I distinctly recall while walking down the aisle toward my soon-to-be husband and a promise I made to myself. A promise that I would never take this marriage for granted. At the time I remember thinking nothing could stand in the way of nurturing the very foundation of what would be my family…..
And then we started our family.
In my head I slowly began forming what seemed to be legitimate arguments for why I had let that focus stray. We had all the excuses that most couples with a young family have for why dating each other would have to wait. I would list them but I am sure regardless of the stage your marriage is in you have those same justifications for your defense. That is why I am so excited about today’s bullet list.
Tiffany from Simply Modern Mom has made a commitment to date her husband again, even if it has to be at home. She has started a campaign for no excuses, no justification, and she is inviting everyone to join her. She even has a contract that you can print, fill out and sign. On a weekly basis she will report how they spent their date-what worked, what didn’t, and anything they learned from the experience. Then she turns the tables and provides a link party for everyone to share their dates! It’s brilliant! Think of the ideas, the inspiration, and overall fun that will come of this.
Aside from this project Tiffany has an amazing little spot on the web that strives to help modern moms simplify their lives, with subjects ranging from sewing to kids crafts and even a fun little shop featuring her creations. Be sure to check out her growing tutorials page as well, right after you read her list of course!
A list of 16 creative at-home dates…. That’s enough to last 4 months
- Discuss a book you both recently read. Create a cafe or coffee shop atmosphere at home.
- Play the First Words game where you read a word card and the other person say the first thing that comes to mind. Here’s a free download of the First Words game.
- Look through old photographs, wedding albums, other photo albums or scrapbooks.
- Flip through both of your high school yearbooks.
- Go through your digital music library to make a CD or playlist of each other’s favorite songs or songs that reminds you of each other.
- Sketch out a blueprint of your dream house.
- Borrow or purchase travel books and plan your dream vacation.
- Write down and discuss each of your bucket lists.
- Have a cookie or dessert baking contest. Each person try a different recipe and see which one you like best.
- Browse through magazines and catalogs to a collage of clothing and fashion styles you would like to see the other person wear or try.
- Watch family home videos.
- Ice cream or soda or cheese tasting. Try flavors you have never tried before.
- Set up a photo booth in your home, put the camera on timer and take pictures of the two of you.
- Go through each room in the house and talk about what you would like to see done to the room.
- Learn a new skill together – photography, painting, carpentry, massages.
- Turn your story of how you met into a children’s book. Your kids will love reading it.
I love this list, everything on it is so original, simple and very do-able. Sixteen ways I would have never thought of to spend an evening at home…love it.
A big thank you to Tiffany for sharing this list, and her adventure with us, I can’t wait to see what comes of it!