Date Night Ideas

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Today, I am going to talk about a topic that many of us are either wanting to know more about, who are struggling with, or who are almost “over it” but will keep reading in case I say something that might spark something inside of them to Take a chance of keeping things alive. I am going to share my version of a Date Night Jar and fun ways to keep your marriage or relationship exciting.
No matter who you are…young, old, single, marriage, divorced….you have relationships. Relationships are important and really an essential part of our lives. Did you know that nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce? Did you also know that February is the month with the highest divorce rate? Well, these statistics are crazy…and down right depressing, so I am here to lighten it up and keep things fresh in hopes to help you make a few simple changes to create a spark in your relationship and bring back those butterflies you once felt. And hey, if you are totally madly in love with your partner and just want some fun date night ideas, this post totally speaks to you too!
I know you totally want to hear more, so click below to read the entire post.
WARNING:This post is long…so those who lose attention span after 2 minutes, just look at the pictures and scroll to the bottom until you find the info on creating your “Date Night Jar.” Those who like reading, READ ON!
So here’s a little background about me and my marriage. I was married at 19 to my “high school sweetheart” and we’e been married for 8 years now. Is our marriage perfect? Ummmm..heck no! Do we love each other? Heck yes! I love my Hubby so much that I will figure out whatever it takes to keep things going and our marriage alive. Have I always felt this way? Well, yes, but until recently when I became a church going Christian did I realize how much I had to learn about 1. Myself, 2. My husband, and 3. Our marriage. Even if you are not married what I am about to share with you could shape your future relationship or marriage so keep reading.
After being married for 7 years….AKA getting settled into your ways, doing your thing, and loving every minute of it….we found out we were pregnant. As excited as we were, we both knew that our lives were about to be forever, changed. I remember laying in bed one night while about 8 months pregnant and crying telling my husband that we wouldn’t ever have any alone time, we wouldn’t be able to go on dates or go out with friends and I was a little emotional for the sake of this post. We still laugh about that night because the past 15 months of our sons life haven’t been easy and totally bring us back to that very moment. There has been a lot of learning, changes, and adapting going on. I am sure many of you have been there done that or you might be going through this same thing right now.
Having a baby changes you in more ways than you would have ever expected. From stretch marks to breastfeeding to late nightsto emotional spats to hormonal changes to feelings of “AM I GOOD ENOUGH” AND “WHAT IS MY PURPOSE.” It can be hard to find the time to spend “quality time “with your spouse, let alone find the time to “date them.” That’s why I felt this post was so necessary to share.
I recently went to a couples night out at my church and in those 2 hours learned more about my marriage and relationships than I have my entire life. Funny how those type of “things” happen at just the time you really need them. I was sitting there with my eyes wide open, like a child listening to his favorite story wondering what the speaker would say next. Did you know that woman go through a “mid life crises” between the ages of 28 and 39? I had no clue. I personally think I am going through mine right now. I am sure you can “Google that” to find out more, but again for the sake of this post I will keep that info for another day.
So, with all that being said, I knew I was going through some major changes and that I have a new road ahead of me and so I either had two choices. One, I start being an idiot and feeling angry, frustrated  not good enough, and eventually leading to thoughts of being distant, ackward, or even cheating, etc. {this is what we learned in our couples class} or two, I throw myself into learning how to grow my relationship, be a better and happier wife, mother, and create a “sisterhood” with my girlfriends to share life’s joys, struggles, and craziness with. I choose the later of the two and really encourage you to do the same. Why? Because, according to our best known source…AKA the bible, it says that the grass in not greener on the other side and statistics show that those who get divorced and either became single or get remarried report that they are not as happy as they were before they were divorced. {I did not come up with these statistics, I am just the messenger}.
Now, I am not saying I have a bad marriage nor am I saying that I think mine is on the rocks, but I am saying that I want to learn all that I can about creating a GREAT marriage so that the rest of my life is fulfilled, happy and enjoyable with the person I love most {AKA my Hubby}.
I knew I wanted to make some changes that would relight that “spark” and keep things fun, exciting, and alive. Since I am now the “Creative Activities Coordinator” for my MOPS {Moms of Preschoolers} group, I came across an idea for our February group meeting which is about “refreshing your marriage” {THANK YOU TO MICHELLE SULLINS FOR PASSING THIS INFO ON TO ME}. Michelle was the previous coordinator and printed off this amazing idea for a “Date Night Jar” and I thought it was fantastic and just the thing that many of us could use to create that spark in our marriage we have been yearning for!
Michelle originally found this post on Jennifer’s blog “Life in the Green House” and I took the idea, revamped it to my needs and went with it. So, today I am excited to share this idea with you!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Mason jar/cup/or something cute to put your date night ideas in
“Tongue surpressor” size popsicle sticks {the big ones}
Cream and Red Craft paint
Ribbon {red, pink, cream, and silver}
Scrapbook paper
Permanent Marker
Scissors
Paint Brush
HOW TO MAKE YOUR “DATE NIGHT” JAR:

