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  • Are Insults Normal in a Relationship?

    By GalTime Relationship Diva Jane Greer, Ph.D.
    QUESTION: My fiance and I love each other very much. He makes me so happy and confident about my life decisions. However I can't go one day without hearing him call me stupid or dumb and sometimes when he is really mad he says the most hurtful things. He never hits me or anything. Is it normal for couples to insult each other and, if so, do they even realize how much it hurts? I can dish out a lot to him but when he says one thing about me, I get furious and cry at the same time. How can we put each other in our shoes to try and see the other person's point of view?

    ANSWER: Depending on what your fiance experienced growing up in his family, name calling and insulting one another when angry or upset may indeed be his family norm because it may have been the way everyone treated each other. Additionally, since you are throwing the bull back in his face, then you are also giving him the message that it's OK to fight dirty with one another

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  • Top Amusement Parks for the 4th

    By GalTime.com


    Amusement parks are one of the top ways families plan to have fun this Fourth of July, according to the folks at Yahoo.com. Where are the roller coasters that Americans hope to ride on Independence Day this year?

    Interest is spiking on Yahoo! Travel for:

    Disneyland (searches are up 21%)

    Six Flags (searches are up 44%)

    Kings Island (searches are up 70%)

    and Wisconsin Dells (searches are up 72%).

    But fun isn't the only thing on people's minds this holiday weekend... so are budgets and bargains.

    Searches are also spiking for "discount Hershey Park tickets" and (searches are up 2,456%), "Dollywood discount tickets" (searches are up 119%).

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  • Why Moms-to-be Should Consider Maternity Photos

    By KyAnn Lewis, GalTime.com
    You might not feel at your photographic best as you're nearing the end of your pregnancy, but more women are choosing to pose for maternity portraits. Erica Clements is a sought-after maternity photographer in Orlando, Florida. She helps moms-to-be look and feel beautiful. GalTime asked her to tell us more about maternity portraits and why women should consider them.



    GalTime:

    Why should women have maternity portraits taken?

    Erica Clements:

    We're only pregnant for such a short time, compared to the lifetime we'll spend with our children. That fleeting moment that we're pregnant is so precious, and once the baby arrives, it's hard to remember what it was like to still have that wonderful belly. I wish I could see some pictures of my Mom when she was pregnant with me. I think it's so important to have at least one photo to share with your child when he or she is grown.

    GalTime:

    Sometimes it's hard for women to feel beautiful

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  • Hail Red, White and Blue---- Desserts

    By Elania Donofrio, GalTime Associate Producer
    Fourth of July is just around the corner and that means it's time for cookouts, fireworks, and everything red, white, and blue, and that can include your desserts, too!

    When planning for the patriotic holiday, color coordinating decorations and outfits are always a must, so why not have your sweet treats match for the occasion, as well? Making red, white, and blue desserts can be a simple and fun way to add a little something extra to your Fourth of July cookout this year.

    FRUIT, FRUIT, FRUIT

    Lucky for us, quite a few fruits fall into the red, white, and blue category. Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and watermelon are all great red options. Both blueberries and blackberries work well for blue while white apricots and peaches are perfect for white. Making a fruit salad using these choices is a healthy and not to mention refreshing way to incorporate some patriotic colors into your menu. In addition to a basic fruit salad,

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  • The Space Between Monogamy and Cheating

    By Johanna Lyman for GalTime.com

    I've been thinking a lot lately about the basic philosophical difference between people who think in terms of "either/or" and those who think in terms of "both/and". The latter is the (albeit in its most simplistic form) basis of Tantric philosophy. In a non-dual world view such as Tantra, either/or doesn't usually make sense. Either/or supports a belief that one must choose between two things; as if the world were not infinitely abundant with enough room for "both". Tantra, with its non-dual perception, sees everything as part of a greater whole. From that frame of mind, it's difficult to choose one thing as better than another.

    The "either/or" philosophy makes sense when one choice is appealing and the other is unappealing. But what happens when both choices are attractive? For example: what if you want to be socially monogamous with your partner but enjoy sexual relations with other people? In many cases, you choose both, but do so in ways that

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  • Most Popular Patriotic Songs

    By GalTime.com
    July 4th brings out the patriot in all of us. We hang our flags and search our closets for the perfect red, white and blue outfit. Add in a family barbecue and fireworks and it's the definition of Independence Day.

