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  • 10 reasons married ladies should skip Valentine's Day

    Do you feel that pressure? It's not heartburn from too many Super Bowl snacks. Nope. That, my friends, is the pressure building up for Valentine's Day. The day of romance, love, and Cupid's endless arrows. The day when we focus all of our energy on wooing lovers -- or drowning our sorrows in pints of Cookies 'n' Cream.

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    That's all fine and dandy for the single people. But if you're married, why bother with all the hassle? You've already promised to spend the rest of your life with your partner -- so why fuss over such a cliched holiday?

    Here are 10 very good reasons married women should thank their lucky stars that they can skip the big V-day this year.

    Pressure -- Who needs the pressure of planning the perfect day and finding the perfect gift? You don't have time for that kind of stress! All for one silly day? No way.

    Candy -- Do you really need (or want) that giant heart filled with cut-rate

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  • Dunkin's new chocolate donuts: All fluff, no stuff

    You know how really attractive people can sometimes get away with murder just because they're so good looking? (It's like the hot guy who stole my seat yesterday on the subway: I allowed it only because he was so very pretty.)

    Such is the case with Dunkin' Donuts new chocolate donuts. They're so lovely to look at that you're willing to overlook the fact that the taste is something of a letdown. Don't believe me? I've got an office full of disappointed coworkers ready to back me up ...

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    In celebration of Chocolate Lovers Month and Valentine's Day, Dunkin' Donuts has introduced a new line of yeast raised chocolate donuts in several appetizing-looking varieties.

    So what exactly is a "yeast raised donut," you ask? A yeast raised donut is made from yeast-leavened dough -- versus the baking powder-leavened dough of a traditional cake donut. Yeast raised donuts tend to be lighter, airier, and fluffier than

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  • Never be cold again! Head-to-toe outdoor running wardrobe

    winter runningwinter runningCool temperatures are discouraging, but running outside actually gives you a better workout. It burns more calories per minute and due to changes in terrain and altitude, tones your muscles in a completely different way than inside at the gym.

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    OK, so you've decided to suck it up and get out there? You go girl! Grabbing the right winter workout gear will make your runs much more enjoyable, comfortable, and even (gasp!) something to look forward to.

    Check out our top suggestions to add to your cool weather workout wardrobe:

    North Face embossed TKA glacier 1/4 zipThis women's embossed TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip (Northface, $55) is an essential pullover for winter running. The breathable fabric makes the fleece zip up very comfortable before and after you work up a sweat. Not to mention, the sweet embroidered design will make you the trendiest person on the trails.


    Nike running gloves

    Once you get to running and your body adjusts to the cool temps, it's common to want to

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  • Which sex move burns the most calories? Allow me to show you

    February is the month of romance, and the anticipation of Valentine's Day inevitably leads to the anticipation of, well, sex. Candy, too, and perhaps a jewel or two, but mostly: sex. That usually means we also live in fear of the belly jiggle, the leg flab, and the dreaded boob flop.

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    Rather than let sweaty palms rule your life for the next 12 days, as you live a life of celery sticks and hours spent doing bikram yoga, why not have a little fun?

    Sex can burn serious calories -- an hour or two of sex each day for the next 12 days can lead to more than 6,500 calories burned. You heard me right -- six thousand, five hundred calories. As long as you put in more than a quickie each day, and don't replace those calories with heart-shaped cookies, you can actually lose weight.

    Here's how it all breaks down.

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    Steamy makeout sesh:

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  • 'Sex & the City' screwed up our relationships forever

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a new survey of more than 5,000 men and women conducted by a market research firm for Match.com is shining light on just how backasswards singles' behavior and expectations are these days. In fact, we're so screwed up when it comes to looking for love that we've totally "flipped the script in gender expectation," says an article in USA Today.

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    OMG. Dating is hard enough without having to account for a game-changer! Who do we blame for all this gender role confusion? Hmmm ... I believe it's four women from New York: Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes! That's right -- the girls of Sex & the City may now be in their mid-to-late 40s and early 50s, but their infectious storylines planted a seed that has now grown into a social beast that CANNOT be tamed.

    The seed was first planted all the way back in 1998, when the show was in its first season.

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  • I trained myself to be multi-orgasmic & you can too!

    Imagine a world in which you had not just one orgasm per romp in the sack, but two, three, or even four of them. Would you call that Nirvana? I think it comes pretty close to it.

    Women are lucky for many reasons, but one of the most satisfying reasons is that we're capable of being multiorgasmic. Yes, you read that right, capable of having multiple orgasms. And you can actually train your body to achieve this with some frequency, if you're with the right partner of course.

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    Want to know how?

    According to Dr. Laura Berman, a sex therapist whose new show In the Bedroom is seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), one of the suggestions to help you become multiorgasmic is to have your first orgasm before you even begin to have intercourse. And two ways to achieve this are by masturbating or having your partner stimulate you with oral sex.

    Once you have that first orgasm under your belt, you can move on to having number

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  • 10 bizarre things women do to get pregnant

    For as difficult as it seems for most of our lives NOT to get pregnant, when we finally decide it's time, it's often surprising just how challenging getting knocked up can be. When it doesn't happen right away, many of us start getting desperate and will try almost anything to get that baby of our dreams. Just how far will we go?

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    Pretty darn far, according to Lori Green LeRoy, author of The Inadequate Conception -- From Barry White to Blastocytes: What Your Mom Didn't Tell You About Getting Pregnant. In it, LeRoy gives a raw, honest, and even humorous account of her own tales of trying to get pregnant as well as those she's heard from other women. Here she shares 10 of the strangest things women do to get pregnant -- some of which she cautions are likely medically inappropriate:

    1. The gravity method: Putting your rear end up on a pillow, putting your legs over your head, or standing on your head post-coitus.

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  • What men want for Valentine's Day (BESIDES sex)

    Plain and simple: In terms of gift-giving, Valentine's Day is a holiday for women. Think of jewelry, lingerie, and chocolates. Then think of giving those mushy gifts to your man. If your man is like Tom Hanks, he may appreciate a good box o' chocolates. But big surprise, he's not expecting one.

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    So what are the best gifts to give him for the big day? Fear not, here are a few suggestions that are sure to leave him smiling this February 14. And I'm not just talking about in between the sheets ...

    For research, we interviewed an actual boyfriend, who made me, er -- us! -- realize a few things: Men only care about practicality and braggability. They don't want clutter. They don't want something they don't need, especially if it means hearing about how much it cost later on. And they sure as hell don't want to be one-upped, furthermore questioning how well they did on the day dedicated to love.

    More

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  • What to wear on Super Bowl game day

    Packers FansThe Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday and, yes, ladies, it is possible to show your team spirit without resorting to wearing your homemade Green Bay Packers bra over your clothes.

    Ahem.

    I've come up with a few cute, classy ideas on what to wear for the biggest Game Day of the year, whether you're headed out to a fancy Super Bowl party or just having a few friends over to watch the game.

    Want to see them?

    Keep reading!

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    First off, my husband would be appalled by this logic, but if you're like me and don't have a dog in this fight, let's review the team colors.

    Packers: Green and Yellow.

    Steelers: Black and Gold.

    Both color combinations are ... lacking ... but when it comes down to it, I think I'll be cheering for the Steelers, based on the color scheme alone.

    Forever 21, Lula, Lapis, Hard Tail, Dooney & Bourke

    One way to root for the Steelers without spending too much money on a jersey you'll never wear again is to go for a look like the one I've put

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  • A Super Bowl recipe that won't kill your diet?

    Did you know that there's a football game played on Super Bowl Sunday? I thought it was just a holiday for eating and drinking! Sort of like a Thanksgiving, but less about the family and giving thanks, and more about the meat-head friends and giving high-fives.

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    I for one am not going to let this football game get in the way of my eating celebration. It's a Sunday of Indulgence, and I'm going for it. Gym be damned! Hangovers be damned! It is our American duty to drip hot sauce on our shirts and wipe cheese-dip on our Levis.

    Well it's my call to duty, anyway. Let's take a look at some of the best and worst Super Bowl recipes so that you know what you're getting in to this weekend.

    What's a feast without a chicken wing? Each little bugger is about 100 calories, so if you plan on having a plateful, that adds up pretty fast. And dip those wings in blue cheese dressing and you could pack on another 300 calories

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