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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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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Spring Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

When it comes to date night, you won’t find us doing the same thing each week. We love the classic dinner and a movie date, but we also love to experience new things together and date night is the perfect opportunity for a little adventure. We love to try new restaurants, check out different places made for fun in the area and enjoy the seasonal activities that are available where we live. I look forward to spring every year because our date night activity bank expands to include some things that are outdoors. I also find that it’s more fun to go out together when it’s not frigid and snowing and the ground isn’t constantly wet.

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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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7 Date Ideas to Enjoy in the Winter to Spring Transition

March and April are two of the hardest months for me because I feel like spring is constantly teasing us and I’m antsy for its arrival. I get eager for sunny days and warm summer nights. A lot of my favorite date night activities are summer ones, and I miss them during the other three seasons. While we wait for the sun to stick around more permanently and warmer temperatures, we still find ways to have fun together for date night.

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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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