A wedding without Bridesmaids. Would you do it?When I pictured my wedding as a young girl (okay, okay in college), I always imagined standing at the altar flanked by my and my unknown husband's closest friends, all of whom dressed in color-coordinated attire.
By Natasha Burton
But now that I am planning my wedding for reals now, I feel like a total asshole asking people to be in my wedding. First of all, it's time-consuming: Your friends feel forced to commit to things like invitation stuffing and ceremony rehearsing. Plus it's just not necessary-does it really matter if your pals stand next to you or sit two feet away? So, I'm pretty sure that my fiancé and I are simply not going to do it.
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A new poll by American Express reinforces another reason why we're forgoing this wedding tradition: Because it's damn expensive. According to the company's recent survey, bridal party members are expected to spend more money than ever to be part of their pals' special days, with the
A wedding without Bridesmaids. Would you do it?When I pictured my wedding as a young girl (okay, okay in college), I always imagined standing at the altar flanked by my and my unknown husband's closest friends, all of whom dressed in color-coordinated attire.Read More »from Why I’m Not Having Bridesmaids
Your next make out session will be epic.The best sex often starts with a make out session. Kissing-just like you did in high school-is actually a hotter form of foreplay than you may realize. Sonia Borg, PhD, sex therapist and author of Marathon Sex: Incredible Lovemaking Experiences Hotter and Longer Than You've Ever Done It Before and Jessica "Dr. Jess" O'Reilly, PhD, sexologist, and founder of sexwithdrjess.com, have tips on how to make out in a ridiculously sexy way.Read More »from 13 Ways to Have an Epic Make Out Session
By Molly Triffin
1. Play With Positioning
How you angle your bodies affects the mood of your make-out sesh. If you feel like being in charge, sit on his lap and wrap your legs around him so you're kissing him from above. Want him to take the reins? Stand up so he towers over you (if he's taller). A hot horizontal option is to kiss him while spooning-push your butt into his pelvis and grind against him.
2. Sense His Breath
There's something so sensual about feeling your guy's breath on your mouth. Lightly brush your lips against his,
These apps aren't everyone's cup of tea.Who wouldn't want to crack the code for using technology to find love and romance? Hundreds of app-makers had the same thought, and have been busy churning out products guaranteed to find you that truly romantic experience (or even that incredible hookup). The only problem? Most of them fail miserably.Read More »from 8 Seriously Creepy Dating Apps
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Consider yesterday's news that Bang with Friends, a Facebook app, had just raised $1 million in seed funding. Its mission? To enable its 750,000 users to connect with Facebook friends they'd like to screw on the DL. Feel the romance! Below are seven more apps that will inspire you to stick to the dating sites of yore.
1. Hot or Not
You have to hand it to Hot or Not (which of course is based on the age-old website of the same name) for its straightforward approach. This Facebook app - which includes a "find hotties" search feature - distills the elaborate mating dance into one simple formula: "Would you have sex with me? Ok then; let's
- HowAboutWe | Love + Sex – Tue, May 7, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
Hit up an arcade for your nostalgic date!Nothing tugs at the heartstrings quite like a little nostalgia. You can be glued to the TV for hours watching reruns of "Saved By The Bell" and remember when Screech's feeble attempt to get a date with Lisa felt like the world's biggest problem. Here's a list of activities that will get you and your partner in an ultra-nostalgic mood.Read More »from Nostalgic Date Ideas that Will Make You Feel like a Kid Again
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Remember when money wasn't real and all you cared about was putting coins into slots and nabbing tickets for prizes? Yeah, that. Head over to Dave & Busters, Boomers, or any other local arcades and see just how much Whack-A-Mole you can stomach.
Clarissa Explains It All marathon
From Nick at Nite to the TGIF lineup, there are plenty of relive-your-childhood shows to watch in a marathon. Queue up the episodes on Netflix, pop the corn, grab the blanket and cuddle up for a blissful dose of reminiscence.
