Nov 242015
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Date Night Essentials

Over the years, my husband Chris and I have had some pretty epic dates.  When we were first dating he took me to a shooting range & that’s the exact moment when I knew he was a keeper.

When it comes to fun date nights, he’s got a knack for finding some pretty cool things for us to do.  We’ve gone to a couple of paint nights,  tons of different ghost tours, we’ve made our own beer – from scratch and we’re regulars down at the Firehouse Theater in Newport, RI to see the Bit Players, which is an improv comedy troupe.

This is us at the Medieval Manor in Boston, which is a themed dinner & show.  It was one of my favorite dates.

date 1

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a “date” per se, but last year when we were in Manhattan to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, he let me drag him all the way across town to see the Ghostbusters headquarters.  It was rainy and cold that day, but he knew it made me happy.

ghostbuster house

One of the things I really love about some of his date ideas is that sometimes they turn into weekends away.


Oh and then there was this night…….

date 5

Wait, that’s not my husband.  HA!  Donnie may not realize it, but I consider it to be our first date.

But getting back on track.  Chris got me Weird Al tickets for my birthday this past July and it was the second best date night we’ve been on.  I saw Weird Al about 20 years ago & Chris listened when I told him how much I loved it and ended up getting us tickets when his tour came to the area.


This is a picture from my all time favorite date night with Chris.  I had no idea what the date was and all he told me was to get dressed up and to be ready at 5 pm.  I was standing in my kitchen when I saw a limo pull up.


We ended up taking the limo into the North End of Boston for a murder mystery dinner.  It was a mafia themed show & we ate a great Italian meal while we tried to solve the mystery. It was SO. MUCH. FUN!

Chris told me the other day that he had an awesome date night planned for this Friday night. We’re going to see an 80’s cover-band. Of course that means that the two of us will be all decked out in 80’s attire for the night.  Sounds like fun, right?  Right. Well, since I know that I’ve got a hot date coming up in just a few days, I ran over to Walmart to pick up all of my date night essentials.

Pfizer at Walmaet

I figure that it’s going to be a late, long night, so I want to be prepared for anything.

healthy essentials

As excited I am to see the band, the show doesn’t start until 9 pm – which is past my bedtime.  Not only that, Chris and I are heading down to NYC on Wednesday afternoon (to see the parade again) and we won’t be heading home until Friday afternoon. Knowing us, we’re probably going to be exhausted from the whirlwind getaway. When we’re super tired like that, we both get headaches. Cue the Advil Liqui-Gels (Use as directed). Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers)!  Advil Liqui-Gels are also great for muscle aches and joint pain!  Who knows how sore we’ll be from all the walking we will be doing in NYC.

I also grabbed some Emergen-C because I want to stay healthy for the date night. With over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes, Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and FUN you’re looking for!

Finally, I grabbed some ChapStick Total Hydration. I want to make sure that my lips are kissable for my big date. ChapStick Total Hydration is 100% Natural, age defying, contains omega 6 & 9 and visibly renews lips.

date night essentials

I also make sure to have some tissues, gum and a few hair ties with me when I go out – just in case.

What are the things you can’t leave the house for a date night without?

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  114 Responses to “My Favorite Dates and My Date Night Essentials #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias #ad”

  1. You two are such a cute couple. 🙂 Umm….we don’t get out that much. When we do, it usually involves an adult beverage and some dinner. I would have to go with the Advil as well for a date night essential.

  2. Aw, have fun at the parade again this year and sounds like an epic date night is most definitely in the works now, too! 🙂

  3. I can’t leave without a bottle of hand sanitzer and wet ones. As much viruses floating around, I want to be so careful not to catch a cold.

  4. Chap stick is a must have and on date nights when I don’t carry a bad, I make sure my hubby has a jacket pocket! Have a great date night!

  5. It fantastic that you two still have such great times together. I want to do some of those things too!

  6. I have to admit that we hardly get out. We’re lame. I always never know who to ask to watch them. My parents watch them too much. I feel bad asking them. Sometimes my niece or oldest nephew watches them. Just this last weekend that was the first time they had someone other than family watch them. I knew I could trust the girl. She has a brother and sister in Mica and Isaak’s grades, and her Dad works at the school. I just kept forgetting about her, since she’s older, and hasn’t hung out with us.

