You and your ex broke things off pretty quickly, and now you’re thinking about giving the romance a second try. Maybe the two of you are still in love, or perhaps you’re finally on your way to being on friendly terms with your former flame. Either way, you might want to ask yourself some questions before you officially decide to rekindle the spark. Cupid has some advice:
Rushing into a new relationship is never a good idea. You don’t know the person you’re dating well enough for a commitment, and you’ll just end up right back where you started shortly after attempting the new romance. Take a step back from the dating scene and reevaluate what you want out of a partner. Cupid has some advice:
Spring is officially here and love is in the air. In order for new romances to blossom this season, singles need to face the always unpredictable and often times stressful first date. Before setting a time and place, there are some important factors to consider in order to make a good first impression on a new fling based on the helpful findings from a recent report released by ChristianMingle and JDate.
The goal of any first date is to hit it off well enough to secure the coveted second date and hopefully lay the foundation for a successful, long-term relationship. But we all know there are things we can do — and things we can avoid doing — that can help our chances in any dating scenario. In the report, U.S. singles weighed in to reveal the rules of first dates when it comes to eating, drinking and general dinner etiquette, as well as the biggest turnoffs and deal breakers when it comes to courtship. Here are the top five dating rules and deal breakers needed to turn your spring fling into the real thing:
Mandy Hale Empowers Single Women in ‘I’ve Never Been to Vegas, But My Luggage Has’Posted In: Authors, Exclusives
By Brittany Stubbs
Blogger-turned-author Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives without settling, she cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, and often wildly humorous take on life and love. Her message reaches millions of women across the world every day through her blog, and with followers from all over the world, she has made a name for herself as the voice of empowerment and sassiness for single women across the globe.
According to People, the leader singer of Neon Trees Tyler Glenn opened up about his sexuality, revealing that he was gay. He started sharing the news with loved ones last October. Glenn grew up in a Mormon church and says he’s dealt with a “complicated relationship” with religion. “I’ve always felt like I’m an open book, and yet obviously I haven’t been completely,” he told Rolling Stone. Glenn also explained how he’s been inspired by current sport figures openly discussing their sexuality. “I appreciated [that] Michael Sam was like, ‘I want to be able to go to the movies and hold hands with my boyfriend.’ Even hearing him say ‘boyfriend’, I was like, ‘that’s cool.’”
What are some ways to tell your loved ones about the one you love?
You’re crushing hard on someone, but you’re not sure if they feel the same way about you. Could you be misreading the signs? Or does you future boo have the same feelings as you do? To help you out, Cupid came up with a few tips:
When a relationship goes sour, sometimes it’s hard to pick up the pieces and move on. You can be sad for days, weeks and even months. Don’t let the relationship blues get the best of you. Cupid is here to help:
We hear it all the time: Your soulmate is out there. You’ll meet your Prince Charming some day. Don’t give up on finding true love. For single ladies, these statements can be some of the most hopeful pieces of advice…but they can also be soul-crushing to hear. What if you already found The One and lost him? Or what if your perfect match lives halfway across the country — or worse, the world? Is it even possible to be single and have a soulmate? Of course it is. Here are five tips for singles looking for lasting love:
Girl’s Night Movie Pick of the Week: ‘The Single Moms Club’Posted In: Movies, Reviews
Still from 'The Single Moms Club'
By April Littleton
Written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, The Single Moms Club follows five single women on their personal journeys of self-discovery. The ladies are brought together by an accident at their children’s school. They create a support group that helps them get through some of life’s most challenging situations through the use of comedic relief and the strength they have in each other.
Being a single parent has its challenges – especially when it comes to dating. When you’re raising children on your own or co-parenting, getting back into the dating pool is hard. You’re not sure how your kids will adapt to someone new hanging around. Plus, is it even worth it to try to give your heart to someone else? Cupid has some tips:
Rumor has it that many celebrities have dabbled in online dating. And they’re not alone. A recent study has determined that one in ten Americans has used online dating or a mobile dating app in their quest for love. It has steadily gained popularity as many find it an ideal way to meet people and discover a good match for themselves versus more traditional means of dating.
Brandi Glanville Talks About Dating as a Single Parent
By Sanetra Richards
Dating as a parent can be tricky. Brandi Glanville of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is one of many women who come across the ‘dating worry pot.’ Brandi Glanville, who was once married to Eddie Cibrian, has her fair share of issues as a member of the single parent dating community, according to People. The mother of two went on to talk about the challenges of dating as a single parent, saying, “It’s hard for me to take the leap of trust. I’m a little bit tough because I can’t afford to get my heart broken. When I do bring someone to meet [my sons], it’s going to be for good.”
