married, they deserve a wedding gift as a token of your happiness. Right? Sure. But do they deserve to dictate exactly what you should get for them?
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That has become a matter of debate—especially as more couples than ever are already cohabitating when they tie the knot, and are most likely already the proud owners of a toaster, blender, coffeemaker and cabinet full of dishes.
In reaction, couples are getting more creative with their wedding gift registries— requesting everything from matching sleeping bags to down payments for dream homes. At least they're asking for gifts they feel they need, but should they be asking for gifts at all?
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“While suggestions are nice, even registry lists are just suggestions, and the choice of a gift is always up to the giver,” the New York Times's Peggy Post offered as advice in a recent Wedding Q&A. She
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In the days and weeks following a breakup I fall into the "woe is me" camp- constructing a monologue about what a waste of time my last relationship was.
My shrink has long told me that this is irrational, but a woman scorned is rarely rational.
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I recently wrote out a program in my new novel, Love Rehab, about how to get over a breakup in a productive and gratifying manner. One of the very productive steps was expressing gratitude-or finding the silver lining in every single relationship.
I am a big proponent of practicing what you preach and so I cataloged the silver linings of my past relationships. Lo' and behold there was one for each and every single one.
Here are my 6 favorites.
1. My high school boyfriend, KS taught me how to drive when I was 14 and he was 16 (the age difference now feels a little pervy to me). This was why I learned to K-turn in a vintage Mustang convertible that was the spitting
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Join Oprah and Deepak Chopra for a transformational three-week guided meditation journey into the heart of true love. Register for the all-new meditation challenge Miraculous Relationships for free.
Relationships are hard work, and the idea that you can be in a miraculous relationship needs explaining. What is a miraculous relationship? It's one where both partners grow spiritually, increasing in love, personal evolution and shared experience of the soul.
Three major obstacles keep this from happening, and you can watch them operating in your own relationship if you look closely, with open eyes and honest intent: control (the need for one person to coerce the other into doing things "My way"), competition (the need to turn every situation into win or lose) and lack of communication (the refusal to share how
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It's time for the year's most spectacular meteor shower (and perfect summer date activity). Here's how to get your astronomer on, while keeping it date-worthy.
Where to Watch:
These meteors are generally the most active of the showers that pass by Earth, but you have to get good seats. So head out of the city, away from any light pollution and get high up. You should be in for a show of something like 70 meteors an hour, given there's a clear sky and you can manage to stay awake.
Even as the sun starts to set you could catch yourself seeing a few meteors fall, but be patient. With a waxing crescent moon, there should be no interference in the late night into early dawn hours for peak viewing. The best viewing comes from when this half-moon sets, around 1 a.m. Monday morning.
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You don't need special equipment for this shower. You don't even need
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Most of us have a some sort of blip in our dating lives - an ex that, looking back, makes us question our sanity. ("What was I thinking? How did I stand it?")
Well, Science has an explanation. The next time a friend or family member brings up your worst ex and asks you, for the billionth time, why you dated that loser for so long, you can simply place the blame on the perceptual processes of your brain.
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In terms of memorable sex, 1972 was a banner year: The Joy of Sex was published, then banned from many libraries; Marlon Brando starred in the X-rated film Last Tango in Paris; and John Waters's comedy Pink Flamingos acquainted audiences with the intricacies of incest. And then there was Deep Throat, a porn movie that turned an unknown young woman into a pop culture icon, seemingly overnight. Linda Lovelace played an orgasm-starved vixen with a special physical feature-her clitoris could be reached only through her mouth. "She embodied the sexual revolution of the time," explains Rob Epstein, who with Jeffrey Friedman directed Lovelace, starring Amanda Seyfried as the harlot starlet.
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 9, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
I think one of the hardest situations for a couple to make it through is infidelity. I'm thankful that it's not been an issue in my marriage, but I do know it's been a contributing factor in many breakups of couples who seemed to "have it all." I also think that cheating is not only one of the hardest things to get past in your current relationship, but it can have quite the negative effect on your next relationship as well. It has to be an awful feeling to wonder if your partner may be cheating. There are some who exhibit classic signs that something may be going on and others who seem to hide it better. The classic signs that your partner may be cheating doesn't necessarily mean they are, but it may be something to keep an eye on if you're worried. Click through to read 7 signs your partner may be cheating. - By Devan McGuinness
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A few months ago, I wrote a post on my blog called 25 Things Your Wife Will Love to Hear You Say. Apparently, this is something many men would love to know. At the same time, many wives desire encouraging words from their husbands. As a result, this post quickly became the most viewed post on my website. We are all searching for just the right words to say and we know our marriages will benefit when we know what our wife really wants to hear us say. Upon realizing this, I decided to find out the most encouraging words for your wife. I did this by asking several wives this question, "What words do you love to hear your husband say?" I received 12 responses, and I'm sharing 7 of their answers below. Here is the answer to what your wife really wants to hear you say. - By Jackie Bledsoe Jr.
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We all knew after Brooks' abrupt exit and Drew's early dismissal shortly thereafter, The Bachelorette season finale would be unlike any other. Potentially topping all of the he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not drama was the stunning rose gold and platinum 3.7 carat, cushion-cut diamond engagement ring Chris offered Des at the final rose ceremony. To find out more about the stylish sparkler we spoke to celebrity jewelry designer Neil Lane about the ring he designed for Des.
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Brides: You've been designing engagement rings for The Bachelor / The Bachelorette franchise for nearly a decade. Have you noticed a change in the kinds of engagement rings the men on the show have been selecting?
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Neil Lane: I would say they've been leaning towards more romantic styles with more detail. I think the guys are understanding some of the magic of the ring's detail, really looking at it rather than just paying attention to center
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The Five of Chalices card reversed suggests that there is a chance that you're not being honest with yourself. It's time you dealt with unresolved issues, deep fears or unfinished business, which, like a silent undercurrent or an unbridged gap in your heart, could be affecting intimacy in your relationship or love life. Staying busy, turning to familiar comforts or resorting to compulsive behavior could be covering up denial, suffering, stagnation or heartache. Genuinely come to terms with the truth by confronting or forgiving your own role in whatever it is you regret so that you can let go, move on and become more open to romance. There is a safe harbor of support and security available to you, but you might need to seek it out. Recovery and healing are inner work and can begin only after there has been acknowledgement of the hurts that have occurred.
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