My sister and I grew up in Suburbia, which affords bored, middle-class children multiple opportunities for creative mayhem. My sister, therefore, functioned as a-guinea pig of sorts. For instance, picture a 10-year-old and his friends chasing you around with Super Soakers filled to the hilt with pickle juice. You’d have hated me, too. When we both hit adolescence, we grew up a little bit. We went to high school and started to test the dating waters. As if being a 14-year-old, pimple-faced fat kid wasn’t enough, I had to come home to the chiding laughter of my older, hotter, more dating-tested sister whenever I failed. Good news of failed romance spreads fast in Suburbia. My immaturity blinded me from taking in the romance lessons that are now so clear to me. Let’s break them down:
Kim Kardashian wasn’t married long, but her divorce has made all the difference in her life. According to TooFab.com, Kardashian saw her divorce with Kris Humphries as one of the “toughest” things she’s had to go through. “It’s changed who I am as a person, I think for the better, and the things that I care about in life have completely changed because of this,” she said. “I really think everything happens for a reason.” Apparently the split has changed the priorities in Kardashian’s life.
What are some ways that divorce can help you grow?
“You value the things you have to work hard for, not the things that are handed to you,” says a mid-twenty something male friend of mine when discussing if a woman should play hard to get when she first meets a guy. While that may seem to sum up the answer to this ultimate singleton question, it’s a bit more complex than that. A guy may think a girl is really cool, but if she’s too available at first, then he will question it. The opposite is true, too. If a girl plays too hard to get and is unavailable, then he will lose interest.
So, throw out the “dating rules” — you don’t have to wait three days before calling or texting back, but you do need to consider each situation and act accordingly. For instance, don’t be available every time he asks you out, but be sure to offer an alternative day to meet up. Celebrity life coach and relationship pro Melanie Mar chimed in on what women should do when they first meet a guy and how to keep his interest:
If the highly publicized dinner date with singer Taylor Swift comes to fruition as merely a friendship, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow may have 25 hopeful women vying to win his heart instead. The NFL star has been approached to be the next Bachelor, host Chris Harrison revealed on Access Hollywood Live Monday, according to People. Although Harrison apparently joked stating Tebow has already agreed to do the gig, Tebow hasn’t confirmed whether or not he will sign up to pass out roses instead of passing pigskins.
How do you pick and choose a mate when there are a lot of options?
By Marianne Beach, GalTime
We’ve all heard the infamous break-up line: “It’s not you, it’s me!” But what if it really is you that’s been sabotaging your relationship– without even knowing it?
Psychiatrist Rebecca Gladding, MD, co-author of “You are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life,” offers us the top five bad relationship habits we slip into…and how to break them once and for all.
Treating ourselves and others with love is the most important aspect to dating. That said, it can sometimes be difficult to bond in a loving manner when you’re nervous in a dinner date environment. Date Therapy can help! It’s a new protocol that helps people connect in three very important ways. People like Demi Moore or Kim Kardashian, who have both very publically just fallen out of high profile relationships, should take note.
By Lori May
Benjamin Flajnik, also known as “Bachelor Ben,” is the latest contestant on The Bachelor to go looking for love. With the season drawing closer to the final episode and live special, more and more fans of the series are perplexed by who Benjamin Flajnik is–and what is he really looking for in a Lady Love?
What does Astrology tell us about Benjamin Flajnik and his quest for love?
Benjamin Flajnik is a Virgo (Sun Sign placement), based on the public information of his birth date being September 10th, 1982, in California. As an avid fan of The Bachelor, I have tuned in since the beginning of Ben’s season only to be repeatedly amused by just how much of a “typical Virgo” Ben seems to be. Below are a few highlights of the traits, interest, and behaviors of Bachelor Ben’s that led me to apply the “typical Virgo” stamp of approval.
