Archives For Ideas for Romantics

A Special Guest Article by Joy Nordenstrom
Joy of Romance, Inc.

Is your love stressed out? If you want to help her unwind, de-stress but not CRASH, one of my favorite suggestions is a romantic bubble bath…

If you know you are going to surprise her, get started the day before. Take time to turn the bathroom into a comfortable place for her. Are the tub and floors clean? Are there are fluffy towels and a clean bath mat?

On the way home, grab a bottle of bubbly, a white wine or some vodka… grapes, a mango or an orange are all good fruits to hand feed her while she’s chilling in the tub. Maybe get some rose petals and a couple flowers to place in the bathroom. Make sure you have candles. And have something romantic to read to her.

Chill your drink in the refrigerator as soon as you get home till right before she arrives then put some ice in a champagne bucket or if you don’t have one, simply use a big bowl or a pot.

Know this before hand: does she like bubble bath? Is there a particular scent she loves or one she hates? Make sure to get it right. If bubbles aren’t her favorite how about a few drops of essential oil or some bath salts. Finding out the answers to these questions may be an adventure unto itself.

If possible, get home before she does. Make sure the house is tidy and as mentioned the bathroom ready for her.

Have some relaxing music playing. Cable music channels like classical, jazz or love songs do wonders if you don’t already have an appropriate mix on your iPod.

Find out when she is about 15 minutes away from home. Get the elixir of choice chilling in some ice, two glasses, put the fruits on a tray in the bathroom, light candles throughout the house and turn off the lights, have the music on, reading material in bathroom and start the bathtub running a few minutes before she arrives.

When she arrives you can start undressing her at the door on her way to the bathroom or simply leave a note on the door for her to start undressing as she follows the trail of rose petals to the door of the bathroom. The only rule is no talking about work or the day’s stressors.

Now she can brag about you to her girlfriends. You benefit because she will be thinking about you when you are apart and she will be getting positive feedback from her friends. Now her friends’ husbands may hate you but it doesn’t matter because you are the one continuing to score big points. Think of it as residual income… do something one day, she thinks about it throughout the next and will want to thank you again and again.

Editor’s Note: This rated G article is based on the script from an episode of Joy’s “Intelligent Love: 411 for Men” series. Click here to see the original (note: PG13!) podcast or better yet, visit her website ( for more great tips.

Would a romantic bath work for you as a romantic gesture?

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Looking for a great birthday gift for:

  • A younger married male
  • Love language: physical touch
  • Interests: marines, flying, boating, traveling, spontaneous, scuba

Looking for something in the $200 range.

I’ll post some thoughts after my report cards are in. In the mean time, please leave your ideas as a comment.

It was a beautifully sunny day here on the wet coast and I was savoring every moment. I asked for suggestions for romantic “sunshine” songs and here are a few of the suggestions I got from friendly Twitter folk:

Seeking Romantic Sunshine Songs

Seeking Romantic Sunshine Songs

lenejohansen At the River by Groove Armada, its like falling asleep on the beach in the sun, but they made the beach a river… - interesting pick. More beachy?

michaelannalea East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon (Frank Sinatra), Surely As The Sun (Hanson)

AffirmingSpirit KC & The Sunshine Band’s “Walking on Sunshine” (and don’t it FEEL GOOD!) - mean Katrina and the Waves? I couldn’t find this one.

U_Creative How about “Here Comes the Sun?

michaelannalea When That Evening Sun Goes Down (Van Morrison), Here Comes The Sun (the Beatles), Red Red Sun (INXS),  I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash), Staring At The Sun (Level 42), Sun On The Moon (James Taylor)

NessaBanks How about “Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles?

Timberwolf123 I want to soak up the sun!

MrCorvette “i can see clearly now.”

victorcina  Good Day Sunshine

jgehr61 Good morning sunshine . I forget who sings it – Wow! Found lots of versions. Like most of the lyrics to the Aqua version.

I’m not sure I agree that all are romantic, but they are all great “out in the sun” tunes. Thanks to everyone for their help.

Which of these nominees is the most romantic "sun/sunshine" song?

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Did we miss any? Be sure to leave a comment if we forgot your favorite.

Romance Challenge: What is the most romantic (rated G!) thing you could do or have done with tinfoil?


Time to ponder the romantic uses of tinfoil.

Time to ponder the romantic uses of tinfoil.


What my Twitter friends said:

@phire42: Make tin foil hats & ensure that the government doesn’t read your minds – together! Conspiracy Theory Couples are romantic! - LOL

@phire42: While camping you can cook potatoes in an underground oven, wrapped in tin foil. Camping & cooking together in nature. - Potential!

@NightShade10: Make tinfoil boats and put a candle in the center and float them in a retrievable body of water. - Brilliant!

@phire42: You could use tin foil on a baking tray to fire some polymer clay trinkets you have made together. Romantic craft day! - Quality time!

@phire42: Romantic & humorous contest. See which of you can get the biggest tinfoil ball by asking for tinfoil from random neighbors. - Hmmm…

@djbeth: I guess throwing tinfoil balls at each other wouldn’t be romantic, would it? - Sure! A little mutual torment & laughter can be fun! I wouldn’t plan a whole date around throwing tin foil balls at one another though. ;-)

@UmeboshiSan:Umm… Make wifi antenna boosters? ttp:// in my class would say epic fail! ;-) But an interesting idea.

@fjpoblam: Tin foil makes a great cooking aid, for an elegant meal for two. - The classic use.

@glamourbrain:/ Two tin-foil rings could be more/ Precious than diamonds + @bxbeautie maybe a promise ring. lol - Impromptu rings deliver!

My story? Tinfoil brings back romantic memories for me as I was wrapped in it when I proposed. Poor man’s knight in shining armor gear. (Before anyone asks, no, the picture isn’t me. <grin>)


Do you have any other ideas? I’d love to hear them.

A romantic date doesn't have to be expensive.

A romantic date doesn't have to be expensive.

Over the last few weeks dating on a budget has come up a few times on the RatedGRomance Twitter feed. Here are some of the ideas from my Twitter Friends:

@allisonroesberr: Hubby and I grabbed the camera, found a high spot and spent one hr taking pics of a beautiful sunset. Cost=nothing.

@guitarpink22: Play the guitar? Own horses? Live near a beach? Know anyone that owns a restaurant that would give free food?

@babsmcginlay: we cook together, talk and enjoy being with each other, tidy up and snuggle on the sofa. It’s the best!

@NurtureIntimacy: If you both can handle it, a bike ride with a romantic destination.

@raoin: If must see a flick out, go to discount theatre & bring; own candy, then cook a dinner at home. Way cheaper & more; personal.

@upstatemind: A picnic… privacy next to a waterfall/spring

@IcemanYVR: Go for a walk on the Sea wall and finish with a nice Latte or Gelato. Gives you a chance to really connect and talk.

@ZETAZEN: Play the Wii, play cards, play dominoes, rent movies, cook dinner together, bowling, go to the park to talk/walk.

@elenaadams: I love picnics. How about a zoo or aquarium visit with a picnic lunch afterwards? Not free, but cheaper than dinner.

Do you have any ideas you can share? Please leave a comment. Let’s help keep romance alive.