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November 3, 2010 -- Newsletter #38
"Raising the Bar on Date Night"
by Laura M. Brotherson
Date night is simply one of the best things couples can do for their marriage. It nourishes the relationship mentally, emotionally, socially, and even sexually
(...if you're lucky!)
Couples generally do the best they can when it comes to having a date night, so I really hate to be too hard on them about it. But it may be time to step it up a notch. Consider these four rules for raising the bar on date night:
1. No Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices
Even if your phone is a major part of your job, surely it can wait for you and your spouse to have a few hours of uninterrupted couple time once a week. If you are always on your phone, just imagine what a powerful message it will be to your honey for you to "just say no" to your phone for a few hours.
I hope it goes without saying that you do not ever play a video game on your cell phone during date night unless that happens to be what you and your spouse are doing together on your date.
And when you happen to go online to check movie times or the address for the restaurant don't check your email, or the news, or your social networking sites or anything else. Date night is for connecting with your spouse not your cell phone! : )
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Feb 2011 Couples' Cruise
If you thought you had missed your chance to join us on our 4th annual Couples Valentine's Cruise -- today is your lucky day! A few additional cabins have come available, so jump on board for the time of your life! What a wonderfully fun way to strengthen your marriage!
Join us in the beautiful Eastern/Southern Caribbean for our Couples' Valentine’s Cruise, February 6-13, 2011. It's marriage enrichment at sea with headliner Laura M. Brotherson, Author of "And They Were Not Ashamed -- Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment" and Host of "The Marital Intimacy Show" on The Women's Information Network (The WIN).
This fabulously fun Couples' Cruise sets sail on the Norwegian Pearl for 7 romantic days. Leaving from Miami, we'll visit the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola and the Bahamas. This couples cruise includes marriage enrichment seminars on the days at sea, group dinners, group excursions ... and so much more for just $599 (+ taxes) per person. Don't miss out!
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Send us your favorite couple photo for a chance to win a FREE one-night stay at the romantic Anniversary Inn of your choice, in the suite of your choice! (Valued up to $289).
To enter the drawing, send us your favorite husband/wife photo by Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. Even if you’ve sent one before we’d love a newly updated photo. So, send your favorite (uncropped, 300 dpi/high res) photo with your first names, and how many years you’ve been married.
The lucky couple will be contacted by the end of February through email, and also announced on our website.
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Stay tuned for more intimacy insights in upcoming Strengthening Marriage Newsletters ... ! Click here to visit the e-Newsletter archive. If you missed the last newsletter, you can catch it here:
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