Don't have a lot of time for romance? You don't need a whole weekend to infuse the spark back into your relationship. Have a quickie-a quickie date, we mean. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.
Take a LOLCat-nap
No time for a two-hour movie? No problem. Watch funny YouTube videos together instead. Find a meme that you both love-whether it's wry celeb humor on Funny or Die, gassy babies, or men accidentally getting hit in the, well, you know-taking a few minutes to laugh will release stress and increase those much-needed endorphins.
Start a book club of two
Reading the same lit will give you fresh topics to discuss during your cherished time together, instead of resorting to complaining about your job or venting about your mother. Can't agree on a novel? Sign up for the just-launched Oyster-basically a Netflix for reading. For $9.95 per month you get unlimited eBook access, so you won't feel bad if you're bored of your pick by chapter two. Best of all, you don't need to leave your bed to browse.
Related: 25 Greatest, All-American Dates
Put your love of food porn to good use
Start pinning all of those decadently delicious-looking dessert recipes to your sweets board and share it with your hunky sous chef. Let him decide which one you'll both make, ask him to pick up the ingredients on the way home, and buy a bottle of port. Meet him in the kitchen wearing your cutest cupcake apron, and voilà: a happy ending to your day.
You've got $5 and five minutes. Run around your local Dollar General like little kids and find the silliest gift for your cohort. Whoever picks the most original present wins. We'll let you decide on the prize.
Plot a mini scavenger hunt
"Any sort of game creates a challenge, challenges create competition, competition creates endorphins, and endorphins lead to romance," says Rachel DeAlto, author of Flirt Fearlessly. "Leave clues in places your partner can easily get to, which eventually lead him to finding you in a sexy location." Even if that locale is in your laundry room, folding towels in your skivvies, the excitement of playing hide-and-seek will help make even the most humdrum details of your life feel exciting.
Related: 25 Totally Free Date Ideas
Have a pick-me-up picnic
"Even if it's just a glass of wine and some tasty cheeses in your yard, sharing a leisurely snack outdoors or on your carpet is a quick, easy way to unwind together," says Jessica Tom, community director of HowAboutWe, a site that connects singles based on date ideas and offers experiences for couples.
Engage in friendly competition
"My husband and I love to play online Scrabble or Words with Friends on our phones while we're at work," says new mom Jenn Quist, 41. Indulging in flirty competition during the day will keep you both engaged even when you're apart. Just don't let your boss catch you.
Related: The Top 50 Date-Night Ideas of All Time
Break a sweat
Go for a brisk walk, maintaining a pace at which you're not too out of breath to make conversation, or stretch out those stiff limbs with a side-by-side mat workout.
Disconnect from it all
Put your phones on airplane mode, shut down your laptop and spend 15 minutes just talking-or smooching, if you prefer-with no distractions. The key here is to focus on positive things-chat about an article you read, a news event or something you're looking forward to. No nagging or whining allowed.
Sing it out
"I have a weakness for show tunes," says Sarah Wexler, 34. "When my husband belts along to the guy parts of duets with me, it's such a fun escape while in the car on our way to do errands or pick up the kids. It's our own little mental vacation."
More from REDBOOK: