Saturday, February 19, 2011

Love Bite #16: How to Stay in Love!

 Successful marriages are hard to create so below are a few tips on how to stay "In Love", which is important when wanting to have a successful marriage! 

Love Bite #16: How to Stay In Love!

To remain in love for a lifetime and have a successful marriage...couples should do the following:

Listen actively to your partner
Ask questions
Give honest answers
Appreciate each other
Stay attractive for one another
Grow intellectually
Include your partner in your interests
Give your partner privacy
Be honest and trustworthy
Tell your partner what you need
Accept your partner's shortcomings
Give respect
Never threaten to leave
Say “no” to adultery
Don’t assume the relationship will last forever
Cultivate variety

By doing these things, you will be sure to have a healthy relationship and be a lot more happier together!
With LOVE,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Love Bite #15: Poem-Love Is by Nikki Giovanni

Morning, today I want to share a love poem that made me smile deep down inside and remind me of me & my love!

Love Bite #15: Poem-Love Is by Nikki Giovanni

Love Is
Some people forget that love is
tucking you in and kissing you "Good night"
no matter how young or old you are

Some people don't remember that love is
listening and laughing and asking questions
no matter what your age

Few recognize that love is
commitment    responsibility   no fun at all

Love is
You and me

With LOVE,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Love Bite #14: Valentine's Day Recap!! :-)

Hello! Today I want to share with you all what my love and I did for Valentine's Day! During the Valentine's Love Bite's I shared a 3 Course Dinner Recipe and well, I put it into action for my love!

Love Bite #14: Valentine's Day Recap!! :-)

Being that I am a college student and love my bf very much I wanted to show him by cooking a beautiful dinner! I started by shopping for the food. Now I gave you all a price list of $30.00 for the dinner, but I actually paid $22.00!! <$8.00 savings>

My greatest saving was the two Filet Steaks 1 1/2 inches thick for $3.21 from Shoprite!! I marinated the steak in Red Wine for 4 hours, along with a garlic & basil mix, adobo, and then right before I cooked it I patted it down with the salt & pepper like the recipe instructed. ((It only took 10 minutes to cook!)) And Oh My it came out AMAZiNG!!!! My love, LOVED IT!! :-)

The finished product: Filet Mignon w/ Creamy mashed potatoes & sauteed mixed Vegetables. Cooking this meal also opened my eyes to how good "Dill" is in veggies!! Absolutely yummy! :-) We also enjoyed a Ceaser salad with extra cucumbers!!

So during the week I also blogged about 'creating the mood'! So to create the mood, with the tools I had this is what I came up with! A romantic table setting for two, college-dorm style.

He absolutely loved my little set up!! And I was so We enjoyed a tasty meal, great conversation and a very good episode of Law & Order:SVU!!  :-D

Valentine's Day couldn't have been sweeter! So how did you spend your Valentine's Day??

With LOVE,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love Bite #13: Enjoy!

 Love Bite #13: Enjoy!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I am so excited because it is about two people and both are able to share how they feel about the other.

If you are single, you can enjoy Valentine's Day too! Go out with the girls that may not have plans either and enjoy a nice dinner together. Buy yourself something that makes you feel great about yourself. 

Whether you are married, dating, or single you can enjoy Valentine's Day!

With LOVE,

Love Bite #12: Cards!

Valentine's Day is a great time to tell your significant other just how much you truly care about them. One way to do that is through a card.

Love Bite #12: Cards!

As you know, I love LOVE. One thing that I enjoy doing is going into Hallmark and reading their Valentine's Day cards. They make me think about my love and because there are so many to choose from I always buy two. A funny card and a serious-romantic card. 
Cards are great because they are a great way to express how you feel about the other person. My love has gotten me into blank cards because it is truly your feelings on paper. {My love writes the best cards ever too. :-)} So if you really want to show him or her how you feel, start it off with a great card!!

And it is okay to spend a while in the store trying to pick out the perfect card.

With LOVE,

Love Bite #11: Creating the Mood!

On Thursday I blogged about creating a romantic dinner for two! Today I will provide you with a few on tips on creating the mood!

Love Bite #11: Creating the Mood!
Whether you go out or stay in to celebrate Valentine's Day creating the mood is important! If your staying in this Valentine's Day below are a few tips that will help you make the evening even more romantic.

