A Surprise Break

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 The BEST Gift For Your Spouse
My husband comes home every day from a long workday, I’m sure he’s hoping for a good ten minutes of peace and quiet to unwind. But is that what he gets? Nope. Most of the time he comes in from the garage and walks right into a loud, crazy house, with kids jumping off the walls. Every day it is a grand, chaotic welcome home! After all, the kids are bored with mom at this point and are extremely excited to get a chance to win over his attention. But don’t you worry, I too, am fighting for a little of that attention. Which by the way, is usually accompanied by the longest “honey-do-list” you can imagine! After chasing kids around all day, you bet I can think of 100 things that still need to be done! The man is amazing, and the man needs a break!
A Surprise Break will help your spouse feel loved.

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So one day, last week, I had an epiphany! He NEEDS a break! I literally woke up with this idea, called my sister to have her confirm my thoughts, and put it into action! I couldn’t wait to get started preparing a night of pure bliss for my love. Luckily, I had Carisa from Messes to Memories to design the perfect combination of printables to make for an amazing evening that will never be forgotten!
Give your spouse the gift of A Surprise Break!
Printables for dinner, treats, and a movie!
I chose a day that is normally one of our busiest. My husband works long days, and this one happened to begin at 5 am. I knew that although he always puts on a smile and pushes through until bedtime, a surprise break on this day would be completely unexpected—and welcomed.
 Enjoy A Surprise Break
This was the perfect day to surprise him. First, I cut out the poem explaining all that the evening would entail and “hung” it on bakers twine with a tiny clothes pin to the background card that told him to “enjoy your Surprise Break! love, The ones that love you the most”. Now he would be clued in on the news that the house would be his for the taking for at least the next 2 hours!
Let your spouse enjoy the quiet bliss! The perfect pack for when you want to treat your spouse to a night of relaxation and quiet!
The plan was to have dinner ready for him from the moment he walked in the door. He wouldn’t come home to a house full of his needy family because we would be gone. A movie and treats would also be set out along with notes of appreciation.
A surprise break complete with a warm dinner waiting!
Give your spouse a surprise break and tons of tasty treats.
A surprise break that includes all of their favorite treats.Notes of appreciation.The preparation for this amazing night of quiet bliss is easy. Cut out the printables and write out your notes of appreciation. Run to the store and grab your spouse’s favorite treats and make sure to grab a Redbox while you’re there! Adhere the printables to different treats and drinks, cut out the movie sleeve and put the Redbox inside.
Pop in a movie and put your feet up!
I got everything done just in time… we sped out the door just minutes before he was due to arrive home! Not 10 minutes later did my phone start ringing. I had my son answer saying, “Surprise!” Quite the surprise it was. Needless to say, it was everything but a typical weekday evening. This probably goes without saying, but my husband was completely floored by the effort and completely grateful for the surprise break!
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A Surprise Break

Printables Designed by Carisa @ Messes to Memories Exclusively for The Dating Divas


The great loves of my life are my family, maple bars, and hand sanitizer. I’ve been married to my very own dreamboat of a soulmate for ten years. I think that there is nothing in the world that's better than laughing so hard you can barely breathe. In our family we have a policy of making that happen at least once a day.

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  1. I have loved this idea since I first saw it several months ago. My husband coaches football which eats up a lot of his time between August and November. Then he drives our son’s basketball team around two days a week from November through February and year round he is the go-to helper/ good guy for our extended families. He does everything from picking our niece up from school when her mom can’t get away to helping my parents with their car trouble. Oh and he works full time as an Insurance agent too. Anyway, giving him time alone in our home was something I wanted to bless him with so tomorrow I have it all planned out. I will have the house ready with his favorite drink chilling, some chips (which he loves but I rarely ever buy), his favorite candies and a couple of crime novels to choose from. Here is the text of the note I am leaving for him:


    There’s So Much You Do
    You Have Day to Day Stresses
    Get your in-laws car towed
    Handle Financial Messes

    And I Love That You Love
    To Walk Through Our Front Door
    But I Started To Wonder
    Could I Give You More?

    I Wanted to Give You an Hour to Relax
    So I Chilled You a Drink
    And I Got you Some Snacks
    There’s Something S Soothing
    Bout Being Alone
    In Your House, In Your Haven By Yourself
    On Your Own

    I’m Bringing Home Dinner
    Chill Out Read a Book
    I Know It’s Not Elvis
    But It’s Worth a Look

    So Welcome Home Baby
    Here’s Your Kiss and Your Hug
    Use your Time as You Want to
    Just Unwind and Unplug

    I will let you know how it goes but I wanted to thank Lisa P for sharing her fantastic and loving idea!

  2. I love this idea. Only thing is that my husband is determined that he is more happy to hang out with me than with any of his friends or by himself. I think I could make this work if I could get everyone organized and ready for when he got home and have a family "date" at home without needing any help from him.

  3. This sounds like a fantastic idea.
    Although, in our home, it would probably work better for me to receive a gift like this since my hubby won't relax at home even if given the chance. He would more than likely clean the house if we were all gone.
    Yep, with him…I have to kick him out of the house with his rock-climbing gear in tow in order for him to REALLY have time to relax.

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