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24 Glamorous Gift Ideas to Wow Your Wife This Christmas

By Dustin | Romance

24 Glamorous Gift Ideas to Wow Your Wife This ChristmasThe Christmas season is here!

Are you looking for an awesome gift for your wife to let her know how much you care?

Here are 24 unique ideas to get you started in the right direction.

These all come from Amazon so they’re super-easy to get shipped right to your door.

Even if a particular item doesn’t fit your fancy, you may find some option from the links below to give you the perfect idea!

The list is in no particular order and prices range from ten dollars to over a hundred.  So whether you are trying to find a stocking stuffer or a big gift, this list should help you give your wife a gift she’ll love.

Happy shopping!

Bath Bombs Gift

Bath Bombs take the joy of a nice relaxing bath to the next level!  With delightful aromas and skin-soothing essential oils, she’ll love this gift…along with some down time to enjoy it while you watch the kids.


Leopard Print Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarves are a fun way to spice up an outfit.  This particular scarf comes in many color combinations, so choose one that you think your wife would enjoy!


Melt Massage Oil

Melt Sweet Almond Sensual Massage Oil is the BEST massage oil ever!  Whether you just enjoy giving your wife a nice back rub, or you have a legitimate interest in massage, this oil is a dream.

We have taken the online couple’s massage courses from Melt, and we highly recommend them for amazing at-home date nights.  You can get a discount on Melt: Massage for Couples when you use this link.


What I Love About Mom Book Gift

If you have kids (young or older), have them fill in the blanks in this book.  Your wife will LOVE the affirmation, and this will become a treasured keepsake.


Alex and Ani Bangle Bracelets are so versatile.  These are meant to be worn stacked, so even if your wife has one, there are so many styles to choose from!


Kendra Scott Gold Cuff Bracelet Gift

Kendra Scott Gold Cuff Bracelets are really popular and stylish accessories. These are available in silver or gold, and you can get it with her birthstone!


Hand Stamped Jewelry

Hand Stamped Necklaces can be personalized with the names of family members.  You can’t go wrong with jewelry!


Ralph Lauren Romance Perfume Gift

Perfume is a gift for both of you!  This fragrance is a classic choice.


Coach Sunglasses Gift

Sunglasses are a useful accessory!  This pair of Coach sunglasses are a trendy look that she’ll be proud to show off.


Crossbody Purse

Crossbody Purses are both functional and stylish.  This one features premium leather that will last forever – it’s available in several colors.


Weekender Bag

This Weekender Bag looks fantastic and would be useful when you take your wife away for a romantic overnight stay!


Essential Oils Diffuser Gift

Whether your wife is currently into essential oils or not, she’ll probably love this stylish Essential Oils Diffuser.  The benefits of aromatherapy will have her feeling fantastic.


Buckled Knee-High Riding Boot

Riding boots are a great accessory.  This taupe color is very versatile, so she can wear them with lots of outfits!


Indoor Herb Garden Kit Gift

This Indoor Herb Garden Kit is a really unique and fun gift for the kitchen.  Grow your own herbs right at home!


Insulated Wine Glasses

Insulated Wine Glasses may be the perfect gift!  These can keep her wine or champagne chilled while you relax together!


Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Gift

If your wife loves a great cup of coffee, then this Cafe Barista machine is going to be her new best friend.  With nearly 3,500 positive ratings on Amazon, this is the hottest thing going in premium coffee making right now.


Kindle Oasis Gift

Kindle Oasis is a great gift idea for wives who enjoy reading.  There are many types of Kindles to choose from, but this one allows the reader to use it even in the sunlight with no glare, plus it’s waterproof and includes built-in Audible for audiobook listening!  She can relax anywhere while reading her favorite book!


Amazon Echo Gift

Amazon Echo is a fun gift for those who love technology. Using voice technology, it can share information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly!  And the sound quality on this 3rd-generation version is superb.


Fitbit Gift

Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness, empowering and inspiring people to lead healthy, more active lives.  Fun gift for those husbands who are interested in fitness!


Couple Weighted Blanket Gift

Weighted blankets are super popular right now – they are calming and soothing while promoting great sleep.  If you’re looking to snuggle up to your wife, adding a large weighted blanket to your bed can be an amazing experience.


Bose Headphones Gift

Bose QuietComfort Headphones are perfect for the wife who likes to rock out or cancel out any noise while working or traveling.  These are SUPER comfortable!