*Using lots of candles and rose petals
*Soft music and slow dancing
*Bubble Bath for two with candles & rose petals
*Dim lighting
*Finding a babysitter for the little ones
*Great conversation and laughter
*Dessert in Bed

With LOVE,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Bite #10: 3 Course Romantic Dinner!

Hello, today I actually thought pretty hard about what I wanted to write about regarding Valentine's Day. So since I love food and absolutely love to eat food, and even more cook food, I thought why not do it on cooking a romantic 3 Course Dinner for two! I found some amazing recipes and will be doing a dessert that I saw on Rachel Ray! So get your pen's ready and let's create some magic for Valentine's Day in under an hour and all for just under $30.00 for two!!

Love Bite #10: 3 Course Dinner for Two!

1st Course: Ceaser Salad with Cucumbers!
(My loves favorite, you can change this to make your significant other happy.)
$7.50 for two!!
You will need:
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 bag of crutons
2 cucumbers
1 bottle of ceaser dressing
1 container of parmesan cheese

Directions: Take your head of romaine lettuce and rinse it, roll it up and cut it into nice bite size pieces. Take your cucumbers, rinse them, peel them and slice them to liking. Place both the romaine lettuce and cucumbers into bowl and pour bag of croutons over top. Pour in bottle of Ceaser dressing and put a lid on the bowl and shake so the dressing mixes into all the ingredients. Depending on your time this can be made first and stored in the fridge or made second to last for absolute freshness! When served shake parmesan cheese over salad enjoy with a nice drink!

2nd Course: Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon w/ Light Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Mixed Vegetables
(More recipes like this one can be found at
$16.00 for two!!

"Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon"-$7.00
(Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 6-10 minutes)

You will need:
2 (5 to 6 ounces each) filet mignons (about 1 1/2 inches think)
Course salt and very coursely ground pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Red Wine Sauce:
1 cup of red wine
2 tablespoons of butter, cut up
Course Salt

Directions: Season filets very generously on both sides with salt and pepper (especially pepper), patting in firmly. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-high. Cook filets until desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes per side (depending on thickness) for medium-rare. Remove strings from filets, and serve with Red Wine Sauce, if desired. 

-To make Red Wine Sauce: Place wine in a small saucepan; boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat; add cut-up butter, and swirl pan until butter is melted and sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Season with coarse salt.

 "Light Mashed Potatoes"- $4.00
 (Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes)

You will need:
2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon of butter
3/4 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half, warmed

Directions: In 4-quart saucepan, combine potatoes and enough water to cover; heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water; drain potatoes. Return potatoes to saucepan. Mash with margarine and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually add warm half-and-half, continuing to mash potatoes until smooth and well blended; add reserved cooking water if necessary. Transfer to serving dish. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

 "Sauteed Mixed Vegatables"- $5.00
(Prep Time: 1 minute, Cook Time: 10-15 minutes)

You will need: 
1 tablespoon evtra virgin olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
4 cups of mixed froxen vegetables-corn, carrots, green beans
1/2 teaspoon dried dill or tarragon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in frozen vegetables. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in dill (or tarragon), salt, and pepper. 

3rd Course: Waffle Brownies Topped w/ Fresh Strawberries & Cool Whip
 (Visit for many more desserts like this one. This requires a waffle iron.)
$7.00 for two!!
(Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cook Time: 10 minutes)

You will need:
1 box of brownie mix
2/3 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 container of Fresh Starwberries
1 container of cool whip
2 teaspoons of sugar

Directions: Rinse strawberries and cut off the leaf part, slice in half and add a sprinkle of sugar, let sit until ready for use. Preheat waffle maker to medium-low. Prepare brownies according to mix directions, omitting any water or milk. Pour 1/2 cup of the mixture per square in the waffle maker. Bake for 10 minutes. Once baked, open waffle maker and turn off the heat. Let brownies sit until slightly cool, about 3 minutes. Add fresh strawberries and two scoops of cool whip! (Cool whip can be supplemented for two scoops of ice-cream!)

Be sure to visit tomorrow to read about "Love Bite #11: Creating the Mood!"

With LOVE,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love Bite #9: Meaning of Roses!

