When we couple up we expose our deepest secrets and single-person behavior. That one thing that you'd only do if alone. I have a few things. Some I am aware of when I do them, like picking a wedgie and dancing to Rihanna in my underwear. Others not so much, like picking my nose and ripping off the nail polish from my fingernails. So you can imagine my horror when a man starts sleeping over and staying for days. We're in a real relationship now. So we show our cards, share our fears, and our skin, literally and metaphorically. Men want to get to know me. They ask questions and some aren't easy to answer. Click through for 7 questions I hope a man NEVER asks me! -By Sujeiry Gonzalez
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When we couple up we expose our deepest secrets and single-person behavior. That one thing that you'd only do if alone. I have a few things. Some I am aware of when I do them, like picking a wedgie and dancing to Rihanna in my underwear. Others not so much, like picking my nose and ripping off the nail polish from my fingernails. So you can imagine my horror when a man starts sleeping over and staying for days. We're in a real relationship now. So we show our cards, share our fears, and our skin, literally and metaphorically. Men want to get to know me. They ask questions and some aren't easy to answer. Click through for 7 questions I hope a man NEVER asks me! -By Sujeiry GonzalezRead More »from 7 Questions I Hope a Man NEVER Asks Me
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:51 PM EST
There are a whole bunch of new vocabulary words that have seeped into the American language this year (lookin' at you, twerk), but one that has become incredibly popular, not just as a word but as an action, is "selfie." Selfie, for those of you living under a rock, is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." This week, selfie has become the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2013. One place where the selfie has become a mainstay is Hollywood. Some celebrities could be called selfie addicts, including Kim Kardashain, Snooki, and most Real Housewives. But one thing about the selfie that we really appreciate is the casual nature of the image. These self portraits are often stunningly beautiful, capturing not only the natural beauty of the celebrities, but also showing them in a whole new light. Click through for the 7 best celebrity selfies! -By Sunny ChanelRead More »from “Selfie” Named Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year! Plus the 7 Best Celebrity Selfies
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My WeddingAbout a year after we first met, my husband took me on a sailing trip in the Caribbean. There we were, both so young and so full of lust. We couldn't keep our hands off each other, and I couldn't seem to keep my swimsuit bottoms on, either. Even as we snorkeled, I periodically tugged down my bottoms to moon him. Whenever I look at this photo, I feel warm all over, just as I felt on my wedding day. When I think back to those times, I'm filled with nostalgia. Oh, to be young again. Oh, to be brave again. Oh, to be filled with so much lust again.
It makes me a little weepy, you know? I'm no longer young, and, well, not-so-much lusty, either. The clock of life always marches in the same direction: forward.
Nostalgia is funny that way. It's a sad emotion, but it's also pleasurable. It can bring a smile to your face at the same moment it brings tears to your eyes.
And, researchers tell us, it also can make you feel more optimistic about the future, make life feel more meaningful,Read More »from Why Sadness is Essential to a Happy Relationship
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:44 PM ESTRomantic lace cocktail dresses, a fall and winter favorite, are everywhere right now. That means there are tons of fabulous styles to choose from for every body type and in every price range. From sexy, body-con minis and '60s-inspired shifty swing dresses to sweet feminine styles and cinched lady-like waists with full skirts, get ready for this season's soirees in a pretty lace cocktail dress. I've rounded up 7 of my favorite lacy looks in fall's hottest colors, including plus sizes and pretty lace maternity frocks to help you shop. They're simply party perfect!
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:43 PM ESTWhat could be cuter than a bunch of baby llamas and alpacas? I went and found some for you. I also found a couple of interesting baby llama facts. Did you know that a baby llama is called a cria? I didn't! I also found that llamas often hum, both when content and when under stress. Mother llamas also hum to their babies. Llamas live between 17 and 23 years, so these babies will grow up and be around for awhile. When fully grown, a llama will average around 350 pounds in weight. Here are 7 totally cute baby llamas and alpacas.
