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Bling, Bling I got the Ring

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I can't help breaking into a full blown smile whenever I think about the moment the sweetest man in my life got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  That point in time will always be such a warm memory for me. Every time I look down at the beautiful ring that he placed on my finger, I can remember those feelings of love.  I really hope every one of you has equally good memories...

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Learn to Love Yourself

When it comes to loving our husbands, we try our best. We show love in any way we can. We try to keep the house looking fabulous, we work on sprucing up our cooking skills to produce delicious dishes, we work together to help raise our children, and we even try to find the never-ending missing socks when it’s time to fold the laundry! But loving your husband is so much more than that and requires one key ingredient... that you love yourself! Many women struggle...

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2nd Annual “Successful Marriages” Tele-Retreat

While a luxurious marriage retreat on a tropical island or cruise sounds lovely at any time of the year, it isn’t always a possibility for couples to get the needed escape. Vacation always brings a natural clearing of the mind and somewhat of a reset on life.
If you feel like you need a little break, a spark of inspiration, or just some specific direction on improving your marriage, you’re in the right place!
Next week, we’re bringing you 5 phenomenal speakers...

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Always Say Yes

Remember how in the beginning of your relationship, you would do anything for the other person?
My husband and I noticed that after awhile, couples started fighting over "who's turn it was"... to take out the trash, change the baby's diaper, do the dishes, etc. We made a deal to stop doing that! We decided that we would always say, "Yes," to each other when asked for help or support.

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The Anatomy of an Argument

Imagine the following scenario:
You are a one woman wonder that has cleaned the house, folded laundry, and managed to whip up a healthy dinner for your family, all the while taking care of your children ages 3, 5, and 8.  After dinner, your husband sits down to unwind by watching the latest Sports Center.  You are absolutely exhausted and running through a mental list of what still needs to get done that night: a sink full of dirty dishes, walks for the dogs, baths...

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Marriage vs Finances: Love or War

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Everyone has one of these growing in their backyard right???

And just like my tree, I am sure yours ONLY grows $20, $50, and $100 bills right??
{Don't we ALL wish!}
Sometimes it feels like that would be the answer to a lot of our problems. If we only had the money. Studies show that financial stress is one of the leading reasons for divorce. Couples avoid talking about money...

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The 50/50 Marriage Myth

The Ultimate Marriage Myth Debunked
When you first announce to your friends and family that you are getting married, all smiles and pure excitement showing on your face, it is much like when you announce you are expecting your first child. Well-meaning loved ones shower you with congratulations, and then they start giving you their two cents. They offer advice on everything from how to cook for your husband to tips on how to iron his shirts. The advice I heard the most...

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Stir Up Your Marriage

Resolving conflicts by stirring up your marriage

Resolving Conflicts by Stirring Up Your Marriage

Hi!  I am “all stirred up” with excitement because Dennis and I are celebrating our 34th anniversary this Saturday, and we have so much to celebrate!  We are enjoying our new endeavor of developing our Customer Metaphor for married couples.  We have lived, loved and worked together successfully up high roads, down low roads (and over some off-roads), and we want to share how we did it.  Couples we meet ask...

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Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal Activity

Gratitude Journal Activity for Couples
Several years ago, I was watching an episode of Oprah (BTW...I really miss her). The entire episode was on having gratitude in our daily lives. Oprah talked about keeping a regular journal solely about "being grateful."  I immediately tried this idea and soon found that I LOVED it. Each week (about 2- 3 times), I would take 5 minutes and quickly jot down ten things I was thankful for. At first, I had to stop and really think....

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