*This post is sponsored by Crated with Love, but all thoughts and opinions remain my own.
I have been out of routine past couple weeks hanging out with family, celebrating my birthday and 5 years since my first date with this guy!
Photo from Krista Lajara Photography
When was the last time that you spent real, quality time with your spouse? I don’t mean quickly discussing your day while picking up after dinner and small chat in the car in between weekend activities, I am talking about deliberate, planned time, just the two of you. I know we do not make enough time!
With two toddlers at home and my husband being a firefighter, our schedules are often unpredictable making it tricky to plan a date night in advance, have a sitter, etc. I am always looking for unique things we can do at home so that we DON’T necessarily always have to stress over the planning because we do really love spending time together. I look forward to it!
We love ordering late night pizza and playing Scrabble or watching a new movie together. We are trivia fanatics so we record Jeopardy every night so that we can play all the rounds together, but we love finding new ideas so I was so excited to come across a business called Crated With Love.
They offer a monthly subscription box for date night! Each box includes: challenges meant to build your connection but also have fun, everything you need for a surprise themed date night, date night host items from the sponsor of the month, and some fun gifts from Crated with Love!
My box arrived this week (which was perfect because I just celebrated my birthday) and I was so excited to see what we would be doing!
Our date featured a craft project, which, if you have followed me long at all, you know that this is PERFECT for us. We absolutely love doing DIY projects together no matter how big or small! All of the supplies needed for the craft were in our crate. We really enjoyed working together on something lighthearted and being creative. This is what we came up with! (And by we, I mean my husband. He got so into it!) Here we have a miniature version of the Tom Sawyer Island rafts at Disney World, complete with sail!
Sure it is simple. But it is simple, genuine fun.
While we had many laughs during that part of our date, we also thought enjoyed the more personal challenges. One of the cards prompted us to describe what our “love language”is: do we feel more loved with words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service? Another challenge card instructed us to write down ways you try to make your spouse feel better when they are down and then make a list of the things they do for you to lift your spirits. What seemed like such a simple, “ice-breaker” esque activity was actually a very strong reminder that we draw our strength from each other and it is so important to remember that. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, it can become so easy to put each other last, but this planned date night helped us to focus on each other for a bit instead of our to-do lists and we noticed a difference!
Happy Dating! <3