Date Night Preparations To Make Your Evening Special! #PGBestForMe @PGEveryday #Giveaway #Ad

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    Everyone knows that most parents are so busy with the daily responsibilities of raising a family and maintaining a home that they have very little time for romance.  My husband and I are no different and we are constantly looking for ways to fit some couple time into our already hectic daily schedules.  Now that Spring is here, the warmer weather and sunny days are just beckoning us to get out and enjoy each other’s company but there are some preparations that always need to be made before we head out for date night.

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    I like to make sure that the house is clean before going out because I am able to enjoy myself more if I know everything is in order.  One of my favorite products to use around the house is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  It can clean just about anything in the house including walls, blinds and more.  This is extremely convenient when I’m trying to finish cleaning everything so I could get ready for my big date.

    Since Mr. Clean Eraser has endless cleaning possibilities, I am able to get everything done while my husband takes a shower and gets himself nice and clean with Old Spice Fiji Body Wash.  He is an athlete so I must absolutely insist that he jumps in the tub and makes himself smell great after he comes in from playing paddleball.  When he comes out, he is finally free of dirt and odor and I know he is fit for my company.

    Once the house is clean and my husband are clean, it is time to get myself ready for the night ahead.  Some of my date night essentials include Cover Girl Line Exact Liquid Liner, Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss and Cover Girl FlamedOut Mascara.  They help me to create a natural look that lasts all evening and ensures that my husband can’t keep his eyes off me the whole time we are together.

    Two covert products that I use before getting dressed that are part of my date night arsenal are also Crest 3D White Strips and Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant.  The strips remove years of stains on my teeth in just one hour which is exactly the amount of time that I have to get ready after cleaning the house and taking a shower.  Other whitening systems take too much time that I just don’t have and they do half the job.  Secret Clinical Strength has 100% odor protection to give me the confidence to wear my outfit in style!

    As you can see, a lot of preparation goes into scheduling a date night into a married couple’s busy schedule.  With a little planning and a some great products to back you up, things can go off without a hitch and keep the romance alive despite all the pressures of raising and supporting a family.  Plan your own date night now that the warm weather is upon us and you too can rekindle that fire in your relationship and keep that flame burning brightly for years to come!

Let’s Discuss:  How do you prepare for date night or outings with your spouse or significant other and keep that flame burning in your relationship?


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Disclosure:  This is part of a compensated campaign with SheSpeaks and P&G.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.  I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  1. I’m usually the one paying, that’s my preparation. If she expects more she’s got another think coming! 😉

  2. mena & taty says

    everything for a successful date night! fantastic that these products are part of everyday life and special occassions

  3. margaretsmith says

    I like to do my hair and makeup well and dress nicely for times we go out on date night.

  4. Sue Barney says

    I like to dress cute, do my hair make up and make sure I smell Great 🙂 I like to see his eyes light up when he sees me.

  5. Courtney Bella says

    i wear a super cute outfit. lots of make and curled hair. pretty perfume. and a great attitude with lots of energy! woo hoo! let the party begin

  6. nickie burke says

    I usually dress up rocker like and bring my confident game.

  7. tannawings says

    I do my hair and put on a bit of makeup!

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  8. Jennifer Williams says

    We usually do date night in after the kids are in bed. I do get dressed up and do my hair and makeup. We might not go out but I still like to let him know I want to look good for him.

  9. Robin Rue says

    My hubby and I actually go out a lot and as long as the kids are settled, I figure the rest can wait (like cleaning). As much as I wish it would go away, it just won’t.

  10. At this time we don’t have date nights without the kids. We are able to take a few long weekend trips without the kids and all adults twice a year so that’s our time together.

  11. Terry My Journey With Candida says

    Just yesterday I was trying to get these black marks off my porch ceiling and remembered I had a magic eraser.. It worked and so easily without all that rubbing.

  12. stephanie says

    i do my hair and makeup and put a cute outfit

  13. shellypeterson says

    I like to doll myself up when I can. Do my hair and make-up and wear a nice outfit.

  14. We don’t go out often, so when we do, I like to dress up a little and wear a little makeup. I don’t usually wear makeup if I am just at home..

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  16. Julie Wood says

    I like to get all dressed up and go out to dinner and take a walk around the huge park that we have and talk and hold hands. It is so much fun!

  17. Julie Wood says

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  18. I always clean the house before I leave as well. Easier to come home and relax. Plus the kids just need to tidy up after themselves (Kim)

  19. We have to plan ahead. We still have younger children so we get a babysitter. We still love to go out on date like we did when we were dating. It is great being kid free for a couple of hours.

