Discover the unexpected, off-the-wall things that can arouse your manBy Amanda Montell
Obviously, wearing a body-hugging ensemble or watching a sexy flick together can get a man in the mood. But there are some surprising sights (and even scents!) guys find equally arousing. Here, experts share the top 10 most unexpected turn-ons for men, and how you can use them to spice things up in ways you won't believe. Photo by Thinkstock
1. The Smell of Pumpkin Pie
Forget the Chanel No. 5, ladies. Chicago's Smell and Taste Research Center found the scent of pumpkin pie mixed with lavender increased men's penile blood flow more than 23 other fragrances. Why? The combination might conjure up memories of a pleasure-filled meal or simply make men feel extra-relaxed. Thanksgiving desserts and potpourri may seem innocent enough, but bake a pie next to a sprig of lavender, and your hubby may suddenly want to take a trip to the bedroom.
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It happens to everyone. You start the work day knowing full well what you have to finish by quitting time, but at 5 P.M., you haven't achieved nearly as much as you'd planned. "Being productive is more than just checking off boxes on to-do lists," says Heidi Hanna, PhD, author of The Sharp Solution. "It's bringing our full and best energy to the time we have to do our work well." While we can't take tasks off your plate, these energizing tips will make you more efficient-and give you extra time to do the things you love.
1. Bring your work to a coffee shop.
And not because of the caffeine-packed java on offer. According to a study published in the December 2012 Journal of Consumer Research, moderate noise, such as the mid-level buzz in bustling coffee shops, enhances performance on creative tasks more than soft or loud ambient noise. Plus, being with the other patrons pumps up oxytocin, which decreases the stress hormones that cause mental blocks, says Dr.
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Expand your kid's mind and help her succeed with these real IQ boostersBy Margot GilmanRead More »from 8 Proven Ways to Make Kids Smarter
As a parent, you want to give your child every advantage in life, so it's a no-brainer that you'd want to try boosting her intellect. While parking a tot in front of a Baby Einstein video didn't turn out to be such a smart idea (a University of Washington study found that such video viewing delays small children's language skill building), the following approaches actually up IQ scores. Photo by Thinkstock
1. Nurse your newborn.
Breastfeeding bestows many benefits, including immunity defense and disease protection. But until recently, we didn't know whether breastfeeding influences intelligence, or if breastfed kids tested better because of other factors. A study from McGill University in Montreal has shown a clear causal connection. Looking at 14,000 children, those whose moms participated in a program that encouraged exclusive and prolonged breastfeeding scored 7.5 points higher on verbal IQ tests at age six-and-a-half than those whose mothers didn't take part.
- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:36 PM EDT
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Hoping dinner paves the way for a naughty tryst? While nibbles like nuts and dark chocolate turn up the heat, other eats pull the plug on passion. While their side effects don't kick in immediately, spare yourself from so-so sex and avoid these lesser-known anti-aphrodisiacs pre-lovemaking. Photo by Getty Images
Although this festival favorite is certainly a suggestive treat, noshing on wieners isn't a good-time guarantee. The summer staple's high saturated fat content clogs the penile and vaginal arteries, creating not-so-prime circumstances for sexy time, says Jacqueline Richard, PsyD, a certified sex therapist in Santa Barbara, CA. For a healthier handheld treat, Dr. Richard recommends fish tacos. The omega-3 fatty acids aid the cardiovascular system, a boon for sexual arousal.
Bad breath may be a turn-off, but freshening it up might not help your situation in the sack. The menthol in peppermint has been shown to reduce testosterone levels,
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A manicured front lawn makes a good first impression on guests and can keep you in your neighbors' good graces. And thanks to these savvy tips, keeping your grounds green doesn't have to cost much green. Keep reading to discover how to start saving now. Photo by GettyImages.
Keep a lidded container on a kitchen counter to collect food scraps (fruit cores, veggie trimmings, coffee grounds, rinsed eggshells; anything but meat). Toss them into an out-of-sight pile or a compost bin (recommended in areas with foraging wildlife) on your property along with leafy prunings, excluding weeds. Turn the pile every couple of weeks to encourage decomposition, and within a season or two, you'll have a continual supply of nutrient-rich fertilizer.Read More »from 5 Easy Ways to Have a Stunning Lawn for Less
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SAVINGS $15 per bag of fertilizer
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Give over part of your lawn to ground cover, such as vinca, carex or ferns. These
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Ending a marriage is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. But sometimes, taking the in-between step of separation before a full-on split could be the right move for you and your family. Here, real women and divorce experts share which questions to ask yourself before you call it quits for good. Photo by Getty Images
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When one person wants a divorce, and the other wants to work on things, a separation could be a good option, says Jacqueline Newman, a partner at a law firm in New York City specializing in divorce. It gives the reluctant party time to adjust to no longer being married, which may smooth the in-court process. It goes more quickly and amicably when both parties are ready to divorce.
2. Do you know why you want out?
If you aren't completely sure, consider separation, advises Cari Andreani from Jacksonville, FL. She separated from her husband after three years of marriage and is grateful she
So you need cash fast and are considering visiting a pawnshop with your great-aunt's watch. Here's how pawning works: A pawnbroker loans you money-up to three-quarters of the item's resale value-and you'll usually have up to 90 days to pay it back at a high interest rate. If you can't, you're off the hook for the loan, but the shop keeps your things. Because of this risk and the high interest, pawning is often a last resort. But if you decide to do it, here's how. Photo by ShutterstockRead More »from Does it Pay to Pawn?
Have a plan to pay back your loan-ASAP
To avoid hemorrhaging money, pay back the loan fast-ideally within 30 days. Brick-and-mortar pawnshops tend to charge anywhere from 3% to 25% interest per month, and online pawnbrokers cap out around 10% (by comparison, the current average credit card interest rate is about 15% a year). At the high end, that means a $400 loan could cost you $100 monthly-or $300 if you pay off your loan in three months. Because of potentially super-high