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Do you have any particular little habits you indulge in before the big first date? Any special rituals to bring you luck or calm your nerves? Whether it’s gulping down a glass of wine before you go to chill you out (not recommended) or googling your date for conversation ideas, everyone has something they like to do.

 

We talked to a few Free and Single’s about what little rituals they have to do before they go out on a first date with someone new.

 

‘I always have a couple of girlfriends round the night before to help choose an outfit, fill me in on any news I might have missed during the week for conversation starters and to let them know where I’ll be going – safety is super important to me when online dating.’

Maria, 32

 

‘I’m always running around the house like a headless chicken searching for my lucky pants! I know its a cliche, but they work!’

Jamie, 27

 

‘I look in the mirror in my hall just as I’m leaving for the evening, check my lipstick and top it up one last time – I want a rich, red pout when my date sees me for the first time. It’s my signature look and if they don’t like it, we won’t get on.’

Lilliana, 28

 

‘I GPS the location of the date on my phone if she’s arranged it, so that I’m not the muppet who turns up twenty minutes late apologising because I got lost. I like to be on time, for dates if nothing else!’

Mitch, 37

 

‘I organise something to do the next day, so I won’t be waiting by the phone or the computer or over-analysing what happened. I love meeting up with friends for dinner, or going to the playpark with my daughter so that I won’t think too much about what happened.’

Lea, 26

 

‘I stop by the local greengrocers to pick up a flower, so I have something to give her when we meet – it breaks the ice and I’ve never known any women hate flowers!’

George, 30

 

Do you have special pre-date rituals that you just have to do before a first date? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Couple Sunset

Today is the day of love and romance and we’re celebrating record amounts of happy online daters here at Free and Single!

 

 Here are a few last minute tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

 

1) Try making this sweet origami heart to give to your date to show you care (and you’re good with your hands!)

 

2) Get seriously cheesy by visiting a specialist cheese restaurant and sharing a fondue for two!

 

3) Ladies, embrace the day and all it stands for by painting your nails to match your sentiments.

 

4) Guys, wear your heart on your sleeve for one day a year by investing in some special cufflinks.

 

5) Lastly, read this before heading out tonight to avoid searching for conversation starters.

 

When looking for that special someone to share the sunset with, you want to know that you have a network of support to fall back on. We’re here for you. If you want to talk about dating, love or relationships, the Free and Single team are ready and waiting to answer your questions! Just tweet us @freeandsingle or leave a comment. You can also check out our Facebook Page.

 

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Here we go;

 

Its that time of the year again. No sooner are we done with the holidays than the pinkest, soppiest, biggest card selling celebration of the year swings round again.

 

Do I sound like I dislike Valentine’s Day? A day that essentially, in name alone if no longer in action, celebrates the martyrdom of a saint and the romantic rambling of Chaucer?

 

Well, I have to be honest with you – I’m not  a fan. But you had guessed that already. What I am a fan of, is showing people you care.

 

The system of rules and requirements currently in place in many people’s mind on how to react to a date or a loved one (‘Wait three days before you text him back!’, ‘Never be free on short notice!’) seem to me to be specifically designed with one purpose in mind: to never allow two people the time or energy to actually fall for each other hook, line and sinker.

 

I say, this Valentine’s Day, drop the rulebook! Kick it out of the window for all I care and start saying what you mean, when you mean it.

 

If you have been making eyes at the girl who catches your bus every morning for months, but never even sat next to her – start sitting with her, chatting, smiling if nothing else.

 

If you’re with someone you don’t see yourself staying with long term, dump them. Sounds harsh, but you both need to move on with your lives. (No excuse to not do it nicely though, and face-to-face).

 

If you are hoping against hope that you will meet someone before Valentine’s Day and go on a romantic date – then make it happen! Don’t wait around for fate to pick someone off the street and deliver them wrapped in a bow to your doorstop – join Free and Single and start taking control of your life again.