Do you remember that special moment? You know, the time you put down the artificial midge-fly you were tying so that you could spend time with your husband, and you rubbed the back of his neck while telling him how special he was? Meanwhile, he was giving you the pair of mittens he knitted for you, after he heard you say your arthritis was kicking up. Well, congratulations, because you two were speaking all five languages of love at once.
By Daniela Agurcia
The beautiful 48 year-old, Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in her Beverly Hills Hotel bathtub on Saturday, February 11. The six-time Grammy-winning legend’s tragic death took our country by surprise, and only one-day before the 54th Grammy Awards. A tribute was paid to her last night by Jennifer Hudson. All around the world, people are mourning and celebrating the life of Whitney and her songs that will forever be remembered as some of the greatest of all time. She lived her life with an open heart and sang about love and passion. She wrote about love, all kinds of love more than any other artist we have come to know.
Here are Whitney Houston’s top ten songs inspired by Love:
1. I Will Always Love You: Houston’s “signature song” and number one on the singles charts in almost all countries.
2. Greatest Love of All: Houston based this song on family to represent the love and appreciation she has for those who has supported her throughout her singing career. The greatest love of all is family.
3. Saving All My Love for You: A dramatic song about a love affair with a married man, and the singer is saving all her love for him.
4. You Give Good Love: A sensual R&B groove for the one you love.
5. My Love is Your Love: During a time of marital difficulties for Houston, she sings this to reassure us that she will remain strong with love.
6. Love Will Save the Day: A fast tempo song, filled with love and excitement.
7. Nothin’ But Love: A reminder that there’s nothing but love for anything positive that has come out of the difficulties in life.
8. For the Love of You: All about the greatness of being in love.
9. Love is a Contact Sport: These lyrics will veer you towards making the right moves towards the one you love.
10. I Was Made to Love Him: A song about how special people can fill your life with the inspiration and love.
Do you have a Whitney Houston song that has always been a love inspiration for you? Share below.
By Marianne Beach, GalTime.com
It’s a new year but you’re still stuck on that old guy. And now the most romantic holiday of the year is fast approaching. Wouldn’t Valentine’s Day be the perfect time to exorcise that ex and move on for good?
For many couples, the lead-up to Valentine’s Day is an exciting time filled with promise and possibility. The cold weather offers an excuse to snuggle up, while the holidays are the perfect reason to shower each other with love and affection. Unfortunately, many relationships aren’t so lucky. According to a recent study in Men’s Health, the time span from Christmas to Valentine’s Day is one of the most common break-up times of the year.
Regardless of the month or season, when your relationship is over, you just know. But if you’re still on the fence, unsure what to do about your love interest, here are five red flags you should watch for in your relationship. Otherwise, you probably won’t make it to Valentine’s Day:
Katherine Heigl is back in a romantic comedy with an edge: One For The Money. Based on Janet Evanovich’s sixteen-book mystery series, Heigl plays Stephanie Plum, a newly divorced and unemployed New Jersey girl. Stephanie talks her cousin into giving her a job at his bail bonding company as a recovery agent to get gain some cash. Stephanie agrees to catch Joe Morelli (Jason O’ Mara), a former cop, murder suspect and the ex who dumped her in high school. With no idea how to handle a gun and pay back on her mind, she begins to fall for Joe all over again.
How do you get over a bad boy?
Popular social networking sites, such as Facebook, are great for many things. Re-connecting with old classmates, checking out your best friend’s vacation photos and sharing the news that you had an exciting celebrity sighting, are some of the best reasons to log on. But when it comes to your love life, is Facebook your friend… or foe?
Social media provides access to all of the key information about the object of your affection. Status updates revealing their whereabouts, wall posts indicating updates from their friends and photos that can point to previous romantic partners, offer you a glimpse into their private world. If relationships are about getting to know the other person better, it’s easy to see how checking your better half’s page many times per day might be justified.
