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How to heat up the passion and romance

How to... get romance in relationships

So you've been dating awhile, but that doesn't mean you have to let all the excitement from the beginning fizzle on out. Don't let your relationship turn stale; there are plenty of sexy things to try and places to go to up the ante between you and your man. Here, a few ways to heat up the passion and romance in your relationship.

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Step 1: Get your SEX EDUCATION

Get a book. A sex book that is. Whether you're looking for tips and tricks (hello, Kama Sutra!) or something racy to read aloud, you and your partner will benefit from some renewed, sexual education.

Step 2: GET COOKING

You've heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac right? Get in the kitchen! Try googling some recipes for some aphrodisiacal treats that will be fun during and after your meal. Oysters, chocolate and even asparagus are said to have an effect on your libido.

Step 3: PLAY GAMES

No, not head games. Try a sexy board game from your local adult store or a variation of one you already have. Think, strip twister. The physical contact and silliness of it all will have you reconnecting like your first date.

Step 4: Learn THE ART OF MASSAGE

Sure, some massage oil can go a long way. But so can an actual massage at the spa. Check your local day spa or resort as many now offer romantic couple's massages that include a lesson on how to massage your partner too.

Step 5: Take a WEEKEND GETAWAY

Sometimes, just a change in location is all you need. Think, swanky hotel with a late checkout and a fabulous oversize tub. Leaving all your home stresses behind will really help the two of you relax, unwind and reconnect. Don't forget some bubbly!

Check out: 5 tips for romantic getaways

Step 6: TURN YOUR BODY INTO DESSERT

From chocolate to whipped cream to flavored oils, turn your body into a treat temple. Hey, most everyone has a sweet tooth right?

Step 7: PLAY DRESS UP

Everyone loves a little fantasy -- so try some lingerie or a sexy costume. The key here is to step outside the norm for a little excitement and adventure. You may not be wearing it for very long but hey, that's all in the fun.

Step 8: TEXTUAL FLIRTING

Whether by text or email, sometimes just writing each other sweet nothings or your sexual fantasies can really up the ante. Start texting in the morning, and by the time you see your lover, you'll be dying to spend some quality time together.

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