Valentine‚Äôs Day: the red heart holiday. It’s guaranteed to keep restaurants busy and flower stores in business. Whether you‚Äôre single, newly dating, or married, this heartfelt day can be a bit tricky to navigate. Depending on your expectations in the romance department, Valentine’s Day¬†can be an incredible hit or a massive miss. So how do you make sure you and your partner feel special on a day dedicated to love? Read my expert dating advice below!
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, it’s time to figure out what to get your man for the special holiday. If he seems to have everything he needs, why not get him a gift that will benefit both of you? With Gaiam’s new Athletic yoga collection for men, you can improve his health and reduce his stress, paving the way for¬†him to be an even better partner. Take a deep breath and help your man find his chi, thanks to our product review of the Athletic maxTowel and Athletic dynaMat.
According to AYI.com, one in five people were dumped on Valentine’s Day. The best way to combat that seemingly horribly timed breakup is to get right back in the saddle! Look at this negative occurrence as a positive opportunity.
Jason DeRulo and Jordin Sparks. Photo: Courtesy Jordin Sparks/Instagram
By Louisa Gonzales
R&B artist Jason DeRulo shows he isn’t shy of making grand romantic gestures to the special person in his life, singer Jordin Sparks, on Valentine’s Day. According to UsMagazine.com the long-term couple, DeRulo got Jordin 10,000 roses on the holiday and they were even in her favorite color, orange, proving romance is still very much alive in their relationship. He made it happen with the help of the shop Passion Roses, and by renting out a suite at the Redbury Hotel, where the surprise took place. Sparks captured the lovely moment with a picture she later shared on Instagram, and spoke of how “overwhelmed” she was by the surprise and how she thought it was “beautiful”. DeRulo also shared his excitement on Instagram posting a pic of the roses filled room.
How do you use gifts to show your appreciation for your partner?
Every so often, something comes along that evokes an emotion. Bands for Arms bracelets are that kind of item. The¬†unique bracelets are hand-crafted by volunteers and constructed out of donated pieces of old military uniforms, which were worn by our military men and women. 50 percent of the profits go to not-for-profit organizations that help our service members.
Founder Nicanor Padrigo Mendoza III believes that all U.S. military service members need to be able to feel connected to their loved ones back home. After the loss of his friend in 2009, he wanted to find a way to help service members make that happen. He also desired to spread the word of the physical, mental, and emotional hardships that our armed forces endure and to provide support for those men and women.
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away two bracelet/tee-shirt bundles from Bands for Arms which contain five bracelets to give your friends and family and one Military tee-shirt ¬†that supports breast cancer!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†10 p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúBands for Arms.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Valentine’s Day is all about love, but it isn’t just for loving others: it’s for loving yourself too! On this day, treat your body like a temple and give yourself the TLC you deserve with Lipocore from FA Engineered Nutrition.
FA Engineered Nutrition is spearheaded by one of the most influential women in the Sports Nutrition Industry, Liz Gaspari,¬†and seasoned fitness professional and international bestselling author, James Villepigue. With their vision of sports health, their company works to provide the most effective products for any body. From cyclists to tennis players to MMA fighters, FA Engineered Nutrition’s products provide synergistic effects that bring amazing results to everyone.
Lipocore is one of the best-selling fat burners on the market today, which works by increasing thermogenesis to ramp up the metabolism to melt away fat. This incredible supplement increases the heat in your body to help burn more calories and allows your body to tap into body fat for energy, saving valuable muscle glycogen for your working muscles. With Lipocore, you’ll give yourself a gift that keeps on giving long after the chocolates have been devoured and those flowers have wilted.
This Valentine’s Day,CupidsPulse.com will be giving away one bottle of thermogenic supplements from Lipocore!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN 10¬†p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúLipocore.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Valentine’s Day evokes different emotions from people, and usually, that emotion depends on their current relationship status. Many women use the day to spend romantic time with their partner. Some singles rebel against it and treat it like a big girls night out. Whatever your status, make a bold statement this Valentine’s Day¬†and try Juicy Couture’s new fragrance Viva La Juicy Noir.
Elizabeth Arden is known for her many and impressionable scents that can reflect your personality. This particular fragrance, otherwise known as “Drinks Only,” is a sultry go-to for making a glam statement. Viva La Juicy Noir’s scent is an enticing interpretation of the original best-selling Viva La Juicy fragrance.
The smell is intoxicating with hints of ripe berries, juicy mandarin, and fresh strawberry. It also has a sprinkle of honeysuckle and sandalwood that gives it a classic finish. The scent captures all the traits of a “Juicy girl,” as it’s mysterious, sensual, and arresting.
