Are you looking for a gift for parents this Christmas? I have the perfect answer, “a babysitting voucher”. Yes, you read that right. As parents we love our little adorable monkeys to pieces but being a parent is tough. It’s not often you get to be just a couple again on a fancy night out. Date nights “in” are great after the kids have gone to bed and Mr P and I make time for each other this way but a true night off is a special treat.
We were so grateful this past weekend to experience just that from the lovely Mamas & Papas The Home of little Christmases and their lovely campaign #MandPNightOff. We had the opportunity to take the night off, get dressed up, and hit the city center like the good old days just me and hubby.
All week we were deciding where to go and what to wear (well, I was of course). I wanted to wear something that would make me feel like an adult again and pretty for my hubby. The poor man comes home to hair thrown in a ponytail, makeup smeared and most likely my cleaning clothes or loungewear since I work from home too. I wanted to remind him that I can look nice for him and that alone feels very special. We choose a restaurant we have been dying to go to and haven’t had the chance, called Damson in the city.
This July was our last meal out just Mr P and I for our wedding anniversary. We often may eat out with clients or couples or as a family but I think there is something so different and special when it’s just the two of you. You talk about the future, the every day happenings and your feelings and really focus 100% percent on each other. In any relationship that is so important but specially when you have become parents. At home, you tend to talk about the kids and things that need to be done. On a night out, you can put all that aside and truly take the night off from responsibilities and all the to do lists.
From the moment I put my little black dress on and let my curls set. I felt excited for date night. I felt excited to be on the arm of my best friend, ready to take on the city together. Mr P and I are huge foodies so we had scoped out the menu the night before and knew who was ordering what. We always make sure not to get the same dishes so we can try more of the menu together. We had a lovely conversation on the car ride in as we don’t live close to the city anymore. I find car rides are great for quality time too. We laughed and joked with each other and it really felt like it had been ages since we did that. We both live such busy lives, both running our own businesses and taking care of our two tots, the house and whatever life throws at us. And sometimes I think it’s easy to be passing each other and go along with the routines, not stop and have these quality moments together.
Damson did not disappoint. The food which you can see for yourself was out of this world. I loved that we ordered dishes we have never had before or wanted to try. I think it’s one of my top favorite restaurants now I am not going to lie. My mouth was still watering after my main dish and while I was reading my dessert options. The coffees were as big as my head just the way I like them. I always say if I can’t swim in it, it’s not big enough. The atmosphere was lively and we had a view that was breathe taking of Media City. You can see behind all our food it looks like we are literally floating.
That’s what a dinner date should make you feel like, floating in beauty, good food, and love. Without sounding completely mushy and cliche, it really does keep “the sparkle” in a relationship. We as a couple will be the first to admit we get wrapped up in routines and daily life and need to stop and make time for each other to feel connected, as I am sure everyone does.
I left holding his hand feeling like I have the best friend I could ask for a husband and how lucky is that? Not only is he a great father but we have the best connection in the world and sometimes we just need a night off to reflect on it to keep the fire burning. It made a spring in my step and our weekend a very special one to remember. Thank you so much Mamas & Papas!
Why not give the gift of “a babysitting voucher” to a couple you know? Trust me, it’s what every parent wants this Christmas. Click the link to download your voucher.