A Little Spoiling Goes a Long Way

In Mary Ann’s blog she wrote about electing to buy sensible practical gifts for people in hard times and some of you shared your crafty projects. While I can see it makes economic sense to be practical, one of the things I love about my husband is that he doesn’t buy me things for the house and practical gifts. I would hate that! The thing is he knows home well He knows I like pretty things. They don’t have to be expensive. They do have to be pretty or fun. We try and make our gifts to each other – … Continue reading

More Ways American’s Waste Money In The Kitchen

American’s waste money everyday. In fact, the kitchen is one of those places where it’s easy to waste money. The cost of food has risen dramatically over the years, and wasting it in anyway, wastes money. Yesterday I showed you two ways that American’s waste money in the kitchen. Today, I will give you a few more ways. Appliance Shopping Sometimes, you have to spend a little money to save a little money. But sometimes you waste that money when you think you are about to start saving some. Appliance shopping is tricky, and needs to be considered carefully before … Continue reading

A Valentine Treasure Hunt

With less than a month to Valentine’s Day, can I suggest you start thinking about a Valentine treasure hunt? I can thank my little granddaughter for this idea. She is right into treasure hunts and makes a lot of them up. She is always giving us or other family members little slips of paper with clues on them which tell us where to look for the next clue. She gets a big kick out of watching us search for her next clue. It occurred to me the other day as Mick and I were involved in following her treasure hunt … Continue reading

Buying Gifts for Your Spouse

Since it’s coming up to Christmas, I thought it would be good to cover the subject of buying gifts for your spouse. Before you can go out and buy a gift it is much easier to start off with an idea in mind. Otherwise you are likely to spend a lot of time wandering around looking at things and coming home with nothing. Some families I know ask for suggestions of things the person would like. This is particularly helpful if they want a certain book and CD, so that you end up with the right title. It can also … Continue reading

Resolving Conflict in Marriage

If you and your spouse are having problems, what can you do? A lot will depend on how long the conflict has been going on, what it is about and how serious the issue is. But you need to sit down together and talk and work through the situation. Here are some suggestions you might like to consider adopting. If you are a believer then talk to God before you talk to your spouse. Ask God to change the heart of your spouse, so that he or she is receptive and prepared to listen to what you have to say. … Continue reading

Solutions For Getting Gifts You Like From Your Spouse.

Yesterday we looked at the problems surrounding gifts and your spouse and how sometimes it can end up so wrong. Here are some simple solutions to getting gifts you like from your spouse. When shopping point out and admire things in the shops that you would like or in the catalogues mark things that you would like and leave it lying somewhere your spouse will see it. Or just give it to them and say, ‘if you’d like some ideas.’ Provide a suggestion list of things you would like complete with the name of the store where they can be … Continue reading

How Observant is Your Spouse?

How observant is your spouse? I remember once seeing a man give his wife a present. Everyone saw the look on her face, when she unwrapped the practical gift for the kitchen, except him. He was busy feeling pleased with himself for his gift and really thought he’d chosen well. It has since I’m pretty sure sat in the cupboard and never been used. But then one other time he admitted he didn’t have a clue what sort of things she liked. From what I hear from a number of women it’s a common enough problem. Many women claim their … Continue reading

Look At the Family

Years ago I remember someone saying if a guy is considering marriage he needs to look at the girl’s Mom, because that’s what he could be looking at years down the track. Now the problem with that is that it is very stereotypical and as Angela pointed out in a comment on another blog, people don’t always follow the stereotypes. The key here is always because often they do. So it’s worth while taking a good long look at the family your intended comes from. It might alert you to problems. For example, years ago I knew a guy whose … Continue reading

The Love and Marriage Experience

Recently one of our family members shared her love and marriage journey with us in a comment. It was a joy to read of her happiness and how thrilled she was that she didn’t settle for second best. Sometimes that can happen. There’s subtle pressure that builds up when all your friends are getting married or in serious relationships, to think what’s wrong with me? To think you need to join the clan and find someone of your own- anyone, so long as you have a partner. When our daughter was young, at times she bemoaned the fact that she … Continue reading

Buying Gifts for In-Laws

When it comes to buying gifts for in-laws, it invariably gets left to the woman to do the gift buying. This can be fine if she has a good relationship with them and knows what they like. If she does not, it can be disastrous. There is nothing harder that trying to buy a gift for someone when you don’t know what they like. Often you don’t know what they like, so you wander around the shops. But it’s near to impossible to know what to buy if you haven’t got a clue what you’re looking for. You can spend … Continue reading