Tips for Writing Romantic Love Letters

Leave love notes to show your sweetheart how much you care...In many cases men and women both cherish and hold onto love letters and sentimental greeting cards sent from significant others or love interests. You can brighten your sweetheart’s day with a sweet or sexy love letter penned especially for him or her. Put your heart and soul into writing the romantic love letter and it will show – and you may even get a love letter in return from your soul mate.

When deciding to write a love letter to your love interest, think about the person for a few moments. Are you going steady or already committed to each other, or is this person someone you would like to get to know better? Take things at an appropriate pace when composing the first love letter. Don’t jump in head first unless you know your intended is also head over heels for you. While it’s quite endearing when you wear your heart on your sleeve, getting hurt takes its toll after a while.

Practice writing love letters with these great tips.Writing love letters is only as difficult as you allow it to be. Let your heart do the talking and your love letter writing experience should go just fine. Consider these tips to help you write sweet love letters, inspirational love letters, passionate love letters, or even apology love letters.

Tips for Writing Love Letters
No matter what kind of love letters you would like to write, check out these love letter tips that should help you to compose your thoughts in a meaningful way.

What to Say in a Love Letter
•    Mention specific things that you love about the recipient of your love letter. Go into detail about his or her best traits, and what you adore the most.

Personalize your love letter for the most romantic effect.•    Allude to romantic or even erotic things you would like to do together with your sweetheart in the love letter. You can just hint around or you can come right out and say it, depending on your personality.

•    Don’t forget to express how much you miss the person or how you can’t wait to see him or her next.

•    If you are only just getting to know the person, ease into expressing your feelings, but still make some sweet comments or suggestions as far as getting together again soon.

•    Compliment your love interest by commenting on his or her looks, personality, aspirations, talents, or other positive features or traits.

How to Personalize a Love Letter
•    Hand-write your love letter to show that you think enough of the recipient to put the time into personalizing the note.

•    Spritz a little bit of your perfume or cologne on the love letter itself.

•    Place a red lipstick kiss on the outside of the envelope. Sealed with a kiss never goes out of style!

•    Include photos of the two of you or sexy / sweet photos of yourself.

•    Instead of a kiss, consider sealing the envelope with sealing wax and a stamp.

Show you care with love letters all year long.If you are writing a passionate love letter or a very romantic love letter, be sure to express very clearly how you feel about the person and what things you look forward to doing together. You can be sweet and innocent or a bit sultry and seductive. Passionate love letters can build up anticipation for two lovers to see each other. Love letters are a great way for sweethearts to connect across the miles in a long distance relationship.

If you plan to write sweet love letters to love interests or a newfound crush, consider toning down the intensity and keeping your thoughts and comments light and airy. Be subtle in most cases and don’t go overboard in any particular direction – try to keep your love letter on an even keel. Compliment your love interest, catch up on what’s new, and try to make plans to get together in your sweet love letters.

Inspirational love letters can be a lot of fun but also a valuable tool in encouraging your sweetheart to reach for the stars, no matter what his or her dream may be. You can write inspirational love letters to your significant other before a big test or a job interview or any other important yet sometimes harrowing experience. You can also write inspirational love letters as a form of congratulations after a job well done. Anything upbeat, positive, and even somewhat romantic can become the contents of a great inspirational love letter.

If you must make amends for something you’ve done that you regret, an apology love letter can go a long way to helping you regain your love’s good graces. Depending on how you’ve wronged your sweetheart, a heartfelt apology love letter may be one way to help the two of you begin to return to how things used to be. Apology love letters may be difficult to write, but for some people it may be easier to put thoughts to paper as opposed to having a conversation in person or on the phone. Writing love letters, especially apology love letters, gives you a chance to really think through everything you want to say, recite it, revise it, rewrite it, or scrap it altogether.

Writing love letters can be a very special experience shared by two people. Whether you tuck the love letter into your husband’s or wife’s lunch bag or if you mail your love letters across the miles, writing love letters can bring you closer to your significant other. Take your time in writing your love letters and be sure to reread it before sending. Once you’ve delivered your love letter, your words are etched in eternity, at least for you and that person. Be sure to write from your heart – your romantic love letters could be the spark that ignites an everlasting love.

