R aise your hand if your romantic relationship has lost its mojo. Not surprising. Give them to your relationship and watch it grow. Just how often do you two need this nourishment? Consider this: Married couples who engage in one-on-one time together at least once a week are 3. But it looks like most of us aren't even coming close to that goal. A recent study of 2, families found a majority of parents 81 percent say they haven't had a date night in three years, and three in 10 couldn't remember the last romantic date they went on. We could, of course, just tell you to date more, but we know you need extra inspiration to carve out time from your crazy schedule.
Just order, add to your shared calendarand enjoy! Relive your childhood. Ignite your sense of playfulness by making a list with your companion of all the pastimes you both enjoyed as .
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Then pick your top four and have -free date engaging in these youth-centric activities. According to a study in the American Psychological Association journal Emotionthe childlike wonder that blossoms from these excursions can enhance your health.
Play dress-up at a thrift store, and take photos! Thrift stores are rich with ridiculous outfits just waiting to be worn. Go to one, and set a rule that you each get to assemble three outfits for the other, and they must be tried on. Make sure your phone is fully charged, because the photo ops are an essential part of the experience.
Make a movie … not that kind. Go to different locations around your neighborhood and take mini videos of you each letting loose with wacky dance moves, speaking in accents to strangers, and creating other screen-worthy moments.
To amp up the Hollywood factor, film each other in a few of the outfits from the thrift-store outing. Check out of parenthood and into board games … and TV binge-watching. When your mind needs a break, grab the remote and binge, baby, binge! Plan a fantasy vacation. Remember when you and your spouse used to daydream about what your future life would be like? Remember the hope, fun and bonding?
Go to a bookstore and flip through travel books and magazines to garner inspiration for a dream trip. Plan activities you would enjoy, types of accommodations you would seek, and juicy memories you would make. Purchase a few of the magazines or books, clip out images featuring the object of your wanderlust, and create a mood board or collage to hang in your bedroom. Shut off the lights, and let your imagination—and bodies—go wild.
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Write letters of adoration. Insert a few awws here. Or some hesitation from your partner, because yeah, love letters can sound cheesy. But cheesiness aside, the sweet connection on the other side of writing and reading what you value in each other is what true love is made of.
In preparation for the date, purchase beautiful paper and calligraphy pens from a craft store and set up a special space to write together. Have a racy-reading night. A week before your date, task yourselves with finding a few sexy stories to share from books or magazines.
During the date, read the passages in a private location so you can easily move into re-creating them. For example: a sultry woman who shirks slacks and conservative tops for bright, form-fitting dresses, and opts out of conversations about schedules and children in favor of topics like fantasy jobs, sexual philosophies and exhilarating memories or dreams.
Act like you would if you were angling for a second date. Share intimate massages. Make training dates. Being physically daring and committed with your partner is a combo sure to create premium bonding. Be extreme—or kind of extreme.
Leaping out of the proverbial safety net with your partner will allow happy-hormone-fueled passion to flow through your relationship. No need to go hyper-fear-factor by jumping out of a plane or doing tandem hang gliding. But you can go semi-extreme by trying out a nontraditional class aerial yoga, anyone? Get weird with your workout. Engaging in physical activities you initially feel embarrassed by think: Polynesian dance lessons, mud running will help you both take yourself less seriously—which translates into your egos taking a back seat.
And when you and your partner give your egos a break, fighting fades and fun prevails. Find a locale with vibes similar to the site of your honeymoon and relive a piece of that special time with activities, food, conversation topics, a custom cocktail, or other elements that take you back. Not married? Re-create the first date where you knew you were spending time with the right person.
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Create a book of your love story. Using a program that allows you to create a book of photos with captions, organize the shots in chronological order with captions telling a simple version of the unfolding of your love. Then keep it on your nightstand to share instant late-night affection.
Add a surprise ending. Instead of going home after your date night, head to your secret hideaway and treat your relationship to a night of active romance, or maybe just restful sleep in the spooning position—or both. Buy hot tickets.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming live show by a band or other performer you and your spouse both drool over and snatch up tickets when they become available. Set up an epic surprise date by keeping your purchase a secret, or enjoy the anticipation of the event together by presenting the tickets to your special person in a creative way.
Go to your favorite country, but in your home. Love the pasta sauces and lively music of Italy, or the refreshing drinks and bright colors of Mexico? Evoke the energy of a place you and your mate have been pining for by creating an in-home experience with your favorite food and drink, music, decor and other prime pieces of culture from your location of choice. Splurge by having it catered if you can, or at least order in from a fancy eatery.
Activities to keep you entertained
Spare no expense to make this an immersive experience. Organize a three-event competition for two. Did you know that healthy competition can wake up your libido? To that end, choose three activities you can do nearby at which you and your partner are equally skilled— or equally awful —such as a game of darts or pool at your local dive bar, a karaoke sing-off, or dodgeball at a trampoline park.
Then head out the door with your we-can-do-this attitude. End the night with the enjoyment of a mutually beneficial award like a decked-out ice cream sundae—or sex, if you have any energy left! Has Eliza begun to get her mojo back? Yes, she has. After realizing her romantic life was stuck in the doldrums, she and her husband committed to one unique date a week and one overnight outing a month.
Yes, it takes planning and some money, but oh, what a few date nights can do! Follow us facebook twitter pinterest instagram youTube rss. Who said dates have to be boring? Go out and have some fun with these ideas! A cheap date doesn't have to be a bad date.
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