Monday, December 19, 2016

"Sing" The Marriage Proposal Song

So today I tell you a story about me and Brenda. As our regular readers know, we've been wed for over 37 years. The thing is I love her more now than ever. She's the kind of person every man wants for a friend. It was on a sandy beach under a golden Connecticut sky at sunset that I proposed to her. A remarkable date night. We've been holding hands ever since. 

1817 Date Nights

So far Brenda and I have shared 1817 date nights together. Three of the most special date nights ever were rather recent. We call them our video date nights. We like watch Youtube videos of family members singing together in their cars or of fathers taking their baby daughters out on a first date night. We especially like marriage proposal videos, couples getting married and wedding receptions.  The latest addition to our date night video collection was a young man proposing marriage and marrying his bride on the same day.

Well, weeks later after Brenda was tending to her duties supporting her mother and sister I felt inspired to write a song called "I Give My Love To You", It's dedicated to Brenda, for her friendship, hard work, generosity and close ties to all in the family. I presented the song on our 1817th date night. Join us in celebrating the release of the "On Our Special Day" album by posting your proposal story or a video to this blog in the comments section or email it to with a link to the video. Submissions will be published on this blog and submitters will receive a free "My Keepsake Wedding Planner Guidebook."

The Proposal Song Contest 

If you think you have a beautiful voice enter the "Sing" contest. Submit a video of you (and your loved one) on date night singing the proposal song "I Give My Love To You" If your performance captures the sentiments of the song we'll promote the video on Youtube, Facebook and on our blogs. Even better, the winners get 3 of our event planning guidebooks including Fimark's party planner. family reunion planner and wedding planner. Post your video on Instagram and send us the link in your comments on this page or email it to The "Sing" Contest ends December 25th.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Things To Do Last 7 Days Before The Wedding

Do you know exactly what needs to be done the last seven days before your wedding day?

No need to guess, hope or despair. Be prepared for the most important day of your adult life. Fimark's My Keepsake Wedding Planner guide presents...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Secrets To The #BestLifeEver Married Life


Everyone wants to be happy. Especially those who are promised in marriage. 

Mark and Brenda Askew began their best life ever on October 25, 1980. Since then Fall has had a special nostalgic meaning to them. Warm, golden oak trees dance in the wind and hug the sky, blowing crimson carpets of leaves onto a path for their anniversary day stroll. Baked pumpkin pie, cinnamon swirl in hot steaming mugs of nutmeg and her warm smile. What a smile. After 36 years making the best memories, I believe the best of life is yet to come.

What is the secret to wedded bliss? How can you make your married life the #BestLifeEver? There are four basic keys.

1. Get to know yourself well. Your fears, those you truly love, and the things that bring you deep joy.

2. Learn to find happiness in giving little things that have special meaning to the receiver.

3. Make it your aim to share yourself with your spouse and value those moments when he does the same.

4. Remember there is a time for everything under the sun. Know what time it is and respond accordingly. Live in the moment and be supportive.

5. Discuss your expectations with your mate and explain why you choose to be strong, loyal and focused.

6. Put down the cell phone, Ipad and other distractions when you're together. Make each other your distraction.

7. Discuss your budget at least once a month. Get on the same page. Consult before making major purchases or entering credit obligations.

8. Make date night sacred. Just the two of you. No one interferes.

Take a glimpse into Mark and Brenda's 36 years together  here...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Congratulations September Brides and Fiances

Congratulations September brides and fiancees. Congratulations to those who have been wed or will be wed, as well as those engaged in September? This is your month to enjoy this season in a whole new way. 

If you plan on enjoying a honeymoon vacation or a romantic anniversary get-away, this is the month for you to start planning your stay on the love boat.

Seasonal ActivitiesThe astronomical fall (Northern Hemisphere) 2015 begins on Wednesday, September 23. Early fall season events including arts and craft shows, street side bubble shows, outdoor fairs and festivals, music and food fests. special events also including beer and wine tasting.

A Special GiftA special gift just for you September Brides and fiancees. The 7 Days Before The Wedding Countdown Planner. Do you don't sweat the little stuff and don't forget the big stuff. Makes a great wedding planner bookmark. 


