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NMW Challenge Highlights

February 19, 2013

We laid out the challenge and you accepted: one week filled with loving, selfless acts for your spouse with each day being better than the last! In case you missed the National Marriage Week Challenge (Feb. 7-14) we’ve put together some of the excited comments along with some of the truly inspirational deeds done during the NMW Challenge. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment with how you wrapped up the Challenge.

The Anticipation:

I’m very excited to do this challenge. I am traveling for work soon and I can spoil him before I go! -Leslie

I really love the idea of this challenge and the benefits it will produce. My husband is so good to me, I am so happy to do anything for him to make his life easier. I can’t wait for our marriage to grow and become stronger. Team Jones! Super excited about the challenge! -A&M Jones

Thank you for this challenge. -Beth

I think this is a wonderful idea! I’m so happy my husband will be back from a short deployment the 3rd so it’s just in time! I think 7 days of this after a horrible week of intensive training will be wonderful for our marriage! -Jessica

I am so excited to take the National Marriage Week Challenge! It’s always good to keep things fresh & exciting! -Jean

I believe this is a great idea to keep a couples love on the front-burner. -Laura

The Challenge:

The Challengers had a great start to the week, keeping things sweet and simple.

I’m so thankful for my husband! He started the week off by bringing my favorite lunch item to my work during a VERY busy time. If it weren’t for him I may have settled for a pop-tart in the snack bar! -Tiffany

Well, ‘they’ say not to despise humble beginnings, so don’t laugh, but I started the challenge by ironing a weeks worth of clothing for my hubby. If you knew how much I avoid ironing and how much he enjoying having fresh clothes ready in the closet each morning, you’d understand! I also baked cookies, which is not at all unusual, except that I baked old fashioned sugar cookies which require rolling out and icing. I rarely do that, even though I know he really likes them. Somehow they seem like so much more work and mess than drop cookies! LOL! I also left a love note where he’ll find it in the AM to start his day! I came home from our son’s BB game to a lovely bunch of fresh flowers in my favorite vase, so I know he’s having fun with this too! Thanks! -Heather

As the week went on, the creativity of our Challengers began to shine.

Today I made my husbands lunch and favorite morning drink and added a sweet note on his napkin!! -Holly

Love scratch off tickets

I left the romantic lottery tickets in a envelope! I also put heart candy in a pill bottle. Labeled the bottle LOVE PILLS!!

Cupcakes and Love Poem

I made him cupcakes with heart candy on top. I also put a poem on the top of the lid.

Chocolate Kiss and Love Coupon Booklet

We worked together on laundry. I also showed him how much I appreciated him with coupons and a kiss.

Heart Sucker, Poem, and Rose

Our workout was cleaning together. However the relaxing later was great. I left the rose poem and heart sucker on his pillow.

Finally, at least one Challenger pulled out all the stops to give her Valentine a memorable day:

The last day of National Marriage Week!!! I must say planning and making things over the last week has been so great!!! I realized the time and effort to make this from my heart means so much more. Today I got him a bottle of cologne that I had left for him on his desk at work. I drove over a hour to get his favorite pie. I surprised him with a candlelight dinner. Rose pedals and a card on the bed. Rose pedals and candles around the bath tub with a bottle of bubble bath.(love bubbles) I also made him a cd with our favorite song (I swear) on a video to pictures from the time we dated until now.  -Ruth

If you missed out on the fun of the National Marriage Week Challenge, don’t worry! You can decide to take up the Challenge at any time. See how long you can continue to do loving deeds for your spouse!

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Get a 2nd Date

February 14, 2013

Chances are pretty good that tonight you’ll be having a date with your spouse. Don’t let this opportunity slip through your fingers! Pretend this is your first date again and you don’t know if there will be another. Get dressed up (even if you’re staying in), flirt (even if your kids are around), forget about the rest of the world, talk about yourself, and ask questions about your spouse and how he/she views the world. If you’re going out, try not to see each other until you’re on the date. Recreate the unknowns of a first date and try to convince your spouse you are worthy of a second date.

