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  • VIDEO: "Help! My Husband and I Fight All the Time"



    You and your husband have been fighting non-stop lately. It seems like everything he does or says gets on your last nerve, and you just want it to stop. How can you get both of your points across without arguing? It seems like an impossible feat.

    In this video, clincal and sports psychologist and YourTango Expert Dr. Jack Singer says that this issue is a very common problem among married couples because it gets at one of the fundamental skills needed for a healthy relationship: communication. He says, "You and your husband need to learn how to communicate without defensively getting in a position of anger and hostility and trying to prove whose more powerful or whose point makes the most sense." Try actively listening to your partner by putting yourself on an equal plane with your partner.

    Want to learn more? Watch the video above.

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  • 5 Ways to Celebrate 'Nude Recreation Week!'

    This sand sculpture looks pretty good naked, right?We're only a few weeks into summer and already the sun has decided to be slightly oppressive to its adoring fans. For some, the sizzling heat has been enough to convince them to renounce summer as their favorite season, but the rest are just trying to find new ways to stay cool under July's glorious golden glow.

    Crank the air conditioning? Check. Lower it once you realize how high your utility bill will be? Check. Resort to sitting in front of a fan sipping daiquiris wishing you were at a beach? Check, check and check.

    But really, why haven't you just gotten naked?

    Yes, naked. Bare it all, you sexy, single (and non-single!) ladies and gents, because July 9 through 15 is Nude Recreation Week, as celebrated annually by The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society. Yes, these organizations exist, but you don't have to be an active member to celebrate the naked holiday.

    Here are some ways to rejoice in your birthday suit (just remember to wear

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  • Does "Magic Mike" Really Define Women's Sexual Liberation?

    After seeing 'Magic Mike,' one writer wonders if women have fallen into a cultural trap.OK, I'll admit it. I was one of the thousands of women that flocked to theaters across the country to see Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh's latest film starring Matthew Mcconaughey and Channing Tatum as male strippers.

    It debuted the weekend before last, coming in number two at the box office, and earning a little over $39 million, which isn't surprising, considering the amount of hype surrounding its release. There were racy advertisements, promising both McConaughey and Tatum would be scantily-clad throughout to tease women's sexual fantasies, and juicy blog posts stating that "Wanton female lust was expected to erupt like a lava-spewing volcano at movie theaters around the country." Also Read: 5 Reasons We're Excited To See The Stripper Movie "Magic Mike"

    And perhaps it did in certain moments, but there was also much more to the film than errupting female lust.

    Quite simply, Magic Mike wasn't what I expected it to be, and brought up questions that gave way to a higher level of

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  • 'My Charmed Life': A Woman Shares the Story of Her Love Life Through Jewelry

    Jewelry has always held a special place in Beth Bernstein's life: More than just trinkets of adornment, gems have been guideposts to her memories, and through them, she tells her story. Every piece of precious metal and stone in her new book My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections, and Searching for a Band of Gold represents a chapter in her life - and not just her life alone. Treasured pieces link generation to generation as they are passed from mother to daughter. From Beth's mother's Jackie Kennedy-style Mikimoto pearls, to her father's Cartier Tank watch, to her great-grandmother's Edwardian opal brooch, to her personal eclectic collection of rings, necklaces, charms and more, each jewelry piece has a tale of its own.

    On one hand, the book is a moving tribute to a family of strong women, and the power of female bonds. A child of divorce, Beth was primarily brought up by her mother and grandmothers, and she celebrates these women for their wisdom, love and

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  • 5 Celebs Who Could Learn from Their Famous Movie & TV Characters

    These movie characters and quotes happen to directly relate to these stars' crazy love lives!When it comes to drama in Hollywood, many stars keep their personal lives separate from their on-screen roles. However, we're here to show you just how similar some movie roles have been to these stars' real lives.

    In fact, the newly divorced Katie Holmes is currently set to start filming Molly next week in which she plays ... wait for it ... a single mom. What a coincidence!

    From the crazy Mel Gibson to the heartbroken Jennifer Aniston, we've pulled out the most ironic quotes that some of our favorite stars have said on-screen. Here are 5 quotes that go hand-in-hand with their crazy love lives:

    Jennifer Aniston: 'The Break Up'
    Maybe Jennifer Aniston would be more lucky in love if she followed her character of Brooke in The Break Up.

    "You know, an art teacher of mine once said, 'Never buy a piece of art that you don't have to have.' You know, don't worry about who the artist is or how much it's worth. I mean, you have to live with it everyday. You have to walk by it everyday. You

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  • 5 Tips for Soft, Summer Lips

    Love kissing? Get ready for some summer smooches with these easy tips!Still have chapped or dry lips left over from the winter? There are many natural ways to make your lips soft and kissable in time for romantic summer nights. Not only are lips the gateway to food pleasure, they are a tactile and sensory organ which has many nerve endings. These nerve endings send sensations along our nerve pathways that directly affects our desire.

    Not only are our lips filled with multiple nerve endings, they also attract to the opposite sex. In several research studies, the size, plumpness and health of lips affected how sexually attracted a man felt to a woman. The healthier and fuller a woman's lips were, the higher the women rated on the desirability scale.

    So, how do you get your lips to be kissable, soft, plump and ready to attract a mate? Just follow these five simple steps on a regular basis to be ready when a kiss from Mr. Right happens. Read More: Kissing 101: 6 Steps To The Perfect Smooch

    1. Do a weekly exfoliation. The skin on the lips is very thin and

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  • 10 Tips for an Easier and More Blissful Relationship

    Why settle for subpar when you could have splendor?Relationships require both parties to put in the necessary work to stay happy. For some, the work needed is more difficult than others. Yet, all of your efforts will pay off when you and your partner are living in relational bliss. Here are 10 tips to achieving passion and happiness in your relationship.

    1. Spend quality time with each other. Particularly when you live with someone, time together can be easily taken for granted because the assumption is you will just see each other when you get home. However, being home at the same time does not necessarily translate to quality time.

    Set a regular time where your number one priority is each other. Also, try to mix up your dates or activities. New experiences release dopamine in the brain, which also increases sexual desire. So, get out of that dinner and a movie funk and try something adventurous. Free kayaking on a river is one suggestion. But, I am sure you can think of other adventures the two of you can explore. Also Read: Playing

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  • VIDEO: "I Feel Frustrated with Dating; Should I Take a Break?"


    Are you unlucky in love? Are you eager to meet Prince Charming? If you've become overly cynical about dating, you might be wondering whether or not it's a smart idea to take a break from dating. Perhaps some time and distance will give you the perspective you need. Also Read: Should I Stick To My List Of Must-Haves For Dating? VIDEO

    Dating coach, matchmaker and YourTango Expert Jasbina Ahluwalia agrees with you. In this video, she reaffirms that dating can be emotionally draining, and can take a great toll. If you do decide to take a break from the dating scene, use that time to do things that make you extremely happy, and feel at peace. She says, "Pursue passions that feed your soul. It could be reading, writing, sports, travel ... anything that really feeds your soul."

    Want to learn more? Watch the video above.

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  • Three Tips for Having "The Sex Talk" with Your Kids

    Three ways to approach talking about the birds and the bees with your children.Three ways to approach talking about the birds and the bees with your children.My approach to the the "sex talk" is simple. Talk to your children naturally and sincerely. Preparing your children for the world of sex is an opportunity to talk to them honestly. Here are three tips to having "the talk" with your child.

    1. Be a role model. Before you open your mouth to utter the first words, you have already made the biggest impact as a role model. In families where the parents are in a loving and intimate relationship with each other, children absorb the acceptance and respectful attitude towards sex. Yet, it is difficult to pass over the importance of intimacy to a child whose mother is single and has not had a boyfriend for years. It might be difficult to convince her child about the necessity of monogamy if partners come and go frequently.

    2. Conscious Value Clarification. Even if everything is perfect in this respect, it is useful to share your personal ideas and values regarding sex. Ask yourself what sex mean for you. Is it for creating life? Keeping a couple

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  • Sienna Miller and Fiancé Tom Sturridge Welcome a Baby Girl

    New mom, Sienna Miller, must be all smiles after the birth of her baby girl.New mom, Sienna Miller, must be all smiles after the birth of her baby girl.Sienna Miller has plenty to celebrate these days!

    The 30-year-old British actress gave birth to a healthy baby girl over the weekend while in London according to Us Weekly. She shared the happy arrival with her baby daddy and fiancé, Tom Sturridge.


    The 26-year-old British actor began dating Ms. Miller in March 2011, right after she broke up with her famous ex, Jude Law. Back then, we were itching to see how things would progress with Sienna and Tom (who just so happens to be Robert Pattinson's best bud), and in February 2012, we got our answer when Sienna was spotted with a huge, sparkling number on her ring finger!

    Both stars kept very quiet about the engagement, and continued to do so when Sienna's growing mid-section indicated she had a baby on the way. It wasn't until April of this year when Sienna finally broke the silence, telling British Vogue:

    "Even though I'm under strict instructions not to say anything as it would completely defeat the point of everything I've tried

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