In this week’s video post, Screwing the Rules dating coach Laurel House chats with Expectation Hangover author Christine Hassler about soul mates and why sheÂ believes you don’t have only one. “Soul mates are anyone that we learn a lesson from,” Hassler explains. “We think our soul mate is this person who’s going to come and make our soul feel whole and complete, but that’s not the case.” She adds, “Your true soul mate is you. Anything you want from someone else is something you’re really yearning to give yourself.”
It looks like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are enjoying their time stateside so far! On Monday evening, the royal couple attended the Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game. According to UsMagazine.com, Prince William and Kate Middleton “got a standing ovation” when they took their seats during the third quarter, showing just how excited fans are to welcome the pair to New York City. Before the fourth quarter started, the pair met Hollywood royalty when Jay-Z and Beyonce walked across the court to say hello. After the game, they were introduced toÂ players LeBron James and Kevin Garnett, who gave them a tiny jersey for Prince George.
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On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima andÂ dating coach Robert ManniÂ discussÂ how to talk about being exclusive with your beau. TheÂ author of The Guys’ Guy’s Guide to LoveÂ sharesÂ fiveÂ important things to remember when you bring up this subject: make sure it’s a good time to have a serious conversation; do it in person; let him know it means a lot to you; never give him an ultimatum; and remember that it’s about what you both want.
Ultimately, it’s a conversation between the two of you.Â Although you may be focused on sharing your feelings with your partner,Â beÂ sureÂ to listen to him inÂ return. Pay attention to how he responds. If he says he’s just not ready, respect his wishes and be patient. However, if he says he doesn’t want to be exclusive with you, it may be time to move on.
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On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks toÂ Ms. Solomon from TheDatingTruth.com about the five biggest dating mistakes that women make with men.Â Ladies, here are things you often do that are keeping you single: You think you can’t be beautiful and smart; you always have to prove a point; you lead with your credentials and accomplishments; you can’t give a good sound bite and tend to dominate the conversation; and you put down other women.
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Question from Jane C.: This guy and I have been dating for a few months now, and everything is going great, but I sometimes get bothered by the way he interacts with other girls on social media. It will pop up on my Facebook Newsfeed that heâ€™s liked a bunch of girlâ€™s photos or commented on some girlâ€™s picture. Should I read into this, or am I just being paranoid?
Suzanne K. Oshima, Matchmaker:Â When youâ€™re dating someone exclusively, it just means that youâ€™re not going to date other people. It doesnâ€™t mean that he canâ€™t be friends with other women or like their photos on Facebook.
However, that being said, his behavior could be inappropriate based on the type of photos heâ€™s liking or commenting on. If the photos are innocent in nature, then I wouldnâ€™t be so worried. But if the photos are sexy or provocative photos of the women and heâ€™s making inappropriate comments, then itâ€™s definitely a red flagÂ thatÂ he may have a wandering eye.Â Not to mention the fact that itâ€™s completely disrespectful to you! If the tables were reversed, Iâ€™m sure he wouldnâ€™t appreciate you liking and commenting on photos of other men with their shirts off or flexing their muscles.
Itâ€™s not something that I would say you should break up over. However, itÂ isÂ something that you should keep an eye out for.
Paige Wyatt, Reality Star:Â The way people interact online can give you a good insight to their personality. In your boyfriend’sÂ case, he seems to be flirty and outgoing. He doesn’t think twice when he comments on girls’ pictures or posts on their walls because that’s his personality. He probably doesn’t see anything wrong with it. His online interactions are completely innocent to him because he doesn’t think too deeply into them. Although it may not be a problem to him, it is for you.Â It’s important to be open and honest with your feelings and opinions, so let him knowÂ what you’re thinking. Otherwise, he may never change his behavior.
Robert Manni, Guyâ€™s Guy:Â It’s called social media for a reason. People connect online and socialize. Unfortunately, a lot of guys raised on social media think the way to score dates is sitting in front of their laptops inÂ theirÂ tightey whiteysÂ and hitting on random women. And that could be the case here. Without knowing the parameters of Jane’s relationship, it’s easy toÂ condemn this guy forÂ blatantly flirting while he’s dating Jane.
