Archive for January, 2010

It’s Friday, January 29th and time for the big reveal on the first set of items you needed to get for Valentines.  On February 1st you will be giving one of the items I told you to get to surprise your spouse. Everyday you are to chose another item and give it to them through February 13th.

Use your note pad I told you to get and write the sayings I have given you below and stick it on the item you want to give that day to your spouse. Put it in the drawer you know he will open in the morning or in the evening. Stick it in their lunch, car or were ever. Make sure you do this every day but at different times of the day. You want them to be surprised and not know when they will receive your little Valentines Notes.

  1. Kit Kat Candy Bar – “I get a kick out of you!”
  2. Small Box of Animal Crackers – “You bring the out animal in me!”
  3. Reese’s Pieces Candy – “Love you to pieces!”
  4. Hot Tamales Candy – “I would like to play with your hot Tamale!” or “My tamale is hot for you!”
  5. Toy Race Car – “My heart races with love for you!”
  6. Sucker – “I’m a sucker for you!” Or “You can lick me anytime!”
  7. Small Can of Nuts – “I’m nuts about you!” or “I’d like to play with your nuts!”
  8. Bottle of Bubbles – “You make my heart bubble up with love for you!”
  9. Dog Bone – “Let’s play with your bone tonight!” or “My bone gets hard every time I see you!”
  10. Jump Rope – “My heart jumps for you!”
  11. Pop Corn – “My heart pops for you. Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!”
  12. Candy Kisses – “I love your kisses!”
  13. Towel – “Let’s get steamy tonight!”
  14. Light switch – “You can turn me on anytime!”
  15. Soap – “Let’s lather each other tonight!”
  16. Heater – “Let’s heat each other up!”
  17. Candy Hearts – “I love you with all my heart!”
  18. Dresser drawer – “Peek a Boo, I love you!”
  19. Easy Chair – “You’re so easy to be with!”

I gave you a few extra ideas just incase there was something you didn’t like. Have fun giving these to your spouse.  Your spouse may think you are nuts but they will never forget the year you gave them a Valentines note everyday until Valentines Day.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines Day in my blog on “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the second set of items on February 12th.  If you liked my Christmas idea you will like this one!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Do you and your spouse want to get healthier this year? Or are you in good shape but you would like to see your partner start taking care of themselves too? Or maybe you’re the unhealthy one? Why not talk to your spouse and maybe take an exercise class together.

My husband and I need to loose a few pounds and exercise more. Like most men my husband doesn’t think he needs to take care of himself. What I have found is if I ask him to help me lose weight, he is more willing to get on the bandwagon and start to exercise and eat better. If I try to tell him he needs to get healthier he looks at me like I am trying to tell him what to do. When I tell him I need help he is ready to jump in and help me.

Exercise is a great way to spend sometime together while getting healthy.  Walking is one of many different types of exercise.  While you and your spouse walk you get to have the quite time you both desperately need. Trade off with a neighbor, every other day you take turns taking care of the kids so you can take care of yourself and your marriage.

I received an e-mail today about a yoga class for couples. This is a great way to get out of the house and explore a different avenue of exercising. Partner Yoga is a practice based on trust and communication expressed through breath, movement and yoga postures. It will teach you how to build trust by providing support, sharing strength and enjoying relaxation. Check out your area and see if you have anything like this. What a great way to connect!

It doesn’t have to be yoga. It could be swimming, skiing, boxing, bicycling, running, etc. You get the idea. What would be fun for the two of you to do? Get moving and get sweaty together.

Remember exercise is not only good for you but it can rev up your sex drive!

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the first set of items on January 29th and the second set of items on February 12th.  If you liked my Christmas idea you will like this one!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Its official!

I will be speaking at the Fashion Bug this coming Sunday! Do you want to prepare for a very romantic Valentines Day? Then please join me at the Fashion Bug for an evening of fun and laughter. Fashion Bug’s trained sales associates will be available for a bra fitting and I will be there to give you some fun and inexpensive romantic ideas for you to do for your husband or partner on Valentines Day!

Also there will be a representative from Mary Kay Cosmetics giving you advice with make up for Valentines Day. Soy candles will also be available for you to purchase.

When:                  Sunday, January 31, 2010
Where:                Fashion Bug
                                At the Crossroads
                                2342 S Bradley Rd #9B
                                Santa Maria, CA 93455
                                (805) 340-9968
Time:                  6:oo PM to 8:00 PM

Sign up today! Space is limited and I don’t want you to miss this fun and enjoyable evening.

