I’m honored to welcome Arlene Pellicane here today! I first connected with Arlene through the webzine Ungrind, where we both contribute. I love the way she blends practical health and beauty advice while also challenging women to deepen their relationships with God. And I’m especially excited to read her latest book, 31 Days to a Happy Husband. I mean, what wife doesn’t want that?! 🙂

Meet and Greet with Author Arlene Pellicane | www.sarahforgrave.comArlene’s favorite topics to speak on are marriage, parenting, personal growth and motivation. Because of her free spirited, funny husband, she has plenty of good material.  Plus her three children keep the stories coming!

Arlene is the author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband, 31 Days to a Younger You, and Losing Weight After Baby.  She has appeared on national television on Better, Home Made Simple, The 700 Club, The Hour of Power, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Arlene worked as the Associate Producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah.  She has also been an on-air features producer for The 700 Club.  Arlene earned her BA from Biola University and her Masters in Journalism from Regent University.

Arlene lives in San Diego with her husband James and their three children, Ethan (7), Noelle (5), and Lucy (2).

You can connect with her online at www.TheHappyHusband.com, Twitter, or Facebook.


Welcome, Arlene! Let’s dive into the questions.

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

Happy, enthusiastic, kind, tall, approachable, real, diligent

Either/Or Questions:

1) Home Sweet Home or Around the World in 80 Days?  That’s really tough.  Around the World in 80 Days as long as I could go to Home Sweet Home afterwards.

2) Sushi bar or Steakhouse?  Steakhouse.  I might be Asian but I don’t like raw fish or other types of sushi very much.  Go figure.  But I do love a good steak!

3) Sweet routine or Lazy days of summer?  Sweet routine.  I function well with structure and must have something to do in front of me.  If I’m going to have a lazy day, it will still involve a plan of relaxation!

4) Stick to the basics or Frills and ruffles?  Stick to the basics.  I am really practical!  If it’s not useful, why bother?

5) Eggs and toast or Yogurt and granola?  Eggs and toast – it’s what I had this morning!  I find it more filling than yogurt.

6) Trailblazer or Rule follower?  Rule follower married to a trailblazer which equals fights and funny stories!

7) Food Network or HGTV?  Neither (don’t hate me).  I’m not a good cook and I’m terrible at gardening and home improvement projects.  If I had to pick, I’d go for Food Network so I could learn to cook something other grilled chicken (which I am good at!).


Fun answers, Arlene! Grilled chicken is a summer staple around our house, especially since my husband mans the grill and gives me a night off from cooking. 🙂 And I know all about fights and funny stories in marriage. I tend to be the rule-follower in our house too. You know what they say about opposites… 🙂

Thanks so much for being here today!


Meet and Greet with Author Arlene Pellicane | www.sarahforgrave.com31 Days to a Happy Husband

31 Days to a Happy Husband shows you how to enjoy a DREAM marriage through practical instruction that will meet the deepest needs of your man.  Not only will you have a happy husband, but you’ll also have a happy marriage as you strengthen your relationship using the five DREAM keys in the book:

D:  Domestic Tranquility – A husband needs a peaceful haven.

R:  Respect – A husband needs to be honored in his home.

E:  Eros – A husband needs a fulfilling sex life.

A:  Attraction – A husband needs to be attracted to his wife.

M:  Mutual activities – A husband needs to have fun with his wife.


Blog Readers: Let’s talk…How are you and your spouse opposites? Or if you’re single, do you have any close friendships that have developed with someone who is an “opposite” from you? Any fun stories that illustrate your differences?



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26 thoughts on “Meet and Greet with Author Arlene Pellicane

  • August 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    How are you and your spouse opposites?

