Since I’ve been participating in the #ReviveDateNight series with Justine and Kailei this month, I wanted to share all of my best tips in one post. Date night can be just as much of a priority once you are married as it was before. Honestly, date night has become more exciting now that we are married and have kids. I look forward to those few hours every week when we set aside our side hustles, housework, projects and other responsibilities. It’s nice to step out of our parenting suits for a bit, dress to impress and enjoy focusing on being a couple in love. So… here are my best tips!
Create a Bucket List
Date night bucket lists have become a favorite thing for us. We take those big activities, fancy restaurants and things that we’ve always thought about doing and commit to making a date night of it. Click here to read my four tips for creating a date night bucket list of your own.
Plan Date Night in Advance
I am a die hard planner who has become really good at going with the flow and sometimes resorting to ‘Plan Z’. Even though a lot of our date night plans change last minute, I usually sit down at the beginning of the month and plan out our date nights. Click here to read about the five benefits I’ve found from planning our date night activities in advance.
Make it Memorable
You might think that in order for a date night to be memorable, it has to be big and extravagant, but that’s not the case. Click here to read about our most memorable dates and what made them so memorable.
Put Forth Effort
Back when you were dating each other, every date night was special. You put on your favorite outfit, and put forth the effort to make it a great night. Just because you are married, doesn’t mean you should give up some of the habits you had when you were dating. Click here to read my four tips to make date night just a little bit sweeter in your marriage.
You Don’t Need a Babysitter
Once, maybe twice a month, we hire a babysitter to watch our kids while we go out together. The rest of the time, we don’t leave our kids and go out. I read an article once that changed the way I approached date night and the way I view the term. Click here to read what date night means to me and how you can go on a date without leaving your kids with a sitter.
Even When You’re Busy
Every stage in life is busy and comes with its own set of challenges. We’ve been through quite a few of these different stages of our own. Working opposite schedules, homework and school deadlines, newborn babies, a baby in the NICU, and I’m sure the list will only continue to grow. Click here to read my three tips for making date night happen even when you just don’t have the time.
Movie Dates Can Be Meaningful
The classic movie and dinner date night sometimes gets a bad rap. It’s not always considered quality time, but I’m here to tell you that it can be quality and make a great date! Click here for five ways that you can make movie dates more exciting and then click here for a list of date night movies that you’ll both enjoy.
Make Date Night a Priority
No matter what your life looks like, how little free time you have or how much time you feel like you already spend together, it is important that you continue to date your spouse after you get married. Click here for more reasons why you should prioritize date night, tips on how to do that and over 200 date night ideas.