October 2013

October 2013

Dishing Out Chores

Chores are a common source of conflict for couples. Usually, one person is more concerned with order and cleanliness than the other, which can make for a really nice balance if the couple has a plan and communicates effectively around this issue — it can go south really fast if the couple does not have a chore system in place.   Read More

 
September 2013

September 2013

Friendship Comes First

Friendship forms the foundation of any relationship, yet this absolute necessity is often the first thing to go when life starts to get overwhelming. Here’s a pretty common scenario that might feel familiar to you. It’s a normal Wednesday, and you’re driving home after a long day at work.  Read More

 
August 2013

August 2013

Couples Just Need to Have Fun

When asked about our weekend plans, my husband usually answers, “I’ve got a big day tomorrow." It’s actually a pretty nice little Saturday. We’re going to go to Home Depot, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond — I don’t know. Read More

 
June 2013

June 2013


Let's Get Ready to Rumble

It has been a long day at work, and I’m heading home, hungry and tired. All day, I’ve looked forward to returning to a clean house and relaxing on the couch. While driving home, I think to myself, “My husband better have finally cleaned up the yard like he promised, or I am going to be so mad!”  Read More

 
May 2013

May 2013

Cards and Communication

My family is crazy about giving cards. We mark every holiday and milestone with them, and it wouldn’t surprise me to get a card in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first time I sent my mom a card. Needless to say, card giving can be a complex process in my family.  First, we spend at least an hour at our local Hallmark store picking out the perfect card.  Read More

 
April 2013

April 2013

How to Jedi Mind Trick a Woman

In the movie Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi used the Jedi mind-trick to persuade Imperial stormtroopers to simply move along. He did this by just waving his hand and telling the guards what to think and say. Obi-Wan didn’t have this skill from birth. He went through extensive training to develop it.  Read More

 
March 2013

March 2013

Strength Through Separation

A few Saturdays ago, I planned an amazing day for my husband and me. We would start the day with some sunrise yoga and a hike, then get massages and finish off the afternoon with a cheese and wine pairing.  Read More

 
February 2013

February 2013

Receiving Gifts of Love

It’s that time of year again - filled with romance, love and the ever-present barrage of jewelry ads. We see scenes of ecstatic women opening up little boxes while their proud spouses look on in the background. As she wraps her arms around him he knows he has chosen the perfect gift for her.  Read More