man and woman talking in bedBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann
It goes without saying that you'd like to enjoy making love to your partner; yet, nearly every other aspect of sex calls for a chat. Here's why: Couples who discuss tricky topics effectively are 10 times more likely to have a happy relationship than those who ignore difficult subjects, according to a study by Joseph Grenny, co-author of Crucial Conversations. "A handful of conversations make the biggest difference in the strength and duration of a relationship," says Grenny. "Talking about sexual intimacy tops that small list." Read on for eight issues to broach and how to approach them so you can move on to more interesting things. Photo by Getty Images
1. Limits. Unless you want to end up in a "50 Shades of OMG what are you doing?" situation, discuss boundaries. "While it's possible to have a good experience trying something new with no communication, it's also possible to have a big fail," says Carol Queen, PhD, Staff Sexologist for Good Vibrations, an
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- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
man and woman talking in bedBy Kimberly Dawn NeumannRead More »from 8 Conversations Every Couple Must Have in the Bedroom
woman holding torn photographBy Caitlin MoscatelloRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to an Ex
You can't always avoid your ex. Whether you have kids together, call the same area home or simply haven't cut Facebook ties, there are a gazillion ways for your lives to intersect. And when they do, you may be tempted to rehash your relationship or show him how wonderful post-breakup life is. But if you don't want your past romance to continue stressing you out, avoid saying these 10 things. Photo by Getty Images
1. "I regret our entire relationship."
First of all, you don't. You might regret how things ended, but to say you'd take it all back isn't as much of an insult to your ex as it is to you. "A statement like this criticizes yourself for the choices you made," says Richard A. Warshak, PhD, a clinical professor of psychiatry and author of Divorce Poison. "If he's so worthless, what does that say about you? In most cases, the person has redeeming features; you're just not seeing that because you're dealing with the loss of the relationship."
woman getting leg waxedBy Meghan RabbittRead More »from 10 Things Your Waxer Won't Tell You
You'd think that the woman who sees you at your most vulnerable-you know, when you're bottomless and spread eagle or on month three of not plucking your eyebrows-would be totally forthcoming with you. Not so. The woman wielding the wax stick may neglect to mention how to minimize pain or inwardly chuckle when you let too much time go by between appointments. Keep reading for waxers' 10 biggest confessions and tips to make getting smooth go more smoothly. Photo by Getty Images
1. I'm rushing you on purpose.
Unlike facials, massages and manicures, treatments you want to last and last, waxing appointments are intentionally fast-paced. "I'm not trying to be rude," says Imani Faris, owner of Beauty and the Beast, a waxing boutique in Washington, DC. "Getting waxed-no matter how skilled the waxer-isn't pain-free, so we want to make it go quickly for you."
2. You may not leave as smooth as you'd like.
If you wax a large body part, such as your legs or arms, there's a
10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love LifeBy Kimberly Dawn NeumannRead More »from 10 Ways Your Home is Destroying Your Love Life
Home may be where the heart is, but it also can be a hookup hindrance. Turns out that what's under your bed, in your bathroom or filling your closet can actually affect your libido, as can dirt and smells. Check out the 10 most common obstacles to a satisfying home love life and expert tips to keep your nook nooky-friendly. Photo by Getty Images.
"It's the equivalent of bad breath, body odor and being a bad kisser," says organizing and lifestyle expert Dana Korey, founder of Away with Clutter. "If a space is messy, it may make a potential partner wonder what else is a mess in the resident's life." If you're already a couple and the bedroom is filled with unpaid bills, filthy clothes and half-completed projects, "your mind is screaming, 'Do laundry/pay bills/finish projects,'" says Korey. And if you can't relax, you can't get busy. So go through your stuff and decide what to toss and donate and where to store what you want to keep with this advice
- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider)By Woman's Day KitchenRead More »from A Must-Try Fall Spin on Pork Chops (Break Out the Apple Cider!)
Naturally sweet, pork chops are the perfect anchor for this delectable meal that includes two favorite fall ingredients - fresh apples and apple cider. Photo by Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin.
