Spring Into Romance

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After spending the winter getting cozy with your lover and hopefully going on some exciting dates through out the chillier months its finally time to open up the windows and let in the fresh air or make a trip outside!

Here are some exciting dates perfect for night & day – so ditch the blankets and grab your babe for some spring fun.

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Get Active

The couple that plays together stays together! It’s time to get outside and make the most of the adventures that are all around you.

  1. Hiking: A great way to exert energy while spending some alone time with your significant other and taking in the scenery. For added romance, take a night hike with just a flashlight as your guide (works best if you have taken the path in the daylight first).
  2. Bike Rides: Most cities have bike paths and parks ready to be explored.
  3. Sporting Events: Surprise your boyfriend with tickets to a baseball game! Get involved in community leagues, or play catch in the back yard. Also, catch a Hockey game before the season comes to a close.
  4. Zip Line: don’t turn away from this seemingly scary activity. Some are designed to be more leisurely and some give you just enough of an adrenaline rush!

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Spruce Up The Home

After the long winter months, most of us can probably agree that its time to bring a little brightness into our homes.

  1. Spring Cleaning: A classic way to spend quality time together is cleaning. No, I don’t mean let’s do the laundry and dishes together, rather let’s make our home an enjoyable place for the both of us by adding new wall art or storing the extra blankets.
  2. The Earth Laughs In Flowers (and plants): There are plenty of flowers and plants that are great to have around the house. Or maybe, now is the time for you to start you garden together or improve the landscaping!
  3. DIT – Do It Together: Pick out a new paint color and give your furniture, front door, or living room wall a make over. If you are feeling crafty introduce your BF to Pinterest and find something you can make together.

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With the change of weather we are all getting excited to incorporated fruity flavors and try new recipes that pair perfectly with cocktails on the porch.

  1. Picnic in the Park: Pack a basket full of your favorite foods and drinks, and enjoy an afternoon under a shade tree.
  2. Fruit Farms: Go organic and visit your local apple orchard or strawberry farms. This is a healthy and fun daytime activity! Try incorporating your yummy fruits into a new recipe such as salads and desserts.
  3. Mixed Drinks: Everyone enjoys a refreshing drink, alcoholic or not, while enjoying the sun. Try making a new drink, (that you both enjoy) every Saturday and invite friends over for your own happy hour.

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Go Outside

It’s finally warm so what better way to spend the afternoon than enjoying the sun.

  1. Garden Gurus: There are plenty of types of gardens you and your sweetie can explore together. Find tranquility walking through a botanical, butterfly, or peace garden. If you are up for more of a challenge hedge mazes are lots of fun!
  2. Drive in Movies: With the weather getting warmer its time to take your movie-nights-in, outdoors. Pack up the car with blankets, pillows and snacks – just the right ingredients for snuggling with your significant other.
  3. Animal Loving: The zoo is never a dull place! Between the penguins, elephants and adorable animal t-shirts you are sure to have an adventure. Also, many zoos have special events such as behind the scene tours that give you a chance to interact with the animals.

Don’t forget to show off your new skills, experiences and clean home to your friends by inviting them over for a couple’s night or meet at the local park! Spring is a perfect time to make fresh foods and create memories in the warm air while spending time with your love.

Written by: Sydney Cologie dream “job” is doing PR for a fashion magazine or retail company. She enjoy reading my horoscope and am often spilling hot coffee on myself. Inspired by city life, swing sets, and oversized sweaters the world is her oyster. Making up new words & watching cartoons are just a few of her favorite pastimes along with buying unnecessary calendars and dreaming of owning a kitten.

Top 3 Reasons to Date Older Men

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Ever wonder when you see a young woman with a man 10 to 20 years her senior? “Why,” you might ask. Some may even shake their heads,”I just don’t get it” or worse, “she’s just with him for his money.” Sound familiar? So what is the deal when a younger woman is in a relationship or dates an older man?

Here are 3 reasons U Blush thinks some women date up – age wise that is!

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Older and Wiser

Due to sheer time, older men usually have more experience in the dating and relationship area, meaning they have already experienced the highs and lows of relationships. Hopefully they have learned from their mistakes and won’t repeat them with you. It also means they have more to offer you in regards to life decisions such as finance, career, and of course, making relationships work. If you’re with the right man, following his lead may take you just where you’ve always wanted to be. This doesn’t mean he has to be paternalistic or that you can’t have your own voice – it’s just the opposite! You both can balance each other out. If he is secure enough to be open to listening to you without feeling undermined by your intelligence, together you can make the best decisions for the both of you.

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Along with older and wiser, you may find that he treats you better than you have ever been treated before – adding a spark of romance. Put simply he’s not into playing games, recognizes a good woman, and treats her as such. He may not have always been a gentleman so he may take on the attitude, “been there done that.” Being a player probably faded with the 90’s or early 2000’s, so he calls it like he sees it, meaning he is ready to treat you not as number one but his only one. And if he’s not, he’s probably bold enough to tell you – putting the ball into your court. Either way you know where he stands and what he is looking for. From there you can make an informed decision about what you would like to do.

