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April 18, 2011 -- Newsletter #39


Kissing Closet

"The Kissing Closet"


One affectionate couple found themselves being shoved into the kitchen pantry by their grossed-out children who didn’t want to see their parents kissing!

This was the beginning of this couple’s regular romantic rendevous in their “Kissing Closet.” (Click here for their story.) What a fabulously fun idea!

The kissing closet is a great idea for any couple to add a bit of fun and flirtatiousness (is that a word?) to their relationship. Do you have a “kissing closet?”

If you do or like the idea of creating one in your home, we’d love to have you send us your kissing closet pictures for us to share them here on our “Strengthening Marriage Blog.”

In testing out our own kissing closet, our kids took issue with the fact that this kissing “closet” idea was technically a kissing “pantry,” and thought we ought to move it to the real closet in our bedroom. But what fun is that?

The whole point of a kissing closet (in the kitchen) is to publicly torture your kids (even though we know they think it’s cute and funny), and to have quick and easy access to steal a kiss.

Kissing Closet Photos

As you can see from our kissing closet photo session, there are functional purposes of the kissing closet for my husband and myself…

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Couple Photos -- 2011 Anniversary Inn Winner

Couples Photos

Congratulations to Chris and Shelby for winning this year's drawing for a Valentine’s Giveaway (a romantic getaway to The Anniversary Inn) with their couple photo entry!

Over 100 new couples photos have been added to the Couples Photos page for our recent 2011 random drawing. Check out the fun new photos and locate your picture (if you sent one in). It's inspiring to see all these fun couples and fabulous photos!

We encourage everyone to continue to send in their favorite husband/wife photos for our Couples Photos page. All entries will automatically be entered in next year’s Anniversary Inn getaway drawing.

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We are thrilled to announce that The Anniversary Inn is offering our fans a fabulous discount at all their Anniversary Inn locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, Logan, Utah and Boise, Idaho!

You can now enjoy a 25% off discount on any romantic, luxurious Anniversary Inn suite (any night, any location, Sappire level suites excluded)! Check out all the fun themed suites by Clicking Here

Even if you weren’t selected as the winner of this year's Valentine’s Day giveaway, you can still be a winner by reserving a room at The Anniversary Inn for you and your honey!

To reserve your romantic getaway you can either call 1-800-324-4152 to reserve your suite and ask for the “” discount, or you can make your reservation online then call to have the “” discount added to your account.

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Next Couples' Valentine's Cruise #5 -- Feb 2013

We had a wonderful Couples Valentine's Cruise this past February to the Eastern/Southern Caribbean, but we missed YOU, and hope you will join us for our next Couples Cruise in February 2013.

Details for the Feb 2013 Couples Cruise should be available early 2012, so stay tuned! You can check out some of the fun photos from the 2011 cruise here!

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The Marital Intimacy Show

The Latest and Greatest Episodes! --
The Marital Intimacy Show"
with Laura M. Brotherson

#1 Show on The WIN

If you want an easy way to make your intimate relationship even better, listen to these fun, short episodes of The Marital Intimacy Show on The Women's Information Network (The WIN).

You can listen online or you can download the episodes to take them with you.
Be sure to click the "Like" button on your favorites! Here are the latest offerings:
  • #056  Differences in Sexual Wiring – Bridling vs. Awakening Sexual Energy
  • #055  Sexual Surrender
  • #054  Healthy Sex 
  • #053  What He Really Wants for Christmas
  • #052  50 Reasons to Make Love
  • #051  The Agony and the Ecstasy of ONEness in Marriage

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Marriage Resources

Love You, Hate the Porn

Love you, Hate the Porn bookA pornography addiction can feel like real infidelity to a spouse. There's nothing virtual about the damage done to a relationship, and the wounds are reopened each time a relapse is discovered. As tough as it is to overcome this addictive habit, healing a marriage damaged by pornography is even harder. For spouses, it's not enough for their partners to simply stop looking at porn. They need healing themselves.

Love You, Hate the Porn
by Mark Chamberlain, PhD, and Geoff Steurer, LMFT, shows couples how to identify and address vulnerabilities in their relationship, provides help for the struggling partner to avoid relapse, and focuses on how to make the marriage relationship stronger than it was before.


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Dating Dice

Dating DiceSpice things up with these "Dating Dice" to add some fun and romance to your marriage! These Mini Dating Dice come with a set of 4 idea cards ("Dating Dice," "Romance Dice," "Kissing Dice," and "Family Fun") each with 12 fun ideas to put some playfulness back into your relationship. 

The idea cards can be customized upon request with specific activities or different cards for an additional $1. fans receive a 20% Discount using the coupon code: "marriage." Great gift idea!

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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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"Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage" newsletters are designed to help strengthen marriages intimately and build strong families--written by Laura M. Brotherson, marriage and intimacy expert and bestselling author of the book "And They Were Not Ashamed - Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment." Visit to learn more.
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