Posts Tagged ‘date night’

Loving couple watching tv at homeI don’t know about you but everyone in our family has the cold/flu. Our daughter and her husband have been sick for 2 weeks. My mother is going on 2 weeks and I have been sick for a week. This is a time when all you want to do is just lay around and not venture out in the cold.

Our daughter, Denise, mentioned to us that she and Tom are catching up on some TV shows they haven’t been able to watch completely, such as Law and Order. Once they have seen the season they missed they will go on to another series like Modern Family.

If you have Netflix and Hulu you should be able to find several dramas or comedies you have heard about but due to your schedule you couldn’t find the time to watch.

For Larry and me, we are getting caught up on season 3 “Downton Abbey”. Season 3 wasn’t available on Netflix or Hulu so we went to the library and were able to rent it for 7 days for free. With me being sick we just hunkered down and watched TV.

Are you too sick to go out with your sweetheart? Cuddle up with a hot herbal tea and a blanket and have a TV marathon together.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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new $5 billYou will be having a very playful weekend with your sweetheart if you keep saving $5 a week to celebrate your wedding anniversary.

***Check back tomorrow and I will have my another one of my famous inexpensive romantic ideas for you and your sweetheart.

Keep those sparks flying!  JoJo

“Your marriage is a gift from God how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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new $5 billLive well, Laugh often, Love much. Words to live by in your marriage. Saving $5 a week for a romantic weekend away with your sweetheart will help to keep the romance in your relationship.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

em>“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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People playing miniature golf outdoorsI’ve got a date idea you may not have done in a long time. So grab your sweetheart and on Saturday head out to your local miniature golf park to celebrate Miniature Golf Day together!

You don’t have to be good at playing miniature golf. You can have fun wagering against the other on who is going to win. With all those windy turns and obstacles you never know who will claim victory and that is part of the fun.

After your game go out to your favorite hamburger joint and enjoy a basket of burger and fries and don’t forget to order a malt to share with two straws.

The excitement and joking between you and your sweetheart might just get you in the mood to have a little laughter and playful fun together between the sheets later that night.

I certainly hope your night with your sweetheart will be up to par!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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beauty young cookOk, I get it you are overworked and underpaid. You and your husband work 40+ hours and are just too tired to go out on date night. Plus there are bills to be paid and there is no money for date night. Where do you find the money and the time to do anything enjoyable with your sweetheart?

Larry and I have always tried to watch our money but like everyone else we have overspent and let the credit cards get out of control and then we have to reel in the purse strings to get back on track. I personally know it is no fun but I also realized we cannot continue to spend like we have.

So here are some of our strategies we have done off and on through the years to get back on track on and living within our means.

Do you still have children living at home and are they in their teens? Teach them how to cook. Have them make one or two meals a week so when you and your husband get home dinner is done. Then there is no excuse for going out to dinner during the week.

When Denise was in her teens we would have her make a menu for 2 nights a week and give us a list of the food items she needed to complete dinner. We would get the items she needed at the grocery store so there was no excuse she couldn’t cook on her designated nights. There was a big advantage for all three of us. She was learning a life skill so when she moved out on her own she could cook and we didn’t have an excuse to go out and eat.

Then Larry and/or I would cook dinner the other two nights. On Friday, it was chose your own dinner. We usually had leftovers from the week in the refrigerator and we would each get to eat whatever we wanted.

Having your children help with cooking teaches them not only a life skill when they move out but also how to work as a team.

With everyone pitching in to help with cooking there should be enough money to squeeze in an inexpensive date night with the one you love.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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Ice cream sandwichesToday is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! Celebrate by grabbing your sweetheart after dinner and picking up two ice cream sandwiches at your local grocery store or ice cream parlor.

Then drive to your nearest park, sit down and have a little quiet time with your sweetie pie. After you have savored this creamy delicacy go for a stroll arm in arm together through the park. Take in the smells and sites of just cut grass and the piney scent of the pine trees nestled along the way.

You will discover that the simple pleasures are the most memorable times you have together. These moments are usually when you both feel the most comfortable in your own skin and with each other.

So go ahead splurge, have a date with your sweetheart to celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

**My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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European Couple WalkI published this date day/night idea in May of 2010 and thought you would like to revisit it again.

Do you feel like your marriage is in a rut? You do the same thing every week. Boring!!! You have forgotten what it feels like to do something different. You have gotten into a comfortable routine. Well why not have a min-adventure?