  20. I like to buy a nice outfit while I’m on my lunch break at work (so he doesn’t see it). Then we arrange to meet up somewhere. So when I walk in the room I look like a new woman, all confident because I’m wearing a fabulous new outfit he’s never seen before.

  21. I try to wear attractive clothes and take extra time with my hair and makeup. I enjoy looking my best on special occasions.

  22. latanya t says

    I wear a really nice outfit and make sure to apply more makeup and do something special with my hair.

  23. amanda ripsam says

    some times I get a new outfit to look pulled together along with making sure my hair make up and nails look great. I love SheSpeaks I was a spotlight blogger on there a bit ago.
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  24. Amberlee Cave says

    I have most of those products in my house right now! lol I love all of their products! Most of them I use when going out.

  25. I style my hair and wear makeup and jewelry as well as a nice dress or outfit.

  26. Virginia Rowell says

    I do my nails, find my sexiest dress and put on a little make up. When we leave, cell phones get turned off.

  27. Virginia Rowell says

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  28. Janeth Sanchez Paez says

    I love so many of the P&G products like Mr Clean’s magic eraser, Secret Deodorant and Old spice body wash. 🙂 I can’t go out on a date without my deodorant, some mascara and some light nailpolish.

  29. Before I got out on a date with my husband, I make sure I am bathed, plucked, waxed, exfoliated, moisturized and perfumed! He appreciates the transformation!

  30. We really don’t do date night because of money, however, we do movie night at home where we just cuddle on the couch and watch movies.

  31. I love that covergirl foundation. Our date nights aren’t as fancy as they used to be, but I do appreciate looking nice for it.

  32. Veronica Solomon says

    I don’t have to worry about that thank God! 1) I don’t have a significant other 🙁 and 2) My kids can fend for themselves at 17 and 12 (well the 12 year old needs help from the 17 year old 🙂 ). But on a serious note I do think that date nights are essential for couples with young children to keep that spark going. My church has babysitting services arranged for couples needing a night out and my daughter is an amazing baby sitter

  33. Amanda @ Erickson and Co. says

    My husband uses the old spice body gel wash and he really likes it. It smells good!

  34. We are rarely able to do date night due to schedules. When we can spend time alone together it’s watching a show we both enjoy.

  35. Rebecca Bryant says

    Hubby and I haven’t been on a date since my brothers started having children. we are always the free daycare so they can have adult time. Thank goodness hubby and I are stable and in love or this may be rough.

  36. I try to make a nice schedule and a stress free day before a date

  37. Oh wow what a lovely idea, me and the other half are home bodies so are date nights are normally at home on the sofa with a good movie. x

  38. We try to have a date night at least twice a month. Luckily for us, there is no shortage of people that are willing to baby sit.

  39. Great post! I have to say, we are horrible at date night LOL We’ll go a few months and then I’ll put my foot down and make him take me somewhere LOL We just get so busy and forget, I guess!

  40. I have been such a home body lately! I need to make some time for a date night. When I was going out, a long shower, lots of creamy moisturizer, some lip color and a hot outfit.

  41. Lots of great items here. I think probably the same as anyone else for preparation. Shower and makeup and hair in place. Most importantly, a nap if we are going to be out late. 😉

  42. D Schmidt says

    I prepare by taking a long bath, using body lotions, straightening my hair and putting on a full face of make up.

  43. k wilkinson says

    I shower, fix my hair and makeup. And of course put on something a little sexy.

  44. brandy g. says

    I usually take a long shower and roll my hair and then put on some makeup and choose a great outfit. My husband is usually pacing up and down waiting for me to get ready.

  45. My hubby and I have date nights once every 2 weeks. With 3 small kids, it’s hard to do. I always wear a cute outfit, fix my hair and makeup.

  46. One wouldn’t think that Mr. Clean erasers had anything to do with date night…..But I have to clean for the babysitter before our date nights!

  47. steve weber says

    shower, shave, deodorant, cologne, nice jeans, button down.. all good

  48. Makeup. Once upon a time I wouldn’t leave the house without it, these days I’m far TOO comfortable going without it. Lately I have been very aware that I have not been wearing it and make a decision to wear it more often…along with doing my hair and dressing a bit more nicely. Guess what?? My husband has TOTALLY noticed! I don’t think he knows what’s different, but he sure is paying a lot of attention! 😉

  49. jacquelyncannon says

    I ‘d prepare by taking a hot shower, using body lotions, using facial moisturizer and putting on my jewelry.

