Being in a  relationship is almost just as hard as being single. I always tell my friends that being in a relationship is like a full time job from 9am to 5pm. Sometimes you get out early while other times you have to put in overtime. The most important thing to remember in a relationship is communication, compromise, and patience. Did I mention patience? Patience is key. Everyone talks about how when you are in love two become one. Absolutely NOT! At no point will you and your partner think alike or act alike or agree on everything. It’s just not possible and thus this is where patience is key. If you are committed to love then you will find a way to work it out.

Here are some fun ways to add spice into your life…

DECEMBER 2014————————————————–

Excited for the Holidays? Want to surprise your boo with a fun date? Take a road trip to visit some of the most beautiful Holiday Lights in the United States. Don’t forget to grab some hot cocoa at the local Dunkin Doughnuts on the way! The salted caramel is a winner! Oh and don’t forget your camera!!!

The Lynchs Family Home recently won $50,000 on ABC Family’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” beating families from across the country.

 166th Street and 23rd Avenue, Whitestone. The lights are on from sunset until about 1 a.m, and are taken down Jan. 7.

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The Gurino Family Home literally takes up the whole block! This is a must see!

Christmas in Jamaica Estates, 80-65 80th Drive, Jamaica Estates. Lights stay on until midnight, and will be up until Jan. 6.image (8)

AUGUST 2011——————————————————-

Spend the day at the South Street Seaport!!!

Start off with Sangria and Tostones Rellenos at Cabanas!! Make sure you ask to sit outside so you can enjoy the view.

Check out one of the best Cuban menus in NY at http://www.cabanarestaurant.com/cabanaseaport_m.html

End at the Beekman Beer Garden!!

Check it out at http://beekmanbeergarden.com/

APRIL 2011———————————————————-

Plan a Weekend Retreat!!

Check out the Lamplight Inn in Lake George, NY. It’s the most romantic bed and breakfast ever! I would definitely recommend it. The breakfast was amazing and the customer service even better!!! If you are looking for a really quiet getaway try to book it during the week.

Check it out at http://www.lamplightinn.com/


MARCH 2011 ——————————————————-


Rollerskating/Rollerblading is not only fun, but can also be romantic! Check out this place in Nassau County…they have Hip Hop and R&B on Saturday Nights!

United Skates of America- Hicksville, NY


FEBRUARY 2011 ——————————————————-

Go to Brunch!!!!

Nothing beats a romantic brunch with the love of your life at Sarabeth’s West. I’d have to highly recommend you try one of their muffins. I swear they melt in your mouth! Not to mention their Mimosas are mouthwatering!

Sarabeth’s West

423 Amsterdam Ave.

New York, NY 10024


JANUARY 2010 ———————————————————


Great Food for LESS!!!

Check out Restaurant Week!!! If there is ever a time to go out and spend money, now is the time!! Great Restaurants at Greater Prices!!!

Check it out online at: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek/index.cfm

DECEMBER 2010 ———————————————————

Fun Restaurant of the Month:


Peanut Butter & Co

240 Sullivan St
New York, 10012
(212) 677-3995
Who doesn’t like Peanut Butter & Jelly? This is a fun place to visit for couples and more importantly budget friendly. Make sure you try The Elvis!(Above Pic)

Romantic (FREE) Dates of the Month:

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Thursday, December 2, 2010.

Citi Pond at Bryant Park is hosting its annual TREE LIGHTING ceremony, with Broadway and musical performances, champion skaters, synchronized skating performances and more. The 50-foot tree, which will be lit by a special guest, will have more than 3,000 ornaments and tens of thousands of lights. While you’re there, make sure to browse through the amazing Bryant Park Holiday gift fair and take a spin on their FREE Ice Rink. See more info on the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park.

Central Park Zoo Winterfest

December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18

‘Tis the season at the Central Park Zoo’s Winterfest! During the first three Fridays and Saturdays in December, the Zoo will be open until 6:30 p.m. so visitors can celebrate the season and stroll paths decked with thousands of sparking lights and festive greenery.

Enjoy polar-themed performances, live animal encounters, snow leopards, polar bears and penguins and so much more at the Central Park Zoo Winterfest

Visit http://www.nycinsiderguide.com/New-York-City-Events-December-2010.html for more information on December events in NYC.

NOVEMBER 2010 ———————————————————

Romantic Restaurant of the Month:

Costa de Espana

9 Trader’s Cove
Port Jefferson, New York 11777
An amazing Spanish restaurant. The seafood is fantastic! The steak was also phenomenal! It’s a very intimate setting and the service is very friendly.

Romantic Date of the Month:

Go Ice Skating…at Bryant Park


OCTOBER 2010 ———————————————————

Romantic Restaurant of the Month:

La Esquina

106 Kenmare St
New York, 10012
(646) 613-1333
It’s the most romantic restaurant I’ve ever been in. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine then this restaurant is for you. It’s a little expensive, but definitely worth spending for a special occassion.

Romantic Date of the Month:

Take a romantic trip to the wineries. It’s fun, romantic, and has great wine! You can sit and relax and just listen to music. My favorite winery in the NY area is…Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

9 Responses to “Taken”

  1. Jackie October 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    This is so true. Being in a relationship definitely requires a lot of time and commitment. It’s how people get to really know each other and that way they’re able to fall in love… or run before they’re trapped in a loveless relationship lol.

    I really like the romantic restaurant for the month. Sometimes I just don’t know where to go!

    • [Nat]urallyLoved October 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

      Omg Jackie if you ever need ideas, I am the perfect person! Just let me know. I am constantly trying new and romantic ideas to keep my relationship fresh. Especially since my fiance and I have been together for almost 7 years.

  2. Shirley November 10, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Hii natalie, 1st off I just want to say I love what you are doing here, It is wonderful that you have something like this that young women can start reading up on and that women of all ages can go back and take a look at to remind them 🙂

    Regarding your statement about, Yes I definately agree with what you are saying, a relationship is a lot of work and it does take enormous amount of patience, communication and compromise because without these things the relationship will crumble.

    I know because I am in a relationship for 5 years now and what gets us threw everything are these 3 keys, without them I dont know where our relationship would have been now.

    I love the restuarant that you have posted but I will not be going out any time soon, I am trying to save money, so any idea on low budget things or how to do things at home, even events that are free would be helpful, anything along these lines lol if you know what I mean. We need to start spending more time exploring 🙂 So let me know women:).

  3. [Nat]urallyLoved November 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    I will definitely keep your suggestions in mind for next week. I totally understand where you are coming from because finances are not easy right now for anyone. I will find some awesome free events for you though so that you can keep that fire burning! ;O)

  4. Christine December 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    I can’t believe I still have never been to PB&Co

  5. Titi Yly December 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Wow!!! I can’t believe I’ve never been to your Blog!!!! Nat! It’s great!! Believe me….me and my almost 21 years of marriage will definitely find valuable advice in this incredible project you have.. sooo proud of you and ask God to grant you wisdom and love to continue with this…..so so proud!!

  6. Dacia Topor January 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I have built a blog and and i want to change the theme.I got some ideas from here! Feel free to visit my blog and suggest things!

    • [Nat]urallyLoved January 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      That’s awesome! Congrats on your blog! What’s your website I will definitely check it out!

  7. harveybirdman January 28, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Good thorough ideas here.I’d like to suggest taking a look at such as something like cheeseburger. What do you think?

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