The possibilities of making the kinds of connections you want are very realistic, and many long lasting relationships and marriages have begun via online dating services, not to mention casual relationships as well if that is what you prefer. The possibilities are all right there and waiting for you, but there are a few key rules you need to know and follow in order to find your perfect date online. Download to learn The Golden Rules of Online Dating – 6 essential rules to finding the perfect online date!
If you tend to forget something important each time you plan to go on a family vacation, this post will help you get organized with different packing lists for different categories. Traveling alone or with a group of friends or a significant other used to be so hassle-free, all you needed was a couple of your favorite clothes, some essential toiletries and voila, you are ready. As long as you have your credit cards, passports, and other travel documentation, there isn’t much else you would need.
However, when kids get into the picture, everything drastically changes, and a lengthy packing list is required. You need to plan for the trip a couple of weeks before your departure, and still, people manage to forget a lot of stuff.
You see, when there are kids with you, you can never be too prepared for different eventualities. However, you with following packing lists, you can ease-up before heading to the airport.
Packing essentials for your family and kids
There are plenty of things here that you might not need, but hopefully, this list will help you create a benchmark for your own family holiday or weekend getaway packing list. You could select whatever you need, and add things of your own too.
Accessories you would need when traveling with your family
There is a variety of excellent family travel accessories that you can choose, and getting the right stuff for your vacation can make all the difference in the world. For example, a durable, multi-functional baby stroller is an absolute essential.
You can have the stroller checked-in before you board and request the airline to deliver it to you when you land so that your kids don’t get exhausted walking so much at the airport. Another vital accessory that you should pack with you is a portable baby seat booster.
A baby booster seat will help keep the little person safe during airport transfers or when you plan to travel via taxi at the holiday destination. Anyways, in light of this, mentioned below is a short list of essentials you will need for your babies:
Your toiletries list for the holidays
Your bag of toiletries will become twice the size when you are traveling with the little ones, and it will be primarily filled with stuff for the toddlers. If you are going for a week or two, then you won’t need large bottles of body wash or shampoos. However, here is a list of essential toiletries you will need for your next vacation:
First aid essentials for your travels
Well, this is also another bag that will grow twice in size when you travel with your family. And it should; you need to ensure you are prepared for any eventualities such as sudden illnesses or mishaps. Here is a list of important things you need to have before you leave for the airport.
Documentation essentials for your journey
Sure, these are boring to arrange, but they are important – you wouldn’t be able to travel if you don’t have them! So, make sure you have the following on you at all times when you travel:
Packing list for when you are planning a beach vacation
If you are preparing to go on a beach vacation, it is essential to have additional essential items that will help make your travels smooth and carefree. It is hard for many people to arrange for diapers and nappies when they are on a beach vacation, and this can get stressful. So pack your own.
Moreover, there are a few other items on the list that you should pack no matter how trivial they are. That is because hotel shops will charge a ridiculous amount of money for things like sunscreens, sunglasses, towels, bug spray, ethical shoes, etc.
So there you go, an elaborate, albeit vital list of things that you need to pack whenever you plan a family vacation.
Relationships can be an exhausting yet exhilarating piece of our lives. Break-ups and make-ups are a part of life, and in the future, you’ll be able to look back and say you learned from them. Through the ups and downs, however, it can be hard to decide when to hold on and when to let go of someone. As sensitive human beings, we like to spare others’ feelings and avoid conflict which can lead to us staying in toxic or unhealthy relationships. Here are some signs that your relationship is not healthy and you might be better off separating from your partner.
Your health is suffering
Sometimes at the end of a relationship, we don’t realize the toll that it has taken on our mental or physical health. Continuous arguing or tension with your partner can elicit several symptoms of stress like hair loss or insomnia. You can minimize some of these effects of stress with a hair loss treatment or natural sleep aids, or by seeking advice from a medical professional. While medications are viable solutions for these symptoms, you should perceive these as signs of some weakness in your relationship that needs to be addressed and followed up with therapy or counseling.
Your relationship with your family is affected
A common signal of an unhealthy relationship is when your family or loved ones disapprove of the relationship. While you shouldn’t make decisions about your relationship solely based upon the opinions of others, when the whole family does not approve, it can be very telling. If your relationship or your partner is driving a wedge between you and your loved ones, it’s time to cut ties. If your partner gets angry, upset, or jealous when you want to spend time with someone besides them, or verbalizes their blatant dislike of your family, that is not healthy behavior and could mean it’s time to break up.
There is a lack of communication
Communication is known to be one of the keys to a healthy relationship, and when that communication starts to fade away, it can be detrimental. If you or your partner are neglecting to express your feelings or needs, there’s a chance that it’s a major contributor to your unhappiness. There are little ways to improve communication with your partner every day, like asking them questions, listening to them, and expressing your appreciation. However, if you see little improvement after a lot of effort, you might find that you might communicate better with someone else.