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away one bottle of¬†Juicy Couture’s new fragrance¬†Viva La Juicy Noir.
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN 9¬†p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúJuicy Couture.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
There’s no better way to commemorate how you spend your Valentine’s Day this year than with selfies of you on a date or you hanging with the girls during a night on the town. But those awkward angles and one-handed pics can sometimes leave you with a less than stellar photo! If you haven’t perfected the art of a selfie yet, you can now make every picture a glamour shot with ShutterBall from Audiovox!
ShutterBall works by triggering the coordinating app on your phone to take a still or video, which means that you can wirelessly hold the ShutterBall in one hand with your phone in the other. You can even set your phone down to take that epic pic or footage that you’ve been dreaming of. Compatible with both Android 2.2 or later and Apple iOS 6.0 or later, this must-have phone accessory is simple to set up and easy to use. Just download the app, and you’re ready to go!
Small enough to hold in your palm and with a convenient loop to keep your ShutterBall handy on your jeans, key chain, or purse, you’ll always be able to snap the perfect photo.¬†This Valentine’s Day, give someone special the gift of a beautiful selfie!
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away¬†a ShutterBall Selfie from AudioVox!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN 8¬†p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúShutterball Selfie.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by turning up the volume and dancing to the music? Sure, you could go out to a club and chill to the songs that the DJ selects, but having your own dance party or intimate evening is much more fun with 808 bluetooth CANZ from AudioVox!
Do you feel like heading out for the day? Take 808 CANZ with you! It’s compact size and six-hour rechargeable battery life makes it perfect to tag along whether you’re heading to the beach, having a picnic or just hanging at a friend’s house.¬†Using Bluetooth and wireless capabilities, you can link up whatever tunes you’re in the mood for and jam the night away. CANZ comes in metallic blue, red or silver and is very fun and functional.
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away¬†a speaker from 808 CANZ!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†7 p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚Äú808 CANZ.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Love is an amazing thing. However, there are times when we have questions about a particular relationship or want to know when we’ll meet a special someone. You might even be wondering if you’ll meet ‘the one’ on Valentine’s Day. That is where the Love Lenormand reading by Yolanda Shoshana will help!¬†The reading includes an in-depth, nine-card spread about your love life completed with the Lenormand Silhouette deck — a deck that is perfect for love readings due to soft and romantic images of lovers in Paris on one side and the traditional Lenormand images on the other.
Lenormand fortune cards were inspired by the French gypsy, Marie Anne Lenormand, and have been used since the 15th century. The 36-card deck is similar to tarot cards but offer a different experience. The cards have a touch of astrology and numerology in them to help with making predictions.
For the reading, you will send your questions via email. After your questions are received, a reading will be completed and sent via email with a mp3 voice recording of the session. Why wait for a secret admirer to step up or pine over a would-be lover? You can find out if Mr. or Mrs. Right is heading your way!
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away one Love Lenormand reading from Yolanda Shoshana!
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†5 p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúLenormand.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Left to Right: Renee, Lana, and Jennifer Graziano. Credit: Illumination PR
By Kristin Mattern
One of the greatest ways to show someone you love them is by cooking them up a delicious meal. Another way some couples and families show their affection is by having a rousing argument around the dinner table while surrounded by a yummy landscape of food: a tradition carried on by the stars of Mob Wives and the Graziano sisters.
Mob Wives creator and executive producer Jennifer, Mob Wives star Renee, and restaurateur Lana have come together to provide you with sensational recipes that will make you a star in your own kitchen and give you something to banter over this Valentine’s Day.
Their new book,¬†“How To Use A Meat Cleaver” is a¬†full-color cookbook which features 100 of their most-coveted family recipes including Lana’s Famous Meatballs, Lobster Arriagiatta,¬†Sunday Gravy, Sausage and Peppers, Fillet Mignon and more. The girls also share some personal family stories with their readers.
Instead of braving the crowds and eating mediocre-mass-produced-food this Valentine’s Day, cook like a Graziano and create cuisine that will impress your partner or your girlfriends with your culinary prowess. After all, sometimes the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! Especially if you’re dating a foodie.
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away¬†a signed copy of “How to Use a Meat Cleaver!”
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†4 p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúCookbook.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Valentine’s Day has come again, and now is the time to make it one to remember. Elizabeth Arden worked with Mariah Carey to create a fragrance that can live up to even your wildest dreams. If you’re going for “happily ever after” this year, then this scent is for you.
The multi-award winning artist wanted to put together a classic, captivating, and sexy scent, and she delivers with Dreams. She invites you to celebrate life and its many stages along the way and reminds you to cherish its most intimate moments.
