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I remember when my kids were little, and my husband and I thought we’d never have time alone again. Fast forward to the teen and young adult years and we have a new issue. Now we have kids that come and go all the time. And when they are spending time at home, they’re often not alone but are hanging out with a bunch of their friends.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not complaining. My kids have some pretty great friends, and I love that they are comfortable at our home. It’s just that …well.. a house full of grown kids who are fully aware of things they weren’t conscious of when they were five, isn’t necessarily a conducive environment for intimacy.
So to keep the flame alive, my husband and I plan a regular date night, and if we really want to spice things up, we plan an overnight getaway.
8 Easy Steps to Help Plan your next Date Night or Romantic Getaway
- Pick a date.
When my kids were younger, I needed to consult with a babysitter before planning a trip away. Now, I only need to refer to my husband’s work schedule to see if he’s free. That makes the planning a bit easier.
- Know your budget.
Nothing can kill the mood faster than knowing you just blew your grocery budget on an expensive overnight getaway. Know your budget and plan within your means.
- Select your location.
Once you know your budget, you can plan where you want to go. Since my husband and I prefer to take frequent trips, that generally means we stay somewhat close to home. We can plan to go anywhere in Ohio and only be three hours away from our home.
- Plan with your spouse in mind.
I know that my husband prefers to stay somewhere unique. If we’re traveling with the family, we often opt for the least expensive option. When we’re traveling as a couple, I know my husband enjoys vacation rentals and unique lodging. He likes low-key and prefers a quiet meal prepared by me rather than a fancy dinner in a restaurant.
- Be flexible.
High expectations tend to lead to frustration. Relax and enjoy your getaway. It’s okay if you get stuck in traffic or if your luggage gets lost. And if it’s not okay, is it enough to ruin your entire romantic escape? Think before you react.
- Devote yourself to your partner.
Put your cell phone away, turn off the TV and pay attention to your spouse.
- Incorporate special touches.
My husband works hard for me so when I plan a romantic getaway, I always try to pick up some type of surprise for him. This could include a new robe, pair of pajama bottoms, a box of chocolates or a card declaring my undying love.
- Have fun!
If planning a romantic getaway or special night for Valentine’s Day sounds overwhelming, never fear. I can help. Visit the family planning aisle at your local Walmart and search for the special K-Y® Date Night YOURS+MINE.
Perfect for a date night in!
Visit K-Y.com for more ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day or another romantic occasion.
How do you celebrate His and Hers time?
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