I’m not going to lie to you, these last few weeks have been hard work. We are not sleeping massively well (show me parents of an 8 month old who do!), work has been really demanding for both of us and we just seem to be burning the candle at both ends every single night.
The thought of a date night didn’t really appeal. We were too exhausted to be romantic, do you know what I mean? After a particularly stressful Friday what I really wanted was to curl up in the foetal position and rock myself a bit… that or sleep for about 3 days.
I had already sneaked a peak at this months Indian Summer Just us box date night and seen there was something to do with meditation, that is a bit like sleeping right? So against every bone in my body that was telling me to go to bed (at 7pm) I suggested we open the box and have our date night. I thought it could really do us some good as we’d spent the week sat next to each other on the laptop in the evening, him doing his work, me doing mine. Oh the romance! It’s not very often we have such a week and I could tell that some ‘us’ time was in order.
We laid out the rug and meditation blanket, lit the candles and incense (which smelt totally divine!) made our cups of delicious soft chai and opened the contents of the box. We chatted through the activities and conversation starters and it really perked us up. I started to feel quite a bit better within minutes of doing something different and of the non moping variety. We talked about India and the Taj Mahal, both agreeing we’d like to visit one day. We asked each other questions and got a full house of correct answers! Trying to name the different karmasutra positions had us giggling…
Then we opened the flying wish paper. I’d not heard of this before but the concept was lovely. You wrote down your wish, your dream or your fear (if you wanted) on red thin paper. You then scrumpled this up and concentrated on your wish. Straightening the paper out, you then rolled it into a tube and placed it on the base, touching it with a flame. The wish burned brightly and then flew upwards before turning to ash and floating back down again. It was quite mesmerizing to watch and it got us thinking about our dreams for the future and what was truly important to us.
From here it seemed to make sense to do our meditation. Plus I was looking forward to the relaxation. Initially we wanted to do the couples meditation facing each other with knees touching but we had some technical issues as my other half finds it weirdly difficult to put his knees towards the floor in this position so our knees were at very different levels. So we opted for back to back which felt supportive and strong. It was comforting to have our bodies touching in this way. Personally I found the meditation surprisingly easy and I absolutely loved it. My partner didn’t find it quite so simple and got very fidgety towards the end… I will definitely be giving it another go again either on my own or with him if he is willing!
Feeling relaxed we opened up the Karmasutra game. Not knowing what to expect , we did have a good giggle at some of the photos and phrases. As a couple we are pretty comfortable with each other in this way so were willing to give the game a go and actually we were rather pleasantly suprised. Selecting different cards, you were supposed to follow the instructions given. Luckily it wasn’t as cringeworthy as it sounds… the game was about intimacy, massage, sensuality and love and we actually really enjoyed making the time for each other. I totally forgot how tired I was and we managed to lose a few hours by candlelight…
Romantic, sensual and spiritual is how I would describe this months box which personally is a winning combination for me. The Just us box date night once again succeeded in taking us out of our every day normality, allowing us to escape for a few hours to a place where romance lives. When our lives are so busy and tiring and we don’t seem to be able to get a moment of togetherness, having these evenings means we can reconnect and reminds ourselves just what it is that we have.
What I love is the contents of this box can be reused over and over again so we can have more Indian Summer nights if we would like or we can just use the different elements as and when we need them. I will be burning some more of the soothing incense and giving the mediation ago on my new meditation blanket. Littlelish has already been playing grannies with the silk scarf (hilarious) and will no doubt be begging to make wishes using the flying wish paper. Sadly we didn’t get round to using the Henna but I think we will have some fun as a family with it as Litlelish is also studying India as a topic on her return to school.
Thanks again to Just us box for gifting us this months date night box, we love it. Just to clarify, my thoughts and opinions above are very much my own! Should you wish to sign up to Just us box don’t forget there is currently a sale on until 12pm 4th September where you can receive 15% off by typing in LISH15. If you are too late for this sale you can receive 10% discount by using the promo code LISH10.