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Many of you who read my blog regularly will know that this summer my husband joined the Air Force and we became a military family.  Since then military issues, particularly deployment have been much more on my mind.  Please take a moment to check out the video below.

Whether or not you are involved with the armed forces, there are some excellent date ideas that will help you add a little creativity and romance back into your relationship with your spouse.

For many service men and women the day they return home is the happiest day of their lives! We have all seen the happy reunions of families during the holidays, but what happens after the reunion is over? For many men and women it’s the beginning of a new struggle, the struggle to put their families back together again, and it’s not easy. Military divorces have increased 42% since 2001, and that number is sure to increase with the number of service men and women returning home from Afghanistan.


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Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. Mary Happymommy says
    My dream date would be dinner overlooking the ocean.
  2. My dream date would be a private meal with my hubby at a nice house overlooking the beach. Simple works for me.
  3. My dream date would be watching the evening sunset on the beach with my husband while eating a lovely steak dinner! :)
  4. Anytime I can even go to dinner with my husband is a dream date! kcoud33 at gmail dot com
  5. My dream date would be a picnic up in the mountains....splendid!
  6. Alicia Zirjacks says
    Any date without my kids is a dream date for me
  7. My dream date would be in Paris
  8. deanna_boocock says
    My dream date would be with my hubby in Hawaii, taking a helicopter ride to look at the lava flows, then eating pizza and beer on a blanket on a black pebble beach watching the sunset,
  9. Stephanie Phelps says
    My favorite was when we had no money to go any where or a babysitter for the kids my husband made the most fantastic meal and lit candles on our balcony with beautiful flowers on the table. He had already fed the kids and got a movie on for them with individual snacks plates of their own. (so they wouldn't fight) lol He dressed up and asked me out on a date on our balcony. It was fabulous because he was so creative.
  10. My dream date would be long walk by the country side of Swiss.
  11. melissa miller says
    when we had a picnic on the beach :)
  12. JHollyhock (aka Jennifer) says
    Hmmm. Just a quite night without any children in a guest house and fire in the fireplace. Good dinner and a game afterward.
  13. Just having time without kids! Sushi is a bonus :)
  14. just dinner and play games
  15. Every year on our anniversary we pack a picnic lunch, a bottle of sparkling juice, and head to the beach. We spend the day lounging & eating (usually too cold still for swimming). Once the bottle is empty we fill it from sand and label the bottle with the beach we're at & the date.
  16. My dream date would be dinner at Le Cellier in Walt Disney World :).
  17. Hannah Avery says
    Visiting Hawaii would be an awesome date!
  18. Hannah Avery says
    I would like to go to Hawaii with my husband
  19. groceries for the family
  20. connie black says
    My dream date would be to come home after work to no kids and a clean house with dinner on the table.
  21. My dream date invloves no kids and a little wine. I'm pretty easy to please with three kids under 4.
  22. A book to read
  23. shala_darkstone says
    My dream date would be at Yosemite Park with my hubby.
  24. My favorite date was a romantic night on the beach at sunset in Aruba with my husband
  25. Kelly Beam Brown says
    My perfect date would be to go to a spa with my hubby and have massages together!
  26. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says
    I would love a trip to the beach!
  27. Julie Lynn Bickham says
    My perfect date with the hubby would be a nice dinner and maybe a walk in the park. With 3 children it's hard to even talk to one another. To me that would be the perfect date!
  28. Julie Witt says
    My dream date involves sitting on the outside deck of a little restaurant on the ocean, drinking wine and eating fresh crab, with the man of my dreams, who I haven't met yet!!
  29. My dream date is a long bubble bath and a good book :)
  30. My dream date would be anyplace in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  31. Nikki Elkins says
    Taking a private jet to vegas to have a nice dinner and maybe a little shopping
  32. Don't know that I have a dream date... My favorite 'date' was when my husband and I took off to Eureka Springs, AR for no reason at all and just spent time looking at antique stores and walking hand in hand!
  33. I've never really thought about a dream date! But one of my favorite places to go with my husband is to the beach and eat outside overlooking the water. Thanks for the giveaway!
  34. Just a day (or night) out to the movies, dinner and some "nookie' time
  35. favorite date dinner, good wine, good conversation
  36. Trasina McGahey says
    My fav or dream date would be anything out of the house with the hubby. :)
  37. A concert or play that we talk about for days and a delicious dinner that I go to bed dreaming about
  38. Soha Molina says
    dinner with hubby
  39. I would like to go somewhere quiet with my husband. Have Mexican food and nice music.
  40. Dino Rock Mom says
    My dream date would be a sunset dinner on the beach. We'd have a bit of a drive but it would be very worth it!
