May 15, 2017

date night in box

life with littles is busy and taxing. it can be hard to find time for yourself through out the day when you have any number of children that need tissue, food, toys, their butt wiped, bandaids (like, 20 of them because you just had to buy the cute ones and their owies need more cute bandaids), rocked to sleep, put back in their crib... and on and on-i'm sure you get the point. so when the kids are finally in bed and you finished all the things you didn't get to finish while doing all of the aforementioned, you and your spouse are wiped. and if that's the case, you usually can't even get out of the house for a date. there are lots of fun date night in suggestions on pinterest that you could do, or; you could be lazy (like me!) you could go for convenience and just have a pre-selected date night in a box mailed directly to your door with little to no preparation needed.

i know for us, we don't have many people who are available to watch the kids for us and honestly? we're pretty selfish people who want to have a date night every week. we would run out of people to watch the littles if we went on that schedule. so when i stumbled across date night in box (psssst! they have other 'night in' boxes!) i knew that this would be the perfect addition to our nightly routine one night each month. i subscribed and within a couple weeks i had my date night in box in my mailbox.

i wanted to surprise my husband with it, and because we are usually wiped at the end of the night, it took me a week and a half to actually bust it out. this is real life people. so last weekend we celebrated a special anniversary in carmel, ca and i thought that would be the perfect time to surprise my husband. 

once we got home and got the kids settled into bed, we got right into it. 

this date night in box was 'to the moon and back' theme with a certificate of registration for a date night in star, which listed the coordinates to find it. we also got a welcome book with instructions, a recipe, a cute story of love and more. 

also included in the box was cookie mix, star a moon cookie cutters, hot cocoa, & luminaries. we immediately read through the book, then started our cookies. we are vegetarians, so we couldn't make the recipe that was included, so while the cookie dough was chilling in the fridge, we decorated our luminaries with constellations and then laid in front of the fireplace with them flickering. once the dough was chilled, we cut out the star and moon shapes and put them in the oven. then we made our hot chocolate and looked at the stars with the star chart app that they suggested using. once the cookies were done, we continued looking at the stars while enjoying star (and moon) cookies of our own. 

let me tell you: it was pretty awesome to be able to turn the tv off (anyone binge watching a show right now?? anyone??) and have some quiet, quality time together without having to spend money, get dressed, and go out. we have another box coming to us this month and i am excited to spend another date night in with my love. 

how do you celebrate date nights? 

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