Keeping Your Relationship Alive

How to Keep Your Relationship Alive

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year. Yeah only a year. We live together already (you can keep your comments on that to yourself). But we both knew it was just right. He has no kids and I do. He came into this relationship knowing that dating & being with a full time mom was going to be challenging and stressful but let me just tell you he’s been so supportive and I love him more and more everyday for that. 

My boys only see their dad every other weekend during the school year, so my boyfriend and I don’t get much of an alone time together. When we do we make the best of it. 

Today I’m sharing with you some ways we keep our relationship alive. Keeping your relationship alive is very important in a relationship. 

  1. Date nights = some people don’t know this but taking time is important. You get to enjoy dinner without any interruption of children and you get that alone time to focus on each other. 
  2. Be game for anything = Play video games, try something new, or watching a movie together that you two haven’t seen (oldies are my favorite). 
  3. Harry Potter Marathon = I don’t know about you guys but my boyfriend and I love having Harry Potter marathons lol 
  4. Be supportive of one another = I get asked a lot if my boyfriend is supportive of me blogging and he is. I love that about him. He’s always encouraging me. Vise versa when he wants to do something. 
  5. Game nights = grab a few drinks for the house and play some board or card games. 
  6. Hangout with your friends = having that time with your friends is important. It gives you that time to have a ladies or guys night. 
  7. Have a First Date = dress up and go to the place where you had your first date.

These are some of the things we love to do in order to keep this relationship going. 

What do you and your significant other do to keep your relationship alive? 

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62 Comments

  1. Chelsea wrote:

    Harry Potter marathons YES!! haha I’ve tried to get Trevor into Harry Potter but he just doesn’t understand how awesome it is. That makes me really sad. Happy for you and Brian..you guys really seem to have a great, awesome relationship!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Thanks Chels. Brian & I have an amazing relationship. And i can’t believe Trevor doesn’t like Harry Potter. My heart broke. Lol

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  2. Shelby Bussard wrote:

    This was really cute. I love doing new things to keep the sparks flying, even if it’s only something little like bringing home cookies. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Thank you. He loves bringing me treats when I’m upset. lol

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  3. I think date night is so important! It’s a small thing to do, but definitely helps the spark stay lit.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  4. Bri DePauw wrote:

    Great post! My BF and I like to do “long-term” HP marathons if that makes sense. Since there are 8 movies, we basically watch one every weekend for 2 months take a break then start them all over again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • If we can manage completing them in 1 weekend we will do it lol But otherwise thats what we do, spread them out. lol

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  5. I love these ideas!! My husband and I were trying to think of something fun to do while we’re cooped up with a newborn in November, and we decided that a Harry Potter marathon is definitely in order!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  6. Natalie Slater wrote:

    Such great ideas! I totally agree – life is busy, but you need to make an effort on having a relationship with your significant other. I actually just wrote a similar post yesterday that I am going to put up on my blog a little later this month on why my baby goes to bed early – so I can spend time with my husband. It is necessary! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚
    thenavynest.net

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • My boys go to bed at 730 and we get to spend that time to watch our favorite shows together. So I’m happy knowing that were not the only ones that do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  7. Natalie Slater wrote:

    And PS – we love Harry Potter! If you haven’t been to Harry Potter World yet – embrace the inner nerd and do it! It’s so fun!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • That’s on our bucket list to do with my boys in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  8. ABudgetFriendlyLife wrote:

    Great ideas! My husband and I like to have day dates together. For some reason, it is always easier for us to sneak away during the day.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  9. Jen wrote:

    These are really great tips. As hard as it was for my baby to go to school this year, it has given my husband and I more one on one time.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • That’s awesome. As long as you spend that time together – that’s all that matters. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  10. Joanna Malefaki wrote:

    Lovely suggestions. I want a bf ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  11. my husband would LOVE a harry potter marathon- would love. great ideas and i totally agree- this fall is so busy and we are trying to spend time together!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • My boyfriend has all the movies so were always watching it lol

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  12. Kristen wrote:

    love these! we don’t have kids but its so easy to get bogged down in your every day life that you forget to continue dating! we’ve been married 5 months, but our secret is to keep dating each other. do romantic things, go on dates, act like you still have to pursue that person, not just because youre married or dating but because you want too!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  13. Ariel Pingault wrote:

    These are all super fun ideas! I moved in with my boyfriend after a little less than a year of dating (and 8 years of friendship), and 2 years later we’re still going strong! We love going on little weekend adventures together; apple picking, hiking, hunting down antiques and records, but I love the game night idea! We’re not big movie watchers, so this would be a nice way to switch up date night! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this post!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Doing nature stuff or anything outdoors is always good on a relationship ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  14. cuteheads wrote:

    Great tips! So Important to continue “dating” each other after you’re married or living together. It can get exhausting, but you definitely have to make the effort to keep it fun!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  15. My favorite is be game for anything. I am so stubborn and it helps to have a partner who pulls you out of your comfort zone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • I’m stubborn as well so I know what you mean lol

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  16. Great tips! I LOVE our Harry Potter marathons. They’re seriously the best ever. And there is nothing wrong with living together already! My husband and I fell in love, eloped, and moved in together all in a 6 month time period haha so I’m the last one to talk about other couples “moving too fast”. If it’s right, it’s right! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Lol thanks for not judging ๐Ÿ™‚ Your heart & mind knows when things are right.

