10 In-House Date Night Ideas

This week we are focused on ways to enjoy romantic time together as a couple — without having to leave your home or spend a lot of money.

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“The idea of creating together is a really beautiful and inspiring way to truly connect with your spouse and remember who you are.”


Simple date nights are something Dan and I have done for years, especially when all the kids were little and we could not afford to go out much at all. I have been revisiting many of these ideas recently because Dan is doing Exodus 90, a men’s spiritual program that requires him to abstain from watching television. Dan and I are needing to get creative about how we spend our evening times together! Some of the ideas I share are:

  1. Play games
  2. Read aloud
  3. Do puzzles
  4. Learn something
  5. Cook
  6. Work out
  7. Plan something
  8. Home improvement DIY
  9. Take quizzes
  10. Create something

At the end of today’s show, I answer a question from listener Erica who wonders how to speak to her friends who are spending time and money on Botox and other cosmetic procedures. What do you think about Botox Parties and other such events? I share my thoughts and invite yours.

In this show, I also share about The Word, the upcoming Catholic Bible Summit.

It’s free to register and you will get access to dozens of talks on Scripture from exceptional catholic speakers. My talk will be about family prayer time and ways to make it happen in your home and family. Please join us!

My newest book is one that I wrote with Dan, the Manual for Marriage, a beautiful resource for every couple. In it, Dan and I share reflective essays on marriage and family life, but it also features a large collection of prayers, Scripture passages, hymns, and stories from the saints that will encourage and support you in your married relationship.  

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my newest book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

My book, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth, is available for order! Use the code, GIRLFRIENDS to receive ten percent off your order. Don’t miss out on this special available exclusively to listeners of the Girlfriends podcast. 

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Meet Your Host:
Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 28 years, and together they have eight amazing children.

Danielle is host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV, and author of several books, including You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.


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