The fragrance smells of salted caramel apple and star anise combined with bergamot and toasted almonds. There’s also a drop of honeysuckle intertwined with inviting freesia and a small undertone of lily of the valley that gives it a feminine touch. The last few ingredients are a blend of warm patchouli, Tonka bean, and Madagascar vanilla grounds. Yum!
Whether you are coupled or single, you can now arouse the senses with the intoxicating scent of Dreams.
This Valentine’s Day CupidsPulse.com will be giving away Dreams perfume from Elizabeth Arden!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN 3¬†p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúMariah Carey Dreams.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
The next time you’re looking for a gift idea for your partner, a BFF or even a crush you fancy, think outside of the box and¬†opt for something unique, original and tasty like¬†Foxy’s Pash¬†Premium Frozen Yoghurt. Not only do they have several mouth-watering flavors, but each bite is healthy as well. Plus, Foxy’s is committed to using the best ingredients available to help create a truthfully unique product that can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Never Been Pashed?
‚ÄėPash‚Äô is an Australian term for smooching.¬† Foxy‚Äôs knows that not all pashes are the same.¬† Some pashes are romantic, some are fun, and some are just downright naughty. Foxy‚Äôs line of frozen yogurts put the variety of sensations from a pash into a spoonful of delectable desserts.¬†You can never have too many pashes on Valentine‚Äôs Day, or in your freezer!¬† Foxy‚Äôs flavors include: Sassy Pash (vanilla bean with strawberry hunks), Cheeky Pash (mango and passionfruit smoothie), Sneaky Pash (wildberry with real chocolate flakes), and Naughty Pash (honeycomb swirled with chunks of caramel).
Foxy’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt ¬†is a 100% guilt-free premium frozen yogurt, made with real California milk and live cultures.¬† The taste is rich and creamy, yet Foxy‚Äôs Pash contains only half the calories, fat, and sugar of most name-brand ice creams.
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be shipping Foxy’s Pash to one lucky winner!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†2 p.m.¬†ET today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúFoxy’s Pash.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Walking hand in hand with your partner is a magical moment. Striding along next to your sweetie, you look down at your hand clasped tightly around… your purse? Don’t miss out on intimate moments this Valentine’s Day by being encumbered by your bag, be hands free and fashionable with SHOLDIT!
SHOLDIT is the incredible accessory that combines a chic look with functionality. This circular scarf is much more than its average scarf-cousins who only lend warmth and beauty to the wearer.¬†SHOLDIT Clutch Wrap purse combines the beauty of a scarf, the security of a cross body and the convenience of a clutch all in one item! You can carry the essentials — like your phone, passport, lip gloss and sunglasses — ¬†without worrying about the size of the purse you will need for that shopping trip with the girls or for that romantic night out. Styled however you like as a scarf, cross body or clutch, you have all of your items at arms reach without the worry or inconvenience of a conventional purse.
Treat yourself, your bestie, your sister, your mom and all the women you love in your life to the hands free luxury of SHOLD IT by entering for a chance to win this must have accessory!
This Valentine’s Day CupidsPulse.com will be giving away one Sholdit Clutch Wrap!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†1 p.m.¬†EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúSholdit.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on¬†Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Marriage doesn’t always end up being the fairy tale we imagine it will be and sometimes we don’t make it through “until death do us part.” ¬†But, whether you make it or not, you can now walk on the distopic side of love this Valentine’s Day by getting together with the girls and heading on over to see ¬†TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL.
Yes, a musical about divorce! This original comedy was inspired by the true story of a Broadway producers’ wife who is suddenly dumped by her husband after years of marriage. Rather than sink into sadness, she decides to celebrate this new chapter in her life. Along with her spunky friends, they get their revenge through song and dance, and laugh their way through the stages of divorce and self-discovery.
You don’t need to be a divorcee to enjoy cabaret and vaudevillian melodies like “A Whole Lot Cuter” and “Better Glad Than Mad!’ Everyone whose ever been in love will sympathize with the touching moments the play reveals and root for these women who have turned to the comical side of divorce to heal their wounds. It’s a musical comedy that romps through all of the emotions that relationships and breakups bring. Therefore, it’s good for your sensitive man as well!
Everyone deserves to see this hysterical show, and now they can! We are offering our visitors¬†a 30% discount when you purchase your tickets today! Simply buy online at¬†BroadWayOffers.com¬†or call 212-947-8844 and¬†use the discount code:¬†TLLSP52.
Right now, CupidsPulse.com is giving away¬†two vouchers (good for two tickets) to see¬†TIL DIVORCE DO US PART: THE MUSICAL¬†at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square.
