October 06, 2010 12:00 PM

Sounds like Julianne Moore needs to chat with Kelly Ripa about the wonders of date night.

While Moore finds such evenings all but impossible to schedule, Ripa tells Good Housekeeping that quality time with husband Mark Consuelos isn’t optional – and often leads to a little hanky-panky.

“Sometimes we’ll put the kids to bed early and watch Jersey Shore on DVR,” Ripa says in the magazine’s November issue. “It can be that simple, just the two of us, alone, one day a week, for dinner and hijinks a little bump and tickle. Woo-hoo! I’m 40. I can say that now.”

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Ripa, who turned the big 4-0 on Oct. 2, says date night is good for the soul – and for their three kids. “I think we’re better parents because date night gives us something to look forward to, a night where we’re not saying, ‘Put that down, stop touching her, don’t spill that,’ ” she says.

It helps that she and Consuelos are almost cosmically connected. “I think about my husband in the middle of the day because I love him and I can’t wait to see him,” she says. “He is my best friend. Nobody knows me the way he knows me. We’ve seen each other in an Avatar, ‘I see you’ way.”

It was that connection that led Ripa and Consuelos to elope and get married in Las Vegas in 1996. But while she’d do it again, Ripa admits she’d be bummed if her daughter Lola, who’s now 9, did the same thing.

“It’s the marriage that’s important, not the wedding,” she says. “But I will kill my daughter if she runs off and elopes, because I want to have a big party.”

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