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I Like Book for Couples – Review

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Valentine's Day is almost here, and with that we see way too much red, pink, hearts, candy, cards, flowers, chocolate, cheesy balloons, and a huge push for "adult" lingerie, and other *ahem* toys. It seems the older I get, the less interested I am in the holiday. I struggle to find anything of meaning to give to my husband, and I'm lucky if I receive a card from him. However, I think I'll be starting a new tradition with him! I have had the opportunity to review a book called The I Like Book for Couples, and within the first week, we have already began to benefit from the few minutes we spend each day using it.

A few months ago I had purchased two I Like Books for my children. I had read how wonderful this book is for bonding, and building confidence and self esteem. I contacted the company to see if they would like to offer an I Like Book for children for a giveaway, and they offered a review and giveaway of the I Like Book for Couples instead. I jumped at the opportunity to try it out. I figured if this book is as great for my kids as it is for couples, I might as well give it a try.

I know my marriage is not the only one full of stress, tension, and lack of time for one another. With three kids in the house, I'm happy to get a few hours in the evening to sit in front of the TV alone with my husband and maybe have a conversation. Throw in work, errands, family obligations, money, etc. and by the end of the day the last thing I want to do is be all lovey-dovey. It is very rare that we say what we like about each other. And, the more stressed and aggravated we are at life, the less we spend time working on our own relationship.

When the book arrived I was beyond excited. I opened it and wrote out who it was for, and took the only picture we have of ourselves off of the fridge and taped it into the book where it has a space specifically for a photograph. I started reading through it. Some of the pages have beautiful and sentimental quotes about love, relationships, etc. I immediately showed it to my husband when he got home from work, and said, "We're doing this." The look on his face was that of skepticism, dubiousness, and a little annoyance. I know. It's just one more thing we need to remember to do during the day. We sat down that night after the kids were in bed, and I told him to write anything. Anything he likes about me. It was really difficult for him to get into it at first. He kept making jokes, and saying that he liked certain body parts of mine. Flattering, yes. The point of this exercise? Not so much. I'm sure you really can write anything and everything you like about your significant other, however I wanted to keep this about things we like about each others' personalities, and our relationship with one another.

The book is set up so you write something you like about each other every day of the year. However, even if you skip a day, just go back and fill it out. There is nothing wrong (in my opinion) with filling an additional section out if something prevented you from doing it the day before. I wasn't sure if the "name" section was supposed to be where I wrote my name next to my "I like" or if I was supposed to write my husband's name. I decided to set it up where I would write my husband's name before what I liked about him. It's as though I'm leaving him a little love note every day for him to find.

After a few days, I asked my husband what he thought of the book. He's a very honest person... sometimes a little TOO honest. I was thrilled to hear that he has actually been enjoying writing in the book. Even if it's only a few seconds, we both agree that taking some time out of the day to think about each other is nice. I asked my husband what he liked about the I Like Book for Couples and he said,"On a day to day basis you you don't really think about specifically what you like about your significant other. And making yourself fill out the book makes you think about what you do like." One of the days he frustrated me to no end. I was fuming. I decided that perhaps it would be a good time to use the I Like Book, and remember that there are qualities I like about him despite the things that annoy me. I felt much better after writing one little sentence. I felt better because I was reminded about his good qualities, and I felt better knowing that he had something positive to read when he came home. Another day was a really bad day for me. Everything was going wrong. I hadn't yet seen what he had written for me the night before, and when I checked I found exactly the encouragement that I needed.

We have decided that if we continue to enjoy this as much as we are now, we will purchase a new one next year! It has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. We have already started speaking nicer to each other, and I can feel our bond with one another growing stronger. We keep it on our night stand with a pen so it's easy to find. Keeping it visible makes it easier to remember to do it. A year from now, I can't wait to go back and reread everything we said to each other. Wonderful product! Make sure you find I Like Book on Facebook & Twitter! I'm sure they'd love to hear from you, especially if you decide to try their books. The I Like Book has also offered up one Couples I Like Book for a giveaway! I'll let you know when it's ready to go live. :D

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  1. Thank you SO much for this post & review! I’ve been searching for a unique & thoughtful gift for my husband to-be & I think this will be perfect. :)


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