Best Husband Wife Ever Mug Gift

Is your wife the Best. Wife. Ever?  If so, this might be the perfect stocking stuffer for her this year!


Roomba Gift

Roomba Robotic Vacuums are a great way to help your family save time cleaning! This means more couple time for you….


Luxury Bath Robe Gift

Luxury Robes are a fun gift to receive.  Especially if you give her a gift certificate to a spa or make her some homemade coupons to let her have reasons to use it!


Comfy Socks Gift

These Comfy Socks will definitely put a smile on your wife’s face!  They make a great stocking stuffer.


If you’re the husband, I hope this list gives you some great ideas to really pamper your wife…and if you’re the wife you have some new ideas for your wishlist!

Don’t miss our Married Couple’s Gift Guide and 19 Gift Ideas for Your Guy posts either for even more ideas.

What’s on your gift wishlist right now?  Share it in the comments to help other couples with some new ideas!

5 Unexpected Ways a Romantic Massage Can Change Your Marriage

By Dustin | Romance

Romantic Couples MassageThe best things in life are often the most simple.

A steaming cup of coffee brought to you in bed. A lingering kiss goodbye. A comforting back rub.

That’s right, a back rub. It doesn’t sound like much, but actually massage between couples comes with a whole host of benefits for your relationship and your close connection with your spouse.

Giving your partner a massage will help you weave strong bonds of trust, supercharge your intimacy and even make you fall a little more in love with them, just like you did at the start of your relationship!

Sound good? Of course it does. Not to mention, a muscle-melting massage feels absolutely fantastic.

Who wouldn’t want access to that on tap?

Massage is the gift that keeps on giving. Once you know how, it’s just one more tool in your relationship arsenal to help you pamper and love your partner on a regular basis.

Massage Your Spouse the RIGHT Way & Enjoy the Ultimate Date Night!

If you're looking for a fun, romantic and intimate date night that you can do at home without the need for a babysitter, you'll love the Melt: Massage for Couples program -

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Here are five incredible ways massage can work to transform your relationship:

1. Radically Builds Your Trust & Connection

Trust is a crucial part of any romantic relationship. Chances are, you already inherently trust your spouse more than anyone in the world. But sometimes this bond needs a little work, and sometimes (no matter how close you already are) it’s great to just reinforce it in the name of ongoing development.

Massage has been proven to supercharge the trusting bond between couples.

In order to fully enjoy any massage, you’ll have to deeply relax. It’s a beautiful experience to close your eyes as your partner is rhythmically massaging your neck and shoulders and fall back into them as their hands work magic on your muscles.

Becoming putty in your spouse’s hands and likewise, having them surrender to you in the same unquestioning way, is a lovely, comforting experience that will steep through your entire marriage.

2. Creates Effortless Intimacy

The biggest difference between a massage from a professional massage therapist and one from the person you love is the ability to fully embrace the intimacy created during the experience.

Intimacy is about being emotionally close to another person, and it is not an automatic occurrence in a relationship.

Intimacy should be vigilantly and continuously cultivated in any marriage.

It’s about being vulnerable and still feeling safe. It’s created in private moments through shared experiences.

One of the most important ways to nurture this intimate connection is to spend time alone together, concentrating on each other.

When it comes to massage, you are focusing your absolute attention – even your hands! – on each other in a quiet moment together. Try it and watch your intimate connection skyrocket.

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3. Fall In Love (Again!)

When we are in our early courtship phase of our relationship, we have the very distinct experience of falling in love with each other: we get butterflies in our tummy, it’s hard to sleep or eat or think of anything other than our object of affection… our brains quite literally mimic the brain of an addict!

We become addicted to the person we love, and it’s wonderful.

This head-over-heels phase never lasts past 18 months (probably for the best; how would we ever get anything done?) after which it gives way to a deeper, more trusting, bonded love.

However. Researchers have found that simply introducing some novelty into your relationship will ignite your brain with a surge of feel-good hormones, the very same hormones that are present when we first fall in love!

This novelty needn’t be big and dramatic – a small alteration to your daily routine, trying out a new cuisine or learning a new skill together.

When it comes to new skills, massage has to be way up there on the list as recommended for couples. You can do it from the comfort of your lounge room, it’s cheap, fun and easy and the fact that you’ll quite literally have your hands all over each other makes it romantic and exciting too. Cue tummy-butterflies!

