Sep 2

If you are single and looking to meet some people to have a good time with or even have a romantic relationship with you are not alone!  Are you wondering where you can meet people to date and have a good time with?  There are many opportunities all around you that will allow you to come into contact with like minded individuals.

Finding a Date that is Right for You

Are you tired of meeting the same kind of people?  Does it seem like all of the people that you are dating are simply dead ends and you don’t want to keep dating this way?  If so, you are probably looking for people in the wrong place!  A lot of people complain that they can only meet people who want to party and they never meet people who take life seriously or want anything more.  Chances are if you are meeting people in a bar you are going to meet people who are looking for a good time.  If you want something more serious than a bar is not the right place to look.  When you consider this, suddenly it becomes obvious that you have to look for a date in a place or situation that is more ideal.

Many people are having a lot of luck with online dating.  The reason for this is that you can create a profile stating what kind of people you want and then you know that the people who get in touch with you must fill some of that criteria.  In addition, you will have a chance to chat with them and get to know them a little bit better online before you actually waste any time on them in your real life!  Basically, you get to weed out the unwanted people from the mix and meet those that you feel compelled to meet based on shared interests.

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Sep 2

Does your romantic partner tell you that you aren’t romantic enough?  Or, have you just noticed that you don’t have the romantic moments that you used to?  If so, romance doesn’t have to be dead in your relationship.  You can pick up where you left off before or you can begin to be openly romantic for the first time in your life.

One of the best ideas is to simply write down how you feel.  If you aren’t good at being openly romantic this is a great way to start.  Simply write your partner a letter about how they make you feel, about your relationship, and your love for them.  Try not to have this be an electronic letter, instead write it down on a piece of paper or in a card and hand it to your loved one, or even mail it to them to surprise them.  This is a simple but heart felt way to express your love and infuse a bit of romance into your life.

Another great idea is to celebrate your anniversaries in a romantic way.  A great idea is to start as many days before your anniversary as you have been together.  For instance, if you have been together for ten years start 10 days before your anniversary.  Send a rose or candy every day for ten days as a build up to your anniversary.  This will show your partner that you love them and that you really do want to romance them!  They will loved being showered by your love and gifts, too!

Create a “spouse appreciation night” at your home.  You can give your partner a coupon that is redeemable for something specific or you can have it be a “your choice”, allowing them to choose how they would like to redeem their coupon!  You should surprise your spouse every few weeks by presenting them with a coupon or special romantic gift.  You’d be surprised how exciting and romantic this can be!

Many people who need to bring a little romance into their life don’t have a lot of time.  You don’t need a lot of time on romance, it is the thought that counts.  When you are both home for the night surprise your spouse by lighting some candles, turning down the lights, and simply turning on your favorite song and asking them to dance.  This is simple and easy, but will make them swoon!  What you do after you dance is totally up to you!

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Sep 2

Having kids can be really hard on a relationship.  Both of the parties have to put the kids and their needs first and the result is that there is often very little time left over for the relationship.  While it can be challenging to keep the romance alive when you have kids, it is not impossible.  You just have to want to make time and then you will find that you are able to find those little moments that will come to mean so much.

When you have kids you have to learn how to change your expectations of the time with your spouse.  Before you had children you may have spent hours in bed together just talking, making love, and relaxing.  Chances are when you have kids this isn’t going to happen all that often, if at all.  When you do spend hours at a time in bed you’ll probably be sleeping.  Instead of focusing on the time that you don’t get in bed together, make the time that you do have count.  Tell the kids that you need to have some “parent time” and go in the bedroom and lock the door.  You may only get 20 to 30 minutes, but you can make a lot happen in that time!

You have to be willing to be spontaneous when you have kids.  If it is the middle of the afternoon and all of the kids are napping, why not make the most of it?  You don’t necessarily have to have sex, but you could find time to talk, share concerns, or just spend some quality time together.  The same thing can be said for the morning hours.  Why not get up 20 minutes earlier and have the morning time be your time to reconnect?  You would be amazed at how 20 minutes can make a big difference in your relationship!

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Sep 2

You may be backing off from dating because you are tired of spending money taking out people who are in the end, nothing more than a first date.  The great news is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a date, you just need to change your idea of what a date has to be.  It doesn’t matter where you live or who you’re dating, there are a lot of interesting things that you can do that will cost you little to nothing.

If you live near the beach there is nothing better than packing a lunch and hitting the beach together for the day.  Depending on where you live you may be able to splash and play in the water and even snorkel.  Being in the water together will be a lot of fun, and this doesn’t need to cost you anything!

If you don’t live near the beach, don’t worry, there are still great options.  Instead of heading to the beach, head to an area park.  Throw the blanket down on the ground, and have lunch together.  Sit around and talk, watch the clouds, and walk around the park together.  Again, this will cost you next to nothing!

Take a bike ride together and show your date some of your favorite places around town.  You may find that you have a lot of fun tooling around on your bikes, stopping to show one another your favorite places.  You may even find some romantic spots off the beaten path!  If you both like to bike you may find that you need little or no money to have a truly great time together during a whole afternoon.

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Sep 2

Dating with kids can be very difficult.  Not only do you need to find the date, you need to make sure that the person that you are dating is okay with you having children.  It can be difficult to find this person and even if you do find someone who is comfortable with you having a children you need to then consider when you will allow your children to meet the person.  How you deal with it is up to you, but you do need to give this some thought before you proceed.

