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May 23, 2018

Benefits of being married. It’s getting close to your big day, and you’ll be married to the man you love. There is a special kind of love between a husband and wife who have gotten comfortable with each other that is priceless. Good luck to you and may you thoroughly enjoy that priceless love with your husband. 

You’ll have a live-in spider killer. 
Someone will always be around to reach the top shelves in the kitchen for those yummy menus. 
You’ll live longer; studies have shown married couples live longer.  
You’ll always get a Valentine’s Day present…and an anniversary present! 
Your husband is like a built-in toe warmer waiting on the other side of the bed. 
You will always have someone to share your deepest secrets with. 
You’ll have a dishes-doing partner…and a dance partner. 
There’s always someone to wake up if you have a creepy dream. 
You’ll have someone to support you in all things. 
Having someone there to bring you soup when you’re sick. 
Starting a family with the man you adore.
Having a husband is like having a handyman on-call 24-hours a day.
Gaining a whole extra family that you’ll love and who will love you.
Knowing that someone always has your back.
You’ll have a Sunday morning newspaper-reading partner.
He’ll be your partner in crime.
It’s nice having someone who knows you as well as you know yourself.
Two heads are better than one, especially when you’re coming up with excuses for staying home from work, getting out of a prior obligation, etc.
You always have a date on Friday and Saturday night.
Someone is always there to share laughs with.
Looking forward to your husband walking in at the end of the day.
You’ll have someone to try new recipes on…and someone to tell you how your butt looks in those jeans!
(Bonus). You get to grow old together and still do fun stuff! 


Mondays are notorious for being little rough, so to ease into the week with these 3 small relationship indulgences - a gentle stroll down memory lane.  

Here's your challenge: Go into your digital archives and bring few of your favourite couple's memories to life! It's all good and well to have your pictures stored in a folder on your computer, but it's about time you print a few of those lovely images to remind you of the beautiful moments you've shared along the way. 

To get the creative juices flowing, treat yourself to a glass of Van Loveren Papillon Non-Alcoholic sparkling wine or a Dom Pedro made with Van Loveren Four Cousins Marula Cream. 

How you bring your images to life is up to you. You can either create a photo book on a handy digital platform and order the hard-copy version for delivery, or you can simply print out a few images on your home printer and start a scrapbook that you can add to over time. 

This way you can also add little notes to remind yourselves why this particular moment was special enough to capture on film. Alternatively, you could have a few pictures printed at a photo store and arrange it in a nice frame to decorate your home. 

Tonight we're going a little sultry. If you have a family, make sure the kids are in bed and then dial up the romance. No kids? You've got all the time in the world! Put some Christina Van Loveren MCC Brut or Papillon Non-Alcoholic Blush on ice, draw a bath, light a few candles and take a long, leisurely soak with your partner. 

Once you're nice and relaxed, take turns giving each other a lingering massage and see where the evening takes you... Pssst, we've got some rather fun ideas stored away on our sister site, Under The Covers

TIP: Rose, patchouli and ylang ylang essential oils are known aphrodisiacs, so pour a few drops in the tub or use it as a massage oil to set the mood. 

Round off the evening by verbally validating your love for your partner. We are used to getting away with a quick 'I love you' and a peck on the cheek. Tonight, make a point of telling your partner why you love them and what you appreciate about them. If you can't find the words yourself, find a love poem that conveys your feelings. 

Every couple shares those little in-jokes and memories of happy occasions that don't make sense to anyone else. Those are the things that make a relationship special. This easy and fun date will give you the time to reminisce about all these unique quirks and enjoy a few belly-laughs in the process. 

Here's how - you're going to create your own personalised game based on the 30 Seconds-template! It's super easy. We suggest you write down 20 - 50 words or phrases that have special relevance to you as a couple. Write each word/phrase on its own piece of paper, fold it up and keep it in a container or ice bucket just for fun. 

1) Places you have been to/travelled to together (e.g. Italy, Cape Town, that small town in the Free State you can never remember the name of, etc.).

2) Funny things that have happened to you (e.g. slipping in the shower on your honeymoon, getting kicked out of a movie for talking too loud, etc.).

3) Songs/artists that have particular relevance to your relationship (e.g. the song you danced to at your wedding, that artist that irritates your partner to no end, the first live act/band you saw together). 

These are just examples. Be creative and choose words/phrases that remind you of the good times in your relationship. Once you have your 20 - 50 quiz prompts, it's time to play the game! Pour a Van Loveren Scottish Cousin Blended Scotch Whisky or enjoy a refreshing Four Cousins Fiver cooler to set the tone, and play! 


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