45 Free, Cheap or FUN Date Ideas

One of the keys of High Performance and Happiness is making relationships a priority.  If you’re married or have a significant other in your life, I HIGHLY recommend weekly date night.  Making time for the ones you love helps them to know that they are important to you AND keeps the relationship alive.  Memories and connections keep relationships thriving.

Not sure what to do? Do you ever spend half of your date saying, “What do you want to do?” with the reply, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”

Make a list!  My friends and I came up with a list of things we could do in our community that were both free or under $5, as a reminder that dates DON’T have to be expensive. They also don’t have to be “dinner and movie”, or our usual, “run errands and go to Costco.”

Your budget may be different, so choose some free things and some things within your budget.  Make the list now, and then you’ll have weeks worth of ideas waiting.  Check out your city’s recreational website for community events, concerts, activities, farmers markets, and more!

While this list is specific to where we live, perhaps it will give you ideas to generate your list!

Things you can do for free in Utah County & Provo, Utah:

  1. Go dream house hunting.
  2. Go for a drive up the canyon. (Provo Canyon, American Fork Canyon and Nebo Canyon are close!)
  3. Go for a drive up to Squaw Peak.
  4. Go to Pioneer Museum on 500 West in Provo.
  5. Go to BYU Art Museum for the free exhibit.
  6. Drive to Sundance and walk around the grounds.
  7. “Rent” movies from friends.
  8. Take a picnic to the park.
  9. Go to the Deseret Industries or Good Will and look around in the back for treasures.
  10. Go visit an elderly or widower in your neighborhood.
  11. Do service somewhere together. (community options available at justserve.org)
  12. Go to one of the free concerts in Provo in the summer.
  13. Go to free movies in the park in Provo in the summer.
  14. Put the kids to bed and have a candlelight dessert in the front room.
  15. Play a game together after kids go to bed.
  16. Go for a walk and talk about what you want to do when you are empty nesters and retired.
  17. Go to a new development and walk through unfinished homes.
  18. Walk on the Provo River Trail.
  19. Go “window shopping” at a mall.
  20. Go dream furniture shopping. Sit on every couch to find the one that’s most comfortable.
  21. Go to the library or bookstore and read magazines or books. Talk about the funny things you find.
  22. Go somewhere crazy and people watch. Don’t you ever wonder what their lives are like?
  23. Go to the Springville Art Museum.
  24. Take a tour of your Youth. Drive around to different places and tell funny stories.
  25. Drive to Bridal Veil Falls and wade around in the water.
  26. Drive up to Vivian Park with a blanket and watch the stars come out. Take bug spray!
  27. Find festivals. Peach Days, strawberry days, art festivals in small towns, Llama Days etc. Often free to get in to watch the concerts and see the booths. Can also be great for people watching.
  28. Go for a hike.
  29. Put the kids to bed and pull out old pictures of your marriage and of each of you as kids. Again, tell funny stories.
  30. Drive somewhere remote. Turn up the music in the car and dance outside. (or make-out inside).
  31. At Christmas time – drive around and look at Christmas lights. Play Christmas music or the radio.

 

Things you can do for under $10:

  1. Buy of bag of popsicles and go hand them out just outside or at the testing center at BYU.
  2. Go get ice cream.
  3. Go to the grocery store. Each person has $2.50. Split up and come back in 5 minutes with the biggest thing you can find for $2.50. Pick a winner and take your food to the park.
  4. Get a foot long sub sandwich and share. Take it to a park.
  5. Rent a movie from Redbox or Amazon Prime.
  6. Take $10 to the DI and find a treasure you want to take home. Or, each person gets $5 to buy the other a gift.
  7. Go to the Farmers Market and try 3 new fruits or veggies, or buy a loaf of fresh baked bread.
  8. Go Karaoke (available in downtown Provo)

Splurge date ideas:

  1. Go to a trampoline park.
  2. Go see a play
  3. Go to a concert.
  4. Take the tram ride at Sundance.
  5. Walk the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.
  6. Get pedicures.

Living The Mompreneur Life Without Guilt

There is a fun YouTube series that provides fun,honest, inspiring kitchen table style chats about real life for real moms called The Momoir Series.  It will have tips, ideas, question expectations and give voice to modern mom life.  With it’s interview style, each chat takes on a certain topic or notion, and of course, includes side notes and funny stuff because that’s mom-life for real.  And guess what?  Yours truly is featured in this week’s video!  We take a good look at “failure” and how to embrace it as a teacher and even a blessing!
 

