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About Tracey Lyles

Tracey Lyles happily serves as Robbins Brothers' social media and public relations manager and has been with the company for years. Prior to joining Robbins Brothers, she worked in the research and news departments at KTLA-TV, and was also an account executive for Sharp & Associates Public Relations in Hollywood. Tracey received a B.A. in English from UCLA and for leisure enjoys shopping, reading, dancing, going to church and spending quality time with family and friends.

3 Freaky Halloween Marriage Proposal Ideas

By guest blogger Mark Estrada, Robbins Brothers Marketing Assistant

October is not known for being the most romantic month; however that didn’t stop the Pumpkin King from finding the next Mrs. Skellington and it shouldn’t stop you. So if you’re into it, here are some Halloween proposal ideas to make sure your proposal doesn’t end up as the Nightmare before Christmas.

Haunted Maze Proposal
You know her better than anyone else, and a mischievous smile has started to curl your lips. The idea here is to set up a haunted maze just for her, and right when you have her where you want her jump out and slam that ghoulish knee to the ground! Hopefully the slap is met with a follow up kiss and embrace, if not you probably knew better.

Photo courtesy HuffingtonPost.com

Photo courtesy HuffingtonPost.com

Trick or Treat
Do not give the ring to a complete stranger and expect to ever see it again. Now that we have that disclaimer out of the way, consider giving the ring to a complete stranger or just someone your potential fiancée doesn’t know. After you’ve set up the proposal proceed to trick or treat ending up at this stranger’s house. When the unsuspecting ring bearer answers the door, have your girl say “trick or treat” and have the person hand your girlfriend the ring. When she turns to you for an explanation she will see you poised and ready for her answer.

Photo courtesy of TheDailyMeal.com

Photo courtesy of TheDailyMeal.com

Grow old with me
In the spirit of Bad Grandpa, minus academy award nominated makeup, consider dressing up as old folks with your lady. I’m talking about grey wigs and horn rimmed glasses while the two of you enjoy whatever Halloween festivities are available. Once the day is done and coming to a close, pull your “Old Lady” aside, avoid breaking a hip and ask her to grow old with you.

Photo courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

Photo courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

Scary, sweet or just plain unexpected, if you plan to propose on All Hallows’ Eve, make sure to share the experience here or pass your ideas on for the other Halloweenies out there looking for a Pumpkin Queen.

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Memorable Proposal At Seattle Mariners Baseball Game

Wade & Jessi of Seattle, WA. Just Engaged!

Wade & Jessi of Seattle, WA. Just Engaged!

Engagement Date  September 28, 2014
Wedding Date  TBD

How did you two meet?
We met in high school.

How did you propose?
I proposed to her at the final Seattle Mariners game of the season at Safeco Field. After the game I brought her down the stairs close to the field for pictures with my family and friends (about 15 close friends and family). And then afterwards got on one knee in the aisle and had the engagement box inside a cut-out baseball! Also with 2 dozen red and pink roses my friend helped me deliver.

Wade proposes to Jessi at the Seattle Mariners game! She said YES.

Wade proposes to Jessi at the Seattle Mariners game! She said YES.

baseball engagement ring box

What does she love most about her engagement ring?
She loves the simplicity of the round solitaire. She also is a big advocate of the 6-prong placement, she feels it showcases the 1 carat colorless diamond even more! It’s something she will never get tired of looking at and it’ll never go out of style! Our grandchildren will agree how beautiful it is even 50 years from now.

Wade presented Jesse with a classic diamond solitaire engagement ring with side stones from Robbins Brothers.

Wade presented Jessi with a classic diamond solitaire engagement ring with side stones from Robbins Brothers.

I bought it from the Woodland Hills, CA store while on vacation, but then had it shipped to our home near the Seattle, WA downtown store and picked it up there while on a lunch break. I proposed on the 28th of the month because 28 is a special number to us. Having both our birthdays on the 28th of our months, so it was fitting for this to be the same for the engagement and hopefully the wedding too!

Wade and Jessi, welcome to the Robbins Brothers Family! Best Wishes for a Happy Engagement! Enjoy every single moment of it. xoxo

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Teachers Appreciation in Mission Viejo

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Teachers Appreciation Party!