  41. kathy pease says
    mine would be just a quiet dinner and dancing :)
  42. Allison Downes says
    Mine would be dinner on the beach!
  43. christine jessamine says
    mine is outdoors, somewhere here in utah camping
  44. My dream date would be to return to the resort where we got married 8 years ago and share a drink at sunset watching the ocean waves!
  45. Dream would be to be able to go on the honeymoon me and my wife never had.
  46. My dream date would be to go somewhere with my hubby and have alone time enjoying each other, laughing and having fun, just forget about the world and all out problems.
  47. My favorite is going to the Melting Pot
  48. My dream date would be an overnight date where my husband and I could go on a mini vacation away together.
  49. My dream date with my husband would be up in the mountains in a lodge, eating dinner in front of a big fireplace.
  50. Holly Hennessy Swint says
    Favorite date would be taking a flight to NYC, seeing a show, dining out then staying at the Plaza
  51. dream date would be a quiet evening alone with hubby....dinner, walk on the beach, just talking without 6 ears listening!
  52. My dream date would be to simply go to the movies and dinner without the kids! I haven't been on a date with my husband in about 4yrs :( Sad I know. We always make time for ourselves at home, but haven't been able to go out with the kids due to no childcare.
  53. Riding up the canyon and stopping for breakfast at Ruth's Diner.
  54. Deborah Wallin says
    My dream date would be a great meal, then a movie, and home early to see my kids before they go to bed.
  55. My dream date is a weekend away, on the coast, in a private beach house!
  56. My favorite date is dinner and a movie ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!
  57. My dream date would be at an oceanside restaurant in Italy. Thanks!
  58. my dream date would be dinner on the pier in San Francisco
  59. Miranda Riddle says
    My personal favorite is dinner and live music at Bukkets, a wonderful little bar & grill overlooking the Atlantic, right here in Jacksonville Beach. <3
  60. Patty White says
    My dream date would be a picnic in the park
  61. Shannon Baas says
    Going out for a romantic dinner.
  62. My dream date is dinner on a private yacht while it is cruising around the statue of Liberty. abfantom at yahoo dot com
  63. I'm a simple girl. Dinner and a walk on the beach at sunset... perfect!
  64. Janice Cooper says
    Hubby and I in Maui watching the sunset
  65. My dream date is shopping
  66. Adrienne Gordon says
    A nice wine bar with some cheese and a band playing
  67. April Brenay says
    The evening before my husband deployed for Iraq we went to the melting pot. Had an amazing romantic dinner. When the bill came, the waiter told us that the bill and tip was covered by everyone in the dinning room. Brought me to tears :)
  68. darlene bohannon says
    to go out to a upscale dancin and dining place. eat dinner by candle light,lots of slow dancing on a big dance floor. with the light turned down
  69. Susan Smith says
    I enjoy going out to dinner so we can talk and I don't have to cook.
  70. Shelling on Sanibel Island, followed by a lunch
  71. One of my favorite dates is our anniversary date at the same restaurant where we had our first date. nrdunningATgmailDOTcom
  72. My dream date is dinner and dancing on the beach. janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com
  73. Favorite date would be dinner in a nice restaurant and dancing.
  74. A dream date for me would be a long walk together, talking and laughing about anything and everything, through quiet neighbourhoods that have lots of greenery and beautiful houses that were built in the 1920s or earlier, followed by a picnic in an equally quiet park.
  75. Mine would be a flight to somewhere posh for dinner and then a flight right back home.
  76. My favorite date is a picnic at the beach.Re
  77. Just going to my fav restaurant :)
  78. My dream date -- a bottle of wine, a picnic and baked pastries at a park in Paris with a view of the Eiffel tower.
  79. Tracie Trump says
    Dinner and fireworks at Walt Disney World,
  80. on a boat watching whales with my husband
  81. We like to go bowling and out to dinner, but really anything to spend some time alone is great!
  82. My dream date would be going to a movie and out for a nice dinner alone without the kids! Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway! furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net
  83. ericka coello says
    it'd be to spend a whole day with my husband alone, NO CHILDREN!
  84. Becky Fluff says
    My dream date would be for my husband to come home from basic training and to go to a nice warm resort... somewhere without snow!!!
  85. Amanda Kinder says
    My dream date would be a quiet walk on the beach at sunset, then as the sun hits the water, have a small, but delicious dinner.
