Author Archives : Val

gift ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Significant Other


Yesterday, I put out a survey on Facebook to ask what people would want their significant other to get them for the holidays. The main consensus I got was that you should really know the person you are in a relationship with. Many of the people responded to receiving gifts that were very personal. If you’re still stumped, here are…

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meet my family

Is it Too Early to Bring My SO to Meet My Family?


It’s official! You’ve been cuffed.  After dating some great ones and some bums, you have finally locked yourself down into a relationship.  Congrats! Now that the holidays are here, you start asking yourself whether it’s too early to bring your new beau to meet your family. Is it too early for your significant other to meet them? Before making your…

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cuffing season

Is it Rabbit Season? No, it’s Cuffing Season


For the past few weeks, I’ve been mentioning cuffing season on social media and to my friends. It’s not a surprise that most of you don’t know what it is since it’s a fairly new phrase. No worries, I’m here to save you from wracking your brain and sleepless nights. I heard this phrase a  few years ago, right around…

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singles vocabulary guide

The Dating Vocabulary Guide


I was on Snapchat the other day, and I clicked on this article on dating vocabulary. My mind was blown. I guess being out of the game for a few years left me in the dark. No amount of conversations with my friends prepared me for this article. Then I thought to myself, if I didn’t know these actions had…

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Before Finding Love, You Have to do the Work


Okay. I am going to give you a stern talking to. Are you ready? Good. Since I have announced that I am a certified matchmaker, I have been approached several times. It’s been great! However, as soon as I ask people to fill out a questionnaire that will take them 15 minutes, they look at me like I have six…

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The Ultimate Dating Basket Giveaway


March madness is among us!  Coming from a University of Florida Gator, this time reminds me of the years I was there when we won 3 championships in 2 years (2 basketball and 1 football).  In commemoration of great times, I felt it was time for a giveaway. I’ve talked about them so many times in my blog and in…

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marriage, dating, dating advice, relationship advice, relationships, blog, blogger

What to Expect When… Getting Married


First and foremost, I have a couple of announcements.  The podcast is coming back!  After a year and a half in hibernation, I knew it was time to bring it back.  But this time, there will be a new format and a cohost.  I am super excited because we recorded some of the shows today and the banter is just…

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Year in Review, relationship advice, blog

2016 – A Year in Review


I’d like to think this “Year in Review” idea could be an annual thing.  I like to reflect on the past year and its triumphs and challenges.  I really began this year in a good place as I was planning my wedding to The Comedian.  There were hopes and dreams that I wanted to accomplish. Year in Review I was…

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settler, reacher, dating advice, relationship advice, dating, blogger, relationship, blog

The Settler vs The Reacher


Coincidently, when it comes to figuring out to post, life usually hands me a lemon.  In this case, I was binging on How I Met Your Mother (for the second time) and I came across this episode where Marshall is told he’s the “reacher” and Lily is the “settler” in their relationship.  Of course, there’s a funny plot twist where…

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happy relationship, wedding, wedding photo, blogger, dating blogger, ceviche, downtown orlando

No One Wants to Hear about a Happy Relationship


“No one wants to hear about a happy relationship.”  That’s the Comedian said after doing a bit on stage.  Before he told a joke, he would run it by me to ask whether it was okay.  I honestly didn’t mind.  I knew it was an exaggerated version of our reality.  Once, a woman pulled me to the side after he…

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