There’s a mutual sense of unhappiness
Most healthy relationships go through rough patches; however, when your happiness is sacrificed, your relationship has likely reached an unhealthy point. Oftentimes, couples experience hardships that they can’t get past, but continue to hold onto their relationship. Some ways to tell you’re unhappy include not feeling good enough, finding everyday tasks meaningless, and feeling like you don’t belong. When you start to notice that you’re unhappy the majority of the time you spend with your partner, consider moving on.
You’re thinking about someone else
Amidst the tension or obstacles that you and your partner may be facing, you might find yourself thinking about what might have become of a past relationship. This is not something to feel bad about because you’re only human, but there could be a deeper meaning to dreaming about a past relationship with someone else. This is a clear indication that you are in a troubled relationship. If you’re thinking about someone other than your significant other, it’s time to reevaluate your existing relationship and get to the root of the problem.
You have different values
As you’re developing a relationship with someone, it can take a while for you to get to know them. You learn about their personality, their future goals, and their outlook on life. Upon these new conversations, you might find that your partner has different values or doesn’t want the same things as you. If you’re looking to get married and have children but find out your partner doesn’t believe in marriage, there is nothing wrong with deciding not to spend any more time with that person. It can be not only healthy, but also fun to look for new people who have the same values as you, so don’t be afraid to end the relationship and seek a partner who is compatible with your personality.
Others are encouraging you to end your relationship
It’s one thing if your family doesn’t approve of your relationship, but when your family and friends are vocal about their concern for your relationship, it can be a tough pill to swallow. However, sometimes the people that are closest to us have better judgment than we think. As hard as it may seem, an outside perspective can be really beneficial when making a decision, especially from one who has your best interest at heart. Despite the urge to disregard anyone’s perception of your relationship, take input from your loved ones when you are unsure of what you should do.
There are signs of physical or emotional abuse
Physical or emotional abuse from a partner can be very difficult to identify. Physical abuse can come in many different forms, like restraining, shoving, or reckless driving. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, can present as anything from insults to intimidation to financial dependence. Abuse of any kind is grounds for terminating a relationship, so it’s critical to recognize signs early on for your own safety. If you’re a victim of domestic violence and are looking to get out of your relationship or simply need advice, try a resource hotline for domestic assault.
Though it can be one of the hardest decisions to make in life, cutting ties with your relationship could be exactly what you need to do to improve your overall well-being. When you’re with someone you love, it can be so much harder to recognize patterns of unhealthy behaviors. This is why it’s so important to listen to your loved ones when something seems off and to take a step back and reevaluate whether or not you should be in this relationship.
However, remember that there are very few relationship problems that can’t be solved. There are ample ways to improve your relationship once you can address the issue. If you both, as a couple, cannot seem to solve your problems on your own, seek advice from a couple’s therapist, because if you really believe you are with the right person, it deserves all the effort necessary to salvage your relationship.
Weddings often tend to focus on the bride. Most women have been dreaming of their ideal wedding since their childhood, so it is easy for them to take complete control over the wedding planning process. With the bride often having strong opinions on the colors, decor, and even the invitations, it can be hard for the groom to feel like he is an important part of the planning or the wedding. The bride is also tasked with hiring professionals to help with her hair and makeup. Now, grooms, you may think that you don’t have a lot of involvement in perfecting your look for the big day. While you may not enlist the help of professionals you should be taking the necessary steps to prepare yourself to look and feel your best!
While your bride is completely immersed in the wedding planning, take this time to pamper yourself and get ready for your big day! Here is a wedding preparation timeline for the grooms out there:
Diet and Exercise
4-5 months before
We talk a lot about how the bride wants to look her best on the big day, but what about the groom? As the groom, you often don’t feel as much pressure to reach a level of looking perfect before the wedding. That doesn’t mean that you can’t start to think about how you want to look and feel on your big day! If you know that you would like to start taking steps toward being healthier, then you should start 4-5 months before the wedding date!
Begin to prioritize eating healthy and exercising regularly. If you don’t know where to begin, consult a personal trainer or look for work out guides online. With the time it takes to plan a wedding, you may have to schedule time during your day to make this a priority. This could mean getting up early or putting a hobby on pause during the months before the big day. Make prioritizing your health a couple’s activity that you can do with your bride-to-be. The stress of wedding planning is very real so taking the time to grocery shop together, cook together, and exercise can provide a break. By taking on a healthy goal together, your bond as a couple will grow and you’ll feel so accomplished!
The Suit or Tux?
