Crated With Love is a bit different than the other date night boxes I’ve reviewed in that it’s not really meant to comprise an entire date night. It’s meant to be done as shorter shared moments together. It also has the lowest price point of any of the other date night subscription boxes. I hope you enjoy our Crated With Love review!
(Disclaimer: I was given a free box to review, but I was not paid to write this. This review is entirely my (and KP’s) own opinion. I’m reviewing this because I think date night subscription boxes are cool and that making time to sill date your spouse is an important thing that I want to share with others.)
KP and I have been busy lately. Most nights are spent either me working (I tutoring math online in the evenings) or working on other projects. Or KP is working on stuff. Or we’re working on our script together. It’s lately been a lot of working on our script. The idea of entire date nights have kind of been pushed to the back burner for awhile, which is EXACTLY why this Crated With Love box worked out perfect for us.
After the kids were in bed, we spent a few moments together going through the box’s activities before needing to go off and work on other things.
A big thing with KP and I lately has been communication. Good communication skills are absolutely, by far, NOT something that that came naturally to us. Apparently we each have weird “creative”-type brains which makes it very difficult to break out of our own bubble perspectives and understand each other. If we appear to be a good communicative couple in person, it is only because we’ve had to work through some really tough trials to get here. And writing together has definitely been helping that.
Anyway. Enough of that tangent (I am going somewhere with this tough, sort of). The theme of this month’s Crated With Love box was: yep, communication! 🙂
Here’s the box. I like that it came with an outer box and then a cute, smaller box.
Inside the box were some tea making supplies, snacks, and date activity cards. Though it’s hard to see them clearly in this picture, I really like the very cute heart-shaped tea infusers.
Also, kind of a side note, but just to point out: I really liked that they DID NOT include coffee mugs. I feel like a lot of tea/coffee-type collections typically do include mugs, and really – how many mugs do people need to have in their lives? So yeah, thanks for looking out for the environment Crated With Love! 🙂
Though the infusers were adorable, they were a little messy to spoon the loose tea into, but eh, they still worked (and they looked good), so I was happy.
We got our date area set up and read the first activity card. When I read that we were supposed to look into each others eyes for 5 whole minutes without talking, I was kind of um, not very excited, I’m sad to admit. I guess that’s what we get in our current world of multi- multi-tasking, but the thought of doing nothing – not talking, not typing, not internet surfing, not watching kids, not thinking, not sleeping – for five whole minutes seemed rather dull.
But we did it. And we survived. It wasn’t uncomfortable, per se, but not very natural feeling either. A couple minutes in we started trying to communicate using just our eyes, and I wish I could say that after 10 years of marriage that we instinctively know what the other is thinking, but alas no. Either way, it brought some levity to the 5 minutes.
Aaand…it made us actually stop and pay attention to the other person for a bit, which I suppose is a kind of good thing. 🙂
The next card was Gracious Words, where we complimented each other. By this time, our tea was good and steeped. Though it had some tea leaf pieces in it (user error), it was still quite delicious. We also dug right in to the yummy snacks provided while listening to each other’s good words.
The last card was Story Time, where we were supposed to re-tell the story how we first met, and we were supposed to take turns saying one word at a time. But see…KP and I don’t actually know when we first met! We have a first remembered conversation (about our favorite movies, how fitting, right?), but we likely may have spoken or been introduced before this. In fact, KP may have given my direction over the phone when I was lost once. Maybe not. We’ll never know. Our official first meeting will always be a mystery.
So though we didn’t quite follow the last card’s directions, it did still spark a conversation between us. We finished our tea while trying to figure out when we may have first met.
Either way, the card, and the entire Crated With Love moment we took with each other got us talking and focused on each other. Which is a good thing. I would say this is felt appropriate for any age range and any stage of relationship: dating, engaged, married, and whether it is a new or decades-long relationship.
– lower price point than any other date night subscription box
– very professional feel and look to everything
– I liked that it was only meant for shorter shared moments rather than a full date night
– included tea was delicious and snacks were yummy
– infusers could be used again
– some of the challenges were not exactly exciting to me, but since these will change in each box, I’m not really holdling this particular month’s challenges against them too much
Crated With Love Info from their website:
– $19.99/mo (free shipping); discounts available for 3-month and longer plans.
– also available for one-time purchases
– boxes are shipped on the 15th (if you order the 29th-14th) and 30th (if you order 15th-29th).
– activities are meant to be be smaller date moments, rather than full out entire date evenings
– subscribers are called “Craters”. 🙂
Thanks so much Crated With Love for allowing KP and I to have a fun date night at home with your Tea For Two date night box!
You Might Also Enjoy my other Crated With Love reviews:
February 2017: Stuck on You
January 2017: FounDATEions