Friday, October 2, 2009

We've got a bouquet just for you!

On October 12th (Columbus Day) Brooke and I will have been married for 13 years. So whats this mean to you? If you leave me a positive relationship tip or a favorite thing about YOUR relationship AND (yes there's always a catch!) leave a different one for Brooke, we'll give you two (2) chances to win, the nice, fresh and wonderful bouquet pictured below. It contains 13 Fat Quarters of funky prints. Having trouble thinking of a tip? Well lemme help you..

Greg's relationship tips:

1. Men, Every night before going to bed recite the Man's Prayer. "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess." Thanks to Red Green for that prayer. It helps, believe me!

2. Always have more than 1 quilt on the bed, that way you each have one and no one gets cold, you can always snuggle under both quilts and you don't have to worry about your partner hogging the quilt! (okay so we have 4 quilts on the bed!)

Look it! Arn't them pretty?

Rules, regulations, conditions, catches(you didn't think it'd be THAT easy did you?).

1 comment= 1 entry

2 comments (1 on EACH blog) = 2 entries

must be POSITIVE tip

we must have way to contact you, if you are a no reply blog reader leave your email address.

give away entries must be received by 12:00 pm (central time) on October 12th.

New followers are always welcome, but will not increase your chance of winning

We'd love for you to blog about our bouquet and tip request, but it won't help your chances of winning.

There's a lot of conditions right?

No purchase required

Batteries not included

No refunds if raining

Must be able to leave a comment (or 2)

Crystal vase not included

Almost done now.

Free cat if you want one (just kidding)

International Bloggers welcome (we'll ship worldwide!!)

Winner drawn October 12th.


  1. Ha Ha... I'm the first!!!!

    Okay, here's a tip:
    Bite your tongue, when you'd like to really SNAP BACK with a sarcastic remark and ask yourself, "If we were in the middle of a MAJOR CASTASTROPHY... would this little thing be important?!?!?"

    Tks for the contest!

    Rosa Robichaud

  2. Always remember that as a man, even if you are POSITIVE you are right, admit that you are wrong. Then say, "I love you"
    If you can do puppydog eyes it helps.

    (I think that was positive- I went back and added "positive" just to be sure! LOL)

  3. Okay......if YOUR sewing machine breaks down and you are quite sure Brooke isn't using HERS, be sure to ask anyway before you use it.....nothing like wanting to sew and finding someone is using your machine without permission!!! (LOL...figured you'd understand why broken sewing machines come to my mind right away!!!) Congrats on your upcoming anniversary, too. Now...let me go and find Brooke's blog. She seems to be "quieter" than you so I"m not on her blog as often.....fewer posts by her than you. (Hmmmm......maybe I can guess who is the "loudmouth" in that relationship??? hehehe)

  4. I love Gene's tip ... LOL

    The thing I love about my partner, he understand how important my creative, obsessive hobby is to me and is happy to let me 'be' giving me time, space and encouragement.

    Congratulations to both of you!

  5. On a funny note.. For Greg. Women are hard to deal with sometimes. We are spoiled..And it is you guys faults for spoiling us so.. If you just go along with us and do what we want you wont have a minutes worth of problems. It works here!!!
    Serious note to Brooke. Remember what Erma Brombeck said" If I had my life to live over I would use the good china, burn the good candles and so forth. Think about if you were not going to be here what would you do. Things that used to matter that we cussed and fussed to our husbands would not even matter. Treat them like today is the last day on earth for you. I try to treat Gary like he is king of this hill in Locust Fork. I try to make him feel like he is the only man on earth and if needed my claws would come out like a cat and I would fight for him with all my might to protect. Greg treat Brooke like a Princess, I would say Queen but they are older. Even during her bitchy days. You know when we really think about it.. We are not here long on earth. We should take every second and enjoy it and live to make our partners happy. If you make your wife happy you will be happy. If she makes you happy she will be happy. It is that simple. I don't understand why two people want to marry and bitch and gripe and have a horrible life. We are one when we marry and we should work to make that combination the best on earth. I know we try and we have a fabulous relationship. Yes we fuss sometimes, Yes we get on each others nerves sometimes but when it comes down to it we love each other more than anything on this earth and daily we strive to make the other ones life perfect and by that we have a good life.

