by Patrick Rogers
CN Digital Studio The glow. It's as much a part of pregnancy as the bump. And it looks as good as it sounds: Women in some stages of gestation give off an aura of well being so persuasive you can warm your hands by it. But what about their mates--does having a baby make guys look better? "You definitely notice more interest from women when you're pushing a stroller. It's like, yeah, he's husband material, he's father material--he's a player," said my colleague Jeffrey, the closest father I could find. "Bully for you," retorted the young mother in the office next door. "I looked like crap after I had my twins." News flash: Scientists can now confirm that it's true--men do look better in the company of a newborn, at least in their own minds.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
You've managed to make it through pregnancy and delivery and are somehow surviving the needs and demands of your newborn, albeit sleep deprived and sore and feeling like you are in a constant state of fog. Guess what's next? Sex! Yep, time to get back in the saddle. Chances are that saddle is looking like some type of cruel torture device. No need to fret, most of us are scared to dive back in. Some common thoughts are: Will my vagina feel loose? Will it hurt? I feel gross and unattractive. Being touched is the last thing I want right now. All of these thoughts are all totally normal. I'm on this journey with you (for the 3rd time) so I will go though the myths, truths and give some tips on making the most out of post baby sex. - By Macki West
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- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 11:41 AM EDT
The Two of Pentacles card reversed suggests that it might be tempting to give up in the face of conflict or romantic stagnation, especially if it seems like you're facing a 'catch-22' or a 'lesser of two evils' decision. When it comes to your partner, you may not be on the same wavelength regarding this matter. There is a chance that one of you may be overcompensating for what may be perceived as a deficiency in material or financial considerations or in satisfying a hunger for physical indulgences or intimacy. Don't think you have to try to keep up with others to keep from looking foolish, or that if you keep smiling and going along, it will work out. While it may be a hassle or a struggle, making an effort to dance the fine line between practical realities and sensual pleasures can put you in position to resolve this issue.
CosmopolitanSplitting up with an ex is hard, but leaving his family might be harder. Here's how to cut the cord for good, without the hard feelings.
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1. Cut the cord
"Cut all communication-calls, email, texting, everything!-for a few weeks," psychologist Dr. Melissa Laracuenta says. "You need time to determine what you want and need without them in your ear." But Lisa, an educator from Los Angeles, says giving family members a heads-up helps. "I disappeared from their lives totally for a couple of months," she says of leaving her beau- and his family-of four years. "This affected his mom, and him, pretty badly."
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2. Unfollow them
Social media provides too much access to painful information, so remove the temptation. If his family takes offense, show compassion, but stand your ground. "All you can do is let them know that you care, but disengage," Dr. Laracuenta says.
3. Set boundaries
As you both move on,
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:59 AM EDT
When Lamar and I first started dating, just thinking about him made me smile from ear to ear. And honey…when that man walked into the room I had no control over my body. Any effort to hold back my smile was thwarted by how brightly my eyes lit up. The way he said my name made me blush. We touched, we giggled, we flirted with each other and eventually we got married. Let's face it, I had a serious case of the butterflies for my sweetie. When we got married, we had an instant blended family with my two kids. Picture a few butterflies floating away as we dealt with blended family challenges. We had two more kids, a mini van car payment, we built a new home and we had two very challenging careers. Picture more butterflies flying away as we dealt with the every day hustle and bustle of life. Don't get me wrong, the love that I have for my husband grows stronger each year that we are together. But I don't want our fun, our passion, and our flirting to fly away. I quickly realized that if IRead More »from He Still Gives Me Butterflies! 10 Surefire Ways to Keep the Spark in Your Marriage
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
taxesNo one wants to get on Uncle Sam's bad side. With the April 15th deadline looming those of us who have procrastinated will be spending the next few days, and possibly the weekend filing our taxes and crossing our fingers that a refund is in our future. If you are married filing taxes will be a joint venture but if you and your spouse are separated and in the process of going through a divorce, it is likely that you are filing solo unless your accountant has advised you to do otherwise (or you made the decision to do so).
If the two of you are on good terms you may want to consider touching base with one another. If you aren't on good terms you may want to prepare yourself for the possibility of what could happen in the event that your ex fails to meet his state and federal obligations.
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
SWUG lifeAh, college. You enter a starry-eyed freshman, dreaming of getting that hunky older guy's attention at frat parties. If you're lucky, you'll meet your future husband, because (per a Princeton alum who made headlines last week), that's the only time in your life you'll be surrounded by a suitable dating pool. By the time you're a wizened senior though, you'll know the cold, hard truths: Those frat boys want freshman, not you. That husband you went to college to find isn't going to materialize.Read More »from How Cute: 21-Year-Olds Think Female Empowerment is Giving Up
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So what's an empowered woman who requires male validation to bolster her self-worth to do? Navel-gaze about the paradox in that last sentence? Not if you're a senior at Yale. The women of New Haven's storied Ivy will turn their single girl senioritis into a portrait of strong female identity, thank you very much. In fact, they've even got a name for it: SWUG, which stands for "senior washed-up girl."
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 4:04 PM EDT
New York Daily News, supermodel Kate Upton and rapper Sean Combs are dating. The paper reports that not long after Upton broke up with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, she's been spotted sucking face with Combs at a Miami club and not long after, sharing an intimate dinner with the rapper at restaurant Gemma in New York City.Rumor alert: According to the Read More »from Kate Upton and Diddy: Why Is No One Talking About Their 23-Year Age Difference?
Whether or not this pair is the real deal, they certainly have enough in common to make out for an evening: Both are ridiculously rich, beautiful, and famous. But let's not forget: There's a whopping 23-year difference between the Michigan-born supermodel and the hip-hop mogul from the Bronx. Let's explore this.
When Upton was in diapers, Bad Boy vs. Death Row was making headlines. Just after Upton had mastered solid foods, Combs's first son Justin was born (he and Upton are only six months apart). When Upton was seven, Puff Daddy and Jennifer Lopez were hot and heavy. Upton turned 15 when she first became employed at a
- Lover.ly | Love + Sex – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 3:46 PM EDT
It's the perfect time of year to plan a daytime wedding at a local barn or farm. The weather in most parts of the country is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, the green is returning to grounds...and while you might not associate the word "farm" with the word "chic," we've got ideas that will make you want to say "yee-haw!" right along-side your fancy toasts.
Farm settings for a wedding-or any party- don't always have to be built around a bar-be-que grill, checkered tablecloths and paper plates. Let's take it up a notch (or 10!) and display wild flowers in collected glass bottles, use local fruit or produce in part of your tablescape, and instead of hot dogs and burgers, why not serve your guests some of the local, in season offerings and give them a taste of your hometown. We're thinking casual and classy...but still loaded with detailed, personal touches.
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