Blog Posts by GALTime.com

  • Is It EVER OK To Get Married If You're Not In Love?

    By GALTime.com Staff

    Ever been to a wedding where people sit around and actually bet on how long it will last? It's cruel, but come on...we all know people who get married for the wrong reasons. Here's a doozie. We actually know someone who was engaged but was NOT IN LOVE with her fiance. She actually said it out loud. Her closest friends begged her not to get married. She went ahead with the ceremony anyway, saying that they'd been together for years, they were good friends, that she'd 'grow to love him.' She wanted to have kids and was already in her thirties. WHAT??!!! It astounds us that people enter marriage knowing from the get-go that things aren't right. It's tough enough when things are right. We wanted to figure out why people accept proposals when they're not head-over-heels and offer help to brides willing to give up their one-and-only shot for a not-so-happily-ever-after. We asked renowned love and sex expert Jane Greer, Ph.D., for her thoughts on the topic.

    GT: Dr Greer,

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  • 5 Best Vampires on TV- Who's Your Fav?

    By GALTime's Mari Mancusi

    Author of The Blood Coven Vampire series


    With Stephanie Meyer's Eclipse hitting theaters this summer, the vampire craze shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. But the big screen isn't the only place to find a bloodsucking bad boy. In fact, True Blood fans are planning parties and setting aside next Sunday night (June 13) for the long awaited Season 3 premier on HBO! From classic horror soap stars to horror show hotties, over the years, vampires have been biting into primetime in a big way.

    Here are my top five vampire favorites from the small screen.

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    Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    We used to have Buffy Night every Tuesday where we'd gather around the TV with pizza and beer, breathlessly awaiting Joss Whedon's instant classic vampire romp. It was scary, funny, sexy, and sometimes even musical and all the characters were endearingly flawed in their own rights. But it was the blond, British

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  • Is There a Special Secret to the Perfect Playgroup?

    by GALTime.com Parenting Pro Michele Borba, Ed.D.

    Excerpted from 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids

    Did you know that studies find playgroups are one of the best ways for kids to learn friendship-making skills as well as build their self-esteem? Though there is bit of organization and parental planning involved, there are so many rich social benefits for youngsters that playgroups are expanding from coast to coast. Each of my sons was in a playgroup, which met twice a week to play and do activities together. We alternated at the children's homes. My boys couldn't wait for playgroup, and believe me I was just as excited. This was the time I got to see the other mothers, even if it was just for a few minutes. On many a day, a few of us moms remained chatting away in the driveway after we dropped off our kids with our infants in strollers, just so happy to be in another grownup's company. Many of those women became some of my

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  • Did You Know Summer Can Wreak Havoc On Your Teeth?

    By GALTime.com's Kerri Winick and Andrea Krivelow of Celebutante Sisters

    From picnics to barbeques, swimming to sunbathing, Summer festivities are enough to put a smile on anyone's face. But chew on this: everything from the type of water you swim in to the seasonal foods you eat to the shade of lipstick you wear can affect those pearly whites. A smile is one of your best accessories, so why not keep it bright and healthy ? We're totally drooling over these tips from Dr. Ramim Tabib and Dr. Elisa Mello of NYC Smile Design. Check them out!


    Ocean vs. Pool
    Chlorine, which is often used in swimming pools, can erode and weaken teeth; whereas, the ocean's salt water decreases bacteria in the mouth providing a healthy oral environment, making ocean activities your optimal choice.

    What to do to protect your teeth if you're exposed to pool water.



    Limited Sun Bathing
    There are many reasons why people shouldn't lay out in the sun, but when it comes to teeth,

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  • How to Use Facebook & Twitter To Save on Travel

    By: Desiree Miller GALTime Staff Writer

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    Thinking about summer travel and dreading the expense? You can find ways to save if you are willing to make a few new friends and follow some others. That's because many companies are now offering deep discounts via Facebook and Twitter.

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    Ed Perkins with SmarterTravel.com says, "You should certainly sign up for the social media of any airline you're likely to want to fly." By signing up, he means becoming a follower on Twitter, or "liking" the company on Facebook. "The companies will send savings right to you, instead of you having to search the web for ways to cut costs," says Perkins. And it's not just airlines offering the savings.

    Travel companies from hotels to cruise lines are jumping on board with these special offers that the general public won't always hear about.

    Be aware. These are typically offers that require you to act fast.

    Other times the offers are two-for-one specials.

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  • Can Sticking to Bedtime Make Your Child Smarter?

    By GALTime.com
    Next time your kids beg you to stay up late, don't give in! Sticking to an age-appropriate bedtime may make them smarter.

    Researchers asked the parents of 8,000 four-year-olds for a rundown of their kids' usual bedtimes and wake times. The children were given a series of tests that measured their language, reading and math skills.


    Surprise! The little ones who had a consistent, earlier bedtime scored better in all three areas. Those who got less sleep not only had lower scores, but also had a harder time understanding spoken language.

    (5 Top Reasons Your Child Won't Sleep At Night)

    "Getting parents to set bedtime routines can be an important way to make a significant impact on children's emergent literacy and language skills,"said lead author Erika Gaylor, PhD, early childhood policy researcher for SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute in California. "Pediatricians can easily promote regular bedtimes with parents and

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  • Why Aquaphor Is a Wonder Product (& 9 Other Summer Must Haves)

    by GALTime Beauty Report Kerri Winick

    When it comes to beauty products, we scour magazines, sift through samples and shop our hearts out. Finding your favorites takes dabbing, smudging, brushing…and time! Wouldn't it be nice to have some expert help at putting together your ideal beauty bag? From drugstore scores to boutique buys, professional makeup artist Andrea Ducharme gives us the scoop on her top ten tried and true faves!

    Andrea Ducharme's Top 10 Must Have Beauty Must Haves

    aquaphor-healing-ointment 1.Aquaphor Skin Ointment - This can be used as a cuticle cream, elbow and foot cream, or to smooth red, flaky eczema patches. It can also help remove eye makeup, protect lips and seal in night repair serums. The uses are endless for this wonder product!

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    2. Caudalie and Darphin Cleansing Waters - These feel like water, yet easily remove mascara and other eye makeup. They refresh and clean skin (without stripping it) and allow for quick eye
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  • Do We Face More Pressure to Be Perfect Than Our Parents?

    By GALTime Parenting Pro Maureen O'Brien, Ph.D.

    Perfection and parenting don't mix. But that doesn't keep us parents from worrying all the time about what we've done wrong. The reality, though, is that children are very forgiving and actually learn a lot from seeing their moms and dads make mistakes. So, let's examine why we fall so often into the SuperParenting trap.

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    1. We worry about others judging us. Somehow we think other families have it all figured out. Nothing can be further from the truth. Once you admit you are concerned say, about your child's aggression, most parents will not only be sympathetic, but they'll dive in with their own examples.

    (Are You Ruining Your Kids' Social Lives?)

    2. We over-schedule ourselves. There are only 24 hours in a day, but sometimes families try to pack in too much. Our kids need to learn that it is better to go slowly and value the experience than to rush from one thing to the next.

    3. We think more is better. Children

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  • How to Vacation Debt Free

    By GALTime Financial Reporter Jodi Grundig

    hawaii cruise skilift

    If you haven't already saved for this summer's vacation, it may be too late to cover all the costs, especially if you're taking off in June or early July. But, it's never too early to start thinking about fabulous getaways later this year or even 2011. Before you get too far with your savings plan, keep in mind the first step of saving for anything, including vacations, is knowing the true, full costs of what you are planning for. So, how do you come up with a realistic estimate of the FULL cost of that getaway?

    (Summer Travel Guide: Everything You Need!)

    First, decide exactly where you want to go, and how long you plan to visit for. Consider how much time your kids can miss from school and how much time you can get away from work.

    Once you know the destination and length of visit, estimate your flight and lodging costs. Keep in mind that these costs can be seasonal - school vacation weeks

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  • Be an Eco-Smart Wedding Guest


    By: Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson

    A whopping 2.3 million couples will get married this year in the US. That's an average of nearly 6,200 weddings a day! There are eco-guides galore for brides and grooms who want to protect the planet while saying their I DOs, but what about guests who want to be eco-conscious? The gals from Celebrate Green say there's no need to show up in a dress made from last year's magazines. (While a fun idea, it would certainly grab attention from the bride, a definite no-no whether the wedding is eco-friendly or not!) Here's their list of the top ways for guests to help celebrate that big day the eco way.

    Giving green

    Start with the gift. If the couple signs up with an eco-friendly shop registry or asks for donations to a cause they support in lieu of "stuff," you've got it made.

    If not, check for eco-friendlier items on

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