• A Sure Fire Date Night Idea

    You ready for some football?  Fan or not, the energy of a football game can make for some serious fun.  I grew up going to football games, especially the bigger ones.  From my experience, there is nothing better than hanging out with your spouse when they are all spruced up...

  • Enrich Your Life by Opening Up Your Home

    Americans are more isolated than ever before.  We spend more time by ourselves and have fewer and fewer guests into our homes.  I was at a friend’s house recently and asked him about his neighbors.   He said he really didn’t know them despite living next to them for the past...

  • Improving Your Life in Just 5 Minutes

    Your life can get better, even it means changing your daily routine by just five minutes. Do you believe this? Sometimes, our lives are hectic.  At other times they can become routine, boring, even a grind.  But when we stop and look around, the world around us is pretty amazing. ...

  • How to Get Things Right in Your Marriage

    Marriages fail, but yours doesn’t have to.  They fail because couples forget the value of having fun.  They allow the demands of life to get in the way of just taking a break now and then and having some fun together. If you’ve ever seen the show Parks & Recreation,...

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    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug

    2 Minutes to Make a Difference – A Personal Request from Doug I just need 2 minutes of your time. If you are a loyal reader of my blog, you know I typically write about topics that make a difference in the lives of couples and their families. This week...

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    4 Easy Steps To Sanity

    4 Easy Steps To Sanity Summer vacations are all but over, schools are ramping back up, and fall is right around the corner. Anyone depressed yet? Well, if fall is in on your mind, then that probably means you’re thinking, like me, that it’s time to get everyone focused. If...

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    Make Going Back To School A Positive Experience

    Make Going Back To School A Positive Experience Last week I told you I was heading to Chattanooga Tennessee for a family getaway before the craziness of going back to school set in. The trip was a big hit. If you’ve never been there I highly recommend it. All those...

  • Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Awaken Your Marriage

    Outdoor Date Ideas That Will Awaken Your Marriage This week I have the pleasure of heading down to Chattanooga, Tennessee to spend a few days with my family in the great outdoors. With the start of school right around the corner, I am looking forward to having some family time...

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    Be More Bold In Your Marriage

    Think about this: if you want a marriage that lasts, you have to be willing to be bold now and then. It may require you to take a risk, take a leap of faith, or do something you’ve never done before. But in the long run, it may be the...

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    Add A Splash To Your Summer With Free Activities

    Everyone appreciates something free every once in awhile, especially when it involves the family. I spend a small fortune every time I take my family of six out for dinner and if I add a movie to the mix, forget about it! That amount more than doubles! (Please tell me...