Coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas for date night can be difficult, especially when you’re busy with a new project at work, dropping kids off at school, and making sure you remember to eat lunch.
And when he’s busy working all day too, it can feel near impossible.
I get it, scheduling quality time with your partner, in general, is tricky. Dustin and I have very different schedules and some days we don’t see each other as often as we’d like, yet it’s so important to spend time together alone as a couple. Then add coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas into the mix and there seems to be even more added pressure to have the perfect date night.
Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day enthusiast and already have the perfect Valentine’s Day ideas picked out for him, or you’d rather let the day slip quietly by, I think one thing we can all agree on is that we’d like to spend a little more intentional time with our significant other. Even if that means we only have 15 minutes in the morning during breakfast. Here I’m sharing 6 Valentine’s Day Ideas to intentionally spend time with your partner this Valentine’s Day and beyond.
For Those With the Least Amount of Time
If you’re anything like me, you’re a working mom who’s got a billion different ideas for your business. That’s so great mama, keep it up! But that also means there’s not a lot of spare time. Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas to spend quality time together, even if it’s super quick. For us, family time is so much about quality.
1. Do Everyday Tasks Together
What are some tasks that you have to do every day? Dedicate those things as a task you do together. In an earlier post, I mentioned ordering a meal subscription box and making dinner together. Other Valentine’s Day ideas you could do together to make sure you have quality time is:
- Fold the laundry while watching your favorite show on Netflix
- Plan to go on a jog together for your work out, or in my case, go to yoga class together
- Go to the grocery store to get groceries… and stop for a Matcha Latte on the way 😉
2. Breakfast Without Distractions
Alright, for this Valentine’s Day idea, I’m going to ask you to pause checking emails for just a second. Mornings can be very valuable. (Believe me, I get up at 4 every morning to get work done). So, before your kids get up, sit down and eat your breakfast together with your partner, or even a cup of coffee together. Turn the phone on mute for just a second and focus on being present. This doesn’t even have to be very long! Whether you make it 15 minutes or 30, you can start the day off on the right foot by spending time together. Ask each other questions, what are you doing today? What was the best thing that happened to you yesterday? Sometimes being busy with life means being disconnected and simple questions and conversations help maintain the bond and communication in your relationship.
One quick and easy breakfast that I like to make is a delicious smoothie. Here’s how to make it:
- Homemade Almond Milk (I like to make mine with the Almond Cow!)
- Majka Nourishing Lactation Protein Powder
- Y.S. Eco Bee Farms, Bee Pollen
- Moon Juice Tocotrienols
- Bullet Proof Brain Octane
Blend all together in a Magic Bullet and enjoy with your partner. It’s quick, easy, and delicious!
For Those With a Moderate Amount of Time
Sometimes, you might have a little more time on your hands. In that case, take advantage of it and utilize these Valentine’s Day ideas for a perfect day date.
3. Work Ahead
Get everything done ahead of time and plan for a Valentine’s Day Dinner. I love to plan everything in Google Calendar, including date night 🙂 I also wake up at 4 in the morning to cross off things on my to-do list like checking email. Planning out your day in something like Google Calendar ensures that you see all the tasks that you need to accomplish and their due date. Schedule around date night and you’ll be sure to have plenty of time! Here are a couple other tools that I use to help plan my day.
4. Schedule Lunch
Planning a lunch date is a perfect Valentine’s Day idea, especially if you know that after work is going to be crazy trying to get your kids where they need to be! I know that between picking up Diego from preschool and taking him to swim class and other activities, my evenings can be just as busy as my mornings. Taking an hour for lunch on Valentine’s Day and meeting up somewhere nice also helps to break up the flow work day. A few of my favorite places to go for lunch in Phoenix are:
- Flower Child – I love them because they are super helpful with my food intolerance and food allergies in general.
- True Food – This is hands down one of my favorites. Their Salmon Kale Salad with no cheese or breadcrumbs, and an added avocado and kale-aid are my go-to all day, every day, haha.
- Tocaya Organica – This is a new found gem that I love. It’s Mexican food and they offer dishes that work with food intolerance as well.
For Those With the ‘Most’ Amount of Time
If I’m being real, time is something everyone wants more of and often times we don’t have enough. However, if you truly want to set aside a large amount of time to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other, intentionally planning a weekend is the best way to go. While this is hard for me to do (because I love to work, haha) forcing myself to unplug for a weekend is often just what I need.
5. Plan a Staycation
Staycations are the best! Seriously, you can enjoy the familiarity of home, but still ‘get away’ for a little bit. This is also a great alternative if you have kids. Drop them off with grandma and grandpa for a night, but you’ll still be close for any ‘just in case’ scenarios. There are a couple routes you can take for this Valentine’s Day idea if you are looking to get away for the night (or two!)
Book an Air BnB
There are so many adorable houses that people are listing on Air BnB these days. The nice thing about this option is the flexibility it provides. If you would rather cook Valentine’s Day dinner, you can book a house with a nice kitchen. If you have a specific location in mind, you can easily find something perfect for you.
Find a Nice Resort
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like spending the night at a high-end resort. This option gives you the opportunity to go to a pool, not have to worry about making your bed every day, and it’s all in one location. Talk about a nice Valentine’s Day idea! Dustin and I have a few favorites in Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
- The Scottsdale Resort at McCormic Ranch – This resort is beautiful and features the Luna Spa, 2 pools and amazing dining options.
- Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale – One look at this resort and you’ll be ready to move in! Here you’ll find Spa and Wellness, a place to golf, and great dining options as well as live music at certain times during the weekend.
- The Phoenician – With many different dining options, and gorgeous interior and exterior, this place is perfect for a weekend getaway.
6. Plan a Special Saturday
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, you may have to postpone it until the weekend. If you do decide to postpone Valentine’s Day, make a full day of it! Spend Saturday doing all the things you love to do. Visit the farmers market or go out for brunch and do some shopping at your favorite local stores. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you both love.
What are your Valentine’s Day ideas? How do you set aside time for your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Share with me in the comments or let me know on my Instagram page!
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