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  • Why He Loves Your Cooking — Even If It's Bad

    It was late at night, I hadn't eaten dinner, and Sophia (I've changed names) was making me a grilled cheese. Her first attempt set off the smoke alarm, which probably annoyed the neighbors even more than it amused me. Her second attempt came out only slightly less incinerated. Before she could throw it away, however, I took a bite…and it was terrific. Okay, the molten cheese inflicted third-degree tongue burns - but what mattered was, she'd cooked it. For me. Steal these secrets all great girlfriends know.

    Like Ma Used to Make

    Yes, cooking for a guy fulfills a basic human need. But it also triggers conscious and subconscious feelings about being cared for when he was a kid. He'll love these Buffalo-Chicken Quesadillas.

    My grandmother made the best apple pie I've ever had. The crust was flaky, the filling was flavorful, and she cut huge grandma-size slices. It was so good that, after she died, I resolved to never eat apple pie again.

    Until, that is, Robin made one for

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  • 3 Things You Must Do Before You Get Married

    No doubt you've read at least one clichéd list telling you to do something like "Take a road trip!" before you walk down the aisle. And, yeah, you should take a damn road trip. But it's far more important that you check off these must-do's-according to experts, each one will up your chances of having a happy marriage that goes the long haul. In case you need a reminder, here's why being single rocks.

    Must-Do #1: Make exciting things happen-on a regular basis.
    Every time you experience fun, new things together-like riding a roller-coaster or dancing until 3 a.m.-it triggers the release of two brain chemicals called dopamine and norepinephrine, which mimic the high you feel when you're head-over-heels in love. If you have a few people in your crew who are always throwing parties and inviting you and your guy along on their crazy adventures, you may be used to sitting back and waiting for fun, passion-boosting opportunities to come your way. But as time goes on, those friends may

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  • What Men Think About the Way You Smell

    From the uncensored opinions to men to scientific opinions of what turns dudes on, here's what guys are really paying attention to. Plus: Find out what hair and make-up trends they dig and browse the the strangest scents we've ever smelled.

    Seduce Him with a Single Whiff

    Researchers have found that there's a scent combo that drives guys crazier than any other: pumpkin pie and lavender. Pumpkin pie is a yummy aroma that drums up cozy feels, while lavender is a floral fragrance that induces total relaxation. When combined, the effect can increase blood flow to the penis by 40 percent! These tips (straight from guys) will help you keep up the sensual vibe.

    The Right Spots for Scent

    "A man's sense of smell is about 20 percent less keen than a woman's," says Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. So if you want a guy to catch a whiff of your sexy fragrance (without spritzing on half the bottle), be smart about where you put

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  • How Tanning Has Changed

    Calling all indoor tanners: Starting right now, you should notice a bigger hit to your wallet each time you visit the salon for a fake-bake session. That's because the "Tan Tax" President Obama signed into law last March takes effect today. The tax adds a 10 percent surcharge to the cost of using any UV-emitting tanning equipment, with the money going to help fund the new health care bill.

    Here at Cosmo, we totally applaud the tan tax; hey, anything to get young women to quit cooking their skin and boosting their risk of potentially deadly skin cancer. The indoor tanning industry, however, is a lot less thrilled. In fact, many salon owners plan to lower their prices so customers don't have to pay more.

    Find out about Cosmo's Practice Safe Sun campaign.

    One New York City salon told us, "We're adding an extra tan [session] to all of our packages" so that the Tan Tax doesn't effect users. And an indoor tanning place in Austin, Texas said that whatever customers paid in

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  • 4th of July Date Ideas (That Won’t Break the Bank)

    Make your own fireworks this 4th of July with these Cosmo-approved date ideas!

    1. Plan an outdoor picnic. We know, it may sound a little clichéd, but grab an American flag blanket at a cheapie store (c'mon, show your patriotism), a bottle of wine, and some American fare to share with your guy. You can bring along a Frisbee or Nerf ball to toss around after lunch. Outdoor eating can be much more relaxed and romantic (not to mention more affordable) than your typical dinner and drinks.

    2. Hit up a rooftop bar with your guy.
    You'll get to enjoy cocktails in the breezy summer weather, and you might even be able to spot a nearby fireworks show - minus the crowds and mobs of children.

    Plus: Impress your guy with totally sexy cleavage.

    3. Head to an outdoor concert. A lot of cities host 4th of July concert and firework shows (what's not to like about two-for-one dates?). Check out your local paper to see what's going on nearby. Don't feel like springing for tickets? You

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  • Is Heartbreak Harder on Men or Women? Finally an Answer!

    We can't exactly imagine a guy sitting around with his buddies, eating Ben and Jerry's and venting about his girlfriend drama. Nor can we see him journaling, singing along to Rihanna's "Take a Bow," or Netflixing sappy movies anytime his relationship is on the rocks. But researchers have discovered that heartbreak actually affects guys more than us, and breakups hit them harder too.

    Wake Forest University professor Robin Simon studied 1,000 single adults and concluded that a man's mental health takes a beating when he has issues with his significant other. An interesting explanation of why that might happen: When men are going through an emotional rough spot, they often turn to their girlfriend, not their bros. And when things aren't going so well with the GF, he might feel like he has no one to open up to. Also, guys are conditioned to keep emotions bottled up, which can end up making them feel worse and more hopeless.

    While we certainly rely on close friends to help us through

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  • 3 Blockbusters You Can’t Miss This Summer

    From thrillers to cheesy rom-coms, here are the films people won't stop talking about this season-and who to see them with. Plus: Check out these TV shows worth watching!

    1) Eclipse: See It with a Twi-hard

    Opens June 30th

    ZOMG! We can't wait any longer to watch the ultimate showdown of Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. In Eclipse part three of the Twilight saga, Bella (Kristen Stewart) will have to choose between her vampire fiance (played by real-life BF Robert Pattinson) and her absolutely smokin' werewolf best friend (Taylor Lautner). Yeah, we don't feel that sorry for her either. Here's everything you ever wanted to know about Twilight!

    2) Salt: See It with Your Boyfriend (or Any Other Red-Blooded Guy)

    Opens July 23rd

    Another summer, another action-packed thriller starring Angelina Jolie in a role where she's equally beautiful and badass. This time she plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a spy who then goes incognito to clear her name and

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  • How to Keep Your Body Baby-Ready

    Want to be a mom eventually? If you want to increase your odds of getting pregnant later in life, then you need to kick these fertility-wrecking habits now.

    Fertility RX 1: Get Screened for STDs

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, sexually transmitted diseases are the number-one preventable cause of infertility, with gonorrhea and chlamydia claiming the top troublemaker spots. Since both can usually occur without symptoms, you must always be aware of your sexual health
    , practice safe sex, and get screened regularly.

    Fertility RX 2: Avoid Getting Stressed Out

    There's a big difference between being stressed and being stressed out. If you're constantly stressed to the max, your body stays in "fight-or-flight" mode, which translates to you getting bombarded with adrenalin and the stress hormone cortisol. Eventually, it becomes harder to turn off this stress response, and chronic stress may cause infertility because it can disrupt a woman's ovulation. Control your

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  • Why Guys Cheat in the Summer

    We hate to interrupt all the fun you are having at barbecues and pool parties these days, but there's some surprising news you need to know about: Summer is cheat season - the time of year when people are most likely to sneak around on their partners. Keep him from cheating on you with these tips.

    And though chicks do their fair share of cheating, guys are more prone to being summertime two-timers because they're more likely to stray in general, says New York City therapist Diana Kirschner, PhD, author of the forthcoming Love in 90 Days.

    Of course, we're not saying that your man is definitely gonna step out on you by Labor Day. But it's a good idea to read the info below so you get a handle on why it may happen, plus the tip-offs that can tell you if more than his eyes have been wandering.

    Reasons Men Two-Time During Summer

    Remember when you were a kid and summer meant no school, freedom, and fun? Well, that attitude carries over into adulthood, leaving us with the

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  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Robert Pattinson

    True to form, the mysterious R-Pattz is difficult to find dirt about. But we managed to find some interesting tidbits about our favorite brooding vampire. Want to see more hot pics of Rob? Check out his 30 smoldering looks!

    1. Robert reportedly got a six-pack for New Moon, thanks to makeup artists and strategic airbrushing. We'd like to inspect the evidence to find out for sure. Check out these shirtless guys with totally legit abs of steel.

    2. It's hard to believe now, but when Rob first signed on to play Edward Cullen, 75,000 people signed a petition against his taking the role - they didn't think he was the right fit for the character in the Twilight books! Now, even more people are saying, "Robert, bite me"...but they mean something completely different.

    Are you on Team Edward or Team Jacob?

    3. All of Rob's trademark fervid staring in the Twilight movies? It's not his acting - he credits difficulty seeing through his gold-colored contacts (which he calls

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