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Are You and Your Spouse Communicating Effectively?

What do you consider to be important components of a happy marriage?  Most
would agree that love, trust and commitment are needed for a happy marriage
to exist.  There is also another component that is necessary for a happy
marriage to prosper and that is communication.
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The Things Happy Couples Do Often

The Things Happy Couples Do Often | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it

You've heard the old saying before, "You are what you eat".  I have found that there is definitely some truth to that.  But, what about one's
actions?  Could it be safe to also say, "You are what you do"?

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10 Signs of Laziness in Married Life

10 Signs of Laziness in Married Life | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Sometimes we don't even see it.  Sometimes we don't even realize it.  But,
laziness in marriage is way more complex than just keeping the house
clean.  It's about giving the best efforts possible to you and your
marriage.  But, sometimes recognizing when laziness has crept in is not as
easy as it would seem.  This is especially true when you and your spouse
have acclimated yourselves to a steady daily routine. 
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5 Tips For Financial Setbacks

5 Tips For Financial Setbacks | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Life has the ability to brings us tests in every form and fashion,
including financial setbacks.  Financial setbacks, like unemployment, can
cause conflict and deterioration in marriages unless both parties are
willing to acknowledge that this is a time of patience, understanding and
sacrifice.
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Why Having Sex In The Morning Is A Good Idea In Your Marriage

Why Having Sex In The Morning Is A Good Idea In Your Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
So you wake up a little early and you think about just laying there
enjoying the quietness.  But then you look over at your spouse lying next
to you and realize that you could be doing something so much more enjoyable
then staring at the ceiling. So you take ACTION! 
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Boosting Your Spouse's Sexual Confidence

Boosting Your Spouse's Sexual Confidence | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Sexual confidence in a person has a lot to do with how that person feels
inside and how they view themselves.  No doubt about it.  But as mates in
our spouse's life it's important to give some assistance in that
department. What I mean by assistance is encouraging your spouse's
sexuality by keeping your spouse nicely aware of how hot you think he/she
is to you.
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5 Ways To Increase Romance In Your Marriage

5 Ways To Increase Romance In Your Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Clearly from the name of my blog you can tell that romance means a lot to
me.  It's something that I have found that my marriage could not live
without. You see romance is an everyday aspect in my marriage that both my
husband and I recognize and appreciate. 
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I Married My Soul Mate

I Married My Soul Mate | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
My husband and I didn't meet until 1997, but we shared so much before then.
In January 1995 I moved to Arlington, Texas and moved into a complex called
Glenbrook Town-Homes.  In June 1995, my husband moved to Arlington, Texas
and moved into a complex called Glenbrook Town-Homes.   We lived only two
buildings down from each other for over a year.
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What Is Romance?

What Is Romance? | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make.  I have been fascinated by the word romance
every since I was 12 years old.  It started when I read my first young
adult love story when I was in the 7th grade.  I Was Hooked!  Over the
years the word romance to me has gone through many definitions. 
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5 All Day Date Ideas

5 All Day Date Ideas | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
My husband and I are very firm believers in the benefits of dating each
other.  One of the reasons why? Some of our funniest, sweetest and sexiest
moments have been on our date nights. So,  I am kicking off the new Fall
Season by encouraging dating your spouse with these 5 All Day Date Ideas! 
If your looking for more date ideas then don't worry I've got you covered
below.  And always Keep it Hot!


 1.  Act Like a Kid Date Day

We know how kids love to have fun and didn't you use to be a kid?  Well,
this date idea consist of you and your spouse finding your inner child and
letting them loose! All Day!  You and your spouse should choose about 1- 3
things to do for the day that you enjoyed as a kid.  Below are a few
suggestions that I have listed to help get your day started!