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER than 1¬†p.m. EST today.¬†In the subject line, please write “Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical.”¬†Winners will be contacted on Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Photos courtesy of Boots No.7 for Men and bella j.
By Louisa Gonzales
Valentine’s Day, otherwise known as one of the most romantic times of the year, is a day dedicated to spending time and cherishing ¬†loved ones, especially your significant other. If you’re still looking for a gift idea, we have a his and her idea inspired by two of our favorite celebrity men.
The men’s grooming product line by¬†Boots No7 Men, a favorite of former¬†Bachelor¬†and recent newlywed Sean Lowe. With the Energising Hair & Body Wash, Anti-Friction Shave Gel, and¬†Post Shave Recovery Balm, your man will ¬†feel like a star after every shower. All of the skin care products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, working for even the most sensitive skin.
There’s¬†bella j. “Lotsa Love” candle. It has a great smell made with a mixture of floral scents with drops of warm amber. As if the candle isn’t enough, a piece of jewelry — ranging in price from $10 to $10,000 — is hidden inside. Plus, Sex and the City actor¬†Gilles Marini is a fan.
Either of these ideas would make the perfect gifts for your Valentine!
This Valentine’s Day, CupidsPulse.com will be giving away products fromBoots No7 and¬†one bella j “Lotsa Love” candle to one lucky winner!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†12 p.m. EST today.¬†In the subject line, please write “His and Her Valentine’s Day Gifts.”¬†Winners will be contacted on Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Valentine’s Day is here, and no matter what your take is on this love-filled holiday, you can feel strong¬†and i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t by taking a cue from pop star Nicki Minaj and wearing her bold new scent, Minajesty.¬†This fragrance is the singing starlet’s second scent, and it speaks volumes about her vivacious and confident self.
The powerful diva wants her sultry and captivating perfume to inspire all her fans to “celebrate their glamorous side, live in the moment, and be outrageous.” So ladies, take note: This perfume is sure to let everyone know exactly who’s in charge!
Whether you have a date or not this Valentine’s Day, you can always embrace your sexiness. Be adventurous and try Minajesty.
This Valentine’s Day CupidsPulse.com will be giving away one¬†bottle of Minajesty!
To enter this giveaway, please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER than¬†11 a.m. EST today. In the subject line, please write “Minajesty.”¬†Winners will be contacted on Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Sometimes, the sweetest way to that special someone’s heart is through their stomach. zChocolat, the premiere online retailer of luxury chocolate gifts, will definitely make an impression this Valentine’s Day with the zChocolate Romantic Collection.
All of zChocolat’s recipes were created in France and are handmade by World Champion French Chocolatier and Pastry Chef Pascal Caffet. Caffett takes pride in handpicking top-quality raw materials and believes that premium ingredients are the key to creating the world’s finest chocolates.
The masterpiece in the Romantic Collection is a voluptuous heart made of a half pound of chocolate and pure love. The four-inch wide heart, studded with roasted caramelized Piedmont hazelnuts, is the ultimate gift. It is available alone as a single heart or as two hearts.
Even if you don’t have a Valentine this year, share the love by giving the¬†zChocolat Romantic Collection to a special friend, client, or coworker. After all, everyone loves chocolate!
This Valentine’s Day CupidsPulse.com will be giving away¬†a special gift from the zChocolat Romance Collection!
To enter for a chance to win a gift from the Romance Collection email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN 10 a.m. EST today. In the subject line, please write “zChocolat.” You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!¬†Winners will be contacted on Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Food can be a sensual experience as you and your date delve from sugary depths to rich heights and spicy plateaus. If your tastebuds are looking for a sensory playground that sampling a variety of cuisine afford, ¬†nobody delivers this kind of food discovery like Goldbely!
Founded by self-proclaimed food lovers on a quest for exquisite taste sensations, Goldbely believes that food is best enjoyed when shared with those you love and the best foods to share are those that excite the curiosity. By exploring the US for the most interesting kinds of foods, Goldbely connects foodies with delicious eats from gourmet food purveyors.
Maybe you live in Tennessee, and crave a real New York deli style pastrami on rye. Or you and your bestie are Washington natives dying to have some authentic Texas BBQ. Goldbely hooks you up with whatever food it is you yen for but are separated from by those long stretches of majestic fields of grain and purple mountains. Why go out for Valentine’s Day when you can have a unique dinner delivered right to your front door!
This Valentine’s Day CupidsPulse.com will be giving away¬†a $50 gift card from Goldbely!¬†
To enter for a chance to win please email¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number NO LATER THAN¬†9 a.m. EST today. In the subject line, please write ‚ÄúGoldbely.‚ÄĚ Winners will be contacted on Monday, February 17, 2014. You can enter each contest only once. Good luck!
