Saturday, September 29, 2007

Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

Halloween is a fun time of year. Even the adults get to pretend to be something or someone else for a little while. Here are some ideas for both husband and wife to go as a couple. Some are free and others are costumes you buy.

First, Shrek and Fiona:

Costumes at Walmart


Other Halloween Costume Ideas

Friday, September 28, 2007

Free Online Halloween Stuff

Over at, they have a thread on where to get free Halloween stuff. The list includes fonts, crafts, screen savers and even sound effects. I am sure you will be able to some fun ideas to share with your sweetie and kids. Be sure to check back as the list will continue to grow.

Some other halloween ideas:

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sweet Deal: Sweetest Day

I like holidays especially ones that are good excuses to do something for my sweetie. I even make up my own, for no reason holiday. I just found out about another made up holiday, only I didn't have to make it up.
The Sweetest Day of the year is Saturday October 20th. Originally, Sweetest Day was created by the candy industry solely to increase the sales of candy. Sweetest Day now largely involves giving small presents to loved ones.
Isn't that nice? Of course the timing is a bit off because Halloween is just a week or so after, but oh well.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

To Be Appreciated

I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

Og Mandino

Smiling and appreciation, what a powerful pair of concepts.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Romantic Welcome Home Ideas Part 1: Decompress and Destress

Snow Crossing
Originally uploaded by robbroccoli
This is part one in a three part series on Romantic Welcome Home Ideas.

Many couples have a rule that the first 10 or fifteen minutes after getting home from work are for relaxing. This time is used to take a few minutes and decompress from the day. It is a moment spent as friends, no problems, to-do lists nor homework. It need not be long, just long enough for everyone to catch their breath before starting the evening.

Work can be stressful and the commute home even more so. Giving each other a few friendly minutes to unwind will improve the whole rest of the evening.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sweet Deal: $10 off from Spa Finder

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Romantic Welcome Home Ideas, Introduction

Welcome to San Francisco
Originally uploaded by eee.xeroid
Every so often it is fun to see what searches bring people to this site. The 10 most common are:
* romantic tips
* printable love coupons
* married couples
* free printable love coupons
* hobbies for couples
* romantic bible verses
* foot rub
* romantic idea married people
* shmily
* bible verses for couples
Most of these are not that surprising, although I admit I did not expect to see the "printable love coupons" show up so much. As I look further down the list, other, less obvious search terms appear. These are things like "the 10 cow wife", "an old farmers advice", and "water heater basement flood". A group of these less common ones impressed me because while it is a subject I have written about several times, never have I really pulled it together. The subject is "Romantic Welcome Home Ideas" and people found this site by searching for things like:
* Romantic Welcome Home Ideas
* welcome home surprise party
* sweet way to welcome spouse home

Now, in three parts, how to welcome a spouse home in a romantic way. The three areas to be covered are Decompress and Destress, Attract the Senses and Be a Friend. I firmly believe that one of the most important times of the day is when husband and wife greet each other after work. Those few moments set the tenor of the rest of the evening.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Date Idea: City Council Meeting

Courtroom One Gavel
Originally uploaded by Joe Gratz
If you have never been to a city council meeting or if it has been a long time, make a point of going together sometime soon. It is a wonderful thing to see your local government in action. Attending the meetings lets you get to know the issues in your town and the people addressing those issues. By attending as a couple, each of you will have noticed different things and by discussing the meeting later come to a better understanding of your city and each other.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Constitution Day - Sept 17

I saw in the news this morning that today is Constitution Day.
On Sept. 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.

Take a few minutes today and check out the amendments with your sweetie and family. The first ten are the "Bill of Rights" and refer to the rights that citizens of the United States of America hold. Check them all out. If you haven't you might be surprised at what you find. Feel free to comment, I will feel free to moderate the comments.

Other Constitution Day Resources:

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Anatomy of a friend

Sundays Ultra
Originally uploaded by Escape Vehicle
Will always see you for the way you really are, your true self.

Will always have them open to listen.

To always tell you the truth and give their opinions, tell you when you mess up or do something good.

Will offer when you need one to cry on and will be your strength when you find it hard to carry yourself. Will always let you lean on them.

To love you for who you are and not judge. Will always have a place there for you.

To hold yours when you need a little guidance, to lend when you need help, and to help you up when you may fall.

Will always make you feel comfortable in them and to offer hugs when you need one. Will try to warm when you are cold.

To walk with you throughout your life and be the best friend they can be.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sweet Acts of Kindness

I stumbled upon a posting of a wife expressing her gratitude to her husband for a "sweet act of kindness:
The Parkits: Sweet Acts of Kindness: "I came home yesterday from a long day of work to some really sweet notes from my husband! He put them in very creative places so I would find them as I went about the rest of my day!! What an amazing blessing the Lord has given me!!!!!"

Go check it out. I'll wait.....

Post it notes: 23 cents
Pen to write note: 23 cents (probably already have one)
Time to write and hide notes: 10 minutes
Instilling a sense of gratitude and appreciation in your relationship: priceless.

As I have mentioned before, it is the small and simple acts of kindness that make a relationship beautiful.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Date Idea: Laser Tag

Originally uploaded by dingadingdang
This can be a great night with other couples or with the whole family.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kind Words

Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.

- Blaise Pascal

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Why gripe?

A Droplet Of Time
Originally uploaded by MINDFLAME
I came across this quote:

My days of whining and complaining about others have come to an
end. Nothing is easier than fault finding. All it will do is discolor my
personality so that none will want to associate with me. That was my old life. No more.

Og Mandino

Thing is, my sweetie and I were just discussing complaining and what it does to a relationship. No one likes to listen to a complainer. People would much rather associate with positive people.

There are basically two types of things to gripe about: those you can control and those you can't. If you do not have any control over it, why complain? People do not like listening to gripes and it won't solve anything anyway. On the other hand, if you can fix it, why complain? Stop complaining and start acting.

It is too easy to find faults and to point them out. Rather, find things to praise and point them out. It might be much harder, but most things worth doing are difficult.