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  17. Dana Brillante-Peller wrote:

    My husband (then-boyfriend) practically moved in within a month of us dating. He was living at his mom’s and I had my own place so we always would end up there. Slowly his socks and clothing took over my drawers and closet LOL.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Lol thats EXACTLY what happened with us. I had my own place and he was living with his mom, slowly but surely he was staying over every night, we bought some male essentials for him to keep at my place and then I basically said “you might as move in, you basically live here”.

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  18. Jennifer Walker wrote:

    My now-husband and I lived together for several years before we got married, so no shade there. We do regular date nights and have get-togethers with friends twice a month, plus we always sit down and have dinner together, even if that’s really the only time we spend together that day due to our schedules and to-do lists.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  19. Harry Potter Marathons?! Any man who loves a good Harry Potter marathon is definitely, 100%, without a doubt, a keeper! Such a great list Jasmine ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
    • Thank you so much lol He’s such a nerd. Into comic books and all that fun stuff.

      Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  20. I love these ideas! We are going on a date for our anniversary this weekend and I am so excited! I am always down for a HP marathon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  21. Babyfoote wrote:

    we don’t do enough date nights – we so need to take some of your tips on board, but with two little children it is hard.

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  22. Congratulations! May you have many more years of celebrating doing life together. Bless his heart and yours for being mutually supportive towards each other.

    Xoxo gema

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  23. I love this! My husband and I always try to keep things fresh and exciting. Our favorite way is with a local event planning company that hosts monthly date nights for couples. It’s so fun and I honestly think they should expand to other cities.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison
    http://www.livelifewellblog.com

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  24. Cynthia @craftoflaughter wrote:

    Great tips, it takes a lot of work to get a thriving relationship!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  25. Sarah Emily wrote:

    I love all of these! We try to do a date night every other week! It definitely can get pushed to the back burner but we have to make it a priority!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  26. I love every single one of these. Neither of us have kids, but we still struggle to find time to find date nights. I think they are so important though! And I love these ideas!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  27. Aw. I love this post! Great tips. :3
    My boyfriend and I have been together for two years this coming January and we make the effort to plan a date night every Wednesday.

    Christie’s Take on Life. x

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  28. Such fun tips of how to keep romance alive! We love playing cards and doing other random games (although hubby gets competitive at times). Glad to see you all are fighting for time together even in the craziness of raising littles!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  29. Great tips to follow. My hubby and I love going out to our favorite restaurants, and I ofcourse love dressing up ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  30. DT wrote:

    Great listโ€” Agree totally on the date nights ๐Ÿ™‚
    โ€” DT | Here I Scribble

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  31. Dia wrote:

    Great list! I think the problem is people don’t try they just get in the habit of doing the same thing. I recently posted a article similar to this http://www.allthethingsido.com/20-date-ideas-to-grow-your-bond/ check it out. I’ve done Pirates of the Caribbean Marathons

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  32. I love these ideas. I am a believer on date nights wether is at home or out at a restaurant!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  33. Jess Rey wrote:

    These are great ideas! I love Harry Potter and my kids and I can watch it for days, put the mister into that mix and he falls asleep. Ha!

    Posted 10.7.15 Reply
  34. Katie Brown wrote:

    This is a great list! Spending time together no matter how hectic life gets is so, so important.

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  35. jillconyers wrote:

    Yes! Date night love at least once a month.

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  36. Mistle wrote:

    Date nights are so important! My boyfriend travels a lot of his job so we make the best of our time together when he is home. We have a lot of movie nights because we are both movie junkies. Great list!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  37. I love this ๐Ÿ™‚ my boyfriend and I have been together a year and a half now! It’s all about keeping up the romance ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  38. The most important thing every relationship should have is respect. And #4 is part of it. But then every detail in a relationship is special. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheryle | thedailywhim.com

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  39. I really like the idea of game night! and #4 is really important, my fiance is really supportive of my blog and YT channel. and I’m really supportive of his… fantasy football? lol

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  40. Being supportive is huge! My last boyfriend totally thought blogging was silly and made snide comments about it all the time. That was HUGE to me. Glad you and him know what’s right for you and everything is going well ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted 10.9.15 Reply
  41. Definitely definitely definitely DATE NIGHT. With me being in school, I am working on homework almost every night. There are very few nights that Kaleb and I actually have to ourselves to focus on our relationship and catching up with each other. So, we set a date night a few months ago and it has helped us improve our communication skills so much more. This is the time where we set our phones aside, no talking to all the other people or playing on social media. That time is just for us. And it’s been so worth it.

    Posted 10.15.15 Reply

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