Your clocks aren't the only things that need a push forward this time of year. Spring is a great time to rejuvenate your relationship and reignite some romance while spending quality time together! Adrienne C. Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Engagement Coach, shares some great Spring Date Ideas that anyone can use. (with or without kids)
Spring Forward Your Love With These Easy & Fun Spring Date Ideas
• Plan a Picnic This is my favorite date suggestion for all couples! You can have a picnic at home in the living room, at a park, next to the lake, in your backyard, etc. Go shopping for food together, pick out a bottle of wine, grab your blanket and spend a few hours just catching up. Couples forget to date once they've been together for a while. Remembering to do the things you did in the beginning of your relationship will help keep things romantic and exciting.
• Go Natural! Plan a visit to the MN Landscape Arboretum in Chaska. They have a beautiful Orchid Exhibit, now through April 29th. Admission fee is $12 for 13 and older, kids under 13 are free. AND, you can return for a 2nd visit for free w/in 30 days – save your receipt. http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/
• Work on a Project Together Work as a team and tackle something on your "couple" to-do list. Working together is a great way to work on communication and teamwork, and seeing tangible results will make you both happy!
• Plan Your Own Restaurant and/or Food Truck Crawl I can't wait to do this with my own husband! Plan a Spring/Summer schedule of new restaurants and/or food trucks you want to try and visit one per month or more frequently as money allows. Take turns planning your next destination. What a great way to experience more of the twin cities!
• Plan a Stay-cation or Grab a Cheap Getaway Be on the lookout for daily "getaway" deals (i.e. Groupon Getaways) and plan a weekend trip. If you can't afford a vacation right now, plan a Stay-cation! Reserve a hotel room downtown Minneapolis or stay a bed and breakfast for a night. It gets you away from your everyday life without costing a fortune.
A lot of couples never dated in the first place. What a great time to start! Putting you relationship first is really important, and a lot of couples put their relationship last out of habit and convenience. You have to schedule time for each other, just as you schedule meetings at work or events with your friends. Shoot for "dating" at least once a month, but more often is recommended.