Start planning for Valentine's day now! Here's how to make it perfect... 😍


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Start planning for Valentine's day now!

Here's how to make it perfect... 😍

Valentine's Day Ideas by Dad Certified

Hey mate,

I have a confession. 🙋‍♂️

I've never been big into Valentine's Day. 😲

Yeah, I usually do something small for my wife to celebrate the occasion, and sometimes we go out for dinner either the day before or the day after.

(But never the day of! 🙄)

After all, every restaurant is usually booked out well in advance and prices for everything, whether it's flowers, chocolates or restaurant surcharges tend to go up a bit for some reason. 🤔👉🤑

And in particular, since having kids, organising a babysitter for the night is not exactly easy.

BUT. Last year was different.

And this year will be just as grand! 🤴

At the beginning of last year,

(right after we launched the Date Night Diary 🙌) 

I told you I was going to work hard on being intentional with planning date nights with my wife. 💪

And like many of you, I used my Date Night Diary (and decks of idea cards) to come up with ideas and intentionally plan regular date nights - even when we couldn't get a babysitter!

And guess what!

It has been our best year of marriage to date!

(and we just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last weekend 👏)

I absolutely cannot wait to plan our date night for this Valentine's Day

(less than 2 weeks away!)

And I'm even more keen for the rest of the date nights in store for 2024...

So, if you're thinking of doing something for Valentine's Day, but haven't started planning yet, this is your HINT to get planning! 😉

My recommendation is you try and lock in a babysitter TODAY before booking anything.

And, if you've exhausted your babysitters recently ( like us 🙋‍♂️), or don't have any babysitter to call on at all, then you can join me in planning a "Staying In" Valentine's Day Date Night.

Either way, this email is your sign to start planning something TODAY. 🛑

And if you're a mum and you want your hubby to start planning something, feel free to forward them this email...

And if you've been forwarded this email, well, no pressure but expectations have been laid down! 😉

Now, onto the planning!

If you put as much effort into planning this date night as you put into your day job, chances are this will be easy:

Here's our planning checklist from our Date Night Diary for if you're "Going Out":
(Especially useful for those who are giving one as a Valentine's Day gift and haven't opened it yet!)

Date Night Diary Checklist

And for those "Staying In", it's even easier (but no less fun):

1. Start by drawing a "Staying In" card or sort through them until you find an idea you think will work best. (Or feel free to steal the idea at the bottom of this email).

2. Organise your supplies for your Date Night In - and remember it's Valentine's Day - this is the time to be EXTRA romantic... (candles, flowers/petals, low lighting, calming music, etc.).

3. Organise a meal, whether it's something delivered or homemade, and ensure you allow extra time and organise some backup snacks (being hangry kills the mood quick!)

4. If your kids are young, try and get them to bed early, or if they're a bit older, ask them to help and get them involved! (They could dress up as waiters/waitresses or they could help decorate a space. If you've seen the Bluey episode "Fancy Restaurant" (Season 2) then you know not to ask them to make you dinner. 😅)

5. Snap some photos and then **turn your phones off**. If you don't know how to do this, google it. BUT DO IT! (Also, try not to use any other devices/screens - giving undivided attention is better than any diamond you can't afford.)

6. Flick open to a conversation starter in the diary to ensure you don't just end up talking about work or the kids. (This is a great night for one of the pop quizzes!)

7. Relax and enjoy each other's company. 🤗

It's that simple.

Unless the kids don't go to sleep or the delivery man gets lost and you don't get your food (don't ask 😅), you're sorted!

And if those things do happen, you can always try the next day, right?

Parenting can be hard, and that's why Dad Certified exists.

To make things that little bit easier for you. 🤝

We hope you have a really great Valentine's Day (in a week and a half), and if you're gifting the Date Night Diary (thanks for your order!), we hope you have the best year of date nights yet!


Cheering you on!Jeremy and kids from Dad Certified

Jeremy Jones

Dad Certified






Thanks to everyone who has recently ordered a Date Night Diary for Valentine's Day!

We so appreciate your orders! 👏

Good job getting in early!

We're almost at our pre-Valentine's Day delivery order cut-off date.

So, If you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift - this is it. 👇

Don't let the romance die after Valentine's Day...

And don't wait to order and miss out! 🙅‍♂️

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Date Night Idea for this Week (or Valentine's Day)

Staying In Date Night Idea:

  • Outdoor Movie Night 🎦 Hang a sheet, buy or borrow a projector and cuddle up together for a movie in the backyard. Optional extra: fire pit and toasted marshmallows!
Going Out Date Night Idea:
  • Sunset Stroll 🌄 Whether it's at the beach or on top of a mountain, the most romantic time of day is best spent outside.

Dadventure Ideas for this Week

Here are a couple of ideas to inspire your Dadventure with your kids this week: 
  • Camping🏕️ (Whether it's out in the bush or in your own backyard, sleeping under the stars is a great experience at any age. Just don't forget the insect repellent!)

  • Carnival 🎪 (Go to the nearest carnival and see who wins more prizes!)

Dad Jokes of the Week

What did one hat say to the other?
Stay here, I'm going on ahead!


Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants?
In case he got a hole in one!


Why don't scientists trust atoms?
Because they make up everything!
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