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  • Is It OK To 'Fake It'?

    By Rebecca VanderMeulen,

    Here's a scene from Seinfeld, the '90s' hilarious take on everyday minutae:

    Jerry: "You faked it?" Elaine: "I faked it." Jerry: "That whole thing, the whole production, it was all an act?" Elaine: "Not bad, huh?" Jerry: "What about the breathing, the panting, the moaning, the screaming?" Elaine: "Fake, fake, fake, fake."

    Many women pride themselves on their ability to convincingly fake an orgasm, thereby putting an end to less-than-satisfying sex. One researcher at Temple University found recently that about 60 percent of women have feigned climax at least once.

    Related: The "M" Word...Why Every Woman's Gotta Try It

    But if you're part of this majority, sex counselor Ian Kerner says your acting skills are nothing to be proud of. Convincingly faking the big O just makes you a good liar.

    There are plenty of reasons women pretend to be satisfied. Maybe it's not happening for real because they're tired, distracted, anxious or

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  • Isn't It Time To Say No to Sleepovers?

    By Barbara Greenberg, PhD and Jennifer Powell-Lunder, PsyD, for


    A 14- year-old Sonoma County girl died in her sleep at a slumber party this past weekend. Although the results of the autopsy are not yet available it is believed that her death was related to the consumption of vodka and soda. She is reported to have gotten the vodka from her own home.

    Sadly, it was her mother who discovered her the next morning. She called 911 for help, but it was too late.

    Related: Allowing Teen Sex At Home??!

    This is every parent's worst nightmare. Parents across the country want to believe that this could/would not happen in their home and are already beginning to weigh in on the mother's character. Some are saying that the mother should have been more vigilant, especially since she was responsible for her teen and her teen's friends' safety while they slept at her home.

    Apparently, the teens were vomiting and the mother was told that it was the

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  • Surviving the Big D

    By GaTimer Lisa Basquez
    That was the title and chorus of a song I LOVED in high school...Nice country twang, good lyrics and a toe-tappin' beat made it easy to dance to and listen loud as I drove through my little hometown. I thought it was a fun song and a good, lighthearted way to talk about divorce.

    Of course, that was until I went through the big D myself. Suddenly, it wasn't so funny when I was on the other end of it.

    If you've never been through divorce and wonder what the big deal is, let me tell's not pretty. Imagine being run over by a Mack truck- repeatedly.

    Or maybe having your house burn down while you stand by, helpless.

    Yes, divorce is THAT bad.

    It's heart-wrenching watching the dreams you had crumble around you. It's awful to see what was supposed to be ours become mine and yours.

    If you have children, it's terrible explaining to them what is happening and seeing the confusion & sadness in their eyes.

    Related: How Your Dating Can Help

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  • Change Your Life With Positive Affirmations

    By Life Coach Laura Allahverdi for

    Positive Affirmations - What are they and how do they work?

    Ever notice when you are looking into buying a new car, you suddenly see that car on the road all the time, everywhere you go? Are there suddenly more of those cars everywhere? Is that what has changed? Or have you changed your mind?

    Since you've programmed that car into your mind, your brain hones in on it everywhere. You may not have noticed them as much before you have put the idea into your mind. This is how affirmations work.

    Related: How Fear Holds Us Back

    We all affirm things in our mind everyday without even realizing it; I don't have enough money, I am fat, I hate my job, etc. These affirmations are negative. You are training your brain to only see not enough money, fat, crappy job. Even if something were to come along that was not that way, your brain would convert it to match your affirmations.

    If you can teach yourself to affirm positive things, even

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  • 5 Tips For COOL Summertime Savings

    By GalTime Frugalista Kristen Hagopian

    Well, we're halfway through a gorgeous summer, and while we're all enjoying the blue summertime skies, the heat-related bills are definitely adding up as well. Cool off your summertime spending with these easy, money-saving tips!

    (1) Time to Tweak the Thermostat - when we first fired up the air conditioning this summer, the heat was just starting to inch up to the 80-degree mark. Now that we're kissing the melting edge of 90+ degrees several days a week, it's time to tweak the air conditioning a bit as well. If you're used to setting your air conditioning at 68 degrees, do yourself a favor and bring it up to 70 (or even 75 degrees) instead. Many experts agree that a simple 20-degree difference between outside and indoor temperatures are ideal for optimal comfort. Regardless of how you're cooling your house, you'll enjoy tremendous savings with the increase of just a few degrees in your thermostat. This is also a perfect time to replace your

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  • How Old Is Too Old For a 'Paci'?