Couple kissing while enjoying breakfast in bed. Photo: pressmaster / Bigstock.com
By Kristin Mattern
You and your sweetie¬†are sick of the same old Valentine‚Äôs Day traditions, or maybe you‚Äôre both convinced it‚Äôs just a day made up by the card companies. Perhaps your pockets are just little lighter this year and you’re looking for ways to save money. Whatever your reason, this Valentine‚Äôs Day is a great time to have a cheap¬†date to celebrate your love together.
Romantic gaze. Photo: Subbotina Anna / Bigstock.com
By Maria Darbenzio
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. If you still haven’t thought about how you’ll be spending it, not to worry! From perfect date ideas to fabulous outfit suggestions, we’ve got you covered with these helpful articles form our partners:
1. Gifts: Time and time again, we hear the words, “You don’t need to get me anything.” Instead of buying something that only your partner will be able to use, why not pick out a gift that both of you can enjoy? ¬†Concert tickets or cooking classes are great ways to have fun and spend time together. For more ideas, take a look at this list. (YourTango.com)
2. Dates: Some people make their Valentine’s Day plans weeks in advance, but there are plenty of things to do if you prefer to think about it at the last minute. You didn’t get a reservation to the fancy Greek restaurant that just opened, and that’s okay. Try going on a local adventure, or even just stay home and cook a new recipe together. No matter what, being there for each other is what matters most.¬† (GalTime.com)
3. Menu: You decided to ditch the expensive five-course dinner and make a nice, romantic meal at home instead. Cooking Channel’s Nadia G shares her recipe for panko shrimp with strawberry aioli. If your mouth is watering, click to get the recipe and wow your partner with your impressive cooking skills. (YourTango.com)
4. Inspiration: If you’re still feeling a bit uninspired about your own personal Valentine’s Day plans, take a look at what some of your favorite A-list stars will be doing this year. Browse through these celebrity couple’s plans for some fun ideas. (CelebrityBabyScoop.com)
5. Outfit: Red is the color of love , so try to incorporate it into your outfit. It could be anything from a piece of jewelry, a dress, or even those gorgeous heels you splurged on last week. For more secrets on creating the perfect Valentine’s Day outfit, this article is the place to look. (GalTime.com)
What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day? Share your plans in the comments below!¬†
First of all, ladies, there‚Äôs no such thing as a guy friendly Valentine‚Äôs Day. We know this day is all about you. As far as guys are concerned, our Valentine‚Äôs Day already happened: It was when the Seahawks destroyed the Broncos at the Super Bowl. Men love football, and we love hanging out with men.
After a divorce, many holidays can be depressing, and Valentine‚Äôs Day can be the most depressing of all. The media promotes this day for lovers, and those not in a relationship ‚ÄĒ or just getting out of one ‚ÄĒ may feel left out. The holiday can also leave you feeling as if something’s wrong with you because you don‚Äôt have someone special to share it with. But don’t worry — you can still have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Katie Heaney turned her status as ‚Äúbeing permanently single‚ÄĚ into a funny memoir that sheds light on searching for your soul mate in the 21st century. In her new book NEVER HAVE I EVER: My Life (So Far) Without a Date, the 27-year-old shares her dating (or non-dating) experiences as she attempts to find romance on her own terms. We recently caught up with the author to glean a few more words of wisdom on looking for love and spending Valentine‚Äôs Day alone.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and that means dinner and drinks with your loved one. Van Gogh Vodka is the perfect addition to your romantic meal for two. This hand-crafted vodka is imported from Holland and crafted by second generation Master Distiller, Tim Vos.
As a pioneer in flavored vodka, Van Gogh Vodka has concocted a slew of vibrant flavors which include espresso, PB& J, rich dark chocolate, and 19 other brilliant choices. The bold flavors can stand alone or act as a mixer for some delicious vodka cocktails for the home bartender. Not only do they taste amazing, but there is an array of color with most of them, which can make for some beautiful-looking drinks!
If flavored vodka isn’t your thing, not to worry: they also have two types of 80-proof unflavored vodkas available as well as their own Van Gogh Gin. No matter your taste preference, this company has you covered.
Try one of these cocktail recipes for the perfect marriage of flavors to woo your significant other.
