Adorable and Easy to Make DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her
Feb14

Adorable and Easy to Make DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Excited for Valentine’s day? Give your relationship a much-needed boost on this day through these adorable and easy to make DIY gifts for your sweetie. Make your celebration more meaningful, fun, and creative.

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Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day
Feb13

Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day

Each year, people are so excited to celebrate Valentine’s day together with their friends, family, and with the people they love dearly.

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10 Valentine’s Day Fails You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t Do
Feb17

10 Valentine’s Day Fails You’ll Be Glad You Didn’t Do

How did your Valentine’s Day go? Was it the way you hoped it would be? Without a doubt, Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated occasions in the history of occasions. There are many ways to celebrate the day of hearts. Some people go out of their way to make the day truly special while some opt to keep things low key and simply order flowers online for loved ones. While many may try their best to make the special day go smoothly, there are some unfortunate souls who sadly commit mishaps that can make the occasion a disaster of some sort. With hearts day still fresh in everyone’s minds, let’s have a look at some of the worst (or best?) Valentine’s Day fails which hopefully you didn’t make. You may also want to take note so you don’t make the same mistake next year. #1. This cake. Not sure if he’s really in dire need of some warmth or just bragging. #2. And this cake. Enjoy what? Take it easy on the abbreviations. Some people might take it the wrong way.  #3. This conversation heart. If you have a Grammar Nazi for a boyfriend/girlfriend, you better make sure not to give something like this or your date just might end up as a grammar lecture. #4. This overly expressive toilet paper. While it’s the thought that counts, this might not be the most romantic idea. Surely you can do better. #5. This (less than) romantic gift. Come on, a pre-arranged funeral is not exactly the kind of gift your loved one is dying to...

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10 Different (But Still Romantic) Ways You Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Feb09

10 Different (But Still Romantic) Ways You Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated occasions of the year. But did you know that it was originally a pagan festival of fertility? Truly there are many interesting facts about Valentine’s Day. Today, the world still celebrates the occasion but in a much different way. Dinner dates, bouquets, chocolates. You know the drill. It’s all about love and romance. The thing is, if you have been with your significant other for quite a long time, things can get a bit repetitive and predictable during this special occasion. For this reason, some people go out of their way to make the day extra special. Looking for other ways to celebrate the day of hearts? Apart from the traditional giving of gifts and Valentine’s Day flowers, there are many fun and unique (even unconventional) ways to celebrate V-Day. Make the day memorable with these Valentine’s Day date ideas. 1. Recreate your first date. The “firsts” are always special and these are some of the things you’ll never forget throughout your relationship. Remember how nervous you were before your first date? Or how you couldn’t seem to find the right outfit to wear? The butterflies in your tummy? One of the most romantic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to recreate your first date. It’s a great way to ignite the spark once again. So go to that restaurant where you had your first dinner together or that park where you first held hands. Relive the times when you...

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Small Gestures You Can Do to Show Your Love
Feb05

Small Gestures You Can Do to Show Your Love

Actions speak louder than words. We are all too familiar with this age-old saying. Indeed, what you do says a lot more than what you say. So how do you show someone you love them? From the simple to the grand, we are capable of doing things for our special someone all in the name of love. You can leave them simple notes if you want to keep things low key or do something bold and send flowers to an international destination if your loved one is currently abroad. There are many ways you can show a person your love and make them feel loved, even without saying a word. Here are some gestures of love you can do for the most important person in your life. Make time for them. One of the best things you can give your significant other is your time. Always make it a point to spend time with them. This is one way of letting them know you are always there for them. Talk over dinner at home and ask them how their day went. Take a few minutes from your busy schedule to give them a call or send a text asking how they are doing. If you’ve been loaded with work the whole week, schedule a date or a simple picnic on the weekend. Pay attention to them. When you spend time with your loved one, pay attention to them as well. Listen to what they say. They could be rambling about a movie they recently watched, a video game or their bad day at work. Listen to them especially if it’s something serious or important. You can learn a lot by...

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How the World Celebrates Valentine’s Day
Jan14

How the World Celebrates Valentine’s Day

How the World Celebrates Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is one of the most celebrated occasions in the world. It’s the season of beautiful bouquets, chocolates and special gifts. On this day, people go all out to express their love and affection for their special someone, family, friends and everyone close to their hearts. Compared to other days, it is on this occasion that same day flower delivery service is at an all-time high. With all that craze, it’s easy to tell that the day of hearts truly is an interesting event. Ever wondered how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in other parts of the world? Apart from the usual flowers and gifts, other countries commemorate the day of love in their own special ways. With only about a month to go, let’s get a glimpse at different Valentine’s Day celebrations around the world. FRANCE To start off, France. The country has earned the reputation of being the most romantic place in the world. After all, it has Paris, the City of Love, it’s basically the world capital of Valentine’s Day. Many couples from all over the world feel that France is the best place to spend quality time with each other. On Valentine’s Day, lovers exchange cards and love letters – an age old tradition claimed to have originated from France. According to history, the Duke of Orleans wrote the very first Valentine’s card signing his poem as “Your Valentine.” ITALY Italians are noted for their classiness....

