Moms Guide to Preparing for Date Night + Bye Bye Man Movie Review

Being a mom means you must prepare for everything, right? Even down to when it comes to planning for a date night. Therefore, today I decided to share my guide for preparing for date night as I know, as a mom of three, it can sometimes seem like more trouble than it’s worth to try to prepare yourself go out for a date that doesn’t include taking the children along.

Step 1 – Give Yourself At least Two Hours to Get Dressed

On Friday, I was notified around 6pm that I was going to be going on a date to see the new movie The Bye Bye Man. I was super hype because I was having a kind of bad day and I honestly needed some time out of the house from all the snow days causing school, to be out and trying to maintain working while the kids were home all day.

The movie was starting at 11, which meant we would have to leave around 10:30 and the kids wouldn’t be settled and watching tv until 8 or 8:30. This meant that I needed to start prepping myself around 8pm to be ready in time.

Seems like too much thinking for a date night, right?

Well, I factored in that I hadn’t shaved all week, I needed to shower, and I still hadn’t tidied up the house. Therefore, while getting ready I would also be doing miscellaneous things such as finishing with work, getting stuff ready for the sitter, and making sure that the kids were watching their bedtime movie and not pestering each other.

Overall, you’re a mom, two hours is needed, if not more. Kids are unpredictable so you must factor in extra time for the unseen.

Bonus Tip: Try to schedule your date for after the kids are in bed or are going to bed so you can get a good rate from your sitter. Essentially, you will just be paying them to sit and watch tv or surf the web while your kids sleep so they aren’t home alone.

Step 2 – Start on Time

Whatever time you plan to start getting ready be on time. At 8 I shaved my legs, laid out my outfit options, jewelry, and shoes. Then, I checked on the boys, checked in on the computer to make sure nothing needed my attention, and then hopped in the shower. Basically, I did things in little steps to ensure everything was being taken care of.

The important thing is to start prepping on time to be sure that you don’t put yourself behind schedule.

Step 3 – Save Putting on Your Outfit for Last

The last thing I do is put on my clothes twenty minutes before it is time to leave. This is because in between the kids will need snacks, possibly to be picked up, and who knows what else. By getting dressed at the last possible minute, you eliminate the likelihood of getting something on your outfit and then having to frantically try to put together something else cute to wear.

Mission accomplished now you’re ready for the final step.

Step 4 – Start Heading Out the Door Ten Minutes Before You Need to Leave

This is one of the most important steps for me. My youngest is clingy so he must go through a round of hugs, high fives, and “pinky’s” before I am cleared to head out. My middle son wonders where could I possibly be going without them (can you tell I don’t get date nights often lol). Then, I must make sure my oldest son knows to make sure everyone is on their best behavior for the sitter and makes it to bed on time.

Final Step

Now that you’re out the door, time to let your hair down and enjoy your date.

The Bye Bye Man Movie Review

When seeing The Bye Bye Man I was able to go to my favorite movie theater in the area, “Cine Bistro”. I love this theater because they have a bowling alley, a bar, and they serve you adult drinks and food inside the theater. I know others love Paragon now that they are open and have reclining chairs, but I personally will take not having to walk with a bunch of stuff in my hands back to the theater over being able to lay down.

(Note: There will be no personal photos of the theater in this post because I unplugged before walking into the movie theater so I could enjoy myself).

Brief Overview of The Bye Bye Man

The Bye Bye Man is a PG 13 movie that is about 1 ½ hours long. You may have seen the previews on televisions where they are chanting, “Don’t Say It, Don’t Think It, Don’t Say It, Don’t Think It”, like me and that is what caught my interest and made me want to see it.

The plot is three college friends move into a house and learn about The Bye Bye Man and the story unfolds from there. The movie is characterized as a suspense/horror movie.

My Thoughts on The Bye Bye Man Movie

In my opinion, The Bye Bye Man is more of a suspense than it is a horror. It had some hilarious parts to it as well and one part where everyone in the audience went “Awe”. Overall, I did like the movie and would like to see a second part because based on the ending I am sure that this is not the end of The Bye Bye Man.

In conclusion, I would give it 5 stars.

Final Thoughts on Date Night as a Mom

I will admit date nights can be hard to do as a mom of three since my kids are so young, but they are well worth it and needed. This year I have committed to doing at least one thing for myself one weekend out of the month so I can relax and rejuvenate.

My bonus tip is whenever you do a date night do something the following day/weekend with the kids. For example, on Saturday I took the boys shopping for clothes and educational items and on Sunday we did breakfast at IHOP (you may have seen photos on my Instagram page).

How do you prepare for date nights as a mom? Did you go see The Bye Bye Man on Friday 13th? If so, what were your thoughts?



