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Our house tends to be busy, even chaotic. Between the kids schedules, my husband's work, and daily life, sometimes I feel overwhelmed. I don't know which way is up let alone what's happening in my relationship with my husband. Having time for just the two of us is so important for our family. If the two of us aren't strong, our family isn't strong. That's why date night is so important.

But for many people, occasional date night to strengthen their marriage isn't an option. The brave men and women who heroically serve our country spend countless months away from family and friends.

We've all seen the tearful homecoming videos of parents hugging children and spouses. I don't know about you, but these touching moments get me choked up. But, what happens after those homecomings?  How do these military men and women readjust to civilian life?  Will their marriages survive the challenge?

Check out this video about the Art of Marriage Ops.




How can you help?
  • Spread The Word! Did you or someone you love serve in the military?  Help us spread to word and share the app on your Facebook or Twitter!  Use hashtag #marriageops ! The more people who realize this is an issue, brings us one step closer to helping more families!
  • Donate!  Text OPS to 80888 and donate $10.00 to help our men and women in the military strengthen their marriage by attending an event showcasing The Art of Marriage! Less than the price of two cups of coffee!  
  • Five Date Ideas!  It’s not just military men and women who need help with their relationships. Here are five great inspirational date ideas that will help bring you closer to your partner!

Little steps can help military and civilian marriages. Why not take your spouse out for a little fun this weekend!  Whether its a movie, dinner or a drink, take an hour or two away from the kids and the housework to reconnect with each other.

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Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of the ART of Marriage Campaign. The gift card will be provided by the sponsor. For my full disclosure policy, please visit www.more4momsbuck.com/disclosure.

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93 comments:

  1. will spread the word

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  2. i like to take walks in the woods

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  3. ballroom dancing lessons :) thanks!

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  4. A movie would be nice

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  5. a dinner and a movie :)

    marci h
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

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  6. Italian food and a movie.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  7. picnic in the living room- in backyard- date night can be after the kids go to sleep, and ust as romantic

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  8. Taking some time together to spend time with each other. Make sure that it is something that the both of you enjoy doing and that there is a physical proximity.

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  9. We like going out to dinner so we can talk without the children

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  10. Enjoy a nice walk together and maybe stop at a cafe or ice cream place.
    Thanks so much
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I like the dance with me idea!

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  12. Christina - xristya@rock.comm - Do something both of you have never done before, so that you can experience it for the first time together!

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  13. Good food, then video games and movies.

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  14. I always like to have a good dinner out, and then a movie at home.

    Nathansmommy619(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. I think cooking together and watching a great movie would be a good date night!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Going out to movie with a big thing of popcorn and Pepsi
    rosans4@comcast.net

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  17. bring cash..credit cards can have you washing dishes

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  18. i love movie nights!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  19. Dinner and a movie always makes a great date night.

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  20. seeing a play then a nice dinner

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  21. dinner and a movie crystletellerday@yahoo.com

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  22. Snuggling on the couch while watching a movie.

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  23. dinner home alone..quiet and talking time
    ccasper@centurytel.net

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  24. A good date night is going to dinner then walking on the boardwalk at the shore! Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  25. Mine is pretty simple - our favorite takeout Chinese and a great new release DVD.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

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  26. A special homemade meal and an evening at the park.

    cody_endres(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. A romantic treasure hunt!
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  28. I think a great first date is dinner and a movie. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) corrysue@yahoo.com

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  29. A great date night is dinner and a movie.
    tmoyer6980 at charter dot net

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  30. I think a great date would be a walk or bike ride through the city, followed by a movie. Then an intimate dinner and drinks to end the evening (or maybed not).

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  31. I love to go on a little road trip and picnic.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  32. My main suggestion for a great date night is NO electronics! Focus on each other, spend time doing something that you both enjoy, no phones, no computers, no TV... no distractions!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  33. I like to keep it simple so dinner and a movie

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  34. Dinner out and a movie

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  35. my husband and i like to go out to dinner together

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  36. Dinner and a movie and no kids

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  37. A great date now is to have an outdoor picnic at the beach. It's so romantic with candles and pretty wine glasses.
    Susan Chester

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  38. A concert and dinner
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  39. compromise. one person picks dinner, one picks movie. then alternate next time.

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. We like to mix it up - dinner and a movie one night, pinic at the lake for lunch sometimes. Raffle Copter: happi shopr

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  41. Sunset walk on the beach and dinner

    ddx155 at gmail.com

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  42. Dinner and a movie is always a nice get away.

    astormer at comcast dot net

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  43. Cooking a meal for my wife and then watching a movie.
    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  44. I like it simple. Movie and Dinner.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

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  45. We love watching the sunset on the lake!

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  46. Going to a movie and out to eat. I'm a simple kind of girl. thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  47. dinner, a movie, and a babysitter! :)

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  48. My favorite idea for date night is a candlelit theme meal. Katharina
    angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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  49. Dinner and a movie - without kids and not rushed.

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  50. a relaxing dinner and movie

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  51. Dinner and a concert.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  52. I like to go to dinner and then the movies with my husband. JD

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  53. A quiet dinner, in a nice sit-down restaurant, maybe including a movie.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  54. My great date night idea is to start a real fire in a fireplace and roast some marshmallows.

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  55. just going out for a nice dinner with just my husband and me

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

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  56. Our favorite is dinner and a movie...classic because it is great!
    justicecw at hotmail dot com

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  57. dinner and dancing and of course a little romance later
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  58. Get grandma and grandpa to watch the kids so you can have some quality alone time, and take time to hold hands.

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  59. dinner and a movie

    nblexp ( at ) gmail (dot) com

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  60. A fun activity my husband and I have not yet done together!

    kkloskin@hotmail.com

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  61. I love going for a walk or Hike and having a picnic.

    sarahacarroll22@gmail.com

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  62. We have a mini-date night every night when the kids are asleep. When the weather's warm enough we sit outside on the porch and make wishes on a star and talk about our future. Bills, kids, problems, are off bounds

    teechbiz at yahoo.com

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  63. ANY time with my wonderful hubby is an awesome date night!!!!

    maryjeanrenshaw@msn.com

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  64. Try something different, like a theatre play and dinner somewhere new and unusual, like Cajun or Cuban. New foods and experiences are fun to share and spark conversation.

    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. Cooking dinner and then snuggling on the couch for a movie

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

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  66. Going Antique shopping or wine tasting!

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  67. Just something spontaneous and fun and crazy. Of course, romance all the while. You can really do anything with the one you love.

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashleymorrissey90(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. I like the do simple things like a picnic or walk on the beach.

    Desiree Dunbar
    desireedunbar@hotmail.com

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  69. good date night would be take in a movie and nice dinner

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  70. honestly we are homebodies and love to watch movies from netflix or redbox and order a large pizza with the works :)

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  71. Nothing beats a night of dancing and cocktails!

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  72. One of the first dates we ever went on was a bowling date! 16 years later we STILL love going bowling a few times a year!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

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  73. I like take out & sitting home watching movies or relaxing without kiddos

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  74. dinner then back home with no kids there

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  75. Melanie MontgomeryMarch 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    "Camping" and by that I mean the living room, smores in the fireplace, blankets, and a horror movie.



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  76. My husband and I have started unplugging and cooking and eating dinner at home then playing board games. It's the simple things we do together that reminds us why we fell in love

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  77. Ask to be seated in the "no breeding" zone at the restaurant to avoid a child-disrupted date night.

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  78. A trip to watch the sunset over the marina w/ a nice bottle of wine.

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  79. Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

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