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The Trials and Tribulations of Dating
Aug17

The Trials and Tribulations of Dating

Dating is always seen as one of the most exciting things in the world. Hollywood movies set the romantic scenes with flowing water fountains, angelic white doves and a star street performer serenading Frank Sinatra or Norah Jones songs faintly in the background.   Let’s just say reality is not quite the same picture! Don’t get me wrong- I’ve been on “that” date … Though my story was not quite as romantic! The water fountain in my story was always a brown, smelly puddle gargling on its own water; the doves (actually pigeons) that decided to share its delightful white wet mess on me or my date; and the street performer was likely an overly enthusiastic elderly gentleman playing the bagpipes (I will be generous to say that this was probably a new hobby as the “noise” was atrocious!). Welcome to reality!   I like dating- I am just not very good at it. Maybe I am just trying too hard. One time, I met this incredibly handsome Swiss guy on a night out, who STILL called me a few days later after I introduced him to my “intoxicated white wine and tequila shots” self. So, on our first “date”, I decided to show him the “I can be a wholesome girl” persona and invited him back to my house for a four-course meal. I consider myself a pretty good cook and to make him feel less homesick I chose to make him a Swiss themed meal. The Swiss like cheese, right? So I went all out and made this lovely composition of...

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10 Valentine’s Day fun facts
Feb14

10 Valentine’s Day fun facts

  Valentine’s Day is upon us and there is some very interesting history behind the day of lovers. In the video above from History, the day was a originally a drunken pagan festival of fertility, Lupercalia, with naked couples coupled from 13-15 February. However, in the 5th century Pope Gelasius I mixed things up by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. While the festival remained a day of fertility and love, the Christian version was a watered down interpretation of what it had once been, minus the debauchery. Below is a second theory about St. Valentine marrying couples illegally. The video and the following fun facts from Women’s Day both give an overview of some interesting statistics about our consumption patterns associated with Valentine’s Day gifting. 1. Valentine’s Day started with the Romans There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility. The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14. 2. It’s...

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10 Valentine’s Day do’s and don’ts
Feb13

10 Valentine’s Day do’s and don’ts

  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. How has this happened so quickly? Wasn’t it just Christmas last week? To help you not get into a fluster as the day of love rolls in, we have put together a list of do’s and don’ts that should keep you from getting it wrong. While nothing is set in stone and this is a day that is all about love, some traditions that need to be adhered to and there are certain traps to avoid (see number one!).  Following is what we have pulled together, some funny and others dead serious: 1) Don’t Forget Unless you fancy a few days of the silent treatment. However small-scale your plans are, just make sure you do something! 2) Do Make an Effort Remember that much-used phrase, ‘it’s the thought that counts’, when planning your Valentine’s Day festivities. It doesn’t have to be expensive, which is always good news, but it does have to be something that shows you care (awwwww). Take them to that restaurant they’ve wanted to try, call in the babysitter or make them a gift (which by default is something they’ll have to keep forever). 3) Don’t Set Your Expectations Too High Keep your expectations in check, or you might not be able to hide that look of disappointment when you open the 20% cocoa chocolates and petrol station flowers. Though if you are keen on receiving something special, we’re recommending you start dropping those (not so) subtle hints, right about now. 4) Do Plan...

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De-stress to love again
Feb12

De-stress to love again

Love. It’s complicated and with today’s hectic pace, life’s stresses can impair our relationship with our nearest and dearest. Everyday issues with finances, children, work pressure, lack of time for relaxing and many other challenges can mean we let ourselves get overwhelmed and stressed. When you’ve had too much on your plate for a long time, behaviours in your partner that would normally be slightly irritating can feel like major disruptions to your peace of mind. The more protective part of your brain is in fight-flight mode, ready to react or disconnect at a moment’s notice. You’re tired and wired and any emotional request from your partner may seem overwhelming. An innocent question like, “How are you, sweetheart?” can bring out an irritated reaction, “How do you think I feel? I’m overloaded. Isn’t that obvious?” Later, you lay awake at night, knowing you’re being a real jerk but even that worry makes you feel less okay. Anger is easy, but patience is in short supply. You’re aware that you’re not yourself and that you’re causing unfair distress in your partner, so you promise yourself you’ll be better as soon as “things let up.” Even the most wonderful relationships can be seriously damaged if either person loses the ability to reach out in an empathic gesture or cannot be appropriately compassionate when needed. Prolonged stress deplete a relationship of its most important components:...

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How to navigate romantic gifts
Feb10

How to navigate romantic gifts

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It is a day that is designated for love, romance, and appreciating your significant other. Fresh flowers are the standard gift for Valentine’s Day and roses are an international symbol of love that make a long-lasting impression on women. Daisies, on the other hand, are a sweet way for men to let a woman know that they are interested in dating them. Gerberas are a type of daisy that comes in a variety of bright colours that are sure to invoke a smile and maybe even a very shy “yes” to the romantic question being asked. Once people have been dating for a while he will be able to freely express himself by ordering her favourite flowers online as a surprise for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. For special days for men, such as Father’s Day or birthdays, tailored gift baskets or bouquets, such as a mix of native flowers, Gerberas and Carnations, allow you to show your appreciation of him without being too over the top. Men also enjoy the perfumed scent that fresh flowers add to a room. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, and Father’s Day can also be expressed with hugs, personalised gifts and various acts of appreciation. One of the traditional romantic gifts for her for Valentine’s Day is sexy lingerie. However, when in the early stages of dating men may not know their lady friend physically or...

