Archive for April, 2013

“The success of marriage comes not in finding the “right” person, but in the ability of both partners to adjust to the real person they inevitably realize they married.”     John Fischer

new $5 billSaving $5 a week for a year for a romantic getaway will help to keep the romance in your marriage.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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portrait of coupleAnother unusual holiday will be celebrated on Sunday, April 28th, by a few people that are in the know and of course this holiday is a special one I wanted to make sure you were aware of. It is “Kiss Your Mate Day”.

With a website called SurprisKiss.com we have to celebrate this one. So Sunday let your sweetheart know about this special day and that you want to make sure you both celebrate by giving each other surprise kisses all day long.

If it has been a while since you have acted like you are lovers here are some suggestions:

• Kiss when you first wake up
• Kiss while you are getting dressed
• Kiss while passing each other in the hall
• Kiss in front of the kids
• Kiss when you are walking into a store
• Kiss while you are cooking
• Kiss while having a cup of coffee
• Kiss while watching a movie
• Kiss when laughing (the best kind)
• Kiss and make up
• Kiss when the kids are asleep
• Kiss just because…..

This should get you both going and I am sure you can think of other times when you would like to kiss.

Oh….and by the end of the day you should both be ready to kiss all night long.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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Cheerful young couple in bedDid you know it is Pig in a Blanket Day? What??? Don’t know what Pig in a Blanket is? It is a pancake wrapped around a cooked sausage and syrup over the top. Yum!

Of course I couldn’t leave well enough alone without cooking up a little romance on a day like today. So plan on having Pig in a Blanket for dinner tonight to celebrate and leave a note for your sweetheart to read privately.

Write inside your card:

Ladies:

“Sweetheart I would like your sausage to be wrapped around my pancake tonight and we will have our own culinary delight.”

Men:

“Sweetheart I would like my sausage to be wrapped around your pancake tonight and we will have our own culinary delight.”

A little romance and laughter is always good for your relationship.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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new $5 billYour marriage deserves a romantic weekend away. Saving $5 a week for a year will give you and your sweetheart that desired getaway you both have been dreaming of for a long time.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

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Master Bedroom2Wednesday I talked about cleaning up the clutter in your bedroom. Today I will give you some pointers on how you can have a bedroom that is a refuge for you and your spouse. Once you have cleaned out your bedroom have you and your spouse stand in the middle of the room and take a good look at it. Have a pad and pencil and write down things you would like to change in your room. What would make it feel like your romantic haven?

When you are looking at your master bedroom act as if that is the first room people will see when they walk in. I know most people will never see it and so you have a tendency to throw everything into that room and close the door when the doorbell rings. Find another room or closet that you can throw things into, not your master bedroom!

If you need ideas on how to decorate you romantic haven go on-line and type romantic bedrooms or go on Pinterest. You will find lots of ideas there that you can replicate. Also, look through decorating magazines.

Our bedroom is very romantic. We have bedside lamps with three way switches on it. There are candles in the bedroom and bathroom. There is nothing more relaxing and romantic than taking showers by candlelight. We have a small radio and CD player. We do have a very old small TV in the room even though it is recommended not to have it in there. We have it on only on in the morning while we are getting dress. We listen to the news. We never watch TV in bed in the evening. We haven’t spent a lot of money decorating it but it does look nice. Towels, accessories, sheets, bedspread and pillows all match. This is our romantic haven.

Here are some things you should consider when setting your room up for romance.

Paint:
Paint is an inexpensive way to update and freshen up a room. Keep the colors calm and relaxing.

Lighting:
Did you know that overhead lighting is very unflattering? A well lit room is not sexy. Your lamps should have three way switches. The lower wattage will put a nice glow on you and your partner. Pink-tinted bulbs can make you look good too. Of course candlelight is the most flattering.

Appearance:
Clean your master bedroom, dust and vacuum everything. Wash everything; Make your bed like a hotel does with the sheets folded back invitingly. Keep your children’s toys and family pictures out of the room. Don’t use your room as a display case for your hobbies. This is your private place as a couple.

Scents:
Buy candles, scented oils and a matching room spray that you both like. Make your room smell good.

Music:
Have a small stereo in your bedroom and play romantic music, soft jazz or whatever your fancy is to put you both in a romantic mood.

Once you have identified everything you want to make it your special romantic retreat then plan to purchase something every payday or put the money aside until it goes on sale. Recently we needed new towels for our master bathroom so every payday I would put our money aside until the towels were on sale. This is how I purchase everything in my home. It is a gradual transformation.

Prepare your room every night so that when you walk in you relax. Turn down the bed, fluff up the pillows, turn on the radio with soft music playing in the background, have the lights softly lit and light a candle. For those special times, ladies have beautiful lingerie hanging in your closet to make it easy for you or your husband to layout it out on the bed.

Enjoy your romantic haven!

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

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In November of 2009 I wrote this blog and thought it would be good to revisit this. Enjoy!

