• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Save the Date…Literally!

Today, I am taking my mom out to dinner for her birthday at her favorite restaurant. I am super excited (since we get to spend practically no time together!) and love that we get to escape from the house for the night. As I was thinking about tonight, I was reminded of something else: first dates. Mine always seemed to start with dinner at a restaurant…some were good experiences….and many were not so good! After going on the bad dates I often thought “Did these guys never get taught how to treat a girl?!” As the years have gone on, I have come to realize that many have not been. However, more often guys have just adapted to the more modern and casual society, where going on dates is simply “hanging out” and being a gentleman is no longer a necessity. Well, I have some news for these guys: girls like it when you treat them like a princess! (A little friendly pointer…ahum ahum). Here are some helpful hints to show your gal how much you care when you take her out:

  1. Pick her up.  Meeting at the date location is much less romantic and will definitely cut the date short.
  2. Hold the door for her.  Ladies first 😉
  3. If you choose to take her to dinner, let her choose the place.  This gives her some say in the date and will ensure she is comfortable.
  4. Make reservations.  Nothing is more embarrassing than planning a date and having to change your plans because you didn’t make reservations in advance.
  5. Don’t let her pay.  This is the worst!  The only way you can claim that you had a legitimate date with a girl is if you insist on paying for her.  She will feel that she is truly taken care of this way, too!
  6. Use your manners.  Be sure to say please, thank you, and be considerate of employees, servers, or other staff at the location you choose for your date. 
  7. Hold a conversation and be an active listener.  Girls love a guy who can be sensitive and be receptive to what they have to say.  Plus, if you listen to her, she will be much more enthusiastic about listening to you!
  8. Leave a good tip.  No being a cheap skate!
  9. Thank her for the date.  She took time out of her day to be with you, so thank her for it and request to see her again 🙂

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