Romance is that feeling of excitement and mystery we associate with love. It warms our hearts and spices up our relationships. Here are a few ways to bring some extra sparkle into your relationship this year:
Turn Wednesday night dinner into a date
Week night dinners can become more of a chore than anything else, especially if you have kids. Life gets busy, and sometimes the best you can do is toss some frozen pizza in the oven. Try to pick one night a week to cook a nice dinner together! Agree to make it home on time from work, plan a meal, and cook together for your family.
Plan small surprises
The big grand gestures are exciting, but you don't have to hit it out of the park every time. Plan a small surprise every once in a while to make sure your significant other feels appreciated. Whether it's sending flowers to the office, making dinner one night, or buying that pair of shoes they've had their eye on, do something special. Just let them know that you're thinking about them throughout the day.
Have a weekly date.... away from the kids!
Family nights out are fun, but don't forget to take time for yourselves. Planning one activity a week for the two of you could be refreshing quality time and will strengthen your love for another. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or expensive, but it should be something relaxing that you can do together. Go to a movie, for a long walk, or out to dinner on Friday night.
Remember the small stuff
Romance isn't all about big gestures, it's about showing your partner that you appreciate them. Don't forget the small stuff around the house, because it can mean more than you think. Don't leave dirty clothes laying on the floor, put your shoes away when you get home from work, use a coaster on the new coffee table, or do the dishes. Recognize what's important to your partner...then do it. The small stuff goes a long way!
Share a hobby
When life gets busy, it can be hard to spend quality time together. That's why it's so important to have shared interests! Find a new activity that you can do together. Sign up for ballroom dancing classes, cooking classes, or join a gym and go to yoga. Find a hobby that's new to both of you, and spend more time doing the fun stuff.
All of these small gestures are building the excitement for your partner. You'll have them guessing, "What fun little thing will he think of next?" That's when you drop the big surprise. Diamonds are the grandest of the grand gestures. If you want to add some mystery and excitement, slip a diamond bracelet across the table when she's not looking.