    I carry coins in my purse. Downtown we have to pay for parking. Other things I carry: My inhaler (just in case), my cell phone, chap stick is a must. I never knew Emergen-C came in chewables. I’ll have to try them out!!!!

    • With both sets of grandparents not well this year, we haven’t gotten out much recently either. I need to pack them date night kits so they’ll stay well & we can get out.

  7. I haven’t been on a date night for ages! ChapStick Total Hydration sounds like a must for any date night!

  8. Ok this is just cool. You all look like you had a great time! We try to get out and do stuff for a date night at least once a month.

  9. Meeting Donny Walberg would be a high light for me for sure. I am not so sure my hubby would like it ;). You all get around and its obvious you all have a fun time together!

  10. i would be adding about three bags of Ricola throat drops to mine 😀

  11. You guys are such a cute couple. My husband and I go on a date at least once a month. I like to bring all of my essentials along just in case too.

  12. Those are definitely important during date nights. Especially the chapstick and the vitamins! You don’t want to be a sick puppy during a date, that would ruin it for everybody.

  13. You two are adorable! You are so lucky Chris is a good date planner. Jason never comes up with anything good, so I have to do all the planning. Just once I’d like to have him do it for me!

  14. You are totally good to go! I LOVE Emergen-C and that total hydration Chapstick is amazing! I thought I was obsessed with the original… now I have 6 of these ones all over my house and car!

  15. I definitely need to have chapstick and pain reliever in my purse. I just can’t go without them!

  16. Awe, what a sweet and romantic date night. Plus it looks like you and I carry around the same purse essentials. But, how did that whole Donnie thing happen? 😉

  17. You have had some really cool date nights. I think your husband is very creative and considerate. I would always want to have that Advil along with me if it involved any drinking. 🙂

  18. These are all essentials during date nights. You are a beautiful couple.

  19. I love all the creative date nights you two have! Those are definitely date night essentials! Have fun!

  20. You two are such cute couple and nothing is best than spending good time together… Have a great date night!

  21. I love all your photos! You always look so happy in them all. I love it. You and your hubby are adorbs!!! Great essentials, I never go out on dates but have them at home…. I need to get these things on hand!

  22. Date nights that turn into weekend getaways are the best! I love the themed dinner shows, too!

  23. Love this….I think some couples forget that you can still date even after living under the same roof.

  24. I love the picture of you and Donnie on your date! LOL. It’s nice to know you don’t have a jealous husband, isn’t it.

  25. What great dates! Weird Al awesome!! I’ve been supposed to do a murder mystery dinner twice and it didn’t work out. So want to go to one!

  26. It sounds like you two really know how to have a date night, or day, or impromptu Ghost Busters visit. I love it!

  27. Awww! Kudos to your husband for knowing how to keep you happy! 🙂 I definitely need Advil for date nights because it keeps the aches and pains away and who wants to be in pain on date night? Not me!

  28. I love Emergen-C! I always keep it with me in the winter and especially when I travel. You can never be too safe lol.

  29. I LOVE Weird Al and would love to see him in concert sometime. I didn’t even know he did concerts! That would be a lot of fun.

  30. Sounds like you have had some epic dates with your husband! I think I want to do a murder mystery with my husband. As to date nights, I always pack gum or breath mints. 😉

  31. Love date nights that turn into weekends away! The are always the highlight on our list. Normally I make sure to pack my lip gloss and hand lotion… I want to make sure my hands are smooth and soft so he can hold them and of course I have to steal some kisses too.

  32. I can’t believe you got to see Weird Al! That is so cool. On a date night I always bring along my peppermint beadlets and lip balm.

  33. Wow, you’ve got a very creative man there! I love that he puts so much thought and planning into your date nights, what fun!

