Crescent News: New date type, streamlined request form and more!

We’re excited to announce some improvements to the date request form and profile at Crescent. Thank you again for all the feedback that makes these improvements possible.

First, we realized it didn’t quite make sense to ask you to repeat any allergies or physical limitations every time you submitted a date request. Instead, we’ve added that question to the profile. Don’t forget to update it before you submit your next request!

We also took this opportunity to streamline our date request form. Take a look:

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The final thing we added was a brand new date type – Surprise Me! It’s the perfect option for if you’re not sure what you and your partner want to try next. We’ll use the preferences on your profile to find you the perfect date!

Ready to give our new features a try? Just click here to start scheduling a date!

7 Gorgeous Green Gifts

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, we decided to find some gorgeous green gift ideas. Green not your gift recipient’s favorite? Well, you could try our Purple Gift Guide. We also release new gift guides weekly, so keep an eye on this space.

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Mini Good Luck Chocolates

How adorable are these little clover-shaped chocolates? Plus, they’re made up of some delicious flavors, like dark chocolate with toasted almonds and salted caramel. Find them at Maggie Louise Confections here.

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Väri Watch: Forest Green

This watch’s vibrant green color and leather band make it a stylish, comfortable statement piece. Find it (in a variety of colors) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s online gift shop here.

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Gatsby’s Mansion Candle

With scents of champagne, sea mist and daisy, plus a beautiful green color, what’s not to love about this candle? Pick it up at Frostbeard Studio here.

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Mint Green Vintage Alarm Clock

Make waking up a little more fun with this adorable alarm clock! Find it on Amazon here.

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Grass Green Glitch Tote

This vibrant, functional tote is the perfect way to help the green lover in your life carry all their important things. Find it at Uncommon Goods here.

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Bright Bubbled Green Recycled Glassware Collection

This gorgeous glassware is a wonderful addition to any kitchen! Bonus points: it’s eco-friendly! Grab it from Viva Terra here.

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Ciner Teardrop Earrings

These unique earrings in a lovely deep green are reproductions of a pair of Ciner earrings produced in the late 70s. Find them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop here.

Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 3

It’s time for the third chapter of When Two Become Three by Mark E. Crawford.  Miss out on the other chapters? Start at the beginning here.

You may already be aware that having a newborn in the house is stressful – whether you’ve seen it secondhand through relatives, or you’re experiencing it right now. Chapter Three is all about feeling that pressure.

Mark E. Crawford discusses the 3 major kinds of pressure that is put on new parents – physical, emotional and relational, and reassures new parents that it’s okay to be struggling with one or all three of these pressures. He even compares new parents to being an air traffic controller – needing to be hyper vigilant at all times!

As usual, Crawford gives a ton of great tips on how new parents can work together to make sure that the pressure doesn’t get to be too much, as well as how they can maintain a healthy marriage when facing all this pressure. We’ll discuss a few here:

Permission to Be Novices

There is no owner’s manual to raising a child. Even if you’ve seen your relatives and friends raise children, every scenario you face is going to be just a little different due to your child’s unique personality. Though you should obviously take all necessary safety precautions and do your best to act in the interest of your child, you should try to accept that sometimes things won’t go right – and it won’t be the end of the world when that happens. You’ll learn how to deal with whatever scenario baffled you previously, and move on.

Don’t Forgot to Date

Crawford reminds new parents that it’s important to take time to themselves as a couple once they feel comfortable enough to leave their child with a sitter or family member. He also reminds them that things are a little different than they were pre-baby – dates need to be planned and scheduled in advance, or else they simply won’t happen. Need help scheduling a fun date? We’re here for you.

Crawford also advises trying to go on double dates or group outings with other adults. It can be very beneficial to see your partner as more than “mom” or “dad” – they’re still the well-rounded adult you fell in love with and married. Interacting with other couples helps make sure you don’t fall into the trap of only discussing your children on dates, and gives you and your partner a chance to see each other in a different light.

Lean on Your Partner (and let yourself be leaned on)

When it comes down to it, you’re a partnership. Sometimes one of you is going to have a bad day and the other will need to step up. That’s okay – you’re in this together for a reason.

Thanks for joining us for this book club! Next week we’ll be covering Chapter Four: Dividing the Chores.

 

 

5 Perfect Spots for an Offbeat Date Night

Have you been to every art museum in your area? Have a season pass to your local science center? Looking for an enriching experience unlike any other you’ve had? Well, then this list is for you. We’ve found 5 museums that focus on weird, unusual or just unlikely things to keep in mind next time you want a unique adventure. None of these in your area? Not to worry, we can help you find the perfect, unusual experience!

  1. International Cryptozoology Museum – Portland, Maine
    Delve into the mysterious and unknown at the International Cryptozoology museum. This museum is dedicated to the study of hidden or unknown animals. Think Bigfoot, sea serpents, etc. Whether you believe in their existence or not, this museum is sure to spark a fun discussion between you and your partner as you explore a variety of research materials and potential evidence of these creatures’ existence. Visit their website.
  2. Museum of the Weird – Austin, Texas
    Who doesn’t love a self-explanatory title? The Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas is a small collection of strange things connected to a gift shop. Inspired by dime museums of the past, this little museum is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the mood for something offbeat! Visit their website.
  3. National Mustard Museum – Middleton, Wisconsin
    Mustard can be a strangely polarizing condiment, but if you’re a fan, be sure to check out this museum! Founded in 1986, this museum is dedicated to collecting specimens of mustard – they’re up to almost 6,000! The best part? It’s all free, even the tasting bar! Visit their website.
  4. American Sign Museum – Cincinnati, Ohio
    Sure, you see signs every day – but we’ll bet you haven’t seen this many in one place! The American Sign Museum is a 20,000 square foot museum featuring signs of all kinds, from all times, whether they’re flashy and neon or more subtle. It’s a fascinating way to explore US history. Visit their website.
  5. Mystery Castle – Phoenix, Arizona
    The Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona has a bit of a bittersweet backstory – a man named Boyce Luther Gully built it for his daughter after discovering he was ill with tuberculosis. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could send for her. She eventually moved in and started giving tours of her beloved castle. She has since passed on as well, but the legacy lives on. The castle has a ton of unique features, and is definitely worth exploring! Visit their website.

6 Incredible Floral Gifts

Whether your significant other has a green thumb, or just loves looking at flowers, you’ll find the perfect gift for them here!

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Swarovski Flower Dreams

You can’t go wrong with flowers that last a lifetime! Product pictured is Forget Me Not, but you can find a variety of options here.

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Birth Month Flower Neckace

Do you know your loved one’s birth flower? Don’t worry, you can find a complete list (and a place to buy these necklaces) here!

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Long-Stem Gummy Roses

Satisfy your significant other’s sweet tooth and love for flowers with these adorable long-stem gummy roses. Find them here.

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Vincent van Gogh: Irises Poster

Help your loved one decorate their home with flowers! Find this beautiful poster here.

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Culinary Dried Lavender

Perfect for the partner who loves to bake! There are a ton of delicious recipes involving culinary lavender. Get some here.

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A Beautiful Bouquet

Sometimes, a classes bouquet of flowers is best. Find some gorgeous options here.