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Book review: '150 Creative Dates' packed with clever ideas for married dating

"150 CREATIVE DATES FOR A MORE MEANINGFUL MARRIAGE," by Nick and Mendy Greenwood, Plain Sight Publishing, $14.99, 176 pages (nf)

Nick and Mendy Greenwood maintain that part of the secret to a happy marriage is to never stop dating. In their book titled "150 Creative Dates for a More Meaningful Marriage," they list date ideas for couples that include everything from more common activities, such as hiking or board games, to original, more elaborate ideas to span hours — or even a whole weekend.

Nick and Mendy Greenwood are the authors of "150 Creative Dates for a More Meaningful Marriage."
Nick and Mendy Greenwood are the authors of "150 Creative Dates for a More Meaningful Marriage."
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Choose from educational dates, such as cooking classes, photography shoots and self-defense classes; service-oriented dates like volunteering at an animal shelter or delivering a date to another deserving couple; and group dates like a themed progressive dinner or a shopping cart race. The old dinner-and-a-movie standby will be a thing of the past after couples get inspiration from this book.

Dates are separated into sections of different types, including Recreation and Romance, and Sentiment and Service. One week, couples could choose something active or sporty from the Play to Win section and the next week choose the more artistic Pizza and Picasso date from the Party of Two section. There are enough ideas for couples to choose a different date every week for nearly three years.

Some dates include not only the idea itself but also steps for how to prepare, where to find resources online and even ideas to promote conversation between spouses. There are even recipes for things like avocado face masks and backyard foil dinners.

"150 Creative Dates" is geared toward married couples more than dating singles or teenagers. It includes vague references to marital intimacy, and there is no swearing or described violence.

Nick and Mendy Greenwood have been married for 27 years, have four daughters, and are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They live in Jamestown, North Carolina, where Mendy Greenwood works in public affairs for the state. Nick Greenwood has a bachelor's from East Carolina University and is an award-winning illustrator who has been nominated for a Hugo Award.