Archive for February, 2013

The Today Show recently talked about the Central Coast in California as becoming the hotspot for wineries. Since we live in the area and you have read about how close we are to so any wineries I thought you would enjoy seeing the beautiful scenic area we live in.

Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards, Santa Ynez – We live approximately ½ hour from this winery.

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Daou Vineyards, Paso Robles – We are about 1 hour from this winery.

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Larry and I haven’t been to either of these places but you can bet we will check them out one weekend. This will be another great date for us to look forward too.

If you research I am sure there is something interesting about the area you live in that you haven’t visited or seen in quite a while. Make a date with your sweetheart to play tourist in your area and enjoy its uniqueness.

That is what makes your relationship interesting.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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new $5 bill“You are never given a wish without also given the power to make it true.”  Richard Bach

Wishing for a romantic weekend away on your anniversary with your sweetheart will come true if you keep saving $5 a week for a year.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Chips & SalsaDid you know Sunday is National Tortilla Chip Day?

So let’s celebrate it by making salsa, guacamole and margaritas to enjoy while watching Netflix or renting a video over the weekend.

Don’t have a salsa recipe you like? My husband, Larry, makes the best salsa in town. When we need to bring something to a potluck dinner everyone ask for Larry to bring his salsa.

Whip up a batch and let me know how you liked it.

Larry’s Sexy Salsa

1 Medium Can Whole Tomatoes
1 Small Can Diced Green Chilies
1 Chopped Onion
Salt, Pepper & Garlic Salt (to your taste)
3 Tablespoons Water

Mix all together and let set to bring all the flavors together

*For hot salsa add a few Jalapeno Chilies (Diced)

Want Guacamole?

Mash up some avocados and add a little bit of salsa you just made. Delicious!

When Larry and I were young and had no money we would make up some salsa, guacamole and margaritas and of course add tortilla chips to scope up all the deliciousness while enjoying TV after our daughter was sound asleep.

It was our little ritual. We would take showers and get into something comfortable then relax together with our inexpensive easy feast we made.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Have you ever wondered if your marriage is normal? What are couples in long term happy marriages doing that maybe you’re not?

While I think couples and marriages are all different and what determines normal is based on the couple and their beliefs and expectations. It is always good to see if you can make some changes that could make it better.

Chrisanna Northrup & Pepper Schwartz wrote a book call “The Normal Bar” were they surveyed 100,000 people and discovered there are things that happy long term marriages do that dysfunctional marriages don’t.

Watch the Today Show with Matt Lauer & Savannah Guthrie interviewing Chrisanna & Pepper about what their survey found. You will find it interesting.

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We can always learn from other people. A marriage always has room for change. It is the marriage that stands still and becomes stale are usually the ones that fall apart.

What is your opinion on this?

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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new $5 billYour marriage has a lot going for you. Saving $5 a week for a romantic weekend on your anniversary proves your marriage is very important to you.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Loving coupleThe weekend is here and what are you and your sweetheart doing this weekend? Not sure? Here is another unique and unusual date with the one you love and you will both feel good about your relationship.

Did you know on Sunday, February 17th, is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Celebrate the whole weekend with your honey by doing little random acts of kindness. Here are some suggestions for you:

• Enjoy going out for coffee with your partner? Anonymously pay for the person behind you.

• Help an elderly person with their bags.

• Going to see a movie over the weekend? Pay for the couple behind you.

• Have extra coupons for dinner. Hand it to a couple walking into the restrurant.

• Help out at the Salvation Army serving food to the homeless. They need help not just on the holidays.

• Know an elderly person who needs help around the house but doesn’t have the money to pay someone? Find out what needs to be done and go over with your sweetheart and complete one task for them.

• Clean out your cupboards and bring the unused items to the Goodwill.

• Know a young couple who could use a little time alone without the kids? Offer to babysit for them for a couple of hours for free.

I am sure you can think of other things to do, just make it a point to do something together that makes you both feel like you are helping to make a better world in your own way. It is good for you and your relationship.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Valentines CalendarValentine’s Day is tomorrow! Have you gotten the items I told you to pick up last Friday so you and your sweetie pie could have a very memorable and funny Valentine’s Day?

Just in case you haven’t gotten anything yet here is the list:

• Lingerie
• Candles
• Massages Oils/Creams
• Valentines Card
• Something Sparkly to Drink
• Romantic Music

Most of these items you should already have on hand if you have been following my blog.

Wrap up the massage oils/creams and attached the card to it with your handwritten note inside and hand it to your sweetheart in the morning on Valentine’s Day.

“Happy Valentine’s Day sweetheart I want to show you how much I love you by letting my fingers do the talking all over your body all night long.”

In the evening turn on the music, pour your drink of choice, light the candles & put something your sweetheart enjoys seeing you in.

May you and your sweetheart have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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new $5 billIt is the little things you do for your marriage that count, like saving $5 a week for a year so you and your sweetheart can go away for a romantic weekend.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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Heart with RibbonValentines is next Thursday and I have something up my sleeve for you and your sweetie pie that will be memorable and funny and both of you will enjoy.

Gather up these supplies and next Wednesday you will get the rest of the plans.

• Lingerie
• Candles
• Massages Oils/Creams
• Valentines Card
• Something sparkly to drink
• Romantic Music

Most of these items you should already have on hand if you have been following my blog. Don’t forget to check in next Wednesday to complete your romantic Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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I was having a hard time deciding what I was going to write about for you on Wednesday when I came upon a video from last year that was on the Today Show with Hoda Kobt & Kathy Lee Gifford.

My husband and I watched it and were laughing so hard that I wanted to share it with you.

It is not only funny but there are some good pointers about how to give a romantic massage to your sweetheart. So sit down with your husband and see if you can benefit from the tutorial from clinical psychologist, Belisa Vranich.

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With Valentines just around the corner this is a great time to watch and learn how to give a romantic massage to your sweetheart on such a special day.  It won’t cost you a cent, just your time with lots of rewards after.

Let your fingers do the talking and give your sweetheart the massage they won’t forget. Don’t forget the massage oils and creams to make it extra special.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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