News Flash - Valentine's Day is our favorite holiday!
Trying to figure out the perfect gift this year?
So are we.
This year, as we try to do every few years, we decided to educate ourself on marriage. Taking a course, workshop or some other marital class should be on every married couple's to-do list at some point. These things take work, amirite?
We couldn't possible list them all for you, but here are a few for our northern California peeps here below. A simple internet search or asking at your church might produce great results for everyone else!
Challenge Day for Couples
February 18-19, 2017
Gottman's Couples Workshop
Mill Valley, CA
John Grey's Healing Couples Retreat
Sonoma County, CA
Getting the Love You Want workshop
San Ramon, CA
Note: We cannot vouch for any of these except Challenge Day, which we recommend wholeheartedly.
Have suggestions for others? Feel free to share them here or on our FB page!
Only 10 days left until our favorite holiday and we know just how difficult it is to find that perfect gift or bargain! Well, we have gobs of ideas in our book (of course) - but here are a few more to get you started:
Nothing says 'love' like FITNESS - want your partner to 'stick around' for along time? Keep him or her healthy with a pedometer like FitBit! Here's a little secret about FitBit that not everyone knows - if you lose your FitBit, they will replace it one time for FREE! What a great idea. Plus, the $99 models track your sleep, a nice feature.
Not much of a health nut? Papa Murphy's sells heart-shaped pizza's over Valentine's!
Loved one forget all those Important dates? Make a t-shirt or coffee mug with all the anniversaries, etc!
Flowers & Chocolates Again? Of course, but mix it up this time - maybe some flowers you can PLANT this year or some chocolates from a Chocalatier instead of the local grocery store!!
Whatever you do - it will be grand - just put some HEART into it!! xoxo
Interesting concept you may be thinking but yes, there is logic to this theme too!
Appreciating all things feminine is certainly not the worst thing you can do. And you know that the next month is going to be all about the masculine side right? Well, these months are designed to help you slip into someone's slippers and see things from their perspective a bit. Take a moment and truly take this opportunity to see things from the other side. It may make you appreciate your own 'side' too. And wouldn't it be amazing if you actually learned a thing or two? Can you say 'facial!?" Enjoy folks!
There actually is some science behind the concept of putting yourself in another person's shoes. We can't quote actual research but we KNOW there's logic in it! This month, get out your chemicals, mops, brooms, rakes and start swapping chores. Its time to feel appreciated for all you do by watching your partner suffer through it all. No, seriously - its the other way around: YOU are to appreciate the other one by walking a mile, so to speak.
So this is the kind of month that you need to sit down and map out a plan for, because it would be easy for one person to suddenly have a lot of chores to do and the other seemingly have none. If one of you doesn't work, this is a sure thing. But there ARE things you both do and you could set it up so this is an even swap - not an unfair one. So pull out your checklists, to-do-lists and note pads people, its time to get down & dirty!
There are so many great stories in the news today - like the couples trying to break the world record for the longest kiss in Thailand (at press time its down to 4 couples remaining). The current record is 32 hours! Also, there's a great story circulating on a recent study done that suggests our first kiss with our Partner was more memorable than our first sexual encounter. Turns out we remember that first kiss in much greater detail.
And with all the great valentine gift ideas, a favorite is one that outlines valentine gifts that give back. Feel free to post your links or suggestions for valentine stories here in our comments section!
Happy Vday! Love love love!
After dozens of birthdays, christmases, valentine's and father or mother's day gifts - you've run out of new, fresh, affordable ideas, haven't you?! Well it happens to all of us!!! We welcome the sharing of ideas either here or on our Facebook page: http:www.facebook.com/betterpartners
Also - check out BOTH our Valentine's day page AND our Surprise Me month page for ideas too.
Here's a few more to help get the creative juices flowing:
Make a cd of your love songs
Make a customized crossword puzzle (we hear this is how jon stewart proposed to his wife!)
Hide valentines under your pets' collar and send them in with a special delivery
Simply showing up unexpected with a picnic basket still works great
Decorate!!! The car, the bedroom, the kitchen - anything!
Fill a room with balloons!
Write a poem and have it printed on a coffee mug or shirt
Share your ideas too - we could all use some new ones!
Debbie & Paul Lamb, Founders of Lambs On Love & Authors of "Be A Better Partner" - working to help busy couples improve their relationship one fun month at a time.