How do you balance dating and being a single parent?
You come home after a long hard day at work. When you turn on the light you notice a trail of rose petals leading up the stairs. It leads you to a candlelit dinner for two and champagne on ice. A pair of rugged hands gently reach around your neck and place a shimmering diamond necklace that catches the candlelight. As you turn around to look at your Prince Charming your alarm rings and you wake up wide-eyed in your own bedroom. Your phone says it’s Feb. 14 and you immediately consider calling in sick. But before you burrow yourself into bed so that you don’t have to deal with the inevitable love parade, Cupid has some advice on how to get through Valentine’s Day single, unscathed, and maybe even happy.
Dating is a complicated, difficult and anxious process — we can’t all be contestants on The Bachelor with glamorous, network-funded dates and fairy tale endings. And real life just doesn’t work that way anyway. It’s every bit as stressful for guys as it is for girls. Sure, a guy might just wear a cotton plaid shirt that flaps around and hasn’t shaved in a week and the girl might fuss over her wardrobe and makeup for hours–but underneath it all, both are probably equally nervous. Because there’s a lot at stake.
Regardless of how your “date” is arranged (friends, internet, work, church, ABC Network…), there are a few basic guidelines that can make the process a little less anxious and more rewarding, and definitely less scary.
Bradley Cooper with girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. Photo: Chaos/Cosmo/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By April Littleton
According to People, Bradley Cooper and girlfriend Suki Waterhouse have finally gone public with their romance. The lovebirds attended the Sundance Film Festival together in Park City, Utah. They were spotted strolling down the street, while holding hands.
When is it the right time to go public with a new relationship?
Zac Efron Stars in New Film, ‘That Awkward Moment’Posted In: Movies, Reviews
Still from 'That Awkward Moment'
By April Littleton
Directed by Tom Gormican, That Awkward Moment follows three best friends through all of the stages that come with dating someone new. The film stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Michael B. Jordan.
‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Hits Theaters on Christmas DayPosted In: Movies, Reviews
By April Littleton
Ben Stiller stars and directs in this film based on James Thurber’s short story about a daydreamer who escapes reality by sinking into his world of fantasies that involves romance, action and heroism. Walter decides to stop living in his imaginary world when his job, along with his co-worker’s, becomes threatened.
You’re in love, but the person you’re dating might not feel the same way. In fact, you just found out he’s still fooling around with other women. A situation like this can be tricky to handle – especially if you haven’t been seeing your man for that long. How do you get the point across that you want a commitment without scaring him off? When do you decide to walk away from the relationship altogether? Cupid has some advice:
We all think very highly of our closest girlfriends, so when one of them is single we naturally want to find a partner for them who is just as intelligent, kind, funny, sophisticated and attractive as they are. Although we mean well, sometimes our good-intensions can be misconstrued as offensive and slightly irksome. As someone who is well acquainted with being set up by happily coupled friends, trust me when I say there are certain ways to go about finding that special mate for your BFF. So before you get all Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger on me, consider these alternative approaches to helping your friends find romance.
Many people find themselves attracted to others who are older and/or younger than them. Dating someone who isn’t the exact same age as you isn’t uncommon. In fact, it’s almost rare to find a couple who don’t have an age gap between them. This doesn’t mean that dating someone who’s a different age doesn’t have its challenges. Sure, you’ll have plenty in common with your new boo, but you might also have quite a few differences. Cupid has some advice:
Taylor Swift talks about her songwriting inspiration. Photo: GG/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES
By April Littleton
According to People, When it comes to her songwriting inspirations, Taylor Swift has let plenty of ex-boyfriends off the hook. “I only write songs about crazy love,” Swift told New York Magazine. “If I go on two dates with a guy and we don’t click, I’m not writing a song about that. It didn’t matter in the emotional grand scheme of things.” Exes of Swift, 23, include Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles and John Mayer.
What are some ways to use music to cope with a broken heart?
When it comes to a first date, there are so many things to think about. What are you going to wear? Where the heck are we going? What will they think of me? With so many things rumbling through the mind, there is one thing many people often forget — the costs.