We don’t need to see an engagement ring to know that Jessica Biel is excited about getting hitched to Justin Timberlake. After rumors of an engagement were confirmed, the pair have been lying low … that is, until Biel stunned at the Gloden Globes without her fiancé. There to present an award, Biel wore a white lace Elie Saab that resembled a wedding dress. Could the actress be giving us an idea of her bridal style? According to UsMagazine.com, the bride-to-be was glowing and very happy.
What are some ways to channel your excitement about your engagement?
Backstreet Boy, A.J. McLean is married. The boy band cutie wed his longtime girlfriend at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. The couple is all about putting a spin on tradition. According to UsMagazine.com, McLean proposed to Rochelle Karidis on stage at a live concert in Vegas, and Rochelle walked down the aisle to Guns N’ Roses. Way to make it unique, you two!
What are some ways to incorporate your favorite things in your wedding?
1. Love Makes it Impossible to Sleep — In the oft-covered “I’m On Fire,” Bruce rumbles the line “at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet/ and a freight-train running through the middle of my head/ but you/ you cool my desire.” Anyone who’s ever felt the pangs of a complicated love affair can immediately identify with this exhausting sentiment.
Charlie Sheen has taken a break from the spotlight and his ‘winning’ days, but he hasn’t taken a break from his exes. On Saturday, Sheen bailed out his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, from jail on charges of cocaine possession and assault. According to RadarOnline, Sheen stepped in when Mueller’s parents wanted to keep her in jail. Sick of her irresponsible ways, Mueller’s parents are fed up with her. Good thing for Mueller, Sheen still cares for her. Could this be a sign of the two starting up a new relationship again, or just a favor for an old love?
How do you support your ex without overstepping?
In a interview for Vanity Fair, Lady Gaga opened up about her love life. The singer is known less for her romantic relationships, and more so for her dedicated relationship with her fans. According to E! Online, Gaga thinks that she will never know martial bliss. With the divorce plague that many stars face, it can be hard to find love in the entertainment business. Gaga told Vanity Fair that it isn’t the men she dates that are the problem, but herself. Whatever the issue, we hope Gaga finds love. But if she doesn’t, her little monsters will still get great music out of it.
What are the advantages of playing the field and staying single?
Apparently three times really may be the charm in this case. Britney Spears may be walking down the isle with her boyfriend and manager, Jason Trawick. Rumor has it that when Spears wraps up her Femme Fatale tour, Trawick will finally pop the big question after years of dating. According to RadarOnline, Spears is under a conservetorship, which simply means her father is in charge of her financial assets and well being. If Spears decides to get married, her father’s lawyer will have to sign off on the union. Spear’s family and two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, love Trawick and can’t wait for him to join the family.
How do you know when to pop the question?
Hollywood’s It Couples outshine us regular folks in more ways than one: they’re happily in love; they live extravagant and fame-filled lives; and they have more money than they can possibly spend. With a total of over $535 million divided among them, the celebrity couples on our list better have some shopping to do — or they’re going to be carrying around quite a few hefty wallets. Here they are:
1. Beyoncé and Jay-Z: This celebrity couple is not only the wealthiest couple on our list — raking in nearly double the next-richest duo — but perhaps the busiest as well. Pocketing nearly $124 million, they earned their paychecks from music sales and singing gigs, as well as endorsement deals and clothing lines.
By Linda Guma
After a long, hot summer of late night festivities, followed by fall work hours that extend past six, we could all use an extra hour of sleep so our bodies can catch up. Well, soon enough it will be here. On November 6th, we’ll turn back the clocks again to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time. While most of us are probably happy about gaining that extra of sleep, why not maximize those sixty minutes by spending that extra hour with your partner. Here are five ways to capitalize on a little romance:
1. Rise and shine: Of course, not all of us are nocturnal. If you and your partner are early risers, there’s no need to bother resetting your biological clocks. Take advantage of that additional time by going for a morning jog together before you start your respective daily routines. To save some energy, you’ve got to use some energy. Other ways to be creative with dates early in the day include morning swims, sweet mimosas at a nearby cafeor breakfast in bed.