    By GalTimer Michelle Strickland

    I was at my final errand stop of the day when, all of a sudden, I heard a VERY unhappy child across the store, if I had to guess based on the cry, probably about 3 or 4 years old.

    The child kept going on and on and on, so I tried to speed up my shopping. As I was heading to the checkout area, the child's sounds got closer and closer and ended up right behind me on checkout lane #5. Lucky Me. Not more than 30 seconds later did I notice the child was finally silent. What was the secret weapon to make everything okay? A pacifier. Seriously?

    Related: New Sleep Strategies for Babies

    So, I struck up a kind conversation with the mother (just to ease my curiosity of the child's age) and said, "Aw, someone's having a bad day". The mother softly giggled and said she is obsessed with Barbie and was unhappy she wouldn't buy her one... which makes sense. It's common for a child to be upset over what they can't have.

    But, back to my curiosity.

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  • New Dating Apps to Manage Your Love Life

    By Rebecca VanderMeulen,

    Is your smartphone the first thing to greet you in the morning and the last thing you see at night?

    "If you're a power user of your smartphone, you should definitely use it in your dating life," says Laurie Davis, founder of online dating consultant eFlirt Expert.

    Given how indispensable mobile apps are these days, it's no surprise that there are tons of applications to help you find a dating partner and plan a rendezvous. Pretty much every dating site has its own mobile app, Davis says. Besides that, you can download apps designed just to manage your dating life.

    "More people are spending time on their smartphones," author and online dating expert Julie Spira tells us. "Mobile dating apps make it more convenient to meet someone while you're on the go and are rapidly growing in popularity."

    Our experts say there are so many to choose from, but here are some of the newest choices:


    Instead of scrolling through

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  • Are Men or Women More Likely to Die From Cancer?

    By Shira Scott,

    The answer, according to a new study, is men.

    Researchers at the National Cancer Institute looked at data for 36 types of cancer by gender and age. (data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program)

    The results showed that men (in the United States) are more likely than women to die from a majority of specific types of cancer.

    • lung and bronchus (2.31 men died compared to 1 woman)
    • colon and rectum (1.42-to-1)
    • pancreas (1.37-to-1)
    • leukemia (1.75-to-1)
    • liver and intrahepatic bile duct (2.23-to-1)
    • urinary bladder (3.36-to-1)
    • lip cancer (5.51-to-1)
    • larynx (5.37-to-1)
    • hypopharynx (4.47-to-1)
    • esophagus (4.08-to-1)
    Also See: Preventing Summer UTIs

    "Our research suggests that the main factor driving the greater frequency of cancer deaths in men is the greater frequency of cancer diagnosis, rather than poorer survival once the cancer occurs," said Michael B. Cook, Ph.D., an investigator

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  • SH..T! Did You Just Say That In Front Of Your Kids?!

    By Barbara Greenberg, PhD and Jennifer Powell-Lunder, PsyD, for

    Children do it. Teens do it. And yes, parents do it. And they admit to doing it in front of their kids. It used to be private behavior. At least that's what we thought. But we have learned otherwise. In a new survey conducted by, approximately 80% of the parents confessed to swearing in front of their kids.

    Related: Say THIS, Not THAT To Your Kids

    YIKES! If 80% are admitting to it then it is in actuality probably an even higher percentage. We all know that we try to present as even more perfect than we actually are. The parents in this survey believe that today's generation of kids curse even more than they did as kids. My goodness; it seems that everyone is cursing.

    Now this result was even a little bit more surprising. Nearly 40% of parents surveyed blamed their kids' cursing on other children or older siblings. Almost 35% blamed media and a mere 24% blamed themselves. So

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  • Thirst Quenchers or Weight Gainers?

    By GalTime Nutritionist Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN

    You may be reaching for a chilled or bubbly beverage while you read this! But before you take that first sip, check out this terrific excerpt from the timely new book, Go UnDiet by Gloria Tsang, RD to help you make the most healthful (not to mention waist friendly) beverage selections:

    What Happened to Water?

    Our beverage consumption patterns have shifted markedly during the 20 th century, and they continue to evolve. In his study,[i] Dr. Barry Popkin found an increase in the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. Findings from the American Heart Association back this up as well. The AHA found that over the past 30 years, our total calorie intake has increased about 150-300 calories per day - and half of that increase comes from liquid calories, primarily in the form of sweetened drinks[ii]. In fact, across all age groups, from toddlers to senior citizens, we now drink more calorie-containing drinks than we drink water. In

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