  1. Brandy Alford says:

    Date Night is essential. I want to enjoy a date night , but I never find the time. I am lucky my oldest is 17 and my youngest is 1. I just need to plan the date out. #productreviewparty

  2. Since my kids are older, it’s not hard for me to get ready for date night. I send them off to grandma’s, kiss them, and be on my way!

    I never heard of this movie before. I record my shows on TV so I don’t have to watch commercials, probably the reason why I haven’t heard about it. I’m not really into horror or suspense films; I like comedies and drama.


  3. aziel morte says:

    Such a good tips, I will share this with my friends too. My hubby was not a kind of sweet and no time for date movie night

  4. I love the idea of a suspense movie when my hubby is with me. I always have bad dreams after, lol. I need a date night.

  5. Date night? What’s that? I kid. My hubby and I have been talking about going on a date night. I really miss sushi. I have been thinking about seeing that movie because I love thrillers. Now I definitely plan to see it!

  6. Tiffany says:

    The outfit tip is something I had to learn myself. I got dressed one night and had a totally outfit malfunction. Great tips and looks like a great movie too!

  7. I am so not into horror movies, but I agree that you need to take time for yourself. I think I’ll plan a movie with my guy.

  8. Great advice, the last thing you want to do is be all stressed out on what is supposed to be “Date Night” #ProductReviewParty

  9. Thanks for the review of the Bye Bye Man as I was curious. Hubby and my mini men and I recently went to see Fences and it was an excellent movie. #ProductReviewParty

    1. admin says:


      Fences is also on my to watch list. I will probably have to wait until it comes out digitally, though before watching it.

  10. Elizabeth O. says:

    Date night is important especially for married couples! I think these are pretty accurate tips when it comes to prepping for date night.

  11. Robin Rue says:

    These are great tips for getting ready. This movie looks like it would be a really good one.

  12. Maryanne says:

    It´s been a year since I dont have a night and romantic date with mu husband, and thow hours to get dressed LOL no way!

  13. Tina Gleisner says:

    You are so very smart to make this time for yourself. Congrats & keep it up … and by doing something special with the boys afterwards, you can keep this going forever! Enjoy

  14. Jessica Harlow says:

    I completely understand needing 2 hours to get ready! lol Because it’s not just yourself you’re getting ready! It’s getting the kids ready , the house ready, the sitter ready for Mom to be out and about and not needed for a little bit! lol

  15. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooo this movie sounds awesome!!!! I’m going to have to check it out!!

  16. Anosa says:

    We hardly ever have date nights anymore, finding a babysitter is hard and most of the time if we want to go out it ends up in a family trip to the cinema. When we eventually do go on a date night though I will always try to leave myself plenty of time to get ready so I can feel glam for a night as that just doesn’t happen on a daily basis

  17. I don’t have kids and it still takes me over an hour to get ready to go out! Sounds like you’ve got it down to a fine art now though and date nights are so special! Enjoy yours!

  18. Eek, that movie sounds scary!

    I generally just stick to jeans and a t-shirt when I go out so it takes me maybe 20 minutes tops to get ready. I do enjoy date nights!

  19. I don’t get to go on date nights because I don’t have family nearby or babysitters I can trust 🙂 . Although once in a blue moon, my hubby and I leave the kids with the grandparents and go away for a night or two – which is just what we need.

  20. Isn’t it crazy how much work can go into going out!!! Sounds like a good movie and a fun date night as well.

  21. Rachel Mouton says:

    These are great tips! I’m not a dating mom, but my husband and I need a boost to get out together. This is perfect! Thanks 🙂

    1. admin says:


      Married couples still deserve date nights too 🙂

  22. Thankfully I have a teen who will babysit for a doggie bag from the restaurant. We do need to work around his busy schedule

    1. admin says:


      Now that is a good deal right there.

  23. Obviously, mothers all have the same routine as you do when they go out. You have to think and prepare a lot of stuff before you can leave the house and that was so stressful. That is why once a week or maybe twice a month, the parents should go out for themselves and have a date to strengthen and save the romance on their relationship.

    1. admin says:


      Yes, parents should have time for themselves. Not only for their relationship but for their individual sanity too lol.

  24. Date nights for me are a little difficult, my son is still young and it is hard for me and my husband. My mother has to be my baby sitter when we want to go out.

    1. admin says:


      Yes, the younger children are the harder it is. It has to be a dependable sitter to make sure they get the attention and affection they deserve while mom and dad are away.

  25. I love suspense films! Sounds like a good movie with some cool theater perks. Great advice for prepping for date night. I can relate to the long goodbyes. Definitely a good idea to leave 10 minutes before you actually need to!

    1. admin says:


      I really enjoyed the movie. I hadn’t been to the movies in so long and I kept seeing the previews for this one so it was high on my list to see in theater.

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