When it comes to relationships, one of the best tools you can have in your arsenal is a close female friend you can talk to, ask for advice and use as a sounding board.
However, when your BFF is not available—like at 2 a.m. or when she’s away on vacation—you can use your smartphone or tablet and a bevy of handy apps and websites as a substitute.
From ways to reignite the passion in your relationship to finding one in the first place, there is no shortage of online dating tools that were created with women in mind. For example, check out the following suggestions:
Online dating websites and apps have been around for some time, but not of them are as female friendly as they should be. As Fortune notes, some women have had to deal with lewd and harassing comments on popular dating apps like Tinder. Thanks to some enterprising female entrepreneurs, there are now a plethora of dating apps that were created by women, with women in mind.
A great example of this is Bumble, a dating app where the woman is in charge. Users are matched up with people who live nearby, but the woman gets to start a chat session within a day or else the connection will go away.
If you are looking to put a little spark back in your relationship, a just because gift is a great idea. While there are plenty of websites where you can order a present for your special someone, some are so cluttered and difficult to navigate, it can be challenging to do any shopping.
Fortunately, thanks to easy-to-use, premium websites like FTD, gift giving is easy and fun. The site features loads of great gift basket ideas that are sure to be a hit—for example, surprise your honey with the Picnic Delights Gourmet Basket and head off for a romantic al fresco meal for two.
My Pixie Blog
Relationship blogs can either be dreary places to read boring articles about tired relationship subjects, or uplifting sources of helpful and funny advice. My Pixie Blog definitely falls into the latter category—the blog, which was created by a woman named Charlotte, covers a variety of relationship-centric topics like love and heartbreak and life in general.
Charlotte has a knack for writing blog posts that will draw you in and make you feel like you are not alone in the crazy world of relationships, and she also offers honest reviews of companies that feature products designed to reignite the spark in relationships.
Siren was created by Susie Lee and Katrina Hess, and the app does a great job of putting women in charge. Described on the website as “a social discovery platform founded on core principles of comfort.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and own.
I’ve accepted that for the foreseeable future, I will probably never have a home that will be featured in a Martha Stewart magazine—with kids, a hubby and 5 pets we have a lot of “stuff” in our home. I’m still working on accepting that my kids are getting older and some day they will move out….which means maybe I will get a shot at that Martha Stewart photo shoot one day!
2. Appreciation is everything. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I have learned to appreciate that I’m a good friend to people and that I’m always there for them when I need them. I think I’m still working on appreciating how stepping on Legos at 2 a.m. in bare feet just means you have happy kids in the home who enjoy playing with their toys.
3. Share with us one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
My most rewarding achievement by far is being a mom. My two sons make me so proud and I love being with them. As for goals and dreams, I would love to rent an RV one day and drive around the country with my family.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
My main imperfection that comes to mind is that I’m not great at getting enough rest. I have one son who is an early bird and one who is a night owl and so to spend time with each of them I’m typically up early and up late.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
A dear friend of mine once told me “You should never say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t say to a best friend or your mom.” I really took this to heart and strive to avoid all negative self-talk, even when said in jest. I love my positive self-talk!
*article updated and republished