The Ten of Wands card suggests that you may bring a lot of sexual, dating or romantic experience or energy to your relationship or union. You may feel as if you are defending or protecting your honor, performance or reputation or working to the detriment of your love life. You are getting close to a long-awaited consummation, reunion, milestone, love connection or commitment. You may be in a position to discover soul mate after sowing your wild oats. Take matters into your own hands -- it's a good time to prove or redeem yourself.
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- TheKnot.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
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In celebration of gay pride month, TheKnot.com partnered with The Advocate to release results from the first ever Same-Sex Wedding Survey. The goal of the survey was to find out more about how same-sex couples are planning their weddings and incorporating (or modifying and modernizing!) wedding traditions. From asking permission before proposing to walking down the aisle escorted by mom or dad, here's a snapshot from the study.On Proposing
• Same-sex couples are less likely to have a formal proposal than their straight counterparts, with about 58% proposing, compared with approximately 91% of straight couples. They are far more likely to just decide to get married; two out of five (40%) opted for this route, compared with one in 10 (9%) straight couples.
• Same-sex couples are less likely to seek permission from family before the proposal, with only 19% opting to gain permission, compared with 67% of straight couples.
• For same-sex couples, the
CheaterSay you're a married lady, and you're looking to have an affair. I'm thinking you're sexy, you like sex. Maybe you're angry at your spouse and you want to get back at him for something, or you're the kind of woman who is never satisfied, who has an unquenchable lust for power and passion. Maybe you're bored with the monotony of your stable relationship and you want to feel alive. Whoever you are, you're gonna go buy some slinky new outfits that make you feel kicky, like you can head out on the prowl and get some in your lace stockings and your push-up bra. And where are you going to go shop for those cheatin' clothes?Read More »from The Top 7 Places Cheating Wives Shop
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That's according to Ashley Madison, that God-awful website for married people looking for affairs. The Huffington Post reports, "The site surveyed 52,390 of their female members to determine their shopping habits and favorite stores, and compiled a list of the most popular retail locations for cheaters.
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 11:43 AM EDT
marriageBetween 1950 and 2011 the US marriage rate fell "a stunning 66 percent," writes Stephanie Coontz in The New York Times. "If such a decline continued," she adds, "there would be no women getting married by 2043!" One presumes there would be no men getting married either, but that's of course if we're only talking heterosexual marriages. Now that DOMA has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and new states secure marriage rights for all year after year, it's hard to predict precisely how the US marriage rate will be affected in years to come.
But the declining marriage rate in the US doesn't tell the whole truth about what's going on with marriage even among straight couples. "People are not giving up on marriage," Coontz says. "They are simply waiting longer to tie the knot. Because the rate of marriage is calculated by the percentage of adult women (over 15) who get married each year, the marriage rate automatically falls as the average age of marriage goes up. InRead More »from The U.S. Marriage Rate Has Fallen 66% Since 1950 — What Does This Mean for Couples?
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.We all know that more women than ever before are waiting until their 30s to marry and start families. This societal shift has been so broadly discussed and well documented, that it's easy to assume 30 is the new 20 when it comes to marriage. But, despite how much lip service this phenomenon has garnered, the reality is that a woman's 20s is still the most popular decade in which to get married. That's right - the average age for American women to marry is 27. And, as most women who have married and divorced by 30 will tell you, while people are often shocked to discover that a twentysomething is a divorcee, the circumstance really isn't that rare.
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What The Numbers Tell Us
Why are so many of us getting hitched in our first decade after leaving the nest? First, Americans in their twenties are a pretty romantic and hopeful bunch: According to a Louisiana State University study, 88 percent of
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
Well, according to an article in this month's issue of Vogue ("Tough Love" by Elizabeth Weil), more and more women are choosing happiness over their love life.
Antidepressants are the #1 most commonly meds prescribed for Americans who are between the ages of 18-44; and although many of those individuals are benefiting from the chemical boost that antidepressants can provide in their lives, they may be sacrificing their libido to get there.
"By far the most frequent reason women have sexual problems is the drugs we use give them to treat depression," Leonard R. Derogatis, Ph.D. and director of the Maryland Center for Sexual Health, is quoted as saying in the article. In fact, almost 1/3 of women taking antidepressants find that their sex drive is diminished as a result.
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- Bridal Guide | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:33 AM EDT
My now-husband Jon and I used to live in Washington DC, and it was there that we met via a mutual friend who organized a group outing one night. Jon had never said "I love you" to anyone before, but earlier that evening, he happened to tell his friends, half-jokingly: "Guys, I'm going to fall in love tonight, I know it." Oddly enough, he was right!
Later, we both admitted that we had it bad for each other since day one. When Jon moved all the way across the country to California for school, we were both ready to take on the challenge of a long-distance relationship...but what made it a lot easier was that he proposed during my first visit out to see him!
We quickly decided that we wanted to celebrate with two weddings: an Indian ceremony and reception, and a traditional Christian ceremony with a separate reception as well. So we kicked off the wedding planning while being engaged long-distance for six months before I moved to California myself. In March, we had wedding #1,Read More »from How to Plan a Wedding when You're from Different Cultures
- SHAPE magazine | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 9:59 AM EDT
by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from Science Has an Answer for Why We Have Sex at Night
Why do we have sex at night?Sometimes the things researchers study are baffling. Take, for example, a 2005 study that people have been talking about again recently that examined why we have sex at night.
If you're thinking to yourself, "Maybe it's because my day begins at 5:30 with a workout and a commute, and I barely have time to take a lunch break, let alone race home to get it on and be back to the office by 2, and also, telling my boss that I have to leave so that I can go have sex is generally frowned upon in polite society," then you'd be right!
Robert Refinetti of the University of South Carolina looked at a 1982 study published in Human Biology by researchers John Palmer, Richard Udry, and Naomi Morris that studied 78 married couples and found that they had a "large copulatory rate" during the weekdays. Curious, he wanted to see if he could replicate the results, as well as see if any environmental, biological, or cultural factors played a role in why people choose to have
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