Best Valentine’s Day Ever: Use What’s Trending to Make Your Day (and Night) Exciting

RosesThe goal for any man on Valentine’s Day is to make your woman feel desired and glamorous. It doesn’t matter if she’s modest or a total vixen, one thing is certain: Valentine’s Day heightens the anticipation factor and the love effect in spades! Its a particularly special day for a couple to focus on each other and their relationship, and create a romantic and memorable evening together.

The prevailing spending trends for Valentine’s Day in recent years has been heavy on flowers and candy. For 2013, Valentine’s Day spending is likely to rise to an average of $130 on candy, flowers, cards and more, per new numbers from the National Retail Federation.

But fashion for the boudoir is becoming a growing part of Valentine’s Day gifting. For men, they get to re-familiarize themselves with bustiers, bras and panties, and for women, receiving these from their men only heighten the anticipation for a great holiday (and night!).

Fashion

Men, let’s face it. The only thing most of you know about lingerie for a woman is how to take it off. Buying undergarments is an activity for which most guys are typically unsuited. Men are more suited to take their women to sweet dinners rather than buy panties and bras as a gift. But if you do, do it right. First tip: don’t buy larger clothing sizes than she wears now. Check her drawers for absolute right sizes.

Yandy.com has a wide variety of sweet and sexy Valentine’s Day lingerie , with a wide selection of affordable bedroom fashion including bustiers, bras and undies, babydolls, robes and naughty alternatives.

If you’re woman is more modest and less of a sexual provocateur, then err on the side of caution when it comes to design. A cheeky bra set or sweet slip would be a safe bet. If your woman is more inclined for a wild time, check the site for a number of SM inspired pieces, costumes and barely-there options that are available.

Flowers

While many men tend to think flowers are a waste of money, flowers are the gift that delights women most. About 36 percent of Valentine’s Day gifters will buy flowers for their loved one this holiday. A recent survey showed 99 percent of women say that the flower-giver is thoughtful, 92 percent remember the first time they received flowers, 88% say that flowers change their mood for the better and 86 percent say receiving flowers makes them feel special.

To be unique in your woman’s eyes, men might want to opt for a change from the obvious red roses and try another luscious flower choice, like hydrangeas, tulips, lilies, orchids, irises or something unexpected like sunflowers. Your significant other will love and remember your originality and extra effort.

Soundtrack

The right music for the right, um, set of activities can make all the difference. USA Today reported that among the top tunes people listen to during sex are the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Marvin Gayes Sexual Healing, Ravels Bolero, Berlins Take my Breath Away and any ol Barry White. Songs like this have been mainstays for years on lovers’ soundtracks. If you and your partner are feeling it differently, spend some time making a great Valentine’s Day music list via Spotify or Pandora.

Ambiance

A well-planned lighting concept not only gets most couples in the mood, it can also help women (and men!) feel more confident in the buff, according to Glamour Magazine. Try lighting pillar candles for flickering shadows of light and dark. The minimal light lets couples see each other just enough, while masking any body flaws. If you arent a candle fan, a low-wattage bulb or dimmer will do in a pinch.

And if you haven’t already. clean the boudoir! Get rid of dirty clothes, papers, books, bills and other junk before Valentine’s Day. Also, put all technology on hold, silencing phones, switching off the TV and powering down your computers, so your focus remains on each other.

Valentine’s Day can be a great mid-winter warm-up to get a couple in the right spirit to stay committed during the long winter months. Using the tips above can go a long way in managing that quest.

Kill Time While Waiting at the DMV

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We all hate it! From geeks to chicks the DMV is dreaded by all of us. Fortunately, DMVs across the country have upgraded their online service offerings so you can do much of your motor-related chores through the Internet.

Unfortunately, there are still some things that force you go down to the DMV and wait, and wait, and wait. It’d be nice if you could just upload an Instagram photo and have them mail you a license, but that doesn’t seem likely, so you’re stuck taking a number. Here are six ways to make the long and sometimes exasperating wait at the DMV go by quickly.

Fun With Phones

Downloadable games have turned every smartphone into a mobile gaming device. If you have a long wait ahead of you, you have a myriad of choices in games that will pass the time. Whether its a strategy game, action game, or an educational game, you can find a downloadable game thats right up your alley. You can spend your time mindlessly slicing fruit with Fruit Ninja or improve your memory and cognition with Brain Trainer.

Make a List, Check it Twice

Chances are, there are other things you could be doing that are more productive than sitting in uncomfortable plastic chairs waiting for an unenthusiastic DMV worker to be angry with you for something. Make a list of the things you’d rather be doing. Its easy to think of all the fun or productive things you’d like to be doing instead of lamenting the 30 people in front of you at the DMV.

Catch-up on Reading

Most people wish they had more time to read; the DMVs molasses-like pace gives you that opportunity. Pick out a few magazines you’ve been meaning to read or break out that book you’ve always wanted to start. By bringing your own reading material you can enjoy the time by flipping through your favorite periodical or getting lost in the literary world.

Puzzle It Up

Puzzles are not only fun but they also help exercise your brain and keep your mind off the seconds slowly passing. If you don’t have a favorite puzzle book already, buy a newspaper and go to the comics section to find a number of puzzles that will keep your mind engaged while you wait for your name or number to be called.

People Watch

No matter who you are or what you do, you’ll find yourself at the DMV at some point. Consequently, the DMV can feature an interesting cross-section of your community. Its fun to play Sherlock Holmes and see if you can make some deductions about your fellow motorists or to see the drama of a teen taking their driving test.

Relax

Life can be stressful. Use your wait time at the DMV to decompress and relax. The DMV is a far cry from a sanctum, but with the right attitude you can unwind anywhere. Closing your eyes, taking a deep breath, and collecting yourself does wonders for your state of mind and reduces your stress level.

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The Gun Control We Already Agree On: Infographic

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This infographic, created by Visual.ly, argues that despite the media’s attempt to portray the U.S. as a divided nation on the topic of gun control, 4 out of 5 Americans agree about common sense gun laws. Now it’s just a matter of getting Congress and the White House to turn these common sense measures into law.

Beer Tasting Tips from Mansome

If your snotty with your beer tasting or have friends who are, here’s a good video for you to help you score points with everyone. I did grab a beer right after I watched this, so you may want to be near your fridge while watching. Drink up and watch!