Works For Me Wednesday- Simply Romantic Nights

wfmw   So I posted earlier this week about the importance of getting away without the kids with the hubby. And I completely understand that a few people were frustrated with the realities of making that happen in today’s economic situation. And to that I totally sympathize. When the hubby and I first got married, he was going back to school, we were living in pricey Chicago, and money was super tight. We had a newborn and couldn’t bear leaving her, but we had been mentored by a few married couples who preached and preached and preached about the importance of making time for just the two of you post kids.

So we made a very small investment in a little box that brought us so much joy. Simply Romantic Nights was developed by a FANTASTIC marriage and family organization, Family Life. Basically it is a box filled with date ideas. Sounds simplistic, but the dates are anything but typical. And you have to be willing to be a little silly and cheesy, but if you can do it, I guarantee you will have a lot of fun.

There are 24 date cards and the plan is that you have 2 dates a month, one planned by the hubby, one planned by the wife. They give you everything you need to plan your date. Well, not the stuff, but the ideas. And the stuff you need to get ranges from free to cheap. But fun, did I mention fun?

One date I planned was a Key West type getaway complete with daiquiris, inflatable palm trees, Jimmy Buffet on the radio and perhaps even a grass skirt and coconut bra. And you can make it as elaborate or simple as you want as long as you capture the spirit of the date. We had so much fun that night, we still talk about it.

I think sometimes once kids get in the picture we just forget to have fun with each other. We forget the romance and fall into routines that can suck the life out of our marriages if we aren’t careful. Even when the hubby and I are intentional about dating, we sometimes end up doing the same boring dinner and a video thing and forget how much fun we used to have. Simply Romantic Nights forced us way out of our rut and have I mentioned yet how much fun we had?

For more great ideas, head over to We Are That Family.


  1. The Messy Mom says:

    Great idea. This year we are working hard at making date night a priority and so far we have been doing good. It is easy though to run out of ideas, so I like this little box concept.

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  2. I LOVE the “free/cheap” part. That sounds like fun. Thanks for the tip :) Date night really is so important (and awesome :D

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  3. I’ve heard of this and wondered if it was worth the investment…hmmm…maybe I should get it….we are creativity impaired when it comes to date stuff. You don’t even want to know how long ago our last date night was. To have TWO date nights a month…wow…I think that would be so overwhelmingly awesome!

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  4. That is such a great idea! It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune or any money at all to enjoy time with your spouse. Thanks for sharing!


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  5. Sherry says:

    I’ll definitely have to check these out. They sound fun! :D

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  6. I admit, we are in that rut. Never seem to have the time to get away alone. I must make this a priority. Thanks for the great information.

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  7. We sometimes lack the ideas, too, and get tired of the same old dinner out idea–so I’m definitely going to look into this book. Sounds very interesting! It will help both of us come up with the ideas, too, not just one person. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Our current version of date night is this: One of us goes on a date with our friends while the other stays home and does baby duty. And then the next time we switch. It’s totally romantic and cost effective (the two are interchangeable in our house) but there’s always room for improvement, I suppose. Thanks for the resource!

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  9. Thanks for the article. I knew a lot of these, but there were a few tips I hadn’t really thought about. I hope they help when I try them out!Thanks for sharing.

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