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  1. I love this!! Even without having kids yet, my husband and I sometimes have trouble planning date nights due to our crazy work schedules, house work, etc. Once the kids come, it will get way harder, so I am definitely saving this to make sure we always can squeeze in some time to ourselves.

  2. These are such helpful tips and came at such a perfect time! My husband and I really need to start scheduling dates. I love your bronze-gold level planning efforts!

  3. Great post, I so believe in date nights and I love how you subtitled put the oxygen mask on first, such true statement. How can you be any good to anyone else if you consistently put yourself on the back burner. Great ideas and tips!

  4. My biggest problem with getting date night to happen is actually getting my boyfriend involved, intends to keep himself busy with things that need to be “done”. Love these tips, working in making it happen!

  5. I agree, date nights are so important and don’t need to be complicated. Even if you don’t get ‘out’ doesn’t mean you can’t spend time as a couple.

  6. I haven’t been on a date night with my husband in a very long time. Sometimes even when our son is with friends, we feel like there’s other things that need to be done. We definitely have to think about our relationship first.

  7. This is great! I don’t have kids right now, but it’s definitely important to remember how crucial it a to take the time and be intentional about little moments like this.

  8. My biggest problem with date night is finding a good sitter! I love all the good date night ideas you linked to, though! I think it’s a great way to keep things interesting!

  9. These are such great tips! I can’t relate to the part about having children yet. But sometimes it’s so hard to find time for date night with my boyfriend when we’re both loaded down with college and homework. I like your idea of making a list and the three tiers to it.

  10. Date nights are nice. I have a teen so I don’t have a lot of trouble with walking away. Our gym also host a parents night out where you can bring your kids for a few hours and they will entertain them. So with the kids taken care of all that needs to be done is the where and whens.

  11. I can’t image date night when there’s kids involved. My husband and I are coming up on twelve years next month we’ve gone though lots of things besides the kids and date night is super important through it all.

  12. These are so important if you are in any relationship but especially for married couples… Tnese are wonderful tips for marrieds…

  13. Well, I needed to read that post to revive the fire. My husband and I haven’t been to a date for a while, so after reading your post, this exactly what I did, we went to a nice Cuban restaurant.

  14. Im not married, but I have been with my boyfriends around 4 years now; and dating is a 2 person thing; both must want to date and disconnect from the world. You are a lucky girl, because both are trying to make it work. Great tips to make it happen! I’ll for sure share them with my boyfriend, to see if I become a lucky girl too!

  15. I love this!Date nights are so important just to be able to reconnect with your spouse! Love the idea of the different levels

  16. I am so thankful to have my in-laws living on the next street. They tend to have the boys sleep over about once per month, so my husband and I can go out or stay in and have time together. It’s so important for a relationship!

  17. This is really sweet. My boss has date night on his calendar and it’s always something that makes me smile. It really makes you not take your partner for granted.

  18. This is so sweet! And so true! Its easy to get wrapped up with work or kids and slowly forget what you love about your partner. Date nights are a great way to re-kindle that!

  19. I love that you are willing to go the extra mile to make date nights happen. All couples have to realize over time it’s important to keep the spark alive by doing little things such as date nights even when things get crazy

  20. I love everything about this post as I think date nights are vital for any relationship. Date nights always help keep the romance alive, or at least they do for me. I’m going to have to remember some of your tips when I become a mom someday.

  21. My husband and I honestly do not get enough date nights. With 4 kids and no family local, it is hard to line up a babysitter. I love all the ideas you presented. Your backyard is amazing! I am pinning the picture to show my husband 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah! It is hard to line up babysitters..I hear ya! Glad you like our backyard. My husband made the deck and garden boxes. I really enjoyed it over the summer!

  22. These are all great ideas! One of my goals for the New Year is to have more date nights!!

  23. These are SUCH great tips, and I agree that it is super important to keep dating! I also love your post about cheap date ideas. We’ve been married 21 years and dating has slipped away from us– because it does take effort–so it’s good to be reminded. Thank you for this post!

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