the husband + I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary on friday. let’s put my concern of where the last five years have gone aside and talk about dating. relationships + marriages go through seasons. each season brings with it the good, the bad + what you must learn. we have two little kids. they depend on us for everything, contrary to what the toddler says (he’s 100% in the “I can do it myself” stage). our life is filled with adorable faces, unprompted praises, a lot of love, so many toys, animated television, nursery rhymes, bedtime battles, middle of the night wake up calls, and early mornings. we are incredibly blessed + so tired..
we’re in the season of our marriage where we finally get both littles to bed and ask ourselves “should we go to bed too?” (mind you, this is before 9:00PM). that’s the good + the bad. what we must learn is how to prioritize date nights, when comfy clothes + any bit of sleep we can get is an actual treasure.
this is an important reminder: a date night doesn’t need to be a candlelit dinner + a night on the town. it can be simple. the gesture + being together is what matters. so, if you’re in a season much like ours or if you just want a cozy night in, a thoughtful date night is one grocery trip away.
if I were a dating expert, I would say there are 3 elements to planning a good date. they are: food, beverage + an activity.
for our relaxing night in, we love to watch countless episodes of a TV show (read: netflix binge) or a movie. I make a trip to the grocery store for our snacks + beverage selection. popcorn is a quintessential movie snack. (I buy already-popped popcorn. nothing kills a vibe like the smell of burnt popcorn). add a sweet treat to your popcorn, like M&Ms. throw together a simple cheese plate (two cheeses + crackers). for the beverage, we will either open a bottle of red wine or mix up a cocktail. this is a whiskey moscow mule (get the recipe here).
go have a cozy night in with your love.