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How to find love
Feb07

How to find love

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many people’s thoughts turn to an eternal question: How to find love? This might have qualifiers, like how to find love after 30, 40 or 50, or after a breakup, or even a divorce, but it all comes down to the same thing. People social creatures and as such are always looking to for not only romantic love, but also love from our friends, family and others around us. We all have questions about how to find love around us. But all of our questions come from the common place of not wanting to feel lonely. Looking for answers and desperately wanting to know that we’re not alone, we go over and over the story of why we think we don’t have love in our lives with our friends, co-workers and sometimes, anyone else who will listen. What most of us don’t realise, probably because no one has taught us, is that every answer we need lies inside of us. And any time we look outside of ourselves for the answers we seek about love, we’re looking in the wrong place. Here are four ways to access your own answers: 1. Give yourself permission. Give yourself permission to want what you want. When you give yourself this freedom, you’ll no longer be in the place where you need to justify chasing after the wrong sorts of people. Instead, you will know what you want, and therefore be better prepared to find it. Allow yourself to spend some time dreaming about what...

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Modern love gifting
Feb06

Modern love gifting

When a person has romance in his or her life, the world generally seems to be a better place to inhabit. Nothing compares to love, when it comes to putting a snap in a person’s step and a twinkle in their eye. Whether they’ve just begun dating, or have been married for many years, any couple can benefit from putting positive effort into their relationship. By regularly doing things such as giving each other hugs, it adds a sense of warmth and closeness to a relationship. Those simple hugs are appreciated by most people. When couples surprise each other with gifts such as fresh flowers, it adds some real vibrancy to the relationship. Even if they’re pressed for time, they can order flowers online from the comfort of home or office. The recipients will always be delighted with these surprise heartfelt tokens of affection. It’s easy to fall into routines in life, with a lot of focus being put on employment and household chores. By presenting their significant others’ with gifts and other romantic gestures, people can really show them how much they care. Even though Valentines Day provides a great opportunity for couples to express their love for each other, gifts such as roses, chocolates and other messages of love can be given at any time. Because couples can so easily just pop online for so many different types of items these days, they can surprise each other throughout the year with...

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What to do if single on Valentine’s Day
Feb05

What to do if single on Valentine’s Day

Single on Valentine’s Day? Well, you certainly are not alone and you probably aren’t lonely. According to Pacific Standard you might actually think that your singleness is the best thing going. Coupled? You wish your friends would hurry up and find Mr. Right, already. (After all, they’re not getting any younger.) Single? You don’t see a diamond ring—you see an iron ball and chain. “We often become evangelists for our own lifestyles,” writes a trio of psychologists in a forthcoming Psychological Science report on the phenomenon. In other words, being single (or coupled) is obviously the best way to be … right up until we get hitched (or split), at which point the calculus of love suddenly inverts itself. Emotionally, we reinforce our decision to tie the knot (or file for divorce) by searching for external validation, or “normative idealisation.” The psychologists observe that, not long after the rice is thrown, married couples often cut ties with their single friends—after all, who wants a fifth wheel at the party? Likewise, the unbetrothed lament the loss of their once-wild-and-crazy sorority sister, now locked up in her suburban prison. Here are some ideas for those of you that choose to dig in their heels and enjoy Valentine’s Day, despite societal mores that tell us everyone should be in couples on the day of love. 1. Sing Tina Turner’s “What’s love got to do with it!”....

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15 things to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day
Feb04

15 things to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day

It is February and with the most romantic day of the year approaching many women have a burning question: What are good things to get a boyfriend for Valentine’s Day? Guys can just order flowers, plus maybe some chocolates and job done. However, for women the day of lovers can be a bit more difficult. Help is here! We’ve put together a list of some of the best things to get a guy for Valentine’s Day, and only one involves lingerie. 1. Dress the part The easiest way to spread Valentine’s cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red. Meet your boyfriend for a day date in skinny jeans and a pink top or sport a red minidress for your night together. For after hours, try Victoria’s Secret Valentine’s-themed lingerie. 2. Couple’s sports  A number one recommendation for a perfect Valentine’s date is ice-skating. If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it is that skating rinks breed romance. If there is no skating rink near you, find some other sport you can play as a couple, such as tennis or tandum cycling. So go have yourself a Serendipity moment and spend the day ice-skating or otherwise playing with your man. 3. Go skinny-dipping For something a bit less tame we recommend nighttime skinny-dipping. Seriously, few things are hotter than a steamy, late-night swim. Just be careful, please…getting caught trespassing might kill the mood. 4. Buy him tickets to a game If you want...

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