Unfortunately for our marriages, date nights don’t happen often enough. Since you’ve already made up your mind to have a date tonight, make sure this night is extra special and will leave you both longing for another chance to escape into your own little world. Most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy the evening even if things don’t go according to plan. Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Curt

Surprise!

February 11, 2013

Most people react better to an unexpected pleasure than an expected one. Maybe that’s why we never seem to enjoy Valentine’s Day quite as much as we’d like to. This, like every year, your spouse will be expecting something on Valentine’s Day, but he/she probably won’t expect anything tomorrow on Mardi Gras!

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Wake up early and make breakfast in bed for your partner. Not a morning person? Pick up a special treat on your way home. Share it with your spouse like you did your wedding cake! Tell them you just couldn’t wait another two days to let them know how much you love them. Then get them a little something for Valentine’s Day as well.

~Curt

Steal Their Work

February 9, 2013

Does your wife always make dinner? Or does your husband always take out the trash? Maybe it’s laundry, pumping the gas, tucking the kids in bed, or setting up appointments; whatever the work is that your spouse always gets stuck doing, steal that task and do it for them! Not only will you be giving them a break for the day, this will also help you to appreciate the effort that they put into helping out around the house.

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We often work on what we think is important and fail to see the effort that our spouse puts into their house work. Stealing one of their jobs for the day will help to correct that misconception. If you fail or end up needing help, be sure to let your spouse know that you realize the work they do isn’t easy and how much you appreciate what they do.

~Curt

Get House Work Noticed

February 8, 2013

Get your House Work Noticed. Most of us don’t enjoy doing house work and we really don’t like it when our significant other takes it for granted that we will do them. Today, try this out: Leave a “love you” note next to the product of your house work. If you hang up some of his clothes, leave a note on the closet door telling him that because you love him you have prepared his cloths for another day’s work. Chopped some wood today? Get the fireplace going and leave her a big note on the mantle that says you’re trying to warm her heart because she has warmed yours.

Make sure you make the note very noticeable. Fold a full sheet of paper into a card and decorate the front with bright colors, select paper that is the opposite color of what it will be left on (white paper on a dark wall, an orange note on blue jeans, etc.), or leave a sticky-note at the recipient’s eye level. Hopefully, you will be thanked for your work and your spouse will be reminded of the love you share.

~Curt

Schedule in Love Every Day

February 7, 2013
wedding kiss

Schedule a time every day to enjoy a simple loving action. Taking a little time to schedule in a loving act like holding hands or kissing automatically makes that act, along with your relationship, more of a priority. Do you have time for a kiss in the morning, after work, or just before going to bed? Maybe you work different shifts and rarely have waking hours together. That’s ok, you don’t have to receive a kiss back. Kiss his shoulder before you leave or kiss her forehead when you climb into bed. Find yourself reading on the couch next to your spouse watching TV? Sneak one of your hands between his and the remote or just scoot a little closer and link arms.

After a long day at work is an excellent time for a passionate kiss. It will let your spouse know you’re glad they’re home and kissing has been shown to improve people’s moods while decreasing their stress levels. On top of that, kissing exercises over 30 facial muscles which helps to keep you looking younger. No matter what age you are, make sure you make the time to kiss your spouse every day.

~Curt4-KK - Hold Hands

Breakup Chores before you Break Down

December 18, 2012
Image of Happy Couple in nice house

Ok, I can be a bit of a neat freak. There, I admitted it.

AND, around the house I can REALLY be a neat freak.

So when something is not in its place at home, it starts to bother me. When there’s a collection of random things on the counter that have been there for days, I get irritated. And when there seems to be a pile of clutter everywhere I turn, I get overwhelmed and freak out! Don’t worry; if you feel trapped in a clutter cage or can never find enough time to put everything away, my wife and I have worked out a system that can help: Read more…