Introducing: the Mini-Date
Too busy to go on a date this week?
Sometimes life gets crazy and it’s hard to set aside time to connect with that special person in your life. And once you get off your weekly date routine, it's difficult to get back on it. Sometimes Matthew and I look at our schedule and realize we haven't been on an official date in a month. Other times, we look ahead on our calendar and cannot find a solid bit of time to set aside for a date that week.
We've come up with a solution.
You may not have the time this week to go on a date, but you probably have 15 minutes at some point in the day, even if right before bed, to give devoted time to your spouse. But you are probably thinking it: how can you have a date in 15 minutes?
Here are some criteria we use to determine what constitutes a good date:
giving undivided attention to the person you are with
having fun and forgetting your stresses
connecting with one another
recognizing it as and calling it a date
The last one may seem irrelevant, but Matthew and I have found that we attach more importance to time we designate as a date than time we spend together otherwise, even if we are doing something fun.
Enter the mini-date.
All of these things can be accomplished in 15 minutes, if need be. While it is preferable to dedicate more time to your dates on a regular basis (especially for the "forgetting your stresses" part), sometimes it is better to spend some intentional time together than no time at all. So, take the quarter of an hour and have fun!
15 Minute Mini-Date: DIY Caricatures
Time: 15 min | Cost: $ | Location: Anywhere | Level: Easy
The art of caricature goes back many centuries and has served many purposes, from political satire to good old entertainment. One thing is generally agreed upon, though: caricature portraits should be goofy, sparking humor through simplification and exaggeration. In this fifteen minute date night, try your hand at drawing a caricature of your partner or a celebrity of choice.
Printable Caricature How-To
Paper (preferably Card Stock)
Black Felt Tip Markers
Download the free printable below--which includes instructions on how to draw your very own caricatures--and optionally print. Otherwise, download it to your phone or tablet to use during the date.
Once you are alone and settled for your mini-date, look over the simple instructions and watch the above video to get an idea about how caricature art works.
Decide who you would like to draw. You could draw each other, yourselves, or pick a celebrity and pull up a photo.
Give it a shot! Try your best at doing silly caricatures. Don’t be afraid to be creative.
Show each other your finished products. If you learn that drawing is not your strong suit and they turn out horribly, laugh it off. It’s just for fun anyway!
Take a photo of how it turned out and tag it @makeadateofit on instagram and facebook!