For those of you who know me, or follow my blog, you know that I am a retail store manager, a student, a new blogger, AND a wife. The roles I take on sometimes feel endless. My schedule is ever changing and is very unpredictable. For a long time, I had a hard time handling the ever-changing schedule I was felt. I felt that my life was out of my own control. It took a very long time for me to realize, I did have control over this. This is a matter of creating priorities. What is most important to you?
For me, my marriage and family I quickly realized must come first. I had to take control of my own schedule and make the time to devote to all the things that are important to me. Often I find that my husband, who also works crazy retail hours, and I have differing schedules. It is a shock and a happy surprise when we both happen to be off at the same time.
When this does occur, we typically have less than a day or less than 4 hours to spend together. We don’t have any plans and typically family and friends are not free because it winds up being a random Tuesday that we are both free. So because of this, we wind up wondering around town or sitting at home thinking of things we would like to do. By the time we think of something to do places are closed or it’s too late.
So how do we easily come up with things to enjoy together!? It is so important to spend time together and to create experiences. At the same time, we are trying to buy a house and are on a budget. We want to create memories but not break the bank.
To solve this, I came up with a fun idea! It’s called the date night jar. I currently have a Fall Date Night Jar I just made. I am so excited about this! Let me show you how it works!
There are popsicle sticks with date night ideas written on them. All of the ideas are Fall related and things we would both enjoy. I wrote all the things I want to make sure we experience this Fall. When we have free time, one of us will draw from the bucket (no peeking!). Whatever we draw, we do that day!
I had a lot of ideas that ranged from watching Fall movies to camping. This made me worried that it wouldn’t work because some days we only have time to watch a movie, but we can’t go camping because we open the next day. So, the sticks are color coded! In this jar, the orange sticks are ones that may require more planning or money, while the red sticks are super easy and cost little to nothing.
Here are the date night ideas I included in this jar:
- Go Apple Picking
- Watch a Football game (visit your hometown and watch the team play on a Friday night!)
- Toast Pumpkin Seeds (Yum!)
- Go on a Fall hike and look at the foliage, take fun pics of the experience!
- Fall Festival
- Carve Pumpkins
- Bake a pie (or pies!!!!)
- Make Chili together
- Watch halloween movies!
- Visit Amish country (we live in Ohio)
- Go camping
- Go to a corn maze
- Haunted House!
- Rock climbing (indoor or outdoor)
- Rent out a small cabin in a national park
So, what are your plans this Fall!! Let me know how your date nights go this season!