4. An Amazing Stay-home Date Night

Scheduled date nights are so important. It’s time you carve out mindfully in your week for your spouse where you can turn off your mobile phone, shut down the laptop and focus one hundred per cent on your spouse.

When you’re massaging, there is no stressful talk of money, or the bad day you had at work.

It’s a chance to be together alone, to relax and to spoil each other with love.

Turn your simple massage into a romantic date night with all the trimmings: light candles, play your partner’s favorite music, have a living room floor picnic with a bottle of wine.

Treating each other to a massage is an easy date night to set up, it’s very cheap to do and you can make it a regular weekly thing, learning new massage strokes or trying new routines each time to keep it fresh and new.

What a beautiful way to spend quality time together as a couple.

5. Slows Time Down

We have high-speed wifi and high-speed attention spans these days. Is it just me, or does it sometimes seem like the world spins a little faster than it did 10 years ago?

Some nights, you just want to stop, breathe and slow time down.

Massaging your partner is great practice in doing this. You get to focus on just one thing (a wonderful remedy for chronic multi-taskers), you need to mindfully relax into your massage (there are no points for finishing first in massage!) and you can get completely lost in the little world you set up for you and your partner.

Carving out this extra time and space for your marriage to abundantly thrive is vital to your relationship.

Pause. Breathe. Connect. Love… Just be.

Each moment we have here together is precious and massage is a lovely way to stretch those moments out while connecting completely with your spouse.

How to Enjoy Massage In YOUR Marriage

The info above was provided by friends of mine who know a thing or two about massage – Denis and Emma Merkas are the amazingly talented Australian couple behind Couples Massage Courses.

Bethany and I discovered their video courses a little while back, and I have to tell you they’ve made a powerful difference in our intimacy.

Whether it’s a short foot rub done the right way or a date night complete with an awesome 15-minute neck/shoulder massage, it’s really amazing how much good massage can do for a relationship.

I’ve tried doing back massages before, but the results were less than stellar:

  • I made her neck sore.
  • My hands hurt after about two minutes.
  • I didn’t really know what do with my hands and felt a little awkward.
  • I caused more pain than pleasure.

Can you relate?  It turns out that a deeply enjoyable massage isn’t hard at all once you learn the basics the right way.

I’ll let Denis explain his approach to massage and what it’s meant for he and Emma’s marriage:

 

After I raved about their video series and asked what we could do to bring the magic of couples massage to our community, Denis and Emma graciously agreed to give a BIG discount to Engaged Marriage readers on their premium Melt Massage video course.

When you join through this special link, you’ll get the best of everything:

  • Lifetime, unlimited access to all their high-quality video courses, ready to stream directly to your smart TV, laptop, iPad or tablet. Watch as many times as you like.
  • 17 simple and easy massage techniques, broken down stroke by stroke by a professional massage therapist
  • 3 follow-along massage routines that combine our signature strokes into a 5-minute, 15-minute and epic 30-minute massage routine
  • All techniques are designed for the home. No special equipment needed. Learn in your living room. Just add oil.
  • All their follow-along routines are downloadable when you sign up for lifetime access. That means you can put them on your device and take them with you next time you have a weekend away without your wifi access!

Everything is absolutely PG-rated with fully clothed demonstrations by Denis and Emma of the massage techniques.  While your experience together may very well be sensual, these videos are definitely done in good taste.

And you’ll save money simply because you’re an EM reader – how cool is that!

Massage Your Spouse the RIGHT Way & Enjoy the Ultimate Date Night!

If you're looking for a fun, romantic and intimate date night that you can do at home without the need for a babysitter, you'll love the Melt: Massage for Couples program -

Click Here to Check Out Melt & Save BIG with Engaged Marriage Special Package!

Just click here to get all the details and grab your couple’s massage course – I guarantee you’ll love it and your husband or wife will love you even more for investing in it!

Enjoy and let us know how your first massage date night goes. 😉

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5 Steps to Bring Back the Romance When Kids Bring Chaos

By Dustin | Romance

How to Keep the Romance Alive When Kids Bring Chaos (4)Imagine your finger is on a switch.

This “magic” switch will ignite a hot SPARK in your marriage anytime you choose.

At will and in an instant, you could connect like you used to and enjoy deep intimacy.

All distractions of being a parent, an employee and a house manager go away and you experience that Soul Mate connection just like you did in the early days.

The bad news is I don’t have a magic switch for you…

…but the great news is that you CAN recreate this spark in a few simple steps.