* going swinging in the park
* going to the zoo
* laser tag
* playing the video game
* going to an entertainment and arcade establishments like Dave &
Busters, Main Event, Malibu, etc.
* making a big tent in your bedroom and snuggling up to watch your
favorite television shows.
* sea shell exploring and making sand castles on the beach
* going bicycle riding
* go-cart riding
* watch cartoons

2.  All Day Naked Date  

This date idea believes that clothes are overrated.  If you and your spouse
are planning to be home all day alone, then why not spend it naked!  Just
go about your normal activities and if you both feel the need to take a
break in the bedroom I totally understand. 

Check out 5 More Naked Date Ideas that you and your spouse can enjoy. 


3.  80's Movie Marathon Date

Pull out those favorite 80's movies, connect to Netflix or Amazon Video or
go to a local video store and find 80's movies that you and your spouse
will enjoy all day. Here are a few suggestions:

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* The Breakfast Club
* Coming to America
* Ferris Bueller's Day Off
* Back to the Future
* The Color Purple
* The Karate Kid
* Lean on Me
* Star Wars Empire Strikes Back
* The Ghostbusters
* Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
* Who Framed Roger Rabbit
* National Lampoon's Vacation
* The Princess Bride
* Stand by Me

4.  Hang Out In A Luxury Hotel Room Date

Get your money's worth by checking into to a luxurious hotel room for one
day.  Enjoy all the benefits that come with the room including the presence
of your spouse.  Enjoy also room service, spa treatments, jacuzzi bath
tubs, room views, patio and balcony relaxing and much more. 


5.  Scrapbook Disposable Picture Date

This idea is one of my favorites because of the fun that you can have with
it.  This all day date requires you and your spouse to put away your cell
phones and get a couple of disposable cameras or a couple of digital
cameras (if you have them) to take pictures.  Now for the whole day you and
your spouse will take pictures of each other, capturing moments of love. 

When the both of you have taken all of your pictures, find a local Walmart,
Walgreens, CVS, etc and go have them developed the same day.  Most of the
stores I mentioned above offer 1 hour services for your photos.  Have a
good time looking over your photos with your spouse and create a scrapbook
for your wonderful memories. 



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What I've Learned In 15 Years of Marriage

What I've Learned In 15 Years of Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
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My husband and I met on January 26, 1997 and exchanged wedding vows on
November 2, 1998.  We got married young and we get asked often, "How have
you guys kept the marriage going?"  I tell them there is no one answer to
be given but several.  But when I am asked that question, I am always
brought back to the lessons that my marriage has taught me. Lessons that
have changed me for the better and made me want to be the best person, wife
and mother I could be. 

What I have learned in 15 years of marriage:

I learned the art of love

I think the word Love is such a simple way to say such a powerful feeling. 
I say this because loving and being loved by my husband and children has
made me a changed woman.  A woman that recognizes the importance of
patience, the peace of compromise and doing good not only for my family but
in all ways possible.  It's an art that has no price tag on it.

I learned how to truly appreciate and understand different personalities

 My husband and children have given me a true appreciation for thought
processes different from my own.  Even when my children were in single
digits, they still had me saying, "I didn't think about it that way."  They
opened the cobwebbed box that I didn't even realize was closed and made me
see things in a different light.  The same can be said for my husband,
Royal.  In fact on our first date, I fell in love with his ability to see
life as half full and not half empty.  He was and has always been an
inspiring force in my life. 

I found out my heart had no cap on giving Motherly Love

When I met my husband in 1997 I was only 22 and a single mother of one.  He
was 24 and single father of six. When we decided to become a family,  I was
concerned about making sure everyone felt equally loved and cared for.  So
I started my new life around that thought.  Make sure that everyone felt
equally loved and cared for.  But over the years I realized that I didn't
have to remind myself of that because my husband's and all my children's
happiness became essential to my own.  They made me want to be the best I
could be every day.  They soaked up the love that I gave to them and
returned it tenfold.  They truly trusted me.  And the day my children 
decided to call me "Mom" was a day I could never fully describe, because
there are just not enough words to do it. 

I learned that ROMANCE is a big deal in marriage

Before I got married I thought I knew what romance was.  I thought it was
about rose petals, candles and going to an expensive restaurant.  Boy did I
have a lot to learn.  But, after I met my husband our relationship made me
realize that Romance was not just about rose petals and candles but more
about emotionally connecting with each other and creating ever-lasting
intimacy. 