Check it out and leave a comment & a like!  I would love to know what you think!  I know Lynn Bodnar (creator of the Momoir Series) would also appreciate your feedback!!

Cirque du Soleil – CRYSTAL

A Breakthrough Ice Experience

Cirque du Solei lis thrilled to return to West Valley City with its coolest arena show yet—CRYSTAL. This unique arena production—Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever experience on ice— showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. CRYSTAL will perform at West Valley City’s Maverik Center (3200, Derker Lane Drive) from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10 for six performances only.

Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.

Directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, Crystal, our misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated, and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.

Tickets for CRYSTAL are now available online exclusively to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free. Benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers, and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com.

General ticket on-sale for West Valley City performances of CRYSTAL will be available starting October 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.cirqudusoleil.com/crystal.

To get 30% off use this code! bit.ly/Crystal30MAV

CRYSTAL is suitable for all ages.

There will also be  a Crystal Cube Scavenger Hunt held (details coming soon). There will be 30 cubes at a special location and will be hidden throughout the location. Each will have a voucher where they can redeem for a pair of tickets. These tickets will be for opening night.

5 Tips to Living in Priority in Life and Business

Balance ReDefined Podcast With Connie Sokol

Honored to be interviewed by Connie Sokol on her podcast Balance ReDefined.
In it I share about how my priorities and businesses have shifted from the time I had young kids to now with kids in school full time.
Click here to listen: 5 Tips to a Better Work/Life Balance 
Check out the You Got This Women’s conference that is happening in March!
Learn more and get your tickets here: www.yougotthiswomen.com

50 Apps for You & Your Business

Using Your Phone for Increased Productivity & High Performance

I had the opportunity to speak at a conference this year on the 50 best apps for your business. Today I get to share 4 of my favorite apps on KSL’s Browser 5.0 but I wanted you to have my whole list.

In the digital world that we live in, we’ve got apps for everything from health to money.

Check out the list of my favorite 50 apps below.

 

 

What do I do if my kid is getting bullied online?

Question and Answer series with Michelle McCullough

October is National Bullying Awareness Month and with a cell phone in the hands of almost every teen, the subject of cyber bullying deserves attention and discussion.

Today I’m going to share three tips to help your kids if they are being bullied and two tips to help your kid if THEY are the bully.

This post features some frequently asked questions on cyber bullying.

Question #1:
It seems like cyber bulling cases are becoming more and more frequent. What would you say is the first step if they’re being bullied online?

Michelle: Take it offline. Don’t continue to engage in the conversation virtually. Stop the digital dialogue because you won’t be able to change their minds. Decide if you need to address it with the person or parents over the phone or in person and involve any other parties that may need to be notified. Use the three D’s to work through serious situations: Document, discuss and delete.

Question #2:
Once things are said, even if it’s deleted, it can stay with someone for a long time. Maybe even forever. How do you start to process and resolve the situation?

Michelle: It can be tempting to back go the scene and see what else has been said and get back into the conversation, that’s why it’s important to make a change. Perhaps limit social media use, if it happened on Instagram, give it break for awhile, let the “news cycle” change if you will. Fill the time with something else completely. Go to a movie, read a book but change things up.

Question #3:
What do you recommend if it continues to happen or if your child isn’t “bouncing back”?

Michelle: Don’t be afraid to get additional support. Your child may need counseling or support at school with teachers and administration. Don’t wait. The longer things go unresolved the worse they can be long term. That’s why the acting is SO important. Resolve the issue with the kid or parents, but make sure your child gets professional help if needed.

Question #4:
Now let’s turn the tables, what if you find out your kid is the bully?

Michelle: This is where we use the three Cs. Collect, Clean and Checkup.
Before you dive into the convo with your kid, make sure your facts are straight. Collect information to make sure you have a good picture of what happened.
Talk to your kid and clean it up. If they need to delete something, make sure it gets done, if they need to make amends, make sure they do it verbally or in person – not just online. Help them understand that seeing someone and having to say it to their face makes the difference.
Finally, checkup. After the events check in with your kid, with the platform used and continue to keep the conversation going.