3 months before ~ 2 weeks before
As you know, the wedding dress is extremely important! Your bride has likely been thinking about the style, the color, and the shoes since you started getting serious. As the groom, you may be thinking that your attire is an afterthought. This is simply not true! You deserve to feel handsome in your suit or tuxedo. Most grooms opt for a black suit with accents, like a boutonniere or pocket square, that matches the wedding’s color scheme. You can make a suit more formal by adding a vest or tie. If you love to add a pop of color, get yourself a cool pair of socks. Every groom should ask their fiancee if she has any expectations about the suit ensemble!
Grooms (and groomsmen) should try on their ensembles three months before the wedding. And if you’ve been actively working on your health, you will want to get a fitting two weeks before the big day! This will give you and your tailor time to make any necessary adjustments without feeling like you’re rushing against the clock! If you’re at a loss for what is appropriate for your wedding, then consider the following things: venue, time of year, and dress code. These three things will help guide your decision! Your venue and dress code often go hand in hand. For instance, your dress code will not be casual if you booked a country club ballroom. The time of year can also affect what you and your guests will wear. If your wedding date in on a hot summer day, your guests will likely be dressed more casually.
New Skin Care Routine
3 months before
Your wedding photos will be a memory that you’ll look at for years after the big day. Of course, the photographer will retouch all of the pictures, but having great skin will help you feel confident and handsome. By starting a skincare routine three months in advance, you give your skin time to become radiant and healthy.
You don’t have to have an intricate 5 step process, but being mindful of how you treat your skin on a daily basis will do wonders. Keeping it simple will help you maintain the new routine. Unless you have serious skin concerns, then cleansing and moisturizing should be your main goals! You should wash your face twice a day- morning and night- and rinse your face after you’ve been sweating heavily. If you have dry or irritated skin, find a hypoallergenic moisturizer to apply after washing your face. When shaving, pair a brand new razor with shaving cream and post-shave balm to calm your skin. Remember razors should be replaced after six to eight shaves to reduce irritation and the possibility of cutting yourself as you shave. When your wedding day arrives, your skin will thank you for all the love and care!
Do you know what it takes to impress a lady? Is it the eyes that women find attractive or it’s the color of skin? Despite the years of studies, books, poems, romantic comedies that have tried to tackle the critical subject of what motivates opposite sex, men still fail to unlock the mysteries.
But, folks! Just because you will never figure out what precise goes inside women heads, doesn’t mean they can’t attract any women. Of course, every woman is different, but there are some common traits that they value in men. Here are some personality traits that can make women fall in love with you:Continue reading
Married couples who dedicate a date night together once a week are reportedly much happier in their relationship than those who don’t consider it so much of a priority. It is also reported that couples who prioritise date nights (and don’t talk about finances when they’re out) have a healthier and more substantive sex life. Therefore, when aiming to break up the mundane, how you spend your date night should always vary. Going for a bike ride and stopping in the park for a picnic of nice cheeses, crackers and wine on a beautiful day will definitely keep things fresh. Yet it’s also vitally important to mix it up and keep it interesting on the occasional date night in.
The Pleasures Of Cooking
22% of couples reportedly wish their partners would cook for them more often. When a couple spends quality time in the heart of the home, they’ll often engage in conversation, creating a unique connection that wouldn’t otherwise occur. The greatest triggers for evoking memories are taste and smell, so with a well planned evening, you’re bound to create some memorable experiences. If only one person is cooking and good conversation is stoked, you should learn more about each other than you’d otherwise know. If cooking together, you’ll have the added benefit of sharing your knowledge of cooking with each other.
Touching and sharing throughout will enrich the entire experience. Sampling the ingredients together and asking for input is not only romantic, but shares in the creation of the meal and breaks down boundaries. It’s always important to create an atmosphere of equality. If the dish is a winner and all your senses are satisfied and nourished, you’ll feel more closely connected, experiencing pleasure, and the person you’re cooking for will feel intimately cared for. 87% of couples feel cooking is one of the most relationship-strengthening activities at home. Like any aspect of a relationship, that meal is so much more than the food. It’s everything that builds up to it.
Setting The Mood
Get the ambience just right. Make sure your home is clean. Bring in some romantic lighting. Light scented candles throughout the room, choosing scents whose aromas will complement the smells of your cooking. Take your time and make the evening last. Keep it interesting. Put on soft romantic music you both like. Set the table nicely, and have an elegant hors-d’oeuvre spread. Consider starting with an appetiser of figs wrapped in prosciutto with a warm croissant and a nice brie. Have a lovely bottle of wine already opened. Treat your partner as if it was your first date and you’re really trying to impress. While cooking, stir up an interesting conversation. Share funny stories or experiences they might never have heard before, and they’ll likely reciprocate. You’ll learn more about each other. Find a fun or spicy trivia site online, and play some two-person trivia. The winner wins a backrub or a foot massage.
