Jessica Alba doesn't believe romance is about "swinging from the chandeliers".
The actress and her husband Cash Warren have been trying to make time for each other while also raising two children. They are parents to daughters Honor, three, and Haven, eight months.
"Making time for our relationship in our daily routine - even though it's surprisingly predictable and may not seem as spicy as our spontaneous pre-kiddo days - really helps keep the romance alive," Jessica wrote on her iVillage blog.
"I don't think romance is always about swinging from chandeliers (although it's nice from time to time). It's really about the small gestures."
The Fantastic Four star admits it is tough juggling two young kids. The 31-year-old also dished out her advice on how to handle the pressure of parenting.
"It's hard to imagine what life is going to be like after your first baby, not to mention your second! Diapers are a certainty. Sleepless nights, coffee, and concealer (lots of it) are probably guaranteed too," she said.
"Having time to see a movie or enjoy a glass of wine by yourself - let alone with your husband - before your kids head off to college? I know - it feels like an impossibility or a far-off dream. But I can assure you it's not."
The stunning brunette suggests taking a break away from your children to focus on your other relationships. She factors in date nights with Cash.
"Cash and I have found that maintaining a family schedule is the key to making time for each other," she said. "Whether we're settling into the couch to watch bad reality television or getting a babysitter so we can enjoy a date night out, we always know we have dedicated time after the girls are asleep to catch up, discuss what's on our minds, and simply just be with each other - no cell phones or e-mail allowed!"
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