9 Ways To Help Put The Spark Back In Your Relationship

When you first begin dating someone, everything is new and exciting, and you really enjoy each other. Over time, even though your feelings may be even stronger, the newness and excitement seems to disappear, and relationships seem more like work than fun and romantic. A relationship is like anything else you do in life. In order for it to be a success, you need to work at it. Today we are going to take a look at 10 ways that you can put that spark back into your relationship.

Keep a Bit of Mystery – Don’t always be predictable. Make an effort to keep surprising your partner, so there is always an element of mystery in the relationship. This helps to keep things exciting, and keep the desire going.

Ask about Their Day – When your partner gets home from work, ask them about their day. But, don’t just ask for the sake of asking. Really listen to what they have to say, and show that you are truly interested in the things that they do in the run of a day.

Kiss a Lot – When you first started dating, you likely kissed a lot. If that has slowed down, it is time to get back at it. Over time, many couples tend to stop hugging and kissing. The more you do it, the healthier your relationship will be.

Display Your Affection – Don’t keep your affection bottled up, or private. Show small displays of affection by holding their hand in public, or giving them quick kisses every so often just to let them know that you love them. This doesn’t mean that you have to go full-on with public displays of affection. It’s the little things that matter.

Try New Things in the Bedroom – Get a book of kamasutra and go through it together, and make a list of at least 10 new things to try.  Take a look at the things that turn you on. Read an erotic book, or movie to set the mood. Once you know what makes you tick, you can share this with your partner.

Be Adventurous and Active – Always be willing to try new things with your partner. When you can be adventurous together, you are creating lasting memories that are going to help make you even closer to each other in the long run. Try some activities together, like exotic traveling, salsa dance and unusual painting lessons.

Do Something New – Maybe you need to have a new experience together. Is there something that you are both interested in trying, such as a cooking class? Doing something new and exciting will help to boost your dopamine levels.

Turn off Your Phones – Take an hour or so each day to turn off your phones, computers, the television, etc. and just talk to one another. It is all too easy to get caught up in technology and avoid meaningful conversations. Engaging in deep conversation can be great for the mind and soul.

Take a Staycation – You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on a trip to enjoy a little getaway together. Book a room at a local hotel, and enjoy a staycation with each other. Pick up your favorite meal, bring it back to the room, and spread it out on the bed to enjoy it together.

Dating a Colleague – The Do’s and Don’ts

Some people say that you should never get romantically involved with a co-worker. But, we can’t help who we are attracted to, and some of the best relationships began with two people meeting at work. And think about the amount of time you spend at work with your coworkers from 9-5! The problem is, dating in the office can be tricky, and it can be hard to figure out where to draw a line between personal life and business. Here are some do’s and don’ts of dating in the office that will help you to build a great relationship.


  • Comply with Company Policy – If you want to start dating a colleague, it is important to be aware of the company policy regarding fraternizing. Some companies do not allow employees to date one another. Others don’t allow management to date non-management. Don’t let a romantic interest affect your career.
  • Set the Ground Rules Early – It is important that both of you discuss how you are going to act with one another while at the office, and when you are around other co-workers. You also need to talk about what you want out of a relationship, and how you will handle a breakup (this can make working together pretty uncomfortable).
  • Take it Slow – There is no need to rush into anything, so take the time to really get to know each other before announcing to the rest of the office that you are in a relationship. It is already obvious that you have much in common, considering you work in the same field. Get better acquainted on an emotional level, before telling your co-workers about your relationship status.
  • Avoid Sending Romantic Emails – You never know when someone is going to end up seeing something you have sent to your romantic partner while you are at work. Not only do you risk having someone see it when you aren’t ready to announce your relationship, you could mistakenly end up emailing the entire office. It is best to avoid sending out any romantic emails at all, just to be on the safe side.


  • Don’t Boast on Social Media – It is best to keep an inter-office relationship quiet, at least in the beginning, until you know if things are going to work out. For the time being, keep your relationship status off Facebook and other social media. Your co-workers don’t need to know all of the details of your relationship, and if you are trying to keep things hush hush, social media isn’t the way to do it.
  • Display Affection in the Office – Your relationship should be kept separate from your professional life. There is no need to shows displays of affection in the office, including kissing, hugging, loving looks across the room, or even holding hands. Follow this advice at work, and at any work-related events, including office parties. Save the lovey-dovey stuff for when you are alone.
  • Date Your Boss – It is never a good idea have a romantic relationship with your boss. For one thing, it can lead to a huge power struggle in a relationship. If you do end up dating your boss, ask if you can be transferred to another department so you can work under a different manager. If you are a boss who wants to date an employee, arrange for them to report to another manager.
  • Travel Together for Business – If you both travel for your jobs, and you are not ready to make your relationship public, try to make it a point to not travel together for business. Anything that happens, or doesn’t happen, will end up as a he-said, she-said situation, and it won’t take long before office gossip to start.