Valentine Gifts for Mom

Jer's Gourmet Chocolates make a tasty Valentine's Day gift for mom or anyone at all!Brought to you by a number of different and very willing companies, we have put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide that is sure to help ease the stress of finding that “perfect” gift for Mom (Grandmother, Aunt, wife, etc.). All gifts would be perfect as a standalone or as fillers with other small gifts (presented in a beautiful wicker gift basket).

Valentine Gifts for Mom under $40.00:
Pretty Snapfish photo necklaces are great keepsake gifts for special women in your life.Snapfish photo necklaces are perfect gifts for practically any occasion. They’re totally customizable and have been a sought after gift for many years. Mothers and grandmothers alike enjoy gifts that not only come from the heart, but make it easy to share their treasured memories with others. Gifts that include pictures are always a hit!

Snapfish launched in April of 2000 and then acquired by HP on April 15, 2005. They’ve been helping people preserve, enjoy, and share their most valuable memories with their ability to offer home video services, wireless imaging services, along with their more than 100 uniquely customizable, high-quality personal publishing products. With Snapfish, you’re sure to find what you want for that special someone, anytime.

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Warm your home atmosphere with a unique home fragrance product by Scentsy.Scentsy is a brilliant way to not only make any room in your home feel warm and inviting, but it’s also perfectly safe and wick-free. You see, Scentsy candles don’t have a wick nor do they use a flame. Scentsy offers an array of beautiful warmers along with over 80 “Scentsy Bars” of wax that simply work together to make your home smell lovely. Using just a 15, 20 or 25 watt light bulb, the fragranced wax is melted softly (never burned) to fill your home with delightfully inviting smells.

Thanks to Scentsy and their wonderful products, I have enjoyed my home a little more these days. Quite honestly, I don’t think a traditional candle has ever made me feel this nice. After visiting their Web site, I also learned that they offer more than wickless candles for the home; they have car candles, travel tins, and room sprays galore. I received a beautiful Valentine themed warmer along with three beautiful fragrances (ARP: $40.00).

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Enjoy Scharffen Berger chocolates as a great Valentine's Day gift for mom or daughter.SCHARFFEN BERGER: America’s Finest Dark Chocolate has got to be one of the most sought-after chocolates around. One sniff of the box and you’ll find yourself in heaven. The aroma of this artesian chocolate, when baking, is remarkable — no other chocolate has made me want to eat my baked goods while their still in the oven. With these, I plead the fifth.

If you’re looking to impress your mother, mother-in-law, or daughter, these are the chocolates to get. I was thoroughly impressed and, well, I’d give my right arm for another batch of Scharffen Berger chocolates — YUMMY! I was sent a few sets of baking chocolates, a wonderful cookbook (The Essence of Chocolate), a bag of baking chunks, cocoa powder, and a gift box of Folio chocolates; every type of chocolate needed to make a few awesome recipes from the cookbook. Oh, and the taste — the taste was divine.

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Top 10 Attractive Qualities to Find in a Significant Other

Try to find a mate with these top 10 attractive qualities.What traits should we seek in a significant other? Besides at least some level of physical attraction, honesty, and loyalty, the other traits we should strive to find in a mate may not be so obvious. Each person has different likes and dislikes and may be attracted to a different kind of mate than the next person. To follow are some general guidelines on key traits you should look for when choosing a significant other.

Consider these top 10 attractive qualities to find in a significant other to help you choose an ideal mate. Remember, your new love interest need not have all of these traits, but these are good qualities to look for if you are hoping for a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Look for these qualities in your next significant other. 1.    Honesty

2.    Loyalty

3.    Good Sense of Humor

4.    Smart

5.    Hard-Working

6.    Family Oriented

7.    Attractive

8.    Charming

9.    Great Personality

10.     Fun to Be Around

Countless other qualities may also help a certain person to be your ideal match. Successful, goal-oriented, compassionate – and the list goes on and on. You can always make compromises on some of these top attractive qualities by finding a mate with your most preferred traits instead.

Remember, a mate who cares deeply about you and puts you first is the kind of person you want to welcome into your life. You may find a significant other who is the yin to your yang. You may also find a significant other who seems to be the male or female version of you. Either way, find someone who’s compatible with you and make the most of your relationship by spending time together and enjoying life with your new love.

The Attraction of Finding a Mate with a Foreign Accent

People with different accents become instantly attractive to many of us.For some reason, people often love hearing someone speaking with a different accent. From Australian accents and British accents to American accents, southern accents, and countless others, listening to someone speak with a different accent can be exciting, fun, and romantic, all in one. In many cases, someone’s accent may actually be a selling point as far as whether one person feels attracted to another.