By Andrew Pryor
Simply put, Steve Ward knows his way around the human heart so well it’s a wonder he’s not a cardiologist in his spare time. Having joined the family matchmaking business straight out of Drexel University, he’s currently the CEO of Master Matchmakers, working alongside his mother, JoAnn Ward. They also co-host the breakout VH1 series Tough Love, now in its fourth season.
Actress Kristen Stewart has had a lot of experience with love, playing half of one of the most tumultuous on-screen relationships in the movie saga, Twilight, and being in love with her co-star, Robert Pattinson. UsMagazine.com reports that her advice on relationships was pretty simple. “Don’t be an a–hole. Don’t be mean. Don’t take s–t. Don’t settle,” she said. The star continued on to say, “Good relationship advice for me tends to being honest and knowing yourself.” Although Stewart is very into all things Twilight, she reveals her boyfriend does not have the same appreciation. “Me and Taylor [Lautner] are actual Twilight fans, so we can sit there and be so totally into it! Whereas I sit there with Rob…He likes it, but he has just such a different energy.”
How do you know when you’re settling for a mediocre relationship?
“I teach women to be ladies and men to be gentlemen,” says model turned relationship coach, Melanie Mar who has worked with Hollywood’s most elite celebrities and couples to help them find love in their life and more importantly, within themselves.
Melanie Mar is the founder of Melanie Mar International and a partner of Patti Stanger’s Millionaire’s Club Matchmaking Agency. You may also recognize her from last night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where she is seen coaching Taylor Armstrong about her marriage to Russell Armstrong. We had the chance to catch up with Mar and get her advice for couples in a relationship, as well as for those who are navigating the single scene. She offered some amazing insight. Ladies take note.
One of the most common dating challenges for single women who live in big cities like LA or NY is that they find it too hard to meet a man. “Women have become much more independent and now they’re competing with men,” says Mar. “There’s a lot of masculinity out there these days and it takes so much courage for today’s man to approach today’s woman. He has no idea what reaction he’ll get,” she explains.
At the end of the seventh season of The Bachelorette,Ashley Herbert chose finalist J.P. Rosenbaum as she accepted his heartfelt marriage proposal. Now that the couple is preparing to walk down the aisle, Rosenbaum has one last family member to win over–Hebert’s pet yorkie, Boo. As they met for the first time earlier this month, the pint-sized puppy got better acquainted with Rosenbaum and the two seemed to be well on their way to a great relationship. “They’re good. They will be best friends,” the newly engaged ABC star told People. With plans to relocate Boo to the Big Apple as soon as possible, Herbert is excitedly basking in what seems to be the start of her happy ending.
What do you do if you don’t get along with your partner’s pet?
By Vince Scebbi
Now that school’s out and has become a distant memory, you may be tempted to forget the important lessons you learned while sitting at your desk in math class, such as adding one to one makes two, that all right triangles equal 180 degrees, and, more importantly, how to subtly check out the girl two rows over, who vaguely reminds you of Emma Watson.
Everyone knows that students are not only absorbing what’s written on the chalk board, but also the world around them…and that includes the dating realm.
So now that those days of puberty, driver’s education, and prom are in the rear view mirror, true students of the dating game know how to take their classroom lessons and apply them to their current adult relationships. A big part of this process involves self-reflection on your past mistakes, while at the same time realizing that making wrong moves is how you improve your game.
Let’s be honest – everyone learned lessons about “love” in health class, and I’m not talking about the physically taxing kind, but rather the lessons of your heart. Here are some worth remembering:
1. “Don’t let the drama bring you down”: It doesn’t matter how old you are, because drama will always find a way back into your life. Of course, there’s no easy way to cope with unwanted drama– you just need to accept that it’s there, and keep your distance from those who cause it. Chances are that those who cause problems will end up with issues of their own.
