Blog Posts by GALTime.com

  • Help Him Be a Better Kisser!

    By Marianne Beach, GalTime.com

    Imagine--you think you've found the perfect guy. He's got the looks, the great job, the sparkling personality--but when you lock lips for the first time, he turns out to be a complete dead fish. What's a girl to do? Focus on the positives? Run screaming into the night? Or help him hone his technique?

    We asked Andréa Demirjian, The Kissing Expert, and author of the book Kissing - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life's Sweetest Pleasures.

    "Kissing, for many, is considered the barometer for the relationship as it speaks to sexual compatibility, and the strength of desire and attraction," she says. "So if the first kiss with a new guy doesn't make you quiver, or at least show serious quiver potential, many a gal has been known to cut and run. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that."

    Related: Do You Smooch Enough?

    But, she says, you might want to cut the guy a break or at least give him a second chance at that first

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  • 10 Fun Ways to Burn Calories This Summer

    By Carissa Wright, GalTime.com

    It's swimsuit season…and wedding season, and reunion season, and the season for just about everything else. There's something about the coming of the sun that turns us into uber-social beings, and because we have so many gatherings to attend (and because summer clothing typically consists of less fabric), we all want to look our best. Working to maintain a healthy body is the hard part.

    For many of us, working out is right up there on the list of things that make us miserable, just beneath bra shopping and putting away groceries. So, GalTime enlisted the expert help of Mylene Dane, a certified personal trainer at one of the top fitness gyms in Hollywood.

    "Living in L.A. where the weather is gorgeous, I like to mix it up with my clients and take advantage of the outdoors," Mylene explains.

    Here are Mylene's top ways to work out while having fun during the leisurely summer months and how many calories you burn doing each activity for one half

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  • Life After Divorce: Mom's Rules vs Dad's Rules

    By Tara Weng, GalTime.com
    Divorce is devastating to families, particularly when it comes to the kids. So how do you tackle the delicate balance with your kids when your "ex" has different house rules? Family therapist Shauna Knox says keeping things in perspective can be the key to a successful after-marriage partnership. "Hopefully the one thing that you and your ex can agree on is that you both love your kids and for their sake can agree to co-parent," she explains. While you and your ex may have issues, the welfare of your kids should come first and foremost. "It might help to see if the two of you could meet at a neutral place for the purpose of discussing the kids, or if that's not possible, see if communicating about it in a series of emails would work," Knox advises.

    Related: Should Your Kids Influence Who You Date?

    Even in married couples someone might always seem to come out the "good" or the "bad" guy, but in situations of divorce these roles might seem amplified.

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  • 'It's Complicated' Is, Well, Complicated

    By Analorena Zeledon, GalTime.com

    "It's Complicated" -- the phrase seems pretty self explanatory but, these days, it's also a "relationship status" on Facebook. And anyone on Facebook knows...when you change your status, all your friends know it instantly. There's no faster way to let people know the personal side of your life-- for better or worse.


    Related: Are You An Accidental Flirt?

    My bosses here at GalTime tell me stories of instant support when someone goes from "in a relationship", or even worse from "married", to "single" on the social network. It's a painful decision because there is no hiding on the Web. On the other hand, going from "in a relationship" to "engaged" will get you oodles of congrats in a matter of minutes. But, this whole "It's Complicated" thing... what does it actually mean? I can tell you that in college it's an acceptable status considering that "hook ups" are common and relationships are a rarity. However, once you leave the bubble of the

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  • Parents React to Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY Verdict

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

    NOT GUILTY!?

    Today, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her beautiful two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Ordinarily, we don't expect to hear murder, mother, and child in the same sentence. Thousands of parents around the country are both blown away and shocked.

    On GalTime's Facebook page, shock is overwhelmingly against the verdict. Some comments:

    Beverly: 'NO justice for Caylee 7-5-2011

    Alicia says "They're complete idiots!!!!!"

    Tammy said: "Its just like oj"

    Denny: "UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE"

    Suzanne: "She will meet God one day and won't be able to hide behind her lies"

    Ashley: "Stunnnnnnnned"

    There was one in favor of the verdict. Kim says, "Happy for her she didn't do it."

