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The Best Second Date Ideas
So, you've made it through the awkward first date. Congratulations! If the date went well, you might be looking for ideas on what to do for your second date. It's normal to get excited and a little nervous for this date just as you were for the first. The best thing you can do is remain yourself, stay positive, and have a good time. More

Its Just Lunch Houston
It's so common to have anxiety when it comes to a first date. The problem is, we expect too much from first dates. Many will use their energy trying to impress the other and trying not to "mess up" in front of the other person, rather than being themselves. A first date is nothing to be scared of. You are both there to see if you are compatible, which is why there should be zero expectations when it comes to a first date. Are you going on a date soon? Here are a few tips to make your date smoother: More

Top 3 Tips To Make a Great First Date Impression
It may be a cliché, but it’s true—You never get a second chance to make a first impression—and this axiom definitely applies to first dates! We all want to put our best foot forward, but we don’t always know just how to go about it.Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! In fact, we went straight to the source and surveyed over 1,100 singles to get answers. Read on to learn what singles say makes for a great first impression. More

State of the Date 2018: Our Survey Data Tells All!
The dating game is nothing like it used to be! Advances in technology, evolving gender roles, and cultural changes have impacted all realms of life—especially dating. More

How Sir Richard Branson Can Help You Find Love
If you’re serious about meeting someone special, take a page from Sir Richard Branson’s playbook and just say, Yes! More

Can You Really Meet Someone Special During the Holiday Season?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and the busiest! Amid the hustle and bustle of office parties, tree trimming, and family traditions most of us assume we’ll have little time to look for love. Besides, we’ve all heard it before—no one wants to start dating someone new during the holidays. But is that really true? More

Romantic Date
No matter how socially savvy we are, it’s easy to stumble into “awkward first date” territory. Despite our best intentions, we may unwittingly ask an intrusive question or bring up an uncomfortable subject. Before we know it, we’ve made a first date faux pas and put a damper on things—and maybe even hindered our chances of finding love! More

The 3 Most Important First Date Questions to Ask... Yourself!
We’re busy people with jam-packed schedules so when find time for a first date, we definitely want to make the most of it! To that end, we sometimes put pressure on ourselves to come up with the perfect questions—hoping to quickly ascertain whether or not we’re a match and if we should schedule a second date. More

No matter how your previous relationship ended, dating after divorce can be intimidating. Knowing that not all love ends in happy endings can put a new perspective on the old dating game. As matchmakers, it’s our job to empower you in dating and beyond, so when it comes to getting back on the horse after a breakup, we know it’s as much about how you feel towards yourself as it is about how you feel towards the person sitting on the other side of the table. More

3 Reasons Hiring a Matchmaker is a Smart Move!
This article is for the guys—especially those who think there’s no way they’d ever hire a matchmaker. Because that’s what my husband thought, too. But upon entering the dating scene again after being married for 23 years, he decided that signing up with a dating service was the smartest way to go. More

3 Reasons I Didn’t Want to Hire a Matchmaker . . . and the One Reason I’m So Glad I Did!
Of course I never expected to hire a matchmaker or dating service. Like all of us, I imagined the perfect love would appear at the perfect time. We’d ride off into the sunset happily ever after. But that didn’t happen—not even close. So after years of dating in a decidedly unproductive fashion, I began to consider alternate approaches for meeting The One. More

Think you are ready?
Think you’re ready to get back “out there?” Maybe . . . maybe not! When preparing to jump back into the dating scene, it’s important to put your best foot forward. Follow the suggestions below to develop your dating “A-Game!” More

Valentines Day 2017
Valentine’s Day—a time for hearts, candy, flowers, and confusion! Do we exchange gifts with someone we’ve just begun dating? If so, what’s the best present to give? And how much should we spend? Are flowers a must and where should they be delivered? Or is jewelry preferable? So many questions and so few answers—especially because men and women always disagree on Valentine’s Day. Or do they? The results from the It’s Just Lunch Valentine’s Day survey of over 1,400 men and women may surprise you! More

Make This One New Year's Resolution to Meet The One in 2017!
It’s that time of year again—time to reflect on the past twelve months and set goals for the future. As the new year rolls around, we evaluate our lives to identify what’s working—and what’s not working—in various domains. We consider making changes regarding our careers, friendships, and of course, love. More

