17 Ways You and Your S.O. Can Be Total Couple Goals This Holiday Season
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'Tis the season for happiness and love—and who better to spend the holidays with than your significant other? There are countless opportunities for you two to proclaim your affection for one another in a festive fashion. But if you're stuck and uninspired, here are some suggestions for how to make this holiday season the most romantic one yet:

1. Wear matching ugly sweaters to a Christmas party

Go for some cringeworthy couture and attend a party wearing some matching ugly sweaters! You'll be the talk of the night in your cute, provocative, and even sexy corresponding outfits—not to mention you'll have plenty of photo opportunities.

2. Go to each other's family parties

If you're close enough with your sweetie to consider yourself part of the family, why not make it official and join them in their festivities? You and your boo can take turns attending each other's get-togethers and learn a little more about the people that raised the person you love most. Don't forget your table manners and perhaps a small gift for your host, for these little gestures truly go a long way!

3. Book a night or two in a "honeymoon suite" 

Instead of splurging on cute, but unnecessary gifts, turn your savings into an unforgettable night spent together in luxury. Book a stay in a nice hotel and get cozy between the sheets as the snow falls outside the window. Order up some room service, share a bottle of champagne, or inquire about a couple's massage if your location has a spa.

4. Take adorable photos together at a lights festival

A lot of amusement parks, zoos, and even towns organize seasonal lights festivals to lift everyone's spirits in time for the holidays. And the beauty of thousands of twinkling lights definitely calls for some romantic snapshots with your S.O.

5. Bake cookies and other holiday-themed desserts together 

Shortbreads and sugar cookies and pumpkin pie…fall in love all over again with the sweet, enticing smells of oven-baked treats still heavy in the air. Feel free to keep your culinary confections as basic or as complicated as your combined skills can handle.

6. Offer to host and cook a dinner for your family or friends

If you've got your own place together or can convince your parents to lend you their kitchen, let your family and friends kick back and relax while you and your boo do all of the cooking. Hosting your first holiday can be intimidating, but if you're working alongside the person you love, a task you once feared could very well become your next tradition.

7. Start your own holiday tradition

Make a plan to always watch the same Christmas movie on the 24th or to make the same hot cocoa recipe all winter long. Decide to wear your favorite sweaters on Christmas Day or cook a certain dish on the first night of Hanukkah. Whatever you celebrate, forge some family traditions with your partner that you both can keep up for years to come!

8. Wear matching pajamas on Christmas Day

Invest in some soft and adorable onesies to keep you and your honey warm and stylish as the cold months arrive. There is truly nothing better than curling up with your lover on the couch in some winter-themed PJs and under plenty of blankets.

9. Send out "family" Christmas cards with you and your pets

Practice for when you tie the knot and get your Christmas card game up to speed! Bring in your puppy or kitty for some adorable photos you can send to your closest relatives and friends. Let everyone know how in love you are with your little family and preserve your favorite holiday moments in a yearly keepsake!

10. Take pictures in front of the Christmas tree

Whether it's Rockefeller Center or right in your living room, your Christmas tree is the perfect backdrop for stunning shots with your sweetie.

11. Start collecting ornaments for your very own Christmas tree

In a lot of families, a solid ornament collection is a testament to years' worth of shared memories, love, and laughter. You and your partner can start your very own collection this season and decorate your own tree! After enough time, you'll look back on the mementos you've gathered and see just how much you've grown together.

12. Go holiday shopping in the nearest big city

Bust into your bank account and get started on that shopping list! Transform a chore into a lovely outing by bringing your boo along to help you purchase gifts for the amazing people in your life.

13. Take a day trip to a ski resort 

Hit the slopes for the day (or the weekend) and embrace your zest for adventure side-by-side on the trails! Whether you're a natural or a nervous beginner, make the most of the outdoors and know that you'll always have your love to help you up if you fall down.

