When my husband and I were dating, one of our favorite things to do was take a late-night walk around our college campus and hit up the local convenience store for our respective favorite pints of ice cream. (We aren’t a sharing-our-ice-cream-kind of couple.)
I’ll never forget those nights — me eating a frozen yogurt of some sort, him eating a double chocolate brownie chunk deliciousness that I always tried to sneak bites out of. Because let’s face it, double chocolate with brownie always trumps fro-yo. We talked about everything and nothing, and I cherished those moments when I felt so at ease with someone, even while lounging about in my pajama pants and a sweatshirt.
Now, officially “grown up,” with a house, a mortgage, careers, kids, and even a fourth baby on the way, it seems like those carefree, ice cream-eating days of dating of old are gone forever. But I was inspired by this list from YourTango to create my own list of guilty pleasures for couples, even this hopelessly boring one.
10 Guilty Pleasures For Couples
1. Late night ice cream sessions.
Because obviously. Did you really think this wouldn’t make the list? Bonus points for enjoying your ice cream accompanied by a cheesy movie and/or anywhere outside.
2. Watching the sun rise under a cozy blanket.
Please see above picture for evidence of how beautiful this guilty pleasure can be. If you have to play hooky from work together to make this one happen, all the more romantic.
3. Staying up all night together.
And no, I’m not talking about staying up all night together because you have no choice with small, screaming children. I’m talking about staying up all night just for fun, and indulge in some crazy, cheesy, calorie-ridden meal because nothing tastes better in the middle of the night.
4. Couples’ massages.
Need I say more? There’s always the DIY option if your budget does not approve.
5. Sleeping alone … to start.
Maybe this is just a phenomenon of the long-married, but there’s something that makes sleeping alone in your marital bed that feels gloriously guilty. Maybe your husband is out on the town for a boys’ night, or maybe you’re sipping cocktails for a bachelorette party, but starting out alone then slipping underneath the covers can certainly spice things up a bit.
6. Two words: cookie dough.
Salmonella warnings, be damned. Heat up the kitchen by mixing up a batch of homemade cookies — and feeding each other the dough. Somehow, I love cookie dough more than the cookies.
7. A late night out.
I’m going to let my parenting side show here, but is there anything more reckless than a night of drinking with your man when you know you don’t have to get up with kids the next day? Call me crazy, but I can’t properly enjoy a night out if I know I have a morning in the next day. Babysitter + booze = night made.
8. Shameless Netflix marathons.
We’ve all been there. But if you and your man can get on board with the same show? It’s a match made in sitcom heaven. My husband and I so rarely agree on TV shows, me being more Call The Midwife and he being all Star Trek every season that I don’t even count this one as guilty.
9. Browsing dream house plans together.
So you’ll never really be able to build that 4,000-square-foot home with the pool and swim-up bar. But it never hurts to look and dream together, right?
10. Making out in the car.
Don’t believe me? Give it a whirl, even if you’re just stopped in the grocery store parking lot. I’m not sure why this can be so exciting, but I guess we can all just be thankful that we are cheap dates these days …
Image via j&j brusie photography
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