    Related: 'Teen Mom' Suicide Threat: What To Say To Your Kids

    Many of us thought that this mother was guilty of something. After all, her child was unprotected while in her care. It is

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  • How Do You Get Over 'The One Who Got Away'?

    By GalTimer Shannon Abrahamson

    After 9 years, I'm still in love with the one I let get away, or rather the one I left. I've been in four serious relationships in my life and never have I felt even a portion of the love I have for this man. We were together for 8 years and broke up about a year and a half ago because I wanted to live together and get married and have kids and felt that it wasn't ever going to happen. It's been about a year and a half since we split and I find myself wondering ....did I make a mistake?... almost everyday since the day I ended it.

    At times I feel lost ... and wonder if I will ever feel complete again. I have dated since, but just can't seem to get my heart to move on. When things start to get serious I find myself thinking how much I wish it was him... always ending in the realization that I can't give my heart to someone else because its still in love with him.

    Related: Best (and Worst) Post-Breakup Movies

    Here are the 4 things that DON'T work

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  • Plan a Debt-Free Summer Vacation

    By Kendall Bitonte, GalTime Associate Producer
    "Vacations are what you and your family remember for the rest of your life but you don't want to be paying for them for the res of your life. That's why it's important to budget a debt free vacation." Those are the words of wisdom from travel guru and finance wiz Ellie Kay. An author, mother and financial expert in her own right, Kay has tips for all of us who are planning summer get-aways or researching how to make future vacations real possibilities.

    Before daydreaming yourself into travel photographs, however, you have to make a clear, realistic and inelastic budget that includes everything from transportation, room & board, food, amusement and even those usually "hidden fees." She also suggests taking time to consider vacation options outside of what is considered traditional.

    Related: Top 6 Tips for Surviving a Trip With the Kids

    "The bottom line is planning the most enjoyable vacation your family can take without going

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  • Should Your Kids Have an Influence Over Who You Date?

    By Galtimer Michelle Strickland

    In today's world it is so much more common to meet a divorced couple than find a couple that has been married for many years. It's sad, but so very true.

    What's even sadder is that I'm a witness to it first hand with many divorces taking place in my own family; even my parents called it quits after almost 20 years. I thought for sure they were going to make it. They had their ups and downs, but who doesn't? As time went on it seems as though my sister and I witnessed more and more arguments, but I think it's just that as we got older and older we understood what was going on and the extent of the heartbreak more.

    Related: 5 Signs You're Not Ready to Get Back in the Dating Game

    When my father decided to move out, it seemed as though he moved out and moved on leaving my sister and me behind. Later that year, he had us out for dinner to "ask" how we felt about him entering the dating scene. Now, I put the word ask in quotes because at the

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  • Even More Mammogram Controversy

    By GalTime.com
    Age should NOT be the deciding factor in when most women get mammograms.

    Instead, a mammogram schedule should be personalized for each patient and should consider several factors including age, breast density, family history and lifestyle.

    That is the recommendation of a new study in the latest issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

    The study challenges current guidelines from the US Preventive Task Force, which calls for screening women 50-74 years of age every two years.

    Related: 5 Common Summer Skin Problems

    "Most guidelines use age as the determining factor in when, and how often, a woman should get a mammogram," says Steve Cummings, MD, of the San Francisco Coordinating Center at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and the lead author of the study. "What our study shows is that other factors, particularly breast density, are just as important, if not more so, in helping a woman decide what is most appropriate for her. We

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  • Myth: Men Won't Commit

    By Your Straight Male Friend Marcus Osborne for GalTime.com

    I've heard this one a thousand times. "Guys just can't commit." We don't have problems committing.

    Ok some guys have problems committing.

    But here's a newsflash…it's not that we have problems committing, it's that we have problems committing to you. We're keeping it real here, right? Fact is, whenever someone says, "It's not about you" or "It's not personal" it's damn personal and it's all about you.

    Related: Top 5 Myths Women STILL Believe About Men

    The "it's not you" line is what we say to avoid trying to explain why it's entirely about you. We're relatively wimpy when it comes to emotional confrontation. But what we really want to say is:

    Hey, we've been going out for a while, I know. And now you want a greater commitment towards a potential long-term future. But the fact is, I really don't see you that way. Don't get me wrong, I love hangin' out, having great sex, laughing, weekend getaways, and

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