Thursday, January 27, 2011

Power of Two Marriage Program

After blogging about my own marriage and my husband's recent return from Iraq, I received an email from Power of Two. Power of Two is a marriage enrichment program that aims to improve communication and trust in your relationship. This unique program lets you participate in the comfort of your own home.

I have been using the free trial at Power of Two for several weeks now. I was immediately impressed with the amount and quality of the content on the website. There are videos, interactive quizzes, and worksheets to do alone or with your partner. The program includes a checklist from a "coach" that suggests activities to work toward a goal that you set.

In my case, I am trying to reconnect with a spouse who was gone for more than 20 months. We have many young children. We are not always the best at communicating with each other under stress. We definitely don't have time for traditional marriage counseling. This program is a perfect fit for us. I'm working on calming my emotions and we are both working toward better communication. In general, I'd say we already have a great relationship. (We have survived nearly 10 years together and having two sets of twins-and 6 kids in 5 years!)

The Power of Two program is a flexible program that can help uncover barriers to open communication that you may not have even realized existed. The program aims to help you work together with your partner to improve your relationship without ever leaving your house. Check it out online at

ETA: There are scholarships available for military couples! See the first comment on this post for more details.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Products for Good

Shortly before Christmas I received an email from Products for Good, asking me if I would honor a veteran that I know by giving them a commemorative coin. I was intrigued and agreed to pass along the gift to a special veteran- my husband.

The coin arrived in a beautiful velvet case and was accompanied by a certificate. The certificate explained that the coin was a real Iraqi coin. It was a perfect gift to honor my husband, who had just returned from a deployment to Iraq. It seemed a fitting way to remember his service and the sacrifices our family made during his deployment.
Products for Good sells these coins to honor veterans. With each sale, they donate 20% of the proceeds to charities that support military families. In addition, they have a special Honor One in a Million Project that aims to distribute 1 million coins to veterans across the country through various military service organizations. You can purchase coins to be donated to veterans to thank them for their service or purchase a coin for a special veteran in your life.

Products for Good aims to thank the more than 20 million veterans who have served our country. They even have gifts to honor law enforcement and firefighters, as well as gifts for every branch of military service. Their coins and shadowboxes make unique, thoughtful gifts for the special person in your life.

I received a free commemorative coin in exchange for my honest review.