Saturday, October 25, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Robbins Brothers Mission Viejo
26281 Avery Parkway
RSVP 949.364.6639 | fanclub@robbinsbros.com

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Sunday Brunch at Robbins Brothers Glendale

Glendale Brunch 11 9 14

Join Us for a Sparkling Sunday Brunch!

Sunday, November 9, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

*Shop for your dream engagement ring or wedding bands, upgrade your diamond or see our latest fashion jewelry.

*Feast on complimentary mini-omelettes. Enjoy a spiced pumpkin soup, coconut cupcakes, fruit & salad by Gastrobus.

*Enjoy Drinks and Mini-Manicures by Serve the Goddess.

RSVP today 818.956.5067 and secure your Swag Bag!

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10 Relationship Deal Breakers You Should Reconsider

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com

By guest blogger Natasha Burton

We all have those non-negotiable standards when it comes to relationships—habits, qualities, characteristics, details, and so on that we will simply not stand for. However, it’s important to reevaluate these from time to time in order to make sure you’re not automatically ruling out someone who could totally be husband material. What you think might be a deal breaker may actually be no big deal when it comes to Mr. Right. (As the co-author of The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags—shameless plug!—I literally wrote the book on dating deal breakers. So, you can trust me on this one.)

Now, the non-deal breakers below are simply guidelines. Only you know what qualities you’d be able to deal with and which ones you’re totally not okay with when it comes to a person you’re dating—or even considering spending your life with. But hopefully reading the points below will encourage you to be a little less picky so you don’t overlook someone who could be great for you in the long-term.

1. He’s not your usual type.
Maybe you typically fall for nerdy intellectuals or athletic jocks. But you shouldn’t let your predisposition toward one type of guy limit your selection. You never know who you might click with, after all.

2. He was late to your first date.
Okay, yes, the fact that he was late is annoying, not to mention kind of rude. But, instead of casting the guy aside at the first tiny transgression, why not give him a second chance? More often than not, mistakes like this one don’t indicate a guy’s real character.

3. He has an annoying habit.
Chewing with his mouth open, sighing audibly during movies, adjusting his boxers in public… yeah… some guys are less than couth when it comes to social graces. But these not-so-awesome habits are easily pointed out and corrected—they’re not character flaws.

4. He’s been married before.
For some, this is a totally non-negotiable deal breaker. Which is fine. But, if you think you could overlook this fact—do it. Divorced guys can be more self-aware and more eager to please than guys who have never been married. They know their flaws, understand what’s at stake in relationships, and they are more determined to make a relationship work.

5. He makes less money than you do.
Unless the guy has a complex about you out-earning him—or wants you to fund his non-ambitious existence—this should be a non-issue, especially for a woman who can take care of herself.

6. He’s shorter than you.
Just like with the “type” deal breaker, you may surprise yourself on this one, especially if you’ve only dated tall guys. In fact, a new study shows that shorter men make better husbands and have longer-lasting marriages.

7. Your friends are quick to point out his flaws.
Clearly, if your friends say they don’t like the way a guy treats you, or they have legit concerns about him—that’s probably a deal breaker. But if you get the sense that your pals are being nit-picky because they have impossible standards or they’re just jealous that you found a potential BF, you should take their criticism with a grain of salt.

8. His musical tastes are…questionable at best.
Look, two people rarely have the same taste in everything, from movies, to TV, to music. Sure, he may love heavy metal, while you’re a total pop diva, but that doesn’t mean you can’t both groove together by finding common ground (Jack Johnson, perhaps?).

9. He’s not affectionate on social media.
Many women want a guy who will write romantic status updates and wall posts, or write lovey-dovey captions on Instagram photos tagged with #myboo. But most guys are not so into this. Don’t take a man’s lack of social love as a sign that he’s just not into you. He’s probably just not that into broadcasting his feelings to everyone he’s ever known.

10. His apartment is super messy.
While you won’t want to date a guy who’s a total slob, you have to understand that a guy who lives like a bachelor is going to, well, live like a bachelor. Just because he’s messy in his own place doesn’t mean he has no concept of how to clean up. Besides, your super girly comforter and the stuffed animals on your bed don’t mean that you’re immature, right? It goes both ways.

Natasha Burton is a relationship author, freelance writer and editor.

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