Archive for November, 2011

Did you survive Black Friday? Hopefully you didn’t run into some of the incidents we heard about in the news.  I hope you and your sweetheart found a way to enjoy the Black Friday shopping craze by following the suggestion I made last Thursday.  See Black Friday Date.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday over with there are still ways you can save and you don’t need to keep an eye on all those ads. There is a free mobile shopping app and website that lets you know if there is a price reduction on an item you recently purchased. It makes it simple for you to get some money back after you have paid full price.

Check out:             Savvy.com 

As you know if you purchase something and it goes on sale shortly after you bought it most stores will refund you the difference.  At Savvy.com you take a picture of your receipts with your smartphone or you can email them the electronic receipt and they will let you know if the item(s) price has been lowered. Currently they have 40 stores listed on their site and more are being added.

With times being tight these days for most couples, sites like Savvy.com can help to ease the burden of spending too much money on Christmas gifts. Just one more way to stretch those hard earned dollars.

If your budget allows and you are getting money back for an item you recently purchased because it went on sale put the extra money away for your anniversary weekend to do something special together. Remember it is money already spent.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Something miraculous will happen when you keep saving $5 a week for a year for you & your sweetheart. The opportunity to spend some time alone with each other will bring you closer together.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Happy Thanksgiving! I realize it is Thanksgiving Day and not Friday but I thought you would prefer receiving this idea a day early. My friend Rich told me he and his partner love the holidays and they don’t let peoples moods rub off on them. Rich’s suggestion is a great way to enjoy the holiday shopping and not get all stressed out. Since tomorrow is Black Friday I thought his idea was worth sharing with you.

With the holidays upon us and Black Friday is tomorrow the stress of getting out and shopping can take the fun and joy out of the holiday spirit. Larry and I will read all the ads on Thanksgiving morning and set our plans for Black Friday. We refuse to stand in line and wait all night but we have been known to be out shopping at 6:00 AM. After we go out to breakfast and reveal in all the deals we got. We make it a game and find it to be a fun thing we do together but we realize not everyone feels the same way.

Black Friday can be a great morning date if you look at it the same way Rich does, as a fun way to get great deals and have most of your Christmas shopping done. Rich said to make a pack with your sweetheart before you go shopping that you will enjoy your time together and laugh at everyone who is stressed out trying to get everything on their Christmas list. Make up funny stories of what they are getting and for whom. This will make your time together enjoyable in spite of all the crowds and people fighting over some silly item for a few dollars less.
   
One tidbit I want to share with you that you may not know about is if there is an item you wanted but it is sold out at the store that was advertising it you can go to another store and if the other store has the exact same item and they have a policy where they match the price then you will be able to purchase it at the lower rate. How cool is that! No long lines and getting up early in the morning.

Have an enjoyable day of shopping on Black Friday together. Find ways to laugh and not get stressed out. Make it a point to go out for breakfast or lunch after and then head home to relax in front of the fireplace and watch a Christmas video. Or you could take a nap together and when you both wake up you might have enough energy to have a late afternoon quickie.
 
Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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After your Thanksgiving dinner and everyone has gone home do you want to have a romantic evening with your sweetheart? With very little preparation you can have the quite time and romance you both so desperately need.

Gather the items below:

  • Blank Fall Card
  • Fall Scented Candles
  • Romantic Music Playing in the Background

In the morning on Thanksgiving Day hand your sweetheart the card with a note written inside saying:

“After the company is gone I’d like to show you how thankful I am we are together with an evening of pleasure that is better than any sweet desert you could eat. After we will be thanking each other.”

In the evening light the candles, turn on the music and have a delightful evening together.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Saving $5 a week and having positive thoughts of a romantic rendezvous will give you the power to make it happen.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Last Friday I wrote about how to make date night at home special, see: “7 Date Night Ideas at Home”  While I know we are all trying to watch our monies it is still important to try to schedule a night out at least once a month.

We all require some “Me Time”; well our relationship requires “Us Time” also. The only way your relationship can get the “Us Time” it so desperately needs is to get away from the house. There are too many things that can distract us from the importance of our relationship and before you know it you will be complaining your sweetheart feels more like a brother or sister than your lover.