Did you know studies have shown mini-adventures can fire up the senses? Try something different, something you haven’t done in a long time or something completely new. When you do this it creates a new neural path that can activate the production of dopamine (the attention hormone) which can help you appreciate each other.

Larry and I had an unexpected mini-adventure this weekend. Larry went to work in the morning and I worked on straightening up the house and fixed lunch for the both of us when he got home. After we ate lunch Larry suggested we run up to Arroyo Grande to get some fresh fruits and vegetables. I had plans we would work on the house and our small vegetable garden but figured why not. Let’s drive up to the Arroyo Grande Village and listen to the free entertainment under the gazebo. Purchase the fresh produce from our local farmers to use in our dinners this week. We hopped into the car with our cooler in the back R & B playing on our XM Radio with us deciding what we needed to get to compliment our meals for the week.

Sounds like fun? We did have fun but it didn’t stop there. After we went to farmers market we went to Starbucks for coffee. While we were enjoying our coffee our daughter called us to see if we wanted to meet them with the kids and have dinner at an inexpensive little Mexican restaurant and after go to see the movie Rocket Man. We decided to opt out this time and instead decided to drive up to Baywood Park for dinner. It is about an hour drive from our house along the coast. There is a great little place where they serve Thai food. It is called Noi’s.

When I say little I mean tiny. When you walk into the place you immediately see Noi standing there stir frying up all these delicious aromas. There is a small counter with two bar stools overlooking all the activity or a bar that runs against the wall for about six people. You can eat outside too. Most people order ahead and pick up the food to take home. We were lucky enough to sit at the bar overlooking Noi and her workers make magic with some vegetables, chicken, shrimp or tofu. Larry went across the street to purchase a large bottle of beer to share while we ate Pad Thai with chopsticks. Yum! We hadn’t been to Baywood Park and Noi’s in forever. It was a nice unexpected treat, totally unplanned and a nice way to relax and have a mini-adventure that didn’t cost too much.

So when is your next mini-adventure? Fire up your senses, get out of your routine and discover why you enjoy each others company.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

**My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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Did you know it is National Moon Day on Saturday, July 20th? It celebrates the day that man first walked on the moon. What a great excuse for you and your sweetheart to eat moon pies and watch your favorite space movie.

Here are some suggestions:

Star Wars

Star Trek

Apollo 13

The Right Stuff

Avatar

Space Cowboys

Cuddle up on the couch with your sweetheart and celebrate National Moon Day on Saturday evening.

And to get you both into and even better mood:

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

**My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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County Fair-Ferris WheelOur County Fair is in town this week and everyone talks about bringing the kids but few consider going to it without the kids in the evening. It is a once a year event and it can bring the kid out in your relationship.

The County Fair is relatively inexpensive and there is so much to do there:

• Eat all the junk food you want, i.e.:

Corn dog, garlic fries, fried Oreo cookies; funnel cakes, cotton candy, chocolate covered bacon, ice cream, barbeques, etc.

• Enjoy the rides:

Ferris wheel, roller coaster, bumper cars, carousel, pendulum rides, tornado, etc.

• Look at all the vendors selling their wares. Last year we bought a black frame with a special saying I wrote myself and had it put on glass for our bedroom. (You will see it another time when we are done with the room)

• Look at the all the cute animals

• Enjoy one of the paid or free concerts

• Stroll through the plant, art and food competitions

• Watch the tractor pulls

Enjoy the County Fair under the stars, it is a fun evening date with your sweetheart and it brings out the kid in your relationship which is so important to making it feel continually new.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

**My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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Heart BalloonsDid you know it is “National Fried Chicken Day”, Saturday, July 6th? Now who doesn’t like fried chicken and what better way to celebrate it than by having a picnic with your sweetheart!

This is an easy and fairly inexpensive date night dinner. If you want to keep it simple pick up your favorite meal at one of the fast food restaurants or make your own at home.

Pack the picnic basket with:

• Napkins
• Silverware
• Plates
• Glasses
• Picnic Blanket
• Candles
• Drink of Choice
• Potato Salad
• Corn on the Cob
• Fried Chicken
• Brownies or get an Ice Cream Cone on the way home.

Head to your favorite spot, i.e. park, beach, lake, river or a spot overlooking the city and celebrate “National Fried Chicken Day” with your sweetie pie.

But wait a minute you don’t want to go out. You just want to stay home and relax. Then plan on having a picnic in your own backyard once the kids are in bed or they have settled down with their favorite movie in the den. Who says you can’t be romantic even when you are home.

Candles, wine, fried chicken and all the fixins can make for a very romantic evening together.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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