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  • Romantic Hacks for Relationship Ruts and Dilemmas

    Source: Romantic Hacks For Relationship Ruts and Dilemmas

    So, you've heard of life hacks that will change the way you live. But do you know the relationship hacks that will change the way you love? Thanks to advice from Reddit and Quora users, we've put together eight of the most romantic ways you can be more thoughtful in your relationship. Read on, and get ready to score some major points with your significant other.

    When he isn't spontaneous enough.

    "Set yourself a recurring calendar alert that goes off every 26 days. When it goes off, buy your girlfriend/wife flowers. It's a weird enough number that it seems totally spontaneous each time you do it, and she'll never catch on."

    When you're really hard to buy gifts for.
    "
    My parents will have been married 47 years on the 20th. This is my dad's hack. Whenever they are out and he sees my mother eye something she likes in a store (a dress or jewelry), he makes a mental note, then returns the next day or week and purchases the item.

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  • 40 Things to Learn as a Couple This Fall

    Source: 40 Things to Learn as a Couple This Fall

    The couple that learns together, stays together. Truth be told, there's no better way to keep your relationship fresh and fun than by trying out new things in your spare time. Since Fall is all about going back to school, we love the idea of going back to school as a couple - sort of. You don't have to hit the books but you can certainly find ways to soak up knowledge and share it with one another.

    • How to speak the language of a country you plan to visit together
    • How to cook a romantic meal
    • How to play a new instrument
    • Important self-defense moves
    • Home improvement skills, like painting like a pro
    • How to build a fire for camping trips
    • The moves to romantic dances like tango or salsa
    • A new sex position
    • How to play a Fall sport like soccer
    • What it takes to do improv
    • How to take awesome photos
    • Fancy dining etiquette
    • How to rock climb
    • Yoga moves to practice together
    • How to make ceramics, Ghost
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  • September Book Club Picks for Man-Repellers, Fangirls, and Wonder Women

    Source: September Book Club Picks For Man-Repellers, Fangirls, and Wonder Women

    Ready to fall in love with a new book this Fall? We've hand-picked the most promising page-turners out this month for your reading pleasure. This September, there are YA novels, historical romances, coming-of-age tales, and collections of essays that use fashion and knitting as metaphors for life and love. Plus vampires, sorcerers, and mystery to pair with your pumpkin spice latte. Let's hit the books!

    • Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls: Fashion blogger Leandra Medine has made a name for herself with her adventurous sartorial choices and sense of humor, and now she combines both in her first book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. Leandra shares personal stories, drawing comparisons between her style choices and her love life in this honest and witty collection of essays.
    • The Longest Ride: Nicholas Sparks's latest tearjerker, The Longest Ride, tells the tale of two vastly
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  • Throw a Divorce Party, No Split Pea Soup Required

    Source: Throw a Divorce Party, No Split Pea Soup Required

    When you think of divorce, you probably don't think "party." But in the past year or so, it seems as if divorce parties have exploded. There are divorce party planners, divorce registries, and divorce decorations galore. We're not sure how we feel about hiring a party planner, but we're all for having some fun after a big split. The end of a marriage is sad, no doubt, but that doesn't mean you can't take a break from the endless paperwork and the drama to throw a party and surround yourself with those who love you.

    • Plan the guest list carefully: Deciding who to include is crucial to the tone of the party. Invite people who really care about you and who have been supportive during the whole process. Those who will judge you for the divorce - or for even having the party - need not come. And tell guests to leave the kids at home; this should be one adults-only affair.
    • Keep it simple: Between all the stress and difficult
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  • How to Play Cupid in 5 Simple Steps

    Source: How to Play Cupid in 5 Simple Steps

    You've been there - you have two single friends who are just perfect for each other. The only problem: they haven't met yet. Before you make like Cher Horowitz or Patti Stanger and try to set them up, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Read on for some meaningful matchmaking tips that will turn you from amateur to pro. Oh, what is that we hear? Wedding bells in the distance?

    • Think it through: Why, exactly, do you think your friends are good for each other? Is it just because they're both really good-looking people? At the very least, consider the basics, like interests and age, and make sure they line up before you make any moves.
    • Be honest: Tell them ahead of time what your plan is. The worst thing you could do is sneakily set them up on a blind date or confront them at the same time about getting together. Be up front and give them a chance to say "no thanks" if they're not comfortable with the idea.
    • Don't put
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  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Minutes

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Minutes

    In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Andie Anderson shows us quite a few dating don'ts - from a superstitious love fern to an eerie scrapbook of future children - but it's possible to lose a guy's attention long before the 10-day mark. First impressions matter, so how you act during an introduction can make or break your chances of a first date. Looking for love? See what not to do, and learn how to lose a guy in 10 minutes. Follow these steps, and all bets are off:

    • Make it all about you. One of the fastest ways to turn off a guy is to rattle on about your day, your friends, your family - all without asking him a single question. Go for a conversation, not a monologue, and leave room for him to listen and respond.
    • Make it all about him. It shouldn't be a one-sided interrogation, either. Steer clear of 20 Questions so that he doesn't feel like he's in the hot seat.
    • Scan the room. If you're constantly surveying your surroundings, he's
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  • 5 Things Single Women Never Want to Hear

    Source: 5 Things Single Women Never Want to Hear

    Doesn't it seem like just about everyone is full of advice for the single girls in their lives? Friends in long-term relationships, co-workers who are married - even grandma has something to say about the situation. No matter how well meaning the advice, we're breaking down the five things you should never say to a single girl. That is, unless you love a good eye roll.

    Misguided advice:
    "Don't be so picky."
    Why it's lame: She deserves the best guy out there for her, no matter how long she's been single. Telling her she's being too picky implies she needs to lower her standards. Don't make her feel bad for dismissing a guy who lacks the qualities she's looking for.

    Misguided advice: "You're looking in the wrong places."
    Why it's lame:
    There's no such thing as the wrong place. Be it a bar, online, or at church, she can find someone anywhere if the situation is right; giving such advice may discourage her from being open to different

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  • Record-Breaking Girl Born in Pennsylvania

    POPSUGAR MomsSource: Record-Breaking Girl Born in Pennsylvania

    New babies are a big bundle of joy to any family, but Addyson Gayle Cessna topped the charts, weighing in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 25 inches long. Doctors at Pennsylvania's Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, where she was delivered by C-section, had been charting the baby's size before she was born and knew she would be above average. But the baby was still bigger than they expected.

    "I think as mothers, we all have that initial, oh my that must have hurt, and they're right. That's big," Dr. Yannie Narcisse, one of the delivering doctors, told KDSK.

    To find out how your baby compares to Addyson, click here.

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  • Books About Legendary Love Stories

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: Books About Legendary Love Stories

    Today is the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, and what better way to pay homage to the film than with a book about the stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's real-life relationship? Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century follows the famous pair's relational ups and downs, but it's just one of the many books that are inspired by real-life love. Get romantically inspired with some of the most famous love stories in history. It doesn't matter if you're single or coupled up, no one can resist a juicy story of passion, glamour, and tragedy - especially if it's true! So here are some of the books we recommend you dive into to learn more about history's most fascinating love stories.

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  • 10 DIYs to Do with Your Bridesmaids

    POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: 10 DIYs to Do With Your Bridesmaids

    Wedding expert Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, knows the ins and outs of what makes a fabulous big day. And she's sharing her expertise with us with tips and tricks for tying the knot. She helped us out with advice on recycling your wedding and gave us ideas for wedding favors that give back. Now Abby shares projects to get your bridesmaids in on the DIY fun minus the stress. "Tedious tasks give being a bridesmaid a bad rap, so I thought of a few ways to make those to-dos a bit more fabulous," says Abby. "Think bubbly, PJs, and lots of inside jokes - with a few DIYs that will dazzle on the side." Check out her bonding project ideas now!

    • Invite Assembly-Line Party: Assembling your invitations can be a daunting task, especially when there are more than 100 and several different elements to fold, tie, and stamp. To speed things up and make it fun for the gals, Abby recommends inviting your bridesmaids over for a little
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