Please no children – Adults only – Must be 18 or older

RSVP by 1/29/2010 a the Fashion Bug or call (805) 349-9968

Looking forward to see you there!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Do you get into arguments with your spouse and both of you won’t back down because you both think you are right? Do you want to go someplace put your spouse hates going there? How do you look at life’s issues? Do you see life as black and white or do you look at life and know some things in life are gray. Some issues there are no right or wrong; it just depends on how you look at life and the issues that come up. Lucky for my husband and me, we agree to disagree.

I didn’t realize we were doing this until one weekend I had flown to Missouri to hear a famous Christian speaker and author named Joyce Meyer. She talked about how she always expected her and her husband to always agree on everything together. They would have these huge fights and it wasn’t until she realized that some issues weren’t that important to have the other always agree with them. That’s when she decided to agree to disagree.

My husband may not like the outfit I purchased but I like it. I don’t get upset because he doesn’t like it, nor do I return it. I will wear it when I’m not with him. I don’t need his approval on everything. I used to work in the Real Estate related industry. I was in charge of the customer service departments for a major title company in the area and was also involved in sales as need for my company. There were many times I needed to attend parties and functions after hours. My husband was invited to attend but because he didn’t know these people like I did and he felt uncomfortable I never made him feel like he had to go along with me.

When we travel there are places we want to go to that are just plain boring for the other. One example is when we go to the Orange County area I like to go to IKEA and he has his favorite car shop he likes to go to. He drops me off at IKEA and then he drives to the car shop and purchases what he wants. When he is done he drives to IKEA parks then gives me a call and we meet inside while I purchase the items I want for the house.

One day I was talking to a gal who was telling me about her trip to New York with her husband. This was their first trip there. After a couple of days of walking he was tried and wanted to go see a movie. She didn’t want to because she wanted to take in as much of the city as she could while they were there. She ended up going with him to see the movie but wasn’t happy about it. What she should have done is let him go and watch the movie while she went to the places he didn’t want to see but she did. After the movie they would have had an opportunity to talk about the different things they had done. They would have gotten to do what they wanted to do instead of one of them giving in and feeling resentful.

Look at your arguments and decide how important the issue is. If it isn’t something very important that is going to affect your life together. Then agree to disagree. I know this is what my husband and I do and it works very well in our marriage, there is less drama and less turmoil.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the first set of items on January 29th and the second set of items on February 12th.  If you liked my Christmas idea you will like this one!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Valentines Day will be in approximately three weeks. Since Valentines is on Sunday you may want to stay home because you need to go to work on Monday and want to be ready and alert for the workweek. You may decide to celebrate Valentines on Saturday instead of Sunday. We will probably do that too. Why not still plan on doing a little something on Valentines. I looked into what movies to rent which are being recommended out on the web. Some were released for rentals last year, some are a little quirky and some you probably have seen. There is even a French film that was recommended on one site.

  • The Ugly Truth
  • Traveler’s Wife
  • He’s Just Not That into You
  • PS I Love You
  • I Hate Valentines Day
  • Hancock
  • Amelie
  • Titanic
  • Chocolat
  • The Last of the Mohicans

I know it seems a little early to be thinking about Valentines Day. I figured if you were inclined to rent a movie why not think ahead and do a little research to find the perfect movie for you and your partner.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the first set of items on January 29th and the second set of items on February 12th.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Be fearless when romancing your spouse and keep saving $5 a week for a weekend of love.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the first set of items on January 29th and the second set of items on February 12th.

Keep those sparks flying!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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It’s Friday and date night! The only problem is that it has been raining all week here in Santa Maria and we don’t really feel like going out tonight. Too wet and the roads are flooded. I’m not complaining we need the rain. Here in California we typically don’t get a lot of precipitation but it looks like this is an El Nino year which means lots of rain. With all this rain we just feel like cuddling up and maybe watching a movie.

I have been thinking about what would be fun and something a little different for us to do while at home. Maybe we could do a nice dinner by candlelight with music in the background. Or we could sit in front of the TV and watch a movie while eating dinner. We could go for a walk in the rain after dinner that would be fun. We could even start singing a song, maybe “Singing in the Rain.” (Won’t happen with my husband but it does sound like fun!) Ok, I know I can get a little dorky! We could treat it just like any other night, which is what most people would do. This marriage is not like most people’s marriages. The reason we are different is because we still work on our relationship.

