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Letting Her Know You Love Her

By Chiun Masters

Its the thought that counts. Oh boy, how many times have I heard that expression? And its not like I dont agree with it; as a matter of fact, you could say that it has been my guiding force when buying and giving presents. More than any other single occasion, Valentines Day is an occasion for love and romance. Unlike Christmas, for example, where you celebrate a variety of thoughts and feelings like love, friendship, peace, sharing, and family ties, to name a few. And on this special day, the things you say and do to show your love and affection will go further and have a longer-lasting influence on your love life than any other day of the year.

So how do you show your love? Well, you can go small or you can go big; its all up to you, your creativity, and your budget. Sometimes the old-fashioned methods work the best; but sometimes new and unusual tricks can do magic. What is important is the emotion, the true passion behind each word you say or each gift you give. Once you get an idea of how it works and youve mastered it, youre set for life.

Try writing a love letter. Yes, I realize that it may sound a little bit cheesy, but remember: its Valentines Day, right? Perhaps you will find that its easier to put down your thoughts of love and romance on paper than it is to speak them out loud. A personal, heartfelt love letter that expresses your feelings of romance and affection for the other person will go a long, long way in fanning the flames of passion. A love letter can do wonders.

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Of course, you can say it with roses. But before you pick up a single stem, make sure that the colour of the roses you choose will give out the correct message of romance you want. For example, everyone knows that red roses proclaim I love you, but do you know that coral roses express desire? You can also give other flowers for Valentines Day. So you also need to know what kind of messages other flowers stand for. A red carnation means My heart aches for you, while a pink one means Ill never forget you.

A trip would be good. A romantic getaway will give you and your loved one some precious time and privacy to relive cherished memories and create new ones. Sometimes, simply planning and anticipating the trip will already heighten the feelings of romance. Set aside time in your busy schedules and determine what type of setting you would consider romantic. You can also treat yourselves to a relaxing getaway at a world-class spa. This could be the best gift of all, especially if youre always stressed out and tired. After this getaway, youll both be relaxed, pampered, cleansed, and reinvigorated!

Small gifts give big rewards. If you really can afford it, then by all means go ahead and buy her a diamond ring or bracelet. A scented candle, a small bottle of perfume, or even massage oils will also do the trick. Romance is all about pleasing your partner, ladies and gentlemen. And while youre at it, why not turn up the heat even more? Assemble a basket of romance with a variety of sensual gifts inside. For the ladies, pick out some sexy lingerie. Something scant and filmy will definitely take the romance to a whole new level.

Once you dedicate yourself to enhancing romance, you’re likely to experience greater intimacy and an improved love life. And always remember, even if you can afford to spend a good deal of money to make her feel loved, now you know that you dont have to.

About the Author: Chiun Masters works as a contributing author to

in addition to following his other interests in blogging, gaming, and comedy. Being a great gift giver has always been important to him and he enjoys finding new ideas for the above site.


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Breaking The Friend Barrier

By Bill Preston

Breaking the Friend Barrier

Sometimes despite our best efforts to get to know a girl and take it past the friendship level, we still get classified as a good friend. Most guys dont know how to get out of this situation that even the best of us can fall into.

You know she likes you or else you wouldnt be friends, right? So youve got that going for you. But she likes you as a friend. As much as you might fantasize and dream otherwise, there is about a one percent chance that she really likes you more than she lets on. There is always that chance, but the odds are against it. If you feel like she just likes you as a friend, then she just likes you as a friend.

The problem is that there is something crucial missing in your relationship that keeps it from being a romantic one and keeps you in the friend zone. That is called chemistry. Its that special spark that takes it past the friendship barrier.

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So how do you break the friend barrier? You have to let her know in a non-threatening way that you are a man. That you are not just a pal, but you are a red-blooded male. Here are some ideas on how to do that and make her see you for what you are a potential mate.

1. Spark her jealousy. You have to be very careful that you do it in a non-obvious way and that entails having a very nonchalant attitude about interactions with other women. Dont ever bring it up yourself, but let her get a little glimpse into your life so you realize that you have women who are more than friends in your world. For instance, you might check your messages while she is around and make a comment about the caller you could laugh or you could act frustrated or whatever will grab her attention. When she acts interested, be mysterious and say, Oh, just some girl Im seeing. Something like that. Not knowing is going to bother her and she is going to get jealous. Trust me on this.

2. Incorporate a very light, gentle, nonthreatening touch. If there are any sparks to be had, this will send them skyrocketing. For instance, you might want to gently guide her as you walk through a doorway by placing your hand on the lower back waist area. If you do so in a noncreepy but intimate way, it is extremely sexy.

3. Invite her over to your place and make a romantic setting with candles and good food (get good take out if you cant cook). Play some music and snuggle up. Then when it is time to move in for a kiss, act conflicted and then gently push her out the door. Playing hard to get sometimes works wonders.

If these dont work, start at number one again and work your way to number three. But this time move in for a kiss. If she doesnt respond, it is time to move on.

About the Author: Bill has been a


for the last 5 years in NYC and can teach you the skills you need to be one, as well, including

how to text a girl

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5 Ways To Promote Positive Mental Health}

5 Ways to Promote Positive Mental Health


Adella Klein

Positive mental health is a great way to ensure you lead a long, happy and healthy life. Maintaining your mental health is easier than most people think and will have a significant impact on your everyday life.

