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  • 7 Ways to Connect with Your Partner in 5 Minutes or Less

    7 Ways to Connect With Your Partner in 5 Minutes or Less7 Ways to Connect With Your Partner in 5 Minutes or LessThis week has been quite the whirlwind. Really, every week seems like it is on warp-speed, and I know my life isn't the only one that seems to be jam-packed with all the things that need to be done. Between my husband's job, my job, our four kids, school, and house chores -- there really isn't a lot of time for things like alone time or dating. I know these are important parts of healthy relationships, and the fact that I am so busy with things like jobs and children, it becomes even more important for my husband and me to find time to connect.

    Our reality right now is that we don't have time to execute elaborate dates, weekend getaways, or overnight adventures. It won't always be this way, but it is right now so we have to make the best of it. The good thing is, you don't need all that time and elaborate planning put in place to connect -- all you really need is five minutes here or there.

    1. Kiss good morning

    You shouldn't underestimate the power of a kiss first thing in the

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  • Do You Have a Stomach Bug or Are You Pregnant? Take the Quiz!

    Stomach Bug or Baby?Stomach Bug or Baby?A Connecticut woman who believed she'd caught a stomach bug was shocked to discover that those sharp abdominal aches were actually labor pains. Jennifer Scollin didn't know she was pregnant, but this past Saturday, she gave birth to her second child -- a 9-pounder named Cole, the Connecticut Post reports.

    It's by all accounts, a happy development since babies are generally more pleasant than prolonged bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. In fact, I'd say that all-too-common baby vomit and diarrhea are still preferable to grown-up versions of the same.

    That said, for the benefit of any slightly confused, possibly-pregnant-or-maybe-it-was-a-bad-burrito ladies out there, I'd like to offer up this handy quiz.*

    1. There's an empty room in your house. Do you:

    A. Have the sudden urge to decorate it with alphabet letter decals and happy clouds?

    B. Throw up in it.

    C. Decorate it and then throw up in that one corner where you didn't paste decals and clouds.

    2. When you look down,

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  • Why You Need to Stop "Faking It" with Your Husband

    Why You Need to Stop Why You Need to Stop The other day, I came across this really interesting article by Serena Woods that called out all the wives who "fake it" for their husbands.

    She wrote:

    "Stop playing a role. Stop treating your husband like an annoying pet that you're obligated to feed. People who fake it are running from their own faults, so why don't you work on that? In the meantime, shave your legs every day. Wear a matching bra and underwear. Don't be a condescending dictator. Make yourself vulnerable."

    The post was all about being real with our husbands and not doing those fluffy things promoted in those "101 Ways To Improve Your Marriage" articles, like greeting your husband with a kiss or complimenting his shirt in the morning.

    And although I knew the words she wrote struck a chord with me, I wasn't sure just what chord that was.

    On one hand, I bristled at the piece, thinking: OK, hey, some of us need to "fake it" now and then, all right? If I was real and grumpy with my husband every time I felt

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  • 10 Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Become a Health Food Nut

    20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut20 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food NutThose of us who are really into this whole healthy eating thing, I'll admit, tend to get a little obsessive. Some may even call us crazy! We try to play the cool card and pretend like we're okay letting a little junk food fly, but we die a little inside each time our child eats a Cheeto. For the most part I'm pretty dang proud of the drastic changes we've made to our eating habits and proudly let my freak flag fly. But every now and then, I catch myself saying or thinking something, and even I have to roll my eyes at myself, and wonder, "Who have I become?!" To prove that we don't take ourselves too seriously, I compiled a little list of 10 tell-tale signs that you just may be a health food nut. If you can nod in agreement to just a few of these, you dabble in the art of healthy eating and are doing just fine, but if you nod your head yes to the majority of them, you probably need an intervention.

    10 Tell-Tale Signs You've Become a Health Food Nut:

    1. You think it's funny that

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  • The Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-Type

    The Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-TypeThe Best Diet and Fitness Plan for Your Personality-TypeI'd estimate there are approximately 344,847 diets out there. That's an unsubstantiated, unscientifically backed guess, of course. My point is there are a lot. People are constantly asking me what diet is the best and which one they should follow and why they all contradict each other. The easy answer to the last one is because losing weight is hard, and everyone wants to capitalize on our vulnerability by creating a new diet craze. The not-so-simple answer is because not every diet works for every person, and I'm not just talking genetics and body-type. I'm talking personality-type, too.


    That's right. Your personality may be the reason a certain diet fails for you. It might affect the approach you take when it comes to fitness, too.

