In this busy life, my husband and I have to make a plan to enjoy quality time together. We've found it particularly difficult over the summer when the kids are out of school, and we are so busy finding fun things to do as a family. Even if we have the time, sometimes our budget doesn't allow for arranging a babysitter and planning a meal and fun outside the house.
I am thrilled to have come across Night In Boxes! I saw the Date Night In Box and knew immediately that it would be exactly what my husband and I needed to organize a fun night at home at a reasonable cost. When the box arrived, I saw it was even more fun that I expected! We had a blast working our way through the box's contents. Planning your own date night? Read on for five reasons why it should be at home!
1. a Cute Theme
Each month, the Date Night In Box follows a theme for everything inside. This month, it was a Hawaiian Aloha theme! There was a very helpful flyer inside the box that explained everything included, along with suggestions for dinner and other accompaniments to make the night a success.
2. Suggested Recipes for Dinner and Snacks
I went all in with the suggested recipes. Funny story - my husband has been on the lookout for a jackfruit over the past couple of months. He read about how it can be a meat substitute due to its texture, so I knew when I saw it listed as a possible substitute for pork in the Date Night In flyer, I knew I needed to find some! Just as luck would have it, Publix had BBQ jackfruit on BOGO! (The verdict... we didn't actually like it much. But, we didn't like it together, so it was a bonding moment!)
I made the accompanying slaw for the sandwiches, and of course my favorite part was the macadamia nut cookies. My sons pitched in to help with the cookies, which was a fun way to spend the afternoon together before my husband and I had our "date."
3. Planned Activities
This is where Date Night In Boxes really shine. Many times, if my husband and I do get a date night, we make a plan for a nice dinner out and maybe a movie. We don't usually seek out an activity. Our Night In Box contained three different games and activities for us to enjoy! We learned a Hawaiian game, completed questions about each other, and even played Bingo! While of course the games were fun, I really enjoyed spending the time with my husband to read the directions and figure them out.
4. You can dress however you'd like
Despite not leaving the house, I was eager to make it feel like a special night, so I chose to wear a casual dress. My husband complimented my outfit, and then asked if he needed to change from his shorts and t-shirt. I was happy to tell him to be comfortable and that it didn't matter what we wore!
5. The Perfect Ambiance
Every night, my husband and I have some time to spend together after our kids go to bed. The difference on our Date Night was obvious. We had activities and conversation starters. We weren't talking about the kids, we didn't feel like we should be cleaning or doing work around the house, and we didn't resort to turning on the TV for entertainment. It was a great change of pace, and we even had special drink mixes to add to the fun!
Want your Own Date Night In Box?
Would you like to try your own Date Night In Box? A different theme is available every month, and you can order your own by visiting this website (affiliate link). They have different subscription packages including a single month ($34.99) up to 12 months.
This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary box for my review, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series is coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on August 25, 2018! The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, highflying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family and is unlike anything ever seen at the stadium style events. Read about our experience at their Raymond James show earlier this year on our blog! My boys CANNOT WAIT for this Monster Jam show at Amalie! You can enter to win a 4 pack of tickets to Monster Jam in Tampa on our Facebook page (link at the bottom of this post).
Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series will be back in Tampa this year and feature the eight most intense athletes. Tampa fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before. This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented athletes all competing in individual racing & skill competitions and overall event championship:
1. Grave Digger – Tyler Menninga
2. Max D – Colton Eichelberger
3. El Toro Loco – Kayla Blood
4. Scooby Doo – Myranda Cozad
5. Zombie – Bari Musawwir
6. Soldier Fortune Black Ops – Tony Ochs
7. Megalodon – TBA
8. Monster Mutt Rottweiler – TBA
Note: Trucks and drivers are subject to change.
Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like AMALIE Arena, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, just like the stadium show at Raymond James Stadium, Monster Jam fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones. This tour features two female athletes among the eight total competitors.
All tickets are reserved. Pit Party passes are available for purchase in advance as well via the Venue Box Office, monsterjam.com or for Group Sales information, please call Feld Direct 866-248-8740.