  50. jacquelyncannon says

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  51. sohamolina says

    I take a nice long shower and relax and start getting ready early. I am always interrupted.

  52. We don’t go out a lot because we like staying in more. But when we do go out I like to make sure that when I get home I can just crash. So i make sure everything is “as clean as can be” lol

  53. Jose Benavides says

    We try to go out as much as possible and go to romantic movies

  54. Nice list! A good hygiene is a must!

  55. Wild Orchid says

    I like to have an idea of what we are going to do, so I have an idea of what to wear. Once I have an outfit picked out, I like to spend extra time on my makeup and hair.

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  56. Lori Zeaman says

    We try to plan events that both of us enjoy- mainly a quiet dinner and a comedy show or somewhere we’d never go with the kids!

  57. mail4rosey says

    We’re so bad about date nights here. I guess the only way we prepare, to answer the giveaway question, is to make sure our phones are charged while we’re out. Not that we’re nervous about leaving the kids with someone or anything. 😉

  58. we dont realy go out alone we take the kids with us but we try to have some time alone when we are at home like watching tv together or making projects togehter.

  59. Charles Burbridge says

    I prepare for nights out by saying, “Hey, wanna go out?” *laughs*

  60. katheirne d says

    I get all dolled up and put extra effort into being as pretty as the day I met him 🙂

  61. The makeup I choose is a big part of how I feel while out on a date night. I need my eyes to pop so my husband notices! 🙂 hehe

  62. Tracie McCarty says

    I just get ready and tell my husband where we are going!

  63. Halation2 . says

    I wear a certain perfume my husband loves!

  64. I love P&G products. I have the flamed out mascara and it’s one of my favorites, it and flamed up

  65. lazybones344 says

    We try to go out to lunch once a week or so when the kids are in school. Then we try to have meaningful conversations and enjoy ourselves.
    Denise S

  66. Amber Nelson says

    We haven’t had a date in months. It is time!

  67. Kerrie @Family Food and Travel says

    Looks like the perfect solution for prepping for a great date night!

  68. I am just ole me on mine and hubbys date night, we just go out to dinner or a movie.

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  69. yanelis martinez says

    I wear a certain perfume my husband loves!

  70. Mommy2jam says

    I love the way old spice smells on my man! Love all the stuff you use to prep for date night!!!

  71. Brittney House says

    I make sure I smell and look good, and we do things that we both enjoy and try not to push things on each other.

  72. For date nights, I like to do something special such as wear a new outfit or plan a surprise trip to a restaurant that we’ve never been to before. I also like to save my favorite perfume for special occasions such as date nights so that I don’t get bored of it.

  73. Amanda S. says

    For date nights I always make sure to have my legs shaved LOL. And I keep things from being boring by taking my partner to activities/places we’ve never been to before.

  74. Kelly Nicholson says

    How do you prepare for date night or outings with your spouse or
    significant other and keep that flame burning in your relationship?

    when i fiond one?..ill let you know

  75. Meagan Bailiff says

    I just try to keep my legs shaved lol. and of course i wear my favorite perfume.

  76. Casey Lynn says

    i dress up nice, and wear some pretty make up!! we like to go all out on our date nights… Dinner, Movie, and a quiet, kid free evening!

  77. Rebecca Williams Parsons says

    I always take the extra time to make sure my makeup and clothes are done nicely. I always shave my legs too, it is the extra touch I don’t forget to do lol

  78. I don’t have a significant other, boyfriend or husband and I haven’t dated since college. I guess if I was going out on a date, I would put on makeup and wear a nice dress.

  79. We don’t have time to do date nights thanks to the kids being so young!!! I need to think long and hard about this question.

  80. I like to dress in fun outfits and wear high heels. Sometimes, even put on a little perfume.

  81. I prepare for a date night with my husband with perfume, makeup, shaving and wearing something new or something he hasn’t seen in a long time.

  82. I always make sure I smell pretty and wear something that’s eye catching to him.

  83. erin dear says

    I spend time picking a great outfit, fixing my hair and nails, and making him feel appreciated!

  84. E Michelle Bakle says

    WHAT DATE NIGHT? if we go out once a year thats alot! but i do like to get dressed up and he likes to wear his fancy jeans and boots!

  85. Nancy Loring says

    I haven’t been out on a date in quite a few years. Was in a rekationshio for 15 years. Jow we are not together, I forgot what it is like to date, I do know that I would buy a new outfit, maje myself look as great as I can. And somehow get the butterflies out of my stomach.