Now, while you don’t want to be too cheap, you don’t want to spend too much money either. Since most guys are expected to pay for most, if not all of the date, this simple guide should give you an idea on how much money you should plan on spending so that you don’t look like the cheapest date on the block.
Dating in NYC can be a minefield. Getting a date is hard enough these days, but then you have to come up with something fun and romantic to do. The most common New York Date ideas typically involve the movies and a drink or a meal. Going out for a nice meal at one of the most romantic restaurants NYC has to offer is a good date idea. However, it should be tied in with something a little more unique if you want to make the best first impression.
How many times have you heard your single friends say, “I’m never going to meet anyone”? or “There are no good singles in this city”?
Care to put a wager on that? Now you can challenge your friends to bust those myths by Fantasy Dating. Like in other Fantasy Sports, people join leagues, set stakes and compete to earn points. But when they Fantasy Date, singles earn points by dating. You score when you exchange numbers, receive texts, calls and go on dates.
Fantasy Dating takes the dread out of dating and replaces it with fun. Instead of worrying about things like, “Will he like me?” you focus on the points you need to catch up to your leaguemates.
If you’re ready to shift your dating mindset from “misery” to “awesome,” here’s how to get in the game.
Our date night routine! Photo courtesy of CupidsPulse.com.
By Priyanka Singh
Sometimes, the biggest struggle when it comes to dating is figuring out how to say hello to your crush. Making that first move doesn’t have to be so scary anymore, especially if you know how to capture the attention of your potential love interest with confidence.
How do you break the ice when you’re out with your friends and notice that cutie across the room? Two words: body language. Make eye contact and don’t be afraid to show off your pearly whites. You want to make yourself approachable, and the best way to do that is with a seriously friendly gesture. If they happen to smile back, take the next step and say hi. When you meet someone new, you have a clean slate, so seize the opportunity to make a lasting first impression. Let your true self shine!
If you can’t find the courage to say hello, resort to one of your favorite pickup lines. Choose wisely: If you want him to notice your sense of humor or her to realize that you’re a sensitive guy, use a pickup line that reflects this part of your personality. For something casual, say, “My friends bet me that I wouldn’t be able to start a conversation with [the most beautiful girl or most handsome guy] in the bar. Can I buy you a drink with their money?”
If you’re still struggling with introductions, there is one thing that will give you the confidence to step out of your comfort zone: hello seriously friendly oral care. With flirty and delicious flavors like Sweet Cinnamint, Pink Grapefruit Mint, Supermint and Mojito Mint, you’re sure to score that first date. All of these fabulous flavors are available as hello mouthwash, hello toothpaste and hello breath spray.
hello breath spray is super compact, so you can bring it anywhere. Designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, the container is easy on the eyes, whether it’s sitting on your bathroom counter or tucked away in your handbag. Plus, hello products also contain no alcohol to dry out your mouth.
No luck making a connection so far? We have one more trick up our sleeve: If he happens to be an animal lover, let him know that hello products are not tested on animals and are made in the USA . That might just be the key that unlocks a second date!
If you want to get seriously friendly with some of these different products, check out these stores to purchase hello oral care: Walgreens, Duane Reade, Target, Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Stop & Shop, Giant, SOAP.com, Fry’s Food and Drug Stores, Dillon’s Food Stores, Quality Food Centers, JayC Food Stores, King Soopers, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, Martin’s.
In honor of National Singles Week this week, I’d like to address a new phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the globe faster than planking and twerking combined. (Okay, maybe not THAT fast.) What am I talking about? Twitter dating!
UsMagazine.com has the inside scoop on an interview Robert Pattinson did with Sunday Style. He opened up about his anxiety on the red carpet, forgiveness and relationships.”I’m quite sensitive, and I do like a bit of grand gesturing, but that’s just my ego,” Pattinson told the Australian magazine. “I like to give people presents and I think of myself as the best gift giver, but only because I get stuff for myself and then make it work for the other person.”
What are some factors that go into your relationship style?
Online dating has gotten more popular over the years. You hardly ever hear anyone say how he or she met their significant other at a bar or at their friend’s birthday party. Let’s face it, meeting someone the old-fashioned way just doesn’t exist anymore. More and more people are searching for true love on the Internet. Whether you’re looking for something casual or long-term, there’s a dating website for just about everyone. Here’s Cupid’s top five:
CMT’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Star Bubba Thompson Says to “Cowboy Up” in LovePosted In: Exclusives, Guest Posts
Photo: Glow Images, Inc
By Bubba Thompson
Before she could say a word, I knew it was all over.