Rochelle Peachey is the founder of I Love Your Accent, an online dating site dedicated to bringing together people with different accents, such as British accents, American accents, and numerous others. Peachey is the author of two books on dating, and she herself has a British accent.

Talking on the phone with someone who has an accent can be exciting and romantic.“In the course of my research for those books, I met over 2,000 men, hence the dating expert title,” shares Peachey. “For years, men and women friends and colleagues have asked if I have a friend they could meet or if I can help them find a date, hence was born.”

Rochelle Peachey kindly decided to answer some burning questions about attraction to a person with a foreign accent or a different accent.

Q. – What is it about a person’s accent, when different from our own, that makes them that much more attractive?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Intrigue, it’s exotic, not the norm, it’s exciting to meet someone from another country.”

Q. – What are some of the most popular or most common accents on your site?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Honestly, we have accents from all over. Posh like the Queen is popular, so is Liverpool like the Beatles but there are all matter of accents on the site, which is great.”

Q. – Do you find certain accents to be the most desired?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Posh and Cockney, only this morning someone said I sounded like Posh Spice, who doesn’t speak Posh at all, so it’s weird that she’s even called that!”

Q. Do you have any tips to help someone find a partner with an appealing accent? Are there any special ways to use your accent as part of your approach romance?

Speaking to someone with an accent can often spark a romantic interest.A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Well I use my accent to my advantage; people are amazed sometimes that I don’t have an American twang and that I still say water with a T and not D after being in the States for so long. My children speak completely American when they are with their friends but slip right back in to English with us. I cannot stand the way kids here use the word LIKE as in ‘I was like, what did you do?’ Another word that is so overused is ‘awesome.’ When the guy came to fix my cable TV I asked if he wanted a drink and he said, ‘water would be awesome…’ Well no, water would be refreshing; a spaceship landing in my pool would be awesome!”

Q. – Do you have more males or more females looking for a partner with an accent? Who is most desired – males with accents or females with accents?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
At the moment we have plenty of females looking for American men and vice versa.

Q. – If you think about it, doesn’t everyone have their own accent? Even if it’s just in pronunciation or emphasis on different syllables or how soft or hard your vowels are, etc.? What truly makes up an accent?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Anything that’s different from yours, or the way people in your town speak, that makes you stand out, hence ‘Oh I Love your accent.’”

Q. – Anything else you would like to add?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Someone will win a flight to London as we launch on Valentine’s Day, sign up now for a chance to win.
Don’t just say I Love your accent, be a part of it.”

About the Expert:
Rochelle Peachey is married with two sons born and raised in London England and living in Florida for 12 years. She is the author of two books on dating in the personals and she is also sometimes described as a dating expert due to all the dates she went on when researching for those books. Peachey travels frequently to UK and is constantly asked if she knows of a nice American man or woman that she could introduce to her contacts.

“I like it when someone tells me they love my accent,” says Peachey. “It’s a compliment and you can never have too many of those. I am the face of this site, and that’s unusual in this business, so if anyone has questions or problems with anything, they can email me and I will reply.”

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Romantic Body Bliss – Scandle Candle Product Review

The Scandle Candle is a moisturizing body candle you can use for manicures, pedicures, and massages.I’ll just jump right in to tell you how I felt about using the Scandle Candle… I’ve sat here far too long trying to give this product an introduction, when in fact, the Scandle Candle needs no introduction. It’s amazing, impressive, and so worth sharing with others. In fact, after reading about the Scandle Candle, you might want to purchase a few for family and friends this Christmas; here’s why…

When I received this “candle” in the mail for review I was already impressed; not because I’ve used it before, but because the name grabbed me. Next, smelling it made me crazy – happy crazy! It truly fits the harvest themed product segment we’re featuring here at Life Love Beauty.

Scandle Candle in PumpkinOkay, so in order to give you an idea of how great this is and how I felt while using the candle, let me whisk you away for a moment, to a place of pure serenity, a place of sheer and utter peacefulness with beautiful sounds of trickling water and soft, subtle winds blowing in the distance. Now, imagine the calm of beautiful music whispering in the background as the hot oils drip over your arms, legs and… too far, come back!

