Keeping Secrets

I was keeping a secret from my husband, Steve, and it was starting to wear on me. Having to watch what I said, not meeting the eyes of another who was alluding to it in front of him. And it wasn’t even my secret. But I had agreed to keep it. As constrained and burdened...

A Dozen Roseless Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (That are Outside the Chocolate Box!)

Let’s be honest – flowers and candy are kind of an easy out for Valentine’s Day. They’re nice, sure – but not the most creative gift choice. And what’s the deal with the price of roses doubling just for the occasion?? Costs skyrocket like the price of gas on Labor Day weekend – for no...

5 Ways to Put Some PUNCH in Your Easter Brunch

If you are gathering around the table with family and friends for that special after-services meal, you may be wondering what you can do to add a little pizazz to it. Here are five fun ways to Put Some Punch in Your Easter Brunch! 1. Eggs in a basket. Add some bacon or sausage, a...

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Him OR Her – Day 3 of the Stocking Stuffer Extravaganza!

Welcome to Day 3 of the CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFER EXTRAVAGANZA! Now that we have talked about cheap inexpensive stocking stuffers, and gender neutral stocking stuffers, lets move on to a little something special for the HIM or HER in your life! While I am catering to the cliche gender preferences, feel free to check out...

Friday Five #6

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. Welcome to the pre-Valentine edition. I had planned to cover the Valentine’s Day idea...

Marriage Chuckles

Happy marriages don’t just happen – it takes two spouses committed to honing those skills that enhance the relationship. Today’s Friday Five focuses on five such skills.                         Related:   Marriage:  5 To Make You Smile      5 Links to Laughter

The Ultimate Valentine for You and Your Spouse
The Ultimate Valentine for You and Your Spouse

Are you looking for the perfect way to express your love to you favorite Valentine? Something that says I am SO grateful I have you in my life? Something that has more impact than chocolates and more staying power than flowers? Maybe the best gift you and your spouse can give each other is Project...

5 FAQs about Child Custody Answered
Child Custody: 5 FAQs Answered

Child custody battles are often the most difficult part of divorce proceedings. Property can be divided or sold, debts can be assigned to one party or the other, but how custody/visitation plans are structured is much more complex. As  mothers and fathers contemplate divorce or (if not married to each other) paternity actions, they often...

Date Your Mate for Free
Date Your Mate – For Free!

Part 1             We’ve all heard it – if you want a better marriage, make time for you and your mate. Have a date night – once a week. Or at least monthly. Go. Do it. Date. There are lots of good reasons. Psychologists are telling you to do it.  Counselors, pastors, wise family members...

How to Find Couple Friends
How to Get Couple Friends (and why you need to)

Who needs ‘couple friends’ when you have great family and single friends that have been your buds since junior high? If you’re married, you do. Not instead of the great family and single friends, but in addition to. Why You Need Other Married Friends Nobody is suggesting that you dump friends you had prior to...

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