Using the “L” Word in Everyday Life

I-Love-YouLove – the “L” word.

It carries a lot of power.

When my wife and I were first dating, I really felt I loved her almost right away. But, I was too chicken to say it!

She was unlike anyone I had ever dated, but social conditioning and just plain not wanting to freak her out made me wait to say it.

One night we were hanging out at her house and I managed to squeak out, “I really loooiiiike you”. It was a combination of love and like.

I couldn’t bring myself to say the ‘L’ word just yet. Luckily, she got the point of what I was doing.

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19 Ways to Be Romantic Every Single Day

RomanceFebruary is often referred to as the month of love.

In the stores you see boxes of chocolates, stuffed animals, and red roses in full bloom.

Yes, February is a great time to think about romancing your loved one.

But what happens in March? Or the rest of the year?

Do you go back to your daily routine and forget all about the romance?

What if you could be romantic, if only in small ways, every day?

You can!

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How to Date Every Single Day

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Post written by dates and romance columnist Sean Marshall of Family Rocketship.

You’ve probably heard that it’s important to date your spouse.

You’ve probably heard that you should go out once a week or at least once a month.

You also probably have heard that dating your spouse will bring you closer, foster romance, and strengthen your love.

And that’s all true.

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12 Nights of Holiday Stay-In Dates with Your Spouse

Holiday-DatingAhh, the holidays are here! There’s no better time of the year to think about our loved ones and especially your spouse.

It’s a perfect time to slow down, avoid the holiday rush, and spend some quality time together.

In the tradition of the 12 Nights of Christmas, here are 12 ideas on how to stay at home and have a lot of fun with your spouse this holiday season.

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6 Ways to Increase Anticipation for a Date

Love NoteGoing on a date with your spouse can be the highlight of any week.

Getting ready for the date or, anticipating it, can be just as fun. It’s all part of the experience to creating a great date.

With that in mind, here are 6 ways to build the anticipation for your next wonderful date before it even happens.

#1 – Leave Notes

During the build up to the actual date, leave little notes for each other. It can be something as simple as a post it note or more romantic like lipstick on the mirror.

It can be a quick message like, “I’m really excited for our date this Friday” or “This is going to be the best date ever!” Be as cheesy or as romantic as you want.

#2 – Make it a Mystery

If it’s your turn to plan the date, make it a mystery and really milk it! Leave little clues throughout the house or office during the week. Send text messages or puzzling photos to keep your partner guessing.

If you know it’s something your partner will really enjoy, even better! Just be sure not to give away too many clues that they actually guess it. Or, maybe that’s the goal. Either way, it’s a win!

#3 – Make Preparations

Spend time during the week making whatever preparations you need to. This might mean making reservations or buying tickets. It might mean shopping for some new clothes or getting a new haircut. This might mean getting a babysitter or getting the in-laws to come stay with the kids.

Do all of the preparations you need to ahead of time so that the day, evening, or weekend of your date is perfect.

#4 – Do Something New

The goal here is to get excited about something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time but never have. By planning to finally do the activity, you’ll both get excited and look forward to your date more.

Maybe this means trying that new expensive restaurant in town. Maybe it’s driving to the coast. Maybe it’s staying in a little Bed and Breakfast in another town.

#5 – Do Your Partner’s Favorite Activity

It’s just good dating in general to do your spouse’s favorite thing. The goal here is to tell him or her that it’s what you’ll be doing. This lets them get excited by imagining actually getting to go out and do it together.

#6 – Research

If you’re going to a play, read about it or watch YouTube videos. If you’re checking out a new restaurant, pull up your favorite review app and read what other people are saying.

If you’re going to see some place new, get out the ‘ol map (I know, this probably means just pulling up the map on your phone or tablet).

Whatever it is you’re doing, research it! This will add to the actual date experience and really helps to build the level of excitement before you get there.

By following some of these ideas and coming up with your own, you’ll be able to really pump up the anticipation for your next date!