  86. Kathleen O says

    We don’t get date nights very often. But when we do we are just excited to get out of the hosue without the kids.

  87. Natalie yeoman says

    i dont have any boyfriends or a husband so i dont go on any dates ):

  88. Sometimes we play “blind date” and meet each other at a place we’ve never been before and talk as if we getting to know each other for the first time. We get to know each other better eaven after all this time.

  89. Jennifer Matt says

    Well I rarely wear makeup, so when “date night” comes I usually go all out, makeup, hair done etc…

  90. K Johnson says

    I get all dolled up whenever we have a date night, usually I’m lounging in sweats and a teeshirt so when it’s a special night I go all out!

  91. Christine Jessamine says

    I dress up nice and try to look my best. I love to go out.

  92. susan1215 says

    I always make sure I dress nicely, wear makeup perfume and do my hair so I look nice for my husband.

  93. Nancy Rodriguez says

    I always try to look like I am going on a date with my husband.

  94. Barb Stenby says

    shower, shave legs & armpits, moisturize blow dry my hair, put on a yummy fragrance, do my make up put on a nice outfit brush my teeth & head on out!

  95. I take a nice long shower. I also paint my nails and shave my legs!

  96. mecarolks says

    I always try to look like I am going on a date with my husband.

  97. I just take a nice long bubble bath and spritz myself with a nice smelling perfume.

  98. Alona Young says

    I definitely take a lot more time to get ready, and I wear a red lipstick that my hubby loves.

  99. Erica Carnes says

    I pamper myself to feel extra nice.

  100. Sarah Hall says

    I try not to let him know what I’m wearing until the last minute and them I surprise him by hopefully really looking good. I let him choose the place to dine so it seems more like a real date.

  101. carogonza says

    I love getting dressed up. Then making sure I do my hair and makeup.

  102. Desiree Dunbar says

    I love to get a manicure, put some heels and feel pretty for date nights with my husband.

  103. Desiree Dunbar says

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  104. usnamom2014 says

    I take time with my hair and makeup. I always give him a choice of 2 outfits for me to choose from.

  105. I do my hair and makeup! And I actually shave! lol

  106. I love to get my hair and nails done before we go on a big date night. I also take the time to do my makeup and put on some good clothes.

  107. Carolyn Daley says

    I like to dress up, but I do not go overboard or chance things up because that just isn’t me. We spice up date night by trying new and different things like visiting the Loggerhead Marine Life Center or driving down to Miami for the day.

  108. krystal wethington says

    On date nights I like to dress up nice and try to go to different places.

  109. I usually throw on hoodie jeans tennis shoes pull my hair in pony tail and head out 🙂

  110. Kimberly Deallovingrandma Stcl says

    I wear the dress that my husband loves

  111. Evelyn Driver says

    We try to do something fun for both of us, like bowling or paintball.

  112. coupontammy says

    I try to make sure that I dress up nice. I also try to make sure that things are taken care of at home. That way we won’t worry about the kids or what we need to do when we get home. It helps us to be present on our date and not worry about other things.

  113. Okay sounds weird but I put on fancy undies then whatever clothes I’m wearing. The put on the perfume he loves. Doesn’t matter if we’re going to the movies or fancy dinner.

  114. honeypie411 says

    I prepare for date night by dressing in a nice little black dress, putting on red lipstick, and going dancing with husband. Julie Hawkins

  115. tinareynolds says

    I wear a cute dress fun shoes and spend more time on hair and makeup

  116. Dressing up, having a glass of wine, and trying not to monopolize the conversation with talk about the little one!

  117. Michelle Mattioda says

    i get new heels and new lingerie. i also hire a babysitter and spray on my “sexy” perfume. i put on more makeup than what i normally wear and straighten my hair too. 🙂

  118. My partner knows it’s a special occasion when my legs are shaved 😉 I like to put some extra effort into looking nice and taking time just for us!

  119. I dress up nice and try to look my best.

  120. yellowlabs says

    I pretty myself up by wearing makeup and a nice outfit.

  121. Wendy Rozema says

    for a date night I like to get dressed up and do my hair & make up really nice!

  122. Karrie Millheim says

    I love getting ready for date night out. I do my hair, whiten my teeth and dress up ..also add makeup.

  123. Sky Evans says

    I prepare by doing my hair and using mascara. I dress nice

  124. dana cerrito says

    I start by doing my nails toes too. plucking eyebrows. picking out the perfect outfit. blowing my hair out straight. make-up and I’m ready have a night out on the town

  125. natalia ryjova says

    I prepare for a night out with like 10 outfits and then i do my makeup if it is a special occasion.