Yes, I’m a little taken away by the feel, smell and actions that this candle gives off. I know that I used a little creative writing there, but the sheer feelings I felt with the Scandle Candle were perfect and so real to me. It was like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… you know, that feeling of pure excitement for something you finally got your hands on – yeah, that feeling.

Pumpkin Body Candle -- Scandle CandleI was so impressed with this candle that I invited a dear friend over for coffee. While the candle prepared us to indulge in its presence, I explained what the candle was, we shopped the site and enjoyed the sweet fragrance the candle let out. Anyway, yes, our time was wonderful – the candle performed lovely and I am so addicted to this product forever more. My friend is now insanely impressed with this “candle” because it’s, as my friend called it – A TWO-FER!!!

What’s a “two-fer” you ask? Why it’s only a spectacular ‘two-for-one” deal. You have a candle that also acts as a uniquely, yet very intriguing body oil (and then some). Technically speaking, you can also use it for the perfect massage and pedicure treatment. You can also use it every day as a moisturizer… the possibilities are endless and it’s truly unbelievable!

If you’d like to read more about the Scandle Candle and take a look at the many products and fragrances they have available, please visit and while you’re there, please read what other’s have to say about their experiences with the Scandle Candle. You’ll see that I’m not the only one that was thoroughly impressed!

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: Please know that I was given a Scandle Candle Travel Tin in the seasonal scent of Pumpkin, for free, via The Body Candle. The gifts that I receive help me form an opinion based on my experiences with the product. I am in no way responsible for anyone that feels differently. If you’d like to learn more about this or any other product featured on Life Love Beauty; please visit the featured product’s official website. Thank you.

Romantic Stocking Stuffers for your Sweetheart

Don't forget some rich and delectable chocolates with the rest of your stocking stuffer ideas!For the holidays, why not spice up your sweetheart’s Christmas stocking a little bit this year? Instead of all that candy and travel sized toiletries, socks, and chewing gum, stuff your honey’s stocking with gifts of romance. Consider these sexy stocking stuffers and gifts for your sweetheart this year – or even for your bride-to-be friends.

Be sure to fill your sweetheart's stocking with sexy stocking stuffers for a romantic holiday season.Romantic stocking stuffers practically ensure that you and your significant other will have a memorable holiday together. Enjoy some holiday fun by emptying your Christmas stockings together – best yet if you can sit beside your sweetheart in front of a roaring fireplace sharing a bottle of wine. By taking some special time for yourselves to relax, you can enjoy special quality time with your sweetheart amidst the other things you’ve got planned this holiday season.

If you have a friend who is about to get married sometime around or after the holiday season, prepare a creative bachelorette gift! A romantic and relaxing present for your soon-to-be newlywed friends would be a holiday stocking filled with gifts that they can enjoy on the honeymoon together.

As you prepare to stuff your sweetheart’s (or bride-to-be’s) holiday stocking with stocking stuffers and romantic goodies, consider your loved one’s favorite things while also thinking along his or her wild side. You’ll be sure to come up with a romantic collection of items to place in their stockings with care.

Stocking Stuffers for a Romantic Mood and Atmosphere at Home
Try these romantic stocking stuffers to help set a truly romantic mood for you and your sweetheart or a bride-to-be and hers this holiday season:

Product provided free to writer for review–    Scandle Candle – This mood-setting candle is naughty but nice – enjoy the soothing effects of its wax dripping over your skin and follow with a romantic massage. Choose from lots of irresistible fragrances.

–    Rich, Delicious Chocolates – Depending on your sweetheart’s preference, find the best chocolates for his or her tastes. Try raspberry and dark chocolate, chocolates with liquors, truffles, or most romantic of all, chocolate-covered strawberries.

Stocking Stuffers for Relaxation and Romance
Consider these stocking stuffers to bring more romance and relaxation into your home or on a bride’s honeymoon for the holidays:

–    Massage Oil – You and your sweetheart can both enjoy giving and receiving massages all holiday season long and throughout the New Year. Choose a fragrance you both love for best impact.

–    Extra Foamy Bubble Bath – Enjoy special relaxing time in the tub to rejuvenate yourself during the stressful holidays. Bubble baths can be good for the mind, body, and soul simply by letting your cares drift away. You can also try bubble bath petals.

Fill your stocking of seduction with care… place romantic stocking stuffers inside to ensure a relaxing and satisfying holiday season. Be creative and think about all the fun you both will have, unwrapping the contents of your Christmas stockings and then enjoying the gifts together. Have fun!