Bachelor Pad 2 drama queen Melissa Schreiber insists she’s not nearly as emotional off-camera as she was on the show, according to People. The reality star, who ended up getting played by Blake on season 2 of the show after falling for him very quickly, says she no longer has feelings for him. “My friends and family have been so supportive. They know that I’m not that emotional outside of the Bachelor world,” said Schreiber. “It’s so funny. Every episode, I get like 50 text messages saying, ‘Who are you? We don’t recognize you on TV.’ For some reason, when in the Bachelor house, I’m overly emotional.”
How do you avoid falling for someone too quickly?
By Kelly Rouba, GalTime.com
How to Navigate the Rough Seas of Online Dating
If you’re like me and haven’t found Mr. Right yet, chances are you’ve tried or may consider trying an online dating site. Over the past few years, I’ve created profiles on a few sites and never had so much as one date come of it. In fact, I decided to give up on online dating altogether last year after I discovered the one guy I was planning to go out with had a girlfriend.
However, I recently decided to jump back in the online dating pool after my housemate and best guy friend encouraged me to keep at it, so I gave it a try on one of the popular free sites.
For actor Jim Carrey, age is only a number. The Mr. Popper’s Penguins star posted a video on his official website declaring his love for Emma Stone, reports People. The 49-year-old told Stone, “Emma, I think you’re all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but smart and kind-hearted. And if I were a lot younger, I would marry you.” Carrey went on to say how he wished he was “the appropriate age” for Stone so that they could have “chubby little freckle-faced kids.” Carrey ended his video by stating, ” I think you’re very special and I wish you continued success and artistic fulfillment. But most of all, I wish you love and contentment.”
How do you tell your partner you love him or her?
By Kelly Rouba, GalTime.com
The other day, my friend was distraught over how his wife has been treating him lately. The two had begun the process of getting divorced when she suddenly had a change in attitude and promised she would change. Sadly, that promise lasted only a couple of weeks.
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After we discussed the situation, we began exploring what he should expect from his partner and it led me to think about what characteristics I should be looking for in a man so that I don’t end up in a similar situation someday. For those single ladies, like myself, who are hoping to get married one day, allow me to share some expert advice on what you should be looking for in a partner:
By Rebecca VanderMeulen, GalTime.com
Is your smartphone the first thing to greet you in the morning and the last thing you see at night?
“If you’re a power user of your smartphone, you should definitely use it in your dating life,” says Laurie Davis, founder of online dating consultant eFlirt Expert.Given how indispensable mobile apps are these days, it’s no surprise that there are tons of applications to help you find a dating partner and plan a rendezvous. Pretty much every dating site has its own mobile app, Davis says. Besides that, you can download apps designed just to manage your dating life. “More people are spending time on their smartphones,” author and online dating expert Julie Spira tells us. “Mobile dating apps make it more convenient to meet someone while you’re on the go and are rapidly growing in popularity.”
Our experts say there are so many to choose from, but here are some of the newest choices:
Instead of scrolling through ubiquitous profiles of singles who like baseball and long walks on the beach, why not vet them based on what they suggest doing for fun? Spira says this app does just that. Here’s how it works: Post “How about we …” and use your imagination to complete the sentence. Recent examples include, “How about we sit on a park bench and make up conversations for the people we see?” and, “How about we go see a band that neither of us has heard of?” Someone nearby post something that sounds fun? Send a message. That’s it! HowAboutWe’s iPhone app, launched in June, integrates with Foursquare — useful if you’re looking for a happy hour nearby.
Related: Why Online Dating Is NOT For You
Looking for a new place to take that guy you met online? Davis advises checking out Bizzy, a new app (in Beta) available for Android and Apple devices. Like Foursquare, you check into that new coffee shop down the street and rate it. But Bizzy takes things one step further by asking you for your favorite places — like your thoughts on the best food truck, best live music and best salon. The app recommends places you might like based on your answers to these questions, ratings of places you’ve checked out before and preferences of people who share your taste.
