If you caught my blog post last month about our experience with our first Date Night In Box, you will know how excited I am to have these boxes arrive at my doorstep monthly. To give you some background information, Night In Boxes is a subscription-based company that curates monthly “night in” experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. They offer both Date Night In boxes and Kids Night In boxes, and there is also a faith-based option you can choose to incorporate into any of the night in boxes.
We have really been enjoying our date nights, as we have struggled to make time for dates since having kids. It is so easy to prioritize everything and everyone else above yourself when you have littles, and we recognized that we had both been putting our relationship on the back burner. We wanted to make more of an effort to carve out this time for each other, and when I learned about this company, I was so excited to give it a try.
The theme for November’s box was “Give Thanks” and the activities were a great combination of fun and relaxation while connecting and reflecting on our lives together. I was intrigued when I opened the box to find a salt shaker, two plastic bags, sugar, vanilla extract, apple cider mix, caramel sauce, a plastic display board, cards with letters on them, post it notes, a pencil, a dry erase marker and a children’s book. Part of the excitement is trying to see how all of this fits together into creative date night activities.
As always, there is an instruction booklet for the evening, which includes a suggested Spotify playlist designed specifically for the month’s theme, as well as a suggested recipe for dinner. This month’s optional dinner menu included a cranberry spritzer, a turkey, brie and cranberry pesto phyllo wrap, parmesan and thyme mashed potatoes, and salted caramel cheesecake muffins - yum!
The first activity involved heading to the kitchen together to make homemade ice cream for caramel apple cider floats. The recipe was fun and easy to make, and I plan on saving this recipe to make ice cream with the kids! As we sipped on our floats, we wrote reasons we were thankful for one another on post it notes, then hid them around the house for each other to find. We also decided to each pick one and read it out loud. It was a simple activity that really made us reflect on why we appreciate each other so much. Sometimes, in our busy day to day, it’s easy to forget to express these sentiments to one another, but it is so important.
Next, we played a word slam game with the provided deck of cards. You start with a four or five letter word and you add letters to the word to create a new word, and the person who plays all their cards first is named the winner. We played several rounds of this as we love playing games and our friendly competitive sides came out!
There was also a children’s book included in this box, with an extra special message of the importance of gratitude. The book Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was donated in honour of Tripp Halstead, a little boy who lost his life after fighting a tragic brain injury. His story moved both of us, and reminded us to be thankful for our health and the health of our children. Life is so precious. We were encouraged to “pay it forward” as a couple by bringing joy to another family in Tripp’s honour, and we look forward to passing this book on to a family in need, especially this close to Christmas.
If you are interested in trying out a Night In Box, take a look at their website for pricing and subscription plans. We love that the cost for each box works out to be cheaper than dinner and a night out after paying for a babysitter. If you have any questions, please reach out! I would love to chat and connect with you.
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