Here's where you'll find a quick resource list of some of our favorite empty nesting ideas for date nights, recipes we love, adventures to take, shows to binge — really, just random things we've done together and loved!

Make sure to share your own ideas in the comments below (and if you're sharing a specific place, restaurant, etc., let us know which city and state you're in)!

Unexpected Date Nights

Bookstore crawl
•Top Golf
•Costco (free dinner!)
Martini and game night
Theatre (plays, musicals, to see your childhood crush and husband-approved Hall Pass)
•Live music (breweries are a fun venue for this)
•Adult-only night at the zoo

Our Favorite (EASY) Recipes

•Chicken Fiesta Bowls
•Slow cooker Barbacoa (cut recipe in half or enjoy lots of leftovers -- which we do!)
•Chicken Fried Rice (I use shelled edamame instead of peas)
•Honey Sesame Chicken — one of our favorites for years! (I cut the recipe and use two breasts instead of four unless we want leftovers)

Shows We Binge (evolving)

•This Is Us
•Dead to Me
•The Handmaid's Tale
•The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
•The Bachelor
•The Outsider

Easy Adventures To Take

•Farmer's Markets
•Electric scootering or Segways in your city
•Day trips to small towns in your state

Great Games For Two

Ticket to Ride
•Five Crowns


  1. Michelle Murphy on December 19, 2020 at 7:24 am

    So happy to have stumbled upon you and your blog in The Girlfriend! Had to share with my fellow 70’s groupies:)
    We binged the Queen’s Gambit – and our new game is Chess… Looking forward to checking out your other posts.
    Michelle – fellow empty nester and fangirl

    • Michelle on December 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry I just saw this! I blame the new podcast I’m hosting and Christmas (easy targets!)!
      Thank you so much for checking out the little blog — I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! We loved Queen’s Gambit, too (but have zero patience for the actual game!). Have you watched Bridgerton on Netflix yet? Holy smokes! So cute, and so, so H•O•T!!
      As a fellow 70s kid, I hope you’re following our new podcast, “Pop Culture Preservation Society,” where our mission is to preserve all the fun nuggets of our GenX childhoods! It’s available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and we have a really fun IG page (@popculturepreservationsociety)!
      So glad to meet you! 🙂

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