  126. Lorena Keech says

    Seriously, we are just such good friends we just enjoy spending time together…so if we go out, we are very comfortable, wearing our everyday clothes. I at least try to shower and wear makeup:)

  127. Peggy Rydzewski says

    I always try to wear something I know he likes to keep that spark.

  128. Francine Anchondo says

    I usually will look nice when we go out somewhere and sometimes to keep it interesting we try to find new things to do together.

  129. Lisa Pecora says

    When I get a new outfit I try to save it to wear to date night before just around the house or running errands. That way it is noticed!

  130. Raine Dawson says

    I love getting dressed up and wearing ‘extra’ make up, I’m such a tomboy that it’s a treat for both of us.

  131. Aimee Fontenot says

    Most times, if my fiance and I are going out somewhere “special” together, I like to get dressed up. If I’m feeling great I’ll put makeup on, wax/shave everywhere, style my hair, and make sure I smell amazing. We don’t go anywhere fancy, but we just like to be together and spend quality time talking outside of our home.

  132. Leslie Stanziani says

    What is this date night you speak of lol.We so rarely get away from our 4 kids.The last time we were alone for a night was in January when I stayed 2 might in a recliner at the hospital with my husband.When we do get to go out I usually put on make up (that I borrow from my teenagers) and get dressed up.

  133. I get dressed up and try to look nice.

  134. trisha mckee says

    I dress in something that I feel attractive in but am also comfortable in. I curl my hair and take my time in putting make up on.

  135. asketcher2 says

    We don’t go on ‘dates’ very often, but I do try to make an effort when we go out. Style my hair, wear something nice and just have fun while we’re out.

  136. Karen Drake says

    I prepare for date night out by fixing my hair, wearing makeup, we love to go out dancing like we did when we were first dating, it keeps that spark alive.


    I usually put on my pumps and and a nice outfit 🙂

  138. Jaime Cummings says

    To make our date nights special, one of us usually surprises the other
    by picking up a few expensive treats at the chocolatier (like hazelnut
    truffles or cinnamon-flavored ganache). Then we feed them to each other.
    Starting the night with this over-the-top indulgence always helps set
    the scene for lots more hedonistic fun

  139. Susan Climan says

    I straighten my hair, which I don’t do very often, and put on some perfume.

  140. Dericka Buckels says

    I usually wear makeup, a cute lil dress, perfume. I even take my hair out of it’s bun.

  141. Christian Alejandro says

    I’m a guy, and I do try to get creative with our dates. I know getting lazy takes away from the fun and make dates dull. lexbaylor27 at gmail dot com

  142. Betsy Barnes says

    Since our son has moved out, my husband and I came up with a different way to spend date night. Instead of going out, we pick a new recipe and cook together, nice bottle of wine, music makes for a fun night creating a new dish 🙂

  143. amy deeter says

    i try to do my hair and make up real well and wear something real nice

  144. mommared36 says

    It has been so long since we had date night I forgot how to get ready,lol.I am sure if I win this I can figure it out.

  145. Curl my hair, dress up, nice makeup and perfume.

  146. Lorayne Gothard says

    My husband and I make plans for someone to watch the kids, and we go to the movies and dinner and try not to talk so much about the kids but each other

  147. susansmoaks says

    we get my parents to watch the kids and we plan a date night

  148. My husband and I have date night once a month. We go to dinner and a movie (if something decent is playing). Thank you

  149. lmurley2000 says

    one or the other makes the plans and it a mystery to the other about what we will be doing great fun

  150. lil_lady_dz says

    I usually prepare by making a nice meal at home, a little champagne, and some music. We might watch a movie or play a few card/board games out on the patio.

  151. I usually put on something nice to wear, style my hair and a litttle make-up. We either stay home and have a nice meal that I prepare or we take out food or go out for dinner.

  152. We don’t just go on dates, we go on adventures.
    Melanie Montgomery

  153. We usually do not go out that much,lol, but to a restaurant is nice and you can get dressed up!

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  155. Buddy Garrett says

    We plan a romantic dinner making sure we get roses and champagne. We treat our date night like we did when we first dated. My wife always surprise me.

  156. I think you need to have one night a week or at least a month that is just for the two of you! In the rush of everything else that goes on you have to take that time out for each other still!

  157. We don’t have date night but we enjoy our two days off every other week. Together. We spend time together and have lunch

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