To be one of the first to know about any other promotions and gain access to the best seating in the arena, sign up to become a Feld Entertainment preferred member at FeldEntertainment.com. For more information on Monster Jam, please log onto MonsterJam.com or follow them via their social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended our July Girls Night Out at Besito Mexican in WestShore Plaza. We enjoyed great food, drinks, and I could see some amazing, lasting friendships being made! It warms my heart, and I am continuously grateful for the opportunity to build the Tampa Housewives in the City community. A HUGE thank you goes to the fabulous staff at Besito for accommodating our group!
Be sure to like our Facebook page to find our upcoming Tampa Girls Night Out events!
Every month, we feature numerous Tampa businesses who want to get to know you. Please take a moment to learn more about them below, and reach out if you find yourself in need of their goods or services! Thank you!
Jennie Martin with CruisePlanners
Jennie is a fully insured travel agent with Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. She can help you plan your next adventure - an exciting cruise or land vacation! She is an expert in group travel, reunions, destination weddings and all-inclusive resorts. Preview her pages and reach out when planning your next vacation from Tampa.
Rachel and Amanda with Mary Kay
As Mary Kay Sales Directors, Rachel and Amanda offer skincare and glamour beauty experiences. They teach you the hottest trends and techniques of how to keep care of your skin and how to apply your makeup so that you can duplicate it at home! Reach out to learn more about their products and set up a pampering session.
LunchboxWax South Tampa
We had the fabulous staff from LunchboxWax join us to share all the details about why you should be visiting their dedicated waxing studio for all of your waxing needs! Check out our recent Tampa Housewives - housewivesinthecity.com blog feature, and visit LunchboxWax on South Howard, and you'll instantly feel you're in capable, caring hands. They pay attention to every detail, be it the steps they take to provide the perfect wax service to the products they've formulated to pamper the skin of every guest before during and after a session.
Address: 701 S. Howard Ave. Suite 101
Tampa, FL 33606
Farkas Chiropractic - Kennedy Boulevard Chiropractic
Kennedy Boulevard Chiropractic Clinic is a full-service wellness center with the ability to diagnose and care for spinal related conditions. They strive to help your body heal without drugs, surgery or other invasive procedures. Along with the chiropractic services of Dr. Jordan Matthew, they offer rehabilitation, wellness classes and corporate wellness. They look forward to meeting you!
Lee Pedrozo with Rozo Photos
Lee is passionate about his photography business and wants to help you capture your lasting memories! Visit his site for examples of his work, and check out our event photos below!
Our charity spotlight for the month of July is Tampa Bay Birth Network. Tampa Bay Birth Network strives to be a source of information on all things birth, parenting-related, and they often host local events geared towards their mission. If you're looking for a Tampa Bay area birth professional, you're in the right place. You can find natural-minded caregivers who will support, educate and empower you on your journey!
Tampa Bay Birth Network promotes awareness of their mission through multiple social media, print and television outlets. Campaigns have included #MyTampaMidwife and #MyTampaDoula; nomination programs designed to recognize members for excellent client service.
In alignment with our mission and principles, they support activities that raise awareness, educate and bring about action to improve the standards of birth in our community. They host educational, community-based events including the Tampa Birth and Baby Expo, Childbirth Options seminars, Networking meetings, Film viewings and panel discussions.
Tampa Bay Birth Network supports activities to support improving the standards of birth in our community. They participated in or supported a variety of events and activities such as the Improving Birth National Rally For Change, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, The Big Latch On, family fitness, cloth diapering and other healthy family events.
How Can You Be Involved?
Tampa Bay Birth Network is possible with the help of volunteers and donations. If you wish to donate, please visit their website. If you would like to learn more about their efforts in the community, you can meet members of their board of directors at our Besito Mexican Girls Night Out on July 11. They would love to meet you and share more about what they do!
Welcome to the Tampa Housewives in the City! I am Nicole and I am excited to be the new host of the Girl’s Night Out events! I have attended the events for years and I just love big group gatherings whether I'm hosting or attending. I am a wife, mother of 2 and a small business owner-Your New Best Friend Concierge. Spa treatments, lazy days by the pool and playing loud music alone in the car -- all make me happy!