20 Tips for Surviving a Broken Engagement and Moving on with Your Life

Starting over is rarely easy but often necessary in life. From starting a new job or a new school to ending a relationship and moving on, starting over can be challenging, exciting, frustrating, intimidating, and excruciating, not to mention any combination of other emotions. If your engagement has just ended, it’s no doubt a considerably difficult time for you. You might be able to benefit from some tips on surviving a broken engagement and moving on with your life.

Whether you or your significant other broke the engagement, chances are your relationship may have had some underlying issues. Engagements can end for many reasons, from an unfaithful partner to family issues to disagreements on goals in life and so much more. In most if not all cases, it’s better for your relationship to end during the engagement phase rather than ending in the first few months of marriage.

“My engagement was broken back in 2001 just months before the wedding,” says Relationship Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist Debra Berndt. “It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me (although I did not know it at the time). I also lost my job a week after we broke up and had to move out of the condo we lived in. I was jobless, homeless, and manless.”

Berndt continues, “After I broke the engagement, I left the corporate world and changed careers to become a clinical hypnotherapist. I made more money and became a successful business owner. A few years later, I met the love of my life and life couldn’t be better. I look back at that time as a crossroads and I am so glad the dead-end showed up on that road with my ex so that I could be free to pursue my life’s work and love destiny.”

Remember, even if it doesn’t feel this way right now, it is generally better to be single with a chance to find your ideal partner than to be taken advantage of or stuck in an unhealthy relationship. To help you survive your broken engagement, consider these tips from the experts to help you move on with your life.

1.    Remember why you are better off without this person.
“Focus on all the reasons that you are better off without your partner (think about the ways you did not make a good match),” says Debra Berndt, relationship coach and hypnotherapist. “I found out the truth of what my friends really thought of him after we broke up. Interview your friends and family.”

2.    Let yourself grieve. “Feel as bad as you really feel,” says Susan J. Elliott, J.D., M.Ed., author of Getting Past Your Breakup: How To Turn A Devastating Loss Into The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You. “You’ve had a loss. You’re sad, mad, discombobulated. Let that be okay. Feel your feelings. Your hurt is not a measure of how irreplaceable your ex is, but how human you are. To move on, you have to honor your grief.”

3.    Reconsider your “type” and reasons why you may be a magnet for the wrong person. “Look inside to find out why you attracted Mr. Wrong and make adjustments internally so that you can change your attraction magnet and bring in a more suitable partner,” instructs Debra Berndt, who wrote Let Love In: How to Open Your Heart and Mind to Attract Your Ideal Partner.

4.    Pamper yourself as often as you can. “Do something every day that supports your well-being. Whether it is getting a massage, taking a walk, or indulging in a great book,” reminds Debra Berndt. “This may sound trivial but it will make a big difference in how you feel as you nurture and care for No. 1.”

5.    Avoid contact with your ex. “If you need to make arrangements, try to do it through a friend,” says Debra Berndt. “Each time you are around him you risk revisiting those old feelings and it will only make you miss him more.”

6.    If you must be in contact, keep things business-like.
“Keep the focus on you,” says Susan J. Elliott, J.D., M.Ed. “Stay out of your ex-fiancé’s head. Keep conversation to a minimum and business-like. Wrap up open items as soon as possible (wedding expenses, living arrangements, personal belongings etc). Go NO CONTACT as soon as you can and stay business-like when you can’t.”

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Top 10 Cold Weather Winter Adventure Date Ideas

When it comes to cold weather, most people either love it or hate it. Despite the potentially cold and snowy conditions this time of year, winter can be an exciting time to plan a date. Fireplaces, hot cocoa, and snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie all come to mind as an ideal relaxing winter date idea… but what if you’ve got a more adventurous date in mind?

Adventure dates can be fun for all ages, depending on the activities you choose to include on your winter date. You can do things indoors or outdoors, depending on your tolerance for frosty weather. You can plan a local adventure date or schedule some vacation time and travel plans and possibly even visit a warmer climate for a winter adventure date without the winter weather.

No matter what your preferences, you can really enjoy a winter adventure date once you’ve decided on the level of intensity for your date idea. To follow are 10 cold weather winter adventure date ideas.