  86. My dream date would be to travel to a city I had never been to before, see the sights, then have a wonderful dinner.
  87. My favourite dream date was sharing pizza & wine with my husband at an amazing street cafe in Rome.
  88. Christina Gould says
    My dream date would be dinner at a five star restaurant. Thanks for the giveaway!
  89. Barbara Montag says
    Favorite date - a picnic by the river. And a leisurely walk later enjoying the scenic view. Thank you.
  90. My dream date would probably be dinner in a fancy Indian restaurant, a Broadway show, and a helicopter ride over NYC. Thanks!
  91. my dream date would be a drive "alone" through a scenic area! Thanks for a super giveaway!
  92. Theresa Shafer says
    A man that cooks and want to give me a full body massage. tes 1283 yahoo
  93. Angela Mitchell says
    My dream date would be an awesome dinner followed by a rock concert and then back to a hotel for the night!
  94. My dream date would be to watch the sun setting over a beautiful beach.
  95. Janna Johnson says
    swimming and dinner! Happy Blogging! Thanks! Janna Johnson janna@feedyourpig on gfc
  96. private meal on a sunset beach
  97. Date? What's that! It's been so long since my hubby and I spent time just the two of us... I think my dream date right now would be just time out the two of us, maybe to a national park or an observatory, just the two of us, no running after the kiddo...
  98. Debra Guillen says
    My dream date would be a romantic candlelight dinner in Hawaii
  99. My dream date would be a quiet meal in a luxury hotel suite, just getting away from it all.
  100. Dream date would be a nice meal at the Homestead (a resort in our area) and then a dip in the hot pots nearby!
  101. Mary Casper says
    my dream date would be to fly to paris
  102. My dream date would be in the Galapagos Islands with the giant tortoises!
  103. Michelle Bainbridge says
    My dream date would be a train trip through the Rockies
  104. Dreamdate- going on a cruise.
  105. domestic diva says
    My dream date is a child-free dinner with my sweetie.
  106. Just about any night out with must dh and I. I can count on one hand the amount of times hubby and I have been out without the girls in the last 11 years. A nice dinner and movie would be great. Thank you!
  107. A nice dinner and long walk on the beach.
  108. My dream date would be candlelight dinner on the beach
  109. My dream date would be on a hot air balloon over the grand canyon.
  110. I would like a quiet dinner with my dh.
  111. Missy Lynnh says
    On a beach somewhere tropical with my hubby.
  112. My dream date would be a spontaneous weekend trip to Paris and subsequent visits to museums, the Eiffel Tower, a river cruise on the Seine... Etc.
  113. Heather McCormick says
    My dream date would be dinner at sunset on a beach...
  114. Donna George says
    Staying hte night at a hotel, away from the 4 kids :)
  115. Donna Haynes says
  116. My favorite date is with my husband. It doesn't even have to be anywhere special. I just love being with him.
  117. My hubby and I had the best first date ever. We walked the streets of San Francisco enjoying the sites, shops and restaurants. Then we walked through Golden Gate park. He took me to an exotic restaurant for a delicious meal and then we reluctantly ended the date. But ... the next morning, bright and early, I got a call ... and we scheduled our second date. :-) I think what made it so special is that we spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other rather than doing something, like a movie, that didn't allow for conversation. It was ... and still is ... the best date ever! Thanks for this opportunity! Sml Footprints reducefootprints at gmail dot com
  118. My favorite date is a romantic dinner at home followed by a good movie
  119. Just some nice quiet time together at the beach
  120. my dream date would be involve being whisked off to Tahiti!
  121. Rebecca Shockley says
    My dream date would be on an isolated island with white beaches
  122. Penny Kathleen says
    Honestly my favorite date is just staying home without any kids and having some cheese, crackers, wine and chocolate in front of a fire!
  123. My dream date would be a nice quiet dinner with my husband and two boys. It's great as long as we are all together. We are military too! =)
  124. April 9th 2005, our wedding.
  125. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says
    my dream date would be picknick at the beach
  126. Desiree Dunbar says
    I like a romantic dinner in a small italian restaurant.
  127. My favorite date is a weekend in a remote wooded area with a lake and great hiking trails. Of course, the weather has to cooperate:)
  128. My dream date would be a picnic on the beach in Hawaii.
  129. My dream date is a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean.
  130. my dream date is a romantic dinner in sao paolo with my husband =)
  131. A picnic in the vineyard with the freshest homegrown veggies/meat. A great bottle of wine and a lovely sunset.
  132. My dream date would take place in a castle in Scotland and my date would wear a kilt.
  133. My dream date is anytime or anywhere with my husband.
  134. I am lucky for I get to look at the ocean everyday and night and hear it too. I would love to go out dancing or go to a concert live and have an outdoor picnic, A concert in a park with dinner packed would be fun too.
