Archive for September, 2011

Fall is here and I have the perfect date to celebrate the fall season.

Grab your sweetheart and head to the nearest Cornfield Maze. Have fun trying to find your way out together. Before you go hand your sweetheart a note that says:

“I’m a little corny for you! Let’s hop in the car and head out to the nearest Cornfield Maze. We will throw all our worries out the door and get lost in the maze together.”

It will probably take you a couple of hours to get through the maze but you will both be laughing and trying to outwit each other.

After you find your way out reward yourselves with roasted corn if the Cornfield Maze is selling it and enjoy the sweet taste of this special treat. If they don’t sell roasted corn then purchase stalks of corn to bring home to roast together. Neither of you know how to grill corn? AllRecipes.com will have recipes and videos on how to roast your corn to perfection.

Our area doesn’t have a Cornfield Maze but at the Avila Valley Barn they have a Hay Maze which would be just as much fun to do. Plus they have delicious roasted corn you can purchase to enjoy after.

When you do things you don’t normally do together you are keeping your relationship interesting and exciting. It is the silly little things you do together that create memories for years to come.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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The Today Show has another great video I think is important for you to watch if you want to keep the sparks alive in your relationship. Kathie Lee & Hoda interview author, Andrea Syrtash and author/therapist, Ian Kerner, Ph.D. about why it is important to find ways to keep your marriage thrilling.

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This video reiterates what I wrote on June 25, 2009 about the importance of having an affair. At the end there is an idea for you and your sweetheart to do to keep the romance alive.

 Have an Affair

Published: June 25, 2009

Yes, have an affair…..it’s good for your marriage. Did you read that right, “Have an affair….. It’s good for your marriage?” You must think I’m nuts! Yes, I did write “Have an Affair” but let me finish that statement by saying “Have an affair with your spouse its good for your marriage.” After watching the news and hearing Gov. Mark Sanford admit that he is cheating on his wife, I thought why didn’t he have an affair with his wife? After all, it would have been a lot easier and less messy to have an affair with his spouse. The effort and energy it took to have this affair is so sad when you look at the hurt and pain it has caused. Recently I read that infidelities are on the rise not only by men but by women also.

An affair is about the newness and excitement of it all. You remember when you first started to date your spouse and all you wanted to do was talk and talk. You listened to one another. Now that you are married you know all about your spouse. Neither of you are listening to what the other is saying. Also, in an affair there is an illusion of spontaneity but if you think about it you have to plan your secret rendezvous. So why not plan a secret rendezvous with the person you promised your life to and make it a surprise for your partner. The fun and anticipation for the person planning the rendezvous is very beneficial to your relationship. When you plan a secret rendezvous for your spouse you are creating feel good hormones about your marriage. You are smiling on your relationship. What better way to say “I love you” and care enough about you to have an affair with you!

You may say this is not spontaneous. My answer to that is, if you have an affair with someone else you have to plan when you will meet and where. Before you were married to your spouse you had to plan when and where you were going to be together.

Now you don’t have to make reservations at a hotel or inn every time you want to have a romantic rendezvous but you do need to think outside of the box. SurpriseKiss.com is here to help you do that.

This weekend plan a night out with your spouse. Make arrangements to have a babysitter for a couple of hours. And then go for a walk on the beach or in the park, a place where you can talk and reconnect.  When you get home put the kids to bed and close your bedroom door. Light the candles and have some soft music playing in the back ground. Let your affair begin!

The following week have your spouse plan something.

Yes, have an affair with your spouse its good for your marriage!

What do you do to keep your marriage thrilling?

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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In a marriage it is important to learn from the past but live in the present. You will be living in a very special present when you go away for your romantic weekend because you kept saving your $5 a week for a whole year.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Friday’s here but you can’t get a babysitter for a couple of hours or there is no money for one this weekend. No worries, SurprissKiss.com is here to help you make your date at home something very different and memorable with your sweetheart.

Has this week been stressful for you or your sweetheart? Then this date is a great stress reliever. It will bring out the playful child in you and your lover. Also, you will both laugh and talk about this for years to come.  You will both be saying: “Remember when…………?”

What you will need:

  • Ladder
  • 2 Bottles of Bubbles
  • 2 Small Ribbons
  • Post-it-Note
  • Bottle of Bubbly (your choice, apple cider, beer, wine or champagne)

Write on the post-it-note:

“When I think of you I bubble all over with love! Meet me in the backyard (write the day & time).” Around dusk would be fun or just at sunrise too.

Attach the note to the bottle of bubbles and tie a ribbon around the bottle then put it out where you know your sweetheart will find it.

When it is time to meet with your sweetheart get the ladder and climb to the edge of the roof and sit down together with feet dangling over the edge and blow bubbles. Be careful not to spill the bubble mixture on the roof because it can be very slippery and we don’t want anyone slipping off the roof..

If you can get a babysitter for an hour and you live in an apartment then go to the top of the roof and lay a blanket out and blow your bubbles or head to a tall hill in your town and do it there.

Your post-it-note would read:

“When I think of you I bubble all over with love! Let’s go to the top of our apartment’s roof, park or tall hill (in your city).”

