’s
  • Tandem Bike riding
  • Painting Class
  • Kayaking (or Paddle boarding) on the Hudson
  • Burgers & Shake date

At Home:

  • TV Series Marathon
  • Chopped Competition
  • Board Games
  • Champagne by the fire (or the heater haha)
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Take-out
  • Make personal pizzas from scratch
  • 1,000 piece puzzle
  • Football and Wings
  • Popcorn & Romantic Comedy
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Make a fancy dessert together
  • Dinner on our patio
  • Home improvement project

 

What would you add to this date jar? Always looking for ideas 🙂

 

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The Mooring Seafood Kitchen

Since we were only in Newport 3 nights and had the rehearsal dinner night one and the wedding night two, we made sure to find THE best restaurant for dinner on night 3. We didn’t have a reservation for The Mooring, but we called 3 times to see if there were any cancellations. There happened to be one right at 8:15 — The exact time we were looking for.

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We were seated right away and while our table was inside, we were able to check out the view from outside. Simply gorgeous.

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We had decided before we sat down that this was going to be a fatty meal and we definitely lived up to that expectation.

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I usually don’t order fried items because it gives me crucial stomach pain, but the Bag of Doughnuts we’re calling screaming my name. Lobster crab and shrimp in fried dough? Yes, please.

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There was no skimping on the portions either — I believe we got 3.5 of these each? Once again, not a fan of mayonnaise based items — But the chipotle-maple aioli, great addition.

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mmm. (p.s. — apologizing for all of my iPhone pictures now, so lazy with my big camera!)

We also ordered some lobster claws (for me) and oysters (for Adam).

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We ate so much lobster in Newport. But you know what they say… When in Rome, New England.

I was pretty much full after this, but went ahead with ordering an entrĂ©e. (Did I mention I had an egg and cheese bagel, chips and an ice cream cone before this? – Woo, I need a gym)

My main meal was the Yellowfin Tuna with bamboo rice, feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and balsamic butter.

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Seared perfectly and basically melting in my mouth.

Adam went with the lobster, obv.

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Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs so we ordered a side as well. Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter.

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Inhaled. Veggies are always good to me… But with balsamic butter, they are even better.

Our waitress asked us if we’d like to order dessert and I vigorously shook my head yes. Don’t think I’m going to stuff myself silly and not finish with a sweet ending!

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Round One: Molten Bread Pudding with a chocolate ganache center, raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream.

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Round 2: Warmed butterscotch banana cake with maple walnut ice cream, butterscotch and toffee crunch.

I’ll give you 1 guess if we polished these off. If you’re going to be rolled out of a restaurant, this is the restaurant to go to in Newport.