I was walking up to see the woman of my dreams. She was standing in the middle of a tree-lined street. It was a starry night and the moonlight was peering through those trees and I was very much in love with her.
I had a ring in my pocket and was about to commit to her forever.
Kissing is an excellent way of connecting with someone you care about. Although some people take kissing very casually, kissing has more meaning when it’s between couples or people with strong romantic feelings for each other. According to relationship experts, kissing is an excellent way to express love and affection. However, it’s important for individuals to recognize that kissing requires conscious tact and technique. You can’t give magical kisses if you don’t know how to kiss. Below are some effective kissing tips that will teach you how to kiss the right way:
According to UsMagazine.com, Sharon Osbourne revealed on The Talk that she had a brief fling with Jay Leno when she was 25-years-old. She claimed that she just arrived in Los Angeles and she was “undateable.” However, the romance didn’t last long. A few months later, Leno introduced her to the “real love of his life.”
It’s no surprise that Match.com’s “Spontuneous” Stir Game Night was a huge success. Nearly 100 singles gathered for a night of competitive fun as they played board games and belted out their favorite lyrics at Sen Restaurant on 21st Street in New York City.
Attendees included New York Post Meet Market columnist, Jozen Cummings; Dateologist, Tracy Steinberg; and Single Gal in the City founder, Melissa Braverman.
Our executive editor, Lori Bizzoco, was there to partake in the fun as well. In this exclusive interview, she sat down with Spontuneous creator Rob Ridegeway and The Bachelor alum, AshLee Frazier. They chatted about the concept behind this popular new game and how board games can help singles find love as well as Frazier’s involvement in the event
All in all, it was a great night at a great location with a great game!
For more information about Frazier, check out her personal site or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned for a future interview with The Bachelor contestant!
Match.com understands that love really is a game! That’s why they’re teaming up with Rob Ridgeway, the creator of a new board game called “Spontuneous,” to bring together singles for a night of competitive fun. On Thursday, September 5th, from 7 to 10 p.m. ET, “Spontuneous” will be the game of the night at Stir Game Night. AshLee Frazier of The Bachelor will also be in attendance to challenge Match.com members in rounds of the game that brings song lyrics to life.
According to People, Emily Maynard is in no rush to find love again. The former Bachelorette star got engaged twice on TV. Her first engagement to Brad Womack ended in 2011 and her most recent relationship with Jeff Holm ended last October. “Right now, I am under no pressure to find a guy,” Maynard told the Huffington Post.
What are three main positives about living the single life?
The summer months are known for a few things: warm nights, pool parties, BBQs and of course, weddings. For singles, wedding season is exciting, but it can be overwhelming when you feel like you are always the bridesmaid and never the bride.
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By Kristin Mattern
As most women know, it’s not easy to find a good man. It doesn’t matter how pretty you are, how successful your business is or that you went to an Ivy League school. No matter what your situation, the odds state that at some point we will be rejected by a man and drive him far, far away without even knowing it. When you’re over 35, it becomes even harder to hold on to someone because each of you are more set in your ways. For example, you usually have your own place to live, a set routine and interests and hobbies that you enjoy. Little things that never mattered when you were younger now irritate you and you have less flexibility and patience. Of course, this isn’t true for everyone, but typically it makes sense. So, how do you surmount the obstacles time itself is putting in your way and open yourself to love? Perhaps with sound dating advice that works from an innovative self-help program like Enchant Men.
You’re on a date and everything seems perfect until you get a little closer…and realize that maybe it’s a little too close. Bad breath can ruin an otherwise perfect date- we can safely assume that there would be no Brangelina if Brad had bad breath on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith! However, avoiding bad breath starts long before the date even occurs. Here are my five top tips to avoid bad breath while on a date:
We’ve all heard the old adage of addition by subtraction. Most women keep a mental list of the qualities they seek in their partner. Some lists are short and to the point. Many are long – way too long and they can get in the way of finding The One. Your Guy’s Guy suggests that being mindful of a few red flags can save time and streamline your search process. If the man you are seeing has issues with any of these four behavioral traits, it’s a good bet that you are in for a challenge and he may not be worthy of your unconditional love. Take it from a guy who learned the hard way and ask yourself if any of these traits are too familiar.
