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  1. Emily
    February 11, 2014

    yes, yes, and yes.
    In the seasons when we are making date night a priority, everything goes better. In the 13 years since we became parents we have had times when date night just never seemed to happen, and times (like now) where it’s at least once a week and sometimes twice. (Date night at home is cheap and easy-ish!)
    Our favourite at the moment is to put the kids to bed, then break out the “fancy” ice cream and just sit in the living room talking or watching reruns of old tv shows.
    One idea I would add – some kids, especially when they are little, find it very hard to be put to bed by a sitter. We had one like that – he’d keep himself awake until we got home, no matter how late it was. Our solution? Lunch dates. The meal out is cheaper that time of day, and the little guy wasn’t upset by us going out. The added bonus was that we were both more awake, too, and had better conversation!

    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      I love the idea of lunch dates! That is such a great tip. We recently took a morning to go skiing together (we live in a ski town), and left both boys with a sitter for the morning. It was so nice! Plus, it was the BEGINNING of my day. I hadn’t yet exhausted myself chasing a toddler or bouncing a baby on my hip all day. Lunch dates are another great thought, and a great pause in the middle of the day. I love it! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Mary Beth
    February 11, 2014

    Great tips Leigh Ann! We don’t have a regular date night, but we are actually reading Sheila’s 31 Days to Great Sex….only it’s taking much longer than 31 Days as we have a non-sleeper in the house! :) We recently cut off our satellite service, and that has greatly increased our time together just by removing that distraction and “list” of shows waiting on the DVR!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      We cut off cable and it definitely helps us! I like that you’re walking through Sheila’s 31 days. Good stuff!!
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  3. Jane @ Devoted Sonriser
    February 11, 2014

    My hubby and I have never been real good about planning “dates.” Maybe it’s because, in his words, “every day is a date,” since we don’t have kids yet. haha But still, we’re not real good about intentionally doing new things together, like the things listed in this post. I LOVE the ideas of enjoying a themed movie night and reading a book together or taking an art class! One thing we do try to do frequently is play board games with our extended family and sometimes we just play Scrabble against each other. I can vouch that it is always fun!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      For us, we’ve learned that being intentional (even before kids) to make each other a priority (and really?) not take it for granted has been so helpful. I know it’s hard to not think that every day is a date day, but it’s worth it to try to set aside time each week to “date.” Maybe you can start with once a month and plan something fun. It certainly doesn’t have to be every week. We do every week because with children, it is hard to have an uninterrupted conversation, and then the evenings are a whirlwind of bath time and 101 reasons why “you must stay in your bed” lectures. So weekly date nights give us the “promise” that we WILL get to talk without distractions, even if it’s just 15 minutes before bed. :) Build the habit now! You won’t regret it!
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  4. Kayse
    February 11, 2014

    I love these ideas! We just moved away from all of our family, which means we are out of babysitters. We haven’t been on a date since we moved, really. At home date nights are just what we need! Thank you!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      We love at-home date nights. With a new baby, I’m often too tired to go out, but the promise of some relaxing fun at home always works! Plus our babysitter options are limited as well. I totally understand that!
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  5. Shannen
    February 11, 2014

    Love this! Hubby and I love having even a short coffee date while my older daughter watches the younger two. It’s not for very long, but it’s a nice time to connect. The thrift store idea sounds fun!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      I love coffee dates. I love all things coffee. Add in my hubby and it might be my favorite date of all time. :)
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  6. Erin@The Humbled Homemaker
    February 11, 2014

    I love these ideas, LeighAnn!!
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  7. Krissa
    February 11, 2014

    We probably only go out on dates once a month or so, so I love the idea of at home date nights. I also love all the date ideas you shared…we are pretty boring and usually just do dinner and a movie, but taking a walk with a camera sounds like so much fun!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      Dinner and a movie is not boring if you enjoy it! I’m waiting for the spring to get here, and I will definitely be begging for a camera date night. Although, I doubt I will have to beg. :)
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  8. Megan at SortaCrunchy
    February 11, 2014

    So good! Thank you for including at-home date ideas. My husband and I are homebodies. We used to go out on a “real date” MAYBE twice a year – and that was before we had 4 kids! We haven’t been on a date in over a year, but our marriage is still happy and strong. We have at-home dates all the time!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 11, 2014

      I love hearing this, Megan! We’re on the go so much that at-home date nights are more intimate for us than going out. I love trying to get out once a month though because it is nice to get a break from the bedtime routine. But we hold that loosely. As long as we are being intentional to connect, that’s what matters.
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  9. Amy Clark Scheren @ Gospel Homemaking
    February 12, 2014

    Love this! Even though some of our kids have become our built-in babysitter, it still isn’t easy to make our time alone together a priority. We just get busy, and it’s easier to do nothing. I love this reminder to be intentional about dating my husband. Much of the planning for our time together rests on my shoulders, so this is a great way to really bless and encourage my him. I can’t wait until it gets warmer outside because one of our favorite things is just walking around downtown. We love to go in and out of the cool shops and get inspired to make our home a little more lovely. It’s cheap and we get to spend a couple hours talking while we window shop!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 12, 2014

      I love doing this too, Amy! I’m looking forward to warmer weather too. I sit and daydream about the snow melting and the green grass popping through…but alas, that won’t be for another 3 months. I’m glad this post was a good reminder :)
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  10. Tessa W
    February 12, 2014

    I just started following your blog Leigh Ann and it’s great to see you contributing to one of the first blogs I ever started to follow :)
    I love that these are ideas that we can actually do, thanks for sharing. They aren’t extravagant, which is tough to do with three littles. We’ve been so blessed to have my parents live next door and, more recently, close friends live a few minutes away from us. We just need to make it more of a habit to make use of their generosity. We have been on one date since our littlest was born 3 months ago but, as he learns to accept car rides more, we hope to make and “out” date a one-a-month occurrence (it’s easy to just take the baby). We’ve officially made Thursdays our “date night” and I’m so happy to see my prayers answered. It’s much easier to do a date night when your husband is committed too!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 12, 2014

      This is so fun to hear! I’ve been following Sheila for a long, long time. :) It was such a blessing to get to contribute here!

      Yay for answered prayers! Thursdays are our date nights too!
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  11. Emily @ Live Renewed
    February 12, 2014

    My hubs and I love the bookstore for date night! It’s so relaxing to just be able to slowly browse and chat without little ones running circles and yelling around you! And I have wanted to take a dance class together for so long – hopefully we’ll get to soon! I just think that would be SO fun!
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    • Leigh Ann @ Intentional By Grace
      February 12, 2014

      What does your hubby think of dancing? My husband would LOVE to do a class. It’s me who says, “Ummm, can we do a bookstore or something else?” ha! There was a day when “cutting a rug” was fun, but I’ve lost my gumption. You’ll have to tell me if you ever get to do a dancing date :)
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