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        November 3, 2010 -- Newsletter #38
  • "Raising the Bar on Date Night"
  • NEW! -- Advertise on
  • Face-to-Face Counseling/ Consulting Available Jan 2011
  • A Few Cabins Available -- Feb 2011 Couples Cruise
  • Weekly "Intimacy Education" -- Over 50 Episodes of "The Marital Intimacy Show"
  • The WIN International Women's Day
  • Stay in Touch on Facebook & Twitter
  • Send Your Couple Photos -- Anniversary Inn Giveaway!
  • Newsletter Archive

Date Night"Raising the Bar on Date Night"

by Laura M. Brotherson
Date night is simply one of the best things couples can do for their marriage. It nourishes the relationship mentally, emotionally, socially, and even sexually
(...if you're lucky!)
Couples generally do the best they can when it comes to having a date night, so I really hate to be too hard on them about it. But it may be time to step it up a notch. Consider these four rules for raising the bar on date night:

1. No Cell Phones or Other Electronic Devices

Even if your phone is a major part of your job, surely it can wait for you and your spouse to have a few hours of uninterrupted couple time once a week. If you are always on your phone, just imagine what a powerful message it will be to your honey for you to "just say no" to your phone for a few hours.

I hope it goes without saying that you do not ever play a video game on your cell phone during date night unless that happens to be what you and your spouse are doing together on your date.

And when you happen to go online to check movie times or the address for the restaurant don't check your email, or the news, or your social networking sites or anything else. Date night is for connecting with your spouse not your cell phone! : )

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Cherry Lane Counseling Center

Face-to-Face Counseling/Consulting - Available Jan 2011

Counseling, Coaching & Consultations

Starting in January 2011 Laura will be available for face-to-face counseling, coaching and consultations for couples, families, and individuals at her "Marital Intimacy Institute" office in Cherry Lane Counseling Center (Boise, Idaho). During Laura's internship (Jan to Sep 2011) she will have a reduced session rate of just $50/hour.

Marital Intimacy InstituteSome of Laura's clinical specialties include:
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling & Enrichment
  • Relationship Skill Building
  • Couple Communication
  • Conflict Resolution (…money, sex, parenting, housework, time, etc.)
  • Sex & Intimacy Questions/Issues
  • Depression
  • Family/Parent-Child Relationships
  • Parent Education & Support
For those not in the Boise area phone consultations with Laura will be available again soon at her regular fee of $120/hour.

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Couples Cruise

You're in Luck! A Few Cabins Now Available --

Feb 2011 Couples' Cruise

If you thought you had missed your chance to join us on our 4th annual Couples Valentine's Cruise -- today is your lucky day! A few additional cabins have come available, so jump on board for the time of your life! What a wonderfully fun way to strengthen your marriage!
Join us in the beautiful Eastern/Southern Caribbean for our Couples' Valentine’s Cruise, February 6-13, 2011. It's marriage enrichment at sea with headliner Laura M. Brotherson, Author of "And They Were Not Ashamed -- Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment" and Host of "The Marital Intimacy Show" on The Women's Information Network (The WIN).
This fabulously fun Couples' Cruise sets sail on the Norwegian Pearl for 7 romantic days. Leaving from Miami, we'll visit the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Tortola and the Bahamas. This couples cruise includes marriage enrichment seminars on the days at sea, group dinners, group excursions ... and so much more for just $599 (+ taxes) per person. Don't miss out!
Check out Cruise Details and Fun Photos from past cruises here!

The Marital Intimacy ShowWeekly Intimacy Education -- Over 50 Episodes! "The Marital Intimacy Show"

#1 Show on The WIN

Get a fun, weekly dose of "intimacy education" by listening to brief episodes of "The Marital Intimacy Show" every week. You can listen online or you can download the episodes to take them with you.  (Remember it's adult information! : )

through email to "The Marital Intimacy Show" so you won't miss an episode. This is intimate information for your marriage that you just won't get anywhere else! Here are our latest episodes:
  • #051  The Agony and the Ecstasy of ONEness in Marriage
  • #050  What's Up with the Bait and Switch in Marriage? -- Q&A, Part 2
  • #049  What’s Up with the Bait and Switch in Marriage? — Q&A, Part 1
  • #048  The Importance, Inhibitors and Intricacies of Intimacy
  • #047  Good Girls Do! Countering the Good Girl Syndrome in Marriage
  • #046  Why I Wrote the Book ‘And They Were Not Ashamed– Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment’
  • #045  Raising the Bar on Date Night
  • #044  No, May Not Always Mean No
  • #043  Let’s Play 20 Questions
  • #042  Five Key Times to Talk to Your Kids about Sex — Part 2
  • #041  Five Key Times to Talk to Your Kids about Sex — Part 1
  • #040  Lovemaking: When Couples Have Teens at Home — Q&A
  • #039  Overcoming The Good Girl Syndrome
  • #038  The Good Girl Syndrome
  • #037  Beating the Body Image Blues: Part 3 — Making Peace with Your Body
  • #036  Beating the Body Image Blues: Part 2 — Emotional Eating
  • #035  Beating the Body Image Blues: Part 1 — What is Real
  • #034  Body Image and Lovemaking — Part 2
  • #033  Body Image and Lovemaking — Part 1
  • #032  Husbands, Housework, Divorce and Sex
  • #031  Sharing Fantasies — Q&A
  • #030  I Am a Sexual Being, and It’s Good–Developing a Sexual Identity
  • #029  A Quickie about Quickies
Click here for a "Quick List" of all "Marital Intimacy Show" episodes


The Women's Information Network (The WIN)The Women's Information Network

"The Largest Gathering of Women in the History of the World!"

The Women's Information Network ( is joining with hundreds of women's organizations worldwide to create a historical event ~ larger than any gathering of women in history! See and click on "Count Me!" to be in the world's record. Save the date ~ March 8, 2011.

I’m honored to be a WIN Show Host ("The Marital Intimacy Show") and thrilled about the mission of The WIN ~ to strengthen women and families worldwide. Click here to learn more about The Women's Information Network!

Stay in Touch on Facebook and Twitter

It's unfortunately quite a bit more difficult to keep in touch as regularly as we'd like through these newsletters alone, so we'd love to connect up with each of you who are on Facebook and/or Twitter. These social media outlets have made it so easy to be able to interact and share bite-sized pieces of information and updates in our efforts to help strengthen marriages. We hope you will join the fun on our Facebook Pages and/or on Twitter. You can simply click the "Like" buttons on this page to connect up quickly and easily! We'll see you there!

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Send Your Couple Photos -- Anniversary Inn Giveaway!

Couples Photos
Send us your favorite couple photo for a chance to win a FREE one-night stay at the romantic Anniversary Inn of your choice, in the suite of your choice! (Valued up to $289).

To enter the drawing, send us your favorite husband/wife photo by Tuesday, February 15th, 2011. Even if you’ve sent one before we’d love a newly updated photo. So, send your favorite (uncropped, 300 dpi/high res) photo with your first names, and how many years you’ve been married.

The lucky couple will be contacted by the end of February through email, and also announced on our website. 
Even if you aren’t selected as the winner of this Valentine’s Day giveaway, you can still be a winner by reserving a room at The Anniversary Inn for you and your honey!
Click here -- “Couples Photos” Page
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Newsletter Archive

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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:

    "The Lost Art of Kissing" -- Marriage Newsletter #37 (Mar '10)



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