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Do you remember what everything was like before you had kids? It's hard, I know. My husband and I celebrated our five-year anniversary last month and we've been together eight and a half. By the time we were married three years, we were getting ready for our second little one to join the family.
I know it seems hard to bring back the passion that we used to have, but it can easily be done. I'm sharing 5 simple steps to help get that passion back, even with kids in the house!
1. Make a Nice Dinner
During the summer, it feels like all we do is go, go, go. School is back in session and that means Charlie will be going 5 days a week this year! We will be getting into our routine in the next couple of weeks and getting back to weeknight dinners.
My husband works for a boating retail store, meaning that his summers are crazy and he often gets home in time to eat dinner and head to bed. Fall brings him home about 5:30 PM every night! Yay!
So, my tip for you here is to make a nice dinner and have everyone sit down at the table together. Connecting over dinner is always a great start to a date-night. We are guilty of having a very cluttered table and eating in the living room way more than I'm comfortable admitting. So, if you are like me, clear off that table and bring the family back to it for dinner!
If you want to get fancy, bust out the placemats and dishes that you never use.
2. Watch a Movie
My second step is to pop in a movie, even if it's a kid's movie. Let the kids snuggle on the floor with blankets and pillows, while Mom and Dad cuddle on the couch.
When we watch TV lately, I'm usually on the computer or the phone doing things for the blog or just playing around on Facebook. I know we are all guilty of multi-tasking these days, but it's a completely different experience to just sit and relax while watching a movie with your favorite people.
If your kids aren't the movie watching type, maybe play a game that you can all play together. Again, no phones or technology while playing!
3. Quick Bedroom Refresh
Our bedroom is a hot mess of totes and general stuff everywhere. It's actually pretty awful and looking around it stresses me out. We don't have enough storage space in our house and my husband has yet to put all of those totes in the attic like he said he would do two years ago. It is what it is. On that note, though, I'm giving our bedroom a quick refresh and dealing with the things I can: like my overflowing piles of clothes piled everywhere.
Take a look around your bedroom and see if there's anything you can quickly pick up or reorganize to make you feel a little more comfortable in your own bedroom.
Even something as simple as a new set of sheets on the bed or a candle on the nightstand can really up your bedroom game.
We never put a television in our room because I wanted it to be a place to connect, not zone out at the end of the day. To each their own, but that's something for you to think about.
4. Buy New Pajamas
Our bedtime attire has definitely changed through the years and that's mostly on my part. While I never opted for tiny little things in my body, heading to bed in nursing bras or tanks was less than ideal for intimacy in the bedroom.
Owen stopped nursing about six months ago and I've just recently started wearing cute nightgowns to bed again. I'm still not talking about nighties or those little numbers you see in certain stores, but they're something I feel comfortable in and that's a big start to getting in the right mood for bringing back that passion.
So, while you're on your next grocery trip at Walmart, pick up something new for yourself in the pajama section! It doesn't need to be frilly, but treat yourself and do your love life a little favor.
5. Try Something New
I may be 29 years old, but I'm still embarrassed to be caught in that aisle of the store. While you're picking up your other needs in the pharmacy section of Walmart, take a quick stroll down the love aisle and check out the new K-Y® LOVE Sensuality Pleasure Gel or K-Y® LOVE Passion Pleasure Gel. These are designed to help you connect better and get that passion and sensuality back that is often missing!
My store had a display that looked like this on one end near the beauty products. So, if you see this display, snatch one up quick and you won't even need to go down that aisle. I'm not sure why it's such a big deal, but I know I'm not the only one. But if you do not see the display you can find the products on the Family Planning aisle in your Walmart.
After being together for as long as we have, we definitely have gotten into a routine in the bedroom. Trying something new together is always fun, but when it's something from K-Y®, you know it's going to be a little extra fun. K-Y® has over 100 years of experience in helping partners connect in a more intimate way. I believe that a better intimate experience leads to a better emotional connection, making for a healthier relationship overall.
For more great ideas on connecting with your partner, check out the Try Something New Hub.
How will you plan for romance with your partner this fall?