At Home Campout Date for Those Cold Winter Months

Last year we had an indoor camping date night in the middle of January. It was simple, and something that we did at home, but it has been one of our most memorable date night activities ever. If your stage of life is similar to ours, if you're not an outdoorsy couple, if the woods are too far away from you or if it's the middle of winter and you're missing the summer weekends when you would escape to somewhere without cell phone service, this date night might be for you. In the summer, you could do this in your backyard, but you'll want to make sure you have long lasting batteries in your baby monitors or an extension cord that reaches out to your tent so you can keep an eye on the kids.

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At Home Campout for Cold Winter Months

We got our favorite takeout to eat during our date and enjoyed homemade s’mores after we were finished. You could drink hot chocolate from your favorite hot chocolate location in the area. Another great addition to this date would be Glamping S'mores from Last Course at Station Park!

One of the best things about this date is that you can still wake up the next morning and go to work if you need to. Middle of the week dates or date nights when one of you has to work all weekend are totally doable with this kind of campout! I loved that we could do this on a Saturday night and still get up the next morning and have the entire family ready and at church by 9am. 

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Lockbox Mysteries - An At Home Escape Room Experience

Just over a year ago, we were introduced to the newly launched Lockbox Mysteries. It was one of the most fun group dates we’ve ever had and we knew that we’d need to rent their next mystery crate as soon as it was released. That crate, Infected: Zombie Nation, was released earlier this year and over six months later, we’d still hadn’t gotten a chance to solve the new Lockbox mystery. My husband’s birthday was coming up and I decided it was the perfect opportunity for some Lockbox Mysteries fun! I secretly invited some of his closest friends to our house for dinner and surprised him with their visit and the escape room style crate. We had a lot of fun and are hopeful that more crates are in the development stages and will be released in the future!

Where: the comfort of your own home
Cost: $45 crate rental + $50 fully refundable deposit
Discount: Receive $10 off of your box rental when you use the promo code LOCKBOXDATE at checkout!

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My favorite thing about this date activity is how easy it is to prepare for and clean up after. All I had to do was pick up the crate from Tia’s house and return it after we were done. No setup on my end because everything we needed to solve the mystery was provided in the crate. And clean up was simple as well because you aren’t required to put everything back together. just make sure it all gets back into the box and returned to Tia when you’re finished.

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Both times that we’ve used Lockbox Mysteries for a group date activity, it’s gotten rave reviews from everyone in attendance! We were truly immersed in the experience of the crate and had the best time with both groups that we solved our mysteries with. Tia thought of every single detail down to the fake blood splatters on the props in the Zombie box. She is a true genius when it comes to her escape room crates! I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around all of the thought and planning that goes into these mysteries and I know you’ll be just as amazed by Tia’s skills when you rent your crate.

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Both crate themes were different but a lot of fun! My husband and I agreed that the Zombie Nation crate was a little more difficult than the Sherlock Holmes crate but we were able to solve both mysteries and felt like they stretched our critical thinking a bit. Tia suggests 4-6 people working together to solve each mystery and I agree. We had six people both times we rented a crate and it was the perfect number to work quickly through the mystery but not get too bogged down with too much going on at once.

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You can find out more about both of the crate themes here and don’t forget that you can get $10 off of your box rental when you use the promo code LOCKBOXDATE at checkout!

This fun at home escape room experience will take your next dinner party or group date night to the next level.

Haunts and Thrills for Spooky Date Nights in Davis County

I'm going to be honest with you, I do not enjoy being scared, so my husband and I will be steering clear of the majority of the activities listed below. But I know that a lot of people LOVE October and all of the Halloween festivities that come with it. There are a lot of fun fall festivals in the area, but I also wanted to make sure you knew about all of the frights and scares that you can submit yourselves to this month. You have two and a half weeks to enjoy this spooky madness so get out there and enjoy!

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Haunted Attractions in Davis County

Frightmares

Where: Lagoon, Farmington
When: September 14 - October 30

Prices and hours for different Frightmares attractions vary. Visit their website for all the details.

This is one of the more well known scary attractions in Davis County. For Frightmares, Lagoon is filled with scary fun for all ages.

The Lights on Sherwood Drive

Cost: Free
Where: 1098 E Sherwood Drive, Kaysville
When: End of October

Dates and times have not been set for 2018 yet. The hope is that they will be open the last two weekends in October. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details when those dates are set.

They are best known for their Christmas light display, but this year, Sherwood Drive is gearing up for a spooky Halloween display as well. Beginning Friday, October 20th and running nightly through October 31st, you can enjoy the Scary Lights on Sherwood Drive Halloween show. Drive by from 7-10pm on weekdays and 7-11pm on weekends.

Haunted Kay's Cross

Cost: $6/person
Where: 388 Boynton Road, Kaysville
When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 5th - November 3rd from 7pm-11pm

This year there are new activities at Kay’s Cross for 2018. Click here for more details.

Right here in Davis County, we have the #1 Scariest Haunted Forest in Utah and one of the Top 100 Scariest Haunted Houses in America. Visit this year for guided tours on the weekend and Halloween night.

