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Secrets of Happily Married Couples

Smart and Savvy Couples have learned the habits of happily married couples.  Mostly through trial and error.  Some through reading books, attending seminars or observing other happily married couples.  However there are some universal habits that happily married couples seem to practice for longevity. We will explore them in this post.  Remember success in any endeavor especially marriage is intentional, and ongoing thus habits are formed!

10 Habits of a Happy Marriage

 

  • Communication is the key.  Sounds cliché but it’s absolutely essential to a healthy relationship.  Granted some conversations are hard to have, but the more you practice speaking the truth in love the easier it will get, and the better your relationships will be.  Often times you don’t need to make a huge issue out of things, “just have a conversation”, it’s the number one secret of a happy marriage.

  • Intimacy does not necessarily mean sex.  It could be sex.  But true intimacy is time spent without distractions.  It’s an intentional focus on one another.  Intimacy is honest conversations, being transparent, it’s a quiet moment spent without conversations.  Most importantly intimacy transcends the physical.

“Laughter does a heart good like a medicine,” Proverbs 17:22.  My husband and I have so much fun!  We love to laugh.  It keeps you young and a number of studies have confirmed a happy soul leads to better overall health.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.  There are big issues and there are little issues.  Your job is to decide what’s important right now and what isn’t.  Save your strength for the big issues.  My husband has a saying “It’s not worth it!”  So ask yourself is this really worth it?  Keep the big picture in mind.

  • Don’t make the mistake of thinking the grass is greener somewhere else.  The grass is green where you water it.  Your marriage is your garden.  You have to water it, feed it, tend to it, give it lots of time and attention so that it will grow to its fullest potential.

  • Know that only God can change another person.  You can be the change that you want to see in your marriage. You do have the power to change yourself while praying for your mate.  In what way can you be a better spouse?

  • Be humble enough to accept help if needed.  Lots of couples have saved their marriage through counseling.  It’s important to remember we are imperfect people.  We don’t always get it right.  We owe it to ourselves and our spouse to do everything we can to the help the marriage.  Forever is a long time.

  • A crisis doesn’t mean the marriage is over.  Crisis are like storms, to get through them you have to keep driving.  A crisis can sometimes be a new beginning.  It’s out of pain that great people and great marriages are born and survive.

  • Don’t stop dating your spouse.  Some couples say right now we can’t afford to go out.  You can’t afford not to.  If you’re on a budget, date night doesn’t have to expensive.  Just be together as a couple.  Some of my favorite dates when my husband was courting me was the beach.  I loved taking a blanket to the beach and enjoying the evening breeze with a glass of wine!  Or when we walked the Santa Monica pier and got hot dogs and nachos.  Those were my favorite dates.  Even more so than the fancy restaurants in California.  Go for walk, go for a drive, just connect.

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Summer Meals in 30 minutes or Less

It’s Summer in the kitchen!  Time to  use the oven less and prepare lighter, healthier, tasty summer dishes.  It’s the time of year to prepare meals in the crock pot, wok, and stove top.  Temperatures outside are warm and who wants to slave over a hot oven for hours.  So whether you are vegan or a meat lover, you’re sure to find something on SCW’s list of delicious summer meals that you and your family will love and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

10  Delicious Summer Meals

  • Meals Prepared in a Wok

Beef and broccoli stir fry – Delicious and tasty you can use either rice or noodles

Chicken stir fry

Vegetable stir fry

Spaghetti

Italian Pasta Salad

Chicken  Caesar salad w/Parmesan cheese

Wedge Salad

Baked Talapia or a light pan fried coating

Pan fried lamb chops- olive oil, coat and brown on each side

Grilled barbecue chicken

  •  Keep plenty of fresh fruit around wherever possible

Delicious Summer drink

Coconut Penna desert drink

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Celebrating the 4th of July

How will you spend your 4th of July Holiday?

  • Family Barbecue

  • Fireworks display

  •  Going out-of-town, visiting relatives

  • Take the kids to a parade

  • Going on a date to a barbecue

  • Spend the day at the beach

  • Romantic getaway for the long weekend

  • Concert and fireworks at the park, fun for the whole family

Editor’s Note: Happy Birthday America!  Happy 4th of July to all SCW’s followers and readers.  We love you, we appreciate you.  You Rock!  Enjoy the long holiday weekend.  Be safe in your travels.

