Our anniversary is today. Nine years. A lot has happened since we met in a smoky nightclub all those years ago in Salt Lake City. Kids, moves, pets, fights, death, and a lot of life. As a result, we've learned a lot about being married and figured we'd share it with you. A bit of advice for every year we've been married. These are just a couple tips and tricks we've picked up along the way that have kept us married even when we sometimes didn't want to be married anymore. That along with a bunch of photos that tell the story of us… and our weight gains and losses. Click through for 7 things we've learned after 9 years of marriage! -By Monica Bielanko
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- Vanity Fair | Love + Sex – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:03 PM EDT
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If the U.K. press is to be believed, then scrunchie-loving, overalls-sporting 24-year-old blonde pixie dancer nymph-a.k.a., the Harry Potter-ly named Cressida Bonas-will soon be Kate Middleton's sister-in-law. Some call her the "anti-Kate," but they've got more in common than you think.
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Everything was falling into place for 28-year-old Mandy Nankivel-she was finishing up her master's degree in education and had just landed a job as an elementary school teacher in Southern California. Then she met her future husband, a chief in the U.S. Navy. So much for careful planning. "When I fell in love with a Navy man, I knew my life would look different," she says. Photos courtesy of Andrea Gallagher Photography and Celeste Courtney Photography.
Within months of their wedding, they received orders to move to Germany. After Mandy had her son there in 2010, she threw herself into being a stay-at-home mom while she figured out her next step. "There were literally no teaching jobs to apply for," she says.
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There's a million and a half tips and ideas for the infamous first date (and even the second date), but why is the third date so often neglected? Learn how to make the best out of what is arguably the most important date of any early relationship.
1. Why do dudes often have a tendency of going M.I.A. after a third date? If you'd rather play it old school, don't call him, and let him come to you - if he likes you, he'll make sure he calls you! But if it's been too long, feel free to pick up the phone and (politely, please) demand his coordinates. Chances are, he's probably having an internal freakout, just like you are.
2. Don't doubt yourself. If at this point you've gone on three entertaining, comfortable dates, know that he's interested and have faith in the tried-and-tested process.
3. This is important: Don't count your chickens before they hatch. He is not your boyfriend yet, so do not act like it - withRead More »from Made it to the Third Date? Now What?
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CN Digital StudioEver wonder why some people seem to date people who are an awful lot like them, while others go for their total opposites? We don't all follow the same pattern, and there's some science behind why.
According to brain anthropologist Helen Fisher, whether or not you're drawn to people like you or completely the opposite depends on your brain type and which chemicals are dominant in your system. Obviously, most of us don't know if we have higher levels of serotonin or dopamine (or honestly, what those words even mean), but there are personality traits associated with each time that you might recognize. Here's how to tell:
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You probably seek out your own kind if:
* You have an active dopamine system, meaning you are reward-driven, impulsive, and easily bored.
* You have a seratonin-dominant system, meaning you're more risk averse and sociable, tend to follow rules, and are habit-driven.
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People magazine by saying, “No. No, no, no,” when asked whether divorce papers had been drawn.They may be separated, but Kris and Bruce Jenner say they aren’t divorcing any time soon. On Thursday, Kris made that very clear to Read More »from Happily Ever Separated: When Couples Won't Divorce
A couple’s decision to live separate lives, rather than hit divorce court, may sound odd in a world where people seem less excited about getting married than ever — a recent report published by Pew Research shows barely half of U.S. adults are married and the median age for first marriages is at an all-time high. Still, the decision to remain in marital limbo is a popular one.
“I see plenty of clients who choose to be apart rather than jump through the hoops of divorce,” Linda Gross, a Santa Monica, California-based family lawyer tells Yahoo Shine. “Although this arrangement works for some, it’s an individual lifestyle choice that’s dependent on the dynamics of the relationship.” According to Gross, there are two types of couples that separate for the long-term:
Monique Lhuillier is Expanding Her Fine Jewelry Collection! See Exclusive Photos and Learn More About Her Latest LineBy BRIDES | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 10, 2013 2:24 PM EDT
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Sophisticated brides and glamour girls alike will adore Lhuillier's latest jewels. The pieces aren't lacking in romance; Lhuillier's ethereal and feminine designs details such as floral accents and whimsical shapes set the tone for this glistening diamond collection.
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Get him to commit--no awkward talks involved. You've been seeing this guy at least once a week for a few months now. You're both sushi aficionados, his big brown eyes make you melt, and he even laughs out loud at The Mindy Project. It's great-except that you have no idea where things stand. He has yet to introduce you as his girlfriend or bring up being exclusive, and you're craving that "couple" title and the security that comes with it. Talk about blurred lines.
"Every person and relationship is different, and there's no magic phrase or action that can 'get' someone to commit," says Terri Trespicio, a lifestyle and relationship expert based in New York City. However you can use these tips to subtly up the chances that he'll want to turn casual dating into something more.
1. Make sure you want it: You think you desire something serious with this particular guy-but before you do anything else, be sure. Step back and ask yourself the following questions, Trespicio suggests: Do I have fun with
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The Queen of Pentacles card reversed suggests that making material quantity or trendy indulgences the foundation of this Queen's success or identity may create a false sense of deprivation, want or burden. Rather than finding pleasure or gratitude in earthly gifts, she may struggle with neglect, false sexuality, resentment or vanity or take superficial pride in spending money in an effort to keep up, buy love or entice a man. Be aware that you could succumb to her influence and fall into the same trap of living only for the moment. Humble gratitude and understanding for what has real value and meaning for you or simply honoring womanhood for her most abundant gifts and glorious, wild imperfections might be the message here.
After returning from our adventurous honeymoon, my wife and I both decided it was a mistake, and if we had it to do all over again we would go on our honeymoon a year after our wedding. Of course, these reasons are our reasons and they aren't going to fit for everyone. We were two people who only knew each other for about 6 months before hand and we did not live together before our marriage. We were also very young, Casey having turned 19 years old weeks before the big day and me having turned 22 a few months before the big day. Some of the reasons we don't think newly weds should go on a honeymoon aren't going to fit couples who are more familiar with each other and who are already financially sound. With that in mind, click through for 7 convincing reasons NOT to go on a honeymoon! -By Cody Coombs
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