1.    Skiing or snowboarding

2.    Heli skiing

3.    Snow tubing

4.    Cross-country skiing

5.    Snow-shoeing


6.    Ice fishing

7.    Snowmobiling

8.    Tobogganing

9.    Indoor water park or swim club

10.    Indoor rock climbing

Most of these winter adventure date ideas require snow or ice for the date to successfully take place. If you opt for ice skating, you may be better off visiting an ice skating rink rather than taking your chances on a pond or lake that may not be fully frozen.

Remember, with any adventure situation, these winter adventure dates can be dangerous and may pose various risks to your health and even your life. Take all necessary precautions and do not attempt anything dangerous on your winter adventure dates such as stunt jumps if you are a beginner skier. Involve a guide for adventurous tours and involve an instructor for adventurous activities where you are a beginner or novice. Put safety as your first priority in your winter adventure date ideas and then the memories and great experiences are sure to follow!

Top 10 Spring or Fall Adventure Date Ideas

Spring and fall offer so many possibilities for exciting and adventurous date ideas. The mild and temperate weather, the changing of the seasons, and especially the feeling we all start to get before or just after winter – we often find ourselves inspired to add new experiences to our lives. Trying out a few spring or fall adventure date ideas is a great way to bond with your significant other and to make some exciting memories.

Depending on the level of adventure you are seeking, you can try a number of exciting outdoor activities for your fall or spring adventure date. You might also find something exhilarating to do inside as well. To follow are 10 exciting spring and fall adventure date ideas for you to consider trying with your sweetheart or with your significant other and one or more couples for an adventurous double date or group date.

1.    Spelunking

2.    Horseback riding

3.    Skydiving

4.    Bungee Jumping

5.    Hot air balloon rides

6.    Rock climbing or mountain climbing

7.    Mountain biking

8.    Paintball

9.    Authentic haunted house tour or ghost tour

10.    Triathlons

Your fall or spring adventure date can be extremely exhilarating like bungee jumping and skydiving or somewhat low key but still exciting, like horseback riding or mountain biking. Be sure to discuss your options with your significant other to be sure you are both on the same page regarding the level of effort and the degree of intensity of your date.

If your anniversary takes place in the same season, a spring or fall adventure date can be a great way to celebrate your relationship. You may also enjoy a spring or fall adventure date for a birthday or other special occasion. Adventure dates can also be a great way to keep the spark alive in your relationship.

Remember, all adventurous activities carry some element of risk. Be sure to follow all the instructions and safety guidelines for whatever spring or fall adventure date you choose. Discuss any safety concerns with your significant other prior to booking your adventure date.

Long Distance Love – Spending the Holidays Together While Apart

Romantic ideas to express your love across the distance…

Sometimes duty calls, or weather restricts our best intentions, or an unforeseen event may come up and change all the plans. Whether it springs up all of a sudden or you’ve known for quite a while that the holidays would be spent solo, your relationship can withstand the physical separation imposed by the distance.

Even if you can’t be together for the holidays, rest assured that you and your sweetheart will be in each other’s thoughts. Be sure to stock up on stamps, stationery and calling cards so you can let your loved one know the distance keeps you apart only physically.

Here are some long distance ideas for celebrating the holidays together, even in each other’s absence…

–    Send love letters, emails and text messages to let your sweetheart know you are thinking about him or her. Spritz some of your perfume or cologne on the notepaper before you write your letter so that your scent arouses some emotion.

–    When you both have time to talk, call and have a passionate conversation about your love. Leave a sweet and romantic message if you cannot meet up on the phone.

–    Be old-fashioned. Send a telegram or a singing telegram with “your song” or one that makes you think of each other. Or just aim to be funny and select a song that will make your sweetheart laugh.

–    Make a radio request for a song that the two of you love. Be sure your honey knows which station to listen to at the right time.

–    Send a mixed tape or CD with songs and the reasons why they fit your relationship.

–    Make a video tape to send to your loved one. Make a funny documentary, a heartfelt confession of your love or a live recording of you singing or playing a song you wrote for your partner.

–    Burn a candle, play some soft music, take a bath or just relax as your thoughts meet from across the miles.

–    Make a phone call to your love as the last thing you do before the two of you hit the hay. Tell a bedtime story that will put a smile on his or her face and send butterflies right to the stomach. Then the two of you can fall asleep with smiles on your faces.

–    Send a special present in the mail with instructions for opening. (Ex: Close your eyes, shake it gently and make a guess. Think of me and unwrap.)