  34. I love themed dinners and weekend aways of course…. I need one of those soon, or even a date night lol

  35. You have had some stellar “date nights” in my opinion! lol I love that you got to visit the Ghostbusters Headquarters (it definitely counts as a date) and that you’ve even had a “date” with Donnie! lol These are great suggestions to make sure I bring along on my next impromptu date night!

  36. It’s rare that we get a date night, but it looks like you checked out some awesome things. Funny you went to the Ghostbusters building….my cousin, Bill Murray, must have had fun there!

  37. Chap stick definitely makes it in all of my outings. I even have some in my car.

  38. What a great post! You can really see the love between you guys! Chapstick and handcream are my two must have things!!

  39. This is great! We have the same essentials, you have to be prepared for everything.

  40. I love that chapstick. I started using it already and I totally agree on the liquigels too!

  41. Great list of date night essentials! I love the photos, and think date night is so important. We try to have them regularly!

  42. This looks like it was a great date night. I always have Advil and Chapstick in my purse. You never know when you will need them.

  43. Wow. He’s a good date planner. I won’t even start with my husband’s… I love the 80’s theme. Always a good one.

  44. My entire family just went down with a cold- so glad I had Emmergen-C on hand. I stayed well!

  45. The only thing I would add is a nail file.

  46. I know my wife would love to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. Wish we lived closer! We’re doing a Bed & Breakfast getaway for a couple nights. Our first since both kids were born so we’re both excited and nervous lol.

  47. Looks like you had a blast!! Y’all are adorable. These are great essentials to take with you for sure.

  48. Your hubby sounds really sweet and romantic. It looks like you have a lot of fun together. As for date night, of course lipstick and powder for touch up.

  49. Always have to have chapstick in my purse. I am ready for a date night!!

  50. These look like some great dates. It’s important to have that quality time with your sweetheart.

  51. Great must haves for date night or just in general. I am always prepared with Chapstick and Advil but will have to consider the other options too!

  52. I hate the shoulda, coulda, wouldas! It’s much better to be prepared. Looks like you guys know how to have a great night out!

  53. You look like you had fun. You had everything you needed just incase.

  54. Looks like you had fun. I agree that chapstick is a necessity

  55. so jealous, I’ve always wanted to see the Macy’s parade in person… one day!! I just went out and bought the chewable vitamin C today but once again, I’m hearing my kids sniffle and I DO NOT want to get sick with them, again!

  56. Looks like fun date nights!! It is important to take care of yourself for your date nights! Love these essentials!

  57. I always have Advil in my handbag! It is a lifesaver.

  58. Those are some of my date night essentials as well! I always have advil in my purse.

  59. Lovely pics! Looks like you guys had a great time! I agree Chapstick is a must! Happy Thanksgiving!

  60. The Ghostbusters Headquarters would have been my favorite! Sounds like you guys have great dates!

  61. i actually don’t have anything that i have to take on a date. oh and i love the pic with donnie

  62. Sounds like you guys have had so many great dates. I definitely need more with my hubby!

  63. Sounds like you are always ready — like a girl scout. nice job 🙂

  64. I like the sound of the mafia themed dinner that is pretty cool and you guys really suit each other.

  65. I love this. and it looks like you had a great time. I hope we had dinner with my hubby

  66. Aw he sent a limo? That is awesome, and I love all of the date nights you’ve listed! 🙂

  67. You are such a sweet couple. These are all date night essentials. I never leave without my Chapsticks.

  68. How fun! I think it takes effort to keep things fresh and fun. You two definitely do a great job of that. And lip gloss is what I always take with me!

  69. He definitely sounds like a keeper. My boyfriend could take a few pointers from him, haha! When we do date nights I always make sure I have something to keep my lips moisturized, whether it’s chapstick, lip gloss, or lipstick.

  70. Seems like its all a lot of fun and it shows on the photos – you both are so adorable <3 I love seeing people still sweet and dating after marriage <3

  71. Both of you looks happy together, You are such a cute couple.

  72. I love date nights. They are so important for couples to have to stay connected. The hubby and I try to go out at least once a month by ourselves.