1. You will want to paint your popsicle sticks 3 different colors to organize them into categories based on cost. I painted my sticks cream, pink, and red. FYI You can make pink paint by combining cream and red.

2. Once you paint your sticks you will take you permanent marker and write date night ideas on them based on the cost value associated with the date.
CREAM= $10 and under
PINK= $10-$25
RED= $25-$50+ {this category should take some planning}
3. Add some ribbon to the outside of your jar and add a tag with directions on the back so your spouse knows how the “Date Night Jar” works.
Here are some date night ideas that we chose together:

CREAM= $10 and under::
Dinner and a movie in “He picks”
Dinner and a movie in “She picks”
Hike Badger
Walk by the river
Coffee date
Garage Sales/Window Shop
Homemade Pizza Night+activity
Cruise in the Car {my Hubby has a Mustant…and it’s fast}
Picnic Lunch or Dinner
Take out Dinner and Game Night

PINK= $10-$25::
Dessert Only Date
Italian Dinner Night out
Mexican Dinner Night Out
Movie Date
Wine Tasting {Locally}
Bob’s Burgers or American Cuisine Night Out
Take a Class Together
See a Show {play, inexpensive concert, comedy, etc.}
Local Sports Game {even highschool games count!}
Shooting Range
RED= $25-$50+::
Beer Tasting+lunch
Wine Tasting+lunch
Couples Massage
Concert/Show+Drinks ‘Her Choice”
Concert/Show+Drinks “His Choice”
Hotel Stay for the Night {We’re using hotel points}
His Choice {wild card}
Her Choice {wild card}
Active Activity….anything sports related that one of us chooses
Dinner at a Nice Restaurant
I hope that these ideas have sparked something in you that urges you to make some changes. Creates a spark in your heart to keep your marriage alive. An excitement to date your spouse again {or significant other} and to work things out. If you have made the choice to do this again, please leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear what you plan to do!
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Jennifer is the founder and author of Blissfully Ever After, a lifestyle blog featuring the hottest and latest DIY projects, home decor trends, stylish crafts, easy recipes, budget living advice, and health tips. A former 9-5 corporate worker turned savvy Mom and Housewife shares her secrets of creating a blissful life {even on a budget}! Your one stop shop for all things crafty, life, and home!
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Comments

  1. says

    I’m over MOPS crafts for our group, too, and we are making these next week! :) I love the little tag you put on your jar! So cute!

    AND….I didn’t know about the mid-life crisis, but I’m going to go Google it now! Ha!

    • says

      Thanks, Jennifer! That is so cool you also head up the crafts for your local MOPS group. Isn’t it fun!! Ya, google the mid-life crises, I am sure you will be surprised to see that if you are experiencing anything that they talk about…you are not alone!!

      Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!
      Jennifer

  2. says

    Hi Jennifer,

    I just popped over from the link party. This is a great post and I love not only what you made but also what you wrote. Before my husband and I were able to have kids I remember telling God that I would give up all of the date nights in the world just to be a mom. While I completely cherish being a mom I do sometimes think what in the world was I thinking. :-) Date nights are precious around here and this idea will be so fun…for so many! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Sarah

  3. says

    Great post Jennifer. I loved it ❤❤. I married at 18 and 47 years later i am still happily married to the same man. We also have three wonderful gifts of 3 Children.

    Has 47 years come easy, always happy and blissful? Heck no! But we have kept our love alive by taking good courses at our church, had good friend groups and most importantly PLANNED for special times together – date nights and date weekends. That’s where your lovely Valentine idea comes in. It is so helpful, pretty and very practical. Sometimes we have planned to have a date on a certain day, marked the calendar, looked forward to it with anticipation only to come to the day not able to know what to do or decide from immediate responses! We will put it to use by sitting down and make alist of actvities we would like to do

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