Would you like to have more energy? What about a good night sleep? How you would like to go an entire year without catching the flu once? Achieving a positive mental health state will not guarantee these things, but it sure will help.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to help promote positive mental health in you and your children:

1.Eat Healthy. Eating fast food 3 times a week and downing a few cold ones before bed might be easier than making a home-cooked meal and more enjoyable than drinking a cold glass of water but it wont do a whole lot for your health. Eating home-cooked foods (especially fruits and vegetables) and staying away from the fast food joints will help you achieve the healthy lifestyle you desire.

2.Drink Lots of Water. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, average individuals are expected to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. And while this seems like it may be a lot, its actually not. Eight glasses is almost equivalent to filling up your water bottle a few times between waking up and going to bed. Remember, if you work out, you will need to increase your water intake to compensate for the water youre burning off while exercising. Drinking water will detoxify your body and restore it back to a healthy state especially after drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages.

3.Kick the Bad Habits. Weve already mentioned it a few times but eliminating significant alcohol intake will have positive results on your mental health. Likewise, kicking other bad habits like smoking and drinking considerable amounts of coffee will also help keep your mental health at its best.

4.De-Stress. Stress is one of the leading causes for poor mental health. When youre stressed out, your body has to work harder to keep up and, overtime, it will take its toll on your body and your brain. Next time something stressful happens, try lighting some candles and taking a bath. If that doesnt work for you, try letting off some steam by going to the gym or going for a run. Keeping a positive frame of mind will promote positive mental health and eliminate undue stress on your brain.

5.Book Regular Check-ups. Unfortunately, you can do all of the things listed above and still suffer from mental health problems. In fact, you might have a mental illness and not even know it. Make sure youre mental health is in good condition by booking regular appointments with your doctor. He/she will be able to confirm whether youre lifestyle is healthy or identify where you may need to make some changes.

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How To Shoot Good Digital Video With Your Camcorder

By Chris Vorelli

Let me tell you from experience how important it is to know how to shoot good digital video with your camcorder before going on that vacation or filming that big event. When I was getting married my sister offered to film the happy day for me with her new camcorder, I agreed as it would save money on the wedding as a videographer could get quite expensive.

Let me tell you how wrong I was, the digital video was dark, shaky and blurred anytime she went into zoom or moved around the room. The sound was off and muffled and it was more of a headache to watch rather than a joy. In a nutshell, I wish I spent money on a good digital video shooting.

I dont want people to make the same mistake that I did so to spread the word on my learning experience I would like to pass on some great tips on how to shoot good digital video with your Minidv camcorder.

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Tip #1 – Do not record while walking or moving about as the digital camcorder cannot stay focused on a moving object. Choose a place to stand and begin by recording a starting point for a few seconds before moving onto the next object. Slowly and carefully pan the camcorder to the next point of focus and hold there for a few more seconds before you stop shooting.

Tip #2 – Avoid excessive zooming of objects, not only does it kill the camcorder battery faster, it can give the viewers a crazy headache. If there were a moment youd like to catch up close, stand still and take your time while zooming and shooting video, also try to avoid any quick motions, as the image will blur.

Tip #3 – Make sure that the lighting around you is bright enough and do not point the camcorder lens directly facing sunlight, not only can this damage the video camera lens, it will also blacken the images making for an unpleasant movie. If you plan to be indoors, I suggest you invest in a camcorder light attachment that can easily be placed onto the video camera and turned on if needed.

Tip #4 – Last but not least, my favorite camcorder accessory by far has to be a Tripod. You can buy a cheap little mini table tripod for simple videos or you can invest in a larger stand up tripod for longer shooting of video. By using a tripod when recording, you can be assured that your images will not be shaky nor will the movie look amateur.

About the Author: Chris Vorelli is a successful writer with info on all types of camcorders. Read reviews and other useful information on dvd camcorders,VHS camcorders, HD camcorders, and more.

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Use Crochet Beads On Everything

By Chrystal Holman

The colorful styles of today combined with the easy accessibility of all sorts of beads makes it natural to want to add lots of beading to any crochet project. Even though the finished crochet product might have intricate designs, the process of adding the beads is actually simple. Just remember when you choose the materials for your project that the beads have to fit on the thread or yarn that you will be using so make sure the hole in the bead is the right size.

Beads have many crochet application, but some beads are not suited for baby garments. As you know, if it’s loose, it goes into the mouth and baby fingers can work loose many stitches. With that warning being issued, we’re on our way. Decide where you want your beads to go and about how many you’ll need. Just place the necessary beads onto the yarn or thread in the reverse order that you’ll need them and you’re ready to crochet beads onto any project.

Feed the bead up the hook when you’re at the stitch where you want the bead. Set the bead in its place just before you make your last yarn over. The last part of the stitch locks it down. This method can be used to scatter clear, shiny beads randomly across the front of a sweater or to crochet beads of the same color around the collar of an evening top. You can crochet beads of a contrasting color onto a lace motif to accent the fancy design.

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If you prefer sewing on the beads, make sure that you use the same crochet thread so that the stitches don’t stand out from the rest. The embroidery half-cross stitch can be used to fasten beads to an area that’s very tightly crocheted. Open, lacy work calls for you to crochet beads on. Small seed beads go well with the multi-colored thread of an embroidery project. Adding beauty to an embroidery piece with dew in the form of beads on embroidered flowers is a great idea. If you embroider animals or birds, then beads make the perfect eyes for those creatures.

To add a fringe of beads while you are crocheting, use the first method. Feed the beads onto the yarn or thread before beginning the project. As you come to the fringe stitch, feed the beads you will need up to the hook. By making a chain the same length of the fringe, and including a bead in each chain stitch, you’ll make your work a little easier. These methods all help you to make your crochet work easier and more beautiful.

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