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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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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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Tacori Rings in Fall with a Fab Trunk Show in Orange County

Celebrate Fall with a Gorgeous Oval Solitaire Engagement Ring from Tacori's Full Bloom collection.

Celebrate Fall with a Gorgeous Oval Solitaire Engagement Ring from Tacori’s Full Bloom collection. Sku 0393592 at RobbinsBrothers.com

It’s no secret that our stores are known around town for throwing the best, most informative, fun and engaging parties, ranging from “Girls’ Night Out” to exclusive trunk shows with the industry’s top designers.

The latest soiree happened at Robbins Brothers Fullerton where TACORI took over with an exciting and inspiring two-day trunk show filled with current and future Tacori Girls, and the men who love them. Let’s just say everyone browsed, shopped and drooled over the designer’s gorgeous engagement rings and fashion jewelry until their hearts were content!

Lights, Camera, Sparkly Action! Let the Fun Begin! #TacoriGirl

Tacori Circle Pendant and Diamond Ring at Robbins Brothers Fullerton

Tacori Circle Pendant and Diamond Ring at Robbins Brothers Fullerton

Tacori Fashion Ring & Pendant

Tacori Fashion Ring & Pendant

Tacori Ring & Bracelet. Perfect Match.

Tacori Ring & Bracelet. Perfect Match.

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Laura, our customer experience manager models the most electrifying teal Tacori fashion jewelry set.

Tacori Fashion Jewelry in Teal

Tacori Teal

Work Hard, Play Hard.

Engrossed by the festivities, our employees take a moment for Selfies & other photo opps.

Engrossed by the festivities, our employees take a moment for Selfies & other photo opps.

Some of the men who love Tacori Girls? Our staff!

Some of the men who love Tacori Girls? Our staff!

For Our Guests Only

Sweets & Treats

Sweets & Treats

Fun & Games: Can you guess the number of jelly beans?

Fun & Games: Can you guess the number of jelly beans?

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Big Brother 16 Contestants Jeff & Jordan Get Engaged with Robbins Brothers Ring

Just Engaged! Sending a warm congratulations to contestants Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd who were recently engaged on CBS’ Big Brother 16. When Jeff visited the Woodland Hills store, it was such a pleasure helping him find the ring that Jordan would adore. He was so excited and even a little nervous picking it out, but our wonderful engagement ring consultants, Amy Butler and Moraima Alamillo, helped put him right at ease. It was a ring-shopping “party” as the ladies assisted Jeff with his decision on a gorgeous cushion-cut halo diamond engagement ring from the Robbins Brothers Vintage Collection.

VIDEO: Jeff shops for Jordan’s Engagement Ring at Robbins Brothers Woodland Hills!

The Marriage Proposal! (grab a Kleenex)
http://www.cbs.com/shows/big_brother/video/PwFSibFZ4fp6c_5jbWxfaeyLfiuk6NE4/big-brother-jeff-proposes-to-jordan/

The RING!

56 round diamonds are delicately set in a a split band and halo design that will enhance the 1 carat round center diamond of choice. Sku 0382429 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

56 round diamonds are delicately set in a a split band and halo design that will enhance the 1 carat center diamond of choice. Sku 0382429 at www.RobbinsBrothers.com

Big Brother 16: Jeff proposes to Jordan. Photo Courtesy www.BigBrotherNetwork.com

Big Brother 16: Jeff proposes to Jordan. Photo Courtesy www.BigBrotherNetwork.com

*Also check out details from last month’s romantic surprise proposal for Big Brother 15 contestant Aaryn Gries of Houston! http://engaged.robbinsbrothers.com/big-brother-star-aaryn-gries-engaged-with-beautiful-robbins-brothers-ring/

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Top 10 Places to Hide the Engagement Ring

#MyHidingSpot

#MyHidingSpot

Congrats, you did it! You found the perfect engagement ring for her. The one that will make her eyes sparkle, but most importantly symbolizes a passionate lifetime commitment between the two of you. So on to your next feat, right? The marriage proposal? Well not quite yet…especially if your proposal is planned for two weeks away or even a month. What will you do with the engagement ring in the meantime so she doesn’t find it? Where will you hide it?!

We asked our social media fans with the help of The Man Registry and the votes are in! Without further ado…the top 10 places to hide the engagement ring! Take notes.
#MyHidingSpot

1. Underwear Drawer

2. Golf Bag

3. Briefcase

4. Car Trunk

5. Safe Deposit Box

6. With a Family Member or Friend

7. Medicine Bottle

8. The Jeweler’s

9. At Work

10. Toilet Scrubber

Do you have any other clever ideas in mind? Let us know! #MyHidingSpot

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