R.O.M.A.N.C.E. - Recognizing Opportunities & Maintaining Affection
Necessary for Creating Ever-lasting love. 

I learned the importance of different roles

Being a wife to my husband and being a mother are only 2 of many titles
that I carry every day.  I am also a Best Friend, a Cheerleader, a
Confidante, a Counselor.  The same could be said for my husband, no doubt. 
Because we both have the ability to switch gears with our marriage roles we
have created an intimate and powerful connection that makes us fall more
and more in love with each other.

I learned how to cook 

I stated earlier that when I met my husband I was  a 22 years old single
mom with a four year old son.  I had not learned a true appreciation for
cooking home cooked meals.  But when we became a family it just wasn't
smart financially or health wise to eat out more than we ate in.  I wanted
my children to enjoy meals that I cooked with the same excitement they had
when we pulled up to McDonald's.  Now I know I was expecting a miracle with
that thought, but over the years I got really good at cooking and when they
started making request for their favorite meals I was hooked on cooking. 

I learned the importance of forgiveness

I am not perfect and neither is my husband and children.  But we have
managed to still love each other regardless.  The main reason for that? 
Forgiveness.  I'm reminded of a popular quote by Ruth Bell Graham, " A
Happy Marriage is the union of two good forgivers."  This quote is a true
testament to my marriage.  It hasn't always been easy to forgive but it's
ALWAYS been so worth it. 

I learned true appreciation 

The day I met my husband my life was irrevocably changed.  I was honored
with a man who loves me for who I am but more importantly a man who loves
God and recognizes him.  Being a mother to my seven beautiful children has
been such a pleasure and I am honored by their presence in my life every
day.  With such blessings it has made me realize what's really important in
life and I could never be thankful enough for what has been given to me by
God.  
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Increasing Sexual Awareness In Your Marriage

Increasing Sexual Awareness In Your Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
With careers, taking care of children and many of the other
responsibilities of life, it's easy for your sex life with your spouse to
become mundane or stagnate.  With seven children I know how hard it can be.
The key to making sure that does not happen is to keep the sexual awareness
active in your marriage.  
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Why I Will Never Become a Nagging Wife

Why I Will Never Become a Nagging Wife | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Good communication is a must for a couple who desires to have a successful
and happy marriage.  This is something that I have found to be very true
not only in my own marriage but with marriages I have seen end in failure. 
I believe that good communication requires:
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Is Your Marriage In The HotZone?

Is Your Marriage In The HotZone? | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Intimacy in marriage.  It's that beautiful relationship connector that
promotes comfort, familiarity and affection.  At least, that's how I define
it.  But, sometimes life can get so busy that intimacy is put on the back
burner of priorities. 
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5 Reasons Why Sleeping Nude is a Good Idea

5 Reasons Why Sleeping Nude is a Good Idea | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it

So its time for bed and you go for your sleeping attire that you love to sleep in.  Nothing wrong with that right? ...

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2 Words Your Spouse Needs To Hear From You Every Day

2 Words Your Spouse Needs To Hear From You Every Day | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
It's just two words.  Two words that could put a smile on your spouse's
face.  Two words that can make you feel good inside.  Two words that make
you see the good.  What are those two words? 
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Making Positive Changes For Your Marriage

Making Positive Changes For Your Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Making positive changes for the best of your marriage is not always the
easiest thing to do.  Habits are hard to break and making change from what
you have known for years can be overwhelming.  For example if you are an
extremely career driven individual it may take you out of your comfort zone
to be home after work before the sun goes down. 
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Out Of The Ordinary Places To Have Sex With Your Spouse

Out Of The Ordinary Places To Have Sex With Your Spouse | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
The bedroom is without a doubt a good place for some lovemaking with your
spouse, but it doesn't have to be the only place.  Take a look at a few
places that I have listed below that not only provides you and your spouse
with different scenery but also provides some great fun moments! 
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The LOVE F.A.C.T.O.R. In My Marriage

