Crescent News: New pricing options

Crescent has been live for a couple of months now, and we’ve been getting a ton of great feedback from our users! We’ve been doing our best to listen and make small changes almost every week. However, today we released a major change – a change in our pricing.

One thing that we’ve heard multiple times is that our users would like the option to customize the level of service they receive from their concierge. Some just want a quick date suggestion, but know that they won’t be interested in revisions. Others want the whole 9 yards – unlimited revisions, booking service, etc.

We thought quite a bit internally about the best way to make that happen, and finally settled on 3 packages: Express, Standard and Deluxe. We think that these three options will be a great way for everyone to get exactly what they need from the Crescent service!

Here’s a quick description of each package:

Express
$2.99

Get a date suggestion from a concierge within 48 hours.

Standard
$9.99

Get a date suggestion from a concierge within 24 hours, and request unlimited revisions of that suggestion.

Deluxe
$14.99

Get a date suggestion from a concierge within 24 hours, request unlimited revisions, and receive booking service – the concierge will book your restaurant reservations, purchase tickets, etc when applicable. All date requests that were open at the time of the pricing switchover have been automatically grandfathered into this option.

We hope you find this increase in service customization helpful! Another thing worth noting – while doing these pricing changes, we made some upgrades to our date request wizard. They’re definitely worth checking out!

If you have any questions or feedback, please email support@datecrescent.com. Ready to schedule a date? Click here to get started!

5 Brilliant Butterfly Gifts

Spring is the season of butterflies, and what better way to celebrate than getting someone you love a butterfly-themed gift? Whether the butterfly lover in your life loves to journal or accessorize, you’ll find the perfect gift for them on this list!

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Swarovski Butterfly On Flower

Don’t you just love the vibrant color of the butterfly? It’s sure to brighten any room its placed in! Find it here.

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Mosaic Butterflies Italian Leather Journal

If the butterfly-lover in your life journals, you’ll want to get them this gift – a beautiful notebook adorned with an abstract butterfly mosaic design on the outside and 128 lined pages on the inside. Find it here.

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Japanese Butterfly Scarf

The beautiful design on this silk satin scarf is based on the decoration of the tray in a 19th-century black lacquer box. It’s an absolutely lovely accessory for any butterfly lover in your life! Find it here.

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Candy Flowers – Lavender Butterfly

These dark chocolate butterflies are perfect for the special someone in your life with a sweet tooth! Find them here.

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Butterfly Holland Watch

There’s no cuter way to tell time than with this butterfly-themed watch! The band is made of leather, and the watch itself is a butterfly-printed stainless steel. Find it here.

Book Club: When Two Become Three, Chapter 9

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

Chapter 9 of When Two Become Three tackles Developing a Parenting Philosophy. This chapter is fairly short, and mentions that there are tons of books specifically dedicated to deciding on parenting philosophies. It is mentioned in this book because, as mentioned in previous chapters, getting on the same page about parenting decisions can be very helping when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner.

Mark E. Crawford mentions that all marriages are cross-cultural in one way or another. Each partner comes into the marriage with their own experiences, traditions, etc. He illustrates the point with an argument he had with his wife about the direction toilet paper should go on the roll, but mentions religion and holiday traditions as other typical points of contention.

His advice to couples is to “accept influence” from their partners – in many cases, there’s not a hard and fast “right and wrong” way to go about things. Both partners have their reasons for wanting to do things a certain way, and their reasons may both be equally valid. It’s important to discuss as much as possible before marriage or children, and get on the same page.

Crawford then moves on to discussing how children can change the equation, emphasizing that children are unique individuals with their own personalities. He mentions an analogy that Dr. Wendy Mogel once made, equating children with a packet of unlabeled seeds. This is important to keep in mind as you develop a parenting philosophy – just because certain things worked for you as a child, does not mean that they will be as effective or healthy for your children. It’s important to keep your parenting philosophy flexible as you learn more about your child’s preferences and personality.