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 1:13 PM ESTWhat the Jay-Z/Barneys Scandal Says About Race in AmericaI often contemplate the life lessons that I will pass along to my future children. Things like how precious naps are and that eating gummy bears for breakfast, lunch and dinner will make you feel terrible. Lately I've spent a lot of time thinking about how to explain race and terrible human behavior to my future progeny. Especially in the wake of people using skin color as an accessory and others thinking that judging people based on the color of their skin is still in vogue. How will I teach my children to react? Or, better yet, not to react. How will I teach them to walk away? It seems that every time I start to think that we might be moving forward as a country there comes a line of horrible people to bring me back to reality. Which brings me to this latest event between rapper/mogul/Beyonce's better half Jay-Z and luxury department store Barneys.
The quick version is that Barneys is accused of racially profiling two AfricanRead More »from What the Jay-Z/Barneys Scandal Says About Race in America
When my son was two-and-a-half, my wife found a beat-up, big wheel trike sitting curbside by a neighbor's trash can. She brought it home, washed it off, and Felix fell in love. Every morning he used to wave bye-bye as my wife biked off to work. Now, he could be just like her, pedaling himself up and down and around the block!
Though cautious in other areas - afraid of slides, nervous about heights, uninterested in swings - Felix became a tot-sized Evel Knievel. He learned the limits of his vehicle, riding at you with legs pumping full speed and then stopping on a dime - right at your toes. He loved to slam on the breaks and skid, sometimes spinning a 180 and eventually wearing through the front wheel of one trike.
On an almost weekly basis, Felix would scare the bejesus out of one of our neighbors who'd see him careening toward her corner house and think he was going to keep riding, right into the street. She wouldn't run to stop him or do anything that might have actuallyRead More »from Sometimes It’s Important to Let Your Kid Fall
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:48 PM EST
Just ask my kids and they'll tell you: I'm not the fun one. I'm not the parent they go to when they want us to give them candy, go to a drive-thru for burgers, or buy them a toy. When my boys said they wanted Rainbow Loom, though, I went out and bought it immediately.
If you're not familiar, Rainbow Loom is a kit with little rubber bands that come in a variety of colors to make bracelets, like the "friendship bracelets" from the '80s. Rainbow Loom is THE toy for the holiday season. And as for the gender stereotype, I would have thought that it would be THE holiday toy for girls. But Rainbow Loom has caused my Minecraft-obsessed boys to put down their controllers and sit quietly making jewelry. And so do many of their male friends.
They're not the only ones. There have been articles on Time.com and in the Chicago Tribune talking about how Rainbow Loom isn't just for girls. I'm shocked that I've become the kind of mom that would be shocked by something like that. My goal when myRead More »from The Toy that Made My Sons Switch from Football to Friendship Bracelets
- Science (and living life) has long indicated that there is a "beauty premium" (also called a "plainness penalty"), where the more attractive among us are more likely to land jobs, secure promotions, and just generally have more cash than their less comely counterparts. Or as Tina Fey explained it to Jon Hamm on that one episode of 30 Rock, really really good looking people pretty much live in a bubble of better treatment than the rest of us.
But a recent study from the brainy folks at PLOS suggests that not only are humans superficial and shallow, but we're also easily manipulated (SURPRISE!). So what did we do to deserve such labels this time? Well, to date, face research has been mostly focused on what we might call natural beauty - face shape, size, symmetry, configuration, and movement of facial features - but until the PLOS team recently took it on, scientists hadn't actually ventured into how grooming, styling, and makeup affected how we judge our proverbial book covers. Oh,Read More »from Study Reveals What Your Makeup Says About You
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 12:48 PM EST
People are constantly telling me how strong and brave and inspiring I am for sharing my fertility struggles with the world - or, rather, with anyone who stumbles along my writing and those who've decided to follow along. I do feel strong some days. And even brave, too. But I mostly get inspired by others more than I feel inspiring.
Deciding to share my story was easy. I've always been an open book, often sharing more than perhaps I should. But, hey, that's me. For as long as I can remember, I've been a pretty confident person. Sure, I have my insecurities. But over all, I know who I am and I live pretty easily with myself.
When I set out to get pregnant, I had absolutely no idea how much this process would affect me - mostly because I didn't know how many barriers we'd come up against.
For the most part, I try to remain positive. I try to tell myself that everything happens for a reason and that, in time, I will get pregnant. And I mostly believe that.
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