Alright, ladies let’s talk about how easy date night is…NOT! Date night can be expensive by the time you factor in child care, your meal, movie, or whatever else you have planned other than child care. At $15/hr, I have to highly consider whether the expense is worth it or if I could save for something we really want to do. You know that trip to Europe won’t pay for itself, right? Bucket list items are non-negotiable so I’m here to help you figure out some amazing at home date nights for when you want to spend a little time with your spouse doing something you both love, but you don’t want to spend a wad of cash. I’d much rather be laying on the black beaches of Santorini than have a mediocre meal I’ve forgotten about tomorrow. Now that isn’t to say, I wouldn’t find some meals completely worth it. Hello, ink or Union Pasadena. Anyway, let’s get down to the 7 at-home dates that will make you and your husband swoon for each other at no cost.
1. Watch TV together.
Remember the days when you could just casually sit on the couch watching television? Those days don’t have to be gone. Sweet Baby J goes to bed at 7:30pm almost every night. Girl, you know I’m not ready for bed that early. Okay…most days I’m not haha. This is our time to snuggle up on the couch and watch television if we feel like it. We can catch up on television shows we have waiting in our queue or we can watch a favorite movie. My husband really wants me to see The Three Amigos so it’s on the list. 1 or 2 hours can make a HUGE difference in how you feel about your day and the amount of time you’ve spent with your spouse.
2. Go through old photos
You’ll be able to look at how you both looked when you were younger and laugh at some of the fashion choices. On top of that, you’ll be able to tell each other stories of things that happened before you two met. It’s a great way to share your history. I showed my husband a photo this morning of me towering over a bunch of my classmates which is funny considering I’m 5’3” now. I was a tall kid, though. I just shot up faster than everyone else. He got a laugh for sure.
3. Sit outside with a beverage of your choice and talk about your day.
For me, it’s a summer night on the porch with a tall glass of sweet tea but for my husband, it might be a finger of bourbon. We sit out and enjoy watching the neighborhood begin their nightly routines, and we talk about our day. We discuss work, Sweet Baby J, and we delve into any plans we have for the future. This is your hour or two to daydream about your future. You can add things to the bucket list or just imagine the world differently. Plus, it’s totally relaxing to sit in the rocker and just let the day fade away.
4. Board game night.
We bought Dominion because it can specifically be played as a two-person game. We’re both super competitive too so it can be hilarious. What is your favorite board game to play as a twosome? Sometimes they’re not easy to find. You can also play cards. The point is to get yourselves out of your normal night and really connecting with each other.
5. Cook a special meal.
If you really want to go all out, you can get dressed up like you’re going out. It’ll make the night all that more special. This is the kind of dinner where you fix your husband’s favorite meal or vice versa. I really like to make my chicken cordon bleu when I’m trying to do something a little extra special.
6. Just dance.
You don’t have to be a great dancer to enjoy a little spin around the living room. As a matter of fact, it feels absolutely fabulous if you ask me, and it happens every time our wedding song comes on the radio or just because we feel like it. Honestly, I feel like everyone should know a basic waltz. It will come in handy you’re whole life.
7. Build something
This is about working together as a team. You don’t have to build something from scratch. You can put together a Lego kit. It’s just about helping each other figure out the pieces and waiting on the finished product that the two of you built together. It can be so rewarding.
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