Category Archives: Relationships

Advice on everything related to love and relationships.

Holiday gift etiquette for new couples

Even though Christmas is always December 25, does it feel like it came a little early this year, especially when it comes to your brand-new relationship? Gift giving is pretty intimate. And if you’re under six months with your man, holiday gifting can feel really premature. But with Christmas music on the radio, the insane amount of gift commercials and the general seasonal merriment, it’s not like you can avoid the holidays just because your relationship isn’t ready yet. So I’ve noodled up some general rules to make holiday gifting as easy for new couples as possible. Here they are. Read more

Date ideas that will make you and your husband feel young and in love

Let me guess. When you and your hubby plan a date night, the big decision is if you’re having dinner before the movie or after, right? Sounds like you and your man are in a bit of a dating rut. There are tons of ways to bust a dating slump. One of my favorites is to go on dates that make you feel young. So think back to what kinds of dates you went on as a teen and recreate them. If you’re having trouble remembering, I picked some of my favorite young'un dates to inspire you. Read more

Stop sweating! You can survive the holidays still single

It’s the most wonderful time of the year... if you’re in a couple! I know, the holidays can be rough when you’re single. I’ve been there. Many times. One year I was so bummed, I binge ate enough Ben & Jerry’s that I was pretty sure kids were going to start thinking I was Santa! But guess what? I made it through that holiday season and so many more. Single girl, you can survive the holidays too. Here’s how. Read more

Cook your honey an aphrodisiac holiday meal with these ingredients

Holidays are a time when family seems to be at the center of mealtime, and relationships can accidentally get left on the back burner. Well, PattiKnows readers, let's make the effort to move our pots around for a night and cook our honey a special meal during the holidays. And why not super-charge the sexiness of this romantic meal by using aphrodisiacs as ingredients? While there’s no hard and fast science behind aphrodisiacs actually leading to actual increased sex drive, I say it sure can’t hurt. So here are some aphrodisiacs and some quick ideas on how to cook them up. Read more

10 Small ways to spread some extra holiday joy

Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most. Just a bit of your time or a few dollars from your pocket can completely make someone’s day, week or month! Remember: The karma police are always on patrol. Counting to 10, here are some cute ways to make someone smile. 1. Slip a Starbucks gift card into your mailbox for your mail carrier. If you don’t know his or her name, simply draw a smiley face and write, “Happy Holidays!” Read more

Moving in with your new dude: Secrets from experience

Moving in with your dude is a huge step. Massive! Major! Stop the presses and report on this because it’s big! Seriously, this is a whopping commitment. Really, it's one step away from getting engaged. You all know that I believe the ring should come first, but since many people feel rules are made to be broken, I have tips for you rebels too. Don't go into it lightly. This isn’t just the next step in a relationship after saying, “I love you.” It’s a step that involves a lot of planning, talking, compromise and some serious patience. For cohabitation to be successful, you should take advice from an expert or a friend you trust. Here are my thoughts: Read more