Plan Out Your Intermission
Once your cooking is at a good stopping point and everything is prepared, take a break and go for a brief walk through the neighbourhood. Watch the sunset together, and get your blood moving. Come back and share with your partner that art book you love that they’ve never seen. Or read that romantic poem you know. Whip up some truffle oil popcorn and watch a movie. Consider a documentary that’ll stir up conversation and get you both exchanging ideas. Or listen to a podcast or old time radio mystery. Both of these ideas are good for being able to pause, allowing you some snuggle time and physical interaction. Don’t be in a rush. The whole idea is spending quality time together so as every aspect of your relationship feels nourished.
The Decadent Main Course And The Joy Of Dessert
When it’s finally time for dinner, surprise your partner with steamed artichokes with a garlic goat-butter dipping sauce with a sprinkle of saffron on the top, and oysters on the side. Nothing’s better at breaking through barriers or inhibitions then indulging in sexy, messy food that forces you to take it slow and enjoy all the dish has to offer. After dinner, dive into ripe halved pomegranates and a plate of rich broken chocolate. Chocolate contains the same chemicals that your brain creates to induce a feeling of falling in love, and thereby triggers the release of endorphins.
After your messy dinner and dessert, finish off the evening bathing together in a sparkling clean tub. Turn the lights off, and fill the bathroom with scented candles to keep that romantic atmosphere going. Nearly half of British couples spend more time together in the bath for conversation and catching up than over dinner. All the more reason to break up the routine and create some intimate memories that go beyond the everyday mundane. Share in intimate conversation with your partner. Keep learning, and keep asking, and keep sharing. In every regard, there should be consistency in showing that you care.
It’s no secret that couples have a strong need to understand one another and be understood. Casting any mind reading aside, certain things should be fairly obvious. Not taking your partner for granted and not being self-centric is a pretty basic start. Remember, everyone’s favourite subject is themselves. Focus on your partner’s favourite subject. Getting to know someone for the first time isn’t hard. The getting-to-know-you questions are simple, and it’s easy to feel as if you’re standing on firm ground. But once you’ve been in a relationship with someone for a while, you have to realise that there’s an entire universe within that person. Making an effort to continue to explore the depths of your partner will lead to opening new doors between you, and encourage continual growth together. This should be what every date night boils down to, from the very first date to this next Friday night.
Over 1.5 million young people were bullied in 2018, according to a survey by Ditch The Label. While bullying is mostly a school problem, it happens in relationships; from teenage ones to married couples. The sad thing is, despite being in a seemingly happy relationship that even includes special dates with your partner, you may be a victim of bullying in your relationship and you don’t know it. The mental and physical health effects of bullying are diverse and long-lasting. That’s why it’s important to explore common signs to look out for and how to deal with bullying in a relationship.
Relationships are supposed to be fun, interesting and generally happy. Planning great moments like movie nights and dates with your partner helps maintain that spark and is generally a good thing for both your lives. However, that does not have to be the sole indicator of a happy marriage or relationship. Other minor details that your partner intentionally does could be indicators of emotional bullying and understanding them is vital. Emotional bullying is hard to identify or admit to and is easily dismissed, especially if there are happy moments. If your partner is exhibiting the following 6 signs, then that is emotional abuse.
Interrupts All Conversations
No relationship is perfect, and that means you will not always see eye to eye with your partner. When disagreements occur, you should aim to solve conflicts through conversation and compromise. If you find that your partner is always interrupting you when you talk, then this is emotional bullying. If you cannot have a decent and productive conversation with a feasible solution, then you are being abused.
Accusations and Blame
“If you love me, you wouldn’t…” Sound familiar? You are being emotionally abused. At the end of the day, you are different people who will select different choices given the same chances. If your partner is always manipulating you using that statement, then that is a sign. Ending every relationship hiccup with tears is also an indicator.
Punishments and Vengeful Motives
Once you disagree and quarrel, the best thing to do is usually to bring it up later when you are both calm and apologize. But with emotional abusers, you will find this is not their default method. They seek to punish you for that mistake, however minor, by either ignoring your calls, hanging up or giving you the silent treatment. In extreme cases, revenge such as going out late, withholding sex, flirting with other people, or refusing to do house chores are common.
Threatens With Suicide or Divorce
When the two methods above do not work effectively, then an emotional abuser will threaten you, especially if you try to leave. If your partner always threatens to divorce you or commit suicide, then you are in an emotionally abusive relationship. Such people also bring up the past a lot during such episodes.
