First Dates: Best Public Places For Them

First dates can be very tricky. You've been waiting for what seems like an age to find that perfect date. Now you finally have, and you realise you've got a new problem: where on earth do you go? Obviously, you don't want to invite them to your house yet, or them - you to theirs. So it needs to be somewhere public. Of course, there are the tried-and-tested options of going to a bar or perhaps a restaurant. However, not everyone drinks and even if you do, bars can get rowdy - not ideal if you want to get to know someone properly and make this one a really good first date. 


Going to a bar also just seems like a bit of a cliché for a fun first date. If you really want to impress your date, think of something more unusual. No, you don't need to rush out and book a skiing holiday or a Royal Caribbean cruise. There are plenty of much more budget-friendly options for great first dates that will still have them falling for you. Here is our guide to some of the best public places to take a first date.

Handling Your In-Laws Over The Holidays

There’s no denying that the holiday season, while appealing in many ways, can also be a major cause of stress.  The prospect of seeing loved ones you've long been separated from, eating amazing food, giving and receiving gifts, and enjoying all of the traditions of the season is something most of us look forward to all year.  What we don’t relish is the pressure to buy, the tense crowds of eager shoppers, and the abundant preparation that goes into every detail, from travel arrangements to cooking for a crowd to the presentation of gifts.  And for many of us, there is a sinking feeling associated with the time we must spend with our crazy in-laws.


Why you dread spending the holidays dealing with your in-laws

Don’t think you’re alone in this sentiment.  It should come as no surprise that you’d rather spend family holidays with your own family, where you feel comfortable and relaxed.  It’s difficult to interlope into someone else’s traditions.  You’re outnumbered and expectations are high; basically it’s a recipe for disaster and yet, you’re being called upon to perform.  And it can be even worse if you don’t get along with your in-laws particularly well.  But there are definitely ways to dispel some of the tension, get them to behave, and make interactions with your in-laws smoother.

Find Your Love Relationship

A guest post by Dr. Beth Erickson

The Beatles’ song “Can’t Buy Me Love” highlights the dilemma many single women and men experience when dating.  “If only the person of my dreams would come along,” they lament.  This post will consider the things that are in your control and those that are not, where relationships are concerned. What you can control is yourself.  So this search to find your love relationship needs to start with you.  To help you with this pursuit, here are my five hottest tips gleaned from over three decades of experience as a couples’ therapist.


Look at relationships in a different way

Has your focus has been on finding the right guy? Turn the kaleidoscope to look at dating in a different way.  Instead, think of it as a journey to finding intimacy.  When that potential partner is found, it’ll help you see his humanness, gauge his capacity for emotional intimacy, and not objectify him.  That, of course, presupposes that you are capable of intimacy yourself.  If you’re not sure, hire a competent relationship therapist to help you remove your parries to intimacy.

Love Quotes From Celebrities

Love quotes aren't what they used to be. They used to be cute and soft, and sprinkled with silver from the clouds. Nowadays love quotes can be cold, hard facts (and frankly, sometimes gibberish), uttered in desperation from someone who hasn't yet found THE ONE.

Below are some love quotes from celebrities and other famous people. You may want to copy and use them on your loved ones, but somehow I get the feeling you wouldn't be using many of them. Here goes!
Disclaimer: many of these love quotes are paraphrased and/or shortened. None of them have been changed. Also, the celebrities have been put in the group which defines what they're most famous for doing.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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