Winter Date
Dating during the busy holidays can be challenging! On top of your already packed schedule, you squeeze in shopping, office parties, and tree trimming—and somehow, you’re supposed to find time for your love life? Then there’s the fact that even if you do meet someone, starting to date at this time of year may prove awkward because of the many uncertainties inherent to new relationships. More

Your zodiac sign can tell you a lot about yourself, including your dating style. More

What do you think of when you hear the word “dating?” If the first word that comes to mind is “fun,” you’re doing dating right. More

Couple Dating And Flirting
You’re on a first date and not even halfway through your cocktail but find yourself already thinking about the all-important question—should I even bother with a second date? More

There is no set time-frame when it comes to beginning a new relationship. More

If we had to say one thing about It’s Just Lunch Houston, it would be that we know real love. More

Grab your pumpkins and carve out some good times with a new special someone this Halloween! More

If the thought of dating a stranger has you feeling a little nervous, today’s blog post is for you. More

Your dating life will never go anywhere without someone breaking the ice. While making the first move can be scary, it could be the start of something really great. More

Picture this: you’re about to go on your first lunch date in Houston and your stomach is buzzing with butterflies because you have a really, really good feeling about this one. More

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We’re pretty good listeners. More

As the executive dating service in Houston, we see busy professionals of all ages who have made a career out of putting their work life first. More

Here’s a little dating secret: when it comes to finding out if you have a connection with the person sitting across from you on a date, all it takes is one bad venue to spoil the moment. More

You’ve met dates at bars, connected with potential suiters at networking events, and downloaded the occasional online dating app; but still, after all of that time and all of that effort, you’re lo More

When it comes to keeping your ex off your mind after a breakup, it isn’t easy. You two may have had a great relationship, but things didn’t work out so it’s time to move on! More

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When it comes to dating, whether you realize it or not, you are creating habits along the way. Do you see yourself doing the same things date after date after date? If so, these might be the habits More

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There's something to be said for living in the moment, and being spontaneous can take your love life from average to exciting in just one date. More

Read the Signs to De-Code Your Date – Part 2
Are you getting better at decoding what your date isn’t saying aloud? In part 2, Matchmaker Christi shares more insight into what your first date really means by their actions. More

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What is your date really like? Beyond conversation, you can get to know someone on another level by learning to read the signs. More

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If you’re stuck comparing every new flame to the last one, we’ve got some advice for you: STOP! More

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You have finally found someone you see a future with, but your friends don’t see it. What do you do? More

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so when it comes to a first date – it really counts. More

You’ve been seeing someone you really like for a while now; you can’t stop thinking about them, and you even get that crazy butterfly feeling in your stomach when they’re around. More

When you first start to fall for someone, knowing how to move your relationship forward can be a challenge. So, what should you do when you want to take things to the next level? More

In dating, it’s good to know what you want from a relationship. Knowing what you’re looking for in a partner, however, can be a lot trickier. More

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The weather doesn’t have to be the only thing heating up in Houston! Summer is the perfect time to let your love life burn hotter than the sun. More

Strong Arm
Lately, the upcoming election is permeating every aspect of American life. Not surprisingly it has become a topic of discussion in the dating world as well. How important is it for you and your significant other to share similar political views? Could opposing views impact a relationship? Recently, we conducted a poll to determine how political beliefs are playing a part in today’s dating scene. The results are rather surprising, and reflect the significance political discussions have on dating. More

If there’s one universal truth out there, it’s that breakups are hard. More

Between a crazy busy workweek and trying to make time for the latest episode of The Blacklist, where does dating fit in? More

From Uptown to Downtown Houston, brunch is all the rage. More

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A few bumps in the road shouldn’t ruin a relationship. When you are building a new life together, there are bound to be ups and downs. After all, we are all only human. More

When you’ve got an amazing new S.O., it’s only natural to want to show them off. More

If you’re a single parent looking to get back in the dating game, listen up: we’re here for you! We know that dating with kids can be intimidating, but the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. More

