This post is brought to you my Passionate Homemaking’s monthly contributor, Vina Barham.
Going out on “traditional” dates with your hubby can be a challenge if you have small children. There’s having to find a babysitter, paying the babysitter, and then having to shell out money for a pricey dinner. And because you’ve spent so much money on all of that, there’s an added pressure to make a spectacular date night out of it.
Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer a much more laid-back (and frugal) approach to date nights. Not having to worry about the expense opens me up to more creative ways to hang out with my hubby. And I know it makes me a better mommy when I do. Many of the ideas below are mostly for afternoon dates, when other fellow moms, trusted friends or other family are able to watch your kids. Enjoy!
1. Pack your favorite sandwich, drinks and snacks and go for a day hike.
2. Go out for a drive to a nearby scenic view, bring some chocolates (fair-trade of course) and sweets, and kiss!
3. Play your favorite board game at home after the kids have gone to bed.
4. Trade a happy-hour early dinner date with another couple.
5. Have a cheese-wine picnic in your backyard while the kids are asleep.
6. Go to your local bookstore, pick a book and read to each other.
7. Pour yourself a cup of cocoa, grab a big blanket and do some serious stargazing in your lawn.
8. Pick a sport your husband likes and play with him. Or vice versa. Winner gets to step in the shower first, and the loser shortly thereafter.
9. Eat your favorite ice cream on the patio together. Of course, feed each other!
10. Head out to your hubby’s work and bring him lunch.
11. Watch a movie together. Make homemade popcorn, or something healthier if you’d like, dim the lights and give it a go.
12. Go for a swim at the local community center.
13. Look into local coffeeshops hosting free live music. Dress up and go.
14. Take a bubble bath together.
15. Make smores in the backyard.
16. Go somewhere scenic, bring a camera and take pictures of each other.
17. Give each other the gift of massage.
18. Make a fancy dinner at home after the kids have gone to bed, light up some candles and pretend you are on your first date.
19. Or reminisce.
20. Go for a long walk on the beach.
What about you? Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Or share something you’ve done on this list and how it turned out.