Crawford also gives a few more tips on developing a parenting philosophy, including establishing which rules re non-negotiable – maybe things like “don’t hit other people” or “no cursing.” He also mentions that it’s important to agree on how discipline will be conducted.

Crawford ends the chapter by reminding couples to stay flexible, one of the prevailing themes of the advice throughout the book.

Join us next week as we discuss the final chapter: Special Issues with Stepfamilies.

 

5 Fantastic Florida Events (May 2018)

Whether you’re visiting Florida for spring break, or you’re a year round resident, you’ll find that there’s a ton of things to do this May! Try some craft beer, attend one of the countries’ biggest jazz festivals or even experience a pirate festival!

Venice Seafood & Music Festival – Venice, FL
May 5th & 6th
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This festival is returning for it’s second year. Admission is free, but if you’re looking for a splurge the VIP option is totally worth it. $130 gets you an open raw bar and an open bar. Even if you’re not looking to splurge, the combination of seafood available for purchase and music is sure make for a fun time.

Delray Craft Beer Fest – Delray Beach, FL
May 11th
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This event bills itself as “speed dating for beer.” It certainly provides a vast selection – the $40 general admission ticket ($45 at the door) gives you access to 100 craft beers, ciders and wines. There’s also a VIP option that includes free pizza (and more) for $55. There will also be live music and food available for purchase.

Pirate Festival – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 12th
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This fun-filled festival in downtown Ft. Lauderdale has something for everyone – a contest for the best rum drink, a pet costume contest, a pirate gold tournament and more. Plus, admission is free!

Redland International Orchid Show – Homestead, FL
May 18th-20th
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This event is perfect for nature and gardening lovers. Admission is $10 and gets access you access to the largest annual orchid show in the US. You can view a huge variety of flowers, hear lectures and try a variety of food from around the world.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival – Jacksonville, FL
May 24th-27th
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If you’re a jazz connoisseur, you won’t want to miss this. This festival dates back to 1981 and takes place over 15 blocks of downtown Jacksonville. A variety of ticket options are available, from a one-day $99 pass to a $389 VIP experience. Artists include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dianne Reeves, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.

None of these events catch your eye? Try our concierge service – we’ll find you the perfect date activity!

5 Awesome Arizona Events (May 2018)

May is such a wonderful month – summer is in the air and the world is filled with a ton of fun outdoor activities. There are a ton of things to do in Arizona in May – whether you want to visit butterflies at a botanical garden or try a new restaurant (or three!) or perhaps listen to a little Jazz music. Check out some of our top finds!

33rd Annual Tucson Folk Festival – Tucson, Arizona
May 5th & 6th
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One of the countries largest free festivals, taking place in downtown Tucson. Features 120 musical acts including Pokey LaFarge and the Greg & Randal Morton band.

A Sip Of Science – Chandler & Phoenix, AZ
May 6th & 8th
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For $15, enjoy light appetizers and conversations with notable researchers and scientists. Topics and locations vary – May 6th will be led by Joshua LaBaer, discussing amazing scientific breakthroughs in cancer research. May 8th will be led by Athena Aktipis, and featuring the unique topic Zombies Are Real: Are Microbes Controlling My Mind?

Spring Butterfly Exhibit, Desert Botanical Gardens – Phoenix, AZ
Through May 13th
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Meet hundreds of butterflies at this special spring exhibit – and be sure you don’t miss out on the caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber! See butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in real-time. Exhibit is included with admission to the gardens – $24.95 per adult.

Jazz & Jokes, The Nash – Phoenix, AZ
May 17th

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A unique combination to be sure – Jazz musicians and stand up comedians performing together in an improv show.

Arizona Restaurant Week
May 18th-27th
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There’s no better time to visit that restaurant you’ve been dying to try than a restaurant week! Prix-fixe dinners for $33 or $44 dollars will be available at a variety of restaurants across the state. See website for list of participants.

None of these events catch your eye? Try our concierge service – we’ll find you the perfect date activity!