Blog Posts by Alexis Clark, Senior Features Editor

  • Date Three Men at Once? Only If You Really Want the Ring

    Photo by Getty ImagesLadies, feel free to let your copy of "The Rules" remain strategically tucked away behind all those other books you haven't picked up in years. The days of worrying about when to return a call or accept a second date are long gone.
    Rori Raye
    , dating coach and author of the Have the Relationship You Want series, says there is a sure-fire way to alleviate all of that old-school angst that sabotages any hopes of having a long-term relationship with a man. You must circular date! You don't know what that means? Well, you've come to the right place.

    “Circular dating is a therapeutic tool that has nothing to do with ‘the strategy of finding Mr. Right,’” Raye tells Yahoo Shine. “It’s about putting yourself out there in social situations where you can interact and date many men without having an agenda.”

    Raye believes that women who want to find true love end up ruining their chances when they constantly worry about the guy or what to do next in order to move the relationship along. Her

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  • Are You Washing Your Clothes Wrong? Probably.

    Photo by Getty ImagesIt’s quite possible that your newly washed, April-fresh-smelling clothes aren’t as clean as you think. Recent research by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and other experts indicate that many of us are going about the practice of washing our clothes completely wrong.

    For starters, if you’re washing clothes in cold water, using antibacterial detergent, or simply not washing certain items frequently enough, you may have to change some old habits.

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    When it comes to water temperature, you probably need to go hotter. “If you’re putting clothes in cold water, you aren’t getting rid of bacteria,” Marcelle Pick, an ob-gyn and pediatric nurse practitioner at the Women to Women health care center based in Yarmouth, Maine, tells Yahoo Shine. “For babies, their clothes tend to be more contaminated, so you should definitely wash using hotter temperatures.”

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  • Student's NRA T-Shirt Fires Up Controversy at High School

     
    A California high school got a lesson in how to say sorry this week.

    Canyon High School, based in Anaheim Hills, issued an apology to 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle, a student there, after first telling her that a T-shirt she wore to school violated its dress code policy on clothes depicting and promoting violence. The garment in question: a T-shirt with a photo of the American flag and a hunter, along with the words, “National Rifle Association of America, Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.”

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    It never occurred to the sophomore that the shirt she grabbed when she was running late for school a couple of weeks ago would land her in trouble with officials. But Bullwinkle was confronted by a security guard outside of class and told she had to change her shirt or face a suspension. She cooperated and wore a top the school provided for the duration of the day, but the incident frightened the teenager, and outraged her

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  • Warning! Women Feel Ugliest on Monday Mornings

    Photo by: Getty ImagesThere are lots of reasons why Monday is the most dreaded day of the week, and here's another one to add to the list: Forty-six percent of women feel “most ugly” on Monday mornings, especially between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m, a new study by media planning agency PHD USA reveals.

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    In addition to sharing the days and times they don't exactly feel up for a photo shoot, women in this study, which included female respondents in all age groups and geographic locations within the United States, also noted activities that make them feel ugly. Number one? Simply waking up, which was called out by 69 percent of those surveyed. Other activities on the list included feeling sick (67 percent), sweating (62 percent), feeling stressed out (61 percent), and crying (60 percent).

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    Despite the fact that many companies insist on blasting beauty product ads featuring unattainable images morning, noon, and night,

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  • Forget June. Why Brides Suddenly Want to Get Married on a Tuesday in November

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    Brides aren't usually clamoring to get married on a Tuesday in November. But with November 12 of this year translating to 11/12/13, thousands of soon-to-be-wed couples are choosing that very date to say “I do.”

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    Brian Beitler, executive vice president of David’s Bridal, tells Yahoo Shine that while Saturday is still the most popular day of the week to wed in America, many couples are putting the date ahead of the day.  “It does not matter if the date falls in the middle of the week or on the weekend.” 

    Beitler says his company began tracking wedding date trends after approximately 66,000 couples decided to get married on 07/07/07. “We think brides look for special dates because that’s how they want their weddings to be remembered,” he explains. “For 11/12/13, we are projecting about 2,300 weddings that day compared to a little over 350 that took place last year.”

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  • Want an Easier Pregnancy? Grab That Yoga Mat

    Getty Images If you were able to overlook Alec Baldwin’s angry outbursts, random Twitter rants, and fights with paparazzi, you would have noticed that his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was the picture of peaceful bliss throughout her pregnancy earlier this year. The reason? She did yoga.

    In an interview with the New York Daily News, Baldwin, a 29-year-old yoga instructor who gave birth to daughter Carmen Gabriela five weeks ago, said, "When I had aches and pains in the middle of the night, I'd just get out of bed and stretch."

    She’s not the only recognizable face to tout the benefits of the 3,000-year-old practice. Celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Gisele Bündchen, and Ali Larter swore by prenatal yoga throughout their pregnancies.

    So what’s the secret to making the whole process of pregnancy, labor, and delivery much easier for mommies-to-be? Shine asked some yoga experts to weigh in on how pregnant women of all fitness levels can exponentially ease their anxiety and discomfort all the way through the little

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  • Do We Really Want Fiction by 'Eat, Pray, Love' Writer Elizabeth Gilbert?

    Photo by: Getty ImagesNo matter what your thoughts are on Elizabeth Gilbert’s blockbuster memoir "Eat, Pray Love," or on Gilbert herself, the book sold a gazillion copies and became a manifesto for modern women seeking happiness at all costs, including relinquishing a career, marriage, home, success, whatever. If something wasn’t fulfilling, then leave it, and that’s exactly what Gilbert did.

    “More than being a feminist, I’m like the winner of feminism. I won the results of their work,” Gilbert said in a recent New York Times magazine profile. So, will Gilbert take the world by storm with her new novel, "The Signature of All Things," a story of a 19th century botanist? Or, more importantly, will Gilbert’s fans who have come to love her as a “what is the meaning of my life,” expert, want to read her fiction?

    Gilbert’s latest venture, which debuts on October 1, is not actually as far-fetched as we’d like to believe. She published a critically acclaimed novel before, "Stern Men," but the catch is that was 13

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  • Please Let Simon Cowell Know When His Baby Arrives!

    photo: SplashNews Although father-to-be Simon Cowell is now spending much of his time out and about with his glowingly pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, the cantankerous Brit clearly isn't looking to win any boyfriend-of-the-year awards, and has already announced his plans to stay clear of the delivery room when Silverman gives birth.

    "I know this sounds awful,” Cowell told Us Weekly on Tuesday, "But it's like you don't want to go into the restaurant while they're making your dinner. I think there are certain things you shouldn't see and that is one of them. I'll be very close by, but no [I won't watch]."

    Although Cowell’s response may sound like a throwback to the days when dads were off watching a game and smoking cigars while their wives were enduring hours of painful labor in order to bring a new human being into the world, he may have a point.

    A 2012 study out of Oxford University found that some fathers have actually suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after witnessing the

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