 

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Summer Inspiration & Safety travel tips 2017

  • Summer is a time for fun, food, relaxation, travel, outdoor activities, and vacation.  Being smart means a summer safety checklist that will ensure you keep your family safe.  Following these simple effective tips will take the worry out of your summer adventures.  With the 4th of July holiday coming up millions of people will hit the road.  So whether you’re hosting guests, traveling by car, plane, or train make sure safety is first for a stress free summer travel.
  • Smart safety tip of the day:  Do not announce on Facebook or any other social media platform that you will be on vacation and will not be at home!!!

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Fathers Day 2017

Have a Blessed Father’s Day and celebrate the special men in your life.  Thank you to all SCW readers and followers who are men!  We appreciate you!  Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother”.

To My Husband:

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Make this Father’s day 2017 special.  Put some thought into letting that special dad know how much you appreciate him.  Be sure to get Dad a functional gift, something he can use.  Keep in mind his likes and hobbies.  Whether your Dad is a tech man, like mine or sports enthusiasts or just an active Dad on the go you’re sure to get ideas from SCW’s list of Father’s Day Gifts ideas 2017!

Heads up display for his cell phone

Fitness Tracker

Tablet

Sound Bar for that big screen TV

Motion detector and alarm

Golf Clubs

Engraved all-purpose knife

Man crates

Tool set

Drone

Cologne

Money clip

Gift Card to his favorite store

Author’s Note:  Happy Father’s Day to all SCW readers, followers, and around the world to all great Dads!  The leadership of the man is important and should be honored as God has placed the man in the position of leader.  For the Fatherless, “God is a father to the fatherless”,  Psalm 68:5

  • To My Husband, an amazing Husband and Father, We Love You!  Happy Father’s Day!

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Top Romantic Summer Getaways for Couples 2017

Your amazing Couples getaway awaits!  The season for romantic getaways is here!  Time to arrange childcare and dedicate some uninterrupted time to your relationship!  With the internet flooded with summer deals there’s never been a better time to search and choose the best romantic getaway in your budget.  A couple of sites I’m partial to are Booking .com and Travelocity.  However I say search them all to compare and contrast the best deals.  Save on vacation packages, hotels, and all-inclusive resorts.

Top 5 romantic Summer Destinations For Couples

  • Italy

Immerse yourselves in Italian culture.  From arts and culture to history, mountains, museums, golf, boating, and Italian cuisine, Rome is one of the most romantic cities in the world.  Or take a romantic gondola ride in Venice.  You can’t help but put romance front and center on this adventurous getaway.

  • Paris

The City of Love awaits!  Fully experience this beautiful city on a tour of Paris.  Must see attractions, shows & events, activities and excursions will make you fall in love with Paris and your partner!

  • Waikiki Hawaii

Luxuriate on the soft sandy beaches of Waikiki, or partake in legendary surfing.  And if you can tear yourself away from frolicking on the beach you’ll find lots of tourist attractions from sail boating to the hop on hop off sightseeing tours.  Take advantage of special events happening this time of year such as the “Annual Island Events” which include the Hawaiian Food and Wine festival.  Sample food and wine from all over the world.  Or purchase local goods at the Hawaiian Arts festival.

  • Negril Jamaica

Negril is a beach resort town that offers an array of activities from horseback riding, parasailing, cliff jumping, cave exploring, sea fishing and more against a tropical backdrop.

  • Bora Bora

Famous for its aqua centric luxury resorts.  With plenty of attractions on land, snorkeling, scuba diving, helicopter tours, kite surfing, aqua biking, surrounded by a lagoon, and barrier reef amidst amazing turquoise waters.  Bora Bora is located in the western part of the French Polynesia Islands.

  • Couples Cruise

Romance and cruising seem to go hand in hand.  Couples only, no children.  Traveling to over 150 ports around the world.  Cruises are inclusive packages with food, drinks, and activities, included.  The cruise lines ranked best in reviews online for couples are:  Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise, and Royal Caribbean.

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