Spira says this is the app for when you’re looking for a hookup. It shows you other members who live nearby, displaying information like their names, ages, height and weight. Of course you can also make a profile complete with a photo and brief, tantalizing bio. Find someone who looks like fun and you can send a message or give him a call. PinPointsX lets you search for men, women and couples. Plus, the app helps you find bars and hotels once you figure out who you want to meet. PinPointsX is available for Apple devices and in the Android Market.
Related: Has Feminism Ruined Romance?
Ever meet John during happy hour at that funky dive bar, only to confuse him with Jake from the hot club you checked out last weekend? Then you may want to check out DatingCRM, an app that keeps notes on all the potential dates you meet. While a new guy thinks you’re texting, store tidbits about where you met, his favorite beer and what he does for a living. “It’s like a digital black book,” Davis says. Right now DatingCRM is only available in its private beta version since the developers are still working on the details. But this means you have a chance to give them feedback.
Got any others we should know about? Let us know your tip on managing your love life … we want to hear from you!
One of Ashley Hebert’s final three suitors walked away during last week’s episode of The Bachelorette in Fiji. Although it was clear that there was no spark between Constantine Tzortzis and Hebert, it was still shocking to find out that he wanted to call it quits. The 30-year-old restaurant owner openly admitted to People in an exclusive Men Tell All taping that he wasn’t ready to get married to Herbert. He said, “You either have a feeling or you don’t… My feelings were not strong enough at that point to justify sticking around and possibly going through with that next step of getting engaged.” Tzortzis’ family fully supported his decision.
How do you know when your relationship is headed toward marriage?
During the hot months, the beach is the perfect place to go, either as a couple or while on a group date with mutual friends. Regardless of whether you’re in a relationship or not, this location is the perfect place to enjoy a romance in the summertime – no wonder so many people choose to have beach weddings or visit exotic beach-side resorts on their honeymoon! If you’re itching to head to the sandy shores, here’s a countdown of the top 10 ways to be a beach bum with your beau this season:
By Ashyia Hill
You’ve managed to make a romantic spark turn into a comfortable relationship, and now you want to bring your new partner around to meet your friends. Meeting your closest friends and family could be a make-or-break moment–especially if he doesn’t connect with them or even like them for that matter. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help make your lover feel more relaxed about the meet and greet. In fact, many of these tactics are ones that we see celebrities using in their relationships. So, let’s take a cue from a few famous couples with the following five steps:
1. Don’t force your friends on your partner
Some independence in a relationship is healthy. AskMen.com put together a profile of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s relationship that shows how the celebrity power couple has maintained independent careers that take them all over the world, while still cultivating a sizzling relationship. This independence can also be applied to your friendships. One way to do that is by scheduling time to meet up with your friends separately. That way, when it’s time to plan a get-together, you can focus on helping your partner feel at ease instead of trying to catch up on your friends’ lives.
2. Give them talking points
Just as celebrities prepare for their TV and magazine interviews, you can help your sweetie feel a little more prepared around your pals with a little prep time. Give them some background on the people they’ll meet and match up any commonalities they may have with your friends. Another idea is to provide them with some fun factoids that will help get the conversations rolling and break the ice.
By Andrew Pryor
It’s a known fact that opposites attract, but even those destined for each other need to find common ground. So this season, if you can’t stand the heat while your partner is soaking up the sun – or if you’re basking in 100 degree temps while your lover is counting the days to December – try switching things up a bit. Here are five fiery and five frosty things to do with your significant other this summer:
By Julia Slovich
Although stories of cheating men have been dominating the news lately and falling out of love seems to be happening a lot more frequently than people are falling in love, the situation isn’t exclusive to men. Losing those loving feelings for your husband or boyfriend can happen just as easily to women. If you’ve experienced this in the past or maybe you’re going through it with your partner now, the first step is to be aware of why it’s happening. Follow these five reasons your fairy-tale romance could be slipping away:
1. Feeling Adored
It’s important that a woman feels appreciated by her partner. Men are usually good at this in the beginning of a relationship when it’s still new, but as the novelty ends, the attention may die down, too. Just look at Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer. She broke up with him because he was obsessed with Twitter, telling her that he was too busy for her, but in the meantime, his Twitter page was saturated.
