Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Best Date Night In

In a round about way, Rachel is responsible for one of the best dates I've ever been on.  True story.

A few months ago she suggested that I begin following Michelle Myers on Instagram.  She's a faith driven fitness pro that helps inspire women in their journey to a healthier relationship with their bodies and their Savior.  She's good stuff and worth the follow.  

Anyway, on one of Michelle's posts she mentioned that she and her husband were having a date night-in using DateCrates.  I followed the link to their Instagram page, @datecrates, and from there I ended up on the website:  

Here's the scoop:  you choose from a list of pre-planned dates and DateCrates sends you what you'll need right to your doorstep.  Pretty simple, right? 

Steven and I chose the Glamping date and, let me tell you, I was almost stupid-excited for it to get here.  The day that box showed up on our front porch I could not wait to see what was inside.  When
we chose our date, we were given a basic idea of what we were getting into, but all the details were pretty much kept secret.  So it made getting the box a real treat.  

I don't want to give too much away--just in case you want to go Glamping yourself--so I will tell you what DatesCrates says about this particular date choice:

(taken directly from
Two words: Glamorous Camping. It’s the new craze and this at home date brings you the fun activities of camping without leaving the comforts of home. Need I say s’more?

We chose a night for our date, sent the little guy off to the grandparents' house and really spent some quality time with each other.  

Because, not matter which date you choose, that's really the point, isn't it?  Being intentional with your relationship and focusing on the person that deserves your attention and time more than anyone else.  And the one that usually gets put on the back burner when the rest of life gets crazy and begins to take over or get out of control.  

It's easy to think that once you get married it's OK to stop dating.  Granted, dating others is seriously frowned upon.  But dating your spouse is amazing.  And necessary.  I won't lie and say that I'm always the best at it or that it even comes as the most natural thing for us all the time.  Things get in the way sometimes--or even lots of times.  But the planning of a date really doesn't have to be one of them.  DateCrates will do it for you.  And you don't even have to go anywhere.  

But you do have to turn off your phone.  The only one you need to talk to is right there.  

So go ahead.  Go on a date.  

And tell Rachel, "thank you."  You might end up going on your best one yet.  

- Jess


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