Author: Kristen Manieri

We’ve Started Renewing Our Wedding Vows Every Year. Here’s Why

This story was originally created for The Gottman Institute Blog and has been republished here with permission. I recently read a statistic that the average couple spends between 200 and 300 hours planning their wedding. A few of those hours…

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Get Lost! 16 Epic Corn Mazes to Explore this Fall

Throw on your coziest sweater and head outside to enjoy fall’s cooler temperatures and one of the season’s best traditions. It’s harvest time, which means the corn stalks have reached their peak and corn maze makers have aims to outdo…

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20 Halloween Costumes for Couples

So, there it is…. October 31st staring back at you from your calendar like a KGB interrogator. You’re excited to attend themed parties but what the heck are you and your partner going to wear? Plus, your competitive nature is kicking in……

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Summer Reads: Three Books to Give Your Relationship a Boost

Who doesn’t love a page-turner at the beach or an insightful non-fiction book that invites deep reflection on a lazy, summer Sunday? Whether you’ve got some wide open hours during a vacation or you’re digging the way the extra daylight…

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Do Good Date Night: Combine Volunteering with Date Night

In 2015 I had a lightbulb moment. Standing on the sports court of my daughters’ school, I watched as a few dozen kids worked together to create thousands of non-perishable meal kits destined for hungry bellies across the world. They…

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One Little Relationship Upgrade That Makes a Huge Difference

If I could have more of anything it would be more connection. Feeling close to and available for the people I am sharing my life with—friends and family—is my personal barometer for good living. With that aim in mind, my…

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Four Books for Couples in Your Life

Books, if you’ll excuse the saying, truly are the gifts that keep on giving. One thought, new idea or helpful insight can have us see our situation, our life, even our world, completely differently. From a new perspective comes the…

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Play and Do Nothing

Recently I read the book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte. Anyone who feels time-starved or overcommitted can immediately relate to Brigid’s story. Two kids, busy job, somewhat helpful spouse, and the…

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Why We Rarely Double Date

Phil and Sarah are two of our favorite people in the world. Marc and I love spending time with this couple. They’re funny and intelligent, they love food and are always open to exploring new things — just like us….

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The 15-Second Date Night: Thoughts on Liftoffs and Landings

It doesn’t take much to throw off a good date night routine. Marc and I can be on a roll for months… keeping to our weekly quality time like a paperboy does his Sunday route. But, then, a few schedule…

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Three Perfect Days in Asheville

Written in collaboration with Asheville Date Night Guide’s Jen Brooks Tucked into the palm of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the tiny town of Asheville, NC never ceases to amaze visitors looking for an action packed getaway in an unforgettable setting….

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Creating the Date Night Habit

We humans live a well-worn path, often living the same life over and over, day after day. It takes true effort to blaze a new trail because we’re simply not wired for change; we’re wired for habit. Our brains like…

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Questions for Couples: May Edition

Conversation is one of the most important elements of a great date night. Whether you’re on your first date or your 50th, connecting over engaging topics is such a turn on. But let’s face it, stellar dialogue doesn’t always come…

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