Gift Ideas
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If you are planning to give someone flowers for Valentine’s Day you should know a little about the flowers, and will hopefully make you consider your choice of flowers more carefully.

Although roses are a great gift there are many other flowers just as pretty and can make a thoughtful gift.

Peonies

Peonies are often associated with romance and prosperity.  A Greek legend says that the Greek god, Apollo transformed nymphs into peonies if Aphrodite discovered he had been flirting with them.

Peonies have also been thought of as a good luck charm, so they are perfect for those who enjoy games like online Blackjack too, as they are said to bring only good things to anyone who receives them.  These flowers are also considered as a prediction of good fortune and will ensure a happy marriage and are also associated with riches and honour.

Ranunculus 

Ranunculus are also known as buttercup or coyote’s eyes and not only have medicinal properties, but are also very pretty and come in a range of colours.

When these flowers are included in a bouquet or arrangement they say that you are dazzled by their charms.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a beautiful red flower.  The story goes that this stunning flower started as a bashful nymph who fell in love with Alteo who was a shepherd of great strength.  Her love was not returned and so she decided to bestow on him a unique flower, something that had never existed before.

In order to do this she enlisted the help of Delphi.  Amaryllis followed Delphi’s instructions and went to Alteo for 30 nights where he shot her heart with an arrow. When Alteo opened his door after 30 nights he found before him a beautiful red flower that had emerged from her heart.  Even though this love story is tragic these flowers symbolise determination and beauty.

Freesia

Freesias come in various colours and have a wonderful fragrance.  They are named after Friedrich Heinrich who was a German physician.

White is the most popular colour, but the red and pink are more fragrant.  These flowers symbolise innocence and friendship.

Iris

The iris, named after the Greek goddess Iris, was said to have been the link between heaven and earth and personified the rainbow.

Legend has it that these irises were planted on the graves of women so that the goddess would guide them to heaven.  They symbolise faith, courage and wisdom.

Tulip

Tulips came from Europe during the 16th century from Persia and Turkey.  During the 17th century the tulip became very popular in the Netherlands and the cost of these bulbs went through the ceiling.

The different colour tulips symbolise different things – yellow symbolises cheerfulness, white forgiveness and purple symbolises royalty.  The red tulip legend is the tragic love story of Farhad and Shirin.

Farhad became grief stricken when Shirin was killed and he tried to kill himself by going over a cliff.  Each drop of his blood resulted in a red tulip springing up from the ground.  The red tulip symbolises perfect love.

Dating Advice
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Unfortunately not all marriages have a happy ending, but this does not mean that you cannot find love again.  Reasons for failed marriages range from being too young when getting married, being incompatible, falling out of love and many other reasons.  For some it is easy to start dating again while for others it may take more time.  Here are a few helpful tips to help you jump back in when you are ready.

1. Meet Face to Face

One of the most popular ways to find a date is online, and just like when enjoying the sports betting NZ has to offer, you need to pick a reputable site! Interestingly, research has shown that the majority of couples who meet online stay together.

In the beginning chatting online is a great way of connecting, but you cannot really know someone until you meet him or her face to face.  Before the meeting first do a Skype call or a video chat that can make the first real meeting a little less stressful and you can get a sense of the person.

You will need to have a real date rather sooner than later and if the person is not for you, you know you can move on.

2. Be Honest

When making use of online dating there is always the temptation to paint yourself in a different way, but you are who you are and you should be proud of it.  Creating a false picture of yourself can also result in trying to live up to an image that is not the real you and this is never good.

This will also cause undue stress.  Another way of really getting to know someone is social media, people tend to share much about themselves using this platform.  Being open about yourself does not mean that you have to share all your secrets immediately as it may be off-putting for your date who may not be ready for such intimacy.  Take your time; this process does not need to be rushed.

3. Do Not Talk About Your Ex

Probably one of the most important tips is to leave your ex out of this relationship, you may not talk about them but you may bring them unconsciously into your new relationship.  This can be shown in your attitude and the topics you choose to talk about.

Do not bad mouth your ex and do not include emotional insecurities in your online profile.  Make sure you are ready to date and that you truly have put your past relationship behind you.

It is natural to feel grief over a failed marriage, but this does not mean that you should look for your ex in your future relationships, by doing this you may miss out on your perfect match.

You may subconsciously be looking for the qualities of your ex and this is never a good thing.  Be sure to look at your new date with an open mind and never compare them to your ex.

History
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We all know Cupid, we see him on Valentine’s Day, but who is and where does he come from and what does he have to do with Valentine’s Day?

Who is Cupid?

Cupid or cupido in Latin, which means desire, is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection in classical mythology.  Cupid is sometimes depicted as the son of Venus (love goddess) and the god of war (Mars).  Continua leyendo

Gift Ideas
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It is of course good to be romantic every day of the year, but Valentine’s Day gives us all the excuse to be sentimental, romantic and to offer romantic gestures whether big or small, or even gigantic.  The 14 February is an extra special day where you can tell the person you love just how special they are.

Of course with this special day comes a certain amount of pressure to show your loved one just how you feel, and doing things a little differently can make a big difference.   These gestures do not necessarily need to be grand and expensive, a small gift is often more thoughtful than an expensive one. Continua leyendo

Dating Advice
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Speed Dating is defined as a formal matchmaking process with the purpose of bringing single people together.  Speed Dating allows you to meet and get to know large numbers of prospective partners within a short time period.  Originally the idea of Antony Beilinsohn, he devised this type of dating in order for single Jewish people to meet and ultimately get married.

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Gift Ideas
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Valentine’s Day often sends people in relationships into frenzy – what to do, what to buy, should we celebrate it at all? However, as much pressure as you may be feeling to make the experience memorable, Valentine’s Day needn’t be an exaggerated affair.

Remember, it’s the little things that make relationships worthwhile and a thoughtful gift as opposed to an over the top one is always a winner. Continua leyendo