Rekindled Romance-Romantic Gestures

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3 Your breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. 4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanonlooking toward Damascus. 5 Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. 6 How beautiful you are and how pleasing, O love, with your delights! 7 Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. 8 I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like the clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples.9 and your mouth like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my lover, flowing gently over lips and teeth. 10 I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me. 11 Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. 12 Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. 13 The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my lover. (Song of Solomon 7:9-13)

Can you believe that this is scripture? Sounds like a sexy novel.  Keeping in mind that our marriages shouldn’t be sexless, our passion and romance for our spouses shouldn’t be non existent. After being married for a few years it is easy to forget about the romantic gestures that came so natural in the time prior. It is easy to take the one you married and love for granted. When you add jobs, kids and life in the mix sometimes couples put their love lives on hold. Although it’s easy to let the flame go out in our marriages we have to be intentional about rekindling the romance. Of course we shouldn’t only express our love during the month of February alone. But if you have noticed that the fire behind your romance has fizzled in your marriage, here are a few things that Could help us rekindle the romance in our marriages.

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  1. Write a poem.*
  2. Cook a romantic dinner.
  3. Give a full-body massage.
  4. Pack a sunset picnic.
  5. Pick wildflowers on the way home.
  6. Give dark chocolates.
  7. Read(Song of Solomon together) lol*
  8. Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate.
  9. Leave little love notes everywhere.*
  10. Send a love email every day.
  11. Take a moonlit walk.(when it warms up lol)*
  12. Snuggle together while watching romantic movies.
  13. Watch something your spouse enjoys while snuggling
  14. Take a bath together (use bubbles!).*
  15. Bring home good coffee or a decadent sweet.
  16. Take a walk down memory lane — visit some of the special places from your early days of dating.*
  17. Make warm chocolate cake for dessert. To do body painting
  18. Make a scrapbook with photos, mementos, and little notes from your lives together.*
  19. Kiss in the rain.(or snow lol)
  20. Ride a ferris wheel.
  21. Sneak away from a party and make out.
  22. Bring home great take-out, and light some candles.
  23. Fix something or fix up the house just to make your partner happy.*
  24. Take a nap together.
  25. Kiss slowly, touching his or her back and neck and nape — just to tease
  26. Make a list of everything you love about him or her.*
  27. Write a love letter. And publish it in your local paper.*
  28. Go to a movie, ignore the movie, and make out like teen-agers.
  29. Groom yourself, and try to look good for your partner.
  30. Take some quiet time and talk about your day.
  31. Write little notes, one for each way he or she drives you crazy.
  32. Feed each other grapes.
  33. Recreate your partner’s favorite romantic movie scene.
  34. Pretend you’re going on a first date — show up at the door with flowers, all dressed up, with your car washed and cleaned, looking spiffy. Recreate the first time.
  35. Create a little box with a bunch of your partner’s favorite things inside.
  36. Try some sexy role-playing. Get dressed up, be daring, have fun.*
  37. Give a little token to your partner to wear, and say it’s to remind him or her all day that you love them.
  38. Sing a favorite song to him or her. Only do this if you can sing fairly well.
  39. Have dinner on the roof, with some candles. This doesn’t work if your roof slopes sharply.( or if the climate isn’t perfect)*
  40. Hold hands, and walk somewhere with lots of pretty lights.
  41. Say I love you. In a different way, every day.
  42. Blindfold your partner. Use a feather. Slowly.
  43. Declare your love, very publicly.*
  44. Take sexy photos that only your spouse will see. (be careful) lol
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10 Awesomely Inexspensive Ways To Show Love

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1.  DIY Love Coupons

I’m sure you know just about all your sweetheart’s favorite things. How about making up coupons with no expiration date of course, offering freebies! Anything from a free week of cleaning, free 30 min massage, or free weekend getaway.  Check out the love coupons at your local Barnes and Noble for less than $ 15.  Better than that make them yourselves for free! All it takes is a little creativity for a nice presentation. Now who wouldn’t love that, a gift that keeps on giving. Making it personal shows you really considered them and things they enjoy.

2. Quality Love Time

A movie night with just the two of you sounds doable right?  Gather the movies (all about mushy love stories of course ;=) Set up the snacks, this time make it special with specialty drinks, chocolate covered strawberries, and pretzels plus an entrée from their favorite eatery. Grab a throw to cuddle warm and close and there you have it a nice setting with no distractions, just you and that special someone spending quality love time.

3. Simply Say The Words

Sometimes simply saying the words  “I Love You” to that special person is taken to heart, and for some means so much more than any thing you could do and any gift you could give.

