Stay At Home Date Night

 

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I may have said this before but a regular date night is crazy important for the health of a marriage. Without time alone together days string into weeks and weeks blend into months and before you know it you haven’t really had a real conversation with your spouse that doesn’t sound something like: what are you doing Tuesday night because I need you to pick the kids up and take them to (insert extra curricular activity here). Date night helps you remember that marriage is more about carpooling, attending one mind-numbing kid activity/parent meeting after the next or flipping a coin to see who gets out of giving the toddler a bath.

We have some friends who have a weekly standing date night. The grandparents come over and watch their four kids every. single. week. In case you didn’t hear me correctly…they have four kids. FOUR. And the grandparents (truth be told, I think it’s mostly the grandma, but they still come as a unit) have babysat on a very regular basis ever since the first one was in diapers. I think this situation is the exception to the rule and the grandma will admit that those four children are her entire life but still, there is a special place in heaven for those grandparents. Every single week for the past 9 years. I just can’t get over it.

Not many couples have the luxury of free weekly babysitting but that doesn’t mean date night shouldn’t be a priority. Dear Husband and I try to get a babysitter on a sort of regular basis. We enjoy spending time with just the two of us and we also love going out to dinner with friends when all the stars align and everyone’s schedule is free on a Friday or Saturday night. Then there are season’s of life when you realize how much you have been spending on babysitters and restaurants and you realize that maybe the date nights need to be reigned in. In these seasons of saving money instead of spending money, I have to get a little more creative and intentional about how we spend time together. That’s where stay at home date night comes in.

Here’s the tricky thing about stay at home date night. We’re not night owls (well, I am but only if I’m tucked in bed with a book and a book light). By the time 7:00 p.m. rolls around we are asking each other if it’s bath and bedtime yet. If it were up to us, the kids would be getting ready for bed about 30 minutes after they got home from school. Watching a movie at home can sometimes take 3 nights because one of us always falls asleep about an hour into the movie.

When the opportunity to try Ghirardelli Chocolate paired with Josh Cellar wine came around I jumped at the chance. It wasn’t until I started thinking about how I wanted to utilize this opportunity that I realized this would be a perfect chance for a stay at home date night. We have been so busy lately that I feel like we haven’t been able to spend the time together that I would like. It was time for a stay at home date night even if that meant something as simple as watching our favorite show together. In an effort to make sitting on the couch, watching Downton Abbey a little more special I lit some candles, poured two glasses of Josh Cellar Pinot Noir and unwrapped some Ghirardelli chocolate. 

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Stay at home date night GIVEAWAY time!

Not only do I get to continue to mow my way through a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate but I now have something for you, dear reader. A chance to win a $75 pre-paid Amex gift card. Enter using the Rafflecopter below and a winner will be picked at random on February 9th. 

But wait, there’s more! I’m giving away a second $75 gift card (thank you, Ghirardelli and Josh Cellar wine for your generosity) on Instagram. Find me on Instagram and follow the instructions for a chance to win the second gift card. 

Cheers and good luck.

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43 Responses

  1. Most of our date nights are at home watching a movie with a bowl of Skinny Pop! Maybe I need to add some wine and chocolate! XOXOXO

  2. I would rather watch movies at home so we can have conversation too! This non-scheduling conversation is so important. When we have gone too long without a date night, I have a hard time with conversation that isn’t centered around the kids. Thanks for the reminder, it’s something that we often forget about. I think I will put a monthly reminder in my phone! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. I like milk chocolate with red wine.

  4. I don’t have a favorite wine but I love caramel and milk chocolate and Ghirardelli mint dark chocolates are awesome!

  5. What a great give away!! Yeah… hubs and I really REALLY need to work on these date nights. Life blows through every week, and well- it just doesn’t happen. :( We ARE going to do something over the v day weekend together ALONE to celebrate our anniversary/v day, so there’s THAT. lol
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  6. I like dark semi-sweet chocolate with merlot!

  7. I love my merlot and any kind of chocolate. Truffles are my favorite

  8. I like milk chocolate and Zinfandel

  9. I love a sweet Riesling and milk chocolate

  10. I like Moscato and dark chocolate

  11. I like anything Stella Rose with any chocolate jeje

  12. I’m not a huge wine fan but I do love my coconut truffles :)

  13. White wine and crispy chocolates are my favorite

  14. I love chocolate and caramel with red wine.

  15. shelly peterson

    I like any kind of chocolate and Moscato wine but have never had them together.

  16. Brenda Haines

    Cream cheese swirled brownies with a “glass” of merlot. :) Thanks for the chance!!

  17. Sarah Hall

    I like dark chocolate and merlot.

  18. HS kraftmaking

    I love Cabernet Sauvignon with dark chocolate.

  19. Ellen Casper

    Dark chocolate and merlot

  20. I am not a huge fan of drinking wine, but I do love milk chocolate anything!

  21. Jessica To

    I like chocolate caramels and red wine.

  22. Julie Wood

    I love their Raspberry Dark Chocolate with Cabernet Sauvignon by Josh Cellars!

  23. I have never eaten the two together. I am sure there is a specific pairing that you are supposed to eat, similar to how people eat cheese and wine. As far as I am concerned, if I have milk chocolate, I don’t need wine and if I have wine, I don’t need chocolate. I am content to be content!!!

  24. I like dark chocolate and merlot.

  25. Alma Salgado

    I don’t drink win but I do love chocolate! I love milk chocolate, and also dark chocolate! :)

  26. Nancy Loring

    I like white chocolate with a Piniot Noir. This makes a nice early evening snack.

  27. steve weber

    wine – dreaming tree
    chocolate – sea salt

  28. I actually don’t drink much wine, but what I don’t drink in wine, I make up for it in chocolates:)

  29. I don’t drink wine much but dark chocolate is a must!

  30. I love a Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel square with a glass of old vine Zinfandel.

  31. I don’t drink wine but I love chocolate :)

  32. Emily Smith

    I’ve never paired wine and chocolate before. Milk chocolate is my favorite chocolate and I love Moscato wine.

  33. natasha lamoreux

    I enjoy the Ghiradelli sea salt caramel with a nice glass of Moscato.

  34. Deborah G.

    I like milk chocolate and chardonnay!

  35. Oh I have to say my favorite pairing is White Chocolate and Chardonnay!

  36. I like Dark Mint Chocolate and Merlot.

  37. I do not drink alcohol but I love white chocolate!

  38. I’ve never paired wine and chocolate together for tastings. I’m not a huge wine drinker but I do like the dessert ones that just taste like juice. As for chocolate, I love it all!

  39. i love the caramel filled squares with a white wine

  40. I like pinot grigio with dark mint chocolate.

  41. Keri Justice

    I love dark chocolate paired with Riesling.

  42. I really love Milk chocolate with Merlot!

  43. Thomas Murphy

    I like dark chocolate and red wine.

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