The fascinating, the gross, and the totally inexplicable things men like to do alone, courtesy of our spy, Aaron Traister. REDBOOK.
1. We (try to) fix things
It sounds crazy: You've asked us repeatedly to deal with some D.I.Y. project, and when do we tackle it? When you're not even there to see. I'm more inclined to plaster the holes in the playroom (what are they doing up there-jousting?) if my wife, Karel, isn't around to needle me. Also, it helps when "someone" isn't hanging over your shoulder making "helpful" suggestions about how to "apply the plaster in the smoothest possible fashion." Of course, Karel's happy when she comes back to an improved home, but I'm not sure how she'd feel about the rest of my while-you-were-out list...
2. We park the kids in front of the TV
A six-hour Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles marathon is not an option when Mom is home. Karel's finely tuned guilty conscience will lead her to believe she's being a "bad mommy." But when people talk
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Cook the books
Playing chef can be one of the easiest ways to increase your profits, and doing so doesn't mean skimping on ingredients or romance. Buy succulent cuts of steak and salmon, dim the lights, shut off your phones, and decant a bottle of Merlot that would have cost four times as much at a fine restaurant. Bonus: it's totally not tacky to smooch at the table. Then, put your savings towards a truly special, decadent date night. Hate the kitchen? Error-proof meals made in the slow cooker can be prepped quickly before work and are easily stretched throughout the week. On the weekends, bag the expensive brunch and eat breakfast in bed, which may just lead to a steamy afternoon of other gratis activities.
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When it comes to cult TV shows, it's impossible to watch just one episode - and I'm speaking from some major experience here. That's why many Americans prefer to hold off on the week-to-week viewing schedule of yore (one new episode a week? Nonsense!) and binge-watch entire seasons of captivating TV like Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, and Downton Abbey all at once. I mean, have you ever tried to watch just one episode of Lost? It takes insurmountable determination to avoid immediately pressing play on the next one...and then the one after that, and before you know it, whoops, there was something you two needed to do today, right? Oh well, it's too late now. Guess you'll just have to watch another episode instead.
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It's true that your eyebrows are a very important part of your face, acting as a frame for your eyes and balancing out other features. It's also true that we're currently in a period of thick brows. Gone are the thin little twigs made popular by silent film stars (although looking back, they probably would have been able to portray emotion even better with thicker eyebrows) that made a strong comeback in the late nineties. The strong, bold, Brooke Shield and Jennifer Connelly-inspired look is in.
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So what are you supposed to do if you plucked your brows into oblivion before realizing that it's not about the thick or thinness of the moment, but more about a strongly defined framework that works best for your face? Well, we just got a press release that proposes quite the radical solution: eyebrow transplants. Yes, a surgical procedure similar to that of a hair transplant. We won't go into the details, but one
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Your meds are turning you off
Among the biggest culprits are pills taken for fibromyalgia pain and antidepressants, says Stephanie Faubion, director of the Mayo Women's Health Clinic in Rochester, MN. "Antidepressants can cause difficulty with arousal and orgasm - it's like putting a big wet blanket over sexuality." Medications with hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and different types of birth control can also be heavy on the body, says Dr. Sadie Allison, founder of TickleKitty.com and author of Ride 'Em Cowgirl! But, don't toss that bottle of pills just yet - and definitely don't do it on your own. Ask your doctor if there's an alternative, to reassess your need for that medication, or if she can decrease the dosage.
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Mirror his gestures
When your partner feels insecure, he might display defensive body language such as crossed arms or legs. "Mirror him to let him know that you know how he's feeling," says Linda Talley, Ph.D., author of Oh Dear, My Slip Is Showing! The Mistakes Women Make That Detract From A Sales Call. "Mirroring is not doing gesture for gesture what he is doing. Act similar to him and then begin to change your body positions from defensive to positive. Open up your gestures and see if he follows your lead."
Make eyes at him
A sincere flash of your pearly whites will elicit a positive response, especially if he's been feeling neglected. "Give him a genuine smile, engaging the muscles that control your eyelids and the corners of your
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1. Pop gum in your mouth
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2. Fix up your car
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