4.  A Night of Dancing

It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance, both of you get dressed, set a playlist of mixed songs in advance.  Invite your mate to a night of fun and dancing right at home.  If you really want to make it a night to remember choreograph a dance just for their eyes only. Make this a gift to be remembered.

5.  Special Friendship

Frame a picture of you and your friend give it to them with a hand written letter telling them what you love about the special friendship you both share.

6. C.D.

Make a C.D. of songs you know your loved one would enjoy and will minister to their spirit. Add a beautiful handmade or purchase card to go with it.

7. Plant Seeds of Love

If your available and want to sow some seeds of love, offer to cook or watch the children for a married couple to allow more quality time to spend with their sweetheart.

8. Host A Friends To Love Dinner

Make a simple but delicious dinner and invite friends over to share. You can decorate with paper heart streamers, and a few balloons.  Go around and share aloud with each friend why you love having them as your friend

9.  Love You

Spend some special time loving on yourself.  Enjoy an evening at home giving yourself a facial, a pedicure, or even wash your hair. Watch that movie are read that book you hadn’t had time to read. Write affirmations of love and read them aloud to yourself. Enjoy loving on you because you deserve it.

 10.  Spread The LOVE

How about simply telling someone about the Love of God, that will be the greatest gift for one to receive, and it’s absolutely FREE!!

 

 

There are so many ways to share love.  Do you have any tips or suggestions? Add your ideas to the list.

 

 

Draw The Lines!!!! DIY

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Tools you will need:

1. Measuring Tape

2. Pencil with an eraser

3.Paint Choices

4.Tape for painting

5. Tarp for protecting the floor

6. Painting tools.. Cans, rollers and brushes.

Step By Step Instructions

1. Decide how big you want the lines on your surface.

2.Begin taping off all corners and baseboard to prevent paint disasters.

3. Lay down tarp and secure it with something of weight to prevent paint from spilling on floor or surrounding areas.

4. If you have chosen to do two different colors, the easy way is to paint your entire surface one color. Allow it to dry over night.

5. Measure the desired width of your lines and mark with a pencil.

6.Mark a star in the middle of ever other surface area that has your initial measurement. This will determine where you will paint.

7. Now using your painting tape, create the lines on both sides of your star. This will contain the paint keeping it from seeping out of the lines. Make sure the tape is pressed flush or close against the surface. Any air bubbles will cause seepage.

8. I suggest painting line by line. I’m not a professional painter, but I noticed that you can run into complications if you allow the paint to completely dry and then remove the tape. So I suggest allowing it to dry for about 15 mins then slowly remove the strip of tape pulling away from the painted area. Now the 15 mins may vary depending on cool or warm temperature. You want the area to be slightly dry but not completely.

9. If the painted area needed a second coat of paint. Don’t remove the tape until you have applied the second coat if needed.

10. If there are any areas to clean up.. You can use the tape and place it on the opposite side and continue just as you did to make the lines.

11. Enjoy your hard work!!! Good job!

Repurpose To Redesign!

tfcToday I received a post titled “Repurposing Evergreen Content” with great tips in my email from The Daily Post! If you don’t already know The Daily Post  is hosted by a cast of awesome bloggers who share the art and craft of blogging by providing  support to other bloggers  through different tools that will help you meet your blogging goals. Make sure to check them out and begin to follow!  The post discussed how to repurpose timeless content that will be relevent to your blog visitors.  What a smart idea right! Also I thought this would be a fantastic time to bring out one of my post from the past for those new readers who hadn’t had the chance to see it when it was first published.

So the post I’ve recycled was originally titled “Repurpose and Redesign” and was published on my Simply Life blog near the beginning of the year. This post came about since I like the whole art and craft thing and the fact that I’m working on redesigning some rooms in my home. I started thinking what other items could be used for a repurpose project, so I took to the internet in search of simple but fabulous finds that I would like to try for myself. After a really short search I found lots of fantastic redesign concepts at Dishfunctional Designs, and also from one of my all time favorites Bob Vila. Remember Bob Vila, the home improvement guy from the home improvement show “This Old House?” Some of you may and some of you may not depending…;-) Well, anyway some of these are wonderful ideas that I would have never thought of and the best thing about it is many people usually have most if not all of the materials needed to do these projects sitting around the house…or in some cases the front yard!

This Is What I Call Branching Out!

Wood sliced chalkboard
Wood sliced chalkboard
Framed branches
Framed branches
Branch curtain rod
Branch curtain rod

Doors and Drawers

Chalkboard painted door panels
Chalkboard painted door panels
Drawer shelf with map background
Drawer shelf with map background
foot ottoman
foot ottoman
Door table
Door table

There are tons of beautiful repurposing ideas out there for just about anything! If you have any ideas or know of some great DIY websites don’t hesitate to share 😉

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