You don't need to go far or spend big to have a special evening. Some uninterrupted you-and-him time and one of these activities is just what the doctor ordered. REDBOOK.
Dinner and a TV marathon, 2012-style
Curl up on the couch for the night - or the whole weekend - and plow through a show you've been dying to watch. Netflix and Hulu, we salute you for this binge television opportunity.
Create a backyard spa
Don't hand down the kiddie pool your kids outgrew just yet. Venture out to the yard, fill it with bubble bath (and warm water - 'tis not the season for the hose), and pack every safe and available surface with tea lights. Burn essential oil in a purpose-made burner or light some incense. Play soft background music. When you emerge from the makeshift-jacuzzi, wrap yourselves in towels warmed in the dryer. Then massage each other into a delightful daze with scented lotion.
Savor the memories
Trot out the old college scrapbooks and photo albums and reminisce and laugh about old times-that time he grew in a hideous 'stache for charity; your "Rachel" cut that way outlasted Friends era. Those fond memories will bring back of all the warm feelings you had when you were first falling in love.
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Take it off
Play strip poker, shedding one item of clothing every time you lose. Once you're down to your lacy underthings, we give you full permission to call it a tie, and move the action to the bedroom.
Indulge your sweet tooth
Cooking is a great way to get you present, focused and more attuned to all your senses. Plus, no one can argue with the delicious reward. Try whipping up a dish with potent ingredients, like ancho chile chocolate cake or sinfully rich crème brule.
Form your own private book club for two. Read the same tome, grab some grub, and spend the night discussing your deep literary thoughts. Right now, we're loving The Roots of the Olive Tree.
You don't have to be a master artist - or model - to get a kick out of life-drawing. Sure, it's a little different when your honey's the model, but no one will blame you for staring. After you sketch your hubby in the nude, switch, pose, and smile.
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You could spend big bucks at a wine bar, or you could do the pouring, slicing, and judging in the privacy of your home. Visit your local cheese stop, and pick up small portions of six to eight cheeses as well as water crackers for harder varieties and a baguette for softer ones. Lay out on a plate with grapes, pour some vino, and let your taste buds do the rest.
You've got game
An adult-only game night + a bit of sexy wagering = competition (that doubles as foreplay). Actress Victoria Rowell, author of Tag, Toss, and Run says, "Game nights are my absolute favorite way to have a date with my husband." Hey, there's a reason Twister has its share of adult fans.
Rub it in
Who needs a spa when you have the person who knows your body best right next to you? Purchase an array of massage oils, lay down on your stomach, and tell your partner where you're holding tension. Once your naked and oily, one thing might just lead to another.
Belt it out
Even if the last time you went to a karaoke bar was in college, belting out your favorite tunes never gets old. Instead, download the iKaraoke app, which allows you to download your favorite songs, and transforms your Apple device into a makeshift Karaoke machine. (And maybe pour a few glasses of Cabernet to bring down your defenses!)
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Get take-out pizza and watch home videos of yourselves as kids, your own kids, or your parents. It's not the latest feature flick, but it is your family history and a cool stroll down memory lane.
A treat of a retreat
Transform your bedroom into a getaway retreat by setting it up as a hotel room, complete with number on the door, mints on a freshly made bed (use crisp white cotton sheets), a huge stack of towels and a few fizzy bath tablets in the bathroom (for an instant Jacuzzi). A bottle of something chilling in the ice bucket and dinner served on room-service-style trays completes the "Do Not Disturb" vibe.
With gripes about the housework, the mortgage, and your in-laws, it's easy to almost forget all the wonderful qualities that drew you to your partner in the first place. Write down every nice thought you have about each other for a week, and then make a date to read them allowed. It might sound cheesy, but how else will you know what is - and isn't - worth the extra effort?
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