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90 Ways to Reconnect with Your Spouse (Free Printable)

90 ways to reconnect with your spouse ( husband or wife ) and improve your marriage. Simple ideas and conversation starters for building a solid relationship after baby, with parenting duties, or during a busy season. Could even work after an affair or separation, to help rekindle the spark you once had. Lots of simple ideas and fun dates to enjoy your life together.

Throughout the last few years, Joe and I have gradually grown apart. I slept with Allie in her bed, and he slept in our bed. We never hugged or kissed and often didn’t even usually have nice words for one another. Joe and I have seen a therapist for emotionally focused therapy for years and years, maybe seven? It’s been a long time, even though EFT is supposed to be a short-term solution. We both have a lot of childhood issues to work out, and they have had lasting effects on our relationships with people in general, but especially with … Read more

10 Ways to Respect Your Husband or Boyfriend

10 Ways to respect your husband - These quotes and thoughts about marriage, men, husbands, and boyfriends. How to improve your marriage by showing respect to your husband. Great article about the truths of marriage.

Some time ago, my friend Amy wrote a post about her nice voice. If you haven’t already read it, you should. I’ll wait til you’re finished. –– –– –– I’m not sure if you noticed, but in the comments, I wrote that I am good at giving my nice voice to my girls, but I am awful at letting my husband hear it. Joe gets, “I need!” and “Can’t you?” and “Don’t!” and he deserves so much better. I know that I am not the only one. Almost ten years ago, a friend challenged me to write a list of … Read more

30 Ways to Help Siblings Get Along

30 ways to help siblings get along - You want to build better relationships between your children. This free printable of simple activities and tips will have your kids loving their brothers and sisters all day long!

A long time ago, I read a really good book called Siblings Without Rivalry. It’s been so long ago in fact that I just bought the audio version to listen to when I’m doing chores around the house (which, as you know, is not that often, but I will get it finished!). Here’s how the book opens: I secretly believed that sibling rivalry was something that happened to other people’s children. Somewhere in my brain lay the smug thought that I could outsmart the green-eyed monster by never doing any of the obvious things that all the other parents did … Read more

Why I Need to Date My Husband

The best way for a couple to improve their marriage is to go on regular date nights. Here's why you need to have them, full of great quotes!

I’ve finally found someone who makes me feel like my life has just begun That’s a line from a Toby Keith song that I listened to on repeat for hours in the months after I met my husband. I was a crazy person, smitten with Joe Ziegmont. Look at him. How could I not be smitten? Joe could do no wrong. He was smart and sexy and strong and the mere thought of him made my heart flutter. Then we got married and had some kids and I could hardly think of anything nice to say about the poor fella … Read more

Five Years Ago

I’ve been wanting to play along with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday since I learned about it. Since I’m sitting in a comfy hospital chair, cuddling a snoozing baby (who is being discharged today), I certainly have five minutes to spare. Five Years Ago – February 2006 Five years ago, I had recently recovered from emergency gall bladder surgery. I had needed help from my friends, but none were there for me. A lot of those relationships were coming to an end, damaged beyond repair. I was sad. I felt betrayed. Five years ago, my mom had a total knee replacement … Read more

What I Love About Being Married

I am reposting an article that I wrote last year in July. I don’t think I could write a more perfect tribute to marriage and my husband, especially in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Remember how I told you that I never intended to get married or have a child?  Since I wrote that post, I’ve been thinking about how my life would be different if I’d never gotten married.  It’s a scary thought.  I love being married, and here’s what I love most about it. I’m certain that Joe would say I most love having someone to … Read more