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Are you ready for love? At It’s Just Lunch Houston, we’ve come up with a quiz to tell if you're ready to meet that special someone. More

lunch date
In case you couldn’t tell, we’re big proponents of the lunch date. A casual meal in the middle of the day breaks up the monotony of a typical workday and offers a no pressure, relaxed setting for you and your date to talk face-to-face. Think of it as a dating game-changer for busy professionals. More

Do not over think
Dating can be exciting, exhilarating – and terrifying. There are so many unknowns when you go on a date, it’s easy to let your imagination run away. But here’s the good news: the other person is probably feeling the exact same way. See, you two already have something in common! More

BasketBall Love
It’s that time of year again – whistles are blowing, brackets are busting, and the heat of competition is taking over! March Madness is in full swing, and although you may not realize it, this year’s tournament could be your ticket to dating success. If your love life could use a big win, now is your chance to put on your game face and get out there. More

Chemistry at Dinner
After interviewing a lot of single men and women on their dating experiences, It’s Just Lunch managed to get some inside information on what men and women are really looking for when they meet someone for the first time. In the past, we’ve offered tips on making a good first impression, flirting and wordplay, and tips for both sexes on what they expect out of someone on a first date. More

As a relationship changes, the “fun” of dating quickly turns “real” as a couple decides to take the next step. The excitement of being engaged complete with a sparkly diamond ring can distract from the hard questions that you and your partner may not have addressed yet. While things may change overtime, before you head to the altar to say “I do,” make sure you and your partner have answered these questions to start off on the same page: More

on the phone
In a digital driven dating world, how do you know whether to text or call? Some may say that texting has completely ruined the world of dating, but we have to disagree. There are many instances when you should pick up the phone and have an actual conversation instead of texting a response, but there are some cases where sending a text is okay. So as a modern Shakespeare might say, “To text or to call? That is the question.” More

It’s almost the New Year. As the most cliché saying goes, “New Year, New You.” This year, make that cliché stand true and change your life with love. As the champagne glasses clink and the sparkling ball drops, pick these three resolutions to help you find love in the New Year. Follow them in 2016, and you’ll be bound to find that perfect someone counting down to your kiss at midnight on the next New Year’s Eve. More

Baby, it’s cold outside . . . everywhere but Houston. As Houstonians, we fall under the category of “humid subtropical,” which basically just translates to “we’re always dreaming of a white Christmas.” Winter snowstorms may not be a regular occurrence, but hey, at least we don’t have to worry about scraping off icy windows or shoveling knee-deep snow. Not having a freezing cold winter has its perks, but sometimes we do miss out on the good stuff, like fun winter dates or cold weather that leaves you wanting to do nothing more than cuddle up with that special someone. More

You may never get a second chance at a first impression, but a great second date can get you pretty close. With all of the attention we give the first date, it’s easy to overlook the importance of the second – so we’re here to ensure that you never make that mistake. More

Deciding whether or not to bring your significant other to Thanksgiving is as difficult as resisting that extra piece of pumpkin pie – you may really want it, but is it worth it in the long run? There are a few things to consider before you jump the gun and bring your significant other to your family’s Thanksgiving celebrations just so you can avoid the litany of “Are you seeing anyone?” and “When am I going to see a ring on your finger?” from Aunt Linda. More

st patricks day 2016
This St. Patrick’s Day, let the luck of the Irish help you find love. Get down by dancing a jig to the music of bagpipes, and use today as an opportunity to let your personality shine. Keep these tips in mind, and you won’t need a four-leaf clover as a good luck charm to help you find love this year! More

Deal Breakers
Go ahead - admit it. You have a list somewhere of all of the attributes of your perfect man. It probably goes something like this: at least 6’ tall, blonde hair, a graduate degree and must love dogs. Your list might go on to cover things like religion, politics and whether they want kids. More

Robin Aaron
During my time at It’s Just Lunch Houston I’ve learned quite a bit about the game of ¬love and what it takes to win. Sometimes finding your right match is like finding a job or a new house, you need a little help; that’s where I come in as a matchmaker. More

When it comes to love and career, it’s all too easy to prioritize one over the other. In either scenario, failure to strike a balance between the two could result in putting your relationship or your job in jeopardy. When you put most of your time and energy into your relationship, it could very possibly hinder your productivity at work. Similarly, putting your career first could result in your partner feeling neglected. Our It’s Just Lunch matchmakers have some great advice to help busy professionals strike a balance between their personal and professional life so they can achieve success in both. More

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When it comes to dating, we can be our own worst enemy—without even realizing it! Inundated with a plethora of love advice from countless sources, we occasionally internalize certain notions that not only impede our chances for happy relationships but are also, quite frankly, flat out wrong. More

When all you’re looking for is a fairy-tale relationship, it can be easy to fall into the trap of settling for something less than dreamy. Your friends seem to be pairing off and getting married, so the pressure to be in a relationship is as high as ever. You might be ignoring the red flags or passing it off as normal, when in reality there are clear signs that the relationship just isn’t working. When it comes to relationships, how do you know if you’re in the wrong one? More

We’ve all been there. Sometimes that connection just isn’t there – even if there are no major red flags and he checks off most of the boxes on your list. It’s okay, maybe this person isn’t the love of your life, but before you end things in a negative way or let them down gently, pause because you don’t have to go through this alone. As a matchmaker, I understand that the sparks aren’t always there, so here’s some tips of what to do when you’re just not that into them. More

As a matchmaker, I spend my days getting to know people and who they are at their core. It’s one of the reasons why I love what I do – I get to connect with people on a pure and honest level. The one thing I don’t get to do very often, though, is open up about my own experiences, which is why I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to give you all a sneak peek into who I am. More

It’s that time of year again: pink candy hearts fill the aisles of every grocery store, displays of red sparkly decorations fill shop windows, and cupid’s arrow is pointing directly at you as if to say, “How are you spending your Valentine’s Day?” Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or married, as an It’s Just Lunch Houston Matchmaker, I can help you celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day. More

Take it from a matchmaker, relationships are great. They’re wonderful for giving you companionship and comfort and for achieving new levels of personal growth. We were born to roam the world in pairs; but “sisters before misters” or “men before them” is forever. More

Being a matchmaker is a rewarding experience for many reasons. I always knew that I had a passion for bringing people together, and It’s Just Lunch Houston allows me to do just that. I get to bring a little bit more love into this world every day. What could be more rewarding than that?! Because, as any good matchmaker knows, openness is the key to success, I’m taking a little break to answer some questions about me. More

Overthinking. One of the many demons that keep us awake at night. We’ve all had those moments. The ones where all you can think are, “Did I spend dinner talking about myself too much?” or “I guess she’s just not that into me, she didn’t text back for almost two hours.” Trust us, this is one of the most common issues we run into as matchmakers. More

It all starts so simply. Boy meets girl. Girl makes a laughable blunder. Boy falls in love. Ninety minutes later and it’s all happily ever after. Romantic comedies are the stuff of dreams, except when those dreams are bursting your reality. More

Contrary to what you may have learned in elementary school, playing hard to get isn’t a great strategy if you want to find that special someone. Sure, it’s easier than being open and honest about your feelings, but you’re not a kid anymore. More

Instead of eating yourself into a candy coma, find something else sweet to get excited about this Halloween. It may not seem like it, but this scary holiday is great for setting aside your everyday inhibitions and showing off who you really are inside. Be cute, be scary, be sexy – just don’t let those vampire or zombie costumes scare you away from love. You never know who you might find behind a mask. We have some tricks and treats that are bound to help you find love this Halloween! More

Brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks are great places for dates, but what do you do when you want to go above and beyond? Houston offers a variety of unique date spots to enjoy, from wine tastings to rock climbing to scuba diving, all of which are guaranteed to get sparks flying. When you’re looking to meet someone special, try taking them to a special date spot with these one-of-a-kind, local date ideas. More

Sometimes, when you’re caught not knowing what to say on a first date, things can get awkward. Like call your boss by your mom’s name awkward. When you’re at a loss for words, don’t get stuck sitting at the table staring into a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and pretending not to check your phone under the table. Instead, take advice from expert matchmaker Christi on what topics to discuss and which ones to steer clear of. More

If you’ve ever felt like figuring out what women want is a mystery, this blog post is for you. As matchmakers, we have the unique ability to see dating from both sides of the aisle; we know what your first date expectations are and we know what the woman sitting on the other side of the table is hoping to find in you. So, pay attention – we’re sharing 5 secrets women wish all men knew on a first date, and we have a feeling you won’t want to miss it. More

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