Romance & Marilyn Monroe

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“The real lover is the man who can thrill you just by touching your head or smiling into your eyes – or just by staring into space.”

Marilyn Monroe

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What Images Mean Romance To You?

Everyone has heard ‘A picture is worth a thousand words,’ well, what images say romance to you?

sunset

sunset?

chocolates

chocolates?

candles and bathtub

candles and a bath tub?

basket of flowers

flowers?

What other images should we add to the list?

Johnny Depp

“Am I a romantic? I’ve seen ‘Wuthering Heights’ ten times. I’m a romantic.”

Johnny Depp

I love Johnny Depp!

(Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnnydepp169401.html?src=t_romantic)

Like A Little Fight In Your Romance?

There is romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and don’t forget those too-hot-to-leave-out-in-public romances. Well, there’s a newer category (for me at least) to add to the list.

Fighter Romance

fighter romance

Rules of Entanglement: a Fighting for Love novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Gina L. Maxwell

This is the first fighter romance I’ve read and enjoyed.

Fighter Romance novels include at least one character who is an underground fighter, cage fighter, MMA, UFC, boxer or heavyweight champion.

You can find an extensive list of fighter romance books on Maryse’s Book Blog or Goodreads.com.

Have you ever read a fighter romance book? Would you consider reading one?

Valentine’s Day Quotes

If you are looking for just the right words to sweep your Valentine off their feet, maybe these will give you inspiration:

  • “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then, doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz  chocolate covered cherries
  • “A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.” Rupert Brooke     ruby red lips
  • “We are most alive when we’re in love.” John Updike
  • “How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” Victor Hugo
  • “You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.” John Keats   couple
  • “The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.” George Edward Moore   couple on a bench

I found these quotes at BrainyQuote.com. To find more inspiration, check them out for additional quotes.

Wishing everyone a loving Valentine’s Day!

 

6 Ways To Make Your Bedroom Romantic

Life places so many demands on us; job duties, family responsibilities, activities, household chores. The list goes on and on. So squeezing out moments for romance can be difficult. Imagine, each day after dealing with your life, you walk into your romantic bedroom and immediately feel the outside world drifting away. All that matters is you and your partner.

Here are 6 ways to make your bedroom romantic:

  1. Colors – Red is not the only romantic color in the color wheel. Soft pastels such as pink, peach, yellow, mint or lavender are very feminine and alluring. Use these colors on your walls, drapes, bed linens and rugs. 6 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Romantic
  2. Pillows & fuzzy rugs – Just like the high-end hotel suites, plenty of pillows on the bed signifies pampering. Have double pillows for both sides of the bed and a handful of throw/accent pillows. Fabric and textures can make a difference in the room’s mood. Soft, silky, satin and fluffy is the way to go here. Don’t forget to add a fuzzy throw rug or two beside the bed.  pillows
  3. Photos – The only decorations in the bedroom should be love and romantic-enticing. A photo showing you as a couple enjoying an outing, wall art depicting loving couples or animals and only sentimental do-dads on the dresser or bedside table. The do-dads could be a sea shell from your walk on the beach, mementos from your honeymoon trip…I think you get the picture 🙂
  4. Scents & oils – The sense of smell is a very powerful tool. Sprinkle some drops of essential oils around the room or light some scented beeswax candles. Some scents to try are Jasmine (one of my favorites), rosewood or sandalwood. essential oils
  5. No TV – and this is a big one. There should be no distractions other than the distraction your partner creates. If you must have a TV in the room, put it in a cabinet with doors that can be closed.
  6. Soft lighting – Avoid the harsh overhead light, we all look our best in soft lighting. Instead, use only the bedside table lamps or be creative and put a mini-string of lights in a large glass jar. It’s almost like a jar of lightning bugs. strings of lights

This is only the tip of the iceberg of ways to make your bedroom romantic. What ways have you tried?

Here’s hoping for a very romantic 2017 for everyone! And don’t forget the romance novels 😉 Talk about creating a mood.

