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No More Parental Guilt: How to Achieve Kid-Approved Date Nights

By Karen Duncan We are social creatures. We live to connect with others, to love and be loved. We develop our first meaningful relationships with our families and then move on to friends as the world opens up to us….

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How to Chronicle Your Love Story with a Couple’s Journal

Perhaps your “Dear Diary” days are long behind you but before you toss the concept of journaling aside once and for all, consider how grown ups are using the practice to release and record our deepest feelings, chronicle travels and…

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How People Express Love Around the World

Love is the universal language, so they say. Yet, how love is communicated varies greatly throughout the world. From classic trinkets to sappy love letters and beyond, love speaks volumes in many forms. I am blessed to have a melting…

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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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Who Should Plan Date Night in Your Relationship?

I’m a planner… maybe to a fault. You see, I like to keep a busy schedule to experience life to the fullest. But, admittedly, also because I’m a “Type A” personality – i.e. ambitious but impatient. My planning often maximizes…

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11 New Year’s Resolutions for Couples

As the holiday season wraps and the New Year begins, about 50 percent of the U.S. population sets a New Year’s resolution. But by Valentine’s Day, the vast majority calls it quits on these promises. How can you succeed? Making…

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Cha-Cling! How to Talk about Money AND Have Fun While Doing It

By Liza Witonis Couples tend to talk about just about everything on date nights, right? So, why not talk about “bread” when breaking bread?! Money is an important part of all relationships. With it, you buy an engagement ring, put…

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Why is Date Night Shaming a Thing?

Social media makes it easy for trolls to voice negative comments and personal attacks. First came body shaming and, now, date night shaming. Yup, that’s the latest trend among online smack talkers. And it has me puzzled because I love…

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The Gift of No Gifts… Because Presence is The Best Present

It’s wonderful to see a person’s face light up thanks to a gift you bestowed. I do love giving gifts, and I love receiving gifts – within reason. But have you ever analyzed why you buy so many Christmas gifts?…

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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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The Science of Syncing: Why Date Night Matters

Whether you’re looking at scientific research or anecdotal evidence, a strong case can be made that couples are happier and more connected when they spend quality time together. But let’s be honest ─ it’s not always easy to carve out…

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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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9 Things Your Babysitter Wants You to Know

You need a reliable babysitter for date night. Should be easy peasy, right? The truth is that this relationship is a two-way street and sometimes parents, unknowingly, can make the job harder or less satisfying than it needs to be. We…

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Miles of Marriage Milestones Fueled By Love

I’m thankful to be racking up miles of marriage milestones. The race began thirteen years ago when a funny, twenty-something, out-of-shape bachelor ran a half marathon with me in 36-degree weather to propose at the finish-line. Little did I know that…

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4 Tips for Finding a Babysitter for Date Night

Date night for many couples is sadly long overdue. Time, money, creativity can all get in the way, but if you’ve got kids, there’s the extra hurdle of finding someone trustworthy to care for them while you whoop it up. So we…

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We Have Six Babysitters and So Could You

With the exception of the few months immediately following the birth of each of our daughters, Marc and I rarely miss our weekly date night. You heard that right. Weekly date night! Want to know the secret to our steady…

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8 Ways to FINALLY Commit to a Regular Date Night

Anyone in a long-term relationship, especially parents, know that it can feel incredibly difficult to set aside quality time with your partner. Work, family, friends and personal pursuits can easily fill up our plates, leaving us with little to no…

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