 Today we will continue our love bites that are geared specifically with Valentine's Day with Love Bite #9: Meaning of Roses! Roses are given on Valentine's Day every year, so knowing the meaning is important. Read this post so you pick out the right rose color for your significant other!

Love Bite #9: Meaning of Roses!

Red Roses proclaim "I love you." They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Valentine's Day has a high demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February. Buy Red Roses Online

Yellow Roses indicate friendship and freedom -- so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, graduates, Texans, and new mothers. Buy Yellow Roses Online

Pale Pink Roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude. Buy Pale Pink Roses Online

Light Pink Roses A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness. Buy Light Pink Roses
Deep Pink Roses say "Thank you." They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer. Buy Deep Pink Roses Online
Lilac Roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted. Buy Lilac Roses
White Roses pure symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: "I miss you" and "You're heavenly." Buy White Roses Online
Peach Roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.Buy Peach Roses Online
Coral Roses express one thing with their passionate color: Desire!
Orange Roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender. Buy Orange Roses Online
Dead Roses Regardless of the original color, dead roses say "It's over" loud and clear. (Try to avoid these this Valentine's Day! :-))

Put two or more colors of roses together, and a new rose meaning arises: Buy Multi-Color Roses

White Roses + Yellow Roses: A symbol of harmony.
Red Roses + Yellow Roses: A message of happiness and celebration.
Red Roses + White Roses: An indication of bonding and harmony.

While roses are traditionally presented in bouquet form, these are also acceptable:

Single Red Rose: "I love you" (but I'm not going to go broke telling you, can be given with a card!).
Single Rose Any Color: "I thank you" (a sign of appreciation, not gender specific.).
Two Roses Entwined: An engagement or marriage is imminent. (This one is my fav!! :-))

So think of your special someone as you are picking your rose so your sending the right signal. Roses are also great to give to mom, a sister, a single girlfriend, even a co-worker, plus many more options!

With LOVE,

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Love Bite #8: Gift Giving!

Today's post is day two of (all about Valentine's Day week)! Yesterday was all about romance and today it is about "Gift Giving". Finding the perfect gift can be hard, but sometimes digging a little deep can make it very easy. Below are the top ten gifts for Men & Women!

Love Bite #8: Gift Giving!

Top 10 Gifts for Women:
10. Cuddle Blanket
9. Picture Frames
8. Romantic toys for him
7. Charm Bracelet
6. Lingerie
5. Perfume
4. Jewelry Box
3. Spa Massage Gift Certificate
2. Dance Lessons together
#1: Jewelry a.k.a Engagement Ring or something equally nice if your already married! :-)

Top 10 Gifts for Men:
10. Magazines
9. Dvd's
8. Bar Set
7. Champagne & Truffles for two
6. Grooming Products
5. Cologne-His favorite of course!
4. Gift Accessories-wallet, belt, etc.
3. Handheld Organizer
2. Intimate Bedroom Gifts
#1: A Classy Watch!! :-)

Facts came from

Finding the right gift for your significant other doesn't have to be hard. If you have no clue what to get your mate the following list above is a great guideline. If the relationship is in the early stages #7 for her and #8 for him is a great category to stay within so you don't send mixed signals. If the relationship is more advanced and long-term #1-#5 is great for either person.

Spend time to find something sentimental is important because the gift should be about the love you have for that person, not how much it costs.

With LOVE,

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love Bite #7: Romance!

Since Valentine's Day is 1 week away, I decided today's blog post should be about Romance! Every blog post this week will be about and surrounding Valentine's Day! 

Love Bite #7: Romance!

 What Is Romance?

Thanks to wikipedia this is what we have:
Romance is the pleasurable feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love, romance usually implies an expression of one's love, or one's deep emotional desires to connect with another person.

A few ways to Express your "Romantic Side"!:
Romance can be expressed by either person within the relationship.
*A candle-lit dinner for two.
*Waking up to breakfast in bed.
*A weekend getaway to a nice resort.
*A homemade dinner & dessert after the kids have been put to bed.

There are so many endless and creative ways a couple can be romantic with each other. It can be big or small, but most importantly it should be sentimental towards your significant other. 

With Valentine's Day only a week away, think of a creative way to show our romantic side towards your special person! 

With LOVE,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Love Bite #6: Wedding Scriptures!