So…….tonight I finally decided I would make homemade pizza and serve a salad in front of the fireplace. I already purchased ready made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s market; there is leftover Italian meat sauce in the refrigerator along with grated mozzarella and parmesan cheese. My husband always calls me when he is leaving work. I will pop the pizza in the oven and have the salad made. When my husband walks in the door the wonderful smell of homemade pizza will have filled the house.

Candles will be lit and a crackling fire in the fireplace will be burning. A quilt will be laid out on the floor in front of the fireplace and a couple of beers will be opened. R&B music will play in the background. If you have kids and can’t get a babysitter then include them in the fun. Some nights are meant to have date night with the kids. Have them help you make the pizza and salad. They can even help with setting everything up in front of the fireplace. For drinks serve them soda. You may want to lay out a cookie sheet for the kids to put their sodas on. After eating play a game after with your spouse or with the whole family. If it is just you and your spouse, you could play strip poker!

Why not turn a rainy night into a special night to be remembered.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog  “Are You Ready.” You will be told what to do with the first set of items on January 29th and the second set of items on February 12th.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Recently my husband and I watched an old movie that came out in 1994 called “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. We had seen it when it came out in the theatres and enjoyed it very much but hadn’t seen it since. The movie is action packed and has some hilarious moments. It is a great movie for couples to watch together. While watching the movie I was reminded of the time I had went to a luncheon at a historic inn in Santa Maria.

The inn is called Santa Maria Inn and has been a Central Coast landmark since 1917. Hollywood legends Rudolph Valention and Clark Gable stayed there on their journey to Hearst Castle. After the luncheon a friend and I asked if we could see a couple of the rooms. While the receptionist was taking us on a tour of the hotel I mentioned I was calling couples and reminding them to put money away every week for a romantic getaway and wanted to see their best rooms for romance.

One of the rooms she took us to was the master suite in the original inn. It was one of their larger rooms with a separate living room. While showing it to us the receptionist mentioned that once a local gentleman came to the hotel and rented this suite for him and his wife. He requested a bottle of chilled champagne, chocolates, roses and candles lit in the living room before they arrived at a specific time. The reason he wanted this room was he wanted to recreate a scene in “True Lies.” There is a scene in the movie where Jamie Lee Curtis gives a very funny and sensual dance for her husband Arnold but doesn’t know it is him. If you haven’t seen this movie you need to rent it and if you have watched it before watch it again with your spouse.

I never forgot the couple who went to the Santa Maria Inn. They didn’t need to go out of town to have a very sensual evening together that they will never forget. Get adventurous, watch the movie and locate a hotel or inn where you could recreate this scene also. Or better yet, why not recreate the scene in your own home after the kids are sound asleep or spending the night with friends.

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.”

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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The Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo, CA sent me an e-mail and I wanted to pass it on to you. It is called “Take the 101 and stay with us for $101 plus tax.” This offer is valid 1/14/10 through 3/25/10. This is a great deal for those who live on the Central Coast or are planning on traveling to San Luis Obispo in the near future.

I’ve not stayed at the Apple Farm but I have had friends tell me they have spent the night there and have had a wonderful stay.  Their rates typically range from $109 – $279 off-season weekdays, to $119-$329 on weekends in summer and during holidays periods. It is based on limited availability and not all rooms are available at this rate. It is valid Sunday thru Thursday evenings only.

Check out the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo . You can’t beat the price!

*Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.”

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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I was having a cup of coffee with a friend last Friday when she started to tell me about how her daughter and she started to research their family on www.ancestry.com. Her daughter graduated this year from high school and she mentioned how it was a wonderful way for them both to connect in a different way. They are hooked and look forward to working on this together. Her daughter is an English major in college and is talking about maybe writing a book about her grandfather.

While my friend was talking about what she was discovering about her family she mentioned to me this would be a great thing to do as a couple or the whole family. I thought what a great idea! If you are trying to find something you both would enjoy but haven’t found it yet. You might want to talk to your spouse about doing this together. It would be a wonderful hobby. You would be learning about your heritage and health history. And you would be leaving a legacy for your children that they can pass on to their children. This is a great way to give your children a sense of family unity.

So why not try researching your family history together. You will feel more like a couple and have something that interests each of you. Who knows you might dig up some interesting information about your family in the past that you didn’t know.

Don’t forget to get the items I mentioned you needed for Valentines in my blog on “Are You Ready.”

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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