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Love Potions – St. Patrick’s Shamrock Shake

531 300x215It’s time to bring this delicious love potion out of the archives to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

If drinking green beer or nibbling on a mint-chocolate chip ice cream cone aren’t on your menu, we’re thrilled to share Rose Cole’s healthy recipe for her Raw Mint-Chip Shamrock Shake.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbs cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 frozen large banana (the more ripe, the better)
  • 1-2 drops peppermint extract (or handful of fresh mint leaves)
  • 1/4 cup frozen spinach (or opt for all-natural green food coloring, or just make a white mint shake)
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk of choice (coconut, almond, hemp, etc. Use more or less, depending on desired thickness.)

Optional Ideas & Add-ins

  • cocoa powder
  • chocolate protein powder
  • garnish with fresh mint leaves
  • 2-4 drops liquid stevia (I love the peppermint liquid stevia from Sweet Leaf)
  • a pinch of guar gum and xantham to make pudding (or just reduce milk)

Blend everything together and enjoy! For more healthy recipes, visit RoseCole.com.

For more romantic recipes, check out our Love Potions!

 

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Cyber Love Song – The Beatles, Something

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All me to put my DJ hat on and enjoy this week’s classic video montage of “Something” by the Beatles.

It’s a great way to start the week and may just put a smile on your face.

Do you have a favorite Cyber Love Song to share?

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20 Quotes for Thanksgiving Worth Sharing

CDEThanksgivinglogo 150x150As we gather together with our friends, family, and loved ones, it’s time to reflect on all that you’re grateful for. This Thanksgiving, we’re happy to share our favorite quotes from the web and Twitter for gratitude on the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving.

1. Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart. ~Seneca

2. Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. ~ E. P. Powell

3. To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. ~ Victor Hugo

4. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ?~William Arthur Ward

5. In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

6. The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings. ~Henry Ward Beecher

7. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.? ~John F. Kennedy

8. Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.? ~Edward Sandford Martin

9. What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.? I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?? ~Erma Bombeck

10. Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.? ~W.J. Cameron

11. Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.? ~Robert Caspar Lintner

12. Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.? They are consumed in twelve minutes.? Half-times take twelve minutes.? This is not coincidence.? ~Erma Bombeck

13. An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.? ~Irv Kupcinet

14. Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.?~Wilbur D. Nesbit

15. A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.? ~Cicero

16. Thanksgiving is possible only for those who take time to remember; no one can give thanks who has a short memory.? ~Unknown

17. Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.? ~Unknown

18. Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.? ~Aesop

19. Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.? ~William Shakespeare

10. Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.? ~W.T. Purkiser

Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam.

Julie Spira and the Cyber-Dating Expert Team.

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Love Potions – Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

3036751This Thanksgiving season, we searched near-and-far to find the perfect Love Potion romantic recipe to bake for your sweetheart, while showing gratitude for your relationship.

With over 1500 rave reviews on AllRecipes.com, this double layer pumpkin cheesecake recipe tops our list for Thanksgiving.

If you have four hours of time on your hands, along with a spare 425 calories, this recipe must be on your list this year.

Not spending Thanksgiving with your sweetheart? Don’t fret. This yummy recipe can be shared throughout the holidays. Let your cyber-date know what’s on the menu and he’ll happily schedule you in his calendar.

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  •  2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  •  1/2 cup white sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  •  1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1 pinch ground cloves
  •  1 pinch ground nutmeg
  •  1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.

3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

This recipe and photo are provided courtesy of AllRecipes.com For more love potions recipes, click here


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Cyber Love Song – Colbie Caillat – I Do #MusicMonday

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Our featured song this week is Colbie Caillat’s “I Do.”

Enjoy this uplifting song about the exciting feeling of meeting someone and falling in love.

Click here for our other featured Cyber Love Songs.

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Bravo TV is Looking for Single Online Daters in Los Angeles

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Being an online dating expert and living in the heart of Hollywood, I frequently get calls from television producers and casting agents looking for singles for new dating and relationship shows.

I?m happy to share the news that the fine folks at Emmy-winning Magical Elves (Top Chef, Fashion Star) are casting for a new Bravo TV show and you’re invited to audition.

If you?re in Los Angeles and are between 24-50 and are dating online, here?s a terrific opportunity to be on national TV and to have a fun time at an exclusive upscale party.

Join me on Monday, July 30th at the Viceroy in Santa Monica from 5pm-8pm for the Singles Elite Casting Meet & Greet. This is a VIP event for fabulous upscale single men and women who are looking for love online.

What: Singles Meet & Greet casting party for a new Bravo TV show

Where: Viceroy Hotel, 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA

When: Monday, July 30, 5pm ? 8pm

Why: Because we know you?re fabulous, want to fall in love, and haven?t been successful yet with online dating

Each attendee will get a chance to win an autographed copy of my bestselling book, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online and fresh from the Top Chef goodie vault you?ll have a chance to win a signed Top Chef cookbook, signed Top Chef wine chiller carry bag, and a chef coat from Top Chef Season 9, signed by the entire cast.

Space is limited, so RSVP at Facebook.com/SinglesEliteCastingMeetAndGreet

I look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam.

Julie Spira and the Cyber-Dating Expert Team

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ABC’s 20/20 is interested in seeing your Bad Date Stories!

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We’ve all had bad dates that border on humorous and ridiculous. Many of you have shared your dating stories in our Peril of the Week. Now’s your chance to be on National TV on the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20. They’re working with our good friends at BadOnlineDates.com to find videos of dates gone wrong, the wilder the better!

So the next time you see a dating disaster start to happen and your date heads south, instead of just thinking what you will post in The Peril of the Week on CyberDatingExpert.com or share on BadOnlineDates.com, think of taking out your iPhone or digital camera and start recording.? Make sure it?s obvious why this is an example of a ?Bad Date?…you can narrate if you want….you can ask questions ….you can even shoot yourself too, not just the other person if you like….whatever will make it clear what?s wrong.

It may take some creativity on your part to pull it off; it probably won’t work if you say ?this date is so awful I need video to prove to my friends what happened!?. So by all means have fun…make it playful! But however you can do it, the video should show people what you went through. If I only had my video camera when my date told me the details of his colonoscopy or when another date demanded my pizza crust “to go” on a first date, I’d be submitting my stories as well.

If necessary for television broadcast identities can be kept confidential, but 20/20 wants to see whatever you can shoot. If you?ve ever recorded something in the past, that?s worth sending too. There?s no guarantee that what you submit will be used, but the producers will contact anyone whose story they like.

Please don?t stage anything though, it has to be real. Send your video clips, bad date stories and contact information to Thomas.j.berman@abc.com and get ready to set your DVR.


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Cyber Love Song – Just the Way Your Are – Bruno Mars

MusicalNote 150x150In honor of the ASCAP Pop Music Awards, we’re featuring Bruno Mars with his romantic love song, “Just the Way You Are.” Mars was honored with the “Song of the Year” award. So well deserved.

Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite Cyber Love Song?

 

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7 Quotes from Women to Celebrate International Women’s Day

womensday 150x150Today, March 8th, women around the world are being celebrated on International Women?s Day.

Events are being held all around the world with over 400 events in the U.S. and Canada, as well as over 400 events in the United Kingdom.

Whether you decide to take the day off from work for a well-deserved mani-pedi, indulge in a box of decadent chocolates, or go to the movies, one thing is for sure– take a moment to honor your accomplishments, hug your friends, and remember your loved ones and girlfriends.

To stay inspired for the day at Cyber-Dating Expert Headquarters, we?ve selected our 7 favorite inspirational quotes from women we admire.

Let us know which ones are your favorites and feel free to add a few of your own.

1. ?The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.? ~Oprah Winfrey

2. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” ~Madeleine Albright

3. “When we do the best we can,?we never know what miracle is?wrought in our life,?or in the life of another.” ? Helen Keller

4. “Success is getting what you want,?happiness is wanting what you get.” – Ingrid Bergman

5. “A woman is like a tea bag ? you never know how strong she is?until she gets in hot water.” ? Eleanor Roosevelt

6. “Love is what we were born with.?Fear is what we learned here.” -?Marianne Williamson

7. “A girl should be two things classy and fabulous.” ~ Coco Chanel

Wishing the women throughout the world a very Happy International Women’s Day. Give yourself a hug.

Wishing you much love and joy in cyberspace, or wherever you may roam.

Julie Spira

@JulieSpira

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10 Favorite Songs About Hollywood

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It’s time for me to put my DJ hat back on in celebration of the Academy Awards.

Whether your favorite film or actor won, one thing is for sure–These songs will never go out of style.

So without further digital adieu, here are my favorites? Get your ballots out and vote for your favorite in the comments.

1. Michael Bubl? – Hollywood

2. The Kinks – Celluloid Heroes

3. Supertramp – Gone Hollywood

4. Madonna – Hollywood

5. Boz Scaggs – Hollywood

6. Sheryl Crowe – All I Wanna Do

7. Sly and the Family Stone – Everybody is a Star

8. Stealers Wheel – Star

9. Kool and the Gang – Hollywood Swinging

10. Billy Joel – Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Do you have a favorite Hollywood song? Add yours to the list and vote for your top song.

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