5 Steps to Bring Back the Spark Even When Life Is Chaotic

1. Let your priorities be known!

Your kids, friends, co-workers, church associates – everyone who wants your time – needs to know that your spouse comes first (or right behind God if you’re a fellow person of faith).

Getting what you desire in your marriage starts with using your time in a way that’s in line with your desires.

2. Share Couple Time every day

Even if it’s 10 minutes from a remote location, you must devote time to enjoying each other as a couple every day. Not as a parent and not as an iPhone junkie…as a couple.

Once this becomes a habit in your life, the doors to open communication and deep intimacy will be open to you.

3. No excuses date nights

You simply have to date your spouse. This doesn’t mean you have to buck up for a babysitter and an expensive meal out – a date night in after the kids are in bed will work like a charm.

When couples make date night (or day) a reality, romance flows naturally.

4. Take care of yourself

As a busy parent, you constantly put yourself last and sacrifice for your family. While sacrifice is admirable, feeling frumpy and lacking self confidence kills your mood.

If you want to feel great and share a strong sex drive with your spouse, start by taking care of your body and mind.

5. Communicate the smart way

When couples get into a “romance rut” it’s because their communication has broken down. This is not only sucky in the moment, but it’s a dangerous slippery slope towards deep problems.

Good communication takes real skill – but it’s easy to learn and the payoff is, to put it simply, the marriage of your dreams.

Let me read your mind. You’re thinking:

“Super, I believe that this is WHAT I should do. The hard part is I don’t know HOW to actually do it!”

You’re thinking this for good reason. You’re super busy and frankly this sounds tough.

You know it’s worth it, but you’re not sure you can pull it off.

How to Actually Make It Happen

We’ve created a special workshop that leads you, step-by-step through a proven system to bring back the excitement of romance in your marriage.

This training is fun, completely actionable and totally focused on getting you the deep communication and intimacy you crave.

This program is your SWITCH:

Click here to get access to the Bring Back the Romance program

Whether you find this program helpful to you or not, please make the effort to keep the 5 key actions above a consistent part of your marriage.

No matter how busy life gets, keeping these actions in focus will keep your romance and live and well!

 

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7 Romantic Ideas For Struggling Couples

By Debi Walter | Romance

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Romance doesn’t come as naturally in marriage as one would think.

It’s similar to one in a canoe on the river.

Do nothing, and your relationship will drift.

It takes effort to go against the stream of life and romance your spouse.

Add to this struggles that are common in all marriages, and drift is nearly inevitable.

What can you do to forego it?

The answer is do something–any effort, no matter how small is going to help you keep from drifting apart even during the most difficult seasons.

I’ve compiled a list of struggles that we may or may not face at some point in our marriage. Along with each I’m providing a romantic idea you might consider to get romance in your relationship back on track.

I pray it will be a helpful tool.

  1. Financial Debt>>Plan an at-home date night that doesn’t require money. All you need is the time set aside without distractions.
  2. Illness>>Do something extra special to let your spouse know how much you care for them e.g. make them a hot toddy, diffuse an essential oil to counter their symptoms, fluff their pillow, buy them a special treat you know they’ll enjoy, give them the freedom and space to recover, watch something together on TV you know they’ll enjoy.
  3. Conflict>>Be the first to apologize. Make it sincere and thoughtful. Then, plan an evening of all their favorite things.
  4. Homesickness>>Plan an evening to celebrate all things from back home. e.g. Cook a special dish, watch a movie from their home town, reminisce together asking questions to help your spouse relive special memories, let your spouse know that you understand and care about how they’re feeling. Cheer them up in whatever way you know will make them smile. Plan a special dinner party to help relieve the sadness and build some new friendships.
  5. Parenting Problems>>Sometimes when our kids are causing a lot of tension in the marriage, it’s good to give each other a break. Give them a night out with friends or alone, whichever would mean the most to them. Not all romantic gestures include doing things together. It’s being thoughtful in a way that is special to your spouse.
  6. Job Stress>>Make a big deal of the weekend when it comes! Make a sign and put it in the garage saying “Welcome To Your Weekend!” Have their favorite celebration drinks and snacks available when they walk in the door. Plan some recreational activities over the weekend to help them feel as far away from their normal routine as possible.
  7. Boredom>>Plan a surprise and don’t tell them it’s coming; let discovering it be a part of the fun. Or you could tease them that something is coming, just to help them get out of the rut of boredom. Many times all it takes to get someone out of the doldrums is to blow a little surprising wind into their sails. When I’ve done this, I’ve enjoyed the surprise as much as Tom did discovering it.