Over the weekend I was talking to Maria and I asked her what she does for date night? Maria told me that she and her fiancée can only go out once a month and that they liked to make it special.

She gets all dressed up for their date night and then they go out to eat at their favorite local sushi restaurant. After they go for a moon light walk on the pier. Maria said it is all very romantic and that she and her fiancée look forward to their monthly date nights together.

You don’t like sushi? Go to your favorite steak house. Your budget can’t afford sushi or steak? Then go to your local fast food restaurant. Ladies, dress up with a really nice pair of jeans along with great looking top and a cute pair of heels. Men, dress nice too, don’t put soppy clothes on.

It is important to make your date night feel special. If you weren’t married and still dating you would go to the extra effort. When you dress nice you are saying I care about how I look when I am with you. You are saying I love you.

After dinner, go for a walk together on the beach or you could stroll through town and window shop. Even when money is tight do what Maria and her fiancée do, get dressed up and make your “Us Time” feel extraordinary.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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With love in your heart and the thought of a romantic weekend away with your sweetheart along with saving $5 a week for a year, your dreams will come true.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Lots of couples ask me do you have to go out on date night. While it is fun to get out of the house and not be disturbed by family or friends. It is not always possible to get away for a couple of hours. With money being so tight lots of couples are choosing to stay in.

If you read my blog regularly then you know date night isn’t always about going out. It is about finding creative ways to spend time together even if it is at home. Here a few suggestions to help you rethink the stay at home date.

  • Play a game together and the winner gets something special. Keep it sexy.
  • Read a book. One couple I know love sci-fi. They decide on a book and read it together. Not into sci-fi then  read a romance novel? Guys don’t roll eyes. When you read a romance novel together you are both getting into the mood for sex. Try it you will like it and so will your sweetheart. She will be saying, “Thank you baby”.
  • Cook together. Try a new recipe, set the table, turn on the music and enjoy the fabulous dinner you and your sweetheart prepared.
  • Turn off the TV, light the candles, turn on the music and pour a glass of wine. When choosing music, choose jazz because studies have proven it will get you in the mood for love.
  • Rent a movie and enjoy a few appetizers and beer, just another way to enjoy your quiet time together. Larry & I like to sometimes pick up a large nachos from Taco Bell and split it for dinner.
  • If the weather permits go for a moonlight walk together.
  • Draw a warm bubble bath, light the candles, turn on soft music and relax together in the tub. If your bathtub is too small take turns relaxing in the tub while the other helps you wash and dry yourself. This should definitely get you into the mood to get a little closer.

These 7 date night ideas are just to get you started. I am sure you can come up with some of your own
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Let me know what you like to do at home for date night with your sweetheart.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Most young couples think that sex is only for the young. When you think about it, it would be very sad if as we age sex flies out the door. Intimacy is such an important part of feeling connected with your sweetheart. Just because you are older doesn’t mean your sex life is nonexistent.

Yes, as woman age desire goes down but there are things you can do to keep the sparks alive. Dr Lauren Streich, Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University was on the Today Show recently and she discussed how woman can continue to have an active sex life even after menopause.

Dr Lauren Streich said there are couples who are being intimate even into their seventies and eighties.

Secrets of Sex after Menopause

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Sex is a beautiful union between two people who love and trust each other and you can continue to have a very satisfying love life if you take care of your health and body. I know of couples who are in their seventies and eighties who are reading my blog and saving their money for a romantic weekend away.

These are couples who are healthy and are having an active sex life. They are taking care of themselves and when a health issue arises they go to see a doctor before it gets out of hand.

Ladies when you notice your desire for intimacy with your sweetheart diminishes go see your doctor and make sure it is not a health issue. If you have ruled out any health issues then discuss with your doctor what you can do to get your groove back in running order.

Most importantly remember, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”

Keep those sparks flying,
JoJo

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You will be adding sweet thoughts to your relationship when you save your $5 a week for your romantic getaway with your sweetheart.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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