 

You can make it happen – sign up now and see who you meet. Have a great Valentine’s Day everyone! 🙂

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secret santa gifts for couples, daters and crushes

Here are Six Great Secret Santa gifts to give to a crush, a date or as a stocking filler for your partner;

1. Try a Pedometer for Fit Free and Single‘s as they love new gadgets and gizmos to help out their sporting hobbies.

2. A Hot Rocks Gift Set for Professional Free and Single‘s should help them unwind after a busy day.

3. What about a Micro Remote Control Helicoptor for anyone who still feels like a kid at Christmas?

4. How about Chickens for Young Free and Single‘s who want to change the world?

5. We like Love Lottery Scratch Cards for couples in a relationship…

6. Try this Black Hipflask and a bottle of their favourite tipple for Mature Free and Single‘s.

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And Three Secret Santa gifts you should avoid giving to your date;

 

1. Loo Roll

Who wants to associate their date with the toilet?

 

2. Pocket Sex Guide

Something that should only ever be bought by a couple, for fun.

 

3. Chocolate Reindeer

Doesn’t show much thought went into the gift, now, does it?

 

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Can You Find Love For Me

You wouldn’t let someone else choose your house, your car or your clothes…why would you let other people dictate to you when and where you can choose your dates? Sure, the odd blind date here and there is opening up your pool of potential dates, but there is no need to completely depend on other people to set you up.

 

You Can Do It All Yourself

  • You are perfectly capable of making things happen. If you are stuck in a rut, or bored of your routine, it can be so much simpler than you think to break free and make something new and exciting happen.
  • Know that, even if you feel a little apprehensive about the idea right now, self-esteem and confidence are issues you can work on bit by bit, until you are 100% ready to face the dating world again.
  • Leave memos around the house, on your phone or computer or on your desk to remind yourself of everything you want to achieve and everything you are good at – you’ll soon be well on the way to feeling good about yourself and ready to embrace the idea of dating.

Don't wait for Fate to make you a date! Join Free and Single to find Love!

You wouldn’t sit back and wait for fate to deliver the ideal partner tied up in bows on a silver plate…would you? You have to be active, you have to know what you want and then put yourself in the most likely position to get it.

 

Put Yourself Out There!

  • Try joining a new club in a subject you are interested in – the likelihood is that you will meet people there who share your interest. If you feel a spark, go for it and ask them out! If not, no worries, you’ve probably gained some new friends.
  • Push your boundaries every day. Start small, by trying out a different coffee shop or sandwich place from usual. Move on to bigger things; like going to a movie alone, trying out a new hairstyle or lipstick, agreeing to a blind date.
  • Make a pact with yourself to go out from your home at least three times a week. You can pop to the library to check your emails, hang out in a local cafe to read, or just go for a walk and give yourself some quiet time to just think about things.

 

Don’t wait for the world to give you a chance at love – you have to get out there, join Free and Single and make it happen for yourself!

 

Click through now and start your journey, make love happen for yourself by joining Free and Single today.

Join Free and Single today to start looking for love!

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A little bit of history to start with…

 

Did you know, a mere 84 years ago women were granted the right to vote in England? This strong push forward into gender equality continued a movement for equality between the sexes.

It allowed women more freedom to decide how they would spend their lives. It allowed them, in fact, the opportunity to marry for love instead of as a business contract between families.

 

Freedom to choose!

 

Women can now use this freedom to browse online dating profiles and get to know people they may never have otherwise met. Free and Single is an internet dating site that provides thousands upon thousands of interesting people who want to get to know each other with an outlet to explore, chat, ‘wink’ and ultimately, get dating.

 

We love to hear about your dates

 

We love to hear about your dates! From the hilarious, to the romantic, knowing how you get on after you have visited our dating website means the world to us. With your feedback (post it up in the comments!), we’re driving Free and Single to be the best it has ever been – finding you more great dates and interesting people than you could shake a stick at!

 

Finding ‘The One’ or starting a relationship

 

Some of our lucky daters even find ‘The One’ while browsing through Free and Single’s profiles. Check out some of our favourite success stories to inspire and ready you for getting your own dating profile sorted.

 

What are you waiting for? Get onto Free and Single and have the time of your life!

 

 

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Happy Hump Day! This Wednesday, I want to share some news to brighten up the fast approaching Bank Holiday (because you just can’t trust the weather these days).

 

This August Bank Holiday Weekend, we’re going to be running a number of special offers for all our lovely Free and Single members!

 

For those of you who fully intend to start the party the moment the clock hits 5pm this Friday afternoon, we’re running a FREE READ session between 6pm and 8pm (Which gives you just enough time to get home and grab some dinner before starting the search for a great date).

 

Now, I know all you Free and Single’s not based in the UK are feeling a little hard-done by the lack of public holidays in your neck of the woods, but, guess what? We’re so into the holiday vibe at the moment that we decided to give the FREE READ session to all members, in local time, whether they are in the UK or not! There is generosity for you.

 

The fun doesn’t end there however, so don’t worry if you already have plans for Friday night. On Saturday, we’ll be offering members who have been with us for a certain amount of time an absolutely free 3 day trial of the entire site!

 

Lastly, we know many of you online daters will have loads of stuff already planned for the long weekend but may be annoyed at missing out on these great offers to find perfect dates. So on Monday, we will be sending out a little surprise in your email – just because we love having you here.

 

So from all of us here at Free and Single, have a fantastic bank holiday, enjoy the offers and check out the last blog for some great date ideas.

 

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Dating Bank Holiday

Have you got that Friday feeling today?

 

If the ‘Thank God Its Friday’ syndrome is really catching up with you, then I have a great reminder for you – next weekend is the August Bank Holiday! If your head has been stuck in paperwork and to-do lists, now you’ll finally have some time to get online, find a great date and actually head out and about with them.

 

Not to mention, in honour of the additional 24 hours of free time stuck onto your weekend, we’re going to be sending out some fantastic offers for all our fabulous Free and Single’s – so what are you waiting for? Let’s get in the holiday mood!

 

I’ve got some ideas to share with you on how you could spend that all important extra day off, so have a browse and see what takes your fancy (ooh, and you have any ideas or plans, I would love to hear them, so do please leave me a comment).

 

London

 

If you are spending some time in London after the recent Olympic fanfare, you might want to consider checking out the outdoor film showing at Somerset House on the 25th August for a chance to snuggle with your date – definitely bring a picnic and a blanket!

 

Manchester

 

Maybe you are a little further North than London and can head to Manchester for a night out. Why not have a look at the Blue Cat Cafe for some up and coming the music stars and fantastic beats? Listen to some smooth jazz, perfect for the over 40s dater who likes to kick back with a gin and tonic.

 

Dublin

 

For those of you heading to Dublin, why not try out one of the many attractions of the Emerald Isle? My favourites are Dublin Castle and seafood at Aqua. Take your date for a mini break and enjoy Guinness together in a cosy pub if it rains, or explore the city like a local if the sun shines.

 

Paris

 

If you are feeling flush this upcoming Bank Holiday weekend, why not take your date to Paris? Try out this spectacular magic show and ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ together before heading out for some of France’s famous culinary delights.

 

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Find local datesThose incredibly clever guys in our Development Team have really done themselves proud this week. And we’re over the moon to tell you all about it!

 

You can now search for member profiles near you using your phone’s GPS signal!

 

Using your mobile phone, log in to any of the Niche Sites you’re a member of, and tap on the ‘local’ icon.

 

You’ll be able to search for members by their interests, characteristics, appearance and much more. Helping you find exactly what you’re after!

 

…And for those of you who might be worried…don’t be! We only give an approximation of location, so you’re not going to get prospective dates turning up on your doorstep!

 

Log in now and try it for yourself!

 

The FreeAndSingle Team.

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