If they’re in an exclusive relationship, Jane might ask why he’sÂ soÂ friendly with these other women. If he’s evasive or she doesn’t buy his answer, she has some choices. She canÂ put up with it (not recommended),Â return the favor and also flirt online, or start dating other people — at least until he realizes what’s good for guys can be very good for the ladies.
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If you’re meeting your partner’s parents or introducing him to your family for the first time over the holidays, dating coach Laurel HouseÂ is here to help. “There are several things you can do to make that greeting less stressful and actually fun for everyone,” she explains. “You just have to remember to keep the romance and connection alive.” Listen up to find out everything you need to know before your beau joins your family’s Thanksgiving table!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to Duana Welch, PhD, author of Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do!, about why you can’t make a man fall in love with you. Usually, if a woman asks the question, “How can I make a man love me?,” it’s because the relationship is one-sided. It’s impossible to make a man see you as his perfect match if he simply doesn’t have feelings for you. Remember that love is reciprocal — you can’t make him love you if he doesn’t!
Pirate's Booty unveiled their "Treasure Hunt" float at Macy's Studio. Photo: Mark Tully/Pirate's Booty
By Cortney Cordero
Each year, on the morning of Thanksgiving, many families around the country tune in to watch theÂ Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, the parade embarks on its 88th journey through the streets of Manhattan, but some floatsÂ are making this well-known trek for the first time. Pirateâ€™s Booty, an American smart snack food company best known for their rice and corn puffs, is debuting their first float for the event, a pirate ship named the â€śTreasure Huntâ€ť thatÂ measuresÂ 40 feet tall, 38 feet long, and 8 feet wide. …Don’t miss the rest! Click here for more.
So many women struggle with the first step when it comes to dating: how to meet a great guy. You canâ€™t just do one or two things and expect the right man to come along; you need to put yourself out there in a variety of ways if you really want to find someone special. On this weekâ€™s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Tripp to answer this elusive question. If you want to meet men, heÂ recommends that you: go out more; try online dating; make eye contact and smile; compliment him; and always look your best.
At home, you may be the independent woman who fixes that leaky faucet by herself and lights up the grill without a second thought. At work, you may be the boss who oversees a team of employees and keeps everyone in line. While these two roles show off your strength, in order to make a guy fall in love with you, you need to be willing to assert your…weakness. “Yes, men are attracted to confidence and beauty, inside and out. They’re attracted to fun, to enthusiasm,”Â author of Screwing the Rules: The No-Games Guide to Love and dating coach Laurel House explains. “But if you want them to fall in love, you need to show your vulnerability; you need to surrender; and you need to show your humanity.”
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to writer, speaker, and author Zan Perrion about the best way to start a conversation with a man. He’s worked with thousands of men and really knows what they want from women. The problem, he says, with women approaching men to start a conversation is “they’re damned if they do, and they’re damned if they don’t.” If they don’t say hello to that cute guy in the corner, they go home alone because he’s notÂ doing hisÂ job and being the man.Â But if you doÂ make the first move as a woman, even if the relationship works out, you may forever be holding up his end of the bargain. Listen up for more great dating tips from Perrion!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to passionate living coach and author Abiola Abrams aboutÂ ways you’re being unavailable and how to attract love in your life. Here are some things you may be doing to block love from entering your life: You’re notÂ really trying to meet the right man; you complain to your friends and family that there are no good men out there; you think all men are cheaters; you think it’s impossible to meet a man because there are more women than men in your city; you keep making excuses as to why you can’t meet someone; you’re stuck in a past relationship; you’re using your looks or work to hold you back; you think men your age just want to date younger women; you think of yourself as a victim;Â orÂ you’re afraidÂ of the love you deserve, being vulnerable, and/or intimacy.
I know. You’re about to unlock the inner bad girlÂ version of you for Halloween.Â Some of you love to dress up as sexyÂ school girls.Â Some of you are even more rambunctious and like to dress up as a naughty nurse.Â MaybeÂ you’re the dominating dominatrix,Â the meanest witch, or the cutest little ghost a man has ever seen.Â That’s what I love about this holiday. It allows the inner woman, that naughty version of you, to come flying out. To you, it’s just staying in costume all night long.
