My husband and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary this weekend with a small getaway in Pasadena, a city outside of Los Angeles.
I booked the trip several months ago because I got a great deal on a very nice hotel and I’ve always loved Pasadena’s old school charm. I remember a time when getting away seemed almost impossible with three small children and no family around to help. In fact, we have spent more than one anniversary at home cooking dinner for each other and celebrating after the kids were sleeping.
Spending time with each other away from children is an essential part of keeping our family together. When kids are around, we find it near impossible to have even the most boring of conversations.
Our kids are still learning how to not interrupt and, well, it gets exhausting and isolates us from one another. We crave time where we can have long conversations and talk about our lives free from little people. We haven’t always had the means to get away, but there are plenty of inexpensive, or even free, ideas and activities that can be done at home or, in our case this weekend, a hotel room.
I was taking a quick look through the Holiday section at Walmart the other day when the Golden GODIVA box caught my eye. My husband LOVES chocolates and GODIVA is his favorite so, naturally, I thought I must pick up a box and bring it along for a weekend getaway. It was less than $10.00, so an even better gift for my frugal significant other. As I walked to the check out, I saw a few others things and it dawned on me that I need to take these things “to go”, and in comes the bag.
Sometimes it’s tough for my husband and I to decompress when we are away from our kids– no surprise there, I think most parents feel this way. But, I like the idea of having conversation starters. It might seem a little corny, but really breaks the ice and gets us to have conversations with more depth. I added a few DIY jars of love notes and appreciation to bring along in addition to our GODIVA chocolates. I made a few items from scratch, some bath oil and salts, both very inexpensive to make. Lastly, I picked up a couple of other essentials: Sparkling Apple Cider and Dinner and Movie Gift Cards.
It turned out great and my husband, who is very difficult to surprise, really enjoyed the “Date Night in a Bag.” We had a blast sharing the GODIVA chocolates, going down memory lane, and having some wonderful, deep conversations free of children!
It truly was one of the most simple, inexpensive, and wonderful anniversary celebrations we’ve ever had.
This would also make a great Holiday Gift idea for your spouse!
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Here’s some ideas on what to put in your own “Date Night in a Bag”:
What You’ll Need and Bag Filler Ideas
A medium sized travel bag
Mason or Empty Jar to fill with “Memories”
Mason or Empty Jar to fill with “Reason you love your significant other”
An empty prescription bottle with “Intimate Conversation Starters”
Dinner and Movie Gift Card
A Love Letter or Poem
A “Mixed Tape” CD of love songs
While I was spray painting the lid to the prescription bottle I thought of another Holiday Stocking stuffer idea for a friend, neighbor or teen. This really cute DIY Emergency Chocolate. Just spray paint the cap, print up a label and put a few GODIVA’s in for when your having a bad day!
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