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Going to the zoo is one of those
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, May 7, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
momsFor some of us one of the most important relationships in our lives is the one we have with our mother. In many cases our mothers were our first teachers. From the moment they first rubbed their bellies as they carried us in their wombs (or perhaps even before that first belly rub) came the outward displays of their love for us. From the rhythmic rocking they did while we cried as infants to the bandaging of our scraped school-aged knees, to the wiping of tears during our tween and teenage years our mothers have been there to love, guide, comfort, and teach. Even as adults the impact they have had on our own lives is ever present. It sometimes manifests itself in a small voice of reason as we contemplate a choice wondering all the while, what our mother might think if she knew or saw or, in a moment in which we carry out an action causing us to utter the words, "I'm turning into my mother" under our breath.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, May 7, 2013 1:41 PM EDT
I read this great post on YourTango called 10 Reasons to Love Being a Single Woman by Ivy N. Allen, and I gotta tell ya, I agree with every single one of them. I love enjoying my own company, not having to clean up after someone else or try to fit another adult and his stuff into my tiny apartment, I love not "dealing with his people" (That one really made me laugh. Oh, in-laws!), I love that I can date different people, that I am my own woman and that I have time to "work on me." (Specifically Thursdays at 11:30 for 45 minutes in a small room with no windows that I like to call the "vulnerability chamber," aka my therapist's office.) But there are things that I miss about having another person around, namely just having another person around. Click through for 7 things I miss about being in a relationship! -By Carolyn CastigliaRead More »from Better Together: 7 Things I Miss About Being in a Relationship
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Nicholas Sparks knows a shocking amount about "ladyfantasies"—the ones where you move to a small Southern town and Josh Duhamel works at the convenience store. Read More »from Nicholas Sparks: What I've Learned About Women
He's something of a female telepathic. "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember," "The Last Song," "Dear John,""Nights in Rodanthe,"—those all came from his brain. If it weren’t for Sparks,we’d still be reading romance novels with Fabio on the cover, and Ryan Gosling would just be that young guy who briefly dated Sandra Bullock. Miley and Liam wouldn’t have met and R. Kelly would never have broken up with his wife (sure).
In his latest novel-turned-movie, "Safe Haven" (out on DVD Tuesday), a thriller about a woman with a dark past and a bright future sucking face with a hunky convenience store manager, played by, yes, Josh Duhamel. How does he know what feels good in the cushion-y parts of our female minds? "I’ve been blessed to have great women in my life," Sparks told Yahoo Shine. “I had a great mom, I married well.” A little back
- Astrology.com Tarot | Love + Sex – Tue, May 7, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
The Seven of Chalices card reversed suggests that setting your romantic sights too low or too high might be an attempt to deny signs of internal dissatisfaction and could put a damper on romance and intimacy. These obstacles or losses, however, could actually help you to reconcile your heart's desire by putting true love within reach or by identifying what has authentic value and appeal on a soul-deep level. After all, it might be a faulty sense of self-esteem that stands between settling and having the confidence to go for what you secretly desire. Being able to finally identify what it is you really need can expand your capacity to love. You could begin to envision your true potential or rediscover your authentic, creative and playful self, which could then enable you to better connect with what you deserve.
- TheNest.com | Love + Sex – Tue, May 7, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
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Getty Images / The NestAdmit it: Your partner has a quirk or two that actually turns you on. (No worries, we don't judge.) For fun, we asked our readers to reveal the surprising things that make them hot. Check out their outrageous answers - and share your own in the comments section below.
"He makes a big to-do about getting his friends together for man playdates; it's insanely cute." - Jodi21Harbur
"It's a turn-on when he takes his mother to church on Sundays. It's the taking-care-of-his-mother part that really gets me." - Aligater
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"He does these hilarious imitations of cartoon characters, and to me, funny = sexy." - MrsSisco
"Whenever I see her manhandling our lawnmower." - JayL9654
"I love the smell of his deodorant." - Linzi24
"She performs the 'She's a Maniac' dance from the movie Flashdance in her pajamas-it's always a highlight." - JCNYC31
"When he irons his boxers, tees and dress socks-it's totally dorky, but it gets
It's a given that you won't always see eye to eye with mom on the wedding. But there are some moments that really had brides from TheKnot.com scratching their heads. (We can't make this up people.)
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