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Halloween Insanity

Cost: Free
Where: 1352 South 2600 West, Syracuse
When: Walk Through Haunt (10/31) 6:30pm-10pm

A haunted house and fun drive by display that changes every year. Click here to follow them on Facebook and get updated information each season.

Nightmare Acres

Cost: $16
Where: Black Island Farms - 3178 S 3000 W, Syracuse
When: NIGHTMARE ACRES WILL NOT BE OPEN IN THE 2018 SEASON, due to Black Farm’s recent move. Check back in 2019 for updated dates and pricing. You can still visit the fall festival and participate in their other activities for the year. Click here for more information about those.

A haunted corn maze for older children and brave adults.

Halloween activities in Davis County

Blackthorn Manor

Cost: Free
Where: 1587 W 50 S, West Point
When: No details have been posted for the 2018 season

Local Halloween yard display and attraction. Follow Blackthorn Manor on Facebook for updated information.

Lockbox Mysteries

Similar to murder mysteries, escape room dates are a lot of fun and feel festive for the upcoming holiday. We recently tried out an at home escape room alternative and had a lot of fun. Check out my post here for more details and a discount code to try it out yourselves! This is a fun activity to enjoy just the two of you or with a group of up to eight people.

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Who Dun It

If you're looking for even more fun things to do for a Halloween party or festive group date, you'll want to check out this fun mystery detective game group date (affiliate) from The Dating Divas. It's already put together for you so the preparation is easy!

Scary Movie Date Night

Check out this post from Moms & Munchkins for some fun ideas for a scary movie date night this Halloween.

The Walking Dead Date Night

In my world, you can't get much scarier than The Walking Dead. I can't stop watching the show, but it gives me so many nightmares. The newest season premieres this weekend, on October 22nd, so you could plan a date to catch up on previous seasons (check out Netflix) or enjoy new episodes together. Click here for a fun Walking Dead date night plan from The Dating Divas.

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What other fun haunted date nights do you enjoy in October?

Date Box Subscriptions for Date Night at Home

With colder temperatures coming, we start to move our dates indoors. And after this past weekend, I was reminded that a lot of our date night plans are going to be foiled by sick toddlers throughout the colder seasons. Creative date nights at home are going to become something that we lean on often. A few years ago we discovered date night subscription boxes and have found that they’re a great way to change up your at home date night routine and make date night a priority, even if you can’t go out.

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I'm part of a lot of different marriage groups on Facebook and at least once a month, I see someone ask for suggestions on date night and relationship enhancing subscription boxes that are out there. I always share a few that we've tried, but I've always wondered if there was a resource that includes them all. After doing some research, I found quite a few subscription box services that fit the marriage strengthening description but every post I found only shared links to a handful of boxes.

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At home date night subscription services for couples.

5 Reasons We Use Door Dash for Date Nights at Home

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Some nights we don’t feel like going out for date night, or even really to grab food, but we’re also not motivated to make food of our own at home. Recently, some of the food delivery services started serving our area and I decided to try them out and see which ones were worth using. After all was said and done, I’ve found that Door Dash is the best bang for your buck, at least for our area of the county.

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Why We Love Door Dash

Large Variety of Restaurants

When looking at all of the apps that deliver food to my house, and there are about five of them, Door Dash has the best options for restaurants that will deliver to me. They have everything from fast food, to casual sit down to some of our favorite date night restaurants. A few of my favorites have been removed in the last couple of months, but there are still a lot of great ones to choose from, especially when compared to the other apps that only give me one or two choices total, so I’m still a fan.

Available to Deliver Immediately

A couple of the apps that I tried always told me that the restaurant I wanted to order from was currently closed for delivery but that I could pre-order for he next day or a few hours from the time I wanted to eat. As much as I’d like it to be, our schedule isn’t always that predictable. We generally decide last minute that we want to order in, or make a plan to order as we’re putting the kids to bed, and who knows when that will be. #toddlers

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Great Service

Each time I’ve ordered from Door Dash, I’ve had someone different deliver my order. It doesn’t matter where I order from or who drops it off at my door, I’m always happy with the service. The dashers have always been friendly and my orders have always been spot on.

Text Message Updates

I love the text updates I get letting me know when my food has been picked up and when my dasher is approaching my house. It helps me to know time wise when my food will arrive, and knowing that the dasher is arriving lets me know to be listening for the door and that it’s ok to open it even though I don’t recognize the person on the porch.

Door Dash Credits

You can get $7 off your first order when you sign up for a Door Dash account by clicking this link. After that, you can refer friends and earn more credits when they complete their first orders. It’s a great way to save money on date night and enjoy the food you’re craving when it might not be in your budget. Click here to get your first $7 credit.

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Whether you don’t want to change out of your comfy clothes to go out and get food for your date night in, or your spouse is gone for the weekend and you want something delicious to eat after the kids are in bed, Door Dash is the app to use! I will be a Door Dash user for the rest of my life.

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Why we order from Door Dash for date night at home