5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children

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How many of you are parents to young children?  People who are super busy? Maybe don’t work the same shifts very often.  Well here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children, easy dates to do at home in the morning over coffee to spend some quality time together, while still minding children.

I used to have a monthly series on my blog called the Date Night Challenge, all date ideas you can do at home once the kids are in bed.  The idea was sometimes parents don’t have a chance to get out of the house very often, but you should still have a chance to connect.  Doing dates once the kids are in bed is a great way to still have a chance to see each other and still get quality time.  Well ironically enough, I had to stop doing that series because frankly we were too tired at the end of the day.  Movie date nights are pretty much the norm in this house and not exactly a lot of scope to blog about. But they are a perfectly acceptable way to connect and relax at the end of a long day working and chasing young children.

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A new tradition has been developed on Sunday mornings, we have coffee or tea, and play some games.  Doing our quality time and dates in the morning is easier on us, we are both alert and have energy so we are able to do more together.   The thing is, we have little children, so whatever we do can’t have a million pieces, take a long time to set-up or take-down.  Unless, they happen to be going to the park for an hour with Grandpa, then we can.

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Here are 5 Games to play on a Breakfast Date with Young Children:

Mancala

Mancala

A new personal favourite of ours to play together.  The kids do like the colourful stones, but it’s easy to play even with distractions.

Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

My amazing hubby bought me a travel (I think, it’s awfully small and doesn’t have a game board) Harry Potter Trivia.  Poor guy had no idea what he was in for, like he could possibly beat me at Harry Potter trivia!  It was an amazing gift and we love playing it now.

 

Mille Bourne

Card games

We like Mille Bourne, not too many cards to set up and the games chttp://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=6710&action=editan be super short.  We usually only play one or two hands, not the whole game to 5000 points.  I like cribbage as well for ease of playing and being to play only a few hands at a time.

Board Games

Board Games

We like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan, but there are a lot of pieces, so we have to make sure the kids are distracted for awhile and we play a shorter version.

 

If Books

If Books

My sister uses these as wedding presents, a great way to open up conversations with people and connect on a different level.  Usually, with questions you wouldn’t even think of asking normally.  Such as, if you could have a dinner with three people, anyone alive or dead, who would they be.  If you could go on vacation right now, where would you go.  They are a really fun way to discover what someone is thinking about something when you may not know otherwise.

 

What are your favourite ways to connect with your partner while the kids are around and you are home?  Any fun ways to spend quality time while exhausted and on no sleep?

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I used to do a blog series called Date Night Challenge, check out some of these easy date night ideas below.

 

 

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Date Night Challenge #9 S’mores Picnic

It’s a new month, so that means it’s time for a new date night challenge!  This month we are embracing the imminent summer weather, activities, and getting a head start in celebrating.

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Smores

It was a rainy weekend so we decided to lay out some blankets on the floor and have a dessert picnic making S’mores.  I grew up camping and always loved S’mores so making them as part of a date night is just super fun.

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Materials Needed:

  • Comfy blankets
  • Tea lights and matches or lighter
  • Bambo skewers or fondue forks
  • Plate
  • Marshmallows (even vegan ones work)
  • Digestive cookies with chocolate on one side

 

Instructions:

  • Spread out a blanket on the floor.
  • Place your tea lights, marshmallows, and digestive cookies. Ensure the candles are on a plate, wax spills!
  • Get comfy with your spouse/partner.
  • Light your tea lights and skewers some marshmallows to roast.
  • When the marshmallows get hot put it in between two digestive cookies and the chocolate will melt.

Have a snuggle and enjoy some lovely dessert on the blanket.

