Unplug and Reconnect with Your Partner at Pinot’s Pallette


Technology and social media have officially taken over the world. People sit at dinner tables together and are staring at their phones instead of their company. I’m in meetings at work, and I kid you not, there are those “professional” colleagues of mine on their phones checking Facebook or Instagram. Really?! I am 100% certain this company doesn’t pay you to maintain your social status. We need to unplug! We need to reconnect! March 3rd was the National Day of Unplugging. Yes, the world had to make this a day because we have gone too far. If it can’t stop, we can slow down and take a moment and look at the people around us. Genuine people, the same people who make time to tell the world what they are doing on Twitter or Facebook, but can’t take the time to tell you in person. I’m guilty of this too, we all are. So I urge you to take some time to unplug and make real connections throughout your day.

I made a deal, I received an offer from Pinot’s Palette to unplug for the day to enjoy my partner and commit to being present in the moment with him. Work is overwhelming and when I do come home, I want to be with him and talk and listen. I must say, I am not one to hold on my phone too much anyways but it was really nice making that conscious effort. When it comes to social media, I’m not obsessed with it, but I do write for a blog that I love and that takes time and effort online and on social. Whether you are like me or on the more extreme side, take a moment and read these benefits of unplugging to take a date night the right way.

Pinot's Palette

Benefits of National Day of Unplugging

1. Quality Time

Laying around the house when your partner is home doesn’t count. Allow yourself to turn off all electronics and really listen and talk to your significant other. Watch their facial and body expressions to see what is exciting them at the moment, what they are stressed out about, and ways that you can be a part of both of those scenarios.

2. Fun

When you laugh with your partner, you connect with your partner. It’s that simple. We laughed at our different painting styles and how much they proved that I am Type A and he is completely Type B. There is nothing like a little painting and drinking that will prove your personality type!

3. Express Yourself

Whether its through art or through conversation with your love, it’s important to talk one on one about life. Your significant other is usually your best friend and biggest supporter. It’s vital to express yourself and who you are. It’s important that you know who they are down to their soul too. Its a give and take and expressing yourself can be done many other ways than through pictures on Instagram. Don’t get me wrong, I love those pictures, keep posting…but be sure to unplug and share yourself with your partner first.

4. Relaxing

Unplug from your phone and computer screens and let your brain rewire! It will not only be good for you and your partner, but there are sleep benefits as well as work benefits to being rested.  Plus it’s just good for your eyes.

Pinot's Palette Instructor

Pinot’s Palette is a great option for unplugging and having a date night. You can go to Pinot’s Palettes website and pick the best night for your based off your availability and the painting you would like to create. If you have never heard of Pinot’s Palette, it is a studio/bar where you hand paint, listen to music, and enjoy wine or beer. It is a really awesome business that seems to be booming. Our class was completely full, about 30 people. They offer daytime, evening, and weekend classes. Don’t worry about it if you’ve never touched a paint brush. For some reason, they all turn out wonderful and different and that’s part of the fun.


Unplug, go reconnect with your partner, and create a masterpiece that inevitably turns into an amazing memory!

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Big thanks to Pinot’s Palette for sponsoring this post. 



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  • WhispersInspire

    Oooh, sounds like a great plan. Nothing like unwinding and unplugging!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Exactly! Two wonderful things to do!

  • That seems like something that would be a ton of fun to do with my GF. We could get buzzed at laugh at each other’s pathetic attempts at painting.

    • Lori McCorkle

      Lol, exactly! My BF is begging me to hang his in the nicest part of our house! He was getting carried away so we call him the expressionist!

  • I have TOTALLY been wanting to do this with the hubby! It always amazes me how great everyone’s paintings come out! Can’t wait to try it for myself and of course enjoy some great wine while painting!

    • Lori McCorkle

      It is awesome to see 30 people painting the same thing but each one turning out different! That is most of the fun honestly!

  • Kathy Ramsey Myers

    I think this would be so cool, I am spending this year having fun with my hubby, I am going to have to plan this one day soon!!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Please do, and let us see your finished product!

