Thanks for the reminder Kristen and Dax

I’m crushing hard right now on Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard.

Just in case you’re not in the know, Kristen Bell is the voice of Anna from Frozen. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Veronica Mars and Gossip Girl. She’s also vegan, fights for what she believes in, and is quite simply adorable. I want to BE her.

Her husband Dax Shephard is an awesome actor in his own right, best known for his role in Parenthood. Together they appear to make the funniest, happiest, most genuine celebrity couple out there.

I didn’t think it was possible, but when they released their music video to Toto’s Africa last week, I fell in love with them even harder.

I’ve watched this clip close to 100 times. Okay, maybe not 100, probably closer to 50, but the point is I love everything about it. The slide guitar, the running man, how they look at each other, how they have crazy fun together – everything! I may have even asked Dave if we can do our own music video. He hasn’t committed as yet, but I can tell it’s just a matter of time until I break him down.

Seriously though, you know why I love this clip so much? It’s because the two of them acting like absolute silly buggers reminds me of Dave and me, or at least the Dave and me before life got so busy and we became a little less fun and lot more tired.

Watching Kristen and Dax rage hard in their Toto clip has given me a reminder to not take life so seriously and to actually live life.

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and to simply go through the motions. Dave and I both have busy jobs, Dave works long hours and we have two little people who keep demanding we feed them and wipe their bottoms, sheesh. I’m not telling you anything new though because I bet my bottom dollar that you’re in the exact same boat.

Across the interwebs there’s a huge focus on women, mums in particular, to find me time. I know for one that I spend a lot of time whinging that I never have enough of it. There doesn’t seem to be as big a focus, or not that I’ve seen anyway, on parents having quality couple time.

If me time is rare for me, couple time is even rarer. NB: Sitting side by side on the couch while your partner watches River Monsters and you watch Nashville does not count as couple time.

So, thanks for the reminder Kristen and Dax. A reminder of the kind of fun Dave and I used to have and how important it is to rekindle that fun despite how busy we are. We may not end up making our own video but we definitely have a new #couplegoal in our sights to spend more quality time together. Oh – let’s add another #couplegoal to that list while we’re at it – photos as a couple. The ones of just the two of us post kids are few and far between. It’s time to change that.

Dave and Renee

Pre-kids antics.

How much quality time do you spend with your other half? Has your relationship changed with your partner since you’ve had kids and how? Which celebrity couple are you crushing on right now?

Linking up today with Essentially Jess for Essentially Jess today for IBOT.

69 comments on Thanks for the reminder Kristen and Dax

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    February 9, 2016 at 6:41 am (1 year ago)

    You two REALLy should do a music video, it would be brilliant! We don’t spend a lot of quality time together with just the two of us, it’s something we are trying to work on though.

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    • Hugzilla
      February 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

      YES! You HAVE to do this! I can totes see you as Elton John and Kiki Dee.

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      • mummywifeme
        mummywifeme
        February 10, 2016 at 6:23 am (1 year ago)

        I just laughed out loud!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:14 am (1 year ago)

      It’s hard to find the time, that’s for sure, but so important to do x

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  2. Bec
    February 9, 2016 at 6:42 am (1 year ago)

    Oh this is so true! I’m lucky if I get 5 minutes to sit down next to my husband in the evening before one of us is off to bed – and that’s only if we’re both actually home in the evening! Oh well, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:15 am (1 year ago)

      Lol. Yeah, something like that 🙂

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  3. Lydia C. lee
    February 9, 2016 at 6:52 am (1 year ago)

    You do stop having fun – it’s really sad. We’ve started going out together more – even if just to a movie. I do try to build in some activity based fun….that really makes a difference, I find…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:15 am (1 year ago)

      Activity based fun sounds awesome, Lydia. I’ll have to think what we can do together.

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  4. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    February 9, 2016 at 6:57 am (1 year ago)

    Please do a music video!
    Yesterday, my husband and I had the day off together. We did our own stuff in the morning and in the afternoon, we had a swim at the local pool. No laps, just splashing around together and having a laugh. It was ace.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:16 am (1 year ago)

      That sounds like epic fun, Amy. I would love to do that!! Good on you guys.

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  5. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    February 9, 2016 at 6:59 am (1 year ago)

    Oops, our couple time is around 5 minutes together on the sofa before one of us is sleeping! Not such a good track record!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:17 am (1 year ago)

      Lol. With six kids I can imagine it’s just a wee bit difficult to find some couple time 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:17 am (1 year ago)

      I do too, Nat. I hope you and your husband can find some time together soon.

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  6. Mumma McD
    February 9, 2016 at 7:47 am (1 year ago)

    We are seriously lacking in couple time. Time to bring back the weekly date night I think!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s a great idea!