This mostly disguises itself as concern and love but lowkey infringes on your personal freedom. According to Dr Lisa Ferentz on Psychology Today, a partner who insists you spend all your free time with them, dress in a certain way or change certain things in your life is exploiting you emotionally. When you such signs, try to talk it over with your partner to see if it can change. Otherwise, seek counseling from experts.
Isolates You from Friends and Family
This sign of relationship abuse is one of the most extreme ones and usually, you will have gone through a couple of the ones above before you get here. It starts with wanting to spend all your time with them and slowly escalates to not spending time with anyone else. If your friends are complaining they don’t see you as much and it is not out of your choice, then please reevaluate your relationship.
Dealing With Emotional Abuse
Chances are you won’t know it is happening, but knowing signs to look out for can help. Once you spot any of these emotional abuse signs in your relationship, you need to have a deep conversation about it. If one of you is angry, try taking time to cool off before attempting a solution. Counselling, mediation or therapy should also be tried if you are both willing to get rid of the toxicity in the relationship. If it cannot be salvaged, then you might want to consider leaving before it escalates further.
This type of bullying happens in marriages, or with couples who are cohabiting. In some cases, it may be coupled with emotional abuse which makes it harder to spot in the instances it is not. The easiest indicator of financial bullying is you are restricted from using or earning money. Your partner may give you a monthly allowance and chastise you for overspending even by a dollar. You have to seek permission to carry out grocery shopping and necessities especially if your partner makes more money. Stay at home spouses are more likely to experience this.
Once you spot it, have a sit down with your partner and explain how you feel about it. Insist that you also make money decisions where the family is concerned. Making a family financial budget plan with an income and report should be a combined effort. On the allowance, both of you should have a reasonable allowance whose expenditure is fully transparent.
In 2018, over 2 million people were victims of domestic violence in the U.K according to the Office of National Statistics. Physical bullying is where your partner’s aggression escalates to a physical fight that actually leaves bruises on your body. It is critical to note that either gender can inflict physical harm regardless of their size. The earliest sign is usually hurling things all over the house during a disagreement. The anger is then directed at you and may extend to pets and kids.
Leaving may take a few tries but it can be done. The first thing to do is recognize it is happening and take a stand against it. You should then report it through a helpline if it is during one of those episodes. If not, seek out help, speak to someone about it and find an exit strategy. Be sure to protect the kids first if there are any and document the abuse interactions. It sounds dramatic but it will stand up both in family and child custody courts.
Bullying is never a one-time thing. If your partner is bullying you, expect more episodes of the same with an increasing frequency. Do not let it get to the physical bullying stage if you can. Otherwise, take steps to protect yourself out of that toxic relationship. Remember, bullying has a lasting effect on both your mental and physical health. Spotting the signs could save your life, literally.
Seeking love and companionship is a natural human desire! Everyone wants someone with whom they can share their life path and grow old together. Meeting the right life partner or soul mate is a dream for many people. So, if you are an African American or a Caucasian, in search for your special someone, don’t hesitate to show up in the best interracial dating and make the most of it. You never know how a simple conversation might translate into a deep, loving, compassionate and soulful connection you always wanted for life!
The authenticity factor
Most people willing to date often shy away from the dating sites! The online world is vast, and almost anyone can create a website. It makes people question the authenticity of online dating sites. But today, there are secure and authentic sites to make interested American Africans, Caucasians, Hispanic, Asians, Latinos and others meet their potential partners. These sites follow security encryption that secures all the member details. Furthermore, you can filter your search preferences and assess your experience. To know more about this, you can get in touch with Black dating sites and check out the details.
Make the most of free registration policy
People at times think that the online interracial dating sites are expensive. The truth is you get your registration completely free. There are membership plans that are half-yearly or annual with a stipulated membership fee. And with that you have the chance to browsing through many profiles, expressing your thoughts for a person through a message and starting a communication. If you don’t want to pay right at the start, you can check out how the site works by registering free. Once you get convinced, you can choose a membership plan that you find suits your preference and is cost-effective.
Chat with members online
Sometimes, it takes people to break their inhibition about online dating! They may have had unfavorable experiences in the past, which has made them slightly cautious and judgmental. It’s always better to go slow and easy with online dating. The dating sites today provide an online chatting option. If you don’t want to share your contact details right away, you can launch in the messenger of the concerned dating site and chat with people you like. It will give you all the time you need to get comfortable with the online dating process.
Does it work?
It is a pertinent question that most people ask! And it is essential to have a practical understanding of this situation. An interracial online dating site helps you to get connected with others looking forward to a partner. It is essential for you to chat, date and find out with who you have a soul connection. Sometimes, it takes time to meet that special someone. But that doesn’t mean that person doesn’t exist. You need to be a little patient, meet new people and keep an open mind about online dating and relationships.