My Honey Valentine (OUR FAVORITE) (Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru)
1-1/2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka 3/4 oz. pomegranate juice 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water stirred until the honey¬†dissolves)
Directions: Shake ingredients very well with ice, and strain into martini glass or over ice into¬†a¬†rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Cool Peach Bellini (Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru)
1 oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
1-1/2 oz. Peach Puree
3 oz. Prosecco
Directions: In a mixing glass, stir the vodka and puree well. Add the Prosecco¬†with ice¬†and gently fold the ingredients (without stirring too much, as this will¬†remove¬†bubbles). Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top off with extra¬†Prosecco and¬†garnish with a fresh peach when in season.
Spice It Up
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Rich Dark Chocolate Vodka
3/4 oz. milk
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
Directions: Shake well with ice, and strain into martini glass.¬†Garnish with a pinch of chili powder sugar (equal parts cayenne pepper and sugar).
Ho to be aware of online dating scams. Photo: Dolgachov / Bigstock
By Becky Frost
Rumor has it that many celebrities have dabbled in online dating. And they‚Äôre 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.
We recently caught up with some of our favorite celebrities — from Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to former NFL player Tiki Barber to reality star Farrah Abraham — to find out what they’d be up to for Valentine’s Day. Take a look at the photo gallery above for their answers!
Interviews conducted by Shannah Henderson and Priyanka Singh.
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a bouquet of flowers, and for 78 years,¬†Teleflora¬†has helped bring smiles to many a Valentine. The company works with over 16,000 member florists throughout the United States and Canada and 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. With numbers like that, you can rest assured that you’re sending your sweetie only the best. CupidsPulse.com has partnered with Teleflora to give one lucky winner the opportunity to choose either the Deluxe Happy Hearts Bouquet¬†or the¬†Deluxe Send a Hug Bear Your Heart Bouquet¬†to send to their special someone!
With the Deluxe Happy Hearts Bouquet, you get not only exquisitely arranged flowers like red roses and pink alstroemeria, but they come in a frosted, hand-blown bowl with adorable red hearts all around it. Long after you’ve enjoyed your bouquet, the bowl can be filled with even more flowers or used to display a candle. Either way, it will be treasured for many years to come.
The Deluxe Send a Hug Bear Your Heart Bouquet is sure to be a winner come February 14th. On top of the lush flowers and frosted white vase, the bouquet comes with a darling plush bear and a heart shaped box of Ghirardelli chocolates. It’s the perfect three-in-one package that covers all the bases on this romantic holiday.
Even if you don’t win the giveaway, Teleflora has something else in store for you: They’ve partnered up with the NBA, and when you purchase one of Teleflora’s participating Valentine’s Day bouquets online,¬†you will automatically be entered into the game-changing ‚ÄúSend & Score‚ÄĚ sweepstakes. One lucky winner will score a grand prize VIP trip for four guests to attend an NBA Playoff game, plus receive Teleflora flowers for one year. Four runner-up prizes include two tickets to a regular season NBA game and Teleflora blooms for one year. Teleflora is also giving away hundreds of daily prizes, including lots of NBA gear. Good luck!
To enter this giveaway, email¬†email@example.com¬†with your full name, address, email, and daytime phone number BEFORE 10:30 a.m. ET tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th. In the subject line, please write “Teleflora.” The winner will be e-mailed a code to purchase either the Deluxe Happy Hearts or Deluxe Send a Hug Bear Your Heart Bouquet and must place the order before Valentine’s Day.¬†You can enter the contest only once. Good luck!¬†
With Valentine’s Day creeping up on us (one week away!), romance is in the air everywhere you go. Check out some of these articles from our partners to get you on the path to a love that lasts.
1. Time to recharge: Sometimes, things can begin to get boring in a long-term relationship. Take a moment to get the excitement back in your love life! Try making a list of places you’ve always wanted to go (whether it be a restaurant down the street or that resort in Cabo San Lucas) and write a couple’s bucket list. For more ideas, consider these suggestions. (GalTime.com)
2. Change is good: It’s easy to want to change things you don’t like about your partner, but that can make things complicated. Instead, try changing the way you look at your significant other. A healthy relationship consists of being able to listen to your partner, give them space, and share your needs when necessary. (GalTime.com)
3. Give love another chance: Not everyone gets their relationship right on the first time around, but if you’re both willing to try again, it may be worth a shot. Many couples have experienced long lasting relationships after a brief breakup, so who’s to say you won’t? (YourTango.com)
4. Keep the romance alive: Gena Lee Nolin is married to former hockey star Cale Hulse. In her blog, she shares some wonderful tips on how to keep your marriage alive and well. Nolin even reveals how she’ll be spending her Valentine’s Day. (CelebrityBabyScoop.com)
5. Be a good girlfriend:¬†In order to truly be happy with your man, you need to make sure that you’re a good fit for each other. Don’t force yourself to be attracted to someone just because he’s available. The best way to make sure your affection is felt is by making sure you’re with the right person. (YourTango.com)
How will you ensure that your love lasts? Tell us in the comments below.
