Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Importance of Dating Your Spouse + First Things First/Moon Pie Prize Pack #Giveaway

Have you ever heard the phrase 'date your spouse?' I think that a lot of married couples sort of get into a very comfortable and familiar rhythm after a while, and forget the importance of dating. When my husband and I were dating, we used to do all sorts of fun, romantic things. One of my favorite dates, which we tried to go on every year, was to take a picnic lunch up to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the NC mountains, and just drive along, stop at the overlooks, enjoy a picnic, take goofy photos, and then drive along the parkway until we hit Asheville, and then we would explore the city, and enjoy a nice dinner out somewhere. On the way home, later in the evening, we'd open up the sunroof on the car, and just sit and look at the stars.

A rare hubby/wife date at the Charlotte, NC MUSE concert, Sept. 2013

Today, hubby and I have been married going on seven years, and we're proud parents of a soon-to-be four-year-old boy. B is the joy of our lives, but since he came into the world, I have definitely noticed how hard it has become for my husband and I to keep the romance alive. We're busy- we work, we volunteer (a lot of our time) at our church, and when we do things together, I feel guilty if our son isn't with us.

Every now and again, we try to schedule date nights... even if we just go out to dinner, and then come back home to watch a movie. We kow that we don't have to do anything major- the point is that the two of us spend time together, and that we communicate with one another.

Take a look at this cute video on Dating Your Spouse, which has some neat ideas as to how couples can keep the spark going in their married life...

I love some of the ideas shown  in the video- taking a nature walk together, enjoying an office picnic, exploring the aqarium, etc. Taking some time to show your spouse how much you love and appreciate them is so important. I am making an attempt to do more little things for my hubby- like leave a love note in his sock drawer when I put his laundry away.

Summer is all about family and spending quality time with the ones you love. And the more skills you develop the more time you invest in your family and your relationships. First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families.

FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.

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Did you know:

Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.

Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.

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First things first is offering MBP readers the chance to win a First Things First Prize Pack, which includes:
- His and Hers MoonPie T-shirts (2 Large T-shirts) 
- 2 Boxes of MoonPies

What a cute little date you could plan for your spouse with the contents of this prize pack! This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win! Each household is only eligible to win One (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Good luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of First Things First, through PartnersHub, written by me. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own. MBP is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


  1. I think the video is great. Dating your spouse is important. My husband and I get a babysitter once a month to have time to ourselves. It helps relief the stress and refocus.

  2. I think it's really cute and shows that it's important to not slip into bad roles and forget your love for your significant other.

  3. Nice shows the importance of dating your spouse in order to keep line of communication open which keeps you as one!

  4. i love it! its a great reminder for me since having our baby 2 months ago it is about time for us to go out

  5. I think it sounds great! I know I don't get many dates with husband anymore - its hard to get away from the kids and the busy schedule of our lives!

  6. Since having our 1st kid - the most memorable date was when we were in Germany and I was pregnant and venturing out to a castle and got into a white out snow storm at the top! Funny enough it was enjoyable experience we shared!

  7. My spouse and I went to a historical town in our state and walked around the fort and the historical downtown area. We went to the lighthouse and went to a nice restaurant for dinner. We ended the evening with a ghost tour and then went for ice cream while we walked around a little more before heading home. It was really nice to just relax and take in the sights.


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