Hi Guys! Today on the blog I want to tell you all about this new subscription service that I have the pleasure of working with called “Night In Boxes.” This subscription service will send you a box jam packed full of stuff once a month with your choice of picking a date night in, moms night in, faith night in, or kids night in package. Raise your hand if you love the idea of switching it up once a month with your significant other to have a date night? I DO. Especially now that we have Eleanor, we can put her to bed and begin our date, or get someone to watch her for a few hours while we sneak away to another part of the house for date night. I have also chosen to do the moms night in box to give myself some much needed alone time every month, but this first post is about the date night in box.
We received our date night box and John and I were both pretty pumped to see it involved relaxation; something we both desperately need when giving all of our attention to work and a 4 month old. The date box was complete with massage oil, facial scrub, lip scrub, relaxation tea, and even dessert. What more could you need?! My sister has been up here for the past couple of weeks as she has taken a temporary babysitting job, so we enlisted her to watch Ellie while we had our date. I set up our room with candles and the Spotify Playlist that Night In Boxes had provided on their website (how cool!) and set the mood for our night. We began with drinking our hot tea with our phones put away (that was nice) in bed and talking about our day. Talking about our day led in to deeper conversation about our goals for the next 6 months and reflection on our lives as parents thus far and how we can continue to try to maintain a work-life balance and prioritize our commitments. One of my favorite things to do with John is to reflect on the last few months and kind of check in to see how we are both doing to make sure we are on the page. It seems to help so that things don’t get swept under the rug and we can talk about it in a calm fashion. Any way, as we were listening to the playlist and drinking our tea, we heard some scream crying from Ellie downstairs. She is in the midst of early teething, she had just received some shots a few days prior and she also gets a little separation anxiety when her mama isn’t around. SO we took a break for a minute and tried to help calm her down, but it was no use. You know how kids have that funny way of knowing when you really want to do something, so they have to one up you and show you who is boss? Yeah, that was one of those times. She needed her parents and that was the end of the story. Needless to say, we broke the date night up into two nights and it was still so great.
One of my love languages is touch. When John holds my hand, its a non verbal sign to me that we are good and on the same page. He knows that, so he does it often. The massage was something that we both love to receive, but it isn’t always the most fun thing to give. Let’s face it, your hands hurt because they aren’t used to the technique and stamina it takes to give a massage and then you usually end up doing it half-assed. But because this wasn’t just a regular Tuesday night where John throws his feet in my face and asks for a massage, I decided to whole-ass it and do a good job 😉 . When I look back at our 5 years together, massaging was one of the things that we always used to give each other when we first started dating. Even if that massage was just a five minute foot rub, or a couple minute rub of the shoulders, it always seemed to be something we both really enjoyed. Now, with a baby, work and just life in general, we rarely take time to give ourselves those rub downs, even if only for a few minutes. This date night in reminded us that we should continue to do the things that made us fall in love with each other in the first place. It’s so cliche to say that, but it is most definitely true. I know without a doubt that John loves a good foot rub, but I usually make excuses and would rather just relax myself than massage his feet. This date helped me reflect on the fact that if it’s something he truly loves, I should do it every once in awhile for him out of love for him even if I could think of 1000 other ways to spend my time.
Overall, I loved the first date night in box and I am very excited for next month already. It takes the hassle out of planning to go out somewhere which I think is needed every now and again. Plus, if you have kids, it’s nice to break out of your routine once they go to bed and shut those phones off and be with each other. This also could be an awesome gift to a bride to be because it gives them something to look forward to every month AND during those stressful months of planning, can give them a break to decompress with their significant other. If you are interested in learning more about Night in Boxes, Click HERE!
Coming up on the blog, I will write about my Moms Night In Box experience and try to get back to a regular routine of blogging. It’s getting a lot harder to make time for this when Ellie becomes more active 😉 . There also will be a giveaway coming soon for one of the Moms night in boxes so stay tuned!!
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