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  7. Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    February 9, 2016 at 8:35 am (1 year ago)

    After watching this music video I want to be Kristen Bell too! I love how carefree and obviously happy her and Dax are in this video!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

      I know! They’re awesome 🙂

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  8. Emily
    February 9, 2016 at 9:49 am (1 year ago)

    That is fabulous. Seriously fabulous. I hadn’t watched it yet – thanks for making me! You and Dave should definitely do it. Would love to see it. Hell will freeze over before my man would do something like that with me. But we’ll just have to have our own brand of fun #couplegoals. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm (1 year ago)

      I thought it would be right up your alley, Em xx

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  9. cate
    February 9, 2016 at 10:18 am (1 year ago)

    hubby and I take a couple photo every anniversary. AT least that way we manage one each year! And I agree, it’s so easy to lose those couple moments when you’re insanely busy with work and kids.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s a brilliant idea, Cate. I love it.

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  10. Jayne
    February 9, 2016 at 10:36 am (1 year ago)

    When I watched this clip last week I knew you would love it! Love the song – reminds me of the sing star days ?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm (1 year ago)

      Those days were epic!

      Reply
  11. Kylie Purtell
    February 9, 2016 at 11:29 am (1 year ago)

    I love this post Renee, you’ve basically summed up my life, I could have written this post and wouldn’t have even had to change the names, lol! I miss getting to hang out with just Dave and it’s something we’ve been talking about doing more often for ages. Now that I’m not at tafe this year there will be times when Dave’s days off coincide with the girls days at preschool/daycare and I’ve already vowed I will take those days off so we can hang out together just the two of us and catch up properly.
    Stopping by from #teamIBOT today too!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm (1 year ago)

      That sounds perfect, Kyle. Absolutely perfect.

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  12. Simone
    February 9, 2016 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

    OMG please do a Renee and Dave video!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm (1 year ago)

      Serious lolz!! Can you imagine? 🙂

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  13. Cam @ Gen-Y Mum
    February 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Hubby and I try and allocate some time together without the kids but usually it gets moved or rescheduled for another time that never happens. It is important to maintain that connection with your partner regularly especially since life can get so busy.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:18 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, I know all about that, Cam. I hope you can book in some time with your hubby soon.

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  14. EssentiallyJess
    February 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh that is the coolest video!
    We have a regular date night, but don’t often do a lot of fun things together. I wish we did.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:19 am (1 year ago)

      Well that’s great you have a regular date night! That’s an awesome start.

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  15. Vanessa
    February 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm (1 year ago)

    I love to see couples who are clearly friends. It’s just so awesome. Thanks for linking me to some fun lunchtime viewing!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:19 am (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  16. Deb @inner compass designs
    February 9, 2016 at 3:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I loved this video when they released it. So good (although I kept thinking who has their child while they are having an awesome time in Africa- little jealous).

    We have very little couple time these days. Hubby is working super late. But we will be traveling as a family in March so hope we reconnect at least. Hoping to see your music video soon xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

      A family getaway in March sounds perfect. I can’t wait to see the pics x

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  17. Jo @ You had us at hello
    February 9, 2016 at 4:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh I am a HUUUUGE Parenthood fan so I’ve loving these two for so long!! Aren’t they gorgeous and fun!! It is a huge reminder to shake it all off – all that hard work and bill paying etc etc and just be real. Have fun! It all changes when you have kids but why not be silly and fun with them? You’ll know they’ll just adore you for it. Farmer has made great changes this year for more family time and we couldn’t be happier. We have date night too, but we drink far too much when were alone – like sneaky teenagers out on the loose! Good fun but 😉 xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:20 am (1 year ago)

      Ahh Jo! You’re hilarious. Sounds like you and the Farmer have an absolute ball together xx

      Reply
  18. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    February 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm (1 year ago)

    OMG I love that song and the video – I think the moon would turn blue before my Dave would star in his own music video but we did go to Africa so that kind of half makes up for it. We don’t have kids so we get to spend as much time as we want together – which is pretty much all of the time – it’s something we never take for granted. That’s life without any distractions… unless you count Netflix of course! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:21 am (1 year ago)

      Sounds absolutely perfect, Sammie xx

      Reply
  19. Bec Senyard
    February 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm (1 year ago)

    We are in the same boat. Rarely have couple time but we made a decision to change that this year. We haven’t quite started though yet and it’s February!! You and Dave should so do a music video!! How brilliant would that be?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:22 am (1 year ago)

      Well it would be interesting, that’s for sure 🙂 I hope you and Jacob get some alone time together soon x

      Reply
  20. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    February 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm (1 year ago)

    A spunky and fun couple, you remind me of K and I. Gosh it’s hard once kids come along isn’t it? But you’ve given me food for thought, we MUST do more crazy things together to keep the love/passion/craycray alive! Great post xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:22 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Em! Yep, it’s soooo important to not lose sight of who you are as a couple in this parenting journey x

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  21. Kathy
    February 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful pics Renee – you guys are a gorgeous couple. I loved watching the Dax and Kristen video, just so much fun and really cute. We will have to go the crazy – we have Karoeked together a little crazy before.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:23 am (1 year ago)

      Crazy karaoke sounds like epic fun!!! I’d love to do that.

