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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Oven Baked Ribs and Homemade Drop Rolls - Date Night At Home Meal

We've gotten really good at grilling or smoking ribs, but during the colder months when we don't want to cook outside, we miss this recipe so I decided that this year we will make them four different ways (in the oven, crock-pot, grill and smoker) and share our technique for each of those with you!

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This Means War - At Home Date Idea

We went to a local nerf dart arena a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun running around competing against each other or on the same team against other people who were there. Inspired by that fun date night out, I put together a date night in that my husband couldn’t not love! This is the perfect activity for weeknight fun after the kids are in bed, or an at home date night on the weekend.

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Romantic Playlist for All of Your Date Nights

I have the ultimate romantic playlist to accompany your next date night or every day moment that you’re hoping to make a little extra special. You could turn the playlist on after the kids have gone to bed and let it be the soundtrack for your evening’s activities. Turn it on and dance under the stars in the backyard or in your kitchen. Take it with you on your next date night out or while you make dinner together and play games for your date night at home. You can create a romantic atmosphere for whatever you choose to do together with this playlist.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day When You Have Young Kids

I’ve asked a lot of people over the last couple of weeks, how they’re planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Because of the stage of life that we’re in, a lot of those were couples with young kids. Most people said that they were going to celebrate as a family, while others weren’t planning on celebrating at all. In the years before we had kids, we went on overnight getaways, turned our apartment into a romantic bed & breakfast, or went out for a fancy meal. We don’t really have a set tradition, but this year I decided that I wanted to start one and find a way to celebrate the holiday that will last for years to come. I hope that this post will inspire you if you have young kids, so that you can expand your celebration to include time for just the two of you each year!

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Everything You Need for a Romantic Dinner Date at Home

One of our favorite things about a date night out without the kids is enjoying a quiet and leisurely dinner together. It’s nice to be able to talk and connect with each other without interruption. We’ve also been known to wait until the kids are in bed to eat dinner on nights when we’re staying home for date night. We just really enjoy eating good food together and connecting while we do it. We’ve looked for ways to make our at home dinner dates just a little extra special and fun. By pulling out some nicer dishes and adding a few touches from the dollar store, we are able to create the perfect atmosphere for date night at home.

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Build Your Own Pizza Competition - At Home Date Night Idea

Pizza night is one of my favorite nights! Curling up with one of our favorite movies and that warm cheesy goodness is one of the best things ever! We found a way to put a little twist on our regular pizza night and turn it into a unique date night without spending too much money or getting too extravagant. If you’re up for a little friendly competition, this date night is for you! It’s fun, yummy, relaxing and perfect for a night at home after the kids are in bed.

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At Home Dates are Date Nights Too

When I talk to other couples about date night, something that I hear often is, “We haven’t been on a date in a while” followed by “With our schedules/kids/budget/etc. it just hasn’t been possible to get out of the house together.” I often have to keep myself calm during those interactions because I tend to want to turn Leslie Knope and excitedly yell that they don’t have to leave the house to make date night happen! Date night isn’t defined as time outside your house together, it’s any intentional time that you spend doing something outside of your normal routine together, with the goal of having fun and reconnecting as a couple.

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Christmas Cookie Decorating Date Night + The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Rather than having my own sugar cookie decorating party to get gifts ready for neighbors and our contribution ready for parties, I invite Joe to join me and we make a date of it. Some times he helps me frost, but most times he’s the taste tester every step of the way. We turn on Christmas music or bring the small TV up and watch a Christmas movie while we decorate. Sometimes we’ll get all of the decorating done while the kids are decorating their cookies at the kitchen table, but a lot of times I opt to wait until they have gone to bed or are taking their naps.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping - At Home Date Night Idea

Are you a wrap presents as you purchase them type person or do you wait until the weekend before Christmas and wrap them all at once. I tend to do the latter because I like to get it all done in one sitting. The last couple of years, we’ve made a date night out of wrapping Christmas gifts and it makes the whole process a lot more fun! This at home date is perfect for a night when you don’t have family parties or other things going on. It gives you an opportunity to relax and enjoy each other’s company after the kids are in bed, while still crossing something off of your to do list.

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Four Ways to Record Your Love Story - At Home Date Idea

This at home date night activity could be a one time thing, happen once a month so you can keep things updated and journal as life unfolds, happen every so often until you’ve finished recording your story or it could be incorporated into your anniversary celebration each year. Here are four fun and unique ways to record your story together and strengthen your marriage and family relationships.

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Date Night At Home - Dinner By Moonlight

As much as I love getting out of the house for a little one-on-one time without the kids, sometimes we’ve had a long week and staying home sounds so much better. One of my favorite things about date night at home is getting to enjoy a dinner together alone. No kids requesting something we have to get up from the table for and no people to watch and distract us like at the restaurants. There’s just something cozy about spending time together at home.

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Budget Friendly Date Idea for These Last Summer Nights

I'm both excited and sad that summer is coming to a close. This past week there's been a slight nip in the air and I even put on a sweatshirt the other day. I'm excited for a new month and the changes to our routine that are coming. While the weather is still warm, we're sneaking in a few outside date nights. This date activity is free and can be done when you aren't able to get out of the house or after dinner when the babysitter is home putting your kids to bed. It can be romantic or it can be silly, but it's a great opportunity to relax and connect together.

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