When my husband and I got married, we had a pretty good plan. We had thought we would enjoy our newly married life for a couple of years and then start completing our family with children. Boy, were we surprised when we found out a few months after being married that we were pregnant!
Needless to say, that changed everything. Any date nights that we had were usually a bit miserable once I became pregnant, and then I had a baby. Exhausted, weak, and sore for a variety of reasons, date night sounded like a good idea, but it was hard to leave the house.
It’s been years, and we’re finally realizing that we don’t need to plan an extravagant date night. We don’t even need to leave home, which is great because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that if I can have an enjoyable evening where I get a small break from being a mom and get to be myself for a little bit, my day the next day goes so much better for everyone in the family.
Another thing we’ve started using is the Breathe Right® Nasal Strips. It’s a solution for better breathing which can help with nasal congestion or mouth breathing. You can put one on right before going to bed to help with breathing. I recently started to get sick with some cold going around the local school and neighborhood and used a Breathe Right Nasal Strip at night. It’s drug free so I could use it with other medication. You apply it to your clean, dry nose so the tabs go on your nostril just above where it flares. Rub to make sure it sticks, and you’re instantly breathing better. In the morning, you can remove the strip after washing your face, and it comes right off!
With a planned date night at home and the Breathe Right Nasal Strips helping us breathe better at night to get a better night’s rest, I feel more prepared for the day to follow and to take on all of those tasks waiting for me.
Date Night at Home
1. Make sure the kids are in bed (or at a friend’s house).
Sometimes the kids will be in the house and wide awake and we’ll try to have some one-on-one time, and it just doesn’t work. We’ll be in the middle of a nice, quiet dinner, and then screaming or crying suddenly happens and the nice, quiet dinner is interrupted. Play it safe, and make sure it’s really just one-on-one time.
2. Choose something you both love to do to relax.
In the past, we’ve enjoyed games, making a food, having a movie night, sitting outside around our fire pit, or even walking up and down our street (it’s a short street with just a few houses on it) where we can still see our house but also are able to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
3. Make it about you.
Although we oftentimes talk about the kids because something about their life is stressful, it’s always a great idea to not talk about the kids at all. Take some time to talk just about the two of you.
4. When you’re tired, go to bed.
Too often at date nights at home, we’ll make it too long, and it ends up doing more harm than good. When I’m used to going to bed by 10 pm but on date nights we stay up until 1 am, instead of feeling refreshed in the morning, I feel drowsy and grumpy. Do your whole family a favor and make sure you still go to bed at a reasonable hour.
5. If you need one, don’t forget the nasal strips.
In our house, if we can breathe better, we can sleep better. Get a Breathe Right $1 off coupon and/or free sample here. I found the Breathe Right Nasal Strips at my local Walmart.
The Breathe Right Nasal strips are good for colds, allergies, mouth breathing. There are a variety of options of nasal strips. We have the Extra Tan that is a strong adhesive and the Extra Clear which is good for sensitive skin but not as strong of an adhesive. They are good for a one-time use.