The biggest part of romance is knowing your spouse well enough to anticipate their needs.

What is your spouse’s biggest challenge right now?

How could you help carry that burden for them? Once you answer that, then do it!

Your spouse will feel loved, and you can rest assured that your canoe will be heading in the right direction.

Viva la Romance!

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10 Ways Millennial Couples Can Spice Up Their Relationship

By Dustin | Romance

10 Ways Millennial Couples Can Spice Up Their Relationship.001Are you and your spouse struggling to keep your relationship alive in a world full of distractions (and amid your crazy schedules)?

Are your dates starting to feel more like a chore than something you both look forward to?

If you can totally relate to these situations, it’s time to change things up. Amp up your #relationshipgoals with these 10 ideas:

Display Your Wedding Photos Creatively at Home

Nothing is a better visual reminder of your lifetime commitment to each other than the collection of your wedding photos.

You can have your wedding photos printed as a collage on classy, professional-quality acrylic, canvas, or metal and hang it on your bedroom or living room wall.

Immortalize Your Love Story on a Photo Book

Are you the type of couple who constantly posts mushy Facebook statuses and photos?

While garnering a lot of likes and heart emojis seem to add a little excitement to your relationship, it’s not really helping that much.

In fact, several studies have shown that couples who frequently post about their partners on Facebook are those who feel insecure about their husband’s or wife’s affections, so there’s a need for them to share their happiness to the world. So work on that first before you even attempt to hit the “Post” button again.

You know what’s better than sharing your love story on Facebook? Have your best couple photos printed on a photo book.

This will help you reminisce privately about every single detail of your relationship’s beginnings and your romantic moments. Your photo book can live for generations to come, which is perfect to show to your future kids and inspire them with your love story.

Have Spontaneous Travels

Now is the perfect time to cross out some items in your couple travel bucket list.

Take a leave from work and explore places you’ve never been to! Visit romantic vacation spots, go on a road trip, or book a flight to your dream destination.

Relive the First Day You Met

Reliving the day when you first met your partner will definitely bring back your fondest memories as a couple!

If you started out as high school sweethearts, you can have a photo shoot wearing your old high school uniform or re-enacting a moment from your homecoming dance. You can also visit the place where you had your first date.

Savor the moment and be thankful that you’ve gone this far in your relationship from where it all started.

Do Crazy and Exciting Activities

Do something exciting and crazy together!

Go skydiving, eat exotic food, or experience a one-of-a-kind mud bath—anything that pleases and excites you as a couple. Overcome your fears together, just like what every couple should do.

Dine in a Fancy Restaurant Occasionally

Because of their busy lifestyle and the need to save money, millennial couples tend to eat home-cooked meals and fast food. But it doesn’t hurt to splurge on food occasionally if it means you’ll get to enjoy yourselves.

If you can afford it, why don’t you dine at a 5-Michelin-star restaurant on a random day? No special occasions needed; spontaneous date nights are always the best.

And hands off your phones, please!

Learn a New Skill Together

When you learn a new skill together, you hit two birds with one stone: you develop your skills individually and you get to bond more often. For example, if both of you happen to love sweets, sign up for a baking class.

If you don’t have enough time for a skill class, buy cheap, blank canvasses and paint portraits of each other. You can squeeze in a little messy (and hot) paint war, too.

Don’t Forget to Do Sweet Nothings

Leave your partner simple things that can brighten up his or her day. A simple good morning, prepared breakfast, or back rub can do wonders.

Always remember that even the littlest thing matters, especially if you want your partner to feel loved and cared for.

Binge-Watch Your Favorite Series

Got nothing to do on a Friday night? Your favorite series got you covered!

A Game of Thrones or a Stranger Things viewing marathon (or any series you both love) is perfect for relaxing (plus cuddling and snuggling) after a long week of work. Add in some popcorn and a tub of ice cream, too!

Have Sex Without Having Sex

Yes, you can have sex without intercourse.

Keep the passion alive by teasing your partner and showering him or her with kisses and long, warm hugs. A little foreplay will definitely build up excitement for both of you.

Always remember that making a relationship work entails a lot of team effort. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do together—as long as you enjoy yourselves and keep the fire of romance and intimacy burning, you’re on the right track.