Archive for September, 2012

Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.

Do you and your spouse work out together?

Categories: dating, fitness, marriage


We live in an active community, and I know a number of couples who share both marital love and a love of the same physical activities. One couple runs together and they both race. Another couple like mountain biking on rugged trails and entering mountain biking events. Yet another couple enjoys hockey and play in the same league.

My husband and I … are nothing like them.

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Date Ideas For The Fall

Categories: dating

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The temperatures are cooling and the official first day of fall is just around the corner. Those long walks on the beach after a dinner out don’t have to end, you just have to trade out your breezy summer dress for jeans and a long-sleeved top. Here are a few other ideas:

What are your worst household habits?

Categories: marriage

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A few weeks ago, Linda highlighted her husband’s annoying household fails and I had a good chuckle. Today, she confessed to her own bad household habits and I had another laugh, because ME TOO.

My husband shares a few of the habits that her husband has. The one that drives me the most crazy is when I’ll text him and get no response, even though I know that his phone never leaves his side. Or when he’ll ask me something on gChat, I’ll respond and ask him something back and then … crickets. (It’s not a household thing, but it still drives me insane.)

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15 ways to stay married for fifteen years

Categories: marriage

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My friend Jen sent me a link to this Huffington Post article titled ‘15 Ways To Stay Married for Fifteen Years’ last night and I almost cheered out loud. I’ve lamented before that it’s hard to find content online that supports marriage, and this article is a great one. It had me at point number one: Go to bed mad. I agree.

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Things You Should Never Say To Your Spouse

Categories: communication, marriage

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After my husband and I got engaged, we took part in a pre-marital course where they partner you with a ‘mentor’ couple and we worked through topics like communication and finances, etc. (Another couple in the group cracked us up because while the girl had been living on her own for a few years, her fiance was a University student who lived at home with his parents. In the budgeting session, he estimated that their monthly grocery bill would be $250. Haaaaaaaaaa.)

Our mentor couple had us over for dinner one night and gave us some valuable communication tips tha we still use today (including the fact that it’s okay to go to bed angry - things always look better in the morning). Here are a few of them.

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