Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to Have a Fun, Romantic V-Day at Home; Plus Outfits for the Kids

Ok, my hubby and I can’t be the only parents staying in this Valentine’s day. I haven’t actually thought much about going out lately, and we decided that it was best for us to just try to go out on a night that’s not so crazy later in the month. Then we can celebrate V-Day all month, right? 

I decided to try to put together some ideas for what we can do at home, and still feel like we had a special (and super fun) Valentines Day date, because I’m a sucker for the romantics of this holiday. 

Here’s a list of ideas I came up with, I hope they can help my fellow homebodies enjoy a night in on the most romantic day of the year! 

 Have a Romantic Movie mini-marathon. 
The Notebook, Pretty Woman, La La Land, 500 Days of Summer, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Big Sick, and 50 first dates are just a few that immediately come to mind!

Oh, and don’t forget to go crazy with the movie snacks! 

Spend an hour or so talking about your dreams. 
Dream home, cream car, dream vacations. Spend some time daydreaming with your partner about what you want to do and where you want to be someday.

 Cook Together. 
Ethan and I have a big steak dinner planned. He loves Steak, and I love to cook, so hopefully we can get along in the kitchen and make it a fun evening together. Plus, steak dinners are pricey, so we love to do them at home where we can save some money, but still have a nice fancy spread! 

Plan a candlelit indoor picnic 
Anyone else just love shutting off all the lights and doing everything by candlelight? I love that Valentine’s Day is an excuse to do all the cheesy stuff! We’re planning to go all out, and making this night as special as we can! 

Make sure you’re stocked up on your favorite drinks. 
Rosé is a personal favorite of mine, and pink wines feel extra romantic to me. But you can also try to whip up some fun Valentine’s themed cocktails, like this one I found from Blackberry Babe! 

Get a small, meaningful gift for your spouse. 
Flowers, candy, or a fun game to play together on your night in. There are tons of options of things to do on a budget or an overall low-key night. I love to get and give gifts, and I truly believe that it’s the thought that counts. Put a little effort into a gift, and it will mean the world; whether it cost $10 or $100. It really is the thought that counts! 

Get rid of all other distractions. 
Turn off the tv (after your movie, of course), put away your phones, and focus on each other. This may be the first time you’ve had a meaningful conversation and devoted time to you S/O in a few weeks or months. Take advantage of the uninterrupted time together! 

And a few tips for parents who are trying to enjoy the much needed one on one time with you spouse:

Plan a night out for when it’s a little easier to book a babysitter. 
I’m someone who definitely feels guilty asking anyone to babysit on a night like valentines say. I hat the thought of keeping someone from their fun plans, even though I want to have fun plans too! It’s so much easier to plan a date night on a regular evening, when you won’t have to fight for someone to be available, plus fight for a reservation to your favorite restaurant.

Don’t sweat it when the kids won’t go to bed and your night has to be postponed or the times gets pushed back. 
We usually get Oaklyn down for bed around 7:30, which for us leaves plenty of time for some fun one-on-one date time, but kids are unpredictable. Prepare for your night to not go as planned so that when you finally get to your date, you’re still in good spirits and excited for the night ahead.

Don’t forget about celebrating with the kids beforehand! 
This is our first valentines day with our little love bug, so I fully intend to get really cheesy on V Day. Take some fun photos, make some crafts, and celebrate with your littles. Starting this tradition young will keep them in the spirit as they get older! 
Here are some cute outfit options for the littles! 

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