Today, you can choose from a host of interracial and black dating sites. You can research on a few, compare the services, membership plan and fees before you make the final decision.
With recent research suggesting that 50% of couples will meet online by the year 2031, there’s no doubt that the world of online dating is changing. But the truth is, despite its dominance, the old and tested first meet up with your new date is always considered a great confidence booster. So, if your crush finally asked you on a date or that hot date on Tinder, how do you prepare for it? You have an important and special date coming up and you have little idea on how to go about it. If you haven’t been in the dating scene for a while, this can be quite overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Special dates are an easy way to fan flames of love in your relationship if done correctly.
Go Beyond the Normal Skin Care Routine
Depending on the outfit you select for this special date, your appearance is still one of the first things people notice on sight. Your face should be a bestseller. If you have a working skin regimen that you follow religiously, then your skin should be all set for the big night. If not, ensure you exfoliate and moisturize in advance to get that clear skin that boosts your confidence. Men should be careful with cleaning up thoroughly to get rid of sweaty scents. Taking a head-to-toe shower is advisable. If you are a woman who is into the latest 2019 trends in makeup, you might want to try it. Do not overdo it though as it may flake if it stays for long.
Get Rid of Unwanted Hairs
You might have shaved your legs and armpits a few days ago but I bet you haven’t waxed or plucked your eyebrows for a while. For your special date, you might want to take care of that. Threading your brows gives them a definite shape that adds to your facial appeal. As a man, trim your beard to a neat length. While at it, you might want to wax as you never know where the special night might lead. It is a good thought to be prepared and even if it doesn’t work out, you still get to practice good hygiene procedures.
Eat Small Snacks Beforehand
This might sound awkward, but more often than not, eating is not usually the date. People will plan any of 22 activities for a date such as a football game, a movie or even an outdoors excursion before they think of dinner. A special date can be one of these activities or simply a dinner date. Either way, it is critical to have small snacks beforehand. They help reduce your anxiety and give you more time to concentrate on the date. However, do not eat much as the date might just be a six-course meal that you will be unable to indulge in if you are already full.
Check Your Wallet
Cash is king while you are out on a date even though you prefer your credit cards. If it was your idea to have a special date, be prepared to foot the bills regardless of your gender. While most men still prefer to pay, it has become common for women to pay too, or going Dutch on first dates. Even if you had a prior arrangement, ensure you carry extra cash for the special date as it may extend way into the night. In such an instance, having extra cash for other activities is a good idea. Carry both your cards and extra cash just in case.
Avoid Grand Surprises
Surprises are good and a little bit of mystery will make the special date even more memorable. But avoid withholding all the details of your plan. You might think it is a good idea to visit the theater or try sushi yet your date hates the theater and is allergic to sushi. Find a way to run the idea to your date without revealing your whole plan such as asking what they are allergic to.
Prepare Conversation Starters
According to Forbes, holding an interesting conversation may be a thing you can actually learn. If you are lucky, the conversation will flow smoothly into and throughout the date. Nonetheless, it has to have a beginning point that you should plan in advance. Keep it interesting but not too intrusive. You might also want to implement turn-taking to avoid bubbling all the time and give your date the chance to initiate conversation.
Should You Sport High Heels?
According to LiveStrong, one of the benefits of high heels is that they make you look classy and sophisticated, especially if you are out in an expensive restaurant. They are the perfect choice for a dinner date and you should wear them if you feel comfortable. However, high heels can be quite a drag if you have to spend many hours in them, especially if you opt for a walk in the park after the date or want to engage in any other outdoor activity.
Clean Your Bathroom
Special dates are known to last for more than just the dinner. If that is the case, you might want to be prepared to spend the night. Depending on whose house is nearer, you just might spend the night there. Clean your bathroom in advance as your date might be put off once they see it and call it off by morning. You do not have to thoroughly scrub it if that is not part of your cleaning schedule. Just make sure it is clean, neat and tidy.
Carrying condoms in your purse or wallet might seem presumptuous, but in the heat of the moment, it sure does come in handy. In as much as your date is the perfect person and you see yourself spending the rest of your life with them after a few tequila shots, you might want to slow down. Making a rash decision that may tie you down for the rest of your life is unfair to both of you. So, carry protection just in case the date ends in that direction. However, if that is the purpose of the special date, then, by all means, do have fun. As an extra tip, ensure you arrive on time.
Going on a special date is supposed to be fun and romantic. If planned well, such a date can create sparks between the two of you which may lead to a longer lasting relationship. Even if you are married, such a date helps you rediscover your partner and keep the love burning. Learning how to plan and prepare for your special date ensures that your love blossoms beautifully.