Do you constantly find yourself telling your friends “there are no good guys?” You’ve gone on a million dates on every dating site and you just can’t seem to find the one. It’s true, online dating is tricky. It’s a grueling process to deal with searching through thousands of profiles, hoping to find your true love in a mass of duds. Plus, you deal with the awkwardness of sitting with a stranger who’s a complete creep or is nothing like you hoped. However, if you do it the right way, you can skip all the awkward uncertainty and find your perfect match in no time. Here are some tips for being successful with online dating:
Katy Perry and John Mayer. Photo: Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos; Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Petra Halbur
Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted with friends at a nightclub on June 7. According to People, the two singers spent their Friday night together at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont along with around 15 other friends. It seems that Perry and Mayer are still on platonic terms, as the two sat apart all night. “I’m on the same journey as everyone else,” Mayer told Ellen Degeneres when he appeared on her show in March. “Coupling is a tricky thing.”
How do you know whether to get back together with an ex?
Single Advice: Can You Handle Casual Dating?Posted In: Features
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By Meghan Fitzgerald
Here’s a question for all the single ladies and gentleman out there — do you think you are capable of casual dating? Casual dates usually start off a relationship before it blooms into something more. Casual dating is nonchalant, laid back and non-committal. It is a form of dating that comes without any serious intention or definition, allowing you to explore the field and keep your options open for a possible partner. This type of dating gives you the opportunity to be fun, open and discover the type of person you should be with for the rest of your life.
Technology, Social Media and Dating – The Good, the Bad and the Oops!Posted In: Guest Posts
Photo: Justin Lewis/Getty Images
By Robert Manni
It is the best of times. It is the worst of times…for dating.
The deepening integration of technology into modern life has in many ways pulled the world closer together. Unfortunately, when it comes to developing basic social skills and maintaining a sense of privacy and decorum it has also pushed us further apart. Dating is a prime example of the fall out with both men and women paying a price. Here is a quick snapshot of how technology and social media can make dating easier and more challenging.
Do you ever feel uncomfortable at a bar or party because you don’t know who’s single or taken? Well, worry no longer! With Stir events by Match.com, everyone is single and looking to meet someone. Better yet, the online dating website is celebrating their one year anniversary! They’re giving you the opportunity to participate in their “What Stirs You? Create a Match.com Summer Singles Event and Win!” contest between Tuesday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 28th.
If you’ve never heard of Stir, it’s Match.com’s answer to offline events, offering a wide range of activities to Match.com members around the country. The program has seen great growth in the past year, hosting 2,850 events – broken down, that’s 14 events each day, 75 events each week and 320 events each month. Match.com has collaborated with over 1,200 venues and partners, including House of Blues and Banana Republic. Plus, the site is throwing single events in over 80 cities, reaching as far as Anchorage and Honolulu! Activities now range from large-scale happy hours at popular spots to more intimate gatherings like tequila tastings and DJ lessons. Over 225,000 singles have attended a Stir event to date.
In honor of these milestones, Match.com is offering the opportunity for singles to create their own Stir event in their hometown. The selected winner will have their idea re-created by the Match.com Stir Events team in their city and will receive an invitation to attend the event along with ten of their singles friends — all at no charge! In addition, the winner will also get a free six-month Match.com subscription.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, you can be a part of it! To enter, visit Match.com’s “What Stirs You?” Contest Page, now through Tuesday, May 28, 2013 and tell Match.com what you think would make for the perfect singles event. Entries will be judged based on quality, creativity, uniqueness and geographical relevance. Good luck!
As a divorcing woman, you are no doubt looking forward to having the whole divorce process over with, so you can move ahead to your new life. If you’re like most women, you probably think the past few months (or years!) have been filled with enough emotional upheaval, not to mention legal and financial hassle, for a lifetime, and you’ll be very glad to have it all behind you . . . at last.
Life as a single woman will bring new responsibilities, including all the issues surrounding your personal finances. So how do you make sure you set your best foot forward?
Julianne Hough is maxing and relaxing post breakup with Ryan Seacrest. The actress was spotted tanning and hanging out on the beach in Miami with pal Nina Dobrev. Hough and Seacrest dated for nearly two years, but broke it off in March. The rumored reason they pulled the plug on their relationship was due to Seacrest’s busy schedule. “Dude works all the time,” a source told UsMagazine.com. “[Seacrest] never sleeps. It’s a lifestyle she couldn’t handle anymore. Work always, always came first [for him]. She wants a more low-key life.”
What are some ways to keep your mind off of a breakup?