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Hello, it is Keri, from Living In This Season, sharing again today, and we are talking all about dating your spouse. I know for my husband and I, dates are a very pricey thing now that we have 3 kids. Babysitter cost, dinner cost, movie, or whatever you decide to do… It all adds up fast. So instead of always going out, sometimes we just stay in. Here are some creative at home date ideas to help you get started.


(1) Get Outside

 Whether you have a front porch, a back deck, a campfire pit, whatever it may be… get outside and enjoy it together. Bring some marshmallows to roast, drinks to drink, whatever you choose and enjoy the evening together
(bring the monitor so you can hear & see your kids if needed).

(2) Play a Game

 Cards, board games… pull them out of the dust and have fun!
Here are my top 5 favorites!
Middle-aged couple sitting on floor with architectural blueprints.

(3) Have a Late Dinner

 Let’s face it, meal times with kids can be rather hectic right? Feed the kids as usual, sit down and snack a little while they eat. Get the kids in bed. Now you can either make a dinner together or one of you can run out to get take out from one of your favorite restaurants while the other one sets up a nice little ‘restaurant’ type of area in the house
(we love to eat on our back porch).  

date night at home


(4) Watch a TV series

We have gone through so many television series together thanks to Netflix. It is always a great time of connection for us as we talk about the shows and share a common interest.  Make it a habit to only watch shows together and this will be a life-long thing that you can do at night.  Meet up every night on the couch at 8:00 to watch your favorite series…  Those little moments together now are the ones that make all the difference in the long run.
A man and a woman sitting on a couch smiling at the camera.

(5) Do a Project Together

A friend of mine recently built a farmhouse table with her husband. Neither of them had done this before, they just did it- together.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
DIY mudroom bench  or this DIY birthday sign or even a DIY water and sand table for the kids 
doing a project together

(6) Take Turns Planning

 Something that can be fun is to take turns planning an evening at home.   Take turns planning the night.   You could plan on week and he could plan the next week (don’t let each other in on the plans until its time to get started… that’s half of the fun-
the surprise!)
surprise date night!

Remember, the point of dating your husband is to spend time together and connect. Don’t ever let a lack of funds keep you from spending time together.

My husband and I have been married for 9 years now… we definitely do not know it all but have learned a few things over the years. Hop over to read my 9 Marriage Tips.

More posts you might like:
How to grow your marriage after you have kids
grow your marriage Your Modern FAmily

Or this one… 

A woman and man walking on the beach holding hands with text above them.





A group of people posing for the camera.

Meet Keri from Living in the Season: As a mom of 3 little ones, I have slowly come to realize that everything has its season. The endless nights of a crying infant, potty training your toddler, tantrums, hugs and kisses… they are all small moments in time.  Time that moves on ever so fast. As time flies by, we have to take hold of these moments- even the insane screaming ones- and remember it is just for a season.  So here I am, sharing my moments of this season along with some of my passions: Activities with Kids, DIY Projects, and more!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Nice list! It is really hard to “date” my husband these days. We have two little kids and no family nearby. Opposite schedules don’t really help either. I think I’m going to have to give some of these a try this month!

    1. You should!! 🙂 We have four kids, but putting them to bed early is the key for us!

  2. Keri, I love dating my husband at home. Our marriage thrives on an early bedtime, so when we want a date, we eat late! We also love playing games and hanging out on our balcony on a nice warm evening. I think we are going to try take turns planning because a surprise would be so much fun! Have a great day!


  3. This is a great post!! We have two little ones (ages 2 and 1) and just moved to NC from AZ. We have no babysitters as of yet, so stay-at-home dates are vital!! Every Friday night (tonight, haha…clearly we’re not very good at this!!) we have an “at home date night” where we get the girls to bed early and cook dinner just the two of us (tonight we ate with the girls since I was making a dish they would like!). Anyways, love these tips!!! Thank you for sharing!!

    – Sarah