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Penny Jar Dates

August 5, 2011

photography | Brandy Cardarelli Photography



  • Reply Jenedy August 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love the awesome pictures, and all the cheap date ideas are great too! Taking time to be together as a couple is SO important, especially when you have kidlets.

    • Reply missy August 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      So important yet so hard to do sometimes! I bet Victor could whip up a pretty sick for you two lovie-dovies. xo

  • Reply Jaclyn Thayn August 5, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Isn’t love lovely?? LOVE this post!

    • Reply missy August 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      You’re such a doll! And a HUGE thank you for posting our button on your site! I feel super special! xo

  • Reply karissa August 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Love this cause I love our date nights but hate having to get a sitter all the time thanks I can’t wait try some of these

    • Reply missy August 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Story of my life. We always want to do something simple and sweet to catch up & get away but can’t always snag down a sitter and/or want to just kick it at home. The star gazing is a great one to do in your own backyard! xo

  • Reply Amy August 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    This is so cute! I love the pictures.

    • Reply missy August 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Awww, thanks Amy!

  • Reply Liz Q August 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    These are such cute pictures! Wonderful ideas. They make me want to build a blanket fortress and spend the night with my bf telling spooky stories lol

    • Reply missy August 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Do it! I’d love to see your fortress!

  • Reply Amy August 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    P.S. I made some jersey knit wrap bracelets last night. I felt so crafty (which I so am not!). Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  • Reply LYNN August 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    You have an awesome hubby! Such a lucky girl! My husband would never do all the little things u do… Much less take pictures! Love to u both 🙂 xo

    • Reply missy August 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Aww, Lynn I bet he would! Once he tries it he’ll start to realize how much fun this kind of stuff can be! Love you too!

  • Reply Kerri August 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    So cute 🙂 As per usual! Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve had time to read my favorite blogs and comment. Hope you’re doing well! Have a good weekend with your hubby and bubba. 🙂

    • Reply missy August 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      You’re so sweet. Thanks, Kerri! Hope you guys are enjoying your weekend as well.

  • Reply Charity August 6, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Thank you for the inspiration! Question how did you get your fort to stay up?

    • Reply missy August 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Ah hah! There in lies the REAL question! haha! We had several mishaps until we got it just right. But that was half the fun… figuring out how we could work together without arguing & throwing tantrums! ha! We ended up tying it from different places in our bedroom.

  • Reply Brooke Hostetler August 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    How stinkin’ fun! I have always wanted to build a fort!

    • Reply missy August 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Do it! Making the fort is almost as fun as hanging out in it! 🙂

  • Reply DREW HUMPHRIES August 9, 2011 at 2:10 am

    This is SOOO romantic!! Love the photo shoot!! Yall are precious!

    • Reply missy November 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, friend.

  • Reply Lindsay October 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I love love love the love letter from a book idea! How creative and fun!! <3 Going to try this!

    • Reply missy November 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      LMK how it turns out for you! I’m cracking up from a line in the book my husband used! Seriously so fun! xo

  • Reply Melissa De Boer October 14, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Hi. I stumbled across this blog and fell in love with all the tips for toddlers, recipes, and date nights.
    I have a question, how did you manage to have the fort stay up? Is it fishing line? What did you use for the ceiling?

  • Reply Laura November 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Not only is your fort awesome but I love the name of your dates “penny jar dates”. I just can’t say it enough..I love this.

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  • Reply Meg January 24, 2012 at 12:13 am

    these are AWESOME ideas!! need to implement them into my date nights with my husband so we concentrate more on what we do rather than how much we spent.

  • Reply Dottie February 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I have been married nearly 29 years. This is the way to keep things going! LOVE IT!!! Now where are those christmas lights…..

  • Reply Katie July 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

    I love the book thing, but the book nerd in me screams at the thought of defacing a book lol Maybe I can use pencil and lightly cross stuff out??

  • Reply Megan August 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I feel the same way! I was thinking I’d have to photocopy pages before I could start the crossing out. =)

  • Reply Life's a Bowl October 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    These are so cute and creative!!! Seriously, all of them are worth doing 🙂 XOXO

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  • Reply emi October 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    oh my goodness this is the cutest post, and your site is adorable! we are your newest followers!! XO c&e

  • Reply Amy M January 22, 2016 at 5:49 am

    I know this is a few years after, but I just came across this and absolutely love your ideas! I want to do them all! haha Will have to pick one for valentines day and surprise hubby with another for his birthday!! xoxoxox

  • Reply Phoeb October 17, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I stumbled upon your post and I got inspired to plan in a weekly date night!
    Thanks for the ideas 😀

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