The Art of Marriage Opps #Campaign & Applebee’s $20 Gift Card Giveaway

Do you know someone who is serving in the military? My brother-in-law is faithfully serving overseas. The sacrifice that he, his wife, and son – along with so many others – are making for our country is something we should never forget and always be thankful for.

My husband occasionally travels for work and I can’t imagine how difficult it would be if that couple days or week long trip was a year long deployment like so many military families face.

The Art of Marriage Ops campaign helps raise awareness of the challenges that military families face. It’s tough when they’re away, yet the adjustment upon returning home can be another challenge. This campaign is a program that helps provide insight and support for military couples.

This campaign needs our help to reach those who need it. Text OPS to 80888 and donate $10.00 to help our men and women in the military strengthen their marriage by attending an event showcasing The Art of Marriage!

Check out this widget below; along with some more information about the campaign, there’s a few inspirational date ideas for all couples!


The giveaway products are provided by the company mentioned. I received no compensation and am offering this giveaway for my readers. Regardless I will only share and recommend products I use personally or believe will be good for my readers.
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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. we always have dinner together.

  2. Communication is key to keeping marriage strong :)

  3. Always being there for one another with an open mind, listening ear and loving heart.

  4. Stephanie says:

    my cousin is in the army :)

  5. twitted this today

  6. Shannon Baas says:

    My nephew is in the Army.

  7. Ashley Hatten says:

    no, i don’t know anyone curretly serving but my husband used to be in the navy. thanks!

  8. I am not married but might as well be. My partner and I have fights sometimes but the best advice I can give is to walk away from each other and cool off before it escalates into something that is way harder to come back from, and THEN talk about it.

  9. Maureen says:

    My husband and I were dating for 4 1/2 yrs before we got married. We got married in our middle 30’s. We didn’t rush into it. We were friends before we got married and we are now the best of friends still. I think that is how you have to start off. It has to be more than mutual attraction (which is is on our part — that is only an aspect of it ).

  10. We spend a lot of time together and work on our webcomic as a team.

  11. Melissa says:

    Working together on a project helps us to stay close.

  12. Gina H. says:

    Date night at least every other week.

  13. Kristen says:

    It might sound obvious, but COMMUNICATION.
    It still surprises me how often you think someone means one thing, and you find out it wasn’t that at all!

  14. Margaret Smith says:

    I have my nephew who is serving in the navy.
    Thanks so much.

  15. Richard Morris says:

    My best friend from childhood joined the army a few years after i did. it’s nice to have someone who i can relate to in both worlds (civilian and military)

  16. Mary Casper says:

    My husband serrved in the military during Viet Nam

  17. having a date night every week.

  18. Theron Willis says:

    When cold, turn off the heat to encourage cuddling.

  19. having Christ in our marriage and following what the Bible says for marriages has made this marriage last for 17 years so far! :-)

  20. we have been married for 17 years by following the Bible’s map for marriages! :-)

  21. Susan Smith says:

    My cousin is in the military

  22. My best tip is to pray together.

  23. Amy Adams says:

    Laugh often and talk a lot!!

  24. My husband and I are strong because we put Jesus and His word as our foundation. Our choices start with Him. We love each other so much because of the love of Christ in us.

  25. Dianna Thomas says:

    Thanks for asking my husband/my best friend is a disabled vet–he always makes me coffee, and he always makes me laugh everyday.

  26. Danielle says:

    I currently have a cousin who is serving in the military

  27. Jessica Cote says:

    Myhusband is active duty Air force currently stationed in Korea. He’s been there since June and its been hard with him away from me and the kids.

  28. Stacey B says:

    If I had a best tip mine would be better… :/ .. i dont have anyone close to me in the military, but my neighbor’s husband is in the army

  29. Hesper Fry says:

    Having God and the bible keeps our marriage strong. We have a nephew serving in the army.

  30. Staying positive and making complements. Trying to keep things positive despite problems and much more.

  31. Trung Nguyen says:

    Keep up with loving words and compliments to each other

  32. Kelly Nicholson says:

    never get married…like me

  33. Cynthia C says:

    Remember to make tome for each other no matter how busy life gets.

  34. crystle tellerday says:

    a friend from church is in the navy

  35. I don’t know anyone ACTIVE in the military, but I have a great uncle, two regular uncles, three cousins, and several friends/coworkers who have served, covering every branch of the military.

  36. Sandy Brown says:

    I have been married now for 35 years and the best tip I can give is two actually. first never ever go to bed mad at your spouse. and second, remember that there are two people in a marriage and there are days each of you will have that are just awful. learn to kiss butt. both of you. when he’s having a bad day, be sweet, kind etc. no matter what. when your day has been the pitts, he needs to do the same.

