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7 essentials for a romantic date night in

Skip the reservations in favor of the perfect date night in.

7 essentials for a romantic date night in

You know the advice for parents given by relationship experts everywhere — don’t neglect the date night!


Unfortunately no matter how much you buy into the philosophy, finding time to get away and reconnect (not to mention track down and secure a babysitter) is sometimes easier said than done. But don’t ditch the romance just yet, mama.

Here are seven essential things you need to plan a perfectly romantic night in.

1. For sips to savor: A Bright Cellars subscription

Who says you need to be a sommelier to plan a wine and cheese night? Skip the snootiness and get a subscription to Bright Cellars, the wine club that sends you custom selections based on a palate profile you create by taking a simple taste quiz. Based on your answers, Bright Cellars sends you personalized wines every month (you can skip a month if your schedules get too jammed). The best part? The selections get more and more personalized with each bottle you taste and review in your profile. Cheers!

Pro tip: Signing up for a subscription is a great way to keep date night in the books. And you can use our link for 50% off — you’re welcome! ?

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2. For a tasty pairing: The Tasting Board

If you like the wine, you’re going to love Bright Cellars’ sister company, The Tasting Board. Their subscription service sends you four cheeses matched to your taste preferences, which sounds like a match made in heaven almost as good as you and your partner. ?

Pro tip: Be sure to review your cheeses each time you taste for an improved flavor profile with each shipment.

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3. The best glasses to clink: Riedel Veritas Wine Glasses

Widely renowned as some of the best lead-crystal wine glasses ever made, these cabernet glasses from Riedel Veritas feature varietal-specific bowl shapes designed to enhance the flavor of your favorite bold red. And did we mention they’re dishwasher safe? #momwin

Pro tip: Prefer whites? We’ve got you covered, mama.

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4. For proper plating: Thirstystone Cheese Board

No judgment if you want to eat off of paper plates (who does dishes on a date?), but might we suggest a more grown-up serving platter? The Thirstystone Cheese Board is a stylish backdrop for your favorite artisanal cheeses and snacks and features four protective feet to keep the board in place while you nosh.

Pro tip: Can’t tell your gruyère from your gorgonzola? Write on the board with chalk to label each savory bite.

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5. If you’re feeling adventurous: DateBox

Date night is all about reconnecting and energizing the spark that brought you together — which is why DateBox is the perfect way to plan an adventurous evening in. Subscribers received themed boxes packed curated activities, snacks, and prompts to help couples engage and even learn a new skill. (But don’t worry, most of them can still be done from your couch. Kids are tiring, yo.)

Pro tip: Sign up to get a box every month, or have them delivered at three- or six-month intervals.

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6. Or...if you’re not: Netflix

We would never knock Netflix and chill. If you and your partner are just looking for a night of relaxation, pour a few glasses of wine and curl up on the couch to catch up on the TV shows and movies you’ve missed out on (movie theater + babies = not happening).

Pro tip: Feeling extra decadent? Watch it on your tablet in bed. You wild thing, you.

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7. When you’re ready to cuddle: DaDa Bedding Collection Luxury Throw Blanket

Really, is there a wrong time to cuddle on date night? We didn’t think so. This super soft sherpa blanket from DaDa Bedding Collection will add the perfect cozy factor to a movie on the couch, snuggling up with a couple glasses of wine, or whatever your evening holds. (None of our business!)

Pro tip: The blanket is big enough to share, but so soft that you just might want to buy two.

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These new arrivals from the Motherly Shop are *so* good you need them all

Noodle and Boo, Mushie and Plan Toys—everything you need, mama.

Motherhood is hard work—finding great products and brands to make the journey easier doesn't have to be. Each week, we stock the Motherly Shop with brilliant new products we know you'll need and love from brands and makers that really care.

So, what's new this week?

Noodle and Boo: Holistic baby skin care

Through working with chemists who specialize in natural and holistic skin care, Noodle and Boo has developed exclusive formulas that nourish, replenish and protect especially delicate, eczema-prone and sensitive skin—including laundry detergent. Their signature, obsession-worthy scent—which is subtly sweet, pure and fresh—is the closest thing to bottling up "baby smell" we've ever found.

Mushie: Kids' dinnerware that actually looks great

We're totally crushing on Mushie's minimalist dinnerware for kids. Their innovative baby and toddler products leverage Swedish design to marry both form and function while putting safety front and center. Everything is created in soft, muted colors from BPA-free materials.

Plan Toys: Open-ended toys that last

Corralling and cleaning up the toys becomes less stressful when you bring home fewer, better, more beautiful ones. Plan Toys checks all the boxes. Made from re-purposed rubber wood, they're better for the planet as well.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

Mushie silicone baby bib

Mushie silicone baby bib

There's no going back to cloth bibs after falling in love with this Swedish design. The pocket catches whatever misses their mouths and the BPA-free silicone is waterproof and easy to wipe down between uses.

$13

Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

Mushie kids' square dinnerware plate set

We're totally crushing on the soft muted colors that flow with our table aesthetics and the thoughtful high-sided design that helps babies and toddler who are learning to feed themselves.

$15

Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Noodle and Boo nursery essentials kit

Stocked with everything a new mama needs to care for her little one's delicate skin, Noodle and Boo's nursery essentials gift set is the perfect way to create a holistic and natural skin care routine from day one.

$45

Plan Toys doctor set 

Plan Toys doctor set

Ideal for quiet time and imaginative role play, we love the gorgeous planet-friendly doctor kit from Plan Toys. The rubber wood stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, syringe and reflex hammer pack up neat and tidy into the red cotton case should they need to dash off on a rescue mission.

$30

Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Noodle and Boo instant hand sanitizer

Since we're buying and using hand sanitizer by the truckload these days, we're thrilled Noodle and Boo has made one we can feel good about using on little ones who cram their hands in their mouths 24/7. Not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, but it also leaves hands moisturized as well.

$10

Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

Plan Toys natural wooden blocks set

A toy box isn't complete without a set of blocks—and this set is one of our new favorites. The sustainable, re-purposed wood is eco-friendly, comes at a relatively affordable price point and are certain to last well beyond multiple kids, hand-me-downs and even generations.

$30

Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Noodle and Boo family fun pack cleansing set

Because their products were developed for delicate and eczema-prone skin, Noodle and Boo's full line of skin care has become a favorite among those with sensitive skin of all ages. This set is the perfect way to pamper the entire family.

$48

Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

Mushie kids' round dinnerware bowl set

No need to sacrifice safety or design with the sustainable dinnerware from Mushie. Their minimalist, functional dishes are perfect for serving up meals and snacks to your tablemates who might hurl it to the floor at any point. They're made in Denmark from BPA-free polypropylene plastic mamas can feel good about and dishwasher and microwave-safe as well.

$14

Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

Plan Toys geo stacking blocks

The best engaging, open-ended toys are the ones that are left out and available, inviting little (and big!) ones to play. These beautiful gem-like blocks make for addicting coffee table play for the entire family.

$30

Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Plan Toys wooden green dollhouse

Energy-efficient design isn't just for grown-up real estate. This green dollhouse includes a wind turbine, a solar cell panel, electric inverter, recycling bins, a rain barrel, a biofacade and a blind that can adjust the amount of sunlight and air circulation along with minimalist furniture we'd totally love to have in our own houses.

$250

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