If you have date nights with your significant other, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of carving out this special time together. Date nights foster communication, decrease stress and build attachment. But there are also lesser known benefits to consider as well, such as creating a better childhood for your kids, making yourself happier and even divorce-proofing your marriage!

So how often should you be scheduling date nights? Some experts say once a week is a good goal to strive for. Since many couples don’t have the time, money or flexibility to schedule nights out, try an indoor date! No one said that you need an expensive dinner and movie night to reap the rewards of date night!

The only trouble with indoor date nights is that you have to do more of the planning. No one is going to serve you dinner or clean up your mess like in a restaurant. So, you’ll have to be creative and well-prepared for any challenges that are thrown your way. Below are some last-minute tips to save an indoor date night!

Order In a Healthy Meal

Didn’t have time to grocery shop this week? Or maybe you’re too tired to find a recipe and buy the ingredients. Rather than spending money out, you can have a restaurant-quality meal in your own home. Restaurants like La Rosa Chicken and Grill are much more affordable than going out, but it’s not fast food. It’s the perfect balance - you can get a quality, home cooked meal at an affordable price.

Cook a Meal Together

Another way to ease the meal side of things is to cook a meal together! You can take advantage of a virtual cooking class or simply make your favorite dish together. It’s a great bonding experience, and you’re also knocking out a delicious meal to enhance your date night. Another option is to pick up a rotisserie chicken and prepare your own side dishes. It’s less cooking, but you still get a full, balanced meal!

Celebrate a Theme

Don’t really feel like watching a movie or playing a game on your date night? Some couples swear by celebrating different themes such as a beach day or travel day. For example, you can set out beach towels and look at photos from your favorite vacation spots, or you can pretend you’re in Paris and munch on small sandwiches and macaroons. Plus, theme days do a nice job of breaking up the monotony of the week.

Learn a New Skill

Thanks to the internet and online tutorials, it’s possible to enjoy unique activities at home during your date night. You can give each other massages, teach yourself a couples dance or paint canvases. These experiences can be especially meaningful because you’re learning and growing together as a couple. To round out the night, pop outdoors and study the stars, planets and constellations.

Let Loose and Act Like Kids

You have to be an adult all week - why not let loose and act like a kid again! This can include building a fort and watching a movie, dressing each other up in funny outfits from a thrift store, playing games like Twister or Operation and dancing around to music. Round out your playful night with a picnic instead of a sit-down dinner.

Date nights don’t have to be expensive or formal. These evenings are a chance for you and your significant other to catch up on each other’s lives and stay connected. No matter what you choose to do, make the most of each date night! You will remember them for years to come - and you’ll be setting a great example for your kids!

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