For the sake of your children, you should not introduce them to everyone that you date.  In fact, you needn’t even tell your children that you are going out on a date, you can just let them know that you are going out.  The reason for this is that you don’t want your children to see you get excited for a date and then come home disappointed because then they will learn to feel anxious about you going out and dating, and they don’t need to feel this way.

Not only do you need to think about the comfort of your children, you need to wait to introduce your date to them until you are sure that your date is comfortable with the idea. Allow the person that you are seeing to get to know you first, and then allow them to work up to wanting to meet your kids.  As you get to know someone better you will get a feel for whether or not they are interested in having a relationship, if they aren’t, why bother having your kids meet them?

Only when you are sure that the person is going to be in your life for awhile should you introduce them.  Even then, you should start out slow and simply have them accompany you and your children somewhere that your children like to go.  Don’t make it a big deal, just have them be a presence and don’t require that your children interact with the person that you are seeing more than they are comfortable.  When you allow things to take their natural course they tend to work out much better for everyone.

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Sep 2

The world today allows for people who would have never met before to not only meet but also fall in love.  Long term relationships are as old as time, but despite many people having come before you, you may find that navigating such a relationship is not something that is easy.  If you turn to others for help you may hear tales of thwarted long distance relationships and relationships that just didn’t pan out because of the distance.  Don’t allow for these stories to keep you from loving someone who is not close, allow them to help you keep pushing forward and working for a relationship that you believe in.

Making a long distance relationship work will take some serious effort on your part. You have to be sure that you are not living completely separate lives, which means that you may need to make a concerted effort to do things together while on the phone.  A great way to do this is by renting the same movie and watching it together.  Simply hold the phone up to your ear while you watch and talk like you would if you were in the movie theatre.  Something silly like this will allow you to feel connected and continue to have dates, which will keep things fresh and will make the distance disappear for 90 minutes.

Try to see each other as often as possible.  Even the most well intentioned people need to see one another every once in awhile to make a relationship work.  If you don’t see each other it will be much more difficult to stay excited about the relationship and you will be a lot more tempted by those that are around you. When you can be together, make a running list of the things that you want to do when you are together.

Even though you can’t sit next to one another doesn’t mean you can’t see one another. Instead of talking on the phone, why not use an internet phone service that will allow you to not only talk, but see one another. This will give you the chance to physically lay eyes on one another, making you feel like you are in a relationship and not just tied down by an idea of someone.

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Sep 2

You know what they say, there are only so many people out there that you can find happiness with. Have you started to wonder if the person that you could find true happiness with is someone that your friend did not?  Dating a friend’s ex boyfriend or girlfriend is tricky business.  Many people assume that you could never date a friend’s ex while others take the “finder’s keeper’s” rule, which is right?  Neither is, you really have to look at your friendship and go from there.  If you are looking for a very clear answer that will not require that you sneak around or confront your friend about such issues, than the answer is absolutely do not date your friend’s ex.

Of course, there are some circumstances in which you may be able to date a friend’s ex without breaking any serious dating or friendship rules.  You may be able to date your friend’s ex if:

? Your best friend has since moved on and is in a serious relationship with someone else

? They have been broken up longer than they were together

? You have talked to your best friend about you possibly dating their ex and they said they would be fine with it

? If your friend has said in a meaningful way that they don’t mind that you date their ex, and more importantly, that you believe them

It can be difficult when you like someone a lot and you want to get closer to them to look at what your friend wants, but you need to be a friend first and foremost.  The problem that most people have is separating their crush from their duty as a friend.  You need to preserve the friendship first and foremost, and then consider a budding relationship.  If you aren’t sure that your friend would really be alright with your dating their ex, it would be better to hold off.  You don’t want to lose a friend because you want to date someone that may or may not turn into a long term or serious relationship.  There are a lot of fish in the sea, and some of the fish are off limits and others may just be off limits for awhile.

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Sep 2

Many of us assume that when we are elderly that we won’t need to be up to date on the great date ideas of the here and now, but this is not the case.  Even if you are married you will still want to take your spouse out and have fun, and if you are single and a senior you will want to be up to date on all of the hottest date ideas for people of any age!

One of the best date ideas for seniors is to dance!  Dancing is a great past time for people of any age, so if you like to dance, why not make a date of it?  If you are both new to dance than maybe you could take some lessons together, which will allow you to have a lot of fun and get a lot of laughs out of the process while learning something you can both enjoy in the future.

Another great idea for dating seniors is to visit a winery together.  If you both enjoy wine or you would just like to learn more about wine than this is a great way to spend some time together.  This is not only an enjoyable day, this can also be an affordable date whether it is the first date or if you have been together for 40 years.

Go to a book signing or a reading together.  Older people often appreciate the written word better than some of the younger generations, so chances are if you are going out with someone your age and you are a senior, that you would both enjoy a book signing or reading together.  Why not just visit a new book store and browse the shelves together?  This can be a great time and you can both get something new that you really like.

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Aug 23

If you have met someone online or you are being set up through a blind date you need to think about the fact that you do not know much, if anything, about the person.  For this reason, you need to take some precautions to make sure that you not only have a good time but that you also stay safe on your date.  When you don’t know someone well it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Aug 23

A first date is as scary as it is exciting so there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you have as successful a first date as possible!  These are not difficult tips to follow, they will just help you plan for and execute the dating process as comfortably as possible, even if it has been some time since you have been out!  Remember, even if you follow all these tips perfectly not every date will be a raving success!

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