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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Brooke Reynolds: "My Secret to a Happy Marriage"

Take a mini-moon. Frequently. Mini-moons originated with my parents who were married between the fall and winter break in college, and so didn't have time for a proper honeymoon. To make up for it, they took little vacations they called "mini-moons," where they would leave their six kids in the hands of a capable babysitter and spend a weekend away.

Following in my parents' footsteps, my husband John and I have recently begun taking mini-moons of our own. We actually have to force ourselves to plan a few days where we can ditch work, leave the kids and spend the weekend however we'd like.

Visit a city you've never been to before, check out that B&B you saw online, drive to the next town up the road and pretend you're far from home. It needn't be expensive or elaborate, just a few days to refocus and reconnect.


-- Brooke Reynolds, Inchmark

28 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

My husband and I never quite had a honeymoon either so we do mini-moons... we just call them day-cations hehe :)

Jaeve + Things said...

Yes! Getting away for even just a weekend, just the two of you, is always good for the relationship. Not enough marrieds do this! My parents started doing it when their marriage was on the rocks and I think it's what helped save them.

Laura Trevey said...

awe... I heart that sweet photo...

joanita said...

exactly my thoughts. mini moons are the way to go (esp. in our recession today...) a mini moon can be a trip to the park with some wine & cheese you brought from home! budget friendly is what its all about...
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The Wanderers' Daughter said...

An excellent policy. I find that there is no one thing in our life more invigorating and rejuvenating to our relationship than the trips we go on (be they 100 miles or 1000). We always fall more deeply in love when we travel together. Except, since we have only one child (and since she's a terrific traveler) we always take our trips as a family of three. It's different with an only child, I think.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I love this!! Marriage is work, and it is fun to do little sporadic things like this :)

Beach Vintage said...

I love this idea of mini moons. Even sounds romantic.

sara said...

minimoons sound so sweet and romantic. what a cute idea!
xx

iheartkiwi said...

oh consider this advice taken... kiwi and i have to wait for december to go on our honeymoon because of school restraints!

i'm going to start planning our first mini-moon right away!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Lovely shot. I do love the sound of minimoons but in my case it would have to be a miniminimoon! xx

The Lil Bee said...

I love this idea. We've got our first one on the way any day now and have not taken a vacation in quite some time. Mini-moons seem doable, spontaneous, and a lot of fun. Totally stealing this one!!

Joan said...

I love this idea! And the picture is just beautiful!

baballa said...

i love this idea, but with kids is not always possible!!!

Marion C. said...

Your lovely blog is my daily candy since a long time now. Although I am not married (yet) I really like those romantic testimonies. Very good idea.

Antonio Barros said...

This is a good idea!

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Teresa said...

I love this idea.

Ali said...

We go once a year, in November. I look forward to it so so much.

Cheryl said...

What a nice idea. I think especially when you have children it's vital to get away to have time solo to enjoy.

sara said...

Our favorite little trip was when we got on the train and went a whole 30 minutes to Manhattan for the weekend. Talk about relaxing! Being in the city with no kids and no deadlines was deluxe, plus we were close so we knew if anything went wrong, we could be home in a second.

Great tip, Brooke.

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Stacy West said...

Compromise.
You are partners, not competitors. Always communicate openly and honestly.
Consider the other person's feelings.
Make each other laugh.
Don't expect him or her to read your mind.

Sarah said...

Taking a mini moon is brilliant advice. When my hubby and I married a year ago, we took a long drive up the Blue Ridge parkway from our wedding in VA, and stopped wherever we fancied. We honeymooned a few months later in Mexico, but this little trip started a tradition of little trips, day trips and drives that have been our window to the world together.

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Sildenafil said...

I have been reading your posts about your secrets to a happy marriage and I have to thank you for the great tips and pieces of advice you have given, they really work!

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