In this weekâ€™s video, dating expert Laurel House talks about how Halloween can influence your time spent between the sheets with your partner. â€śHalloween is a great excuse to dress up, to play a role, to be something a little different, to be edgier, to be sexier, to be more demure, to be more discreet, to be dangerous,â€ť she shares. This idea extends beyond what you wear to that Halloween party too. If youâ€™re in a serious relationship, this is a great opportunity to dress up in a costume for just your man to see. Even if your chemistry is still off the charts, â€śchanging it up is always a good idea,â€ť House explains. â€śItâ€™s not just about being scary or having crazy teeth. Itâ€™s about fulfilling fantasies.â€ť
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to Robert Manni, author of The Guys’ Guy’s Guide to Love, about how to get a second date. It’s easy to get him to say yes to a first date, but securing another night out with the right guy can be a bit trickier. Here are some tips that Manni recommends following: have confidence; don’t drink too much; dress the part; talk about your dreams; have a conversation and really get to know him; and send a “thank you” text afterwards.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to Ms. Solomon, dating coach at TheDatingTruth.com, about conquering your fear of talking to a handsome man. We’ve all been there: We’re approached by an incredibly good-looking guy, and before we know it, we’re tongue-tied or babbling, looking down at our feet, and feeling like a fool. Here are a few tips from Ms. Solomon to help youÂ gracefully handle this situation: Talk to every man, not just the attractive ones; have a prop or a conversation topicÂ in mind; and recognize and acknowledge that you’re nervous.
In this week’s video, dating coach Laurel House talks to Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and LifeÂ author Christine Hassler about a simple question: What’s wrong with you? When faced with that question, what do you think? There’s generally a common theme of “judgment,” says Hassler. “We’re terrible critics of ourselves.” Instead, the answer should be, “Absolutely nothing.” As Hassler explains, “We forget our fabulousness and look to our flaws.”
Love songs can pull at your heartstrings for various reasons: It may be a melody that reminds you of a sweet memory, lyrics that seem like they were stolen from your most private thoughts, or a voice that touches your soul.Â So when two talented singers fall in love, we can’t help but imagine what sweet duets fill their homes. Here are some of our favorite musical couples — we can’t wait to see what duets they record next!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Sandra Fidelis about common first date mistakes that women make. So often, we immediately dismiss a guy if we don’t feel an instant attraction to himâ€¦butÂ doesn’t he deserve another chance? Here are four things women often think after a date that hold them back from finding love: I want amazing chemistry from the start; I just wasn’t attracted to him; he’s great, but I don’t want to go on a second date; and if I’m not going to date him, I don’t need to be his friend.
StyleÂ and beauty expert Bobbie Thomas knows a thing or two about fall fashion. First, there’s no need toÂ feel like you have to redo your entire wardrobe. “There’s something for everyone,” Thomas explains in our celebrity interview. “I really like that seasonless style is around, where you can take a spring or summer item — like a bright color or floral pattern — and winterize it.” Of course, the best tip is always confidence. “You need to walk into a situation with…a mission to actually like what you see in the mirror instead of already assuming you’re not going to like that,” she shares.
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This time of year, the one must-have for every girl’s closet is boots. “Riding boots happen to be my personal favoriteÂ because they just look so polished. You could be in leggings and a sweater, and they give you just enough heel, but they’re still so comfortable,” she says.
Thomas shares love advice too and encourages practicality for yourÂ date night looks. “If you’re looking to have a good time with someone, don’t be uncomfortable!” she reveals. “Make sure you can move around and wiggle in your clothes. You really want to wear something that you’ll be so comfortable in that you’ll be able to be yourself on that date.”
Just like you want to find a loyal man, the TODAYÂ Show style editorÂ also encourages you to look for a loyal retailer. She’s teamed up with Kohl’s for their Yes2You rewards program. “In order to really expand your wardrobe, you want to shop smart,” she says. “That’s why I think it’s a really great idea to have a retail relationship as well as a real life one!”
You can keep up with Bobbie on Twitter @BobbieThomas. Check Kohl’s for the best fall fashion finds!
