Source: Michelle Obama on Barack's Fight For Middle-Class Families and the Economy
We are thrilled to share the next answer in our series with First Lady Michelle Obama. Since we're in back-to-school mode, this week we're focusing on education and women's health. Here's the first lady in her own words about the economy and family:
TrèsSugar editor Annie Scudder asks, "What can we do to make the cost of starting and raising a family in America more affordable? The price of quality education, health care, and child care sometimes seem prohibitive in this country."
"Annie, I really appreciated getting this question, because for me, it really crystallizes the choices we're facing in this election. When I think back to when Barack took office as president, I remember how our economy was on the brink of collapse, losing 800,000 jobs a month. And for years, middle-class families had been squeezed from all sides as costs were rising and wages just weren't keeping up.
As Barack began the work
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- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 27, 2012 4:38 PM EDT
Source: Michelle Obama on Barack's Fight For Middle-Class Families and the EconomyRead More »from Michelle Obama on Barack's Fight for Middle-Class Families and the Economy
- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 20, 2012 4:29 PM EDT
Source: Love Fictional Romance? You Might Be Less Into Real-Life RelationshipsRead More »from Love Fictional Romance? You Might Be Less into Real-Life Relationships
Romantic comedies, reality TV dating shows, and soap operas are all filled with dramatic relationship ups and downs. And watching these unrealistic portrayals of romance might not be an inconsequential guilty pleasure. A new study found that the more people buy into portrayals of romance on TV, the less committed they are to their relationships. But it's not because these fictional love stories make them long for the perfect relationship. In fact, those who have a higher belief in TV portrayals of romance believe relationships are more costly, and are more likely to consider alternatives, like a new partner or being single.
The study referenced reality TV shows like The Bachelor or The Hills, soap operas like Days of Our Lives, and movies like Pretty Woman or The Notebook. Participants who agreed with statements like "Television helps me understand what I can expect from my romantic relationships," or
- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 20, 2012 4:19 PM EDT
Source: Obama Talks Women in His Life While Fundraising With Jay-Z and BeyoncéRead More »from Obama Talks Women in His Life While Fundraising with Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Donors dressed in their best headed to New York's 40/40 Club last night to attend a fundraiser for President Obama hosted by Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles. Each ticket went for $40,000, and guests enjoyed Champagne and appetizers while Beyoncé introduced the guest of honor. She said, "I can't tell you how proud we are to host tonight's event with President Obama. We believe in his vision." The president then took the stage, and said he's working for a "more fair, more just" world. In between talk of policy, the president had sweet things to say about the women in his life, including First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughters, and even Beyoncé, whom he called a close friend.
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The first lady missed the fundraiser, which raised a reported $4 million for Obama's reelection bid. But Michelle Obama is playing an active role in the
TresSugarSource: 5 Ways to Make Your Autumn Nights Sexy
Now that Fall is here, we have to work a little harder to make sure cozy doesn't eclipse sexy. Summer's sex appeal is obvious: adventures open the way for vacation flings, and the higher the temperatures go, the fewer clothes we wear. But romance doesn't have to cool as the days get shorter. Here are five ways to spice up your Autumn nights, along with your lattes.
- Enjoy a Fireside Cuddle: You may miss warm weather, but now that Summer's over you have an excuse to use your fireplace. Put on your most comfy jammies and share a blanket with your man as you watch the flames, read a book or magazine, and cuddle close. Don't have a fireplace? A fire-less cuddle can keep you warm and set the mood, too.
- Spark Some Candlelight: It feels like the sun goes down before you get out of work, but you can embrace the shorter days by lighting some candles. Candlelight makes everyday evening activities, like dinner, reading, Internet
TresSugarSource: 22 Fall Date Ideas
Pack up your swimsuits and break out your scarves. Fall is almost officially here! Enjoying the crisp Autumn air with a loved one is sure to warm your heart, weather he's a Summer fling who turned into the real thing or a longtime love you're planning an annual Halloween couples costume with. And while the days are getting shorter, there's still time to make the most of the great outdoors before Winter comes. With the help of photo-sharing site Instagram, we present inspiration for romantic Autumn outings.
- Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
- Have a Pumpkin Latte Date
- Wander a Corn Maze
- Explore a Flea Market
- Ride Bikes at Sunset
- Enjoy Wine Harvest
- Bundle Up For a Picnic
- Tour a Haunted House
- Make a Bonfire
- Cheer On Your Local Football Team
- Take a Hike
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- Sip Cider
- Go to a Pumpkin Patch
- Shop For Fall Veggies at the Farmers Market
- Cozy Up by a
TresSugarSource: September Must Reads
As you wrap up your Summer reading list, it's time to dive into Fall's new releases. Historical fiction, heart-wrenching memoirs, and highly anticipated books by J.K. Rowling and Junot Díaz are about to hit the shelves. We've rounded up September's most promising reads, so take a look now. And don't forget to share what you're reading with us on Instagram!
- Suri's Burn Book: Allie Hagan's Suri's Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary From Hollywood's Little Sweetheart is the book version of her hilarious Tumblr, Suri's Burn Book, which imagines what Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's daughter, Suri, would say about her fellow celebrity children.
- The Casual Vacancy: After her successful Harry Potter series, we can't wait to pick up J.K. Rowling's adult novel The Casual Vacancy about an idyllic English town. When a town council member passes away, it triggers chaos among the people - and an election that carries surprising revelations.
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- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 6:56 PM EDT
Source: Helen Gurley Brown's Secrets to a Successful Marriage
Iconic author and editor Helen Gurley Brown died today at age 90. Helen is known as the woman who brought sex to the masses, with her best-seller Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, and then by leading Cosmopolitan as editor in chief from 1965 until 1997.
After 50 years of marriage, Helen Gurley Brown's husband, David Brown, died in 2010. Despite the make-yourself populism Helen promoted to women each month in Cosmo, she credited much to her husband in 2008, saying, "I owe him everything. I wouldn't be who I am or achieved what I did." Of course, what made them each successful was not the other but their partnership. David convinced Helen to write Sex and the Single Girl; he published Cosmo for the first few years while she edited it. It was a marriage of collaboration and mutual respect, so let's look at some of Helen's secrets for making it work.
- Choose wisely: "Marry a decent, good, kind person who will cherish you."
- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 6:52 PM EDT
TresSugarSource: Flicks With High School Romances to Stream on Netflix
Ah, back-to-school season. As Fall approaches, we can't help but reminisce about notes passed between friends, the days of lockers and recess, and, of course, our teenage crushes. If you're feeling nostalgic about bleacher makeout sessions and prom-date jitters, then check out these Netflix-streaming movies chock-full of all the clique-y drama, backstabbing friends, and awkward first-date moments that made high school equal parts exhilarating and nightmarish!
- She's All That: It's the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy bets his friend he can turn girl into prom queen, girl gets a makeover by taking off her glasses in 1999's She's All That.
- Heathers: In 1989's Heathers, a high school couple plots revenge on the popular clique of girls.
- Private School: Two students at a stuffy all-girls school fight over a hot student from a nearby boys' academy in Private School.
- School Ties: A Jewish
TresSugarSource: Get to Know Paul Ryan's Wife Janna
Now that we've gotten to know Mitt Romney's VP pick Paul Ryan a little bit, let's meet his wife, Janna Little Ryan, who's already on track to be a picture-perfect second lady. With a megawatt smile and impressive professional background, the 43-year-old mother of three recently gushed to People magazine about her hubby, Paul, saying he "has one of the sunniest demeanors and most positive outlooks of anyone I've ever met . . . You know, he's pretty low-maintenance. Paul is someone who goes with the flow." Let's learn a little bit more about the wife of the Wisconsin congressman who could be the second-in-command of our country.
- Professional Prowess: Janna graduated from Wellesley College (like Hillary Clinton) and George Washington University Law School. She went on to become an attorney and lobbyist for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
- Role Model Mom: Janna's mother, Prudence, was a positive female role model, having graduated from
- TresSugar | Love + Sex – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 6:40 PM EDT
Source: Motherland Author Amy Sohn Talks Sex, Drugs, and ParentingRead More »from Motherland Author Amy Sohn Talks Sex, Drugs, and Parenting
Following her 2009 hit, Prospect Park West, author Amy Sohn is back with a new book, Motherland: A Novel. Amy picks up with some of the same characters, but you don't have to be familiar with the first novel to follow along. Motherland chronicles the adventures of five parents living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who often turn to alcohol and affairs to face their spouses and life goals after emerging from the black hole of raising an infant. "I really wanted to do something that was at the next phase of being a parent," Amy explains. "If a woman hasn't gone back to work, she might be realizing she's a little bit obsolete and a little bit redundant."
If you're not a mother, you might not expect a novel about motherhood to include passages about smoking pot, underground parties, and Grindr, the gay hookup mobile app. But this book is about parents living in Brooklyn after all. Amy, who raises her family there, still thinks