Date Night | Sunset Picnic + Batting Cages

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IMG_5717Mr. Pepper and I have been married for just over six years now (together for almost nine!), and though I'm thankful for our marriage everyday, I'm a little embarrassed to say that we've never been the best at actually going on official date-nights.  When we first started spending time together, we were still in college and already really close friends so "going out" involved grabbing burritos at the best Mexican food spot in San Diego, hitting up our favorite comedy clubs & hanging out with our shared group of pals.The fact that friendship is still one of the mainstays of our marriage can often mean that hanging out doing everyday stuff or spending time with other couples feels just as fun as something fancier, you know?  I think we do a pretty good job of traveling and exploring when we can, but battling the unavoidable busy work schedules (raise your hand if you can relate!), can mean that the official planned-out date-night just doesn't happen for us all that often.IMG_5646A few months ago, I heard about a dating site called HowAboutWe and was equal parts excited/intrigued to find out that it's not just for singles! You can use the site regardless of dating/marriage status, and it is really more of a hub to find cool things to do in your city, while finding great deals and being able to easily invite someone to join you.I'm so excited to tell you that we've teamed up with HowAboutWe for Couples to bring you a new featured series here on S&P called Date Night, and hopefully it will inspire you to inject a little adventure into your own play time - no matter what your dating status might be!

Click through to hear about our own first experience with the site, and be sure to sign up here to get $50 off your first date* with our special S&P link!

*Applies to new members only, Expires 12/31/2013.IMG_5650On our first HowAboutWe for Couples date, I knew that I wanted to do something to take advantage of this glorious fall weather we've been having before being outside becomes too chilly to handle.  A picnic in the park and an evening at the batting cages seemed like a good place to start, and I was pleasantly surprised by how something so simple ended up feeling quite special.IMG_5768IMG_5745Heavy appetizers (watermelon salad! veggies! cheese!) and portable drinks (we love our Vita Coco!) made for the perfect compliment to watching the sunset from Chelsea Waterfront Park, and as simple as it may sound - It was SO nice to cozy up on the blanket (sans smartphones) and watch the boats and people go by after we finished eating.IMG_5780On the quick walk to the sports complex at Chelsea Piers, we both laughed about how long it had been since we swung a bat... We both played softball/baseball during high school and childhood, and figured it had been at  least 1o years for each of us (not counting the office team I played on when we lived in Kansas City - HA)!  One of the things that I thought was pretty cute was that G mentioned how much he liked that I picked something for us to do together that was a little more oriented towards his interests. :)IMG_5811batting-cagesReady for Fall in my plaid shirt from Crossroads Trading Co.! And YES those ARE sensible baseball shoes...I have to say that one of the best parts about the site is that after you sign up for a membership and reserve a spot for one of the activities in your Datebook, the site actually takes care of all of the reservations, and all you have to do is invite your partner and show up for the time and date that you confirmed!  Almost like having a personal assistant to plan it all out for you, and that is a luxury that I would not have guessed can really make a difference in enjoying your time spent actually going on the date.We've had fun taking turns picking out the next several excursions, and you can bet that comedy clubs, food crawls & more outdoor adventures will definitely be in the mix!IMG_5833And because hardly any occasion (date night, or otherwise!) is complete without a pit-stop for a treat - We just HAD to stop by the closest fro-yo spot on our way home. :)---

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