Saturday, February 8, 2014

8 stay-at-home dates


Because I refuse to become a dental school widow, the occasion often arises where I have to be a little… creative.

Such as the last weekend of January when its your engagiversary but there is a test on Monday and even if you could go out your budget is gone, so… you brainstorm all the ways you can have a date night without actually going out on a date.

And you come up with a list like this…



1. Candlelight Dinner. I chose this option and one other on the list below {but I’m keeping it a secret which one}. It’s pretty self-explanatory. I took all the candles in the house and arranged them around the kitchen table. I cooked up some salmon, asparagus and sweet potatoes and served it alongside a bottle of wine and his favorite no-bake cookies. Nothing like turning off all the lights to completely change the mood.

2. Dance Off. What better way to blow off steam from hours of studying than an old-fashioned dance-off? I prefer to duke it out on the Xbox with Just Dance, but Daniel refuses to play that game with me {apparently it cheats}. So, we normally turn on some of his favorite songs and dance our butts off until we’re too tired to dance anymore.

3. The Big Game. With basketball season in full force, at least one of our teams is playing every night, if not both. So turning on the Grizzlies game while munching on popcorn, nachos, pizza and all your typical game time food is the perfect break from hours of studying. And he’ll appreciate that you’re letting him use his “break” to watch the game {and spend time with you, of course}.

4. Picnic. This idea may be better in the warmer months, but there’s nothing stopping you from laying down a blanket in the middle of your living room and sharing a romantic picnic dinner together. The weekend of Daniel’s first test I tried out this idea in the back yard. Afterward, we did a bit of stargazing and let our lanterns fly.

5. Massage Session. You don’t have to take any special courses to give a good massage. Apparently, the YouTube is full of short tutorials to show you how to master a few techniques and help your significant other relax. And, if he’s just spent the past 10 hours memorizing anatomy terms, then he might need you to rub out some of those stress pockets.

6. Indoor Camping. I almost considered doing this one, but I didn’t think the 6-person tent would fit in our living room. But on a warmer night I plan on setting up the tent in the yard with a bunch of blankets and pillows and roast some hot dogs and marshmallows over the grill. Then we can stay up late {or until he needs to get back to studying} telling scary stories.

7. Staycation. Robyn from Our Invincible Summer has some awesome ideas for traveling across the world from the comfort of your living room. See how she and her husband traveled to Paris last month. And, you could do this same thing with any country or culture. What places are on your husband’s travel wish list?

8. Game Night. Daniel and I are super-competitive, so we are always up for a good board game. And, if you don’t have a good selection, you can always Google some card games. One of my friends suggested you could make it interesting by adding a “strip” element to it {Strip Scrabble, anyone?}, but I’ll let you decide just how much free time you have.


So, help a sister out! What are your best stay-at-home date ideas?




19 comments:

  1. Stay at home dates are my favorite! We usually eat however much we want of whatever we want and binge watch some shows.

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  2. I LOVE this list. We don't have much in terms of "out" budget, & I've been looking for some stay-in dates for Sean and I. Reeeally good Jenny!!!

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  3. love all of these!!! :) sometimes we have a wii bowling tournament in our living room! (although last time Thomas about threw out his back lol)

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  4. We did a "camp-in" one night and had the best time!! Great list. :)

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  5. I love your blog

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  6. Girl. My husband is in med-school, so I feel you! Last year their test was ON Valentine's day. Just gotta get creative :) Good for you for putting the effort in and not just giving up!

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  7. With Angel's odd schedule, our strategy is to 'date' whenever it's most convenient. So sometimes that's at 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. :P I feel like there is so much more to do in the summer, but we've recently been having a lot of fun with all of our annoying snow....and playing games together has always been a favorite of ours! Once in a while I break out my great-grandma's china and have a fancy candlelight dinner ready when he gets home from work!

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  8. I absolutely love those kinds of nights! And, with work being so stressful - it's our go-to. What are your favorite binge-watching shows?

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  9. I completely know what you mean! My next date-night blog post will have to be cheap dates during the winter months - they are few and far between!

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  10. That's so much fun! I love Wii games, unfortunately we have an x-box, so the choices are rather limited. The other night Daniel made me play this game where we were pretending to race on snow-mobiles, but there's nothing to hold on to, so it took me a {long} while to catch on.

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  11. That sounds like so much fun! Maybe that will be my next idea. We can always replace a blanket fort for a tent, right?

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  12. It's pretty rough, right? And I feel like they don't do them any favors. Daniel just had a test the day after the Super Bowl, so he didn't get to watch the Super Bowl. :( What year is your husband?

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  13. That is a great strategy. I wish we had more time together in the "daylight" hours, by the time we both get home it's dark and we can't be outside. Definitely ready for summer! What kind of games do y'all play?

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  14. Boggle and Yahtzee are our favorites!

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  15. These are sooooo cute! We like to build forts in our living room. My husband is a total measurements/ building guy so it's really fun to watch him get really into it.

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  16. We just got into The Following and watched the entire first season in 24 hours! SO GOOD!!! That's our latest one!

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  17. Aw, that's so much fun! We have yet to build a fort as a couple - so we need to get on that pronto. That might be the perfect low-key V-day activity. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I just came across your blog and love it!! Such cute date ideas!

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  19. Thank you, Michelle! I'm glad you like both my blog and my ideas - I try real hard on both! :)

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