–    Send flowers – either a whole bunch at once or a few smaller arrangements throughout your time apart.

–    Make a puzzle with a handwritten love note or an adorable photo of the two of you. Send a card or love letter each day with one piece of the puzzle included. Spray a bit of your perfume or cologne to tease the senses.

–    Make plans for the weekend before or the weekend after the holidays where you can revel in each other’s company.

New Year’s Eve carries the burden of a first kiss of the year – traditionally exchanged just after the ball drops or the final minute of the year ticks by. If you and your sweetheart cannot be together to share in that special moment, consider some of the following ideas.

–    Make your honey’s number the first one you dial after the New Year arrives. Give a big smooch over the phone to surprise and delight him or her.

–    Resist kissing anyone else – even just a peck on the cheek – so that you and your love can share the first kiss of the year.

–    Surprise him or her by dropping by early the next morning if possible.

–    Next year, make a point to spend the holiday together!

Holiday Gifts for the One You Love

With the holidays fast approaching, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends begin the ultimate quest of the year: the search for the perfect gift. For some, it’s off to the mall. For others, shopping outlets, independent merchants and superstores like Wal-Mart, Target and the like. For still others – the lazier, or more time efficient, whichever way you look at it – the Internet plays a key role.

No matter how early you plan to accomplish your shopping this year, some careful thought and anticipation are necessary to ensure that you an appropriate gift for your sweetheart. Below are some suggestions for him and for her – consider them for a special treat or use your imagination and start searching the stores!

Holiday Gifts for Him: A holiday treat for the one who gives you butterflies…
1.    For the sports fanatic, get him a warm and cozy blanket of his favorite athletic team so the two of you can snuggle while you watch the game together. See, everybody wins.

2.    Nothing says “Happy Tailgating” like a case of beer, snacks and a delicious dinner for two, all packed into a brand new thermal cooler. Do some research and you will find that some have both heating and cooling capacities so you can bring your meals along for longer road trips.

3.    Make him a calendar to kick off the New Year with photos of the two of you throughout the year, or simply with photos of yourself that you know he will enjoy.

4.    Pay attention to what he talks about on a daily basis – does he want something electronic? A new gadget for his car? A couple of new movies or CDs or video games? Start to think like a guy and you should have a much easier time finding the perfect gift!

5.    Books, magazines and board games may also appeal to him if you know his particular tastes. Try to link his hobbies with the publications and print items you select.

6.    Men’s fashion accessories and grooming kits are always a possibility for that special present. Consider engraved stainless steel collar stays and cufflink gifts for your guy this holiday season!

Holiday Gifts for Her: A special gift for the one who never ceases to dazzle you…
1.    A silk robe is a sexy yet sophisticated gift for a woman of any age. Adding a bottle of bubble bath or a bath-related gift set is a nice touch. To follow up with the theme, you can give her slippers and a book you know she’s had her eye on for Valentine’s Day!

2.    Scented candles, if she likes them for burning or decorative purposes, are a wonderful gift because of their diversity. Based on her tastes, candles can be purchased in a wide array of shapes, sizes and fragrances. Aromatherapy candles are nice for someone who likes to relax while candles with a hurricane votive are great for those who share a love in interior decorating. Couple them with massage oil (that you intend to use for her aching muscles), pajamas or a snuggly stuffed animal and you should be on her nice list for months to come!

3.    A bottle of wine and a nice set of wine glasses make for a classy gift while some chocolates or desserts will likely earn you extra favor. (Or save the chocolates as an escape hatch in case you need one…)

4.    Anything handmade will really get her heart going. If you do wood crafts, make something special just for her. If you like art, paint or sketch something that you know she loves. If your talents are more within the realm of words and music, compose a song for her or write her a poem. Frame it or give it to her as a scroll, loosely tied and penned on parchment paper.

5.    Take her to see a show, a concert or the orchestra, or for a romantic walk through one of the holiday locations. Many public gardens and some theme parks are decorated especially for the holidays, encouraging couples, families and friends to stroll through the winter wonderland.

6.    Though we may try to hide it sometimes, women love jewelry. From earrings to necklaces to bracelets and rings, it is pretty hard to go wrong with a delicate adornment as long as you have a general idea of her style and know whether your love prefers gold or silver. If you want to be different, get her a jewelry box for the holidays. Just don’t be surprised if she expects you to fill it!