  135. getting takeout from our fav restaurant and have a fun movie night
  136. The best dates with my husband lately have been all dates. It's so nice just to hang out with him one on one.
  137. When a guy I really liked and I went to water front park. We swang on swings and talked.
  138. my knight would wisk me away on a private jet to a secluded island
  139. My favorite is simply going out to dinner.
  140. Dream date would be with hubby on deserted island
  141. My dream "date" would be a trip to Barcelona with my husband - second time for me, first time for him.
  142. Dinner in a nice quiet restaurant jofo120 at yahoo dot ocm
  143. Aubrey Briskin says
    my dream date would be with my husband on an island.
  144. Aletha Scott says
    Picnic on the beach.
  145. My dream date would be on the beach in Hawaii.
  146. My dream date would be on the beach in Hawaii
  147. i'm easy, dinner and a movie
  148. My dream date would be a night out in New York or LA , see a show , have dinner , and if warm place , go have a walk on the beach !!
  149. My dream date is a romantic private date on a roof top in San Francisco.
  150. it would be to have a nice super made by him!
  151. teressa oliver says
    My next date will be at the effiel tower in Paris, so that will probably be my best ever teressaoliver at gmail dot com
  152. At the beach...
  153. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says
    going to disney and watching the fireworks vmkids3 at msn dot com
  154. jet to Venice and eat a fantastic dinner
  155. My dream date would be on a sunset beach overlooking a gorgeous sunset with candle light and eatting something wonderful! Can I add NO KIDS... kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com
  156. sheryl cullum says
    My dream date would be dinner on a balcony overlooking the ocean watching the sunset amasfuntime at yahoo dot com
  157. Kathleen Conner says
    My dream date is a weekend in Paris, eating cheese and wine!
  158. John Billiris says
    My dream date is watching a really great movie that makes us laugh a lot
  159. Kathleen Conner says
    aagh--I tweeted, but pasted the wrong link: it should be!/kc98765/status/160173039621902337
  160. Our last perfect date was a candlelit dinner and then a walk on the beach. That was about seven years ago, lol, but it was really wonderful.
  161. Sitting at an oyster bar overlooking the ocean on Cape Cod
  162. Sitting in virgin gorda the baths!
  163. Brittney House says
    My favorite date was my first date with my now husband. It was spent walking around the beautiful city of chicago and ended on the beach.
  164. Michelle Tucker says
    Any date with my husband is my dream date. Really. We have a blast whether we are eating at McDonalds or a 5 star place. I don't know if I could handle separation from him. Thank you to your family for all you do for us.
  165. my favorite date was with my husband when we went to the hot springs
  166. Pinky Sade says
    My favorite date usually is when we check out a new and delicious place to eat and have a fun night out
  167. My "dream" date would be a night in Italy at a good Italian restaurant. I've always wanted to go there. boylaneely at hotmail dot com
  168. Michelle White says
    I would love to see a good band, have a few drinks and spend the night in a hotel. Sleeping in and free room service would be fab too! Thanks! Michelle W.
  169. horseback riding on the beach
  170. Lisa Garner says
    My favorite date with my husband is a picnic at our local park and a hike up to the bluffs.
  171. Christine L says
    Any date where we don't talk/argue about the house/baby/budget :)
  172. dream date...with money being no object...would be a night in a hammock on the beach on a warm night when you don't need a blanket (no mosquitoes lol) just he and I...
  173. MY dream date would be with my husband in a hot air balloon watching a sunset.
  174. Michelle Fosnaugh says
    Im a simple gal a dream date for me is time alone with a good bottle of wine, chinese takeout and a new release movie :-)
  175. My dream date is watching the sun rise in Hawaii
  176. Veronica Garrett says
    My dream date would be a getaway to Vegas.
  177. considering we've had about 4-5 dates in the last 4 years (since our oldest was born), I'd say ANY date would be a dream ;)
  178. Terry Avila says
    My favorite date is June 7.
  179. My dream date.... dinner at Disneyworld with George Clooney!
  180. My dream date is hubby and I walking along the beaches in Australia
  181. I'd like to have a romantic dinner at home.
  182. Walking across Charles Bridge, in Prague CZ. I used to teach there and always found it so romantic
  183. Laura Lynch says
    it'd be fun to go on a quick road trip to further off cities and find a unique restaurant to eat at and explore.