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    Music is always part of every holiday celebration and the Fourth is no different. So, what are the most popular patriotic songs we sing, hum and whistle? Yahoo.com put together the list of the most searched songs that honor the good old U.S.A.

    Related: Top 8 4th of July Hot Spots

    Popular Patriotic Songs on Yahoo! (spring 2011)

    1. Star Spangled Banner
    2. God Bless America
    3. God Bless the USA
    4. America the Beautiful
    5. Battle Hymn of the Republic
    6. My Country Tis of Thee
    7. Yankee Doodle Dandy
    8. This Land is Your Land
    9. Ballad of the Green Beret
    10. Stars and Stripes Forever
    What's your fav?

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  • Airline Bans Babies From 1st Class

    By Shira Scott, GalTime.com
    Looks like at least one airline is responding to complaints about crying babies on board.

    Malaysia Airlines is banning infants from 1st class on its Airbus A380 jumbo jets and its Boeing 747-400 jets.

    The Airline's chief executive told the Australian Business Traveller that the company has received a good number of complaints from high-paying passengers who say that they "can't sleep due to crying infants."

    There's been a lot of debate lately over kids on planes with some people suggesting airlines should offer child-free flights or have special family sections on board. According to the Daily Mail, travel specialists have urged several airlines, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates, to consider both of these options.

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

    A recent poll in the UK showed that 75 percent of business passengers found children on planes "irritating."

    But, when DDB Worldwide Communications

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  • Shakespeare Smoked Pot? Seriously?

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

    This just in. William Shakespeare whose literary works your teens are or will be reading in the Fall may have been inspired by smoking pot. Apparently, remnants of the drug were found on pipe fragments discovered in Shakespeare's garden.

    A South African anthropologist is asking for his body to be dug up to check for further evidence of marijuana use. In the recent past politicians, celebrities, and teen idols have gotten into trouble, but William Shakespeare?!

    Can't our teens have one role model whose past is squeaky clean or is that an impossible request for anyone?

    And, oh dear, how will you respond when the teens say "well William Shakespeare did it."

    YOUR THOUGHTS?

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  • 5 Common Summer Skin Problems

    By Kendall Bitonte, GalTime Associate Producer
    Ahhh, summer…. the time when the temperature starts to rise and hemlines and sleeve lengths seem to follow, leaving more of your skin in public view and bringing to light some issues that weren't apparent during the months of sweaters and hibernation.

    GalTime surveyed skin experts from cosmetic gurus to doctors, and compiled a list of 5 major summer skin problems, as well as methods to treat and prevent them from ruining a perfectly great beach day!

    1. Sunburn & Melasma:

    Listen to your mother and lather up that sunscreen! All of our experts stressed sun protection and not just to prevent sunburn. Shannon Morrow, Physician Assistant at Dermatology Associates of LaGrange, Illinois, says women in a high estrogen state (for example, those on birth control or pregnant) are more susceptible to melasma, a patchy brown pigment that appears when the face is exposed to sun.

    To prevent: Tina Capiello, top esthetician from Miami Beach

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  • Three Perfect Picnic Salads

    By Elaina Donofrio, GalTime Associate Producer

    Sure… lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a splash of dressing makes for a nice salad. You can even add some croutons to mix things up and add some crunch. But this summer why not try something different for your picnics or meal appetizers? Ingredients for salads don't have to come purely from a garden. With the following recipes, your picnic guests and even your kids will be begging for seconds.

    Perfect Picnic Salads

    Having light options, like this recipe, is a great choice when having a picnic. If the weather happens to be stifling, the refreshing juice of the nectarine will make a great addition to your menu. Adding fruit, such as nectarine in this particular recipe, or other fruits such as cranberries, apple slices, or grapes, can really cool things off on a hot day.

    1. TOMATO, NECTARINE, AND BASIL SALAD

    This recipe is a favorite of DeAnne McArdle's, founder of the website Unleash Your Inner Foodie where she likes to

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