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Date Night Challenge #6 – Communication 

 

If you have not heard of the Five Love Languages, you are seriously missing out.  This is based on Gary Chapman’s theory that everyone has five basic love languages, but every one of us is different in how we perceive our love languages.  The five love languages are:

  • Acts of Service
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Quality Time
  • Physical Affection
  • Words of Affirmations

If you want to truly show your partner that you love them, then you need to focus on THEIR love languages.  For example I am big on acts of service, if my husband wants to show me he loves me, lessen my workload!  Put the kids to bed, empty the dishwasher etc.  A hug is awesome and sweet, but nothing says love like a clean house that I didn’t have to clean!  Whereas, my husband is more along the lines of affection, so while I clean the house for him to show him I care, that means nothing to him, a big hug and a kiss when he comes home from work would mean a lot more to him.  It is really important to make sure that you are gearing your appreciation towards each other based on THEIR love language and not yours.  That is how you make sure that your partner knows you truly care.

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Your mission for date night tonight, kind of like a fun productive homework assignment, discover your love languages and talk about it so you are on the same page.

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Materials needed:

  • Computer, laptop, tablet, etc. ideally two so you can each do it at the same time.
  • A beverage of choice, hot chocolate, scotch, etc.

IMG_7779Log in to the website, and fill out the survey as honestly as you can.  Make sure at the end you use the e-mail option to send your partner a copy of your results.  Spend some time reviewing your results so you understand what your love language is.  Understanding your love language needs is very important in helping your partner understand you and giving you better clarity of what you need/want in a relationship.

Next review your partner’s results while they review yours.  Take some time to read and understand the top love languages for them.  It is also a great way to show you how they may be trying in their own way to tell you how much they love you all the time, but because that is not your language you did not understand, now you understand to look for those signs as a way they try to tell you they care.

Put the devices away and talk.  Understand what your partner needs to feel loved and appreciated.   Brainstorm some ways and ideas in which you can ensure you are making your partner feel needed and loved and speak to them in their “love language”.

I found the results very interesting, my husband and I realized that we had been speaking very different languages.  It also helped us understand that we had been showing each other love and appreciation, but in our own way which may not have been interpreted as such.  It is also good to know and be more understanding, my husband’s love language of physical touch was very high on his list, so when he hugs me and holds my hand, he is telling me a lot more than I realized he was.  Top of my list was gifts, (which was the bottom of his) so he had no idea how much love and effort I tried to put into gifts for him.  We both learned a lot about each other and how to help the other feel loved.

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I am not affiliated or making any money whatsoever off this post, I just think the love languages are super cool and productive.  I know there are a few love languages books, but I have not read it yet. I hope to soon!

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Have you heard of the love languages?  What are your top love languages?  If you have read the book do you recommend them?

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The Ultimate Marriage Journal

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Being in a relationship can be really challenging at times.  No two people are alike and everyone perceives love and appreciation differently, which can sometimes create resentment and a lot of misunderstandings.  It can be easy to take your partner for granted and assume they know how much you appreciate what they do for you. I find especially with children it is so easy to get distracted and forget about each other and how much you appreciate them.

 

Tammy from Married & Naked put together The Ultimate Marriage Journal – 365 Days of Appreciation for married couples to show each other love and appreciation on a daily basis.  By showing each other gratitude on a daily basis you can focus on the good parts of each other more thus achieving a happier marriage.
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When I heard about the The Ultimate Marriage Journal – 365 Days of Appreciation  I was really excited to try it out with my husband.  I was not sure how he would feel about it, taking a few minutes each day to remember and write stuff down can be challenging.  We have two young children and have a hard time remembering things and even harder a time finding time for anything that is not essential.  When I approached my husband I went with the passive aggressive ”Hey sweetie, do you think our relationship is worth five minutes everyday?”, how could he say no to that?!?

 

We are going on week three and it is going really well.  Even on days when we are annoyed at each other, we can still find things that are positive to write down and show our appreciation and love towards each other.  I was amazed at how enthusiastic my husband is.  He makes sure to check the book whenever he walks by to see if I filled in my entry for the day yet.    He reminds me to fill it in if I have forgotten as well.

