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Valentine’s Day Love To Last All Year

This post will overflow with love…enjoy and check back any time you need a little more love 🙂

rose petals


romantic ruby lips


candlelight dinner




cake with roses


white kitten

Need more? How about…

cats loving


older couple in love


Lucille Ball quote Love Yourself



12 Months of Romance

Let’s fill 2019 with Romance…

  1. January – Toast your romance all month long with champagne and candlelight dinners. candlelight dinner
  2. February – Make Valentine’s Day last all month by leaving little love notes around for each other.  love notes
  3. March – In March, we all become Irish so fill the month with kisses! St. Patrick's Day
  4. April – It’s Spring and love is in the air! Be sure to take long walks hand-in-hand.  couple walking
  5. May – Since April showers bring May flowers, fill this month with different flowers.  flower basket
  6. June – The most popular month for weddings so why not renew your wedding vows? Or if you haven’t taken the plunge yet – maybe it’s time 🙂 church wedding
  7. July – Everyone loves to get mail. I’m talking about the old-fashioned snail mail so every couple of days drop a nice card or note in the mail for your romantic partner.  greeting card with lips
  8. August – Picnics and day trips can be very romantic.  couple riding bike
  9. September – Take a bunch of selfies together, print them out and create a romantic photo album.  photo album
  10. October – Cool evenings can be warmed up with candles and romantic bubble baths.  candles and bathtub
  11. November – The cold of this month encourages being couch potatoes while watching romantic movies. dancing couple
  12. December – The snow of this month begs for fireplace snuggles.  fire

These are just ideas for your year of romance, what would you add or change?

Book Review: Bonefire of the Vanities

Bonefire of the Vanities (Sarah Booth Delaney #12)Bonefire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first Sarah Booth Delaney mystery I tried but believe me, it won’t be my last. I’m going back to start at the beginning. Great characters, love the Southern local and quirky pets.

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Book Review: Twelfth Night Secrets

Twelfth Night SecretsTwelfth Night Secrets by Jane Feather
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this historical romance. It has spies, secrets, romance and history – all things I like in my books.

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Feng Shui for Love and Romance

Use Feng Shui to increase your Romance! Here are some great tips from Cathleen McCandless.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

This article is taken from my March 2018 newsletter. To read the newsletter in its entirety, please click here. 

Feng Shui is a wonderful tool for freeing up the energy in your life so things will flow more smoothly. While it (unfortunately) can’t solve all romantic woes, it can help create a more positive environment for love to grow. Whether you are single and looking for a relationship or already involved with someone, Feng Shui can help you increase the positive flow of energy for love and romance. Below are ten tips to get you started.
1. Locate the Southwest meridian point in your home.
Find the location inside your house where the Southwest meridian point intersects theouter wall of your home. If you don’t know how to do this, you’ll find easy-to-follow directions in my book,Feng Shui that Makes Sense. This is your “Love and Romance” location. The element that stimulates the energy of…

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At The Stroke of Midnight

I loved this poem. I hope you will, too.

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Even if the new year steps in quietly

Quiet as cat’s feet

I will peer back into this year

Recalling how everything became stronger

This sense of life, this sense of being

Every joy, every pain amplified

Through it all

We remained constant

Now we prepare to light a candle for the new year

Not just looking to keep things intact

But to further deepen our sense of life together


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Romance & Marilyn Monroe

couple on the beach

“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

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?

Spring Romance

I think about romance all year-long, but Spring is definitely a season for love. If you live in the north, like me, you crave and anticipate Spring for its warmth and ‘waking up’ of trees and flowers. Things are almost like new again and it puts a ‘spring’ in your step 🙂

There are all kinds of great romantic things to do on a Spring date, such as:

  • Walk hand-in-hand through a garden, smelling the new flowers
  • Ride a bicycle built for two, through a park couple riding a bike
  • Eat a romantic dinner at an outside cafe, enjoying the sunset
  • Take a long drive in the evening

Have you been romantic all winter and am now planning a wedding?

diamond ring

Feng Shui, the Chinese art of balance, can help you make your wedding lucky with these tips:

  • Lots of natural light to shine light into your future together (use sunlight, windows or lights)
  • No clocks* clock
  • Use lucky colors (red, purple/violet, black & white, orange, etc.)

*to find out why clocks are unlucky and read about additional tips, click Let Feng Shui Make Your Wedding Lucky

If you are someone who likes the unique, there are many non-traditional wedding venues to choose from:

  • Fire station with trucks, sirens and flashing lights
  • State parks with waterfalls, woods and wildlife
  • A 100-year-old barn with a horse-drawn carriage Wedding in a barn - morgue

*to read more, click 6 Non-Traditional Places to Have a Romantic Wedding

What’s your favorite Springtime romantic activity?

I wish you all a happy and love-filled Spring!



26 Things to do on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

ruby red lips

Not sure what to do today? Check out my list of 26 Things to Do On Valentine’s Day:

  1. Go for a walk holding hands.
  2. Go for a bike ride together. couple riding a bike
  3. Share an ice cream sundae.
  4. Take silly photos of each other.
  5. Give each other a back massage.
  6. Take a bubble bath together. candles and bathtub
  7. Make dinner together.
  8. Snuggle up to a scary movie.
  9. Do a puzzle together.
  10. Watch a Jason Bourne movie marathon together.
  11. Put fresh, new red silk sheets on your bed. red silk sheets
  12. Go to a shelter and adopt a pet.
  13. Volunteer at a soup kitchen together.
  14. Visit a nursing home, giving all female residents a flower and the males candy.
  15. Take a walk on the beach.
  16. Propose! diamond ring
  17. Ride a roller-coaster together.
  18. Throw a party.
  19. Play strip poker together.
  20. Dance together, even if there is no music.
  21. Soak in a pool filled with coffee. Click Tea Verses Coffee to read about it. coffee pool in Yunessun
  22. Take a nap together.
  23. Sip some wine together.
  24. Take a leisurely drive together.
  25. Share a pizza together.
  26. Clean out the garage… well, it’s a thought. And it may need it 🙂 clutter


Gee,did you notice the reoccurring theme of ‘togetherness’ in this list? As long as you spend the day together, it can be a great Valentine’s Day.

Can you add to my 26 things? Tell me in a comment.

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