As if pregnancy isn’t enough, this year, Andrew and I have piled plenty on our plates. Between buying a new home, decorating every single room and all the antenatal prep that comes with expecting your first baby, we’ve been left with little time to spend on each other. But as the final countdown continues, we realise that we only have a few precious days or weeks left for true one on one quality time before our family gets bigger. With a tight budget and limited by my growing bump, we’ve still managed to enjoy a few simple dates out together…
Over the weekend Andrew and I had a date day out with a difference… we attended a local hypnobirthing class. Since we first discovered we were pregnant, our dates have slowly evolved from smooth, cocktail sipping late nights out, to cuddly movie nights in surrounded by popcorn, bags of sweets and lots of fizzy pop! And more recently, we’ve traded swanky bars and mellow jazz for village halls and antenatal workshops.
Now, classing a hypnobirthing workshop as a ‘date’ may appear a little strange, but we found the class gave us time together, away from the house and the everyday; time to communicate and connect; time to experience and be open to something new, together. Now if that isn’t the basis of a perfect date, I don’t know what is. Here’s how we got on, and how hypnobirthing has brought a little more intimacy back into our marriage as we embark on the final stretch towards our new lives together…
With Christmas on the horizon and every penny going toward the festivities, date nights can become few and far between this time of year; but remember that you don’t need to spend a fortune to spend quality time with your spouse. This week, Andrew and I enjoyed a thrifty date night of our own, using up spare craft materials to create beautiful bespoke Christmas cards for our family.
You may remember back in September that I put together a handy guide to autumn dates, including romantic dates, outdoor dates, dates that involved a seasonal kitchen, and that could be achieved on a range of budgets.
Well now that the weather has turned icily cold in the last few days, I’m starting to think ahead to all the cosy winter dates we could have together (so keep your eyes peeled for our seasonal winter date guide!)
In the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at how many of our autumn dates we actually managed to fit in. Here’s what we got up to this season…
With it’s beautiful colours, crisp mornings, darker nights and hibernating draw, I find autumn to be the most romantic season. I dream of long afternoons, walking hand in hand with my husband, feeling the crunch of leaves beneath our feet and the warmth of the golden autumn sun on our skin.
For me, a change in season marks a time for something new; for new plans to be made. So I began to note down all the perfect little date ideas I could think of to give Andrew and I an autumn to remember. I drew up a list of fun stay-at-home dates we could do for free, as well as excuses to get out into the great outdoors and enjoy our favourite season together.
As some of our regular readers will know, we love all things vintage, and we’re trying to make the most of local events and happenings in our home town and surrounding area. So when we heard that Morecambe’s Vintage by the Sea festival would be coming back again this year, I couldn’t wait to get my victory rolls in and step out in vintage style.
Something which I confess often gets overlooked when Andrew and I are planning our romantic adventures is taking stock of what’s around us, and appreciating the beauty of our own home town. Too often we seek out new and exciting places to visit without properly experiencing the best of what our own surroundings have to offer. After all, this is the place we choose to call home, so why don’t we take more advantage of it?
Well this year one of our missions is to try to attend more local events, enjoy simple dates out in our own town, making memories that we can be reminded of every time we step outside. This weekend offered up the perfect opportunity to do just that, with the annual Catch the Wind Kite Festival in our neighbouring seaside town, Morecambe.
“There’s no good reason not to…” This is Andy’s philosophy for most things; one which I have quickly come to believe in myself. If you can’t find a good enough reason not to do something, then just do it! With this kind of mindset, we wind up doing some of the most random, fun things. And our latest date night was no exception.
Remember when you were a kid, the enjoyment you would get from huddling underneath a table and draping a sheet over it – adding in some fairy lights and snuggling up with your teddy bears and a book? Well this weekend, I decided to recreate it with my husband – this time without the teddy bears! I decided to make an in-house cinema, with blankets, cushions, fairy lights and classic cinema grub.
A few months ago I created a list of date night ideas for me and my husband. I promised I’d report back on all of the best ones and to kick us off I’m starting with something simple: a Make Your Own Pizza At Home night…
There’s something about kneading your own dough, getting covered in flour and listening to the calming rhythms of Italian music that’s incredibly romantic. The sun shining through into the kitchen whilst doing so was a bonus!