 

One of the best parts about this book is we can mix it up depending on our moods.  Sometimes our messages are humorous, other times, practical and can even be romantic and lovey at times.  I even dress up the pages sometimes by putting stickers on some days to make it fun and entertaining.

 

Not that my husband and I fought a lot before (we aren’t perfect either though) but I have found in the three weeks that we started using this journal we have argued less.  I think it is easy to take each other for granted or even just to FEEL that you are being taken for granted.  I really believe writing things out in this journal helps to remind each other that you DO in fact notice everything your partner does for you. Even if you are annoyed with each other you can still fill out the journal with something you are appreciative for.  Since starting the journal we notice the things we do for each other more and are a lot happier with each other.

 

We leave it on the counter with a special pencil that way we don’t forget about it and remember to fill it out every day.

 

Ultimate Marriage Journal

 

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Date Night Challenge #5 Gaming & Appys

I asked my husband what he wanted to do for a date and his answer was game!  We set up an old school Wii gaming session on the Wii complete with tons of appetizers and kicked it old-school with Mario.

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Supplies needed:

  • Gaming console, game, remotes (make sure they are charged or you have extra batteries).
  • Your favourite appetizers, we had egg rolls, samosas, mozarella sticks, jalepeno poppers, cheese, dipping sauces.

Method:

Husband ran out to grab the apps in the afternoon and I charged the Wii remotes.  I got the toddler down before he got the preschooler down so I got the apps in the oven and set up Super Mario Brothers for us.  I tried to make it a little fancier by putting a table cloth on the coffee table.

Once both kids were in bed we snuggled on the couch with the remotes and fed each other appetizers (had to put some romance into it).

We had a blast.  Yes we missed each other’s mouths sometimes and got sauce everywhere, but it was still tasty.  We got through world one and I used up all my lives once, plus he only threw me off a cliff once!

I definitely recommend it!

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Blog Love Round-Up #3 January – Pregnancy & Motherhood

One of my favourite parts as a blogger is reading all the other blogs out there and seeing what they come up with.   I took a break in December for the holiday  but am back with the third installment of my Blog Love Round-Up series.  The theme for this one is pregnancy and motherhood related, I hope you have a chance to check some of these great articles out.  Let me know in the comments below which ones you identified with the most.

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1.  A Village of Support: The True Value of Friendship When Life Gets Real

by Tiffany at The Good Enuf Mommy

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Tiffany says “It doesn’t just take a village to raise a child; it takes a village to raise a mom.”  She is so right.  I got chills reading her story as I can completely identify with it.  I rely on my own village heavily for physical help and emotional support.  I could not do this without them and I love how she shares her journey with us. 

 

2.  A GIFT FOR SUPERMOM

 

I love this super creative Supermom Gift Box gift made by Alanya’s Creations.  What mom doesn’t need a reminder that she is a super mom?  Why not remind the mom in your life how awesome she is with some super mom inspired gear?

 

3. Essential Oils to Use During Pregnancy

Lyne from the Ottawa Mommy Club

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I love essential oils.  I used peppermint and lavender so much during my pregnancy to help with nausea and headaches.  Lyne has some great tips on ailments you may encounter (in pregnancy and also in general) and some essential oils that may help.

 

4. How to Help a NICU mom | NICU Mom Series

Erin at Stay at Home Yogi

 

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This is such a great post from Erin.  I hope none of you have had to experience a NICU or supporting a friend who just went through labour and had to leave her baby at the hospital and go home without them.  It’s an awful thing to go through,  close friends of mine experienced this last year and I know there was not necessarily a lot to be done to help, but these tips are a great start.

 

5. DIY BABY BOOK GIFT

from Marie at DIY Adultation

 

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My baby Po just turned one almost a month ago, and I STILL have not even started his baby book.  Ooops!  Which makes this gift such an amazing one!  Who has time to themselves to do anything let alone scrapbook or fill out a book?  This pre-made baby book would make an amazing thoughtful gift for any mother-to-be.