  73. Looks like date musts! I need to try those Emergen-C, I like that they are chewables!

  74. Wow. You guys have had some awesome dates. Super jealous of Ghostbusters headquarters.

  75. You guys look like you have a lot of fun together! And these are some great date night essentials 🙂

  76. Loved hearing about your date at Ghostbusters HQcin NYC, what a blast that must have been. My own hubbie and I didn’t go out much while our kids were little, but now that we’re almost empty nest we’ll doing lots more date nites.

  77. Wow you’re really prepared for date nights!! We usually leave some meds in the car so I don’t pack them especially out for date nights. I love that you still embrace life (and each other!) so passionately even after marriage and kids 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving hols!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  78. I can’t leave the house without gum… seems like such a kid thing to me sometimes, but my husband and I have to have it after we eat 😉

  79. I always have Advil and Chapstick with me no matter what!! Great post!!

  80. Those are definitely “must have” date supplies and it is amazing that you met Donnie Wahblurger. We (my family and I) met Paul last year and he was nice as can be.

  81. Advil, chapstick, and heartburn meds are usually in my purse or in the car. I would enjoy Weird AL too. His music is funny.

  82. These are indeed essentials to every date night. Glad to come across this post. 🙂

  83. Super jealous here, I <3 Donnie <3 !! Totally agree with your date night essentials too!

  84. I have been to Boston but never heard of Medieval Manor, I will have to check it out the next time I visit there! I live in NYC but have never been to the ‘Ghostbusters HQ’ now you’ve got me curious!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  85. I would love to try some of these things for date night. Murder mystery dinners all sound really cool and I’ve heard about those medieval themed restaurants but I don’t believe they have any near me. That is soo cool you got a picture of Ghostbusters headquarters! So fun!

  86. That total hydration chap stick is the bomb! Seriously I am all about it now. Took me forever to find but I bought like 8 of them

  87. You are such a wonderful couple & those pictures are priceless to keep some great memories all through the years. ChapStick is a must for sure & I think I would love to try out Emergen-C next time.

  88. What a wonderful and romantic post! Beautiful couple 🙂 I need to plan a date night with my hubby

  89. How fun! I would love to watch the Macy’s Parade in NYC someday. Been watching it on TV the last 5 years and it would be great to watch it up close. Anyway, ChapStick is one of the things that I can’t leave the house without.

  90. Wonderful post. You make such a great couple. We were in Boston recently but missed the Medieval Manor. Would love to check that out next time. Thank you for sharing.

  91. A jacket or windbreaker, hand lotion, and lip balm are on my list when leaving the house. It was great seeing all the interesting things you’ve done. Parades, fishing, and horseback riding are among my favorite things. We went to a dinner theatre once that was spectacular.

  92. You looks so cute and inlove, Such a cute couple. Thank you for sharing your stories.

  93. Phone, lipstick, Advil and some cash. That’s what I need for date night, I’m pretty simplistic but that is pretty much it.

  94. Hubby and I haven’t had date night in ages. Always carry chap stick in my handbag, its a must for me.

  95. I have always wanted to go to one of those themed dinner and shows. They look like such a blast. No wonder it was one of your favorite dates. Date nights are so important to have, no matter how long you have been with your partner. It gives you the opportunity to get dressed up or do something different. We keep a huge stock of Emergen-C in the house because my husband comes down with colds incredibly fast. It’s always a good boost to the immune system.

  96. You guys are too cute. Sounds like you two sure know how to have fun!

  97. I love the Emergenc chewables. Easy to take on the go too! Great date night ideas.

  98. This is a great list of essentials!! I love filling my bag with essentials for whatever type of day or night I’ll be having : )
    xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

  99. Those things are all on my date night essentials list, too! I hope the concert is a blast!!

  100. Yes, you do have all the essentials for a great date night. I love this!

  101. I love a good date night, most of the time we do non-tradition date nights and I love it. We’ve also been to the shooting range.

  102. You guys have all the fun. I love how great you guys are together. Thank you for sharing.

  103. I’m a single gal so not many date nights for me. Hand sanitizer and tissues are things I like to have in my bag.

  104. You guys are really the sweetest couple! Those dates are quite awesome!