AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS with Erin from Everyday Events!

Erin with Everyday EventsI’m Erin and the writer behind Everyday Events.

I’m a mom, wife, party planner, holiday lover and blogger.

 

Blogging has been something I have wanted to do for years, but never felt like I had anything special to bring to the table. I toyed with the idea and talked to my husband about it multiple times, but always pushed my feelings aside. In 2014 my life got flipped upside down when I received a phone call that my Mom was in ICU and not expected to make it. This life changing event is what drove me to start blogging. I felt a fire inside of me and a conviction to tell my story. So I started Everyday Events as a way to honor my Mom, to talk about being a motherless mother and to show how beautiful life can be, even after loss. I have a passion for celebrating life’s everyday events and never want to stop seeing the beauty in the world. I hope you find comfort and inspiration in my blog, but above all I hope you find a reason to celebrate.

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Real date nights don’t happen that often around here. With J.D.’s crazy work schedule, it can be hard to set aside time to go out on a date. So, we had to get creative, and come up with at home date night ideas for when the kids go to bed! All of these dates are so fun and I always look forward to when J.D. comes home early from work, we put the kids to bed, and go “out on a date.” So put those kids to bed early tonight and have a date night!
At Home Date Night Ideas with Erin from Everyday Events
“When I first made contact with Everyday Events, I LOVED her website. I fell in love with this post particularly, because it spoke to what I needed in life at that moment.” -Lynsey from Real Mom Blogs
One. Order take out, light a few candles & pop open a bottle of wine. This is our go-to date night idea, because if you have small children, you know dinner time can be a circus. Everybody needs something, forks are being dropped on the floor, milk is almost always being spilled, and just when J.D. and I get to sit down our food is cold & the kids say they are done. Eating dinner while it’s hot, enjoying a glass of wine and having an adult conversation is easily one of our favorite things to do.
Two. Lay out some blankets and watch the stars. J.D. and I have also been known to grab the baby monitor and climb on top of the roof! There is something so romantic about watching the stars and making a wish on the shooting ones.
Three. Conversation starters. Sometimes it feels like all J.D. and I talk about are the kids, work & what’s going on currently in our lives. We don’t talk about our dreams, hopes & fears as much as we should. A while back I started looking online and found some amazing conversation starters. When J.D. is gone a lot for work or when life gets super hectic, we will bring these out to reconnect, and remember there is more to talk about than the kids!

Want to get something across to your husband? Go to our Dear Husband category!

Four. Sit on the patio, turn on some music & watch the sun set.
Five. Eat popcorn & play card games. J.D. and I both grew up playing card games and love playing together. It brings back so many wonderful childhood memories and I love making these memories with J.D. too. This is a perfect date night idea for winter, when you literally can’t go anywhere!
Six. Have a picnic in the living room and watch a movie. This one is super fun and you can be as creative as you want with your picnic. You could have fondue, wine or beer tasting, or theme the evening with food and a movie from a different country!

J.D. and I have been together for 12 years, and while so many things have changed, one thing remains the same. We love each other like crazy. These date night ideas might not be super fancy, or cost us much money, but they help up to reconnect, laugh, and make our marriage a priority.
What are your favorite at home date night ideas?
XOXO

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Dear mom at McDonald’s with the MEAN kid!

I saw your kid hit my kid!

No, I’m not mad or annoyed with you or your mean kid. Your kid is 2, mine is 4. I can see that you are worried and paranoid that something will happen, or someone will judge you. Stop it! You are working your ass off! I see you constantly watching him, and making sure he is okay.

I can relate.

All new moms go through that phase of constant worry. No sleep, not enough water, way too much caffeine. You are doing a great job, so don’t even worry about it! More moms need to be like you! Patience and peace come with time. Then there will be more chaos, but you will be able to handle it like a boss!

Dont mess with the mama bear!

Check our “10 MORE Reasons Why I am Rocking Motherhood” here!

What you did right

Here is the glorious thing about parenting. Most people are doing it right. You have to be a really terrible person to get it wrong. There are so many different types of parenting, and no matter how good you are, your kid is still going to have their own personality.  I was impressed that you didn’t just sit there and let it happen. You jumped up, grabbed him, and asked my son if he was okay. You also explain in such a sweet, but stern way, the reason why it’s not nice to hit. Then, you even apologized to me! Which was not needed.

You are doing such a great job!

Like I said before, there are so many ways that situation could have gone worse. I want to thank you for being an awesome mom to that adorable 2-year-old! You keep doing what you are doing and don’t even worry about anyone else!

Dear Husband, Happy Father’s Day

Dear Husband,

Father and Son Bonding

Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing dad I know. I honestly don’t know how I would be able to survive without you. You are so helpful! You are the rock to my crazy tornado. I cannot begin to believe what I would do without you. Our son is so lucky to have such a fun, strong, and lovable daddy. You mean the world to him and he adores you for that! So thank you, for always being everything we need and more. You fit so perfectly into your role as Father that it’s like you were meant to be a dad! This Father’s Day I hope that you have enough time on the toilet without being interrupted, enough beer or whiskey without being judged, enough TV time without complaints, and enough you-know-what to make sure your night is complete. I love you so darn much it hurts. Mainly, I love that you love our son. You are an awesome Dad!

