Culture Passes- By Guest Blogger Katie

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Hello y’all! My name is Katie and I blog over in this cozy little spot.

When Camille asked me to do a guest post, I was more than a little excited. What it really meant was that I had a reason to go on a totally awesome date with my husband and take lots of fun pictures. [Not that I really needed a reason, let’s be honest.]

And now I’m going to let you in on a secret. It’s a good one, I promise. Are you ready? Ok, here it is.

If you live in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and have a library card, you can go on free awesome dates at twelve different locations.

That’s right. Free. Don’t believe me? Go here.

Um, chya. I wish someone had told me about this a long time ago.

As soon as my hubby, Tim, and I heard about this, we knew we had to go ASAP.

Our first choice was the Phoenix Zoo, but those Culture Passes were already taken for the week. [And when the price is free, we don’t really complain about such things.]  That lead us to our second choice, which was the Desert Botanical Garden.

But we also had a buy one, get one free sandwich for Subway, so we had to make a little pit stop first. And this is where the giggling ensued. You see, I like to take pictures of Tim when he isn’t expecting it, and this time, the results were pretty funny. See for yourself:


These made me giggle so much. Seriously. I’m still giggling, as a matter of fact. And oh yeah, here’s one of me:

He’s nicer than I am.

After our bellies were satisfied, we headed over the the Desert Botanical Garden. And let me tell you kids, these pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. [Which means you should probably go get your library card like right now so you can see for yourselves.]

And in case you were concerned, my husband actually is normal. And pretty dang handsome:


I may or may not have been slightly obsessed with taking pictures of the flowers:





And even though I have about a zillion more, I’ll stop before I get too carried away. [You’re welcome.]

Tim liked to pretend he was a botanist and make ridiculous [and hilarious] commentary about all of the scientific names for each of the cacti. [The funny thing is, my dad actually is a botanist and does legit commentary about any and all plants he sees. But it is far less comical when he does it.]

Tim decided that the above “cactus” was actually a mammal and that this cactus…

…was actually a bunch of pineapples. [He could follow in my dad’s footsteps, don’t you think?]

I could probably take over Camille’s entire blog with the disproportionate amount of pictures I took, but for her sake and for yours, I won’t.

But just know that it was amazing.

Moral of the story? Dating doesn’t have to be expensive. But it is totally worth it. So grab your lover [or your hopefully-will-be-my-lover-someday] and get a library card!

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  1. FREE ACTIVITIES??!? THE LIBRARY CARD IS THE GREATEST INVENTION EVER. (ok done yelling.) … seriously, ima find me a hopefully-will-be-my-lover-someday and take said hopefully-will-be-my-lover-someday to all of these places, thus securing his impending love for me.

  2. This might be super nerdy of me, but it totally reminds me of the song from that Arthur musical episode…”Having fun isn't hard, when you've got a library card.” Anyways…that is super cool! Wish we had something similar up North 🙂

  3. That's hilarious Kylie! I'm sure there is something, lots of museums do free days, free passes, etc. You just gotta hunt sometimes! Good luck finding some free fun!

  4. Oh you're funny! This sounds like a great plan! 🙂

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