We all know that quality time together is essential for a healthy marriage.
But what do we do about it? We also know that sometimes we let time slip by and aren't the best at trying to plan something that isn't the same old routine. We also make excuses, put other things before our marriages or just accept that dates aren't happening. That's why we're challenging you to make more time for date night, day dates, mini dates while the kids nap.... you get the picture?
NO MORE EXCUSES.
Excuses are out and we have the answer to your every problem. Don't believe us? Keep reading! There's something here for everyone from free to night out on the town. We've taken all of the excuses out of date night 😉
It is no secret that you must be intentional in your marriage to keep that spark alive, and some of you are doing a fantastic job with making time for your spouse. Be intentional and get your date night plans written down and planned out. We'll share with you how to solve almost any date night issue. We'll also give you date night ideas to get you started. We know that finances are a big struggle for a lot of fire families - so no worries! You'll find tips and ideas here to fit YOUR life, everything from FREE to dates you may want to make a savings jar for.
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Seasonal Date Ideas
- Picnic. Not warm enough in your area to go outside? Throw that blanket on the floor and enjoy your favorite room inside year round.
- Go for a ride.
- Find a seasonal holiday event near you.
- Be a tourist in your own town.
A Date For All Occasions
Because let's face it. Sometimes the checkbook doesn't let us have the date night we really want - so we do what fire families to best... become flexible and adapt. These date nights are sure to bring connection, on a dime!
Seriously. Don't tell me you don't have a sitter, money, time... excuses kill the opportunity for a date night. Date night in can be as good or bad as you make it. Bring the effort and you'll find a great date waiting for you!
YES! Sometimes you just HAVE to get out. Get away. Get ALONE. These date ideas are perfect for times that you can spare some extra cash, have a sitter and have the time to spare. You may even save up for a once per year "big" date! Get those dates on the calendar!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
We often hear "Family comes first" when it comes to neglecting date nights. Great notion... but that can lead to trouble for the entire family if you're neglecting your marriage. A great marriage takes focus and intentional action. Your marriage should be an example of what marriage should look like your children. You lead by example, what do you want to show them? One day your children will be flying the nest - date night helps ensure you're connecting with your spouse and that there is a marriage there when the children are not. Show your children how to love and be loved in a marriage, and you will not regret it.
With that said - We also LOVE family night!!! So by all means, plan out those dates for you and then plan those family nights as well. Here are some 24-7 Favorite seasonal and family time ideas...
The Internet Offers...
There are literally endless free and almost free lists of dates on Pinterest and Google. Not all free or cheap dates means staying in for movie night! Follow us Here. Here are a few of our favorites for this season.
Make the most out of Winter - Great ides to stay warm this season!
5 Free Winter Date Ideas - "A mitten fulls of savings!"
Country Living's Christmas Bucket List - Can't miss Yuletide activities!
Go grab your favorite warm beverage, coffee dates are still in!
Take a drive and look at the beautiful twinkling of Christmas Lights, maybe even Santa!
Go see a local Christmas Pageant at an area school or church.
By the fire with your hearts desire, what a romantic and cheap date!
Local Events - see what is going on in your community for free or small entrance fees.
Cook your favorite cool weather comfort food together.
These ladies have made dating your spouse more fun than you can imagine. They offer preplanned dates - with print packs to make it perfect. Click the link below, select Date Night from the Store menu and filter by price lowest to highest. $2.97 date nights are AWESOME
You have everything you need for every date need at the tips of your fingers. Some of us just aren't as creative as others and that's ok! Search "Dates at home" ideas and pick the one that fits your relationship 😉
Kissing in the Kitchen
Date night in with a great meal, prepared by you and your spouse! This can be super romantic or a great pair for game day! A few of our favorite cookbooks to pick your next recipe from are:
Eat Like A Firefighter - Anyone can eat like a firefighter with our own cookbook with 300 recipes from firehouses across the nation! All fire wife tested, firefighter approved- so we know they're GREAT!
Cooking for Two - Because we know that sometimes it can be hard to cook for just two people. This cookbook offers 650 recipes for two!
Movie Night In
Simple! Make this a date you do every few weeks. Grab your favorites - popcorn, candy, pop, cozy blanket and take turns picking the movie for Movie Date Night. Pick older movies you haven't seen in a while, one your spouse has never seen or maybe an anticipated new release!
- Think SEASONAL: With every season change, comes activity change. Fall brings cooler weather, warmer beverages and all the pumpkins you can stand. Hit a melon patch, hay ride, haunted house...
- For the adventurous, ROAD TRIP. Plan your money and days and hit the open road with no agenda. Stopping at anything interesting in between where you start and where you end up!
- Dinner and a movie is always a great option, unless that's become too routine! In that case, find a new date to try out!
- Dinner at your favorite fancy restaurant.
- Catch a show - comedy clubs, karaoke, theaters, jazz club. you get the picture.
- Activity centers near you - bowling, mini golf, go-carts, lazer tag. Try something new and be adventurous!
- Couple's Spa Day
- Hit up local museums. Tour your own city, do you know it's history?
- Get outdoors - visit your local state or national parks.
- Take a Class together - cooking classes, paint the canvas night, ballroom dancing. See what is offered near you.
Weekend to Remember is an event focused on your relationship. Each getaway begins Friday evening and continues through noon on Sunday. It’s filled with informative group sessions and alone time with your spouse.Use group name: 247COMMITMENT
We don't make money off of this but for every 5 couples who register, we will be given a weekend to give away. So we think that's pretty awesome!
For Firefighters and their spouses - Commitment Weekend. This premier annual event is a must attend marriage weekend. It's no boring marriage conference - it's a romantic adventure that will equip you with resources and tools to face the valleys in marriage.
See more on Commitment Weekend now at: CommitmentWeekend.com.
Is your relationship in a season that date night isn't really happening because there are more important things your relationship needs?
Here are a few 24-7 Commitment favorite resources and programs to reconnect and rekindle your relationship. Progress can be slow in seasons, but progress is always a step forward!
We know Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, personally! This awesome couple taught classes at one of our Commitment Weekends and are committed to helping other couples love each other FULLY, even if there has been some rough spots. You can recover. A few of our favorites from them are: