Remote, rural, and restful, these unique getaway spots will spur the warm fuzzies like no others. Phone on airplane mode, here we go! By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.
Half-Mile FarmSouthern charm
Tucked away in the western part of North Carolina is Highlands, a small mountain town originally created as the cross point between the great trade routes of the north and south. It never became the commercial hub to which it aspired, but it has emerged as a world-class destination for southern-style R&R. Sitting on 14 acres of fields, forests, ponds, and streams, yet only a half-mile from town, Half-Mile Farm is a completely restored and renovated 1870s farmhouse. Each morning guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast, and just before sunset, evening hors d'oeuvres are paired with carefully selected wines. You can take out a canoe and wet a line, or just relax on the front porch with a good book, i.e., our kind of southern comfort. Rates start at $200.
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When Aussie super-fan Branka Delic found out that Bon Jovi would be touring in Las Vegas during the same weekend as her wedding - which was held at the Graceland Wedding Chapel, the same venue where Jon Bon Jovi married his wife Dorothea 24 years earlier - she started an online petition asking the singer to walk her down the aisle.
"Bon Jovi, we're begging you. Make this wedding happen!" she wrote. "We're living on a prayer and we want you to come lay your hands on me and walk me down the aisle!" When she didn't hear back, she also began reached out to him via Twitter in the days leading up to the wedding: "The day is near, Jon boy. Is it a date or what? Please don't let this devoted Aussie bride down."
Imagine her surprise when Bon Jovi strolled in, dressed in jeans and a white button-down shirt, ready to walk her down the aisle!
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Jon Bon Jovi and Branka Delic
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- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 6:29 PM EDT
The Strength card reversed suggests that disappointment, fear, emotional extremes or the grind of daily life may be taking its toll on your love life or relationship. You may feel under pressure to take action, but you need to take some time for yourself or seek guidance in order to understand your options, regain control, assess the challenge or get over it. Don't resort to manipulation, confrontation, force or socially unacceptable behaviors. Don't gripe when you can do something about it.
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Steve Eichner/WWDIn a recent interview, Taylor Swift is talking about how she's matured in relationships. "One thing I've learned that I'm proud of--drumroll please--is when to walk away. I've had some short relationships because I know when to do that."
Sadly, she didn't share her knowledge for when to walk away, but here are a few signs we think indicate it's time to get out of there:
You don't feel good about yourself around him. A partner who challenges you can be a good thing, but there's a difference between feeling inspired to be a better you, and feeling inadequate, and that can be hard to spot at first. But if the guy is making you feel insecure, get out now.
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You don't see a future with him. You don't have to be ready to tie the knot this moment, but if you honestly can't ever picture yourself with him in the long-term, you need to end it (or at least make sure you're both on the same page about the expiration date).
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 5:39 PM EDT
This wedding season, rose petals are out, rotting flesh is in.
On Friday, Arizona resident Nick Showman proposed to his girlfriend, Steph Knolland, inside the 13th Floor Haunted House in Phoenix, surrounded by bloodthirsty zombies. Despite concerns that she would see “clowns or too many clowns,” she allowed Showman to lead her through the zombie pit. As the couple passed over a bridge, Showman stopped running. “I was like, 'What are you doing? There are zombies, let’s go!'" Knolland later told CNN.Read More »from A Zombie Marriage Proposal: The Best or Worst Idea Ever?
A zombie suddenly swung by and dropped a foam hand, which contained the ring. “Will you take my hand in marriage?” Showman asked Knolland, dropping to one knee. She looked terrified, but said yes.
Showman and Knolland didn't respond to Yahoo Shine's emails for comment and not much else is known about the zombie-loving pair. However, they're not the only couple that mixes romance with horror. In September, Canadian couple Harlon Gunthrie and Holly Young staged a zombie-themed engagement
Image courtesy of ShutterstockThe one thing I can't tolerate to think about after a romantic split is the possibility of becoming friends. When I'm crying my face off, the last thing that's going to make me feel better is agreeing to an emotional downgrade. Besides, if the other person really wanted you to be friends before breaking up with you, wouldn't they have treated you better during the relationship?Read More »from It’s Not Being Friends, It’s Being Friendly
Instead of saying, "Let's be friends," be more honest and say, "Let's be friendly." You don't need to be actual friends.
I don't think we make this distinction enough in our dating careers. Can you be friends after a breakup? Sure you can. But it doesn't have to happen immediately after the breakup and certainly not for every person. Some deserve it more than others, but it's just not going to happen that same day, week, or month.
This isn't to say that becoming just friends is a bad thing, it's just that it isn't the right thing for everyone when feelings are involved, especially if those feelings were hurt
Beyond the basics (dinner, dress, flowers) there are so many different ways to spend your wedding dollars -- from custom postage stamps to monogrammed toilet paper (seriously, it exists!). But one of the biggest mistakes you can make is blowing your budget on a detail that you end up regretting (when no one notices it). That's not going to happen to you, though. Here's a few of the most get-noticed totally-worth-it wedding details that'll add serious impact to your wedding day.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 14, 2013 11:26 AM EDT
"Finish your eggs," My husband growled in that grumpy, terse morning voice that could cause a hardened criminal to wet his pants.
Tension knotted up my muscles and crept into my jaw.
Not this marriage issue again.
I glanced at the kid's plate. There were maybe four bites of scrambled eggs left. How could four bites of food cause so much marital and family tension?
"I'm fuuuulll," the child whined.
"I don't care. Eat them," my husband insisted.
Scenes from my adolescence passed through my mind: My mother policing my breakfast habits. Me filling bowls with milk and a few Cheerios and then dumping them in the sink to make it look as if I'd eaten. The more she policed, the more evasive and secretive I became. Soon, I was packing lunch and then throwing it into the trash can at school.
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When I married my husband, I thought there were only two stages of marriage: "the wedding" and "the funeral." As it turns out, however, there are several. Sadly, I spent many years mired in a couple of the least pleasurable ones. The good news: you can navigate these stages, and you can eventually reach happily ever after. They aren't as difficult as you might think, and although all couples might not have trouble with them, those that do can definitely make it through with these tips. Click through for how to survivie the 7 stages of marriage! -By Alisa Bowman
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by Kim FusaroRead More »from Pharrell Williams Married Model Helen Lasichanh--and Usher and Busta Rhymes Performed at the Wedding! (Wonder If He'll "Get Lucky" Tonight?)
Getty Images Record producer/"Get Lucky" singer/fashion designer Pharrell Williams maybe* swapped vows with model Helen Lasichanh in Miami this evening--but he definitely hosted one helluva party.
"Usher and Busta Rhymes did a mini concert at the wedding," a source gold Us Weekly. "It was so fun. The little concert was amazing. It [was] the most fun wedding I've ever been to."
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Sounds like it--if it was, in fact, a wedding.
*A little googling shows that the couple may have gotten secret-married in August. So I'm not sure if there was an actual ceremony, or if it was just a big old bash to celebrate their recent nuptials. Stay tuned for details, I guess!
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Read the full on Us Weekly.
Thoughts on Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh's wedding?
That's one kick-ass wedding band. I wonder if Justin Timberlake was there too.
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