What to do if your friend's man is sending you Facebook messages. Photo: dashek / Bigstock.com
Question from Amelia S.: This guy who my friend has been hanging out with a lotÂ will randomly message me on Facebook whenever Iâ€™m online. Itâ€™s always harmless stuff like, â€śWhat are you up to?â€ť but it still catches me off guard. Should I tell her, and if so, whatâ€™s the best way to bring up the subject?Â
Suzanne K. Oshima, Matchmaker:Â You know that saying â€śyouâ€™re stuck between a rock and a hard place?â€ť Well, guess what? Youâ€™re in a no-win situation! From what you said, it sounds like your friend just likes him and isnâ€™t dating him yet, so â€śtechnically,â€ť she canâ€™t get upset that heâ€™s contacting you.Â Now, I say â€śtechnicallyâ€ť because we both know that, if you tell her, she will be upset and hurt.
Now, while you may think that his messages to you are completely harmless, men donâ€™t do things without some sort of intention. Without knowing the entire situation, Iâ€™m going to guess that heâ€™s not just looking for a friend and that those harmless messages are going to lead to something more.
So hereâ€™s my advice to you: If you truly value your friendship with your friend and have no interest whatsoever in this guy, then I suggest you ignore his â€śharmless messages”â€¦because itâ€™s just going to lead to a no-win situation for everyone involved.
Paige Wyatt, Reality Star:Â Absolutely tell your friend that this guy has been messaging you. If it truly is harmless, he won’t be embarrassed or upset if she brings it up. If he does have an ulterior motive, then you warned your friend, and it’s now her move. It’s much better to be honest with your friends about situations like this one.Â If you didn’t tell her and she found out, she may get upset with you. If it really is nothing, then what’s the harm in letting her know?
Robert Manni, Guyâ€™s Guy:Â Some say where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In this case, it’s hard not to miss the smoke — but let’s not rush to judgement. When a guy is really interested in a woman, his focus is on her, and he curtails his flirting. Maybe this guy just wants toÂ establish good relationships with his leading lady’s BFFs.Â Still, I’m not sure if this is the best way to do it. He must know that girlfriends talk. And when friendsÂ talk about the curious actions of a guy, his behavior and character go under the microscope. At this point, I’m not sure that’s in his best interests.
As for you, for now, I suggest youÂ either ignore his Facebook messages or keep the exchanges polite. Over time, his true intentions will surface. When they do,Â youÂ canÂ determine if it’s necessary to let your friend know about his correspondence.
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The expenses for caring for children continue to rise, and that doesnâ€™t make it any easier for divorced parents. Each parent attempts to keep their own household going, and at the same time, they often try to share expenses for their children. This may be court ordered or due to a mutual agreement between the parents.
Whether the divorcing couple is a celebrity couple in the public eye or a private couple, the childrenâ€™s needs and welfareÂ shouldÂ be the number one priority. You must accept and embraceÂ the reality that your childrenâ€™s expenses to live will not change. They are our greatest responsibility and deserve the best care and protection we can give them, whether married or divorced. Some divorced celebrity couples, like Demi Moore and Bruce Willis and Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, seem to put their childrenâ€™s best interest ahead of their own as they co-parent together.
Routine check-ups at both the doctorâ€™s office and the dentist are essential for your children. One of the parents should have both medical and dental coverage on the children, as the cost of this type of preventative care out of pocket is very high. If one of your children have an emergency for either place, it can be a bill you have to pay for a very long time.
Childcare is another expense that can add up when a divorce takes place. Perhaps one of the parents was the caregiver, and now both are in the workforce. The parents should decide on a childcare provider together. It may be a licensed facility, a nanny, or even a family member. The cost of childcare should be second to the quality of care that your children are receiving.
Inevitably, there will be additional expenses for your children. Who is going to pay for school clothing and supplies? Many parents who pay child support assume that they pay enough for such items with that monthly check. Yet it may be just enough to help the family with food and shelter. You donâ€™t want your children to go without due to lack of money.
Many children love to be involved in extracurricular activities as well. It can be sports, dance, or clubs. There will be expenses involved, including special clothing and shoes needed and even enrollment fees. Parents need to be willing to share these expenses so that their children can take part in such events.