Holiday Gifts for Anyone:
1.    Preserve the memories by putting together a nice photo album, scrapbook or collage. Include pictures from events long past that he or she might smile with surprise upon seeing. If you wish, include movie ticket stubs and sporting event stubs, or other memorabilia from dates you have shared.

2.    If it realistically fits into your collective lifestyle, a puppy or kitten will melt their heart on even the chilliest winter’s eve. As a word of caution, do not attempt this gift if you are not 100% sure that your sweetheart would be completely thrilled with the pet and able to take care of it. (Keep their work schedule in mind as you make your decision.)

3.    A brand new watch can instantly become a favorite new possession – as with the jewelry, keep in mind the preferred color of the metal and size, etc.

Expressing one’s love is far more important during the holidays than the gift beneath all the bows, ribbons and wrapping. The spirit of Christmas may be the spirit of giving, but giving does not always have to relate to money. Be sure to give of your time by visiting those who are most important to you – parents, grandparents and those you know who could use a shoulder to lean on if times are tough. Sometimes the gifts without the price tags are far more valuable when coupled with the love and compassion shown on a friendly face.

Top 10 Fun and Adventurous Winter Double Date Ideas

Sometimes winter drags on and we wonder when spring will finally arrive. Rather than wishing away wintertime, get together with your sweetheart and another couple who are your dear friends and go on a fun and adventurous double date instead. You can get some exercise, have a healthy competition, see new sights, try new things, and best of all, do these fun winter double date ideas with people who you love.

For a fun winter dating adventure, consider these top 10 fun and adventurous winter double date ideas:


1.    Go ice skating together or play two-on-two pond hockey. If you are playing or skating on a real pond, just make sure the ice you’re playing on is completely frozen. Do not take any chances here, folks!

2.    Snuggle up on a sofa or loveseat and watch a movie with snacks. This one classifies as fun, not so much adventurous. Each couple can have a different part of the sofa or their own loveseat, of course, but the point is that you can all enjoy some popcorn or pizza, candy, cookies, whatever, as you watch a movie of your choosing.

3.    Plan a ski trip together.
Many couples love planning weekend getaways or long weekends with friends for a double dating adventure like a ski trip. You can go skiing or snowboarding depending on your preference, and when the day is done (or you just need a break), cozy up in the lounge and sip some hot chocolate.

4.    Visit a lake and try ice fishing. You’ll have to do your homework first to make sure the lake is frozen enough to be on top. A good rule of thumb would be to contact the township or a park office for more information so you can make sure your ice fishing double date adventure is a safe one.

5.    Go snow tubing or sledding.
A fun winter group date or double date is surely snow tubing or sledding. These activities are easy enough for just about anyone to do and they are fun in single tubes or tandem tubes. Once you are done playing in the snow, you can get some hot chocolate and snacks or food at the lodge. Yum!

6.    Rent snowmobiles and careen around the Winter Wonderland. If you are comfortable with operating a motorized vehicle outside in the cold weather and snowy terrain, snowmobiling might be right up your alley. Get your group together for a fun ride around the area. Just be careful as you drive and make sure you don’t do any silly tricks that could cause collisions. Also, if you plan to snowmobile across a lake, first be sure that the lake is fully frozen to support the weight.

7.    Find an indoor arena to get competitive and have some fun.
Try some doubles bowling or visit an indoor arcade. You could also check with your local YMCA for a guest pass to play racquetball, volleyball, basketball, or even use the swimming pool.

8.    Escape the cold and take a long weekend somewhere down south.
There’s something to be said for visiting a warm weather location in the dead of winter. That brief period of warm air, sunshine, and being outside in less clothing can really rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit during the colder months. Even more fun if you can explore the destination with good friends.

9.    Visit a winery or a brewery for a tour and tasting. Most wineries tend to be open for business even during the colder months, so this could be a great group date or double date for winter. If you plan to partake in the wine or beer, be sure at least one of you takes it easy so you can have a safe ride home. For a more relaxing spin, arrange some chauffeured transportation to get you from place to place safely without anyone missing out on the fun.

10.    Visit New York City to see the beautiful holiday scenes. You can go ice skating at Rockefeller Center or in Central Park – one of the true must-see, must-do activities in NYC in the winter. Your group can also take a carriage ride, visit the many shops, and stop for a bite to eat in one of countless eateries.