Sexual attraction between couples is heightened when they do something different, exciting, adrenaline-inducing, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This suggests that couples can benefit from travelling in a way that is different from the norm and when it comes to adventure and romance, few means of travel beat cruising. New destinations and styles of voyage mean that cruising is no longer marketed exclusively at well-to-do retirees with unlimited time on their hands. Today, cruising can involve destinations to wild jungles, pristine islands, or snake-like fjords that appeal to adventure-loving couples wishing to reconnect and rekindle the sparks of romance. Read on and discover the many features that make a sea voyage such an ideal choice when it comes to bonding with your spouse or partner.
A Night Out, Every Night
How often do you get to go to an elegant dinner with your partner – one in which you can both get dolled up to the nines, enjoy a five-course meal, and dance to live music afterwards? Cruising differs from air travel in this respect; it is an invitation to enjoy a meal out every evening, and to impress your partner while doing so. You might be surprised at some of the many shows you can enjoy on a cruise – everything from Shakespearean plays to rock shows, and hit musicals like Mamma Mia!.
Onboard Couples Spa Experiences
Many sea voyages catered for couples offer treatments meant to be enjoyed by couples together. Imagine enjoying a hot stone massage, soothing Swedish massage, or gentle anti-ageing facial, with your partner at your side. These liners have couples therapy rooms, where you can enjoy everything from acupuncture to a dip in a relaxing whirlpool. As noted in a study published in the Journal of Happiness, vacation has a profound effect on stress, enabling you to sleep better and create better resilience so you can buffer future stress when we return to work. Opting for spa treatments cuts to the chase, directly addressing tension and pain in muscles and tissues. The result is a more relaxed state – one which is more conducive when it comes to getting ‘in the mood for love’.
Cutting Down on Anxiety
Once you board your cruise ship, you can pretty much begin to unwind. All-inclusive meals, exotic cocktails, and excellent wine highlight the holiday aspect of your time off, and you can save yourselves from the anxiety of airport changes, flight transfers, and delays. Everything is taken care of – including transport to and from your ports of call, and city and adventure breaks alike are pre-planned and organised. The plethora of onboard and port activities allow you to travel at your own pace. Athletic couples and city slickers will probably be out and about at different ports almost daily, while those who simply want to chill out can take advantage of an empty ship and stay in, visiting the spa or simply lounging by the pool or taking part in onboard yoga, Tai Chi, surfing, or aerobics sessions.
Ships to Opt For
If you have decided that a cruise is right for you, then do your research beforehand to find liners that specialize in couples-centred voyages. The Caribbean Princess is home to the gorgeous Lotus Spa – with a host of couple-focused treatments – and a stunning Piazza that will make you and your lover feel like you are strolling through a quaint European village. Norwegian Bliss, meanwhile, offers al fresco dining on deck, and a luxury spa overlooking the ocean. Check out what different liners have to offer. Features such as on-deck gardens, Jacuzzis, and child-free areas are ideal. If you are bringing your children with you, there should be a plethora of kids activities and clubs on board – these areas are run by qualified personnel who will ensure your children are safe and well attended to.
Destinations that Put You in a Romantic Mood
Romance is what you make of it. When you are in love, simply being away – without any distractions pulling your attention in opposite directions – is more than enough. Still, it cannot be denied that some destinations have a romantic ‘pull’ that makes it far easier to enjoy ‘that loving feeling’. One of the most popular is Bora Bora, where over-the-water bungalows, crystalline waters, and a plethora of gorgeous sealife vie for your attention. The Caribbean islands are another revered spot for lovers. Think Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, or St Barts. The Caribbean has married its reputation as an island getaway with top-notch service and luxurious resorts that are literally worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. In Asia, islands like Palawan in the Philippines offer small, same-day island tours in which you can discover mysterious coves, swim with turtles and schools of fish swimming by, and enjoy the wonderful local cuisine. There is something about the feeling of warm sand beneath your feet that instantly connects you to the world outside but also instills a sensation of stillness and peace that allows you to truly comprehend how much your partner means to you.
When it comes to romantic travel, a short weekend away is wonderful, but a cruise is the stuff eternal memories are made of. The excitement of it all brings you closer to your partners, and the idea of visiting so many places in a relatively small amount of time, undoubtedly stimulates the mind and the senses. Cruises are specialised in relaxation, with top cruise liners boasting luxurious spas where voyagers can enjoy soothing massages and relaxing treatments, as well as soak up the benefits of whirlpool immersion. When you’re on a cruise, everything is prepared for you – from your bed to the cuisine. You won’t need to worry about booking tickets to the theatre in advance, either. Cruise liners offer a wealth of different types of entertainment – from red-hot musicals to soul-soothing jazz and blues. If you do take a cruise, make the most of it and enjoy the many activities offered both on- and off-board. Don’t forget to capture the moments on film, either. These shots will serve as a fabulous reminder of what is in store the next time you take to the seas with the love of your life.
