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  • Can You Have Guy Friends Once You're In a 'Relationship'?

    By Marianne Mancusi Beach, Staff

    Growing up, I've always found it easier to make friends with guys. Maybe they were less complicated, less gossipy, more fun. I don't know. Even today, one of my best friends in the world is a guy. Thankfully, my husband is totally cool with it.

    But that hasn't always been the case. In the past, I've had significant others who believed, like in "When Harry Met Sally", that men and women just can't be friends. Is it that you 'can't' be friends with a guy or is it that there's the risk the friendship will put a strain on your romantic relationship?

    It got us to thinking. Can guy/girl friendships exist in harmony once you're hooked on someone else?Relationship expert Rochelle Peachey of the transatlantic dating site "I Love Your Accent" ( says it depends.

    "To make this work, all parties need to know where they stand," she says. "The guy friend must never overstep his boundaries and the girl must never put her guy

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  • 4 Awesome Appetizers To Make This Weekend

    By GALTime's Camilla Saulsbury of Camilla Cooks

    Samosa Cigars with Chutney-Lime Dipping Sauce

    1 and 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
    1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons mild curry powder
    1 teaspoon salt, divided use
    2 cups Yukon gold potatoes (about 1 pound) - cooked, peeled, and diced
    1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
    16 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
    3-4 teaspoons cumin seeds
    3/4 cup mango chutney
    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    Preheat oven to 350° F. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add the onion; cook and stir 3-4 minutes until tender. Stir in the ginger, curry powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; cook and stir 45 seconds. Add the potatoes and mash lightly with a fork. Stir in the peas and the remaining salt and cook until the mixture is warmed through, 3-4 minutes. Remove from stove and cool.
    Place phyllo sheets on a clean, flat surface. Cover with a dry, thin dish towel, then a damp tea towel

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  • No More Chore Wars! 3 Strategies to Get Kids to Pitch In

    By GALTime Parenting Expert Michele Borba, Ed.D.

    Years ago I learned a parenting secret from my girlfriend that I'll never forget. Cindy and I were busy chatting away when she glanced at the clock and suddenly announced: "Chore time!" to her kids. Just as quickly, her two kids jumped up from what they were doing, scurried to the kitchen and proceeded to unload the dishwasher and put the clean dishes in the cupboard. And they did so without an ounce of help from their Mom nor did they utter one complaint or say those glorious words, "How much do we get?" When they finished their task, they turned for their mom's sanction (she nodded approvingly), grinned and ran their separate ways back to play. Oh, and by the way: her kids were three and five years old. Cross my heart!

    So what was the mom's secret? How could she possibly get her two kids not only to willingly participate in a family task, but also to do so at such young ages? Believe me, those were the questions I asked. My

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  • Do My Toenails Make Me Look Fat?
    By Marianne Mancusi Beach Staff

    We've all heard stories of airlines charging more for obese patrons, asking them to purchase a second seat to accommodate their girth. But this one may shock you -- a woman in Georgia says her nail salon charged extra for her pedicure because they said her weight could damage their massage chairs.

    That's right. Forty year old Michelle Fonville says she went to a salon in an Atlanta suburb and found an additional five dollars added onto her bill. When she asked, the salon employee said the charge was due to her weight putting pressure on their chairs, which, they claim, can only hold 200 pounds and cost $2,500 to replace.

    When she cried discrimination, the salon eventually refunded her money, but asked Fonville not to return.

    Check out an interview with Ms. Fonville and the salon here.

    I'm no legal expert, but I have to say (and this is strictly MY opinion), it sounds like the

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  • Why 'Guy Time' Is So Important To Your Love Life

    by JL Watkins, The GALTime Guy

    I've just recently become a first-time homeowner, and as we get accustomed to our new surroundings, I've also begun picking up on the activity patterns of my neighbors. There's one guy, in particular, who always seems to be watering his lawn or tackling some mysterious project in his garage. Initially, I thought he was always insanely busy, but when I saw him emerge from the garage on a humid Sunday morning, clutching a model airplane, it all became clear to me. He was having "Guy Time".

    Whether it's relaxing on the sofa, playing paintball with the dudes, or constructing ridiculously intricate model airplanes in a suffocating, hot garage, one thing holds true: Men need their "Guy Time".

