We all know it's important to find time to connect with our partners and yet, as busy parents it can be hard to find the time. Date night is an ideal way to spend quality romantic time, but if you're anything like my husband and I, it can be difficult to find opportunities to sneak away. Today I've partnered with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to bring you five great tips for skipping the excuses and hitting the town.
Plan Ahead - I've found that if a date doesn't make it onto the schedule it simply doesn't happen. Take a few minutes to put it on the calendar, book a sitter, and make a reservation. Not only are you way more likely to actually follow through once that's in place, you will also have something to look forward to! A calendar full of obligations looks a whole lot better with some fun squeezed in.
Streamline Getting Ready - Don't stress out about your outfit. And don't waste time ironing it! If you're like me, your "fancy" date clothes wrinkle easily. The last thing I want to do before heading out on a romantic night is stand over a hot iron while my makeup melts. That's where Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus comes in. Just spray, tug, smooth, and hang. Then head out on your date wrinkle free. Plus, it freshens fabric so no one will know that your dress had been sitting in the closet (or the bottom of the hamper) for far too long! Spend less time doing laundry and more time out on the town.
Make it Simple - There's nothing wrong with dinner and a movie. Don't put undo pressure on yourself to go on an extravagant adventure. As long as the two of you are spending time together doing something you enjoy, the rest is just gravy. If you have really little ones stick close to home so that worry doesn't get in the way of a good time.
Focus on Fun - The best way to ensure that you will go on dates more regularly is to make sure they are fun! Try to use the time to connect, laugh, and set aside the day to day worries. On our most recent date we asked each other the now famous 36 Questions That Lead To Love. It was so much fun and it made it so easy to skip the habitual chat about family logistics.
Release the Guilt - I think this is the hardest one to get over. It's easy to push aside dates because they eat into time you might spend with your kids or takes a cut from the family budget. But your partnership is the foundation of your family and you deserve the time and resources required to keep that connection strong.
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