KEEP THE ROMANCE GOING ALL YEAR
To help inspire you, “Createdwithlove.com” lists a number of ways for couples to honor and celebrate Romance Awareness Month.
Giving romance a little nudge in the right direction doesn’t take much. Simple gestures, some fun things, and a bit of quality time can make a huge difference. Here are some ideas from “Createdwithlove.com”:
Fill up a mason jar with your partner’s favorite candy or cookies and leave it as a surprise for them in the morning! Along with the jar, write a quick note that includes 10 reasons you “love them to pieces”. If a jar is too much, try slipping just a few in your partner’s pocket. Knowing you took the time to please them will brighten their day. If you significant other prefers wine or beer to candy, this might not be a good idea.
This may sound a little juvenile, but sending your partner a text that says something like, “I just wanted to tell you I love you lots!” or “I hope you have a good day at work and can’t wait to see you later!” will surely bring a smile to their face! In such a fast paced, busy world, we forget the small things. Yes, those texts may seem simple, but they can have a strong impact in your partner’s day. Add some fun by sending the message while you are both in the same room.
A walk through the park is not only a good way to get out of the house, it's also a great way to bond and spend quality time together, bonus points if you bring your dog! Exercise and physical activities can help your body release dopamine and boost your mood. After a long day at work, it’s easy to feel too drained to do much, but sometimes the best thing you can do to reset and get reconnected with your partner is a quick walk around the block.
If you prefer doing things the old fashioned way and would rather leave little notes than send a text, here’s a fun way to do so! Gather up all those spare post-it notes around the house, write down things you love about your partner, and place them in the shape of a heart on their mirror! You can also get sneaky and hide them around the house for you partner to find. Tell them you’ve hidden ten notes around the house, and if they find all ten, you’ll give them a big kiss!
If you’re the first one to get home from work, now is the time to put together a simple, yet thoughtful, relaxation station for your partner. Find their comfiest slippers, pour a glass of wine, and have their favorite TV or movie ready to be played! They will absolutely appreciate this, especially after a long day of work! Whatever is appropriate for the individual to decompress, even if it is not speaking or interacting with them for twenty minutes.
It may be Romance Awareness Month, but that doesn’t stop it from being a hundred degrees outside! Run to the store and get some water balloons ready for your partner when they get home. Great for playful or spontaneous couples or for those that just need to cool down! Sometimes we don’t take enough time to be playful. Laughter and spontaneity are some of the most important ingredients to building more romance in your relationship and this activity is perfect for that!
Buy a lottery ticket for you partner and attach a sweet note like, “I hit the jackpot when I met you!” Love is all about taking risks, building and sustaining connections, and getting outside of your comfort zone.
This is another super simple gesture, but sometimes it’s the small things that can mean the most! Send your partner flowers at work (or pick some up on the way home) to make their day a little brighter! Completely surprising your partner is a great way to make them feel appreciated and loved.
Let your partner know how special they are to you by picking up some of their favorite type of chewing gum.
Even if it’s cleaning the bathroom counter (because when he trims his beard it gets everywhere) or putting away some boxes, these small acts of kindness will go a long way!
Surprise your partner with breakfast in bed. All it takes is for you to get up just 30 minutes early. Just be sure it’s a day your partner can take time and enjoy it… not a day when they have to be at work in ten minutes.
When was the last time you [or your partner] were asked on a date? Remember all those butterflies when you asked, or were asked? Step back into the shoes of a younger you, build up the courage, and ask them out! And don’t forget, you have to take them out if he/she says “yes”.
Get up early one morning and make them a special lunch for their day. Bonus points if you cut off the crust! And don’t forget to add a cute little love note to go with it! It illustrates to your partner that you are willing to go out of your way, just make their life a little easier. True love!
Take an hour or two and get away for a leisurely drive somewhere with lovely scenery. Or if you’re farther away from nature’s wonders, even a drive across town to your favorite ice cream shop will do! The Key is spending time together.
Everyone gets stressed, and where does that stress build up? Maybe it’s in their shoulders, feet, back, wherever. Offering to give them a massage [without asking for one back]l helps release the tension from the day, putting them in a better mood! That physical touch can help them produce oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) and can decrease their levels of stress putting them in a happier and
more relaxed mood.
With so many new dances out there, you don’t want to be the couple that falls behind! Clear some space in the living room, pull up a how-to video, and dance. Even if it’s the learning a new dance move with your partner can help create laughter, spontaneity, and
Have a picnic set up in the backyard or on the patio your partner gets home from work. Prepare their favorite picnic dishes and spend some time in the fresh air! Like a lot of our other ideas, this one has more to do with creating some quality time and separating
you both from distractions so you can reconnect.
This might be the easiest activity on our list, but it’s often one thing we forget about. Holding hands is such a sweet way to show the bond you two share. Everyone who sees you two will know you belong together and there’s no better feeling than that!
Let your partner pick their movie of choice for the night and give them options for different flavored popcorn! Afterwards you can make some ice cream sundaes and fill it up with your favorite toppings!
Definitely a classic, but it’s a classic for a reason, right? Snuggle up on the couch or in bed and watch a movie together. Simple and easy date night!
When your partner is in the shower, throw one of the softest towels you own into the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up and give it to them after they get out of the shower! Who doesn’t love a warm towel? Small acts like this show that you are always actively thinking about them. How romantic is that?!
Set your alarm just 5 minutes earlier to get out of bed and start the fresh pot of coffee. The smell of coffee is enough to elicit good feelings, and who doesn’t want to start their day in a good mood?
Say “I Love You”
Last but not least, start and end each day by saying "I love you.!"
Yes, chances are your partner knows you love them, but there’s nothing quite like hearing it. This can go a long way and make them feel great knowing they’re loved..
Many Thanks to “Createdwithlove.com” who shared these suggestions. Send your own ideas and we can add them. Thank you.