Keeping Your Relationship Exciting

Finding time to spend together after you’ve been dating or married for awhile can be challenging for any couple. You may find that even when you’re spending time together, one or both of you feels like the relationship has become stale or stagnant. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can keep your relationship spicy and exciting.

First off, consider visiting a toy shop and checking out some adult lingerie or accessories. Sometimes just adding something different in the bedroom can get you both excited and wanting each other even more. Additionally, you may find that using something new makes you both feel more positively about your own bodies and your shared experiences as a couple.

Another way you can keep things interesting is to consider going on a special date. Why not schedule a date night at least twice a month? You’ll be able to spend some time just focusing on one another. You could use this as a time to relive some of your first dates, such as going to restaurants or movies, or you could use it as a time to explore new interests and hobbies. For example, you could try snow boarding, skiing, or fishing together. You might even try something new like seeing a play or trying a new form of exercise together.

The 5 Money Personalities Book Review and Giveaway

When I was first asked to review this book, I was a bit skeptical if it would be an interesting book at all. I am not that interested in discussing money matters between husband and wife but I was quite curious about “money personalities”.

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About The 5 Money Personalities (information from the publisher)
The hidden key to a healthy relationship is not just managing money but understanding how the other approaches money.
Every couple argues about money. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for 40 years or dating for 4 months, money touches every decision you make as a couple—from the $5 cup of coffee to the $50,000 car. And when the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye on how much to spend or how much to save, that’s when arguments turn into ugly toxic fights that leave both persons feeling hurt and angry. It’s why money has become the #1 cause of divorce in the U.S. Obviously, something needs to change. The reason this crisis has not been addressed is because it has never been identified, defined, or given a name. Scott and Bethany Palmer, aka “The Money Couple,” have identified and defined this problem and offer concrete solutions to fix it.

Once you know your Money Personality, you can get to the root of money arguments and start really working together. You’ll discover what has an impact on your loved one’s money decisions, and you’ll learn how to talk about money in a way that’s actually fun! You’ll figure out how to put an end to money secrets and lies once and for all.

It’s not just about money management, and it’s definitely not just about overcoming debt. It is a whole new way of living that will change everything in your relationship. Tens of thousands have already been transformed. Are you ready?

The author of this book is Scott & Bethany Palmer or better known as “The Money Couple”. Both  have dedicated their lives to helping other strengthen their relationships with the 5 Money Personalities. With 43 years of combined financial planning experience, they launched “The Money Couple” and are regulars on national TV and radio and speak internationally about love and money. Scott and Bethany enjoy an active lifestyle in Colorado with their two young sons, Cole and Cade.

My thoughts about the book

The book really centers on the 5 Money Personalities more than anything else. It seeks to let the couple understand why each handles money the way they do. They also give practical examples and tips on how to talk to each other to resolve the differences in money personalities. This is not a book about how to handle your finances or what to do with your money but it deals about the relationship between the partners to ensure a peaceful and more cooperative relationship.

I recommend this book  for every couple. It is true that every couple will argue about money, but most often, we all fail to realize that money is not the problem but the way we spend, save or use the money. After reading this book, it allowed me to know myself better too. I now know what to expect of myself when it comes to money. It gives me a more realistic view of my finances and the way I handle the finances. I can watch out for my weaknesses and lean on my strengths. This book also allows couples to deal with their differences and work it out. It gives a step by step process which includes the money huddle, how to stop fighting and how to fight fair.

This book is both a text book and a work book as there are action items which you need to do with your partner at the end of each chapter to greatly benefit from this book. It also works best if both spouses will read the book and willing to work out their differences.

If you want to find out more about this book, check out the following:

 

The book is scheduled to be released by Thomas Nelson this January 2013.  Being a reader of The Mommy Journey, you get a chance to win a copy of this book for free by joining the giveaway at the end of this post! Giveaway starts on January 18 and ends on January 25. Giveaway is open internationally.

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Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

 

 

Mommy Moments – 11 Lessons in Marriage

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My hubby and I will be celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary in a few days. I am blessed to have been married to a responsible and supportive husband.

In the 11 years of being married, I have  learned several lessons and I would like to share them:

Love is not based on a feeling. There will be days that you don’t feel like serving or even talking to your husband but because you promised to love each other before God and you are committed to one another, you work things out.

Forgive and let go. Your spouse is not perfect and there will be days that you wonder why you married him in the first place but then just remember no one is perfect – not even you. We all have fallen short, one way or another. The best way to move forward is to forgive.

Don’t change your spouse. You will not succeed. Instead, pray to God about it and if it is the Lord’s will, you shall see the change you have been waiting for, in His proper time.

Put Jesus in the center of your life and of your marriage. Circumstances will happen and challenges will come but faith in the Lord will help you through it all.

Be thankful. It is easy to criticize but hard to be thankful. Change of perspective will help you to be more appreciative of your partner and your life.

Support and encourage one another. Help each other achieve your life’s goals and dreams. Make the journey of life more meaningful.

Spend time together. No matter if it is just watching a movie together, reading a book together, finishing a project together or going out on regular dates. This will help keep you intimate and growing in your relationship.

Know your partner’s love language. It will help you understand one another better and be able to fulfill the emotional needs of your partner.

Honor and respect each other. As time goes by, we should maintain respect for one another and treat each other with much respect, just like the courtship days.

For the wife, let your husband lead the family as this is God’s original design for the family. Let us be submissive.

And for the husband, love your wives! They are not just there to serve you, but they are your partners in life.