      Reply
  22. Tegan
    February 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm (1 year ago)

    My partner had extra time off over the Christmas holidays and we did spend more time together as just us. We watched Making a Murderer together and it reminded me why I love watching stuff with him. I love dissecting what we are watching and trying to guess what happens next. So I’m a little bit excited that the regular shows are starting up again!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:24 am (1 year ago)

      Ooh I’ve heard good things about that show. I’ll have to schedule it in. I’m glad you and your partner are finding time to spend together 🙂

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  23. Lisa
    February 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm (1 year ago)

    Aww you guys are just too cute. And #couplegoals are definitely on the outer when kids come along. Can’t wait to see your video x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2016 at 6:24 am (1 year ago)

      Lol Lisa. I hope you can schedule in some quality couple time soon x

      Reply
  24. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    February 10, 2016 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    Love it!! And yes next to no post kid couple photos either!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

      We need to change this!

      Reply
  25. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    February 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Totally with you Renee!!! Dax and Kristen are definitely the best! Haha I love those pics of you and Dave. My Dave and I have lots of crazy silly ones too. Hmm… with our bub due in a couple of weeks, I’m definitely wondering how life will change, but gosh I hope we still have lots of fun times!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

      You sure will, Lucy!!! Gosh that’s gone so quick. I can’t believe your bub will arrive in a couple of weeks!!!! Squeal. So exciting. x

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  26. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    February 10, 2016 at 4:54 pm (1 year ago)

    These two are such a super cute couple (have you seen when he brought a Sloth to their home for her birthday?) and so are you guys. So true, our relationship definitely changes with babies but since November we are making an effort for monthly date days/nights. It is hilarious each time as we take a bit to get chatting but when we do its hard to go pick up the kids. 😉 It’s kind of like the first couples of days on a relaxation holiday, it’s hard to get into the grove.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm (1 year ago)

      Good on you for locking in those monthly date days/nights! And Oh My God yes, I have seen the sloth clip. Love that sooooo much!!!!

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  27. Jess
    February 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I loved this clip too, how wonderful that a Hollywood couple don’t take themselves too seriously. Plus, I’m a hardcore Veronica Mars fan from way back 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 12, 2016 at 6:09 am (1 year ago)

      It was the best show, wasn’t it?!!

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  28. JF Gibson
    February 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm (1 year ago)

    OMG! You two have to do a music video. How awesome would that be!
    We definitely don’t get enough couple time either, but in a couple of weeks we are going to an eighties themed 40th and I’m soooo looking forward to it!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 12, 2016 at 6:09 am (1 year ago)

      That will be epic, Jodi!!! I hope you’re crimping your hair 😉

      Reply
  29. Robyna | The Mummy & The Minx
    February 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve seen this shared a few times now but you finally prompted me to watch it. So cute. Definitely reminds me of the silly times we used to enjoy but don’t do so much now that we have kids.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s a great reminder of how important it is to reconnect.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s a great reminder of how important it is to reconnect.

      Reply
  30. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    February 13, 2016 at 4:45 am (1 year ago)

    Couple time is absolutely crucial here but it is hard to always win that time. Our relationship changed dramatically when the Vicklets came along, but it had to. I think you have to exist on another level when there’s children in the equation. Communication has never been more important and listening to one another and being sensitive to each other’s needs and challenges. Initially we suxed big time at adjusting and it took a couple of years for us to adjust to the level of care we had to exercise to support one another in our parenting role. Now we’re going great guns and prioritise having a cup of tea together every day. No matter how busy, how chaotic, we sit down at the table together and have a chat, touch in, reconnect. Such a simple thing but it makes a real difference. I’d like to get old fun and cheek thing back a bit too, but some more sleep will help that department xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Vicki, I love that you take that time daily to sit and chat with each other. So important to do xx

      Reply
  31. Tonia Zemek
    February 14, 2016 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

    Great photos Renee – look forward to seeing more of them as you reach your #couplegoals in 2016 and beyond. x

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