And your spouse will love learning even more about you. Then when the alarm goes off, help him get dressed (sleep still in the eyes and all), grab his hand and the pre-packed bag and head to your nearest park. If you or your spouse are too young to remember, change the “circa” to any year you’d like. And if you’re up for it, try a sexy game night (definitely put the kids to bed for this one).
Be sure to include a note to the capsule’s future retrievers. And if there is a concert series or sporting event nearby, why not pull your truck right up to that? Create a DIY Photoshoot: When’s the last time the two of you were in the same photo? Have you ever been to a restaurant proudly displaying a plaque that read, “Winner of the (So and So) Cook-Off” and thought, “I could make this better! Scour the web for award-winning recipes for chili, cheesecake, carrot cake and anything else you think you and your spouse could make well, and spend the night perfecting that award-winning recipes (think Bobby Flay’s). But there’s nothing better than a fish fry for two. Pick up some lightly scented candles (lavender is a good choice), a CD with tranquil music and a bit of oil for your couple massages. ) and enjoy the best date night at the movies ever! Service For Two Sometimes when things aren’t going the way we want them to in life, we get SO involved with worrying about ourselves that we forget the very thing that we can do to help us feel better: serve others! After they’re done, spend time reading it to one another and then toast with a glass of champagne (or apple cider). SO happy my Scrabble-loving mother didn’t discover this while we were kids!Some of these ideas are home grown, and many are as a result of scouring the web for some of the best inexpensive date nights out there. And if you want to stay in, while still getting in a great workout, have fun with a little Sexercise. Kid-Free Slumber Party: Make a cozy pallet for you and your spouse on the living room floor [with] lots of blankets, pillows, snacks, and movies. Last week, I met a man in his mid-70s who put on his bucket list 40 years ago to travel to more than 200 non-US cities in his lifetime. Gather memorabilia that symbolizes your love for one another. I’d never even thought about this but it makes so much sense. If you live near a beach, lake, stream or riverwalk, this is perfect for you – the stereotypical “walk on the beach” isn’t actually cliche at all. It’s not too late to declare tomorrow National Lazy Day? And the many commitments between your first words and that final line are something worth celebrating.We call it a ‘slumber party.‘ It’s a little silly, but super fun and makes us enjoy the little things in life. He was at #182 and was hitting the road this summer to travel to another 10 more. Grab a couple notebooks and write down all the dreams you hope to accomplish before you ‘kick the bucket’ and decide together which ones you will tackle first (and which ones you can do for free). A wedding invitation, saved wine cork, concert/plane ticket, copy of children’s birth records, meaningful photos, love letters and anything else that is unique to the story of your love. Load it up with tons of hay (if you have some available), sleeping bags, some snacks and a bottle of wine. Hardly anyone is out early at the local parks and you’ll enjoy the lovely light of morning as you sip your steamy lattes, munch on some fruit, take a stroll or just sit around and smooch. This is especially fun if you don’t live in the south and have only seen a fish fry on television. The Mighty Ducks (not kidding, there really was three). Some of the greatest memories I have with my husband are holding hands walking along the water somewhere in the world. Sit across from each other and set the timer for 60 minutes.Using your tripod or Apple photo booth, snap pics together in various rooms of your home for memories you’ll never forget. Fried catfish, hushpuppies, everything your heart desires. Fill the bathtub with warm water and bubbles and treat one another to a nice soak followed by a relaxing massage. If you want to feel closer to your spouse, do something for others your spouse. Even small acts of kindness performed side by side with your spouse can bring you closer together and help your marriage be more fulfilling. My husband and I renewed our vows in front of friends and family for our 10th anniversary and it was simply the best. The rules are simple: The spouse who cannot score higher than the other must remove an article of clothing. Ever since then, we’ve been finding hiking trails all over the world and take the opportunity to climb one as often as we can. This date will get your spouse excited first thing in the morning and ensure you end the day that exact same way.You can even go all out and purchase one of those red and white checkered table clothes and a “fish fry apron.” There’s no limit to your fish fry night of fun and if you’re feeling fully southern, try this ‘smack your mamma good’ peach cobbler to cap off your evening of fun. Drive to your local library and once inside, walk up and down the aisles looking for books that remind you of your school years. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try giving each other facials or scrubs. If a spouse ‘challenges’ a word and wins, s/he can put an article of clothing back on; if s/he loses, s/he must remove an article of clothing. My husband and I lived just a couple blocks away from one of the most picturesque hiking trails in California for years before we actually laced up our shoes and decided to ascend the rugged terrain. You can discover more than 50,000 trails here with some undoubtedly in your neck of the woods. Pre-pack a bag with your morning coffee or tea, bagels (or whatever you and your spouse enjoy for breakfast) and have it ready to go.Most of the time we went to dinner and a movie, but sometimes we’d do something more adventurous like exploring local museums, cool bars, and restaurants. I felt loved and more than just a yoga-pants-wearing-Mom.I’d be with my man, and he could be with the woman he fell in love with, not the Mombie he gets after our boys are in bed. Movie stars aren’t the only ones who get to live in the moment. Rev up your romantic engines and take your love on the road –literally.Bask in your love whenever you feel it, no matter who’s watching. Every state has a scenic highway somewhere within state lines. Your Homework: Make a romantic throwback playlist for the ride.But for less than , you can imagine where we were seated, right? Our date quickly went up in smoke…literally and figuratively…and we got out of there pretty quickly. You’re never committed to buy anything and they just gave you at least one free date with your honey. Love this idea HWC contributor Paula Rollo came up with when she and her hubby were in a similar predicament last year. But for those lucky enough to have a private backyard, pull the comforter off your bed, grab a bottle of wine and two glasses, and take your date outside. Last night, we were at a Pan-Asian restaurant and they were promoting the upcoming National Noodle Day (October 6th for all you noodle lovers).Over the years, we’ve gotten much better with our frugal dates. Have you noticed that nearly every new fitness studio has a “first class free” special? Workout together and then come home and get washed off together (I’ll let you decide what that means). You have just a few more times to catch a full moon before the year ends so take advantage now. A Moment in Time Seal your time together by constructing and burying a time capsule. So why not create your own national holiday, mark it on your calendar and celebrate it each and every year? There is something incredibly sacred about vowing to love one another til’ death do you part.