Today I want to share with you some Wedding Scriptures. I believe that God should be #1 in all relationships, especially Marriage. I hope you enjoy!

Love Bite #6: Wedding Scriptures!

Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV
(Paul compares Christ's love for the church with the love a groom should have for his bride.)
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
 Colossians 3:12-17 KJV
(Paul wraps up how a husband and wife should treat each other. This is a passage about love and forgiveness, which is very  important in a marriage.)
 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
With LOVE,

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Love Bite #5: Dating!

Dating prior to getting into a relationship or (courtship) is an important step. However many people don't know what "Dating" is.

 Love Bite #5: Dating!

Dating is a form of human courtship consisting of social activities done by two people with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse.

Many couples go from dating to a relationship, which then leads into "I Love You!", "Will You Marry Me?" and "I Do!".

Fun Dates To Try!
Lunch & Movie
Dinner for Two
Drive Thru Movie
Broadway Play
Picnic in the Park
Basketball Game and more!

10 Dating Statistics...
1. 40 million Americans use online dating services.
2. 44% of the adult American population is single.
3. On average, there are 86 single men to every 100 single women in America.
4. 50% of New York state adults are unmarried, making it the best state for single people. 
5. 51% percent of single people surveyed say that flattery is the best way to attract someone. 
6. Profiles with photos get over twice as many responses.
7. You have 15 minutes to make a first impression.
8. #1 relationship argument is over money.
9. 48% of breakups in online relationships occur thru email. 
10. Only 2% of men find relationships from a bar stool. 

Read more:

With LOVE,

Friday, February 4, 2011

Love Bite #4: Video's of Love!

Morning all, Today I am doing this post early so you can jam with me throughout the whole day!! I am a big LOVE person as well as a big MUSIC person. So to express that we are going to listen to love songs. Now I could really fill this whole blog up with songs but im going to keep it to 3 today!

Love Bite #4: Video's of Love!

Video #1: Alicia Keys-That's How Strong My Love Is

I am totally in love with this song! It so expresses how strong my love is for my love.
Video #2: Brian McKnight-Never Felt This Way

I chose this song because it really does something to my It's so beautiful and just perfect for me & my love!
Video #3: Shai-If I Ever

I chose this song, because this was my song when we first started dating. Now we are "in love"..but this song was perfect at that time!!

Thanks for listening I hope you have a great day and enjoy the music.

With LOVE,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love Bite #3: Love Fact!

Love Bite #3: Love Fact! 

Love Fact: Philadelphia International Airport finished as the No. 1 best airport for making a love connection, according to an online survey.

With LOVE,

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Love Bite #2: Proposals

So today I want to share a few proposal stats and a proposal story that I thought was oh so original!! 

Love Bite #2: Proposals!

I had to use this pic..I actually have one from Taco Bell! lol
  • 60% of men ask their future father-in-law permission for his daughter’s hand in marriage before popping the big question. (I like the tradition factor of this fact, I'm 20%

  • 33% of dating couples said they thought it would be OK to have their proposal broadcasted to the world.

  • 49% of men prefer to plan and execute the proposals themselves.

  • 38% of men would consult their friends and family for advice on the perfect proposal.

  • 83% of men & women agree that dropping to one knee is the best approach when popping the actual question. 

    Stats found on:

I love originality, so check out this cute, unique & original proposal!!

Jon & Rachel- Committment Theory Audio Book 
Jon Proposed on 1/28/11

My fiance and I love listening to audio books before bedtime, so my proposal idea was to make up a book about commitment, record 3-4 minutes of it, and insert my proposal into it. And then at the end ask her to marry me. I came up with a book title: "Commitment Theory - What To Do Before You Say I Do". I wrote an intro, summary and a first "case study" of a guy (who was my voice) explaining how he went through each of the 5 steps of commitment to find happiness. Read More
With LOVE,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Love Bite #1:Enagement Rings!

Being that I love, LOVE. I decided what better way to showcase it by doing 28 Love Bite Facts on: love, relationships, & wedding planning!

Love Bite #1: Engagement Rings!

Engagement rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris, or the “vein of love,” that runs straight to the heart. The first recorded wedding rings appear in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.
 Come back tomorrow for Love Bite #2: Proposals!

With LOVE,