Summer is also a time when there are more expenses for children. They may want to go to swimming lessons, camping, or even to a summer camp. All of these things cost money, and someone has to pay it! Some feel the parent who makes more money should cover the cost. This is up to the parents though, as many want to do everything 50/50. ProblemsÂ could ariseÂ when one parent canâ€™t afford their share.
As you can see, there are plenty of additional expenses to consider for your children when you are divorced. Make sure you are willing to discuss these expenses with the other parent. You always want to do what’s in the best interest of your children. Bottom line: Get as much in writing as you can when it comes to who will cover expenses. This way, everyone involved knows what to plan for.
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Michele Sfakianos, RN, BSN, is aÂ Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert, Speaker and Award Winning Author. She is the owner of Open Pages Publishing, which includes her series of â€śThe 4-1-1â€ť books on Life Skills, Step Parenting, and Surviving Teenhood. Michele is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, DivorceSupportCenter.com, FamilyShare.com, and CupidsPulse.com.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Mr. Locario about how to know if a guy is interested in you. Here are the top five signs to look out for: He can’t stop staring at you; he calls or contacts you in some way; he wants to show you off to his family and friends; he tries to make you laugh; and he acts nervous around you. Don’t miss the rest of Mr. Locario’s advice in the video above!
On this week’sÂ video, Screwing the Rules dating coach Laurel House talks about what it means to decide to fall in love. If you keep going out with great people but you’re just not feeling it, itÂ might beÂ because you’re choosing not to be openÂ and available. “You have to decide to open your heart. You have to decide to be vulnerable. You have to have conversations that express vulnerability,” she explains. Otherwise, your relationships will continue to be one-sided. Listen up for more great dating advice!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Tripp about how to communicate effectively with a man. As every woman knows (and has been told time and time again), communication is key in any relationship. Here are Tripp’s best three tips for talking to your guy: be direct; be clear and don’t beat around the bush; and never assume. Watch the video above for more great advice!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos video, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to passionate living coach and author Abiola Abrams about how to flirt with men. She shares more than just external flirting tipsÂ andÂ describes bombshell flirting as exuding positive, feminine energy. Here are her tips for working on your inner flirt game: be tuned into your inner receptivity; flirt with everyone; imagine yourself as a magnet; and expect a male miracle. When you change your energy, true love will come your way!
It’s hard to keep up with Perez Hilton, as he’s always on the go trying to get celebrity gossipÂ for his own popular website. But the blogger slowed down for a moment to catch up with CupidsPulse.com at OK!Â Magazine’s New York Fashion Week celebration. During a one-on-one celebrity videoÂ interview, he gave us the latest scoop on living a healthy life and looking for a relationship and love in New York City.
On this week’s video, Screwing the Rules dating coach Laurel House discusses your must-have relationship mantra. “‘Here I am.’ That’s it!” she shares. “Not ‘Here I am — am I good enough?’ or ‘Here I am — do you like me?’ It’s confident. It’s comfortable.” If you don’t recognize your own value and worth, then you can never expect a man to do so. Remember that you can only be who you are — andÂ someday, you’ll find a partner who loves you for you.
Interview by Ashley Pacifico. Written by Stephanie Salsini.
Fans of Jersey ShoreÂ and Snooki & Jwoww recognize Deena Cortese as the hilarious little â€śmeatballâ€ť who isÂ best friends with Snooki. In our exclusive celebrity interview during OK!Â Magazine’s New York Fashion Week celebration, CupidsPulse.com askedÂ Cortese and her boyfriend Chris BucknerÂ aboutÂ what we could expect to see from them on the reality TV showÂ Couples TherapyÂ as well as their best fashion dating advice.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima chats with New York City Gal blogger Melissa Braverman about tips for women dating in their 30s.Â The ladies discuss: the biggest challenges you face as a single woman in your 30s; how to navigate those challenges; the pressure to “settle down” by a certain age; what to do if you get discouraged withÂ dating; and how to stay motivated in your search for love.
