Happy Valentines Day. Well almost… It seems that the more I try the more I fall behind at this blog. I have good intentions and hopefully those are flowing through the screen to you right now. Maybe next year I’ll actually be able to post some Superbowl treats prior to the actual Superbowl and some Valentines Day decor with enough time to actually make it and enjoy it.
In the mean time I know some of you are probably scrambling to come up with a gift for that special someone. Maybe you are short on the budget, maybe you are out of time, or maybe you are looking for something thoughtful and homemade. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back on all three. Some paper, a printer, a hole punch, ribbon, and some scissors is all you need to complete this easy Valentines gift.
Today I thought I would share something that has been really meaningful to me this last year. After adding our little one to the family last year date nights suddenly changed (and stopped). Adding kiddos to the family definitely changes the dating scene in marriage.
To try and ensure that we were still strengthening our relationship and setting aside family time and couple time I made this date book for my husband. We haven’t been perfect at doing every single activity but it has helped us carve out some couple and family time. It has also helped us try and do more than watch movies. It is especially helpful after a long week to have ideas already planned out, we simply pick one and do it! It has made for some really great memories. We especially have loved the $2 date, Iron Chef, mini golf, hiking and cultural nights.
There are 4 activities per month for 12 months of the year. I’ve tried to make it a variety of couple only activities and family activities, because we all know that if we had to find a baby sitter for everything we’d never go on a date at all. I threw in some wild card activities you can put at the back that can be completed anytime or in exchange for an activity that you don’t want to do.
I’ve tried to make it a mix of things that are fairly cheap, free, and the occasional big spender. Generally though the dates are cheap. I also tried to mix up things that take a bit of planning, and things that take hardly any planning at all. And lastly I also tried to keep it interesting, not every date night needs to include Netflix.
Download each page separately below.
So take these suggestions and add some date nights and adventure to your next year with that special someone. Feel free to personalize anything and change it to your liking! The page size is set to 12″x 18″ making the cards 3″x 4 1/4″. I printed them on card stock. You definitely don’t have to go have them printed 12″x 18″ at a copy center, try printing them on regular paper at home for a quick easy gift!
Feel free to download and use these for your own personal use. I just ask that if you share, please direct people back to this original post!Thanks guys! Happy V-day. Hope there is lots of love at your house this next week!