Get Close: 10 Ways to Carve Out Couple Time

Summer is here, and that means love is in the air. This season has been known to make couples feel hot, sticky and breathless -- and we're not talking about just the weather. Having a hard time getting in the mood or thinking of new ways to share special summer moments? Take a cue from other iVillagers, who've come up with the top 10 ways to add some sizzle to your relationship. Warning: These tips may cause hot flashes -- keep a cold glass of water on hand when reading!

Hang Out in a Hammock
"Buy a two-person hammock. If you don't have two trees, buy a stand. There is nothing like lying next to each other on a warm day with the hammock swaying gently in the breeze, and just talking or communing with nature." --ltoward

Take a Walk
"Take your dog for a walk together. Doesn't sound too romantic? Picture the scene; it's late, dark, quiet, no kids around, warm breeze, just the two of you with nothing to do but walk and talk. No arguing allowed! You will come home feeling physically and mentally better from the exercise and the interesting conversation. When your feeling that good about yourself, and you partner, your bound to sizzle!" --tika2

Wash the Car Together
"This sounds like a cheesy thing to do, but it really is fun; wash your car together. Get out the soap and water on a hot summer day, break out some fun romantic tunes on the car radio or a little stereo (outside the range of the water, of course) and head out to the back yard. I find that whenever my mate and I do this, it leads to other fun. If you're feeling really bold and don't care what the neighbors think, you can always do the wet white T-shirt thing. And afterwards, you can go on a drive to "dry off" the car and get some ice cream. If you have kids, that can work too. Get them washing the car, and then the two of you have a little time alone while they're occupied." --earthgirl

Picnic under the Stars
"Try a late-night picnic. Get a lamp or two and set up a romantic picnic in the back yard, or better yet, drive out to the country and gaze at the stars while feeding each other romantic goodies." --miss_scarlet

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Sail Off into the Sunset
"Book an evening on a boat. Get dressed in your fanciest clothes ever and act like it's your personal yacht. In Washington, D.C., at the waterfront, there is the Odyssey ship; other cities probably have similar ships. It's a three-hour boat ride in an enclosed glass boat with dinner and dancing." --hatleyo

Horse Around
"Find a stable and go horseback riding together." --celestlyn

Do the Shore Thing
"Take long walks on the beach and look and listen to the waves. It will create a romantic and spiritual feeling between you." --cmichaelian

Camp Out
"On a hot summer night, sleep outside under the full moon and the stars. Of course, I know I would not get much sleep; I would be too busy looking at the stars." --cl-twndiane1

Watch a Movie Outdoors
"Lots of amphitheaters have lawn seating over the summer. Find one nearest you. You are allowed to throw down a blanket and bring in your own food and beverages. Some play movies on a huge screen when there are no scheduled concerts or plays." --sazsa

Get Steamy
"Come July, when it's so hot outside, turn off the air conditioner, open all the windows and allow a hot and humid breeze to blow through. Play Chris Isaak music and allow two hot, steaming, sweaty bodies to smooch together in a chair (yep, a chair - try it!) on a Saturday afternoon. Then afterwards take a nice cool shower for two to cool off. Try it, it will solve most problems." --filsfilly


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