The LOVE F.A.C.T.O.R. In My Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Being happily married for over 15 years and still LOVING every minute of
it, my husband and I find ourselves being asked frequently by friends and
family the same question. How do you stay so happy with each other?
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10 Practices of Happily Married Couples

10 Practices of Happily Married Couples | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
This series, Secrets To A Happy Marriage is a part of the Happy Wives Club
Blog Tour!  I am so excited to be a part of group of women that love being
in love with their husbands! Come see what I am talking about by clicking
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Boosting Your Spouse's Sexual Confidence

Boosting Your Spouse's Sexual Confidence | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
Sexual confidence in a person has a lot to do with how that person feels
inside and how they view themselves.  No doubt about it.  But as mates in
our spouse's life it's important to give some assistance in that
department. What I mean by assistance is encouraging your spouse's
sexuality by keeping your spouse nicely aware of how hot you think he/she
is to you.
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10 Fun Fall Date Ideas

10 Fun Fall Date Ideas | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
t's that time of year where the leaves are changing and the warm air is
starting to cool.  I will admit this is my favorite time of the year and my
favorite time to experience outdoor activities.  So, I've put together some
activities that my husband and I enjoy that are fun and relaxing for this
wonderful time of year.  And as always, Keep it Hot!
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Good Communication In Marriage

Good Communication In Marriage | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
My husband and I talk a lot, and I mean A LOT!  It wasn't always like
that.  In fact, my husband and I had some tough times when we were first
married.  Our biggest problem we faced as a newly married couple was lack
of communication. 

Because of the lack of communication in our marriage it made us began to
assume what the other was thinking, feeling and doing. 

What did that do to us?  It created confusion, misunderstandings and hurt
feelings in our relationship that almost destroyed us.  Then one night we
sat down and started talking about our true feelings about everything that
had been putting distance between us. We avoided:

* Being disrespectful
* Being sarcastic with each other
* Being angry
* Being close-minded
* Being argumentative

We talked for hours and it truly opened a valve in our relationship that we
once had opened but for some reason had been closed. Listening to my
husband that night made me realize that I had been seeing things the way I
wanted to, without thinking about his perception or what he saw.  It was an
humbling experience. 

We both agree that night was a turning point in our relationship.  From
that day our lines of communication in our marriage was opened and now 15
years later it's hard to believe that we ever had a problem.  But we did
and we both decided to overcome it. 

By overcoming our communication problems we were able to  be more
supportive of each other,  trust each other more and talk openly in a way
that was comfortable for the both of us. 

 

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3 More Benefits: It allowed us to really understand each other 

One thing that I have learned in life is that with knowledge comes
understanding. Good communication in a marriage is key to understanding
what motivates your spouse's actions, feelings and thinking processes.

It allowed us to become the best of friends 

My husband and I know each other better than anyone else.  Why is that? 
Because we talk about anything and everything just like best friends do! 
And like a best friend we encourage each other, motivate each other and
counsel each other. 

It threw assumptions out of the window 

I talked earlier about how assumptions were made in my marriage that truly
hindered us.  But when we ejected a healthy dose of good communication in
our marriage, assumptions become a thing of the past.  We no longer had any
guessing games to play about how the other was feeling or thinking. 
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Checking In With Your Spouse

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A few days ago I was sitting on the couch with my feet propped up on my
husband's lap reading my kindle while he was was watching television. 
Subconsciously he started massaging my feet and I began to have this
unbelievable feeling.  Not the feeling from my massage even though that
felt awesome, no it was the love that I could feel pouring off of him
towards me. 
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Do You Have a Mission Statement for Your Marriage?

Do You Have a Mission Statement for Your Marriage? | Romance in Marriages | Scoop.it
I have found that most successful businesses whether big or small have a
mission statement.  A mission statement is a key attribute to have because
it serves as a reminder of the positive goals set forth and guides the
actions of the every day efforts of a business.
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