  37. My best tip is to communicate and keep the mindset of ‘this is forever so we must work it out!’

  38. Also remember your vows were not just a promise to you and your spouse, but a vow to God.

  39. Keep the communication open, each person should be their own person. Be truthful. Treat each other with love and kindness. (I’ve been married over 40 years)

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  41. Always being able to talk

  42. latanya says:

    my brother is serving in the military

  43. Rebecca Graham says:

    I don’t have any loved ones serving in the milltary.

  44. melissa williams says:

    My husband is being medically retired out of the army this month, but during his deployment we tried really hard not to sweat the small stuff. Whenever we had a chance to talk it was always about the new things our daughter learned, how me missed and loved each other, and not about things going wrong on the home front.

  45. compromise, talking, and more compromise

  46. Patti Hess says:

    Best tip is talk things out….

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com

  47. Dianna Thomas says:

    boosted–——-voted– have just voted for Musings From a Stay At Home Mom!–thanks for all your hard work

  48. Nephew is serving in the army. Thanks.

  49. Cari Schroeder says:

    My husband and I make it a point to sit down each night and talk about our days. It’s a great way to focus on each other and just take a break from life. It keeps us communicating regularly.

  50. Suzanne K says:

    Best tip is always communicate and remember to laugh together!

  51. COMMUNICATION, always talk and say what you feel.

  52. Kyl Neusch says:

    got to dance

  53. Nicole Leonard says:

    Never go to bed mad and be open and communicate.

  54. We have a candlelit dinner every night

  55. I don’t presently have a family member serving in the military, but both my husband and father are vets

  56. My aunt and my two cousins are currently serving in the military, along with several friends. I did my time too! :-)

  57. It’s so important to make time for yourself & your spouse. I know everyone *knows* that, but sometimes it’s easy to let it slip away between daily responsibilities, kids, work & such. We have a date night every other Friday. We have a 2 1/2 yr old son & are finally comfortable letting him sleep over at grandma & grandpa’s house now. As well as date night, we have 1 night/wk set aside that is our “fun” night (wink, wink) & there’s no getting out of it! It gives us intimate time to look forward to & keeps the spark going,

  58. Amy Zachek says:

    My dad was in the Army!

  59. Jennifer H. says:

    My Uncle serves in the Army
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  60. sounds fantastic

  61. Denise B. says:

    We don’t have any relatives currently serving in the military.

  62. marci h says:

    my neighbor James is in the ARMY :)

  63. Getting away once in a while without the kids is always a great idea.

  64. Shelley C. says:

    It is important to make along time for the two of you–my husband is ex Navy.

  65. Kristin S. says:

    My brother serves in the Army!

  66. Erin Collins says:


  67. Jill H. says:

    My cousin served in the military

  68. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    My husband was in the Navy for 15 years, so he’s a vet now.
    thanks for the giveaway

  69. Laughter and communication.

  70. ryan minton says:

    my best tip for keeping a relationship strong is to have open communication and not be afraid to discuss anything.

  71. Barbara Montag says:

    You hear it often and it’s so true.
    Keep the communication lines open!
    Be tactful and open.
    Thank you.

  72. Heather S says:

    set time aside for a date night

  73. Communication!

  74. I have a good friend in the army now.

  75. Stacey B says:

    Make sure to always put a little time aside for just the two of you

  76. catherine c says:

    show appreciation to each other every day!

  77. susan varney says:

    actually listen to what your mate is saying and don’t always try to be the center of attraction

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  79. #1 thing to a good marriage is COMMUNICATION. Without that, everything seems to just fall apart.

  80. s riches says:

    I have a friend in the navy.

  81. Kristen says:

    We have set aside Thursday nights to do a date night at home.

  82. We make time for each other every night.

  83. Miranda Bashwinger says:

    I have several family members and friends who have served or are serving in the military (including my father, uncle, aunt and cousin).

  84. Shirley says:

    I don’t know anyone who served in the mility.

  85. My brother in law and my father are active military

  86. My cousin is in the Military.

    Jenn from Making Hair Bows

  87. My Brother in Law is in the Army.

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  89. catherine copeland says:

    My son is in the Army.

  90. Ours is a military family, but right at the moment, the numbers are somewhat smaller than usual–a nephew, sons of a couple of cousins , and several close friends. But my husband, myself, my brother, about a dozen cousins, etc are all veterans.

  91. Rebecca Orr says:

    We make sure we spend time together, without the kids. We also make we are always honest with each other…no matter what. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  92. Melanie Morin says:

    I have a friend serving in the military.

  93. Michelle C says:

    My secret for a good marriage is open lines of communication! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  94. Carolsue says:

    My husband is retired from the USNavy

  95. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Trust, understanding, love OF COURSE, compromise and responsibility.

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey

  96. Pretty much my whole extended family has or does serve in all walks of military service including myself ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  97. Communicate and really listen to each other!