It’s every Bachelor couple’s fairytale to walk down the aisle after Â finding true love on ABC’s hit reality TVÂ show. For happy celebrity couple Catherine and Sean Lowe, that fairytale turned into a reality when the couple got hitched in a televised wedding earlier this year. Our executive editor and founder Lori BizzocoÂ talked to the happy celebrity couple at OK! magazine’s New York Fashion Week celebration to get theÂ scoopÂ onÂ married life, their recent appearance on Bachelor In Paradise, and their celebrity baby plans. â€¦Don’t miss the rest of our exclusive interview! Click here for more.
On Wednesday, September 10th, OK! magazine, with the help of 365 Style author Nicky Hilton, hosted their annual New York Fashion Week celebration at VIP Room in New York City.Â Skechers showcased their latest fashionable collections; Pure Silk presented guests with samples of their new shaving cream; Morgan Taylor garnised guests with trendy nail designs; and Sobieski Vodka, Bartenura Wines and Myx Moscata provided cocktails while Peroni provided beer. Music was by provided by DJ Yo-C.
Check out our photo gallery above for the celebrities who walked the red carpet! For video interviews with many of the stars included, head over to our YouTube channel.
Kathy WakileÂ first captured our hearts as a cast member ofÂ Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ), and now, she’s enchanting our taste buds with her dessert line Dolci Della Dea and her cookbook Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts That Keep Life Real Sweet, which was released on September 2nd. Earlier this week, the reality TV star did a book signing atÂ the Boulevard Books & Cafe in Brooklyn. In our celebrity videoÂ interview, we got theÂ latest scoop on her decadent desserts, the upcoming season of RHONJ,Â and life at home with her family.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to writer, speaker, and romance artist Zan Perrion about what makes a woman irresistible to a man. Here are five qualitiesÂ that Perrion says will make a man fall in love: a woman withÂ a certain grace and elegance that implies beauty on the inside and out; someone with a feminine spirit; a woman who inspires him to be the best version of himself; someone who is supportive; and a woman who is completely devoted to him. Watch the video above to find out more about the importance of these traits!
You all haveÂ experiences in life that are so private thatÂ youÂ choose to only reveal them to a small group of close confidents. But when you start a new relationship, one of the dilemmas you’ll face is: When is the right time to share your personal secrets with a new love?Â Sharing your private life can be somewhat anxiety-inducing, whether it regards a previous relationship, a health issue, or a family problem. It takes a lot of guts to share your secrets with your partnerÂ with the hope that they are trustworthy enough to embrace what you’re telling them with an open heart and no judgement. Below are fourÂ things to consider before disclosing yourself:
If you’re insecure aboutÂ what to chat about on a first dateÂ or tired of having boring conversations, then this week’s video from dating coach Laurel House is for you! She encourages you to ask one “magic” question: Why? “That’s it! Why adds so much — it’s the one thing that you can tack onto any mundane subject and suddenly transform it into something that matters,” she explains.Â Listen up for more great dating tips!
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to Robert Manni, dating coach and author of The Guy’s Guys Guide to Love, about how to know if the man you’re dating is The One. Here are five signs that he’s not your soul mate: He’s too jealous; Â he overindulges when it comes to drugs or alcohol; heÂ has different views than you about money; he doesn’t want to be around your family; and he’s abusive in some way.
You’ve won over the guy, but winning over his family is evenÂ more daunting. While your feminine wiles and witty repartee may have tugged at his heartstrings, making a killer first impression and getting the stamp of approval from those closest to him takes a slightly different strategy.Â Much like aÂ first date, the first time you meet the family doesnâ€™t always elicit fireworks. But there are ways to prepare, calm your nerves, and set the stage for a wonderful relationship with your fellaâ€™s loved ones. So take a deep breath and let these five Dating with Dignity tips help you relax:
1. Understand his family landscape:Â Relationships between family members are often the most deeply rooted and intricate of them all, so gaining a solid understanding of existing tensions or unconventional family arrangements beforehand will save you from surprise. Schooling yourself on your boyfriendâ€™s step-siblingsÂ or tense background with his auntÂ will eliminate awkward situations and allow you to navigate some major conversational pitfalls.
2. Learn their likes:Â Ever fretted before a first date about what the two of you will talk about? You may be experiencing similar anxiety before meeting the family, but in this case, you have your boyfriend to help you prep. Donâ€™t be shy about pumping him for information about the personalities and interests of those youâ€™re about to meet. Not only will you naturally engage in more thoughtful and free-flowing conversation, but your genuineÂ interest in your partnerâ€™s loved ones will score you brownie points with him too.
