I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to break the bank to have a great Valentine’s Day. It’s all about the quality of the date and the conversation that’s had that really matter. If you’re married with young children I think it’s safe to say that your marriage may have taken a backseat to late night feedings, early morning requests for breakfast, being tugged and pulled on by little ones all day long, the list can go on and on. Before you know it, the kids are grown, you’re an empty nester and you’re looking at your husband like, “Who are you and how did we end up with each other?” Even though the divorce rate has actually declined in the past three decades no one is going to lie and say that marriage is the easiest thing they’ve ever done. Marriage takes work and it has to come first; one of the best ways to rekindle the fire, in my humble opinion, is by some good conversation.

Our church put on a date night the other month and we totally took them up on watching our kids so we could enjoy each other. Keira, my youngest who is eight-months-old, goes to bed pretty early and I’m still breastfeeding her so I wanted to stay at home. What my husband had planned was perfect in every way so I thought I’d share it with you. My love language is quality time so naturally this was right up my ally. I’m still feeling happy about our relationship and that was well over a month ago so it’s worth a try, right? Pass this article along to your significant other or plan the perfect, simple Valentine’s Day at home.

How to plan a simple, quality Valentine’s Day on a small budget

Step 1: Order take out so no one has to clean up and do the dishes.

Step 2: Bring out a favorite game and play for conversation.

My hubby set up a game of Battleship, one of my childhood favorite games, and every time either of us sunk a battleship we got to choose a question or topic from a list of questions he compiled. We both had to answer the question though.

 

And to help you out, here’s a free printable with questions to get you started. Click here to print.

Step 3: Cuddle up together and watch a romcom.

Nothing says love than a good old romantic comedy to snuggle into together. Lucky for you, Netflix has a wide selection of romcoms from Silver Linings Playbook to any number of films starring Audrey Hepburn.

 

Silver Linings Playbook – I loved this movie. As someone who struggles with a mental illness I felt that Bradly Cooper’s portrayal of bipolar disorder was spot on. Plus, who doesn’t love Jennifer Lawrence’s witty charm?

Sabrina – While the 1995 remake of this movie was okay, it doesn’t even hold a candle to the original movie starring mega talents, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Hepburn is adorable and classy and the story is sweet.

The Big Wedding – This was such a cute ensemble movie. It is almost tied for first in my book with You’ve Got Mail.

Hitch – Will Smith? Kevin James? Eva Mendez? Naomi Watts? If you haven’t seen Hitch yet, you need to. It’s hilarious and there’s a dance scene in there that’ll make you want to get up and bust a move.

Legends of the Fall – Um, no comment. If you need to know why you should watch this on Valentine’s Day snuggled up to your honey, well…just watch the movie.

Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s Day make it a point to do something to acknowledge the holiday. Even if it’s that extra long kiss in the morning before the kids start nagging at you to get them breakfast or a dinner out without the kids, put your marriage first. It’s the best thing you can do for your kids.

This post may have affiliate links and was created in conjunction with Netflix. All opinions are my own.
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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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