  98. My tip is to be best friends with your spouse. Talk and laugh daily!

  99. Ani G W says:

    My brother just got out of the Navy and my hubby was in the Navy for 8 years (all of which we were together). I think this is a great program…

  100. twitted this cpuples giveaway

  101. John Joseph says:

    compromise within reason and disaregard all selfish nature because that doesnt work

  102. We get a babysitter and go out every now and then.

  103. Mindy S says:

    My husband and I have been together for almost 13 years and we keep our marriage strong by communicating well, appreciating each other, and most of all laughing together.

  104. My hubby served in the Navy! I have a nephew that’s in the Army as well. It’s a hard, but rewarding life!

  105. Lauren Ayer says:

    My husband and I read the bible together every night before we go to sleep it really helps us stay connected! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  106. we have a date night out every week together

  107. Eileen Burke says:

    Trust and respect must have both

  108. Get grandma and grandpa to watch the kids so you can have some quality alone time, and take time to hold hands.

  109. We have a good friend who serves in the military.

  110. Deanna Barnett says:

    There are so many things that keep my marriage strong it’s hard to pinpoint just one. I guess I would have to say communication is the key. Neither of us is afraid to discuss anything with the other and do so every day. We have a period of time at night while laying in bed right before we go to sleep where we talk with no interruptions which is really nice. It always helps when you marry your best friend as well.

  111. Christine says:

    my cousin serves in the Marines.

  112. I am actually single and don’t really know someone in the military personally, except a cousin who used to be in the military.

  113. Alicia K says:

    being open and honest about everything

  114. sara wood says:

    My husband is in the military.

  115. Allison L. (allie lanc on rc) says:

    My sister’s boyfriend is in Afghanistan right now.

  116. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    My brother-in-law is retired Air Force and my nephew is currently in the Air Force. My Dad was in the Navy for WWII

  117. We always have dinner together

  118. Desiree Dunbar says:

    My brother-in-law is in the military.

  119. We try to go out on a date once a month, so we can have some time alone

  120. Missy Lynnh says:

    Respect, compromise and love!

  121. We have shared interests and like to spend time together.

  122. Katharina says:

    I currently have a nephew serving in the military…. and the best
    way to build a strong marriage is to take time to listen… and plan
    date nights at least every few weeks.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  123. tung ton says:

    trust during tough times keeps a marriage strong!

  124. Rhonda Clemens says:

    My husband in a Military Disabled Vet., great daddy and husband!!

  125. HONESTY! One thing that keeps my husband and I’s marriage strong is being able to talk, and being honest with eachother. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  126. Daniel M says:

    my father was in the military, now retired

  127. Never go to bed angry!
    Tam S.

  128. Date night w/o the kids!

  129. I think communication is vital in a marriage./

  130. I make sure my husband and I talk every day – even if it’s a quick touch-base as to what is happening at home.

  131. Laurie Brown says:

    good communication and alot of romance!

  132. tallcapp says:

    It is always respect.

  133. My husband is ex-military, and three of my brothers-in-law have been in the military. Two are now disabled vets, and the other (thank goodness) is safe and sound stationed domestically.

  134. Remember to keep your priorities straight!

  135. Richie Cooper says:

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  136. Penny Kathleen says:

    I have a niece in the Air Force.

  137. Alisha L. says:

    My husband is active duty Navy :)

    bakergurl02 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  138. Brittney House says:

    Be truthful and honest with each other.

  139. amy deeter says:

    yes i have a loved one in the military

  140. I have a friend currently serving

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  143. kathy pease says:

    I have noboy currently serving but my cousin was in the marines

  144. Coriander Warren says:

    make time for each other especially if you both work and/or have children. And I have two loved ones serving—A dear friend of mine from college and my niece’s boyfriend are both deployed. LOVE ALL WHO ARE SERVING AND WHO HAVE AND WHO WILL!!

  145. Paula Tavernie says:

    Our marrage is strong because we listen to each other!

    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  146. My brother’s best friend is serving in the Marines & headed out for his 3rd tour overseas. He was recently married & has a little one on the way….

  147. Les Johnson says:

    My husband is in the military and date nights are VERY important to keeping a relationship strong.

  148. Vicki D. says:

    My best tip for marriage is to listen, agree, and live for peace.

  149. Melanie Montgomery says:

    We keep our marriage strong by staying ourselves, by still being the people we were before we got married.

  150. Leah Shumack says:

    Never go to bed angry!!

  151. Nicole Thoresen says:

    Always make sure to get time alone from the kids!

  152. Kendra Gillilan says:

    date nights

  153. Victoria Russell says:

    Communication is key – and honesty, of course!

  154. Amy DeLong says:

    spend some a lone time once in awhile,makes a world of difference

  155. being honest and communicating with each other !

  156. We take time to just talk about our day. We lost that for awhile and have been rebuilding our communication

  157. Barbara Hunt says:

    Thanks for the great contest!

  158. mary gardner says:


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  159. My husband’s in the Navy on a sub.

  160. Communication and honesty are key to making a marriage work.

  161. My best tip is open communication

  162. I have a nephew who recently got out of the army.

  163. Lily Kwan says:

    My tip is to keep the lines of communication open.


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