10 At-Home Ways to Create the Bed & Breakfast Romance

10 At-Home Ways to Create the Bed & Breakfast Romance

One of our favorite getaway spots is a little bed-and-breakfast in the mountains. When you ask my husband why he likes it so much, you very well might hear about the cheese and cracker plate with fruit that is always waiting for us when we arrive. My thought has always been, Great, we just spent the equivalent of a month’s worth of groceries on a cheese and cracker plate.

Why we love a good bed-and-breakfast

What is it about the bed-and-breakfast experience that makes us want to fork over upwards of $200 a night to sleep on somebody else’s sheets and eat clotted eggs in the morning?

  • The room is cleaned every day. Now I know some of you actually do this but it doesn’t matter. It’s so much better and it just feels cleaner when somebody else does it for you.
  • The bed is made. Now I know I’m spoiled, because my husband makes the bed every day. But, how great is it when you’re gone even for just half an hour, you come back and the bed is done up. The pillows are fluffed and there’s a little mint sitting there waiting to be indulged in. There is no better feeling on the planet.

Back home and back to reality

Sadly, most of us can’t afford to camp out in the local bed-and-breakfast on a regular basis. So it’s probably time to bring some of that bed-and-breakfast experience home.

Here are a few simple tips from designer and author Kathryn Bechen to help you get that restful and relaxed feeling in your own bedroom:

  1. Clutter cutter. Declutter your bedroom when you begin your fluff-up. Nothing kills romance faster than a pile of dusty magazines and techno paraphernalia. (More on this on podcast episode #136 Clutter Free Romance & blog post Declutter Your Way to a Better Marriage)
  2. Maid brigade. Next are the dust rag and vacuum. Turn on some music and make it fun!
  3. Sensuous sheets. Purchase some colorful new sheets in a pattern you love with a thread count of at least 300.
  4. Divine duvet. Invest in a pretty new duvet cover or bedspread. It will freshen up the room instantly.
  5. Pillow pizzazz. Some new pillows and pillowcases that coordinate with your sheets and duvet will add softness to your bed.
  6. Flower finesse. Buy some fresh flowers and put them in a favorite vase.
  7. Candle cozy. A few flickering candles will add instant romance to your new B&B bedroom.
  8. Music magic. Now for some light jazz or classical music to set the tone for the evening.
  9. TV tune-out. Unless you and your mate purposely choose to watch a funny or romantic movie together, turn the TV off.
  10. Tray of delights. Bring in a drink and cheese tray with some fresh fruit, dim the lights, and you’re on your way to a lovely and romantic stay in your very own Bed & Breakfast Inn bedroom. Enjoy!


Chocolate Dipped Fruit

1 pkg. milk chocolate morsels (11½ ounces/2 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
Strawberries, grapes, bananas, apples, kiwi, or pineapple

Melt milk chocolate morsels and shortening over hot (not boiling) water; stir until smooth. Remove from heat, but keep over hot water. (If chocolate thickens, return to heat; stir until smooth.) Dip pieces of fruit into chocolate; gently shake off excess. Place on foil-lined cookie sheets. Chill 10-15 minutes until chocolate is set. Peel off foil. Fruit may be kept at room temperature up to 1 hour. If chocolate becomes sticky, return to refrigerator. Makes 1 cup melted chocolate. In microwave, melt on high 1 minute; stir. Repeat.

A few other creative tips:

  • My husband loves a special kind of root beer that we used to not be able to keep stocked in the house (teenagers!). I would hide it under the veggies in the crisper – no chance of the kids looking there.
  • If your husband gets home before you do, plan ahead by hiding a treat in the fridge for him. Call during the day to let him know it’s waiting for him.

Giveaways Week 3!

hottie-300If you haven’t yet, go to my Facebook page to like and follow my Kathi Lipp page, and then answer the question of the day for your chance to win a “My Husband is a Hottie” t-shirt. Check out the page each day for a new question and get in on the conversation about loving your husband!

7 Simple Prayers to Make Your Marriage Great

7 Simple Prayers to Make Your Marriage Great

7 Specific Prayers to Make Your Marriage Great

  1. “Make me a blessing to my spouse in my actions and words.” (James 1:22)
  2. “Help me pull back from my routine to focus on what is important.” Romans 12:2
  3. “Let me respect him in all that I say and do.” (Ephesians 5:33)
  4. “Teach me not to rely on my own strength but to always rely on you.” (Proverbs 3:5)
  5. “Help me to know and be known by my spouse.” (1 Peter 4:8)
  6. “I want to be open, honest, and kind as we talk about important areas of our relationship.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)
  7. “Help me not to forget that you are writing our romance every day.” (Jeremiah 29:11)



Happy Habits for Every Couple available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Podcast #137- Happy Habits for Every Couple

Podcast #137- Happy Habits for Every Couple

ListenNowIs your marriage in need of some love therapy?

Kathi’s husband Roger joins the podcast today to talk about Kathi and Roger’s new book, Happy Habits for Every Couple.  The book is full of fun, flirty ideas to intentionally connect with your husband in a meaningful way.  (And by meaningful, we’re talking about chocolate, sex and romance.)


Listen in to Happy Habits for Every Couple podcast and:

  • Find out how you can connect with your husband in a way that’s meaningful and intentional.
  • Simple tips—for both guys and girls—on how to make your marriage work.
  • Get ways to develop happy habits as a couple so you can be “that happy couple.”
  • How to intentionally connect to your husband in a meaningful way.

Then join us on Facebook to discuss the daily challenges, and start making your marriage happy.  (Oh, and have a lot of fun, too.)

Also don’t miss this special offer! Happy Habits for Every Couple and Praying God’s Word for Your Husband combo!


It’s a New Year! Time to Form Some Happy Habits!

It’s a New Year! Time to Form Some Happy Habits!

Harvest House, my publisher for Happy Habits for Every Couple, is doing a “New Year, New You” promotion and they’ve included my book in it!

From January 6 – 14, Happy Habits for Every Couple will be $9.99 for the ebook version. This is such a great deal!

You can purchase it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Google Play or Kobo.

Not familiar with the book? Here’s what it’s all about:

Happy Habits for Every CoupleWhen was the last time you flirted with your husband? Was it before you had kids? Do you spend more time on the couch with your wife watching movies or with a bag of chips watching The Game? Does your idea of a hot date include a drive-thru and springing for the extra-large fries? What would your marriage look like if for 21 days you turned your attention to happy habits that will better your relationship? Plenty of books describe how to improve a marriage, how to save a marriage, even how to ramp up intimacy in a marriage. In Happy Habits for Every Couple, Kathi Lipp and husband Roger show you practical, fun-filled ways to put love and laughter back into your marriage. Here are just a few of the results you’ll see when you put Happy Habits for Every Couple into practice: new levels of warmth and tenderness in your relationship; a deeper sense of security with your spouse; and a marriage filled with fun and flirting.

If you haven’t given up the dream of being head-over-heels with your spouse again, following this 21-day plan will give you just the boost you need to bring you closer together.

Why not start today creating some new and happy habits?


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