How to Get His Ex to Hate You

  Being the second wife can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when the new husband comes with children. As a Family Law Attorney, I’ve seen this handled two different ways. The easiest path, and the one that causes the least harm to the children, is if the adults act in a mature fashion and are...

How To Tell Your Mate The Truth – Honesty vs. Just Plain Mean

            ‘Brutal’ and ‘honesty’ don’t have to go together. Being truthful should not be synonymous with being mean. With that in mind, how do we answer those difficult questions from our spouses? The questions on topics that you know your mate is sensitive about? And yet the questions call for, and your spouse deserves, honest...

Marriage: The Power of Two
Marriage: The Power of Two

Do you know what a ‘Pony Pull’ is? I had never heard of it until our pastor mentioned it in a sermon last Sunday. The description reminded me of a truism in marriage. A pony pulling contest can be seen at fairs and festivals in towns like Perry, Oklahoma and Shipshewana, Indiana. There are rules...

Marriage: 5 to Make You Smile

For today’s Friday Five, here are 5 on marriage that will help you head into the weekend with a smile on your face! 1. It’s all about doing what works. 2. Now there’s some math that adds up! To be able to print out the saying and/or see what it looks like framed, click on...

Date Your Mate – For Free! (Part 2)

So how is the mate-dating going? Did you try out any of the free options in last month’s Date Your Mate article? Or any of the great ideas shared in the comment section? Well, whether you’re a slow-starter and looking for more options before you get rolling or a savvy dater who already exhausted last...

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for $5 or Less – the 5-Day Stocking-Stuffer Extravaganza!

  WELCOME TO THE 5-DAY CHRISTMAS STOCKING-STUFFER EXTRAVAGANZA! With all the mini-mystery packages and unexpected surprises, Christmas stockings were a fun part of childhood Christmases. Want to recapture some of that childhood awe and magic of the holiday season? Bigger is not always better. All gifts don’t have to be ‘mature.’ Make a date with...

7 Common Mistakes Married Couples Make

Little changes can have big impact. Case in point: You write a lovely note to somebody you like and tell them how pretty they are. Except you accidentally leave out the ‘r’ in pretty. Such a little mistake. Such a big difference in how your letter is received! Here are some common mistakes that married...

5 Ways to Make Your Mate Feel Great

Raisins are so gross I have to put on gloves to touch them. That’s why, when my husband spots freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies that I have made with my own little (gloved) hands, he knows it’s all about him. Not because I had a hankering for cookies, not because I wanted a spoonful of...

5 Things NOT to Ask When They Tell You They’re Getting a Divorce

If someone asks for your advice when they are contemplating divorce, respond if you like. Or if someone you are very close to is heading down a catastrophic path and you and other loved ones are trying to help, it’s your call whether or not to say something. But if a casual friend, acquaintance, co-worker,...

The Magic Eye of Marriage
The Magic Eye of Marriage

Remember those Magic Eye books and pictures that were everywhere in the early 1990s? Like the picture above, they were chaotic blurs of colors, shapes and seemingly abstract patterns. The promise was that if we looked at the two-dimensional picture in the right way, we would see a three-dimensional image emerge before our very eyes!...

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