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Dec. 9, 2009 -- Newsletter #36
  • Give the Gift of Thoughtfulness
  • 12 Days of Giveaways at "The WIN" -- The Marital Intimacy Show
  • Couple Photos and an  Anniversary Inn Giveaway
  • Staying Connected to Strengthening Marriage, Inc.
  • Sexual Intimacy Workshops
  • Loving Wives Club & Romantic Christmas Gifts
  • Newsletter Archive

couple Christmas gift"Give the Gift of Thoughtfulness"

by Laura M. Brotherson
Spend more time thinking about her, and her wants and needs than your own. 

Hey Guys! My husband had a great suggestion for men's gift-giving this Christmas! ... Be Thoughtful!

How? How about getting your wife's Christmas gift before Christmas Eve! It's amazing how "when" the gift was purchased might actually mean more to your wife than "what" was purchased. The earlier you purchase the gift the more it says, "I'm thinking of you" and "You're important to me!"

How about spending more time thinking about the big-screen TV (I mean...your wife) than the big-screen TV. It's hard to get your wants off center-stage, but putting your wife's wants/needs first may be a good investment.

I was going to suggest that you guys spend some time thinking about and maybe even jotting down some thoughts about your wife--her likes, her dislikes, anything she's mentioned in passing in the last while as a gift possibility. But my husband said I ought to scrap that, and just ask her what she wants.

If you're wife is like me, though, you don't get as many points if it's not a surprise, so maybe ask for a list of multiple (specific) gift ideas, so that you can get one exactly right. (Women, help him out by making it as easy as possible for you to be delighted Christmas morning!)

Gift Ideas

Here are a few gift ideas to get you started:

  • 12-days of thoughtful acts
  • A couple hours of housecleaning
  • A pedicure
  • A gift certificate to her favorite store
  • A professional massage
  • Her choice of household projects for you to complete without complaint
  • A day to herself
  • An overnight getaway with YOU!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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12 Days of Giveaways -- The WIN

Join the Women's Information Network (The WIN) for a free gift as well as fabulous daily giveaways!The Women's Information Network

Most of you are probably already familiar with The Women’s Information Network (The WIN), the company that produces my new online audiocast “The Marital Intimacy Show.”

“The WIN” will be giving away great gifts to ALL website visitors during their Online Launch ”12 Days of Giveaways” thru December 12th. Get yourself to The WIN, and click on the "Sign In" or "Join our Community" links in the header (it's free) to receive two great gifts and a chance for many more.

You'll also be able to enjoy all the many opportunities and benefits The WIN has to offer. You might even win a copy of my book And They Were Not Ashamed – Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment.

The WIN is an incredible new online resource for women (and men) worldwide. It is a community of women helping women with a mission to “Strengthen Women and Families Worldwide.” I believe The Women’s Information Network is positioned to be the Premier Media and Social Network for Women.

On their website you’ll find hundreds of audio and video shows in addition to mine -- "The Marital Intimacy Show" presented by experts on a wide variety of topics, as well as quality articles, great social networking, and an online TV show (The WIN Show).

Click here to view my appearance on The WIN Show.

The Marital Intimacy Show

The Marital Intimacy Show (TMIS) 

Don't miss out! Subscribe to The Marital Intimacy Show and receive an email when each new episode is posted.
With The Marital Intimacy Show topics like the following, you won't want to miss a single episode. You can download the shows, listen to them online, or subscribe through Email, RSS feeds and/or iTunes.
  • Tiger Woods, Marriage and Infidelity
  • Steps to Strengthen Your Marriage Sexually
  • Affair Proofing Your Marriage
  • Overcoming Obstacles of the “Big O”
  • Jumpstarting Your Marriage
  • Secrets of Sexually Satisfied Wives
  • Divorce Proofing Your Marriage

Couples PhotosCouple Photos and a Romantic "Anniversary Inn" Giveaway

Win a Romantic Getaway to The Anniversary Inn with Your Favorite Couple Photos.


Send us your favorite couple photo for a chance to win a FREE one-night stay at the beautiful Anniversary Inn of your choice, in the suite of your choice! (Valued up to $289.)
In addition to the luxury of spending focused time and attention on each other, you'll enjoy the relaxing in-room jacuzzi, complimentary cheesecake, sparkling apple cider, and a delicious freshly baked breakfast delivered right to your door.

To enter the drawing, send us a favorite photo of you and your spouse by Saturday, February 13th, 2010. The lucky couple will be contacted by email, and then announced in our "Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage" newsletter and on Laura's Strengthening Marriage Blog.

Perfect Marriage NOT Required!

Remember, you don't have to have a perfect marriage to send us your photo. And we'd love a newly updated photo even if you've sent one before. Send your favorite (uncropped, 300dpi/high res) photo with your first names, and how many years you've been married. Anniversary Inn
Even if you aren't selected as the winner of this upcoming Valentine's Day giveaway, you can still be a winner by reserving a room at The Anniversary Inn for you and your sweetheart!
Shhhh! This is my Christmas gift to my honey this year! I can't wait! It's a gift for me too! Check out all the fun suites and reserve yours today! You'll love this place!

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Laura BrothersonStaying Connected to 
Strengthening Marriage, Inc. 

Many of you have expressed a desire for more frequent contact. These "Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage" newsletters are currently coming to you every few months, though we hope to increase that frequency.
Thankfully there are additional quick and easy ways to stay connected and receive marriage strengthening insights and inspiration, as well as updates on our strengthening marriage efforts.

Let's stay better connected as we move onward and upward in strengthening marriages and families. Many exciting things await! We encourage you to connect with us in as many of the following ways that you can:

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Loving Wives Club &
Romantic Christmas Gifts

It isn’t everyday that you find great, fun, and respectful gift ideas that enhance the intimate relationship of marriage. is one of those great places to find ideas and motivation to strengthen the intimate connection between husband and wife.
Loving Wives Club
You’ll love the Love2Romance “Loving Wives Club!” The “Loving Wives Club” makes it easy for you to keep your husband more emotionally connected to you! They provide monthly digital romance prompts sent via email to help you inject fun and playfulness into your relationship.

Merry Christmas Deer Kits
You'll also love the Love2Romance “Merry Christmas Deer Kits.” The kit makes it so easy to give your man the gift he really wants…YOU, with all the holiday wrappings! It's sure to make this the most romantic Christmas ever.
We’ve had a chance to experience the Christmas Deer Kit ourselves, and definitely think it will make for a very FUN and ROMANTIC Christmas! Check it out here.

GREAT NEWS! -- 7 Great Gifts to Giveaway

We've just been offered five Loving Wives Club memberships ($29.99 value) and two "Merry Christmas Deer Digital Kits" ($24.99 value) to giveaway to YOU! 

Send us an email (by Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009) at and tell us what you think about the Loving Wives Club and the Christmas Deer Kits. We'll choose the lucky recipients of the gifts and contact them by email as well as post the winners on our blog.

newsletter imageNewsletter Archive

Stay tuned for more intimacy insights in upcoming Strengthening Marriage Newsletters ... ! Click here to visit the e-Newsletter archive. If you missed the last newsletter, you can catch it here:

     "Characteristics of a Healthy Intimate Relationship" -- Marriage Newsletter #35 (Sep '09)



"Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage" newsletters are created to strengthen marriages intimately and build strong families--written by Laura M. Brotherson, intimacy expert and bestselling author of the book "And They Were Not Ashamed - Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment."
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