Whether you’re dating, engaged, or have been married longer than you were ever single, every couple will benefit when they put time, energy, and love into their relationship. That’s why we have scoured the internet looking for the best blogs on marriage and relationships to help you have the best love life possible.
We have picks from young couples, marriages with a Christian background, sexy advice blogs, licensed marriage therapists and more. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve found it all!
Without further ado, here are 20 of the best blogs about marriage and relationships that are sure to keep your love life happy, healthy, and right on track.
This website and blog focus on date night ideas, features freebies and printable activities for couples to share, hosts a marriage seminar, and helps couples’ bond closer together. There are so many benefits to having a regular date night with your spouse, and the dating divas are “saving marriages, one date at a time.”
Could the title be any clearer? This website focuses on all things marriage and relationships. Couples will find a myriad of helpful articles on dating, marriage, relationship troubles, couple entrepreneurship, and parenting to help them live their best life possible.
It’s no secret that marriage isn’t always easy! Stay Married is a relationship-strengthening blog that contains resources for couples who want to stay married for the long haul. This blog has both helpful marriage articles and a relationship podcast.
Relationship researchers may already be familiar with Dr. Gottman’s method of strengthening marriage through therapy based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. This researched-based blog talks about everything from renewing your vows to taking control of jealousy. This blog is definitely worth the read.
This blog is the largest independent African American website about marriage and parenting available online. Run by Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, the two share the struggles and joys of maintaining a healthy marriage while parenting.
Infidelity, whether emotional or physical, is a huge part of why relationships fail. With the tagline “Follow our journey as we save our marriage after an emotional affair”, this is one marriage that doesn’t shy away from real problems in marriage.
Lovepanky boasts themselves as “Your guide to better love and relationships” and focuses on articles about sex, marriage, engagement, and keeping that spark alive.
From dealing with a partner who has a low sex drive to summer date night ideas, this advice website doesn’t shy away from married couples most asked questions!
A prioritized marriage reminds couples why it’s important to make their marriage their number one in life. This website has great articles that can bring couples closer together, such as couples bucket lists, marriage advice for newlyweds and more.
First inspired by her sadness at seeing all the unhappy marriages around her, Celeste launched a blog called “A Thing Called Love” which has now turned into a Marriage Laboratory. This is a fun website that boasts itself as being “Love experiments for busy couples” and caters to the working couple looking to spend a little more quality time together.
Married and Young is a blog that speaks from the perspective of married Christian couple Jamal and Natasha Miller. They share advice with couples and singles about marriage, dating, and getting engaged.
This website speaks to wives from the perspective of a newlywed and offers advice on sex, romance, pregnancy, couple’s travel and more.
Do you ever feel like you and your spouse simply cannot pay attention to each other? If so, this blog is for you. Melissa Orlov and Dr. Ned Hallowell share advice with couples about how to remain happy when one partner in the marriage has ADHD.
This blog began when its writer, Liz, got engaged to her now-husband. This blog is still going strong and details the everyday life of a working mother and parent.
This blog follows the realistic life of married wife Katie and Chris. They discuss everything from life and love, to what couples need to do when they stop actively listening to one another.
Could any list be complete without mentioning the fabulous Cosmopolitan magazine? This online mag is a one-stop shop for all thing’s marriage and relationships. From dating disaster stories, wedding planning, marital bliss, and an array of titillating and helpful sex advice, Cosmo has it all.
This online blog covers all things “Sex and Marriage by God’s Design”. Base on their tagline, this blog focuses on how to make Christian marriages thrive and explains the benefits that couples worship can have on a marriage.
Marriage 365 is a blog that covers serious topics about marriage. From learning how to deal with a self-centered spouse to providing practical tools and resources to create a connection with a partner, this website is truly devoted to helping couples.
From conflict resolution to intimacy, preparing for marriage to keeping the romance alive, To Love, Honor, & Vacuum is a blog dedicated to all things marriage. This website also offers couple’s fun online courses about how to deepen emotional intimacy and how to boost your libido for a healthier marriage.
This website is run by Christian couple Justine and Trisha Davis and helps couples to recognize warning signs to look out for in marriage. This couple stresses on the need for honesty and transparency in marriage and have even written a book devoted to helping couples worldwide.
Are there any couples out there who couldn’t benefit from a little refining? Couples can benefit tremendously from reading the advice found at any one of these fantastic marriage and relationship blogs.