Thanks to VH1’s hit show Single Ladies, we get to see actress Denise Vasi light up the screen every Monday night. At last weekend’s OK! magazine pre-Grammys party, the star chatted with us about the songs that played at her wedding — Jennifer Hudson sang as she walked down the aisle! — and her plans for Valentine’s Day with husband Anthony Mandler. “We might do Mexico,” she reveals. “That place was our first going-away as a couple, but we weren’t exactly a couple yet. We might go out there, reminisce and remember what those days were like.”
Disney’s Shake It Up¬†star Bella Thorne loves to show her affection at Valentine’s Day by sending personalized cards to the special people in her life, like boyfriend Tristan Klier. During her interview with Executive Editor Lori Bizzoco, she provides creative ideas for how to craft handmade Valentine’s card and mail them with the United States Postal Service’s beautiful new Cut Paper Heart Stamp. When making cards herself, the actress loves to add glitter and jokes, “You know it’s from me because it has the world’s worst handwriting!”
Singer Mike Posner first caught our attention in 2010 with his catchy song “Cooler Than Me.” This past weekend, at OK! magazine’s pre-Grammys party, he talks about his album Pages, which features collaborations with Big Sean and Justin Bieber (he first met the pop star when they co-wrote the hit “Boyfriend”). Plus, he reveals where he’ll be spending his Valentine’s Day.
We recognize Farrah Abraham from Teen Mom and Couple’s Therapy, and we’ll get to know the reality star even better when her special¬†Being Farrah airs on MTV later this year. We had the chance to chat with the single mother about her Valentine’s Day plans and upcoming projects.
Valentine’s Day is known for its wide array of beautiful bouquets. Whether it’s classic red roses or a more modern gift of orchids, flowers are the gift that every woman anticipates on this special day. That’s why it’s important to find a company who has your needs top of mind and believes in delivering the freshest, most unique arrangements. A company such as BloomNation provides their customers with an online marketplace where they can purchase hand-crafted floral pieces from some of the top florists in the United States.
Founded in 2011 by three friends who were sick of the big business middleman, BloomNation is now considered “The Etsy of Flowers.”¬†What makes the company unique is that BloomNation florists send out “BloomSnaps” to each client -a snapshot of the bouquet before it is delivered–making sure there is total¬†satisfaction with the final product.¬†They also allow¬†florists in their network to list their own designs and set prices based on their stock. This helps ensure that the flowers will always be fresh. After all, no one wants to open a box of wilted flowers for Valentine’s Day.
If you want to get in on the action and experience all that this company has to offer, you have your chance now just in time for Valentine’s Day!¬†CupidsPulse.com is giving away two 50 dollar¬†BloomNation gift cards to two¬†lucky winners! That’s right! Send a beautiful, fresh bouquet of flowers to your special someone…or be your own Valentine and purchase something for yourself. Either way, you can be happy knowing that the flowers you receive will be the¬†flowers you purchased.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: To enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card for BloomNation, go to our¬†Facebook¬†page and click ‚Äúlike.‚ÄĚ Leave a comment under our giveaway post letting us know you want to enter the contest. We will contact the winners via¬†Facebook¬†when the contest is over, and they will have three days to respond back with their contact information. The deadline to enter is Monday, February 3rd at 5 pm EST. Good luck!
Man with flowers and candy. Photo: buso23 / Bigstock.com
By Maria Darbenzio
The holiday of romance is right around the corner, so now is the time to start making plans (that is, if you haven’t done so already). Don’t catch yourself off-guard with a last-minute dash for reservations. Whether you’ll be¬†spending the day with a special someone or going out for a single girls’ night on the town, check out these great articles from our partners for some fun tips:
1. Giving gifts: Buying a gift for someone can be difficult no matter the holiday. Although your feelings should be expressed¬†every day of the year, Valentine’s Day is perfect for sharing new and exciting components¬†of your relationship. If you’re still having trouble thinking up the perfect present, try browsing through¬†some of these ideas. (YourTango.com)
2. Being prepared:¬†As you ladies know, nothing’s worse than smearing your makeup without having anything in your purse to fix the problem.¬†Don’t be caught unprepared! Keep your lipstick close by and freshen up when it¬†begins to fade. Check out what else you should keep with you so you can stay radiant all night¬†long. (GalTime.com)
3. Choosing an outfit: Sometimes, there’s simply not enough hours in the day for a wardrobe change. If you need to rush from the office to the restaurant on Valentine’s Day and have no time to stop home in between, find some transitional styles that can take you from that daytime outfit to the perfect date night look. You can find some fabulous pieces that will make you look glam in no time. (GalTime.com)
4. Sorting your schedules: Both you and your partner lead very busy lives. Make sure that your plans¬†have been made at a time that works for both of you. The last thing you want is to have to¬†postpone — or even cancel — your Valentine’s Day date. (CelebrityBabyScoop.com)
5. Embracing singledom: There’s nothing wrong with spending Valentine’s Day on your own. In fact, there are¬†plenty of ways to enjoy this holiday by yourself. Use this day to treat yourself and discover new things to be passionate about. Take a look at¬†this article for some awesome ideas! (YourTango.com)
Do you have Valentine’s Day plans yet? Share in the comments below!