 

6. 3 THINGS EVERY MOM NEEDS TO HEAR RIGHT NOW

by Healing Mama

 

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YOU!  Mama, reading this right now, YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB!  I love the message that the Healing Mama leaves you with.  If you need a pick-me-up or know some mama’s who do, share this with them!  Even better share the mama love too, I challenge you today to find another mom (in person, via text, e-mail, FB, whatever!) and tell her what a good job she is doing!

 

7. 10 ABSOLUTELY USELESS GIFTS YOU’RE GIVING TO NEW MOMS

 from Iryna at We Are Moms
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This is such a funny post!  It’s true, who needs a pee pee tee pee!!  If you need to get a shower gift and are unsure what to get, try to stay away from these items if you want to get something truly useful for the new mom.

8. Before I Had Kids…….

from Wading Through Motherhood

 

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This list is so awesome.  Yes, before I had kids I read magazines, took baths, ate hot soup too, and SLEPT!   Now….. I have kids.  This is a cute article on how life can change so much post-kids.

 

9.  ALL NATURAL TEETHING POPSICLE

from  a la mum

 

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If you have a teething baby you know that you will try anything to help make them feel better.  Luckily cold can really help them, I have seen a lot of different recipes for teething popsicles but I love how natural this one is.  A great way to soothe the teeth of a sore baby and distract them.

10.  A Momma’s Day Off… #NaBloPoMo

from Mrs. Tees Love, Life & Laughter

 

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A great post to think about what YOU would do if you had a day off (I know, what’s a day off right!?!?).  I love how Mrs. Tees get’s you thinking and planning your own day off!

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Date Night #4 – Fondue Date

If you have been following my blog before now you will now this is a monthly series I do where I post an easy idea for a date you can do with your partner to connect at home once the kids are in bed.  Usually for cheaply because who does not like to be frugal?  If you are new, welcome!  This is the fourth in the series so if you are looking for some other ideas on easy dates to do at home then don’t forget to check out the previous three at the bottom of the post.   It can be hard as a parent with young children to go anywhere,  I have a nursing baby so I tend to not go very far from home, and rarely at night.  It is important for my husband and I to still get quality time in and connect with each other so it is my mission to provide fun dates for us to do at least once a month, hopefully easy ones that you can do at home with your love.

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Date Night Challenge 4 - Fondue Date: It is very important to connect with your partner on a regular basis, have some fun, focus on each other, and remember why you are together.

Idea:  A date night at home, can even be during the week after work (that was the only time that worked for our schedule) with some delicious Fondue.

Supplies Needed:

  • Candles
  • Wine
  • Fondue Pot, forks, and burner
  • Fondue (either in the package or home-made, I posted a great recipe Wednesday you can try).

Method:

Set the table as romantic as possible, I did it while the kids were still awake so as soon as they were asleep we could eat.  Table cloth, candles, wine glasses (even if it is just for water, it feels fancier), fondue, fixings.

Results:

It was great!  My husband unfortunately had a long hard day at work and was home super late, right after the kids were in bed actually, so he was starving when he walked in and ready to eat.  I think the date already set up really helped relieve some of his stress as it immediately distracted him from his work issues and put his mind on more important things, like me!  Just kidding, on melted cheese and yummy bread, it’s hard to be in a bad mood while (delicately) stuffing your face with that and other delicious foods!

Just a quick 40 minute romantic meal date and then we could veg on the couch and be exhausted, that 40 minute re-charge was great though.  It really changed our moods and also was a good excuse for an amazing dinner!

You can make your fondue from those packages at the grocery store, and those certainly are good, but home-made fondue is absolutely AMAZING!  If you have not tried to make it yourself before I highly recommend it.  Super easy and not a lot of ingredients needed.  Check out my recipe here for an easy one to try.

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