Sources: Howdoesshe.com and Womensday.com

 

How ‘Empty Nesting’ Can Boost Romance

My husband and I are experiencing ’empty nesting’ with our younger son now off to college with his own apartment and roommates. Even though empty nesting comes with all the predicted emotions of grief and loneliness, you and your spouse can use this time to concentrate on being a couple and jack up the heat in your romance.

ruby red lips

 

Here’s just a few things you can do with the house to yourself:

  • Make dinner, candlelight affairs with no shop talk or complaining. See what new things you can discover about your partner. candlelight dinner
  • Take a long, leisurely bath with dual sponges to massage away the day’s troubles. candles and bathtub
  • Spend the day naked, or at least almost naked, whatever you’re comfortable in.
  • Find a hobby you can both share such as target shooting, hiking, painting or maybe even square dancing. Just spending time together doing something pleasurable will give you something to talk about, besides the kids. bullseye
  • Take a romantic getaway, even if it’s only overnight. Get a plush hotel room with a Jacuzzi tub. Go camping in the woods and snuggle together in sleeping bags. Marvel at the awesome Niagara Falls, one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. It doesn’t matter where you go, just make every trip a mini-honeymoon. Niagara Falls, NY

I’m sure you get the idea and can come up with hundreds of your own ideas.

Read 6 Tips For a Year of Romance for more ideas.

Be sure to tell me what you have experienced with empty nesting and romance.

How To Have Your Dream Halloween Wedding

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? When you dream of your wedding does it include black dresses and orange flowers? Surprisingly, there are quite a number of people who want to add a little hauntedness into their nuptials.

Here are some ideas to make your wedding into a Halloween wedding?

Saying Your Vows in a Haunted Location

Consider having your wedding at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado (the hotel from the movie, The Shining) or Hotel Provincial in New Orleans that used to be a Confederate hospital. You may have some uninvited spirits attending your nuptials.

hotel from the shining movie

Get Married by Dracula

Imagine standing up before Count Dracula and all your zombie friends to pledge your commitment to your spouse. If you don’t want Dracula, consider Frankenstein or another ghostly spirit.

Bela Lugosi as Dracula

This is my favorite Dracula – Bela Lugosi

Have a Holiday Themed Wedding Dress

Wedding gowns do not need to always be white. Consider a flowing blood-red gown, a black gown with white or cream-colored lace or even throw caution to the wind and wear a tuxedo.

Check out these sites for great dress ideas:

Let your imagination go wild and incorporate the spooky theme into the decorations, food and flowers. The sky is the limit 🙂

Show scary movies at your reception 🙂 click to read My 4 Fav All Time Scary Movies

Have you ever been to a Halloween wedding? What did you like best about it?

 

How to Make Your Marriage Last

Since my wedding anniversary was this month, I’ve been thinking about marriage and just what it takes to go the distance. My husband and I married 31 years ago on a hot, sunny July morning with all our family and friends around us.

wedding gown

 

We have had our fair share of joys and sorrows through those 31 years, just like everyone else but we’ve endured and are in a pretty good spot in our lives. It seems nowadays that people jump into relationships too quickly and give up too easily when things get difficult.

Here are some things I’ve learned over the years:

  • You have to let go of your pet peeves. When you let little things such as folding towels a certain way or leaving cupboard doors open blow into full-fledged fights, you spend too much valuable time arguing. Remember, life is short and you never know what may happen tomorrow.
  • You have to be truthful with each other. I’m not talking about the white lies you tell to save someone from being embarrassed about their clothes or speech. I’m talking about if you ran into your old boyfriend/girlfriend and had lunch, you should mention it to your mate. Better that it comes out casually than if it is found out later and it looks like you tried to keep it a secret.
  • You have to be considerate of each other’s feelings. Although you may feel it’s silly to be afraid of the dark, your mate does not and if you want them to be considerate of your fear of spiders then you better leave that nightlight on 🙂
  • You have to learn to forgive. Everyone makes mistakes and if you truly love someone you will be willing to give them another chance. Don’t worry, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. But neither mate should take advantage of this action or it will snowball into a larger problem.

 

So, let’s hear it for those who haven’t given up! Romance and marriage take work but are sooooo worth the effort.

How long have you been married?

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