The "7 Days Before The Wedding Countdown Planner Checklist Bookmark"  Makes a great gift and can be used as a printable graphical template for many different craft projects. 
  • Print it on a commemorative T-shirt.
  • Print it on a fabric neck scarf.
  • Print it on a fabric hair scarf.
  • Send it to all the Brides-to-be you know.
  • Print on a tall mug (cut in three sections).
  • Print on a slim poster.
  • Print on sticky paper for a scrapbook countdown timeline.
  • Print and stick to the side of your monitor display.
  • Print and wrap vertically around your bed post
  • Print and wrap vertically around your Ficus Tree
  • Print and hang ornamentally from your chandelier
  • Print and attach to the side of your wall poster.
Right click and save the image to a file.

Find vital wedding planning checklists in the newly released wedding planner and organizer Fimark's My Keepsake Wedding Planner guidebook and keepsake.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Autumn Bride Date Night Concert Playlist

Earth Wind and Fire's "Do You Remember (The 21st of September)" and Harry Belafonte's "Try to Remember (The time of September)" takes us back to the cool and mellow days of love. We want to congratulate all you September to November Brides and fiancĂ©es. It's time to start making plans for love, life, and laughter this Autumn season. To make that happen, read on for a free Autumn Bride wedding gift.

Autumn is a time to look back and enjoy the warm remembrance of the good old days. Getting cozy under backyard string lights wearing knit sweaters and warm blankets - that's what life is about. As a video music concert projects on the outdoor screen, everyone is sipping warm cider, coffee, and rum, eating sweet potato pie and carrot cake. Hot buttery caramel popcorn is popping and everyone is talking about the good times. We're making special. I'm talking about an outdoor backyard concert. 

Plan your Look-Back outdoor date night concert under the stars. Just create a Youtube video concert playlist of your favorite concerts of yesteryear and recapture the nostalgia of your past with family, friends, and that special someone you're going to build a family with. 

To get started here's an extensive concert playlist written by my bride, Brenda Marie, especially for our Friday evening date nights.  I call it the "YouTube Look Back Date Night Outdoor Autumn Concert Playlist". Use the video concert playlist to get your autumn season outdoor family reunion concert up and running. It's a message of hope, love, gratitude, loyalty and what it means to finally be completely and fully home. 

YouTube Look Back Date Night Outdoor Autumn Concert Playlist

Earth, Wind & Fire - In the stone, September, After the love has gone

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - I Wanna Thank You (7:22)

Levert - Father Sings To Son

Husband Sings To Wife with Patti LaBelle - If Only You Knew (Oprah) a surprise duet!

Harry Belafonte - Try To Remember (live) 1997

The O'Jays Live "Stairway To Heaven" (1976 Soul Train)

The O'Jays "Forever Mine"

Let Me Make Love To You - The O'Jays (Soul Train)

Levert - Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert - Baby Hold On To Me (Live on Motown Live)

Levert - Eddie & Gerald Levert - Wind Beneath My Wings (Essence Awards June 13, 1995)

Stephanie Mills Home

Luther Vandross - A House Is Not A Home (Live NAACP Image Awards 1988)

Luther Vandross - Love Won't Let Me Wait (Live at Wembley Stadium 1989)

Luther Vandross - Superstar (Wembley Stadium 1989)

Is It Still Good To Ya (Valentines Day Special 7 Ashford & Simpson 2009)

Ashford & Simpson Live at Anthology San Diego (You're All That I Need)

Ashford & Simpson @ Paradiso Amsterdam

Peabo Bryson I'm So Into You

I Feel Good All Over

Create memories while looking back on the sweetest of memories. If your wedding date is a few years away why not plan a Fall Fest Family Reunion Outdoor Concert? There is no better way to introduce your fiancĂ© to the extended family than planning a family reunion. Just follow the step by step reunion planning guide written by seasoned reunion planners Mark and Brenda Askew. Get your copy of Fimark's Family Reunion Planner and plan a warm and cozy reunion this fall season. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Date Night Idea List

After 35 years Brenda and I are still very much enamored with each other. I sometimes catch her looking and smiling at me while I sleep. A look of peace, affection and yes, that last minute look of 'whoops, you caught me staring again.' It's proof positive that when your willing to work harder on your marriage than anything else in life the dividends are great.

What We've Learned

Have you ever noticed? We are at our absolute worst when we are tired. We're disoriented and fatigued, touchy and snappy.  When rest is lacking we are impatient and disagreeable. That said, our first priority needs to be learning how to put life on hold and rest. It makes all the difference. After getting much-needed rest we can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening together.

