Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Inexpensive Romance Ideas for Couples with Kids

Inexpensive Romance Ideas for Couples with Kids. Anyone can splurge on a formal dinner or a pricey bottle of perfume, but it takes creativity, forethought, and time to be truly romantic. If gift-giving won't go over with your group, invite your friends over to celebrate being fabulous. 'Nuff said. Our friends at Yahoo! Shine have a great V-Day party planning guide for you, covering everything from color schemes to cocktails.

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Inexpensive Romance Ideas for Couples with Kids. The key lies in personalizing your celebration. Here are ten ideas to fuel your own creativity:
Inexpensive Romance Ideas1. Empty a box of chocolates. Then cut out 50 to 100 hearts from lace doilies, construction paper, or fabric. On each cutout, record something about him that you love. Be specific, "The way you smell when you come to bed at night," "The way you take care of me when I'm sick," "Your recipe
for pancakes"... Fold the cutouts, place them in the chocolate box, and top with a red satin bow.
The time you spend coming up with these ideas will contribute to your own romantic mood, and what he thinks is a plain
box of chocolates will be a gift he'll keep close to his heart forever. And you can add to the box on Valentine's Day, his birthday,
your anniversary, and other holidays throughout the year. Inexpensive Romance Ideas2. Build a romantic fire. Before the kids go to bed, have fun roasting marshmallows. After their lights are out, host your
own indoor picnic, complete with a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. 3. Recreate your first date together. What were you wearing?
Where did you go? Do you remember what you talked about? Spend the evening reminiscing and reflecting on how far you've come as a couple.
4. Spoon all night.

5. Choose a book in which you are both interested, fiction or nonfiction. Read a new chapter each night before bed. This
cozy tradition will allow you to spend some quality time together and often makes for thought-provoking breakfast
6. Make a tape of the songs special to your relationship.
Include "your song," songs from your wedding, songs from favorite movies. Add a personal voice dedication and leave
it in his briefcase, Walkman, or car stereo. Inexpensive Romance Ideas
7. Turn off the TV.
8. Kidnap your husband. Arrange for a babysitter for a few hours -- or a few days. A friend of mine had a lot of success with this one. She knew her husband had always wanted to get married in Vegas, but he had agreed to a large, formal ceremony hosted by her family. So, after they had been married 10 years, she surprised him at work with a packed suitcase. They caught an evening flight and renewed their vows before an Elvis impersonator in a Vegas chapel. Years later, they're still talking about it.
Inexpensive Romance Ideas9. This one requires a babysitter, too. Next time you're visiting your parents or in-laws, leave the kids with their grandparents and travel to another town, where no one will recognize you. Check into a hotel or B&B. Dress like another woman. Act like another woman. It's fun to slip into another
persona from time to time.10. Have a scavenger hunt. Write a few poems, wrap candy kisses inside, and hide them around the house. Each poem
should be a clue to finding the next one. Make sure the final clue lands your man someplace you want to end up
for the entire evening. A romance package, including a bottle of champagne and new lingerie, is a nice touch.
Create some romantic memories today. Now with your pocketbook, but with your imagination.
Copyright 2004 Susie Cortright
About the Author: Susie Michelle Cortright is the author of Rekindling Your Romance after Kids and More Energy for Moms. She is also the founder of the award-winning Momscape.com, a website designed to help busy parents find balance. Visit www.momscape.com today
and get Susie's *free* course-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress."


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