2. Bored to Tears
We want excitement! And, if we can’t have that, give us variety. If a relationship gets into a rut and you end up doing the same things every weekend or having sex in the same positions every time, a woman can get bored and lose interest altogether. Both people need to put some work into the relationship or they’ll find themselves quickly falling out of love.
There was yet another reason to celebrate on July 4th, as Chris Tyrrell proposed to Hillary Scott during a romantic sunset on Independence Day. “Chris proposed exactly the way I’ve always dreamed. Our families were close by, but it was just us out on a beautiful deck overlooking a lake in East Tennessee,” the Lady Antebellum lead singer told People. The proposal was romantic, yet casual, as it took place during a hike and the couple was wearing work-out attire. Although the wedding date is not yet set, the couple looks forward to “forever together.”
What are some laid back yet memorable ways to propose? …the story continues here.
July 4th is a day of extravagant celebration that’s incredibly hyped every year. Not only is it America’s Independence Day, but it also marks the day that David and Victoria Beckham said “I do.” This year, the couple celebrated twelve years of marriage. The soccer star told RadarOnline.com, “It’s a special day for us, it always has been and always will be.” The couple has all the more reason to be ecstatic, with a baby girl on the way.
How do you make your anniversary special after a number of years together? …Want to read more? Click here.
By Andrew Pryor
There are always moments in a relationship when the sizzle fizzles out, the passion becomes predictable and burning desire turns into yearning for a simple spark. This weekend, take the initiative and find a new way to strike a match with your perfect match:
Love, a simple four-letter word, is what inspires us at CupidsPulse.com. However, the simplicity of the word is contradicting, because real love is certainly anything but easy to achieve. We see the difficulty of relationships staring at us from the newsstands, television screens and when we turn on our computer. Now, more than ever, we need to focus our energy on positive relationships and re-frame our thoughts about the negative ones, turning them into lessons we can all learn from instead. When we see a celebrity pair that has survived the odds or decided to work it out, we grow anxiously inspired:
By Diamon Hall
Relationships require just as much attention as a newborn baby. While they start off sizzling with love and affection, they can easily fizzle out if they aren’t handled with care. Since summer is almost here, the heat under your relationship’s fire should be kicked up a few notches! Here are 10 tips to keep the blaze alight:
Teen Mom star Maci Bookout may have had relationship problems in the past with her baby daddy and ex-boyfriend Ryan Edwards, but things seem to be looking up with her new beau, Kyle King. According to UsMagazine.com, Bookout twetted, “I love my perfect lover, Kyle King!” last Sunday. Bookout gave birth to her son, Bentley, 2, in October 2008. She moved in with her then-boyfriend Edwards, but bitter fights and drama led to her moving back in with her parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Shortly after moving back, she became reacquainted with her childhood pal, King … and love spawned from there!
What makes your man the “perfect lover”?
By Andrew Pryor
It’s true that movies take inspiration from real life, but real life can also take inspiration from a good movie. So if you’re not looking forward to this summer because you think the passion’s gone away, get inspired by these five movies about summer romance. These tales of fair-weather flings are sure to raise your temperature and make you want to go looking for your own co-star – or create a love scene with the one you already have:
By Andrew Pryor
Though Valentine’s Day gets credit for being the biggest day of love, Memorial Day should be known as the day of fresh beginnings. Although it’s not officially summer, its presence symbolizes the new season and puts immediate energy back into dating, relationships and celebrations. It’s the kickoff to so many great memories of the past and more to make in the future – backyard barbecues, laying out at the beach and summer travel.
Whether you’re settled down with someone or fired up and looking for love, here are a few ways to make sure you have a Memorial Day (or weekend) to remember: