Romantic Evening for Two


Romantic Evening for Two

By Colton McCarley


        Michaela and I are always looking for new, fun ideas that are budget friendly given that we are both in college. However, every once in awhile it’s nice to splurge on a well deserved date.  

        If you’re looking for a nice dinner with a breathtaking view look no further than Dallas, Texas. Reunion Tower in Dallas has one of the most spectacular views of the DFW area I’ve seen! The restaurant at the very top (560 Wolfgang Puck) is a five star specialty restaurant with a limited menu but high quality food. With a rotating floor, your view of Dallas is always changing to enhance your experience!  

        The menu is more pricey, I believe I ended up spending around $150 on dinner,  but it is worth every penny given the memories made that night. I kept the entire dinner a surprise from Michaela because when we first met she told me it was her fairy-tale dream date and I wanted her to be blown away. But this was much more than a dinner. This dinner was  the perfect location to gave Michaela a promise ring. Our promise is to stick together no matter what, put love first, and to wait until we finish college to take the next step in our lives. She was blown away by everything and I wouldn’t trade the look she gave me once she saw the ring for anything. It was such a special night, which is why I wanted to share the experience with you all!


Posts will continue to be uploaded by Michaela but I’ll try to make more appearances for y’all. Remember to keep reaching for your goals and always make the most of every moment you have in front of you! Until next time…


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Date Idea: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens


        Flowers, Gardens, and fishes oh my! The beauty and scenery of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is hands down the best place for a relaxing and romantic date in the DFW area. Spend hours strolling through nature and fish filled ponds, enjoying each others company. This place will make you forget that you are in a city!

        I have listed the regular prices below but will also include some deals you won’t want to miss out on!

Prices for Non- Members

  • Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15
  • Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12
  • Children general garden admission (3-12): $10
  • Children general garden admission (2 & under): Free
  • Children’s Adventure Garden admission: $3 (additional general garden admission for non-members)
  • On-site self parking or parking garage: $15
  • Discounted daytime parking: $8 (online only)


Discounts & Deals!

  • Buy One Get one through October
    • Wednesdays through October you and a friend can get in for the price of 1!
  • Complimentary admission to retired or active military or first responders’ on
    • Independence Day Weekend
    • Veterans Day (November 11)
    • Patriot Day weekend
    • Memorial Day Weekend
    • President’s Day Weekend
  • Teachers/ Educators discount
    • Complimentary admission to the Main Garden and Children’s Adventure Garden is available to Teachers and Educators. Present a valid educator picture ID at the ticket booth for the complimentary admission.
  • Free visit if it rains during your visit
    • – If the rain interrupts your visit then you get another one for free!


       The Arboretum hosts many awesome events such as Arboretum after hours (details on their website). Have a nice date, family day, or fun with a group of friends (groups 15+ get discounted admission) at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.


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Bonus Blog: Paddleboarding



       Nothing beats being out on the lake, paddle in hand, gliding across the water with the wind blowing through my hair and the sun shining down on my back. Paddleboarding allows me to escape the stresses of the world and get back to my goal: living a quality life. Everyone needs something to be passionate about and I encourage those who have not tried paddleboarding to get out and give it a try! If paddleboarding ends up not being your cup of tea, get out and try as many new things as you can until you find your passion! You’d be surprised how quickly you can fall in love with something.


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey


Paddleboarding is also an amazing date idea! It may not be Colton’s passion he does enjoy it and loves getting out on the water with me. One of the best things about this sport is it can be an intense workout, or just a fun recreational activity. Either way you’re getting some exercise and a date in!


Not only do I love to paddleboard, I’m a supervisor at a paddleboard company as well! Being able to work around what I am passionate about makes work super fun and contributes to the quality life I strive to live everyday.


“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” -Marc Anthony


P.S. Sorry about the poor photo quality, this wasn’t a planned blog post but after we took these pictures I knew I had to share my love for the sport on my blog! Bonus Blog posts will be more spontaneous than the normal Wednesday blog posts!


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Free Event: Balloon Festival


       How to find FREE events?

  • Meetup App
  • Facebook Events page
  • Checking your cities website!

       The suggestions above are great ways to find free events in your area but my personal favorite is actively checking the Events section of FaceBook. When I saw the 30th annual Balloon Festival was coming to a town nearby with free entry, I knew I had to go. Colton and I met up with my parents and sisters. Everyone was excited for the event. We checked out all the vendors and Colton ended up buying some wine slushy as a birthday present for one of our friends.

We left before all the balloons got released but we were there long enough to enjoy the vendors, free samples, trampolines, petting zoo, bounce houses, live music, and the airing up of the first hot air balloon.

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