Extraordinarily Easy “Date Night” Ideas For Ordinary Couples
Every woman out there wants to go on a date that makes her feel special, a magical night out where true love makes her feel like a princess.
Sadly, many of us end up begging to go on dates, only to argue about the location and cost. I recently read a post titled, “The Thing About Date Nights” it was written by The Smiling Family Project and it talked about the beauty of marriage. It states that date nights, as we have come to know them, were not actually part of God’s plan. It then goes on to say that spending time with your spouse is, but having a mindset of needing dates in order to be successful is not. I agree. Many couples simply can not afford dates, or perhaps they can not leave the house.
So, what can a couple do together that is enjoyable, without breaking the bank? Below is a list of ideas 10 easy date night ideas for busy parents that are designed to reshape the way we view dates. To change it from the fancy night out (although there is nothing wrong with that once and a while) to the mindset of spending valuable time with the person you love, in the midst of all the crazy stuff life brings our ways.
10 Easy Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents
1.Murder They Wrote
Stay with me on this one. It’s designed for the T.V. watching couple after a long day at work. If you and your spouse record the latest episode of that suspense show everyweek, then you will love this. Next week come up with a list of suspects before the show starts. The spouse who guesses the killer wins until next week’s episode. The prize could be something as simple as dishes for a week or something a little more romantic. If your show changes up the plot each week then make the guess ideas very generic. Examples can include things like a man killer verses a woman killer or someone who kills for money verses someone who kills for revenge.
2.Work It Out
Some couples really just don’t want to stay home and watch television. Who can blame them? They want to be active. If you and your spouse are this couple but are unable to find a babysitter, then another alternative might just might work for you. Work out instead of going out. There are alot of fun ways for couples to work out together. My husband and I have turned YouTube on the television with our BluRay player and found some amazing workout videos. Even if you can’t afford P90X you can still find plenty of free videos for it online. Or perhaps, you want something a little less frighting and more relaxing. Try Yoga or even pull out that old Wii for a kickboxing match. What ever the case may be, try working out as a couple.
This is for the couple who can’t leave the home. Once your young tots have been safely tugged into bed for the night just grab the baby monitor and head out onto the back porch. Light some candles to repel any nasty mosquitos and sit out under the evening stars to talk. You’ll be right around the corner in the event that your baby starts to cry but far enough away to feel like you’ve slipped into paradise.
4.A Walk In The Park
This one might sound cliche but it is true. Just go out for a walk together, push the stroller, laugh at each other getting out of breath and just have fun. You don’t even have to go to the park. Walk around your subdivision!
That’s right. BOGO Blizzards baby! My husband and I love getting the e-mail from D.Q. that says we have a BOGO for blizzards. You can sign up for it by going to their site. Anytime we see this e-mail we know it’s date night. No, we don’t always go to D.Q. to eat them. Typically my husband swings by on his way home from work and we eat them after the kids go to bed. It’s just something sweet (literally) that we can enjoy together.
Take a shower, put on some makeup, and doll up in a nice outfit. Some times all it takes for an evening to feel special is a little bit of lookin’ nice.
7.Gather In The Garden
My husband grew up with grandparents who garden. I did not but as I got older more and more of my family started gardening. Now, my husband and I enjoy evenings together maintaining a garden. It’s enjoyable to see something as small as a seed grow to be enough food to feed your family for the entire summer.
8. Ya’ve Got A Yard!
So, you might not be up to the challenge of growing tomatoes and squash but what about tulips and daffodils? My husband takes care of our trees while I pot flowers and once again, just like a garden. There is just something magical about this sort of bonding time. Not buying it? Do your kids have a swing set? Why not go out there and swing on it with each other, how about throwing a ball back and forth?
9. Who Let The Dog Out?
My next door neighbour and her spouse walk their dog together each evening after they come home from work. It’s so sweet watching them talk and enjoy each other’s company during this time. They could just let the dog out the back door and down the steps but they take the extra time and the extra effort to spend time with each other by walking the dog.
10. Play Time
Even mommy and daddy need play time every now and again. How about cleaning up that downstairs “man cave” and actually using it. You could try your luck at a came of cards or get friendly over an old fashioned board game. Maybe, go old school and pull out the board games or unleash your inner child and see who can build the best tower out of blocks.
You see, the point is not what you do with your spouse but that you do something of quality with your spouse. Okay, there is always fun in the bedroom too…I get that, but how about bonding friendship with the man that you love? After all, if you can find a reason to laugh and have fun with him then maybe, just maybe, you can fall deeply and madly in love with him all over again.