Keeping the Spark Alive in your Marriage

Long-term relationships and marriages take work. There’s no easy way to gain a strong relationship, however there are small things to try every day to keep things going well. Here are just a few.

Keep that feeling of love alive |From Dates to Diapers

Spend time together

Spending quality time together is very important. Even though you might think you spend lots of time with your partner, much of it will be taken up with everyday chores, childcare or other commitments. Set aside time every week to spend just with each other. If possible, choose some activities you both really enjoy rather than just going to the same restaurant every time.

Meet up with friends

Seeing friends together can help a relationship to grow stronger as you can see your partner through the eyes of others. The way we behave with our friends is not the same as the way we behave with our partners, so seeing friends brings a bit of variety to a relationship. It also allows you to do something different from the everyday routine and gives you both the chance to have fun.

Talk to each other

Communicating means really having time to talk and listen to each other, rather than just saying a few words in passing. How often do you talk in any depth? Do you mainly only text your partner when you want something from the shop? Try and make more time to communicate with each other.

Spend time alone

Spending time alone or with your own friends will give you a chance to grow in a personal sense and bring more to your relationship. Couples who do everything together risk getting bored of each other quickly. Make time with your own friends and work towards your own goals.

Get bored

From time to time, you will get bored! Not everything can feel like the first rush of romance after meeting for the first time. There’s no need to panic that the relationship has failed if you’re not totally enamored of each other all the time. People change over time and it’s important to cherish what you love about your partner at every stage in the relationship.

Create your own happiness

Happy couples are able to work together to keep their relationship strong. If you rely on your partner to make you happy, the relationship will not last. Both partners need to be able to feel complete by themselves in order to be complete together. Don’t put too much pressure on each other to fit in to a particular idea – create your own goals and discuss them together.

Respect each other

Respect is very important for a strong relationship. If you met your partner through online dating, you will hopefully have the same wants and needs. If you don’t have respect for your partner’s goals, the relationship may become strained. Talk about the things which make you feel fulfilled and listen to each other. A respectful partner can help the other to be the person they want to be.

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Heart Shaped Treats for Valentine’s Day {Recipe}

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I am on the hunt for sweet treats and heart shaped goodies. I have found some great ideas for school Valentines, tips for the perfect cake pops, and romantic ideas for surprising your husband.

But, nothing beats a gooey krispy treat in the shape of a heart, covered in sprinkles!

Valentine's Day krispy treats | From Dates to Diapers

I found some great baking items at Walmart that are sure to help make these treats extra special for your little Valentines. I picked up a heart-shaped silicone mold, some x’s and o’s, and fun red and white paper straws. Here’s how we put a Valentine’s twist on an old classic…

Silicone Heart Shaped Mold available at Walmart

Marshmallow Krispy Treats (adapted from the original Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 1/2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 6 cups Rice Cereal
  • 2 Tablespoons sprinkles
  • Sprinkles for the top of cooled treats

Directions:

  1. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips on high for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  2. Continue to heat mixture at 1 minutes increments until completely melted. Stir well.
  3. Mix in rice cereal.
  4. Press in to well greased silicone pan and allow to cool.
  5. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Serve to your Valentines with a tall class of milk!

Valentine's Day Treats | From Dates to Diapers

Your kids are sure to devour these special treats made with love. The white chocolate addition makes them irresistable for you, too! You’re welcome.

Enjoy your own Valentine’s Day baking. If you are looking for even more ideas, here are some from the rest of the Walmart Moms:

Strawberry Filled Cupcakes
Tips for Perfect Cake Pops
Easy Sweetheart Cake Pops
How to Melt Chocolate in a Silicone Pan
Valentine’s Day Popcorn Mix
Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake
Saltine Cracker Toffee
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Hearts on a Stick
No Bake Valentines Peanut Butter Crispy Square
Valentines Cracker Candy
Brownie Hearts

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Is Online School at Home Right For Your Family?

I was asked to write this post about Franklin Virtual High School in collaboration with Activation ReACT. I was not compensated to write this post, but Activation ReACT will benefit and is close to my heart.

My parents, as soon as they realized that schooling me at home was an option, pulled me from my public school. I was in second grade and we never looked back. My parents sacrificed so much to teach and train me at home, but I was only one of five. Each of us graduated from Cornerstone Christian Academy, a class of one. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

Back in the day, there were not many options for my parents and other homeschooling families. We adopted a very classical form of education and most of our text books were old documents, classical literature, and curriculum created by my mother. We also attended conferences, and later my siblings were able to take college courses at the local JC for high school credits.

There are so many great resources available now as an alternative to public schools. While I did homeschool my own kids for several years, they now attend a fabulous classical charter school. I always thought, though, I would teach all seven of them at home all the way through, just like my parents did. We will have 3 high schoolers come Fall, so I would most certainly consider online school at home through Franklin Virtual High School.

Is Online School at Home Right for Your Family?

How do you know if school at home is right for you?

Deciding to school at home is a major family commitment and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many reasons why families decide that schooling at home is best for them. Here are some reasons why it may be best for your family:

  • You have a busy life schedule or love to travel as a family. Yes, you read that right! Home schooling doesn’t mean you have to BE home for school. You can learn wherever you are, whenever it’s right for you.
  • You would like greater involvement in your child’s education. Schooling at home, even through an online school, allows for you to be hands-on and aware of everything your child is learning. No surprise classes or curriculum.
  • Your child would like to get ahead in school and free up future time. It’s always difficult when a child is ahead of their class and there is nothing that can be done. They often get bored and may mess around in class. Schooling at home provides the freedom to work at your child’s pace.

Why choose Franklin Virtual High School?

  • It is privately funded, rather than state funded
  • There is flexible enrollment. Students can enroll at anytime.
  • They have real, live, teachers! Students have an advisor, homeroom teacher and core + elective subject matter teachers. Tutors are also available to help at any time.
  • Teachers and tutors can view where the student is within their coursework. This helps immensely when a student is stuck and needs additional help.
  • Franklin is fully Accredited.
  • It is affordable.
  • Your child can earn credits through the summer.

For more information about online schooling visit the Franklin Virtual School website.

Join us for a Twitter party on February 2nd at 9am PT! We’ll be chatting about online schooling and giving out prizes! Follow @Franklin_VHS and me – @YoungMommy – so you won’t miss a thing! See you there!

Image credit: Marco Mayer | Dollar Photo Club