4/23/2015

10 Pleasing Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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10 Pleasing Gift Ideas for Mother's Day!

Attention, all children of mothers – and that means all of the human population – Mother’s Day is coming up fast! This year, Mom’s special day is on Sunday, May 10th. Before you choose a gift for the woman that lovingly attended to your soiled diapers and nobly tolerated your teenage angst, consider what kind of woman Mom is. Is she the kind of lady that insists on practical gifts, and would rather receive something she actively needs? Or is the type of woman that would love a whimsical or feminine “extra” that she couldn’t justify buying for herself? Perhaps you’re seeking a gift for your wife, who is now juggling two toddlers and feels like she’s losing herself. Regardless, here are ten gift suggestions to cover the bases for any type of Mom.

1. A box of chocolate… soaps

A box of chocolate is a classic, albeit somewhat generic and expected, choice of gift for any occasion that focuses on a lady. This year, switch it up by giving the mom in your life a box of chocolate soaps! Many women often jokingly complain about the temptation that a whole box of chocolates presents – what will stop you from polishing off the box in a day? Luckily, chocolate soaps are a treat that she can indulge in every day. With skin-loving ingredients like olive, coconut, shea butter, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil, these delectable soaps will make her shower time a deliciously sensory experience.

2. DIY lip balm kit

Dry lips are something that plague many of us, making lip balm a staple in a woman’s handbag. Even if you are lucky enough to have naturally moisturized lips, a quick swipe of lip balm is an easy way for a busy mom on-the-go to feel more polished (handling small children in the morning doesn’t allow for a full makeup routine!). But whether she’s in her twenties or her sixties, the gift of customization is always appreciated. With a DIY lip balm kit, she can experiment to achieve a yummy flavor of her personal preference.
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4/08/2015

15 Love Quotes to Share With Your Sweetheart

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15 Love Quotes to Share With Your Sweetheart

Sharing a love quote is a classic romantic gesture. Pick a few beautiful quotes that express your feelings about your partner and share them. Pin them on your Love Quotes boards for a dreamy pick-me-up anytime as you think about your wonderful partner or the dream partner you hope to meet soon. Whose smile do you dream about? Who has made your night a sunny dawn? Who is the person that is your world?

Love is a dream that comes alive when we meet.

Somewhere, there is someone who dreams about your smile
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4/02/2015

10 Ways to Give Your Love Life a Spring Cleaning

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10 Ways to Give Your Love Life a Spring Cleaning

Ah, springtime – the quintessential time to get in sync with nature’s warm and sunny renewal and revamp your own environment. It’s refreshing and revitalizing to raid your closet, haul out a pile of clothes to sell or donate, and use the freed-up space and money to buy items that reflect the new you. It’s a satisfying breath of fresh air to snap on the gloves, grab the Swiffer and Clorox wipes, and give your place a deep cleaning. Why stop at merely revamping your physical surroundings? Give your love life a spring cleaning! What’s the point of basking in your freshly washed sheets if you’re dripping mascara tears onto your pillow? Sweep away the insecurities and take the emotional trash to the curb for a fresh start this spring!

1. Snap on the metaphorical gloves and assess the situation

It’s the difference between doing your makeup looking into a dimly-lit, steamed-up, grime-smeared bathroom mirror and a clean, polished, well-lit mirror. When you’re using a grimy mirror where you can only see the vague outline of your features, you think everything is okay. It’s only when you’re shocked by the clarity of a clean mirror that you see your unblended concealer, patches of missing foundation, and mismatched eyeliner wings. Much like wiping your mirror clean, wipe away the grime from the lens with which you view your love life.

2. Assess the situation and mess

Be honest. Some aspects will be like grime that’s tough to remove, and you’ll try to deny things or validate them. But it’s springtime, baby, so put on some cleaning gloves and face the dirty facts. You can’t shove things under the bed or throw things in the closet and claim cleanliness any longer. You can’t say, “Well, I’m a big girl, I can handle a certain degree of a-holery” or “I’ve always liked the bad boys, it’s just my type, so I can deal with them.” Really be honest with yourself. You can’t improve or achieve the full potential of a rewarding, satisfying love life if you have dirty dishes and trash piled up everywhere and say, “Oh, it’s okay, I’m used to this, so this is fine for me.” Uh-uh, honey. Do you settle for guys that don’t treat you well because you grew up watching your mom tolerate a subpar husband, so you’ve internalized that as normal? Do you stick with deadbeat boyfriends because hey, it’s better than being single?
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3/20/2015

14 Inspirational Quotes About True Love

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14 Inspirational Quotes About True Love

Whether you’re a dream-happy romantic or a more sensible pragmatist, quotes about love touch all of our hearts. There is something so inherent and deeply ingrained about the ethereal, grand, and sweeping concept of true love that makes us smile when we read some inspirational words about the idea of a bright, deep love. Here are fourteen love quote images to adorn all of our Instagram and Pinterest boards.

at the touch of love everyone becomes a poet
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3/05/2015

6 More Honest Reasons Your Relationship Is Failing

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6 More Honest Reasons Why Your Love Life Sucks

7. Complacency

Comfort is ideal; complacency is poison. Comfort is knowing that you both still love each other even after gaining holiday weight; complacency is steadily gaining without a care. Comfort is cuddling up on weekends with no makeup and sweatpants; complacency is constantly looking unkempt with no effort whatsoever. Comfort is understanding that they have to postpone your dinner date because you know they have a big, urgent account at work; complacency is indefinitely postponing dates that slowly fade out of conversation, and neither of you notice or care.

Comfort is an important and valuable part of any relationship – what an amazing thing it is to have someone who loves you and wipes your nose even when you’re sick and greasy-faced, and who agrees with you that tonight is better spent staying in with a pizza and movie marathon. But complacency robs you of romance, love, and, ultimately, the relationship. Be careful not to confuse comfort with complacency. Complacency is when you stop making efforts to improve or maintain the relationship because you’re “comfortable.” It’s when you no longer bother to say good morning with a kiss, look good and attractive for your partner to keep the spark, or forge memories and a stronger connection with quality time. Would you be attracted to him if he never shaved and dressed like a slob all the time? Would your love remain strong if the only time you interacted with your partner was a grunt in the morning and being on your phones in the same room because “you agreed that you don’t need to put on a romantic show anymore?”

Be comfortable in your relationship! Know that he still thinks you’re beautiful when you wake up on a Sunday morning. But don’t take advantage of your partner’s love and acceptance and stop trying to impress them or make them feel special, adored, and worth making an effort for. Never stop dating your partner.

8. Falling in love with the idea, not the person

There are too many relationships based on this mistaken case of identity – someone falls in love with the idea of the relationship, not the actual person. You don’t love him – you love the feeling of getting roses sent to your office. You don’t love him for his personality – you love the presence of his name next to “in a relationship with” on your profile. You don’t love the time you spend together – you love the pictures of you as a couple that get you likes and sweet comments on social media.

Pinterest is filled with dream wedding boards that belong to women who have every detail and aspect of their wedding planned and ready to go – all that’s missing is the man. And they are often the type of woman that joyfully dives into a new relationship with lots of social media updates and texts to her friends about the cute story of how he asked her to be official. There’s not much said about the actual man and their true connection, but there’s a lot said about his romantic gestures and her hopes for future romantic endeavors. Examine your relationship and be honest with yourself. Are you here for the idea or the person?
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