    It's no secret that men and women process emotions and release stress differently from each other. When my wife is stressed out, she makes a lot of phone calls to friends or spontaneously finds something to organize. That's her way of making sense of what's going

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  • 8 Ways to Get Your Kids to Open Up & Talk To You

    By: Michele Borba, Ed.D., Parenting Expert

    Before I had kids, I was a teacher. I know that there are certain students teachers will never forget. There are also some mothers we will never - as in ever - forget. (And I'm betting I have every teacher who reads this nodding and smiling. Right?)

    Over the years I've watched how some moms just seem to have the knack of getting their kids to open up. The women often confided how fortunate they felt that their children sought them out as confidantes, but I knew it wasn't luck at all. Those parents really knew a few tips to the art of getting their kids to talk.

    Here are a few of their best kept secrets, as well as others I've picked up over the years that help when I'm chatting with teens. You can use them to help your kids open up, talk more, and even share what's really going on in their lives. If you start incorporating these strategies now, your kids will not only be more likely to open up about what's going

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  • Guys, Dating & Money: 6 Ways to Know if He's a Charmer or a Cheapskate

    By Mary Schwager, Staff

    Does your man need a money make-over? Did the date you went on over the weekend create a financial faux pas?

    We asked our readers to send us their questions and situations where they encountered a guy who didn't quite meet the definition of 'classy' when the bill arrived and asked etiquette expert, Jodi Smith from Mannersmith for some advice.

    The author of this article also has a disclaimer: This article was not prompted by anyone she dated.

    First question from our readers:

    1. Does the man always have to pay? What's the modern, 2010 etiquette for this? On a first date? On a second date? Okay, how about the third date?

    Jodi Smith, Mannersmith:

    According to modern manners, 'the person who does the asking does the paying.' In 2010, gender is not the deciding factor. Generally, the person who initiated the dating situation will continue to do so for the first few get-togethers. Then, if all is going well, it is expected that

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  • The 7 Year Itch Is Dead! Find Out When Most Marriages Now Hit The Skids

    GALTime Staff

    We've all heard of the 7 Year Itch, but now a new survey says you still may not be safe after passing that particular marriage milestone. Grant Thornton accountancy group looked at ninety of the country's biggest family law firms and says the average time to "itch" is actually after 12 years of matrimony.

    The most common reasons for ending the marriage? No, not infidelity, which only accounted for a quarter of divorces. But rather "Falling out of love" and "Growing apart."

    But Anne Milford, co-author of "How Not to Marry the Wrong Guy: Is He "the One" or Should You Run? A Guide to Living Happily Ever After" believes the itch could come at any time during your marriage. And if you're not prepared to do the work, you could find yourself in divorce court.

    "I have seen people with all kinds of itches-the two year itch, the five year itch, the 25 year itch.…the number doesn't matter," she insists. "What matters is that they try to uncover the reason they are feeling

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  • 5 Ways to Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat Fast

    By Fitness Expert Andrea Metcalf for

    Move it to Lose - You have to get that blood circulating in order to burn calories and utilize fat for fuel. Walking is a great way to get into shape and is the American Heart Association's recommended way to START exercising. Make every effort count by using a core balancing shoe. To really lose those inches fast, try for 2 hours of walking a day. Break it up into 10 minute increments.

    Related: Nearly 50 Ways to Burn 100 Calories

    Eat This Not That - You have to make choices and most of the time you probably know which ones are the right or healthier way to go. To get those pounds on the scale to fall off your body, try a no label diet. Eat only foods that do not require a label to tell you the nutrition or ingredients. That means fruits, veggies, meats and water. Skip the rest for two weeks and you can lose up to 10 pounds as many of my clients have.

    Tea Totalling - That's right!! To really whittle that waistline,

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  • Top Ten Reasons Men Say They're Afraid of Women Drivers

    Does your husband white knuckle the dashboard when you get behind the wheel? A new British poll says a third of men are afraid of their significant other's driving. And they had a whole slew of complaints to back up their fears.


    1. Lack of concentration
    2. Braking too late
    3. Flicking the accelerator
    4. Not avoiding rumble strips
    5. Getting too close to other cars
    6. Braking too hard
    7. Fiddling with the stereo
    8. Failure to indicate
    9. Going too fast
    10. Sticking in the middle lane

    In addition to the one-third of men living in fear of the passenger seat, one-fifth said they'd literally grip the seat cushion due to their anxiety. (Fraidy cats!) And, of course, a large majority boasted the superiority of their own driving prowess over their spouse's.

    Related: What Married Men REALLY Talk About

    Of course this is no university study--it's based on a survey of three thousand men at, so consider the

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