It’s been a rough year.  Some of us have lost our job, we haven’t been out on a real date in months or maybe hiring a babysitter for Valentine’s day just isn’t feasible for your budget.  Whatever it is, it might make planning a Valentine’s Day date a headache. But the ultimate Valentine’s gift is truly just spending time together. For the sake of our marriage and sanity, we have put together 7 epic Valentine’s dates that can happen right at home.  These dates are sure to create a memory you and your loved one won’t forget. 

7 Valentine Home Dates

  1. Plan an Indoor Picnic – Once you have experienced the luxury of a picnic free of bugs and grass, you may never go back. Gather way to many blankets and candles to set the scene.  Order or cook your favorite food. Then enjoy a pretty romantic and bug free picnic at home.
  2. S’more Love – This one is relatively simple but so fun.  Bring back great childhood memories with a romantic twist.  Pick up some chocolate and marshmallows and maybe get a little crazy with some new ingredients! Have you ever use a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or maybe a piece of bacon?!! Let you imagination run wild! Set up a s’mores station at home  and try different combination. Oh and don’t forget to make sure to feed each other! If you have a gas range, you can toast marshmallows over your stove. Otherwise, bake a sheet of s’mores.
  3. Learn to Dance – For many of us the last time we danced was at our wedding. Say it isn’t so!! But that is ok, YouTube is here to change that.  Look up step-by-step directions and examples of different dances. Spend the night perfecting the cha-cha or the foxtrot. You’ll end the night a little lighter on your feet and full of laughter. 
  4. Meet At the Bar – Get creative and learn a new cocktail recipe. Maybe each pick a drink to make and try. Turn up that music and chat at your new favorite bar. Enjoying a drink and each other will make the night an unforgettable one! Pssttt… and if you want to skip making the drinks and get right to enjoying them we have a list of great spots to get take-out adult drinks!!
  5. Go on Dollar Store Spending Date – Decide on a budget and hit the Dollar Store for a shopping spree!  Or better yet, a local thrift store.  Each person picks out a gift or activity for the night.
  6. Enjoy a Day Date Hike – What a great way to reconnect by spending time in nature; unplugged and focused on one another!  Enjoy each other’s company hiking a favorite trail or make a new memory trying a new one.  We have a great list of local hikes to check out.
  7.  Visit Paris – Want a relaxing night in together, then why not visit Paris!  Toast with champagne, play some romantic music and make a wonderful dinner of crepes.  Eat, drink and be in love!

    The Gift of Being Present

    A wonderful Valentine’s Day memory can truly be made right at home.  What is important is having time together! And having fun! We hope you enjoy these home dates and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Cascia was born and raised in the Arizona heat. While receiving her Pre-Med degree at HIU in California, a blonde, surfing, skateboarding boy stole her heart. In 2004, she married Chuck and had many adventures living in Arizona, California and Colorado. They now call Simi Valley home and have three wild and curious children - Becker (10), Bodie (7) and Lyla (6). She has been blessed to be a teacher, summer camp staff/program director, SAHM and now the owner of Ventura County Mom Collective. Playing guitar, writing songs, and reading any and every parenting book helps keep her sane and happy! A good cup of coffee or a bubbly La Croix can usually be found in her hand! She tries to live by the motto "I'd rather recover from failure than live with regret.

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