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On Date Night In (Plus Wanchai Ferry Giveaway)

Old School Date Night

Date Night was easier 2 kids ago.

Date night.

It sounds like heaven—and a far off dream. Date night is a safe haven from family chaos, noisy kids and a cluttered life. It reminds that we’re a couple—not just parents. Date night has been both our saving grace and the bane of my existence.

As part of our alphabet dating project, we’ve enjoyed simple dates, elaborate dates and weekend getaways, but they’re few & far between. It’s a complicated mess of careful budgeting, working overtime to get away and splitting the kids between numerous family & friends. Which is why we haven’t been on a date in 6 months!

Just Married, Again

Just Married, Again

The fact that we still like one another after all this time says we’re finally on the right track with our marriage, but I’d still like a date with the hubby.

But, where do you find the time? The money? The babysitter?

When we have none of the above, the instinct is to skip it altogether. Which leaves us feeling like roommates & co-parents—disconnected and distant. Through the last few years, we have determined date night is very necessary for our marital health. So, what’s a girl to do without the resources to go out for a night with the hubby?

Enjoy a night in, instead.

Sure, it’s not the same as strolling hand in hand downtown or spending a weekend in Chicago, but we still have the ability to stop. Breath. And, reconnect. We can tuck the girls into bed at 8pm, shutoff the television and spend a night together. Just focusing on us.

We enjoyed fondue—could we make it at home? We had a nice time dancing—don’t we have music here? One night last year, we spent an evening out in the backyard together—no kids, just a fire pit, s’mores and the love of my life. It was lovely.

Why don’t we do that more often?

We can enjoy a candlelight dinner after the girls are asleep. Turn on the music & dance. Play board games or video games—ooh, I know! We’ll start a dance off with Just Dance 2—it is such a fun game. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what we do. The point is that we’re together, focusing on one another and shutting out the chaos of the world that tends to drag us apart.

I’m committing right now to adding Date Night In to our calendar!

Who’s with me?

Okay, what if I told you the first date night in could be free?

You have the chance to win a Date Night In prize pack, including Wanchai Ferry & Macaroni Grill dinner kits and a $25 Visa gift card! Simply leave a comment here, and tell us about your last date night. You can earn additional entries by:
  • Subscribing to our site by email or RSS
  • Following Miscellaneous Mom on Twitter
  • Writing about this giveaway (blog, forum, public Facebook note)
  • Tweeting about this giveaway: I’m enjoying Date Night In with Wanchai Ferry, Macaroni Grill & @MiscMom! http://bit.ly/hjrSdA

For your extra entries to be counted, be sure to leave an additional comment directing us to your entry. Only one additional entry per method (i.e. While multiple tweets are appreciated it, only one will count as a drawing entry.) The contest runs until 12/9/10 at 11:59pm est. One winner will be notified by email on 12/10/10 and receive a Date Night In prize pack. Winner will have 48 hours to complete the claim form or a new winner will be chosen.

I was provided with a free Date Night In prize pack from My Blog Spark, including a Wanchai Ferry & Macaroni Grill dinner kit and $25 Visa gift card (which I promptly lost) to facilitate this post, but the opinion is 100% real. I also received Just Dance 2 for free, as part of a sponsored House Party, but the game is pretty much awesome, and I just bought a 2nd copy to give as a gift.

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Article by justheather

Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: , , Read 94 articles by

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  1. Roxy says:

    took my fiance to a Bruins and Celtics game in the same day.

  2. Tim says:

    On our last date night, we went out with friends to a 50th birthday party. It was fun!!

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

  3. Christi says:

    Our last date was lunch while both my boys were in school. My husband had the day off so we did some Christmas shopping and went to Panera for lunch.

  4. Christi says:

    I’m following you on twitter

  5. Christi says:

    I tweeted (masonsgalpal)

  6. cwaltz says:

    We went and ate at a mexican restaurant named Alejandros. I had a pomegranite martini and a brushetta as well as a carne asada taco and chips. My hubby had chorizo dip and two carne asada tacos. We then went driving past Riner into Floyd to look at Christmas lights. We snuggled as he drove.


  7. Mari says:

    We went to see a football game and dinner afterwards for our last date. So, it was a compromise.:)

  8. Mari says:

    I follow you on Twitter (LuckyDuckyToo)

  9. Mari says:

    I am an email subscriber.

  10. Julie L says:

    My husband and I have date night at least once a week..we went for years with having date night maybe twice a year last time we went to White’s restaurant-had a fish fry then went shopping
    thanks for the giveaway
    Happy Holidays

  11. Julie L says:

    feed sub through Google

  12. Julie L says:

    shared on fb-Julie Scott Laws

  13. Jessica says:

    My husband and my last date night consisted of a night out on the town including dinner and shopping! Not much of a date for him. 🙂

  14. Nancy says:

    We have an especially busy week this week, so our last date night was actually today at lunch. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant and we both had beef fajitas!

  15. Nancy says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed via My Yahoo.

  16. DEBIJOT says:

    Went to the Christmas parade and out to eat.

  17. DEBIJOT says:

    google reader subscriber

  18. DEBIJOT says:

    follow you on twitter – debijot

  19. Kate says:

    It’s been so long- I can’t remember

  20. Kate says:

    I’m a subscriber

  21. Kate says:

    follow on twitter

  22. Kate says:

    posted on facebook

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  24. valerie2350 says:

    it’s been too long…can’t remember the last one 🙁

  25. valerie2350 says:

    twitter follower

  26. ria says:

    Never had a date night. Got married in Dec ’04, had baby Oct ’05, pregnant again in ’09. Sure could use one.
    rmartinclarke at gmail.com

  27. ria says:

    google reader subscriber
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

  28. ria says:

    twitter follower @rsmc1
    rmartinclarke at gmail dot com

  29. tina reynolds says:

    My last date night out was about a year ago when my hubby took me to the casino and we stayed overnight it was so sweet. Date night in is when the kids went to be early and we watched the bounty hunter a couple of weeks ago. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  30. tina reynolds says:

    I subscribe

  31. tina reynolds says:

    i follow you on twitter @mrstinareynolds eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  32. melissa says:

    i subscribe via rss feed.

  33. melissa says:

    I follow on twitter id is contestmama

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