14. Dress up your pets in festive outfits

Run around Petsmart together in search of the perfect festive kitty or puppy costume! Bond (and even argue) over the outfits you pick out for your furry children and get them ready for the celebrations to begin.

15. Make each other homemade gifts 

Browse through Pinterest for tutorials or shop on Etsy for personalized gifts that no other could take credit for. Not only do these options tend to be more affordable, but they also come from the heart and will never fail to take your sweetheart's breath away.

16. Make a personalized ornament for your tree

Again, Pinterest is full of ideas for personalized ornaments! You can press your house or apartment key into some wet clay for an "our first home" memento. You can also surprise your lover with an ornament at the very top of the tree holding a picture of you both or with an inside joke written upon it. Or you can work together to craft the perfect representation of your relationship to display on your tree.

17. Have a date night for wrapping presents and drinking hot chocolate

Turn yet another holiday-themed chore into a date night by inviting your boo over for some gift-wrapping and homemade hot chocolate. Sing along to your favorite Christmas carols or watch your favorite holiday movie as you work to make the time go by even faster.

The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to rekindle a love connection between long-term partners. This time of year, remember that just because you've been dating for a while doesn't mean you have to put out your spark! And for all of the new lovers out there, focus less on expensive, material gifts and concentrate more on making the most of the time you have together.

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31 One-Liners You Say To Your Boyfriend Before, After And During The Sunday Scaries Hit

Sunday scaries are much more intense that we like to believe.

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Ah Friday. The blessed day of the week that kicks off the wonderful weekend. You have it planned where you are going to tackle everything on your to do list. You're going to clean, you're going to do laundry and even have a special date night with your boo. Maybe even grab a couple drinks with some friends. No matter what, you are not letting the weekend go to waste. Then, before you know it,

Sunday hits.

It's as if the second you went to bed Friday night (or Saturday morning, I won't judge) it immediately skips over Saturday and you are left with one single day to get everything done. The Sunday scaries are real and if you feel the stress that comes with them, you've probably said these one-liners to your boyfriend at some point during the weekend.

Before

1. "Sunday scaries are a joke!"

2. You think just because it's 2 a.m. Sunday morning that we can't have another drink?"



3. "Babe, the laundry will get done, we have all weekend!"

4. "Let's go out with our friends tonight! We have plenty of time to clean the kitchen."

5. "What do you mean we should go home? It's not even midnight!"

6. "But, what if I never get a chance to sing "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" at a karaoke bar again!?"



7. "Oh don't worry, I'm not going to let the Sunday scaries stress me out!"

8. "I won't have a hangover tomorrow!"



9. "I'm a perfectly capable adult!"

During

10. "OMG, BABE WHAT DID I DO?"



11. "What do you mean I sang karaoke until 2 in the morning? I don't even like karaoke!"

12. "I had, HOW many drinks?"

13. "Babe, we NEED to get laundry done."

14. "Why is this house such a mess?"



15. "Why didn't you stop me?!"

16. "Please clean the bathroom, my head hurts too much."

17. "No, I do NOT have a hangover!"

18. "Baby, can we pleaseeee take a nap?" *Says while crying*



19. "I just wanted to have ONE *sobs* GOOD *sobs* NIGHT."

20. *blows nose in boyfriends shirt*"We have NO time to get anything done!"

21. "I'm never going out again!"



22. "I can't adult!"

After

23. "Well, I guess it wasn't THAT bad.."

24. "I mean, we made some progress, we have clean underwear!"



25. "I can see the floor, I think we did a lot today."

26. "You know what would be a great idea? Drinks."

27. "Can we order buffalo wings for dinner?"



28. "I still don't think I was that drunk."

29. "The Sunday scaries did NOT get me."

30. "We should do this again next weekend!"

31. "Adulting is easy!"


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Now That I'm About To Graduate, I Wish 'College Freshman Me' Knew These 7 Things About Love

Remember the love. Measure in love. Measure your life in love.

