The length of your shower, the time before the first commercial break, Antoine Dodson’s fame… 15 minutes is not that long. However, surprising studies – including one of 4,500 parents commissioned in 2008 by Holiday Inn – showed that the average couple with kids talks uninterrupted for LESS THAN 15 MINUTES a day. Where is the love!?

The relationship between two people is a beautiful, wonderful, unique, living creature, and it must be nurtured as such. In honor of Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month and the overall month of love, we introduce to you the newest member of Spa Week’s Expert Panel, Healthy Relationship Expert Andrea Syrtash (whose latest book insists you “Cheat On Your Husband… With Your Husband”), with a challenge to fire up your love life!

Are you ready for CHALLENGE #9?

Here’s what to do:

Commit to 15 minutes a day of date talk during which time you will not talk about household chores, bills, kids or in-laws. It’s essential to have date talk if you want to keep the spark alive. Stay curious about each other!


From Friday, February 3rd to Valentine’s Day, February 14th


ANDREA SAYS: “One study showed (and all of the couples I interviewed for my last book demonstrated!) that the average couple with kids communicates uninterrupted for 15 minutes or less a day! And let’s be honest, even those of us without kids often forget why we fell in love with our partners. It’s essential to your health and happiness to connect every day as lovers and partners — not just as parents and roommates.”

What’s in it for me? (Loving and WINNING!)

Besides feeling closer to your partner and improving your happiness and mental health… join Andrea Sytrash’s Spa Week Daily Challenge Event on Facebook and share your success story or struggles. Once you RSVP and start sharing, you are automatically entered to win a $50 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week.


Andrea Syrtash is the MSN Living Relationship Expert, a dating and relationship author and on-air personality. She has contributed to over a dozen relationship-advice books and is the editor of How to Survive the Real World and How to Survive Your In-Laws. She is the author of He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing) and Cheat On Your Husband (With Your Husband) (Rodale Books, 2011).

Andrea Syrtash with Michelle at LoveLife 2011

You may recognize Andrea from her previous articles here on Spa Week Daily, such as How To Be Single and Happy. We also had the pleasure of co-hosting our LoveLife 2011 event with her last February, and also as a featured online dating expert guest at our #SIGNOFF event in 2010.

Andrea has shared relationship advice as a contributor to numerous popular sites including, Yahoo!, MSN and The Huffington Post; and she is the on-air host of ‘ON Dating’, produced by NBC Digital Studios. She frequently appears as a guest on shows including The TODAY Show, CBS’ The Early Show, ABC News, VH1, TV Land, Martha Stewart Radio and NPR. Her advice has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Glamour, Women’s Health and Redbook; and in newspapers including USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times.

Andrea frequently speaks about effective relationships at events and conferences around the country. For more, please visit or follow @AndreaSyrtash.

For that adorable man and woman dip-dee-dip photo above, check out etsy. You can buy it as a print.