Master_Bedroom1What does your bedroom look like? Is it a place where you can go to and it feels like a refuge for you and your spouse? Or, do you have clutter and junk everywhere on the floor, bed and dresser? More than likely there is no romance going on in your master bedroom. It is hard to get in a sexy mood with a pile of clothes on the bed. Do you want to clean up your act and set a beautiful romantic retreat for you and your spouse? Today I am will help you clean out the clutter. On Friday I will discuss how to make your room comfortable and romantic. Follow these simple steps and before you know it you will have the bedroom you can both feel welcomed in.

First you need to do something about the clutter. Grab your spouse and explain that you want to have a place where you both can go to and feel relaxed. You need their help to accomplish it. If you are both overwhelmed then take only fifteen minutes a day and start to clean up the room. Start with the floors and set the timer for fifteen minutes. Divide your things into 3 piles: hamper, donate to thrift store and trash. If you don’t own a hamper then put a box in the corner. Over the weekend when you are out shopping look for a hamper that would look good in the corner of the room or closet. Nice things keep you committed to picking up your stuff. You need to start to pick up the floor and see how fast you can do it. If you didn’t complete in fifteen minutes this evening then tomorrow continue for fifteen minutes until it is done.

Then move on to your bed, take everything off your bed and straighten it up. Fluff the pillows and make it inviting to sleep in. If the bedding is dirty then put on new sheets and make a mental note to wash the blankets and bedcover over the weekend. If your bedspread looks shabby, then talk about purchasing a new bedspread over the weekend. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something that looks clean and is in the colors you both like. Maybe that could be your Christmas present for each other. Let friends and family know what you are trying to do. If they ask what you need give them a list they can choose from: candles, pillows, draperies, bedspread, towels, pictures, new lamps, etc. You could go as far as registering at someplace like Target, Wal-Mart, Pottery Barn or Macy. People can go and pick out what they would like to give you.

When the floor and bed has been picked up then pick up your dresser and end tables. Clear the clutter on top and inside the drawers. On top of your end tables there should be a lamp with a three way switch, and radio alarm clock and maybe a book, nothing else. On the dresser, you want to put your colognes, another three way lamp and a candle.

Lastly, clean out your closet! Don’t keep clothes and shoes you are not using or they are too worn out. Let there be space to hang empty hangers when clothes go into the hamper. Allow room for you shoes. If you have a place, try to hang a calendar in the closet and a couple of hooks for your robe.

Make it a pack that when you get up in the morning things will be put back in their place. And before you go to bed in the evening things will be put away. When you both work at keeping your bedroom clean and clutter free it frees your mind, there is more room for thinking about romance.

For those men who think that it isn’t that important to them so why should it matter to the woman in their lives. Think again! Women are very visual and tactile. If you want more lovin you may want to help with keeping it clean and spend the money on making the room look romantic and peaceful. A happy wife makes for a very happy husband.

So clean up your act and get the romance back in your bedroom.

You can read the second 1/2 on Friday.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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new $5 billGood vibrations will happen between you and your sweetheart because you saved $5 a week for a year to go on a romantic getaway.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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winding roadSince spring is in the air and the days are getting longer you might want to consider taking a scenic drive together. A late afternoon drive through the countryside enjoying what spring has to offer in your area.

Larry and I recently took a drive through a beautiful country road not far from our home. Tepusquet Canyon is just East of Santa Maria. A few wineries at the base of the canyon started our impromptu journey. We meandered through the 2 lane Hwy enjoying the picturesque scenery with wild flowers sprinkled here and there. We even saw a deer run across the road and stop to look at us and then race up the hill to higher ground.

We listened to some soft jazz playing on our radio while we talked and oohed and aahed the whole area. It had been a long time since we had done something like that and it did our soul good.

Once we got back in town we stopped and got an ice cream to enjoy on our way home.

The stress had lifted off our shoulder and when we walked into the house we felt like we had went on vacation. It is amazing what an hour alone together can do.

Make it a point to take a scenic spring drive together and enjoy the area you live in. This is an inexpensive date that will not only connect you with nature but the two of you.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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Need help with finding the best travel deals for a romantic weekend away? The Today show recently had Sarah Spagnolo from Travel and Leisure magazine talk about the latest travel tips.

Watch the video to find out the best deal and how to find them right now:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Here are the links to the two hotels Sarah talked about:

Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, Cape Code

Sky Hotel, Aspen CO

Check out these links to find the best deals on the internet:

Backbid.com

Tingo.com

HotelTonight.com

Don’t forget to use Twitter to find out about the latest deals with your favorite airline.

Plan your perfect romantic weekend away and pay less with a little help from Sarah Spagnolo from Travel and Leisure and the Today Show.

keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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new $5 billYour marriage is a gem. Let it shine by saving $5 a week for a year for a romantic weekend away with your sweetheart.

Keep those sparks flying!
JoJo

***My free eBook is coming soon! Be on the lookout for it and when it comes out you can be one of the first to get it. ***

“Your marriage is a gift from God; how you treat it is a gift to him.”

© 2013, Surprise Kiss. All rights reserved.

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