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Friday, September 11, 2015

3 Steps To An Easy At-Home Date Night

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It's my favorite time of year, the time of year when we are back on schedules. I absolutely love summer but after a while, I need to be back on schedule. I need to know when we will have all three kids vs. just one. I need to know when we will be home and when we won't and I need to know when I will be spending some alone time with JC. We have so many kids around during the summer months and so much pressure to "entertain" them that I feel like JC and I don't even have a minute to talk to each other, much less date. To me, dating is very important for our relationship. It's our time to talk, to hang out, to spend time together as adults. Getting back into our regularly scheduled lives helps us "fall into passion" with each other again!!

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Since we have three kids and babysitters can be expensive, we usually have at-home date nights. I actually really like at-home date nights because we don't have to worry about busy restaurants or spending tons of money. My favorite date nights are surprise date nights on those nights where I know he is working late and I can have everything ready by the time he gets home (and the kids are asleep!) I do this often so I have mastered 3 steps to an easy and sexy at-home date night!

Step 1: Plan your night. Even though it's technically a surprise date night, there is some planning required. Wear something attractive but comfortable. Plan your meal. Will be it take-out or are you cooking? If you are cooking, make sure to check out step 2! Make a playlist of your favorite "romantic" songs. Pull out the candles. I hate thinking of all these things each time so I keep a basket in the closet with everything I need and just pull it out!

Step 2: Cooking? Make something simple and delicious! JC loves my cooking so I don't mind cooking up a simple dish that I know he will love. On our most recent at-home date night, I made Sauteed Shrimp with Pan Fried Sweet Potato Wedges. This is a delicious dish that takes a total of 20 minutes from prep to table!

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Serves 2

For shrimp:
1 bag large cocktail shrimp (41-50 count bag)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped yellow onions
2 cloves diced garlic
1 tbsp chopped basil
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste

For sweet potato wedges:
1 medium sized sweet potato (cut in wedges)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste


For shrimp: Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.  Add shrimp. (I use cocktail shrimp because I am too lazy to clean raw shrimp, it also cooks super fast.) Add basil, salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup white wine, lower heat to medium and let cook for about another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve.

For sweet potatoes: Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes and sprinkle with cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Turn all the wedges so they are fully coated with olive oil and spices. Cover and let cook for about 6 minutes. Turn potato wedges and cook for another 6 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve.

Step 3: Try something new. If you have been with your partner a long time, things can get a little routine, especially in the bedroom, so at-home date nights are the perfect time to try something new. Couples need to nurture the passion in their relationship and heightening the excitement with something new, like K-Y® LOVE Sensuality Pleasure Gel, is the way to go. A healthy love life, along with discovery and honesty keeps our relationship fresh.

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I can't wait for our next at-home date night! It will definitely be a fun surprise for us both! Be sure to check out the Intimacy Tips for Busy parents video below for more tips on falling back into passion with your partner!

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Tell me about your perfect at-home date night. Do you have any tips and tricks you use to enhance the intimacy between you and your partner?


  1. Date night. i think I remember what dates are but not sure. Though i do admit I am really liking this date night dinner recipe.

  2. We did a lot of at home date nights when my kids were little. With 4 kids, a babysitter was just way too expensive. We would always have a special dinner and pop in a dvd after the kids were in bed.

  3. I think a good filled belly is always a good start. The KY is a great way to spice things up too.

  4. Date night is definitely essential to a relationship. Thanks for the helpful tips! ;)

  5. I always loved an in home date night best! I've read over several of your posts, and I love them! Thanks for sharing your life! As a newly single mom, reading about the love in a blended family brings hope for the future!

  6. I am all about date nights at home. Sometimes a dinner at home can be more romantic than going out...and much cheaper and easier to manage if you can't get a babysitter.

  7. This is definitely a post to help spice up the intimacy in a relationship. Love the shrimp platter, since shrimp is my favorite. Thanks for the reminder that we need to spice it up.

  8. This meal looks absolutely delicious. I love how simple it is to prepare and that you can enjoy it with your spouse after the kids go to bed. #client

  9. Hubba, hubba! The recipe is definitely one I'll save for my own date night. Intimacy is so important to maintain a marriage.



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