The Beauty of Creating Date Night, In the Moment

A few years ago we realized that by making our every day routines a little extra special sometimes, we were sort of turning them into a date! For example, sitting on the couch together, drinking hot chocolate or eating ice cream and talking at the end of a long day, instead of ignoring each other and spending time on your phone turns your nightly wind down into a mini date. I call these extra special or spontaneous dates, “date moments” and I think they’re a great way to date your spouse on a daily basis or when you feel like you don’t have time to get out for a date. There’s always time for date night, you might just need to be creative with what date night looks like! If you have five minutes, you can date your spouse!

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8 Ideas for Short Date Nights Out

When we go out on a date, we're generally gone for a few hours and our date nights at home are at least two hours long. But there are some stages and situations in life when you might only have 30 minutes or less to spend together. And honestly, I think that couples would go on dates more often if they didn’t feel the need to make every one a long event. So I’m here to tell you that your date nights can be short! They can be less than an hour or even less than half an hour. In case you needed that permission, I’m giving it to you.

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The Date Night Adventure that We Didn't Have to Plan - Date Crescent Review

We love Date Crescent for a lot of reasons, and this date reminded me of those reasons and that I need to use their services to plan a date night more often! Having a date concierge plan your date for you pretty much guarantees that you’ll be eating somewhere to enjoying an activity that you’ve never done together before. Research has shown that new experiences create novelty in your relationship and help to keep the spark alive. So if you use Date Crescent’s services for no other reason than to try something new that you might not have otherwise thought to look for or even known about, it’s worth it!

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3 Tips to Help You Date Your Spouse Daily

If you don't continue your pursuit after marriage, you'll wake up one day and find that you've become roommates, business partners or just a really good parenting team. Your "partnership" and your family was built on that friendship and romance, and you must continue to build that relationship throughout the rest of your lives if you want it to last. There are simple things that you can do every single day to make your marriage a priority and continue to date your spouse.

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6 Ways to Spice Up Date Night for Empty Nesters

The reality is, a lot of couples get caught up in life and lose their relationship in the process, very unintentionally. In every stage of life, you have responsibilities and challenges that need your attention. It happens almost naturally, that you start to function as business partners and parenting partners and put your romantic partner roles on the back burner while you work together to keep your family and your lives on track. Unless you are intentionally making each other a priority every single day, you will need to reconnect and rediscover your relationship after the kids move out and it’s just the two of you again. And then after retirement, you’ll have even more adjusting to do as you work to find a new dynamic and balance between your time together and your own hobbies and pursuits.

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4 Ways to Spice Up Date Night for Parents of Teenagers

Having teenagers in your house can be a stressful and busy time of life. Embrace that stage of your parenting and find ways to have fun together through it! Gross your kids out and make sure they see that you love each other and that your marriage is and always will be a priority, no matter what other demands you have on your time. Stay involved in your teenager’s lives and stay involved in each other’s lives. Your family will be stronger and your teens might be embarrassed by you in the moment, but they’ll be grateful for your example and involvement for the rest of their lives!

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6 Ways to Spice Up Date Night for Parents with School Age Kids

Even though this isn’t a stage of marriage that we’re familiar with yet, I hope that the ideas listed below will help you find more time for date night and quality time as a couple. Your children are watching you and looking to you for an example of what a healthy marriage looks like. Show them that your marriage is important to you by making date night and time together a priority on a regular basis. They might push back a bit in the moment, but by maintaining your boundaries, the foundation of your family will stay strong and your kids will remember the care that you gave your marriage as they grow older.

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7 Ways to Spice Up Date Night for New Parents

My goal is to help every couple make their marriage a priority throughout every stage of life, even those early parenting days when it feels like you don’t even have a second to take care of yourself, let alone your marriage. Making our romantic relationship a priority is something that has helped us connect as a couple and be more intentional together in our parenting over the last few years. I hope that the date night ideas below will provide you with opportunities to connect and keep your relationship as husband and wife alive so that you don’t lose it to your roles as partners in parenting from the beginning.

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6 Ways to Spice Up Date Night for Newlyweds

Dating each other and finding opportunities to have fun together is just as important, if not more, now that you are married. By making date night a habit, you will set your marriage up for success from day one! It will be easier to make that time for each other throughout every stage of life if it’s something that has been a priority to both of you since the beginning.

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How We're Celebrating Date Your Mate Month

After marriage, you should continue to pursue each other every single day. You both deserve to feel special, wanted and loved, and that takes deliberate action from both of you. Make it your goal to be more intentional with your words and actions every day and let your spouse know just how much you care. Below are some simple ideas for continuing to date your husband or wife for years to come. Your relationship will be more enjoyable and your marriage will last longer because of it.

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Easy to Plan Date Nights with Date Crescent

Just over a year ago, we discovered a new kind of date night service for couples. Date Crescent was created for couples who want to make date night a priority and who want to get out of their regular date night routine and do something new and unique together. My favorite thing about their service is that it takes all of the pressure off of you to think about the details behind your date. By using Date Crescent, couples don’t have to remember to take care of all of the little details (making a reservation, purchasing tickets. etc.) and can rest easy knowing that when date night arrives, they’ll be all ready to go and not trying to scramble to get things in order.

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What We Pack for a Short Romantic Getaway

I tend to be an over packer, making sure that we have whatever we might need for every situation we might encounter. By sticking to the basics, I’ve been able to pack light and stick to our goal. Obviously, if we were to get away for more than a few days, we’d need to get more suitcases and pack more, but this list works well for us in our current stage of life and for the getaways that we take on a regular basis.

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How to Save Money on a Romantic Getaway

A year and a half ago, we were able to stay in one of the nicest rooms at our favorite B&B for less than $130, saving about 50% off the regular price. I was really proud of those savings and excited about the things I’ve learned over the years that help make our getaways more affordable. I wanted those tips to be shared in a way that they could apply to a romantic getaway anywhere so I decided to write this post. If you've ever thought, 'We can't afford to stay somewhere nice and/or romantic', this post is for you! I'm here to tell you that you can enjoy a nice night away without having to scrimp and save for years.

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5 Tips for Parents of Young Kids Who Want to Get Out More for Date Night

A year ago, I published a mini series all about babysitters in celebration of Date Your Mate Month (May). I talk to a lot of couples in the same stage of life that we are, who find it hard to get out for date night because they aren’t able to find childcare or they have kids who struggle when they leave. I wanted to put those posts all in one place so that you can save one post and come back to find all of the information you might need at some point in time. Click the title at the top of each paragraph description to reach the full post with all of the tips that were shared. I hope you’ll find this mini series as helpful as so many parents did last year!

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Why You Should Continue to Purchase Lingerie in Every Stage of Marriage

If you think that owning lingerie is pointless (it’s only on for a few seconds after all, right?) or not something that you should buy until you’ve reached a certain weight loss goal or stop having kids, think again. No matter what your excuse is, I will tell you that you should buy lingerie that fits you and that you love in your current stage of life. The biggest reason people tell me they don’t buy new lingerie is that they don’t feel like they’d get much use out of it. The joke is that ‘it’s only on for 15 seconds anyway!’ I’ve seen a few people’s eyes pop out of their heads when they find out how many pieces of lingerie I’ve purchased in so short a time frame. And then they ask me if I wear it that often. I wanted to share a few ways you can get more wear out of your lingerie purchase. Lingerie doesn’t have to be just for the bedroom! Look for opportunities to wear it on a more regular basis not only for your spouse, but for yourself.

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