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December 7th, 2018, is the date that I along with over 2,000 students at UNC-Greensboro have been waited for quite literally for years. Now that the graduation ceremony is approximately 9 hours, 25 minutes, and 4 seconds away I can't help but lie awake in anticipation while reflecting on the different relationships I've had over the past four years no matter how impactful or minor.

I think if I could go back into the past to tell 18-year-old self from freshman year some lessons about love, here are 7 things I would say.

1. It’s okay to play the field

Until you actually find the person you want to be with, it's okay to date multiple people. I feel like women especially have a tendency to put all their eggs in one basket even before things get too serious. Some people are naturally more of the relationship and that's fine, but I wish I had known not to be too loyal to guys too soon before anything was clearly established.

2. But don’t play the field to the point where it bites you in the ass

Ladies, it should be a no-brainer that if you're going to talk to a few people at once, at least make sure they aren't in the same friend group. At a time it wasn't as much of a no-brainer for me though. There has only been one time where I purposely talked to multiple guys at once as if I was on a dating show like "The Bachelorette." If I could go back and warn myself to be smarter about the situation I would, seeing as I didn't have enough sense at the time not to chat with half the guys living on the same floor in the dorm that we all lived in. At the time I felt like it was pretty harmless, but eventually, I found that quite a few of them were salty about it.

3. Even “good guys” can have trash tendencies

Sometimes you'll be involved with a "good guy" because he's seemingly different than the rest. He may not be as tall as the other guys or have as muscular of a physique, but you know deep down that you can be happy with him because you know for certain he'll treat you right. Well, that's not always the case. There have been times where I went for the typical shy guy who didn't really get all of the girls because he was seen as "too nice." Unfortunately, there have been instances when they felt extra entitled to having me just because they were seen as good guys.

4. Sometimes you can literally speak relationships into existence

I am a firm believer that the power of our words is crucial, but now I'm an even more firm believer that our words work in terms of finding a boyfriend as well. One night as I moved into the apartment I stay at now, one of my closest friends stopped by to see me and he brought two of his friends along. I introduced myself to both of them, but I was definitely fixated on the Italian friend. Was it because he has the most distinct greenish/grey eyes I've ever seen? Maybe. However, there was this weird feeling I had that he was going to be my boyfriend which was insane considering that we probably only spoke to each other on no more than three or four occasions that night, one of them being when he asked me if he could use my bathroom. I even told one of my roommates right before I went to bed that night that he was going to be my boyfriend someday. Later my sister and I would see him almost every other week at the same two spots in the library and I would whisper to her, saying "I don't really know that guy and I don't even like him like that yet, but I'm pretty sure we're gonna be boyfriend and girlfriend one day." About six or so months later we started dating for real and not just in my head.

5. Having sex for the first time doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative experience

The first time I had sex was halfway through my junior year in college. Prior to this experience, I had heard all of the worst-case scenarios—"Don't expect it to be great," "It's gonna hurt," and "you're probably going to get attached" are among the top three things I constantly heard. Contrary to what I've heard all those years, my first time having sex was pretty good. I think part of the reason because it wasn't this scheduled thing with a romantic dinner and a movie beforehand or rose petals leading up to the bed at a precise time. It was very laid back and natural.

6. Trying to make your ex jealous may leave you stranded alone in a different state

I've mentioned this situation briefly before, but the only time in my life when I legitimately had a grand scheme to make an ex jealous didn't actually go as planned. I used my magic charm on two MMA coaches and finessed my way on a free trip to one of the MMA events in South Carolina where they would coach their clients. It didn't take long for them to realize I wasn't being genuine. One of the coaches insisted that I wasn't showing him enough affection and the other coach who I rode down to the event with completely went ghost and blocked me. If one of my close friends weren't there as well then I wouldn't have had a ride back home to North Carolina.

7. Chicks over dicks

With all of that being said, whether or not I'm in a full blown relationship or just casually dating someone, I will ALWAYS need my friends more than I need the dick so there's no need to stress over guys when the time I spend with my best girlfriends is the most fulfilling.

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