7 Tips for Creating a Stand Out Dating Profile Picture

If you are using a dating app, you obviously want to get noticed by the right people. The first thing anyone is going to notice about you is your profile photo, so you want to make sure that yours is one that is going to actually get noticed, and by the people who you really want to notice it. Creating a great dating profile photo involves a lot more than simply snapping a quick photo on your phone and posting it, or recycling an older photo. You need something that is new and that gives the best first impression. With that in mind, here are seven tips for creating an awesome online dating profile photo.

  1. Flash a Smile – You are trying to attract someone, and you aren’t going to do that if you are looking serious in your profile photo. Flash those pearly whites, and show a bit of your flirtatious side. People are going to be more attracted to you when you look happy. Don’t use your professional profile photo, as this is just too serious when you are trying to attract a new love interest.
  2. Use Color – Black and white photos look cool, but when you are trying to attract someone, it is best to use full color in your profile photos. If you love to wear bright colors, this is your time to shine, and show off your personality in your photo. Make the colors pop, and your profile photo is really going to stand out and get noticed. If you prefer neutral colors, make sure that you choose a colorful background.
  3. Upgrade Your iPhone – You are likely using your iPhone to take your profile photo. If you have an older phone, it may not have the greatest camera, so it may be time to upgrade to a new iPhone. Sell iPhone, and upgrade to a newer model that has a better camera with more features so you can create a really great profile photo that is going to get noticed.
  4. Show Your Personality – Don’t just give them a head and shoulders photo. Use a photo that shows them who you really are. For instance, if you are a musician, use a photo that shows you playing an instrument. If you play a sport, use a photo with you in action. Remember, you can have more than one photo on your profile, so use a variety to show the many facets of your personality.
  5. Focus on You – Some people use profile photos that focus on something other than themselves. We are not sure why anyone would want to do this, seeing as how they are trying to attract a new romantic partner. Make sure that your profile photo focuses on you, and that there aren’t a lot of other things in the photo to distract potential dates from what they should be focused on, you.
  6. Use Various Shots – A potential love interest is going to want to see more than just your face. Your profile should include a variety of photos, including medium and full-body shots. That way, they get to see all of you, and there are not going to be any surprises when they meet you in person for the first time.
  7. Don’t Use Group Shots – You are supposed to be the main focus in your profile photos, so why would you want to use a shot that has other people in it? Don’t use group photos, and don’t use a photo that you have simply Photoshopped other people out of. Take a new photo of yourself without anyone else in the shot.

Top 10 Fall Date Ideas

A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day is the best time for romance, but they don’t think about how romantic the Fall can be. The Fall is actually one of the prettiest seasons of the year, when the trees are rich with colors and you can enjoy scenic drives, walks, etc. in weather that is not too hot or too cold. If it is chilly, you can warm up with a nice cup of hot chocolate or snuggle in front of a fireplace. This is a great time of year for dating, and we have some awesome fall date ideas for you to try.

  1. Create Your Own PSLEveryone loves a good pumpkin spice latte in the fall, and creating your own signature PSL is a great way to connect on a date. Come up with a version of this popular hot drink that is a little bit of both of you.
  2. Light a Fire – If you are looking for an inexpensive and romantic date idea, try lighting a fire. Find a safe and quiet spot (a beach, your back yard, etc.) where you can light a bonfire and snuggle up. Or, you may want to light up your fireplace for the first time this season, and snuggle up together with your custom PSL.
  3. Go to a Corn Maze – Another fun outdoor date is to walk hand in hand through a corn maze. Every time you solve part of the maze, stop to give each other a kiss. Top the day off with a corn-themed meal, such as delicious, hot corn chowder.
  4. Plan a Fall Picnic – There is still plenty of time to enjoy the nice weather and have a picnic, and you don’t have to spend the entire night before in the kitchen preparing for it. Instead, get some take-away from your favorite take-out restaurant, such as Panera, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, etc., pack it up, and take it to a nice picnic spot.
  5. Go to a Harvest Festival – This is a great time of year to hit up local festivals, and try all kinds of delicious foods. There are all kinds of things going on during these festivals, from music to markets to dining and more, and plenty of opportunities for fun dates.
  6. Make Caramel Apples – You don’t always have to leave the house to have a fun date night. For instance, you can stay at home and make candy or caramel apples, caramel popcorn, etc., and then have lots of delicious munchies to have while watching a DVD.
  7. Go to the Zoo – The fall is actually one of the best times of the year to go to the zoo. It is not too hot, and the animals are likely to be active and not just lazing around in the heat or inside their habitats.
  8. Pick Apples – If you live in an area where there are apple orchards, this is the time of year to go apple picking. This is not only a great idea for a date if you are in a relationship, but also a safe and fun first date location where you can enjoy yourself in a public setting in the daylight.
  9. Carve Pumpkins – A fun date doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending a lot of money. You can have a few hours of fun carving and decorating pumpkins right at home. All you need are a couple of pumpkins, some knives and other carving tools, paints, and brushes (and maybe a good bottle of wine), and you have everything you need.
  10. Go on a Hayride – Whether you are by yourselves or with a group, a hayride can be not only a fun adventure, but a very romantic date. You get to snuggle up beneath a blanket, look at the stars, and enjoy each other’s company.