  6. Congratulations to you both! 13 years is definitely reason to celebrate (doesn't seem like it's been that long though, has it?)...years ago someone took my husband aside and told him that the the home is an extension of the woman's identity, that really has never been an issue. However, he has also taken that to mean that my creative space, the piles of fabric that occupy it and my need to buy more are also an extension of my identity...and he loves me for it anyway!

  7. Greg first let me say Congrats on 13 years!

    One thing I have learned in my 15 years of marriage is be honest with each other, don't keep secrets. I mean be tactful ( I am sure that could be a challenge for you Greg ;O) )
    but share what's going on in your life.

    Great giveaway by the way.

  8. From time to time, she NEEDS to know you ADORE her and you couldn't get along without her, and you are so glad you married her! Speak it and act it out....
    Happy anniversary!

  9. Congratulations on your wonderful relationship of 13 years.

    My tip is:

    Never disagree in front of the kids when it's a question of dicipline. It solidifies the relationship, believe me.

  10. My favorite thing about my relationship is that it is with me. I find myself to be pretty good company, I like spending my money how I want, and I like taking up the whole bed. What you have is very special, you both know what it takes and are willing to do it. My advice Don't screw it up!

  11. Hi Greg, nice giveaway and congratulations on the 13 years. I think one of the biggest things that lacked in my relationship was the date nite. I think spending time with just Brooke on a weekly basis doing something special even if it is just a cup of coffee from the gas station and sitting on the beach. Knowing that she has your undivided attention and you did this just for her. Make it fun and make it special. By meeting for a date nite your opening the lines of communication, showing her she is special and that you want to be with her even whn she isn't cooking and cleaning.

  12. Congratulations on the 13 years!

    Always kiss each other when one of you is leaving the house. Treat each as politely & friendly as you would your best friend.

    Thanks for the chance to win the lovely bouquet!

  13. Don't sweat the small things. Life is too short and in short time you will have forgotten all about them. Focus on positioning the big rocks, and let the pebbles and sand fill the voids as they see fit.

  14. After 27 years, I can give you several tips,
    Pick your battles is as true with children and husbands.
    Call if you are going to be late.
    Don't keep anything from your spouse.
    Remember you are in this together, discuss and rely on each other. Sometimes it is you against the kids, stick together.

  15. Here's my tip.....
    If at first you don't succeed....try doing it the way your wife told you!!!
    My husband reminds me that this is why our marriage is so successful!!!
    Happy days!
    'o) Wendy B

  16. Hola amiga, Lo que mas me gusta de la relacion matrimonial: ummmmm Dejeme pensar llevamos 25 años caminando juntos y aun PUEDE DECIR te amo, eso me encanta.También sigue sin enjuagar la pileta del baño luego de afeitarse, pero ya estoy preparada y puedo disculparlo, ja me ha ganado por cansancio,.
    Anoteme En su sorteo, mi mail: quilteranqn arroba

  17. Aunque no me entrada extra, me hice su seguidora y me encantan las personas divertidas que Pueden reirse de si MISMAS desvalorizarse pecado.

  18. Greg, Congratulations to you and Brooke.. Don't have kids it will save your marriage.. LOL No, just kidding. Always treat Brooke like your best friend. Sometimes we take each other for granted.

  19. Greg, you and Brooke will probably never believe me, but on October 12th, my husband and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary. Holy snikes. At any rate, if you're willing to take advice from a relative marriage newb, it would be this: let your wife continue to be a back/front seat driver. It relieves her stress, and really, you ARE going to wrong way.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Congratulations. I had my husband read the book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" and it was an eye-opener to him. Of course, it was an eye-opener to me first. But now we both have some key words we use with each other when things get tough. We've learned to step back and let the other calm down, and we've learned that vital point "he can't read my mind, and I can't read his." We don't put those stresses on each other any longer.