What are you and your dad doing this Father’s Day?

I woke up this morning and went to get my husband his favorite breakfast burritos. Then we went and saw the new Cars 3 movie. Our son LOVED it! Right now we are just hanging out and relaxing. Later we will go to my father-in-law’s for a Father’s Day dinner. Next week is when we will spend “Father’s Day” with my daddy, and I am so excited!

Find more touching and hilarious letters to my husband in my Dear Husband category!

Dear Husband, PART TWO of what NOT to say to your Wifey

A few weeks ago I posted some tips for your husband of what not to say or do. Lets continue. Here are 6 MORE things for him to avoid.

Today I am bringing you actual quotes that women have said to me since. I wanted to quote the ladies who said these, but to be honest, I have forgotten. What if I have not written the exact quote correctly? Then they would be mad. So sorry! But not really, because either way, these are GOLD!

When I am sick, I hate hearing “You look like CRAP”

What the? DON’T! You MUST at all times, think we are beautiful. End. of. story!

“Why don’t you like/love me?”

Of course we love you, we might just not like you all of the time, but don’t you think it’s a bit much to flat out ask us?

“What is wrong with you?”

YOU are what is wrong right now. No, not really, but there is a kinder way to ask what is bothering us. Why don’t you try, “Hey, beautiful, extraordinary wife, I understand that something might be slightly upsetting you. It might be me, and that is okay, but how can I help?”

“Can you help me?” Then proceeds to NOT let you help them.

Don’t ask for our help and then proceed to not accept it. If you don’t actually want our help, don’t ask.

Now this next one I threw in just because I feel that it is important to touch on.

Do not say any kind of “parenting war” inducing statements. Such as telling your kids who the cooler parent is, or undermining your disciplinary strategies.

We are a team and we HAVE to work together! Our children will respect us more if we show them that we are one parenting unit and that we agree and compromise as a team. It is important in this day and age to teach through actions as well as words. Kids are like sponges, they soak up everything you say and do!

Dear Husband, What NOT to say to your wife!

Hello Hubby’s!

This post is for you, even though your wife/girlfriend/significant other is probably reading this. (P.s. Please tag them, or share this, or kindly read it to them) I feel it is our duty as women to help you avoid the sticky situations. Today, I want to give you some tips on what NOT to say/do to your wife.

Side note; this probably goes for all relationships. Not just married couples.

 What not to say

  1. Do not touch her belly in a non sexual way.
    1. You know what? Just stay away from any “actions” that might make her feel like you are pointing out her “problem areas”
    2. Yes, we know that we are supposed to love our bodies. Sometimes that isn’t the reality.
    3. You are the #1 person to keep us a float in this horrible world. DON’T eff it up!
  2. “Calm down”
    1. Just don’t.
    2. Have you ever tried to tell a shark to calm down?
  3. “Is that your third cookie?”
    1. See example number 1.
    2. Don’t call us fat.
  4. “You are being stupid!”
    1. WHAT? I may not have as many years on this Earth as you, but I am not dumb!
    2. Her intelligence is just as important as yours.
  5. “What did you say?”
    1. This is referring to the sarcastic version.
    2. We know DAMN well that you heard us!
  6. “I wasn’t listening, because it wasn’t all about me”
    1. Okay, you might not actually say this..BUT
    2. LISTEN to us!
    3. Not everything has to be about you or what you like.

Wrap it up!

THAT ^ is another example. However, I want to keep your attention, so we will wrap it up there. Try to avoid using these actions or phrases. Please.

If you enjoyed this post, and would like to see more like it, let me know in the comments!

Love ya!

Real Mom Lynsey 

Dear Todd: January 30th, 2016

This is a passage from my son’s journal that I keep. Every year, for his birthday, I get myself a journal for all my Dear Todd needs, ha! I try to write in the journal throughout the year to document the minor victories and changes that happen in our families lives. Here is kind of a cute one that I wrote recently.

Dear Todd,

You are kind of crazy!

Sometimes I wonder what’s going on in your brain. Like, what the hell are you thinking? Sometimes you can keep yourself entertained for hours. Other times, you are super needy!

Mom! Dad! Mom, Mom, Mom… Look, Dad! Dad, Daddy! Look Dad!

Like, holy cow, shut up!

You are so funny though. You say the cutest things and make the silliest faces. Our lives are way more colorful with you in it!

I love you, Little Todd!

XOXO, Mommy

 

P.s. Todd is just a name I’ve designated for my toddler. It’s easier, and a little more private. Sorry, and thank you for understanding.

UPDATE:

Many of you know my son’s name. That is okay. I don’t want to hide anything from you guys, but it’s still cute to call him Todd! So I will keep this series called Dear Toddler for now.