The Importance of Dating

We found this solution early in our marriage and have kept applying it ever since. We call it Date Night. Date night helps keep the home fires burning. Establish a weekly day, afternoon or evening to focus undistracted on the two of you. Turn off the cell phone. Tell your friends and colleagues that you should not be disturbed on this day and then have at it. Dating in this way should never end. Whether you're 24 or 84, it is the lifeblood of a strong healthy relationship between two very busy people.

Hot vs Warm and Cozy

No, we don't aim for a  hot steamy evening full of romantic posturing. We prefer a simple warm and cozy atmosphere. The rest comes naturally. But to make date night work, we had to learn to make five basic rules of conduct a priority. And when we did, date night began to work its wonders on us.

Date Night Priority List
1. Getting plenty of sleep the night before date night.
2. Making weekly date night an unbroken sacred ritual.
3. Choose employment that won't suck the life out of us.
4. Make date night enjoyable and relaxing.
5. No discussions about problems or work-related issues.
6. No distractions such as cell phone calls or texting
7. Let everyone know that date night is sacred and you should not be disturbed

Date Night Ideas List

Date night should be like cooking a crockpot dinner once a week. The ingredients may be few and simple, but it always seems to turn out delicious, filling the house with an amazing aroma. Date night should be carefully planned well in advance. It should be a time to creatively say "I love you" in word or deed. But it should always be simply stated, uncomplicated and stress-free in order to work. That said we've put together what we call an after wedding Date Night Idea List to keep the home embers warm. Share it, print it, pin it, but most of all enjoy it.

Date Night Ideas List

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Congratulations July Brides and Fiancees

A special shout out and congratulations to all our summer brides, specifically those to be wedded in the months of June, July and August. Today we recognise both July brides and fiancees. What a special time of year to advance your commitment of love. Now is the time to take advantage of the special features of the season. 

July is also a great time for a romantic summertime honeymoon vacation. Consider going on a cruise, or enjoy a week stay at a luxury villa. Perhaps a stay-cation would be just as enjoyable? A catered dinner with wine and roses and then cuddle up with that special someone.

And here's a free gift for you. The 7 Days Before The Wedding Countdown Wedding Planner and the After Wedding Date Night Ideas List

For more vacation ideas and vacation planning and packing checklists get Fimark's My Keepsake Wedding Planner.

Keep the home fires burning! 
Congratulations and best wishes.

Mark and Brenda

Friday, June 3, 2016

Congratulations June Brides

A special shout out and congratulations to all our June Brides and Fiancees. What a special time of year to advance your commitment of love. Now is the time to take advantage of the amenities of the season. 

June is a great time for a romantic honeymoon vacation. Think cruise, riverside cottage or a luxury villa. Want to keep it simple and local? Dine in your new home, a catered dinner, wine and roses on the balcony under the stars.

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For a honeymoon planning checklist and activity ideas get your personal copy of Fimark's My Keepsake Wedding Planner. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How To Say I Love You

Congratulations Fabulous February brides, grooms, fiances and fiancees.

This month the words "I Love You" are the most popular words expressed around the world. Popularity is one thing, but showing how much you mean it is quite another. So how do you say I love you in a way that the recipient knows you really mean it?

It goes without saying, there are an endless variety of ways to express true love.  Experts say, be creative. Others say, be direct. Most say show it, but do so in such a way that the recipient knows exactly what sentiment is being conveyed.

"True love and affection is a gentle kiss on the forehead."

"If you have an overwhelming urge to shout it out across the housetops, you're probably in love."

Since love is about giving, it makes sense to first consider how the receiver will interpret your words, expressions and actions. That said, take some time to find out what acts of love have the most meaning to your loved one and the expressions of love that are most deeply valued. If all else fails hold the person in your arms, gently kiss their forehead and speak softly the words, "I Love You." Next grab her hand, run to the nearest street corner and shout it out for all to hear.

How To Say I Love You
How To Say I Love You

Consider creative ways to celebrate your love and show it each and every day. Go to eBay and find that favorite toy she once had when she was a kid. Write a list of all the things you love most about the person. Take the time to express gratitude for the little things they do for you and others. The best thing about true love is you'll never stop finding ways to express it.

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Find creative and memorable ways to say "Will you marry me."  24 DIY Marriage Proposal Ideas

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