6 Reasons Why Moms Need a Dinner Date Night

As if you needed a reason to go out on a date, right?  We all want to go but, darn it, the excuses not to go always seem to win.  You aren't alone.  The cost of babysitting alone can deter you #amIright.  I mean, I wish I was 16 again making $10-15 an hour tax free.  However, going out on a date is so important. A strong marriage strengthens your family.

Here is a list of 5 reasons that should make you take a hard look at your calendar and schedule a date night as soon as possible.  Friday's coming!  You will never regret investing in a date night with your spouse.

Bonefish Grill's Dynamite Shrimp

1. You can Eat Hot Food Made to Order

As much as I love French fries and you know I do, the french fry emoji is on the top of my most used emojis along with the laughing emoji #goals.  If a frown face emoji tops your list, you really need to evaluate life but I digress.

As I was saying, french fries are amazing, but sometimes there is nothing better than sitting down to a meal where they don't ask you to pay up front and actually care how you want your meat cooked.   Not to mention the fact, that while eating, you are only responsible for cutting your own food and most likely no one will accidentally spill something all over you.  Remember, you don't need to gobble your food and you can take your time to enjoy your food while its still hot.

Did I mention the cloth napkins?  And the candlelit table?  The candle light alone will make you think twice about putting on your beloved night-night sweatpants when you get home ;).  #enoughsaid

2.  You Can Wear Real Clothes

Going out on a date gives us moms a reason to pin all those cute outfits on Pinterest and use the hashtag #ootd (for those of you that don't know, that means outfit of the day #Ihadtoasktoo).  When getting dressed for date night, we can peruse that half of our closet that otherwise only gets accessed on Sundays for church.

We also might put on a pair of pants with a zipper and a pair of shoes that don't have shearling inside (although I do love my house shoes).  Not to mention putting on make-up and throwing caution to the wind with some jewelry and lipstick.  It's ok to linger at the mirror and admire, you birthed babies and dang you look good momma!  You are beautiful, take your husband's word for it, he knows!

3.  You Can Have A Complete Conversation

As moms, we are masters of the half-finished conversation.  We start and then get interrupted by some "emergency".  After which we spend the next several minutes trying to remember what it is we were talking about but #mombrain.  When on a date, you can start and complete a whole conversation with a little silence and a breath for good measure.

4.  You Use Your "Real" Name

When they ask for a name for your reservation, you don't reply I am _____'s mom but simply ask for a table for 2 for Erin please.  Hopefully, you remember your name because #mombrain.  For a moment, you can remember that you are an adult with hobbies and interests (outside of changing diapers and knowing the complete soundtrack to Trolls by heart).

5.  You Remember Why You Fell in Love with your Spouse

You see your spouse for more than an amazing bath ninja who can bathe 3 kids at once and you remember why you fell in love with them in the first place.  You can laugh, breathe and talk about your kids life, the weather, what you are learning and the future.  Touch each other, hold hands, laugh and reminisce.

6.  You Can Miss Your Role as a Mom

At the end of date night, hopefully it lasts past bedtime, you can walk into your kids room and look into their sleeping faces and remember all the reasons why you love wearing pants without buttons, restaurants that you can pay first, half-finished conversations and that your name is mom because you got a night away to recharge, relax and rejuvenate.

So go on a date, invest in your marriage and enjoy time away.  Your kids, your marriage and your soul will be better for it.  

Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp

If you are looking for a yummy place to eat that lets you pay last and sit for hours talking, try Bonefish Grill.  They have delicious appetizers like the wagyu beef & ginger potstickers and bang bang shrimp.  If you haven't heard of Bang Bang Shrimp or tried it, you need to ASAP.  It has it's own hashtag, it's that good.

Bonefish Grill has a way with their sauces.  I had the dynamite style shrimp, and at the risk of being cheesy, it was dynamite.  The sauces make the meal!  They will treat you right on date night (there are candles and cloth napkins).  Trust me, I just went there and came home with a full belly and full heart.

Why do you love date night?  Have you been to Bonefish Grill?  Have you used the #bangbangshrimp hashtag?  I hope you go on a date night soon!  It's good for the marriage, heart and soul.

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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Our date night meal was compensated by Bonefish Grill, all opinions on date night and the restaurant are completely my own. 

Psst -- Don't forget Friday is the 10 on the 10th link-up.  We will be sharing 10 favorite gifts to share. See you Friday!

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