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Friday Five #4

Friday Five #4

Friday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.

 

1. If you and your spouse have decided that in 2014 you would be more deliberate about hanging out with other couples, here’s an entertaining option. Apples to Apples is a fun game with simple rules that can be played with 4 to 10 people. Enjoyable at any time, it’s an especially good choice for people who don’t know each other well – it provides plenty of opportunity to learn about each other and just what kind of sense of humor everybody has!

Apples to Apples Game

 

 

2. Are you – maybe unintentionally – exiting your relationship while you’re still there? Check out psychologist Charlotte Lankard’s recent article ‘Exits’ Can Kill Intimacy and see if anything sounds familiar. Click here to read the article online – it’s a quick read.

 

 

3. It’s called ‘reciprocity.’

Friday Five Marriage

 

4. If one of your couple’s New Year Resolutions was to do something good for yourselves, this may be a product for you. If your mate loves sweets but you both agreed to cut back, Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos      may  be just the cookbook for you. Great recipes for miniature pies, scaled down cakes, and mini batches of cookies allow you to treat your spouse on special occasions to a mouth-watering dessert without having the diet-busting temptation of leftovers.

Small Batch Baking Cookbook for Friday Five

 

5. Truism.

Dave Meurer marriage saying

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Friday Five #3

Friday Five #3 - about marriage at www.shelharrington.com

Friday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.

1. What matters most. Richard Bucci has fought fires, prostate cancer, and his way back from a hip replacement to continue fighting fires at age 54 (he’s nicknamed “Grandpa” by his co-workers). Bucci sums up what matters most in his AARP magazine interview by saying: “When you’ve seen as much death and suffering as I have, just the fact of being here, when so many others you’ve known and loved are not, give every day new meaning. There’s not one day that goes by that I don’t hug my wife and give her a kiss and tell her I love her. Not one day.”

 

2. Can I get an ‘amen?’

Anger saying

 

 

3. Don’t answer that!!

Friday Five

 

 

4. Did you know that there are numerous health benefits to being married? If you do an internet search for “health benefits of marriage” you’ll come up with numerous articles giving examples of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health benefits. Click here to read one from Every Day Health Center and here to read one from Focus on the Family.

 

 

5. A truism:

Friday Five Leo Tolstoy saying

 

 

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Friday Five #2

blog friday five2 at www.shelharrington.comFriday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.

 

1. If one of your  Couple’s New Year’s Resolutions is to add a regular date night, here are three links with dating suggestions – for free! Check out the comment sections, too – readers had some great suggestions.

Date Your Mate for Free

Date Your Mate for Free (Part 2)

Date Your Mate for Free (the finale)

 

2. Gift idea for the spouse who has everything – yet still loses their keys: wall-mounted seatbelt key holder. The ones pictured here were on ebay, but there are plenty of other designs, sizes and price ranges you can find by googling “seatbelt key holder.”

 

3. Did you know Benjamen Franklin was a romantic? Here’s a quote from his Rules and Maxims for Promoting Matrimonial Happiness (don’t you love that title??) from 1730:

           The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love . . . the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion.

 

4. One way to ensure marital longevity:Long lasting marriage

5. A truism:

Marriage saying by Barnett R. Brickner

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