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Cost Per Serving: $4.89
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 min
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 5g
Total Carbohydrate 30g
Dietary Fiber 5g
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• 4 crisp red apples, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
• 1/4 cup(s) fresh sage leaves
• 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
• 4 bone-in pork chops, each about 1 inch thick
• Kosher salt
• 3/4 cup(s) hard cider or dry white wine
• 1 teaspoon(s) grated fresh ginger
• 1 bunch(es) spinach, thick stems discarded
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How to Find Your Dream Job Later in LifeBy Nina MalkinRead More »from How to Find Your Dream Job Later in Life
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" As a kid, you probably answered, "ballerina, astronaut, first female president!" Then you grew up, and the need to care for your family and earn a living set you on a different path, one that's satisfying in its own way. But if your childhood dream still has a place in your heart, there are ways to make it happen. The women here are doing what they love-and you can't buy that kind of happiness. Photos by: David A. Land; hair & makeup by Stephanie Harrison and Katie Cotton for Zenobia Agency; center photo courtesy of Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo
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'I'm singing my heart out'
Shai Littlejohn, 38
Both of Shai's parents were attorneys and expected her to follow suit. So she went to law school, got a job at a prestigious firm in Washington, DC, and worked as a lawyer for a decade. But her heart was never in it. "I had a big salary but no personal satisfaction," she says.
10 Foods That Fight CelluliteBy Noelia Trujillo
You know what cellulite looks like--cottage cheese, anyone?--but you may not know what it is exactly. As fat cells accumulate and expand beneath skin, they push against tissue, causing an uneven appearance "commonly found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and back of arms," says osteopathic physician Robert A. Kominiarek, DO. But you don't need to stay inside during swimsuit season or avoid clingy clothing. Adding the right foods and drinks to your diet can reduce cellulite. Munch your way to a smoother-looking body with these nutritious picks. Photo by Getty Images.
Reel in a serving of this healthy catch. It's rich in antioxidants, which break down fat cells in cellulite, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. The omega-3 fatty acids also in salmon "reduce appetite and low-level inflammation and repair and strengthen skin tissue and fibers," says Lori L. Shemek, PhD, aRead More »from 10 Foods that Fight Cellulite
- Woman s Day | Love + Sex – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
The Smart Wife's Guide to Surviving Football SeasonBy Rachel Rabkin PeachmanRead More »from The Smart Wife's Guide to Surviving Football Season
For their 40th anniversary, my parents drove from Michigan and my brother's family and mine drove from New Jersey to celebrate in the upstate New York college town where Mom and Dad met. Representing three generations, we strolled the campus's rolling valleys, visited the waterfall where my parents first kissed and enjoyed family bonding at its finest.
But we had to cut the trip short…for the New York Jets.
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You see, there are three of us in my marriage: my husband, me and the Jets. Since their summer training camp is near my parents' alma mater, my superfan husband deemed it essential that we ditch my family for a football scrimmage. I wish I could say it was the only time the Jets had intercepted our plans.
Russ was always upfront about his commitment to his team, which involves watching Jets games religiously, checking their online message boards compulsively and maintaining a somewhat delusional
- woman wearing heelsBy Alina Dizik
Shoes that feel as cozy as slippers in the store can become just the opposite after an evening out or a couple weeks of wear. And few stores allow customers to return worn shoes. The shoe's material and construction could be the problem, or it could be fit. "Sizes in even the most expensive shoes don't accommodate individual lengths and widths of feet," says Linda O'Keefe, author of Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers and More. Rather than burying the pair in the back of your closet, check out these 10 fixes for the most common is shoes. Photo by Getty Images
1. Too Tight Straps
While many leather straps stretch with wear, you can shorten the breaking-in process with water. H2O can gently stretch leather, molding it to the shape of your foot, says Meghan Cleary, author of Shoe Are You? Before you wear shoes out the first time, spritz them with "a light spray of plain water," she says. "Wear them around until dry."Read More »from The 10 Most Annoying Shoe Problems--Solved!
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- Woman s Day | Shine Food – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 1:02 PM EDT
By Woman's Day KitchenRead More »from The Ultimate Butternut Squash Soup Recipe (You Can Use Your Slow Cooker!)
Warm up on a blustery day for under $1 with this low-calorie soup. And since you can use your slow cooker, you won't be slaving over a stove to get it ready. Photo by Con Poulos; Food styling by Vivian Lui; Prop styling by Marina Malchin
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Cost Per Serving: $0.93
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 7 hr 20 min
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Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Total Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary Fiber 6g
• 1 medium (about 3 pounds) butternut squash
• 6 sprig(s) fresh thyme
• 4 sprig(s) fresh sage
• 2 tablespoon(s) small sage leaves
• 1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
• Kosher salt
• 1 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 1 stalk(s) celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
• 1 teaspoon(s) olive oil
• 1/4 teaspoon(s)