The feelings and emotions we experience during the Valentine’s Day season can be enjoyed any time of the year. In order to begin, it starts with yourself. When we love ourselves, we resonate a vibration of love, and as it goes out, it comes¬†back to us. So if you‚Äôve had a breakup recently, let go and let love in ‚ÄĒ not for your ex, but for you!¬†Our boundaries tend to be in a healthy place when we achieve this goal, giving way to much happier and healthier¬†relationships.
Vin Diesel and Paloma Jimenez. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
By Andrea Surujnauth
Vin Diesel decided to give his longtime girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez, an original Valentine’s Day present this year.¬†The Fast and The Furious star recorded himself singing Rihanna‘s hit song “Stay” for Jimenez with the help of his daughter. According to People, he dedicated the touching lyrics to her and took his fans by surprise with his performance.¬†“People say ‘I didn’t know you were a Rihanna fan?’ ” he says. “How could you not be a fan of her voice, her gift?”
What are some vocal gifts you can give your partner in lieu of a present?
41-year old Office Star, Angela Kinsey spent her Valentine’s Day with her 4-year old daughter, Isabel.¬†Kinsey told¬†People,¬†‚ÄúMy daughter and I are going to make our own Valentines! We‚Äôve got stickers, markers. I love going to Target and hitting the arts and crafts aisle.‚ÄĚ Kinsey talked to The Celebrity Cafe about co-parenting, and she insists that both she and her ex¬†really have respect for one another. Kinsey is grateful for her¬†relationship¬†with ex-husband, Warren Lieberstein.
What are some ways to take things slow after your divorce?
With Valentine‚Äôs Day being yesterday, love is certainly in the air. They say that ‚Äúyou are what you wear,‚ÄĚ so there‚Äôs no better way to express and celebrate the love in your life than with unique gifts from Lyric Culture, a company who always makes sure to ‚Äúput a whole lotta love into every design.‚ÄĚ
Steps to a remarkable relationship. Photo: Kotenko / Bigstock.com
This Valentine‚Äôs Day, give your partner the best gift of all ‚ÄĒ a remarkable relationship! Dr. Harriet Lerner, one of our nation‚Äôs most loved and respected relationship experts, reminds us that while it takes two people to couple up, it only takes one to make things a whole lot better. Here’s how:
Keeping the spark alive. Photo: monkeybusinessimages / Bigstock.com
By¬†Christina Steinorth MA MFT
I wanted to get away from the more standard type of Valentine‚Äôs Day articles that seem to surround gifts and intimacy, so I asked this question on my Facebook page: What topic should I write about for Valentine‚Äôs Day?
While I received many great answers, one that seemed to pop up more than others was: What about an article for those of us who are in long-term relationships or have been married for many years?¬† I gave it some thought, and my fans were right‚Äďthere isn’t a lot of advice relating to Valentine‚Äôs Day and long-term relationships.
Enjoy singledom in VDay. Photo: Nyul / Bigstock.com
If you‚Äôre single on Valentine‚Äôs Day, don‚Äôt be grumpy about it! If you‚Äôre proactive and plan ahead, there are a thousand ways you can enjoy VDay, even if you‚Äôre flying solo. Here are a few ideas:
When did¬†Valentine’s Day become such a BIG deal? At some point when I wasn’t looking, it went from being a lighthearted, fun, semi-holiday to another over-the-top, loud, commercial holiday that comes with feelings of annoyance and angst for so many. It’s not really about who you love¬†anymore; instead, it’s about gifts and lavish displays of…well, I’m not sure what.
As a kid, I loved this holiday. I got such a kick out of giving out cards with big red hearts on them to all the people who made me happy. I gave them to my parents, my teachers, my favorite classmates, my playmates and even my mailman. Back then, Valentine‚Äôs Day was fun, and it was an excuse to tell the people who make you happy how much they mean to you. Romance had nothing to do with it when I was ten years old.