    My husband is a procrastinator! I am not….drives me crazy! He is also a slob (saying this in a nice way!) I’m a neat freak. However, if I am in the kitchen cooking and I leave a drawer or cabinet door open because I am not finished taking something out of it yet, he will come behind me and close it!! Drives me nuts! Also, if I’m eating a granola bar and leave the wrapper beside me on the sofa until I get up again and throw it away…he will have that wrapper snatched off the sofa and in the waste basket before you can count to three. Yet his work bench area in the garage and the kitchen table is full of his stuff scattered here and there! Go figure! 🙂

    I think I could learn a lot from Arlene’s book and would love to win a copy. I enjoyed the interview with Arlene and I thank her for this giveaway.

    Judy judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      LOL, Judy, Sounds like you and your hubby have lots of fun in your house. I’ll admit I tend to be the cleaner-upper-after, and it’s been known to drive my husband crazy. 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    It’s wonderful to meet Arlene! Thanks for the introduction, Sarah. 🙂 I enjoyed reading your interview. I need to check out her books. Thanks also for doing the giveaway; I would love to be entered. Happy Monday!

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the interview, Karen. Happy Monday to you as well! 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I love to cook and eat just about anything. My husband is the pickiest eater in the entire world. He hates anything that’s not completely plain. Blah!! 🙂

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      I bet that’s an extra challenge for you, Stephanie! I’m still waiting to see your culinary skills in action. 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    This book looks wonderful and it was so great to *meet* Arlene! I know my husband would love for me to win a copy (LOL), and I would too. 🙂

    Tweeting now…

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      LOL, Jenny, Wouldn’t every husband love it if we read this book?! Thanks for visiting and tweeting! 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    What a fun post! Love the theme of Arlene’s book. How are my husband and I different? My husband loves to camp — and I love to watch him camp. My husband is Mr. Neat and I’m, well, not.

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Haha, Beth, I know what you mean about camping. I can tolerate it for one night but not much longer.

  • August 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Fun interview! Nice to meet Arlene!
    My hubby and I share many things like the love of history and sports, but we are total opposites when it come to our brains. He is the super math wizard, and I am the artistic science geek. We blend somewhere in the middle.

    • August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Meeting in the middle is always a good thing, Loree! And I love that you share hobbies.

  • August 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Fun interview! Your book looks great, Arlene! 🙂

    I’m an on-time kind of person and my husband is perpetually late. That’s made for some…interesting…conversations… LOL

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      LOL, Lindsay, I have a feeling I know exactly how those conversations go. 😉

  • August 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Great interview! I love steak too. My hubs loves sushi. 🙂 We are very different. Using Meyers-Brigg, we’re opposite on everything except the P. Which actually means we kind of work well in living out life since we’re both spontaneous, somewhat messy types. *grin*

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      Embrace the similarities, I guess, right, Jessica? 🙂 I love it.

  • August 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    would love to read this book 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    nice to “meet” you arlene! always enjoy another tall person to know. 🙂 looks like a fun book to review for my blog! thanks for the giveaway, sarah.

    • August 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      Another tall person….That reminds me, Jeannie…I need to start doing neck exercises so I can hang out with all you glamazons at conference next month. 🙂

  • August 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Sarah & Arlene –

    Thanks for the interview. My late husband and I were opposites in many ways, but I prefer to think of our differences as complementary. He was strong where I was weak and vice versa.

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway. I’d rather one of the other ladies won. 🙂


    • August 21, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I love your perspective, Susan. Thanks for stopping by today. 🙂

  • August 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

    A girl with an inner cheerleader and some red in her hair married a doesn’t-like-surprises accountant type. That’s how opposite we are. And we really, really, really like each other, just hitting our 25th a couple of weeks ago. We can’t pay to be bored around here, that’s for sure. All those differences have us tied in knots or laughing out loud, but never bored.

    There’s that.

    Waving and grinning at you both,


    • August 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

      I love that you can laugh at your differences, Rhonda. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in your house sometime. 🙂

  • August 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    This sounds like an excellent book! My hubby and I are opposites – he’s the outgoing, laid-back one, and I’m the introvert, easily-stressed one. 🙂 But it makes for a great relationship as we help and learn from each other.

    • August 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      You guys sound like long-lost twins of my hubby and me, Stacy. We’re exactly the same way. 🙂

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