  • Roger Willis

    Whenever my wife and I go out to eat, we both have a difficult time staying off our phones!
    This is a great idea! Posting for Ladonna@momblogsociety.com

    • Lori McCorkle

      It is hard since our world has turned itself over to technology. It is actually invigorating to leave your phone and take some time with your partner and not worry about the outside world. It’s awesome to reconnect, you feel so good and bonded at the end of it…even if its only two hours!

  • There are many bars doing this in my area and I’ve been SO wanting to go! Looks like a lot of fun.

    • Lori McCorkle

      You should find a painting you like on their schedule and sign up! I promise, it’s fun!

  • This sounds like such a fun date night. My husband hates paint (like, he is terrified of blue paint) but he said he would love to do this with me because it would be such a fun and unique experience.

    • Lori McCorkle

      You can pick your paint colors! They give you an extra plate so you can choose your colors so he can steer clear of the blue!!!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    Great painting! I love paint nights!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Thanks Oyinkan! We do too now!

  • This is such a great way to reconnect with a loved one. And of course, a little wine helps. I attended something similar here in South Florida with a friend. We had a great time.

    • Lori McCorkle

      Thanks for sharing Fatima! It was a great time, and I love that it’s popularity is spreading. And yes, wine and beer do help!

  • This looks like such a fun activity. As adults we don’t get enough time to get creative, this is a great outlet for it.

    • Lori McCorkle

      I am not creative, but this made me feel that way. My painting turned out pretty cool too. It was definitely a nice outlet…all I thought about was how fun I was having and about how much I enjoyed spending time with my BF!

  • Christy Garrett

    I have always wanted to do this with my husband. Hopefully, I can twist his arm soon. I think it would be a fun experience. My sister in law has done this a few times.

    • Lori McCorkle

      Christy, tell your husband it’s better than he thinks. My boyfriend was hesitant but I think he had more fun that me. He finger painted and even started throwing his paint brush full of paint at the canvas to make his different. He loved that he could drink a few beers too and that other men participated so he wasn’t alone. He even went over and struck up conversations with two of them!

  • I totally agree with everything. Its quite sad to see people out on dinner dates and reaching for their phones to check social media like its more important. Really, there’s nothing that important being posted on there that you can’t wait to see in a few hours. Enjoy life, your partner, your family!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Thanks Jenn! I’m happy to read that I have some supporters on this out there! Life is short, and people are who make it worth living! Real people! Thanks for your comment, we love it!

  • Dhemz Apdian – Dias

    I would love to try this kind of activity. A friend of mine did this with her husband on their anniversary and they had a blast. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Thank you for your comment! It is a great idea for an anniversary since they have couples nights too!.

  • I have always wanted to go to a paint party! I will have to check out Pinot’s Pallette!!

    • Verbal Gold Blog

      For sure! It’s so much fun!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Please do! Such a fun time! It was my first time, but I will definitely be back! You can even finger paint lol

  • MrsMuffinTop ©

    I have a pinot pallette near my house. I’m deinitely going to try it now. Date night plan is going to be official in 5…4…. 🙂

    • Verbal Gold Blog

      lol it was such a fun date night! Highly recommend it!

    • Lori McCorkle

      Lol, I’m glad we could encourage you! We had a great time even though I’m not too artsy. It was the perfect time frame too. Not too long and not too short! The music they played in the background made it extra fun

  • Tracy Iglesias

    I have always wanted to try one of these things, but since I don’t drive I worry about how to get that huge canvas home! 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    • Verbal Gold Blog

      Awesome! I don’t think they’re too big to carry. 🙂

    • Lori McCorkle

      Hey Tracy, the canvas wasn’t too big. It fit nicely in the back seat of my car. It is probably about a 16″x12″ canvas if I had to guess! I put mine right up on my wall! I’m sure they will offer different sizes too!

  • Aziel Morte

    The benefits of
    tuning out your tech on the National Day of Unplugging Day are so much
    greater than a simple respite from all those message alerts