    Now, I'm an introvert through and through by every definition of the word. I get anxious when I have to talk to other people. I tend to spend time by myself because actually asking someone to do something is nerve-wracking and unnecessarily

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  • Why I’m Taking a Child’s Approach to Dating

    Why I'm Taking a Child's Approach to DatingWhy I'm Taking a Child's Approach to DatingMy niece Nila looks at the world with innocence and wonder. Children are open, free, and untainted. They don't see color. They don't judge based on height, tone of voice, or looks. Children simply need attention, love, and protection. In reality, that's what we all want in love and life.


    So I've decided to take a child's approach to dating. Instead of seeing the negative first (he's balding!), I will see the positive (he has nice eyes). Here are three other ways that I will date like a kid:

    1. Focus on how he treats me
    When a child has a friend that hugs them and listens to their toddler woes (in baby talk, of course) that friend is their best friend. My niece Nila has about 10 BBFs but only because so many shower her with love and affection. As soon as one of us "crosses her," however, Nila crosses us off of her imaginary BFF list. Same goes for me when dating. I have a checklist of all the great things and take note of the not so great. If a man isn't treating me with love

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  • Not This Time, Mom: 4 Situations You Need to Stay Out Of (PLUS 4 You Can't Ignore!)Not This Time, Mom: 4 Situations You Need to Stay Out Of (PLUS 4 You Can't Ignore!)One of the hardest tasks of parenthood is knowing when you should and shouldn't intervene on your child's behalf. For me, the hand wringing started with my children learning to walk. I hated to see them fall. I wanted to scoop them up every time and hold them by the hand until they were perfectly steady.


    I spent a lot of time at the beach, ensuring soft landings when I did let go.

    As we all know, there is no learning to walk without falling down. But when do you hang on and when do you let go?

    I chatted with my kids, some of whom are now teens, about the sorts of mom situations that moms should probably back away from. Even if it is your first instinct to rush to the rescue, don't. How are your kids going to learn if you don't let them handle the risks, and consequences? I know. It's hard!

    1. The Homework Situation
    You're in the driveway when your kid smacks his forehead. They forgot to do their homework! "Please please please let me stay home today!" they beg. Or worse

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  • 7 Common Arguments Couples Have when They First Move in Together

    10 Common Arguments You Have when You First Move in Together10 Common Arguments You Have when You First Move in TogetherI moved in with my now-husband before we got married. When we went off to college, we decided then that we would take the next step and move in together. It made sense - we'd been together for three years already and since we were both going to the same college, it only seemed logical.


    We fought and got into arguments about the strangest and silliest things. Back then everything seemed like a big deal, but the truth is, it makes sense we clashed. Living together with someone is hard, and while everyone has their own weird habits and quirks, we don't always like what they are - even in someone we love.

    I've been living with my now-husband for 12 years, and we've managed to work through many of those common first-year arguments when it comes to cohabitation. There are some things that I still get quite irritated by, but usually nothing too large. If you've recently moved in with your significant other or you're thinking you will be there soon, here are 7 common points of arguments

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  • Forget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of Marriage

    Forget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of MarriageForget the Seven-Year Itch: Affairs More Common After Three Years of MarriageThere is no such thing as a "perfect marriage." I can only imagine that if one partner steps out of the marriage and turns to another person in the form of an affair, it becomes even more challenging. Affairs can happen for a wide variety of reasons from either party, and there's no doubt they can really hurt a marriage.


    We've all heard the common term "seven-year itch," which indicates the most common year of marriage to encounter affairs, but a new survey says that "itch" may actually come a lot sooner in marriage.

    A survey conducted by Ashley Madison, the world's leading extra-marital dating site, revealed that affairs or "the itch" is more likely to happen three to five years into a marriage. Using research data collected from the site's 25 million members located in 35 countries, it showed this "itch" coincides with the time a married couple usually has their first child.

    Related: How to survive the 7 stages of marriage

    I can say from personal experience that one of

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  • Teens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the Grunge

    Teens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the GrungeTeens React to Nirvana: The Good, the Bad, and the GrungeThe upcoming 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death has had him, and Nirvana, on my mind a little bit more than usual. As a fan of the band and of grunge in general, I can't help but wonder what they may have produced had he not died. It's still a waste and a shame and a sad story - hasn't gotten any less so with time - but one thing eases the pain, and that's how great the music was and is.


    I obviously think Nirvana holds up well with time, as some of the best rock music recorded in the '90s or any time, really. The Fine Brothers' Teens React to Nirvana video that hit the Internet this week is a fun confirmation of that, for the most part. The band and their more conceptual, strange videos were not the favorite of every teen who participated in the clip, but that would have been the case in 1992, too. Different tastes and all that. But the young people who got Nirvana now? They got it as clearly as those of us who got them way back when.

    Adam, 18, for example? Cannot stop

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