Date Night Challenge #1

I am starting a new series on the first weekend of each month, a date night challenge.  It can be hard to find the time and energy to put effort into a date night and connecting with your partner.  Between work, household chores, meals, kids, and just general exhaustion dates can easily be pushed to the back burner.  It is important to take time to connect with each other and focus your attention on each other alone, usually without phones, laptops, tablets, etc.

I will write out ideas for easy dates you can do at home once the kids are in bed that do not take a lot of prep or effort, but still provide an opportunity to have fun and spend quality time together.

Date Night Challenge 1

Idea:  Cider on the Deck

Supplies Needed:

  • Cider (alcoholic or non)
  • Mood lights, candles, solar lights, etc.
  • A blanket (if it is as cold outside where you are as where I am)
  • Comfy Chairs

Method:  Warm up your cider if desired, light your candles or turn on your mood lights, get all bundled up and go snuggle on the deck.  The leaves are turning colour, the temperature is dropping, it’s a great time to reminisce about your favorite memories from summer as well as your goals and/or plans for the fall.


Results:  Well……. it was about 8 degrees outside so we were pretty chilly.  We tried out this new pumpkin cider, it was not good!  We had fun chatting and snuggling for a bit, then it got too cold so we went inside and had wine instead.  Regardless, it was a total success and we were glad we had a few minutes outside together after the kids were in bed.

Go ahead, get cozy and have some one on one time together outside while you still can with some cozy seasonal cider.


Let me know if you try it.  Your challenge this month is to try to do this date, or another one with your partner and let me know how it goes.  Even better if you post it on Instagram #RFANDateNightChallenge

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A mom of two trying to stay sane while running a household, working part-time from home and looking after her baby, toddler and husband.


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      Hil says:

      Ha ha yes! At the end of the day anything is more work and collapsing on the couch just seems like the easiest thing. I hear you!

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    Kelly says:

    I love the idea of doing a date night challenge! Thursday nights are always a night when my husband and I order food after my son is asleep, and watch a couple of our TV shows that we both like together. But I love the idea of being able to just get some fresh air on the deck, away from the TV and be together!
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    Jessica says:

    I would totally have bought this cider, so thanks for the tip! It’s the same brand that made that awful strawberry-rhubarb cider I made you try at Fest, too! I like their green apple cider, though.

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      Hil says:

      ha ha! Good to know. My mom got a cinnamon one she said tasted good. It tastes like the fake pumpkin scent, like you are eating pumpkin potpori or something!

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    Renee says:

    Such a cute idea! Even without the kids, it’s easy to get into a routine that doesn’t include designating special time to be spent together.

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    Abbey says:

    What an easy idea, challenge accepted! My SO and I rarely spend time together after the little ones are in bed, as we are both usually working. I will make an effort to do this though and get us out of our normal routine.

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    Karen Del Tatto says:

    Great idea! It wouldn’t occur to me to get bundled up and sit out on my own deck, but why not? lol. We have pretty fields in our backyard and I love all the evening sounds, even in the Fall.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Anjuli says:

    Great post! It’s easy to think that a date night should be out on the town, with a fancy dinner and a show. I love your reminder that you can spend quality time together in just a few minutes, out on the deck. 🙂 Thanks!

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    Monica Bruno says:

    Hi Hil, I was about to say my husband and I make it a point to have a date night at least once a month, but we go out. I actually like this idea better, because rather than watch a movie in a theater (where you can’t talk to each), this actually let’s you connect. Great idea!

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      Hil says:

      Ha ha awesome! I would do both 🙂 I always get in trouble for talking during movies, but it’s my husband I am annoying so watching them at home doesn’t necessarily solve that!

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    Sam // DIY Just Cuz says:

    Sounds awesome!!! I love date nights 🙂 BUT I am most struck by the fact that you said it was 8 degrees outside :(((( I’m so jealous (which sounds crazy) but it’s just so hot where I’m at and feels nothing like fall. Have a great next few dates 😉 Thanks for sharing with Welcome Home Wednesday.
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    Mary says:

    I LOVE this challenge!!!! I’ve been with my bf for 2 yrs & its SO easy no matter what the circumstances, to get into your ‘routine’ & forget how important alone time is.

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    Ashley says:

    Thanks for sharing! After having kids it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to reconnect with your spouse. I love this idea and will be giving it a try.

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