Alba reveals her marriage secrets

Braintree and Witham Times: Jessica Alba revealed she and her husband make sure they spend time together Jessica Alba revealed she and her husband make sure they spend time together

Jessica Alba has revealed how nights in watching bad reality TV help keep the romance alive in her marriage.

The actress - who is mother to three-year-old Honor Marie and Haven, eight months - has been with her film producer husband Cash Warren for nine years and revealed in her blog on iVillage.com the secrets to their happy relationship.

Jessica wrote: "Cash and I have found that maintaining a family schedule is the key to making time for each other.

"Whether we're settling into the couch to watch bad reality television or getting a babysitter so we can enjoy a date night out, we always know we have dedicated time after the girls are asleep to catch up, discuss what's on our minds, and simply just be with each other (no cell phones or e-mail allowed!).

"Carving out this alone time is especially important after almost nine years together.

"Making time for our relationship in our daily routine, even though it's surprisingly predictable and may not seem as spicy as our spontaneous pre-kiddo days, really helps keep the romance alive."

The Spy Kids star also revealed how Cash still surprises her with romantic gestures, and she's a sucker for them.

She said: "Maybe it's because I'm 30 or maybe it's because I'm a mom, but I don't think romance is always about swinging from chandeliers, (although it's nice from time to time).

"It's really about the small gestures too. Recently when filming a movie in Atlanta, Cash surprised me by having a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to the set.

"It was a simple, heartfelt surprise that let me know he was thinking of me during my time away from home. I loved it."

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