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Stability and Security

Yes, we are in the 21st century and women can take care of themselves but, does that mean chivalry is dead? Some of us still like to feel safe and secure with a man. We want to feel taken care of and know that our beau can protect and provide. Financial security, though important,  is just one aspect of this. Additionally, the right man provides comfort emotionally, knowing that when you need support you can always count on him to be there. An older man has had time to grow and mature and with that comes a sense of security in himself which transfers to you and your relationship. Many contemporary women go above and beyond in their relationships, and often times we are looking for a man to do the same, whether that is in time, effort, emotional support, intellectual stimulation, excitement, adventure, and sexual pleasure. Perhaps, with a man who has had more years of experience, his ability to meet these needs are already existent – no need to make him into the man you want, he already is who he will be. If this is true, it’s up to you to decide if this is what you want and need, the information to decide is right in front of you.

Of course every woman’s motives differ and all older men aren’t the same, but in general these are some patterns we’ve noticed. What do you think lovelies? Share your thoughts! Why do you think women date older men?

Filling The Void of Singledom

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Are you single and hating it? Trust me I’ve been there. It can be quite lonely without a beau but also quite necessary. When I was single and not dating there would be days where life just felt monotonous, boring, and desolate. I kept thinking, “What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I have anyone?” My days were spent handling business only to come home to an empty home. I felt like a reject – as if no one wanted me. I ruminated over my loneliness and made myself miserable. Everyday was gloomy because I chose for it to be.
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Being single and comfortable is a choice and sometimes it takes practice. Loneliness and sadness are natural emotions however, they do not have to consume you. You can turn this void into value by finding activities and people to share your time with. When I was living in single misery I isolated myself from others. How ironic that I felt lonely yet decided to be alone? So, I began to hang out with people – to share my time with others and not spend so much of it by myself. I began to engage in activities that I loved. I began to get out of the house and explore my new city. I made the choice to be single and happy.  It was not easy and it did not happen over night, but as I began to be comfortable with being without a beau I began to learn new things about myself. Simply put, I began to live.
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“So how do I do this?” you may wonder. It starts with making the decision – happiness is a choice . Once you have decided that’s almost half the battle! Next question, what do you love to do? Do you like to write, read poetry, ride bikes, watch movies? What interests you? What makes you bubbly inside? Once you’ve identified that, here comes the most important part – don’t do it alone! Pick up the phone and ask a friend to join you in that activity. If you are like me, you may be new in town and without many friends or perhaps all of your close friends have beaus – you will have to step outside of your comfort zone. That girl that smiles at you every morning or sits by you in class is a potential friend. Spark up a conversation – get to know someone you would not normally talk to and invite them out. Humans are social animals, we are made to be in relationships with people – and no ladies they don’t have to be romantic. One of the best cures for loneliness is companionship. Let’s be social Lovelies!

Finding Time to Date

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The life of the contemporary professional stylista can be pretty busy. How does a lady (and gent) find time to be successful and traverse the dating scene?  Here are 6 tips to have a successful dating life and career:

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1. Prioritize your time and dates: Being organized and planning out your time has probably helped you achieve success in your career. The same can be true for dating! Just as you have done with your career, write out your goals for dating. Do you want a relationship or are you just having fun? This may sound harsh but rank your dates? Is he a guy you’re interested in becoming serious with or just a good time? This will help you determine who gets your time and how much time you should give.

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2. Schedule it: You schedule everything else, allow yourself time to go out and date. If your weeks are long and busy, perhaps Friday nights or Saturdays are best? Maybe you are willing to catch a short happy hour on a weekday. Maybe Mondays are less busy at work and you actually get to enjoy a lunch break? Make a mental note of when you are most available to go on dates and communicate that with your romantic interests.

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3. Sometimes you have to say no:  To work and to dates. Sometimes you will trade-in late nights at the office for hanging out with a love interest and that’s okay! It won’t take you off track to your journey to  becoming CEO as long as you don’t neglect your work duties all the time. However, if you do want to be the CEO you probably can’t say yes to every free meal and good company. It might save you a few dollars now, but you may miss out on big a promotion if you spend all you spare time dating. Balance is key.

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4. Dinner, lunch, Breakfast: Efficiency is key lovelies! You have to eat, so restaurants are a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone! And be sure to try places you have never been! This is a great way to expand your repertoire.

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5. Happy Hour: One of the greatest inventions for career women. An organized time to drink! After a long work day or week, meeting a date for drinks is a good way to relax with good company.

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6. Bucket List: I’m sure there are plenty of fun activities that you can’t do on a regular basis. Dates offer the perfect opportunity for your to try new things, go new places, or enjoy activities that you don’t always get to partake in. The movies are nice, especially if it’s a new one you’d like to see but that’s so cliche. Mix it up a little! How about horseback riding, sailing, sporting events, boxing, traveling? You’ve been working hard all week, your dates should offer so form of excitement! Let down your hair and live a little!

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