Amp up the love, romance, and beauty in your life!
Rest assured this is not a book about how to buy your way to a more romantic life. Money stress is anti-romance. Instead, we are here to help you create a more romantic life and make the most of what you already have.
The ideas and suggestions collected here are not always about dewy-eyed romance, but also about compromise, and having positive experiences that bond you as a couple. A few examples include:
Your Turn to Choose—do something your partner loves, even if you aren’t as enthusiastic about it. Maybe you can attend a musical one night, and visit a brewery the next. Mix it up!
Pick-a-Date—using small scraps of paper, each of you should write out twenty ideas on how to spend a day, an evening, or even an hour. Ideas could include “pack a picnic and go to the park,” or “go to that restaurant we’ve been wanting to try,” or even “have a movie marathon at home.” Fill a jar with the pieces of paper, shake it up, and pull out an idea when it’s time for a date!
Get a Smaller Bed—lounging on a huge, king-size bed might seem like an ultimate couples’ goal, but in any kind of small space you need to work things out and come to an agreement faster than if there was room to spread out and get away from each other.
Though Valentine’s Day has been around for centuries, it’s become so commercialized it can be easy to feel wiped out after the onslaught of advertisements. So hey, take back your power—celebrate every day instead! This book will offer fresh ideas and inspire you to see the romance in everyday life.
Jennifer Basye Sander was a senior editor at Random House and now coaches writers at all levels to develop their ideas into books. She coauthored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published. Jennifer teaches nonfiction writing and publishing at community colleges in California, and is an adjunct professor for the MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in Washington. She lives in Sacramento, California.