  21. OK,Greg: No sarcasm,no put downs, just r-e-s-p-e-c-t,always.
    Brooke: ALWAYS kiss your love goodnite. If you can't do it, get the problem solved so that you can. And share the remote - both of you!
    AND, remember that you are a team. We have been one for nearly 35 years.

  22. Hi Greg!! I think it's important to keep a light mood in a relationship. While trust and maturity are important we have to keep in mind to be lighthearted.

    To love someone supposed to make us happy; many of us often forget this simple fact and end up getting nothing but grief and stress.

    So please be sure that you can joke with Brooke, and that she can poke fun at you too...

    Congrats to both of you and God Bless,

    Have a great week,



  23. Treat her like your queen and she will behave like your queen. Congratulations.

  24. Let each other have your hobbies and don't complain when one person or the other buys a new toy for that hobby.
    Thanks for the chance.

  25. Hubby and I have been married 38 years this December. My advice is ===

    Before you argue ask yourself if it will make a difference in 6 hours?6 days?6 months? Then proceed. Some things are worth fighting for...some are not... pick your battles.

  26. Happy anniversary, Greg! My husband and I have 23 years under our belts, and I credit at least some of this to the advice offered by some of your readers above: Waking in the morning with an anger hangover is not healthy for a happy marriage. Solve any disagreements before bed; you will both feel so much better if you do. Keep up the good work!

  27. Congratulations on 13 years together. One tip I can think of is if she ever asks if a dress, pants, jeans, etc..make me look fat. SAY NO, you look great the way you are.

  28. Wow, 13 years! Love your blog! My tip for you...surprise Brooke once in a while. Dinner, fabric, flowers, what ever you think she would like. Kevin surprises me regularly (like with this laptop I am blogging on!)

  29. Find a way to compliment your partner sincerely every day. This is for both men and women!!
    Happy Anniversary!

  30. We both came from families that didn't have a successful marriage record, and lacked role models. But, as we've now had 22 happily ever after years together, here are our tips:

    1) Find role models for what you want your marrage to be
    2) One of our role model couples taught us the importance of "dates". They went to movies every week. We don't date weekly, but we do make a point to block time to spend with just each other
    3) Support each other. Freely say positive & thoughtful words. Watch harsh words and realize it is ok to say something to the other when harsh words are shared.
    4) Realize it is ok to give each other performance evaluations on an annual basis. Talk about the areas that work well in your marrage vs those that you may want to see improvements.
    5) Say I love you, hug & kiss frequently.
    6) Avoid being around negative people, especially those that are willing to give up on a marriage/relationship too quickly.

    Lastly, enjoy every anniversary and realize how special they are. Congratulations on your 13 years together. Time flies so quickly, but the memories will always be with you. Make them special treasures.


  31. Hello Greg, well I don't really know, if it's a possitive tip, but it works, once a month have a date with Brooke, for a evening or the night, no more people involved and no cell phones, just your time and hers, you can have that special date even in your house,happy 13th aniversary to both of you!, and... I don't want the free cat, lol!

  32. My tip for you, Greg. Women are not always right, but they don't want you to point that out!

    Happy Anniversary!

  33. Happy Anniversary! Okay Greg, here is a tip for you. My hubby always says - "divorce" is not an option! If there is no way out, then there is always a way to work out your problems :-) Give your wife a kiss and tell her you love her. No better advise then that!

  34. If you let your wife drive, keep your comments about how you would of gone to yourself. It will make for a much nicer ride and you won't end up walking.

  35. Take her to dinner for no reason. I love when hubbie, says those three little words "lets go out"


  36. yes them is perty greg!! I love fabric of all kinds. I bought a piece yesterday that i could not live without from Hobby Lobby. They have som really cute novelty fabrics and that is my fav.

  37. love the bouquet. tell her dinner was great even if it was just grilled cheese!

  38. Always be positive and sincere . . . if you can't be positive, at least be honest in a good, constructive way. First time to visit - I'll be back soon to see more. - Marlene


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