The person who makes the biggest bubble wins a sensuous massage by the loser. In the evening open the bottle of bubbly of your choice and let the fun begin. Somehow I think you will both be winners in the end.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Have you seen the video of the elderly couple trying to take a picture on their webcam but can’t quite figure it out? Even if you have watched the video it is too cute not to watch again.

Bruce & Esther Huffman are just darling in this video and they prove that no matter how old you are love is important. We can learn a lot from this couple about how to treat each other.

When you watch this video it is like being a fly on the wall and watching how a loving couple interacts when there is no one around. They are so darling. I love the way Bruce treats her and encourages her and even gets a little frisky with her. To many times couples put the other half down making them feel stupid when they can’t figure something out.

You thought sex goes out the window when you are older? Bruce, 86 and Ester, 79 just proved you wrong. Bruce’s playfulness and teasing toward his wife is priceless. Esther’s laughter is so cute over Bruce’s mischievousness.

Hello…..My Darlings…..to Bruce & Ester Huffman, may you both live happily together for many years to come.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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When you give with joy, your joy is reward. Keep saving your $5 a week with joy.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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When was the last time you went apple picking? Never or has it been so long you don’t remember? September is a great time to drive out to your local orchard for a late afternoon date with your sweetheart to go apple picking.

We have several orchard farms nearby and even a wonderful barn that sells fresh picked vegetables, fruit and they have a gourmet gift shop with ice cream and bakery.  It is called Avila Valley Barn.

Pack a picnic dinner for two and head to your favorite spot, i.e. park, beach, lake or mountain top to have after you picked your apples.

Your picnic could consist of a small salad, sandwich and a fresh apple for dessert.

Here is a simple recipe for a great sandwich to make:

Chicken-Apple Sandwich for Two

  • Brie – sliced
  • Green Apple – thinly sliced
  • Onion – thinly sliced
  • Chicken Breast – thinly sliced
  • Cranberries (optional)
  • Jam – your choice
  • 4 Slices of Bread – white, whole wheat, whole grain with nuts, or a soft roll

Spread the jam on your bread and layer the brie, green apple, onion, chicken breast and cranberries.

Yum!

For desert hand your freshly picked apple to your sweetheart with a post-it-note on the apple (which you wrote ahead of time): “You are the apple of my eye!”

What is your favorite date in September?

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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How often do you let your sweetheart know how special they are? We all need to know someone cares about us. It makes you feel loved and that even through the bad times there is always someone you love there for you.

This week try showing how much you care by leaving little notes around for your sweetheart. Maybe it is just a post-it-note on the steering wheel of the car reminding them of an appointment they have that day. Or your sweetheart has a big presentation to do at work and you leave them a note that says “You’re the best!” on their coffee cup in the morning. Whatever the situation is let them know you care and are thinking of them.

You don’t always need to leave a note. You can verbally tell them how much you care. Last night we were coming home from doing an errand talking and laughing about me having a facelift. He said people who didn’t know him would think he is out with a younger woman and that he was having a mid-life-crisis.  I said if I had a facelift they might think I was a gold digger and was dating an older man for only his money. Now that is funny to both of us because we are not millionaires by any means but as we were laughing and talking I told Larry I would not trade him for all the money in the world, not for a million, billion, trillion……..no money could replace him. He looked over at me and smiled.

It is the little things that makes your relationship special. When your sweetheart looks nice tell them you think they look beautiful or handsome. We don’t have to be the best looking hunk or beautiful women in the world we just need to feel your partner thinks that.

So……..today leave a post-it-note on the mirror that says: “You’re looking good to me!”

What do you do to make your sweetheart feel special?

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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You will discover how special your marriage is if you continue to save $5 a week for your romantic evening away.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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It’s Friday night and football season is back. This is a great time to enjoy watching a game with your sweetheart on date night. Whether you attend a high school game, junior college, university or the NFL fun will be had by both.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. High school games are an inexpensive way to enjoy a game and bring back memories when you were in high school.  Grab a blanket and your coats and head to a game this weekend. Go out for a burger & fries or pizza & beer before the game.

After the game enjoy a root beer float, hot chocolate or a glass of wine at your favorite place. While enjoying your drink you both can reminisce about when you were young and your high school football memories. You may learn something new about each other you didn’t know before.

Money too tight right now and you think you can’t attend a football game? Well there are a couple of ways you can still have a date and attend a game. Go to an afternoon grade school game. If you have children who are playing football go to their game.

After the game, make arrangements for friends to have your children for a couple of hours so you can go out without the kids. Pack a picnic lunch and head to your local park and enjoy your quite time together. Make arrangements to watch your friend’s kids the following week.

Another way to enjoy a football game without spending money is to watch a game on TV. Grill some hot dogs and serve with potato chips and soda. If you have children have them watch their favorite movie and you go into your bedroom and watch the football game in bed together.

After the game if you want to kick it up a notch have a football on your bed with a post-it-note saying:

“I’d like to have our own game of tackle in bed with you tonight.”

What is your favorite date night as the season starts to change?

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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