3. Avoid controversy:Â No matter how vehemently you and your partner may agree on certain hot button issues, itâ€™s best to err on the side of caution when meeting hisÂ family. Sensitive subjects like politics or religion carry with them scores of touchy nuances that could make the conversation treacherous. If youâ€™re worried a certain subject might come up, plan to pre-vet opinions on the issues in question with your boyfriend beforehand in case you need to prepare a PC response or gently nudge him in the ribs to jump in and change the subject.
4. Mind your manners:Â Hold that sailorâ€™s tongue, roll up the sleeves of your sensible yet stylish cardigan, and start setting the table. Your language and overall interaction with his family members will all roll into one well-formed opinion of your character. Of course, donâ€™t go overboard with the manners or sensible clothing to the point where you feel stiff and unnatural. You justÂ want toÂ create a sterling (and well-deserved) first impression.
5. Be yourself:Â You probably saw this one coming: The best way to succeed in any social situation is to relax and let others get to know the real you. Any time you find yourself getting nervous, remember that the whole reason youâ€™re meeting these people in the first place is because your mate is enamored with you. The more naturally you act, the more likely his family will follow suit.
Marni Battista, founder ofÂ Dating with Dignity, is an expert dating and life coach with a 10-step system to manifesting love for yourself and others. You can contact Marni atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to Ms. Solomon, who became a dating coach after she realized that dating came easy to her. She didn’t understand why so many women were complaining about finding loveâ€¦and in today’s video, sheÂ sharesÂ some of her secrets with you.Â So what is the one thing that men want? Fun! It’s really that simple. Here are four ways that you can be more fun:Â learn how to flirt; be adventurous and spontaneous; radiate a positive attitude; and keep conversation light-hearted.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Sandra Fidelis about four signs that your crush is falling for you. You may be looking for something that screams “He’s so into you!” but remember that subtle signals reveal his true feelings too. Here are four indications that he likes you: his actions say he wants you even if his words don’t; he becomes protective of you; he volunteers to do things for you; and he introduces you to his family.
On this week’s video, QuickieChick and Screwing the Rules dating coach Laurel House reveals what two little wordsÂ will allow you to connect more with your partner and make your next date even better than the last. “‘Me too’ is the universal connector,” she explains. “It’s what allows you to understand and be empathetic with someone else.” It also shows your vulnerability and willingness to open yourself up. This simple phrase reassures your significant other that they aren’t alone, reminding them that they have you during both the good and bad moments.
On this week’s Single in Stilettos show, founder Suzanne Oshima talks to dating coach Tripp about the top five dating mistakes that women make. As someone who works regularly with men and knows what they want in a partner, he’s seen what happens after women make one of these errors: You don’t offer to pay for the date; you act like you don’t care; you don’t show any affection; you talk too much; and you don’t give him a chance to be a gentleman. Taking any of these missteps, especially in the beginning stages of dating, can turn a man offâ€¦so avoid these behaviors if at all possible!
Jim Parrack and Leven Rambin announced their engagement after only a few months of dating. Photo courtesy of Leven Rambin's Instagram.
By Ann Luther
We all saw True Blood alum Jim Parrackâ€™s heartbreak when he ended his marriage to his wife of six years, Ciera Parrack. However, he quickly moved on, proposing toÂ Hunger Games star, Leven Rambin, after onlyÂ a fewÂ months of dating. According to UsMagazine.com, they even made their big newsÂ official onÂ Facebook: Parrack changed his relationship status to Engaged over the weekend. The new couple does, in fact, seem very happy in this Instagram video they posted announcing their hiatus from social media. Best of luck to the adorable pair!
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Nobody can resistÂ celebrity baby newsÂ â€“ especially when there are two bundles of joy! As if these famous couplesÂ arenâ€™t busy enough with their lives in the spotlight, theyâ€™re also juggling twins and everything that comes with them: two bottles, two strollers, two wardrobes, and more. Below, weâ€™ve pulled together a list of 10 celebrity parents who were doubly blessed in the baby department: