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  • 4 Ways to Avoid Fighting in Your Relationship

    Prevent your next couple's quarrel in 4 simple steps.Most arguments begin from a lack of clarity, a miscommunication or a false belief. Couples argue when they feel misunderstood or under-appreciated. These dynamics can lead to disconnection and resentment if they aren't cleared up. To clean up an old argument, or to avoid a new one, here are four ways:

    1. Speak clearly and learn to identify what you want and ask for it. It's a common misconception that if your partner loves you, he or she will know what you want and need. They often don't know, even though they do love you. If you want a hug, or some time to yourself, it's imperative that you let your partner know. Whether it's twenty minutes alone after work to re-adjust to home life or taking a bath once the kids are in bed - when each of you are getting your needs met, everything runs smoother!

    2. Beware of your victim story. If you catch yourself coming up with a million reasons why you can't have what you want and need, you're stuck! But don't look to your partner to fix it; the

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  • Food & Love: The Surprising Turn-Off Most Singles Have

    Is it important to like the same foods as the person you're dating?Could you only date a fellow meat-eater or a fellow vegetarian?

    TODAY.com and Match.com recently got together for a survey of 4,000 singles called "Love Bites" that investigated the correlations between eating, drinking and being merry when it comes to dating. In one of the more surprising results, 40 percent of ladies would choose their favorite food over sex, if given the option. Clearly they're a bit ... deprived.

    The survey also found that roughly 30 percent of singles would never date a vegetarian. I wonder just how much that percentage would increase if they were to have asked the group about vegans? By three times? Considering that 66 percent of respondents consider picky eaters a major turn-off, I would guess so. The snobby foodies of the group, at around 32%, would be less-than-thrilled if their date didn't have any knowledge of food. This is why foodies and fans of Filet O' Fishes don't mix.

    When it came to imbibing, 70 percent of women said they wouldn't like it if a man

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  • Kourtney Kardashian Welcomes a Baby Daughter, Penelope!

    The proud new mommy!Kourtney Kardashian and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick welcomed their second child to the family last night, they confirmed to E! News. The 33-year-old famous sister of Kim and Khloe confirmed her excitement about the happy arrival of her baby girl.

    "Scott and I are overjoyed to welcome our precious angel Penelope Scotland Disick into our lives," Kourtney said. "We are forever blessed. Mommy and baby are resting comfortably." Read More: Inside Kourtney Kardashian's Baby Shower: Guests, Gifts & More!

    Yes, you read that right: Penelope Scotland. This is the first name of the Kardashian girls that doesn't start with a K, or even mention one! Kourtney delivered Penelope naturally at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

    Kourtney's mom and manager, Kris Jenner also commented: "It was a great. She had an easy delivery," she told E! "(Penelope) is so cute. She looks just like Mason. She's so beautiful. We are so happy."

    Younger sister, Kim Kardashian

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  • Having a Newborn is Not as Bad for a Woman's Sex Drive as You Might Think

    New study finds that women actually want to have sex after pregnancy.Despite the wear-and-tear on a new mother's body, the lack of sleep after a baby is born, and the constant screams of the newborn, science has found that most women are ready to get it on long before the end of the doctor-recommended six-week waiting period.

    A study done by researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that for most women, psychological factors, like a need to feel bonded with their partner, outweighed physical impediments like vaginal trauma, breastfeeding and exhaustion. In fact, the majority of women's sex drives are restored to pre-pregnancy levels just one month after giving birth.

    While most TV sitcoms and movies make light of this situation, showing new dads hounding their wives to get back to getting it on until they give in, behavioral endocrinologist Sari van Anders found that stereotype to be false.

    Researchers asked nearly 300 women who had given birth within the last seven years to participate in an online questionnaire about their sexual

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  • 6 Tips for a Relaxing and Romantic Summer Get-Away

    Are you ready for a stress-free vacation?You have Googled, planned, phoned and negotiated, finalized reservations and even purchased sexy undergarments for yourself and your companion. But have you forgotten the most important ingredient for the most romantic time of your life? Do you know what that important ingredient might be?

    The answer is attitude. Attitude is affected by your energy and the way you feel. Will you feel on-edge or free-flowing, vibrant and sexy? It all comes down to attitude. Lets have a closer look at how your attitude can affect your romantic vacation. Read More: Traveling Solo? How To Meet Men On Vacation

    1. Remember: You are responsible for your own happiness. I am sure this is not earth shattering news to you, but you would be surprised at how many people embark on romantic trips expecting their partners to make them happy. If you want to make yourself happy and enjoyable to be around, it is a good idea to leave your judgments and criticisms at home. We are all wired in a way that allows us to let

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  • Can a Simple 'Thank You' Save Your Relationship?

    Everybody needs to feel appreciated in a relationship.If I recall anything from my upbringing, it's the following two rules: "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all," and "Remember to always say 'please' and 'thank you'." It's not only great life advice so you can trick people into thinking you're a civilized human being, but it will also help you maintain healthy relationships with others, especially those with whom you're in a committed sexual relationship. In other words, show some appreciation, will ya? Seriously, would it kill you to thank your fella for dinner, dessert and the following orgasm? I think not.

    A study by the smarty-pants at University of California, Berkeley found that the simple act of thanking someone when you're in a relationship goes a long way. About 50 undergrads between the ages of 18 and 60 (yup, I guess some undergrads are 60), who had been dating their partner for a year or more (about half of them were living together), were given a nightly survey to fill out for an entire

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  • 7 Ways to Tell If You're an Emotional Eater

    Our emotions can cause us to do many impulsive acts, especially eating. How many times have you caught yourself using the word binge ... or telling yourself that you should have not eaten that? Do you plop down in front of the TV and grab, well, whatever you grab every time you plop in front of the TV? Do you groan when you think about last night's 11 p.m. pizza or look at a strange assortment of items in the refrigerator? Read More: What Does 'Eating Well' Really Mean?

    All of these scenarios have one thing in common: a nagging feeling or at least a little cringe inside, about not being your best self when it comes to food. So, how do we know when our eating is emotional eating instead of normal hunger for nutrition? Here are seven ways to tell:

    1. Hunger comes suddenly. One minute you're feeling fine and along comes a trigger, then suddenly it's OMG-I-need-a-triple-ice-cream!

    2. Your body demands food immediately. This is not a hunger that can wait; if there is Ben & Jerry's in the freezer, it won't stay in there for long.

    3. You crave a very particular

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  • Revealed: Natalie Portman's Wedding Location and Details

    Are Natalie and Benjamin Millepied finally planning to tie the knot this summer in Big Sur?After seeing Natalie Portman and her Black Swan baby daddy Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars this past year sporting wedding bands, we assumed that the 31-year-old actress had pulled a fast one on us and married in secret.

    However, according to In Touch Weekly, while Natalie and Benjamin did exchange rings in private before the birth of their baby son Aleph, it seems their official wedding is actually happening this summer in Big Sur, California.

    "It's one of Natalie's favorite places - whenever she needs a break from LA, she comes here to escape," said a source to the tabloid, adding that their wedding is rumored to be taking place on August 5th. Read More: Did Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied Get Married In Secret?

    Supposedly, the couple has invited 60 guests to the remote seaside destination, and the menu will reflect Natalie's vegan diet.

    "This wedding is for their closest friends and family," said another insider. "It will be a very relaxed affair. They're not sending out

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  • Is Facebook Helping to Prevent Cyberbullying?

    The Internet poses many dangers for kids in cyberworld. Will Facebook help censor the danger?Kids can be exposed to a number of threatening situations online; cyberbullying, porn and contact from strangers all pose serious threats. Can Facebook help make kids' social networking experiences safe?

    Children under 13 years old have been signing up on Facebook and lying about their ages for years - in fact, 7.5 million pre-teens are on the site, along with five million under the age of ten (according to Consumer Reports and the Wall Street Journal.) While this violates Facebook's terms of service, the site wants to do something to create a safe space for younger users, and have announced that they are developing technology to this end.

    The social network site announced this week that they are looking at ways to legally grant access to children under the age of 13. As a family therapist, I encourage Facebook to embrace their important role in using privacy to prevent cyberbullying and other age-inappropriate behavior. I'm committed to helping parents stay aware about cyberbullying

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  • Claire Danes & Husband Hugh Dancy Are Expecting Their First Child

    The actress and her husband, Hugh Dancy, have a baby on the way!Claire Danes now has more to look forward to than just the premiere of the second season of her show, Homeland. Turns out the 33-year-old actress is pregnant with her first child!

    According to People, a rep for Claire Danes confirmed that she and her hubby, the very sexy Hugh Dancy, are indeed with child!

    The couple has always kept a low Hollywood profile and rarely comment on their personal lives. But last fall, in a rare moment of candidness, when asked if she had any plans for children, Claire told People, "There's definitely a chance, no plans yet. But yeah, that'd be fun."

    Maybe that question sparked an interest in Claire, because it seems like soon after she made that comment she and Hugh got to planning for their first baby. Read More: Is Claire Danes Still Sexy Without Makeup On?

    No word on how far along she is, but we think we'll see a little Danes/Dancy cutie within the next six months.

    Claire and Hugh met in 2006, on the set of the film Evening. They married in France

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