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  • How to Play Matchmaker for Your Friends: 4 Rules to Follow

    One writer plays Cupid to her two good friends, and talks about the boundaries she will not cross.Matchmaking is an old practice. Before dating as we know it, there was matchmaking.

    On the frontier, because farms were far apart and it was hard to meet other eligible singles, families used dances to set up their children. In medieval times, Catholic clergymen and Jewish rabbis played Cupid within their communities. For centuries, European royalty consistently matched up their heirs-to-the-throne with heirs from other countries for diplomatic alliances. I could throw out many more examples, and I'm sure you could too. This matchmaking business? It's not a new thing.

    Except, for me, it was.

    I've never attempted to play matchmaker in my life. I love to give advice. I love to hear about my friends' relationships. But to actually facilitate a set-up? Isn't that like tempting fate or something? Asking for disaster? Doesn't the finger point back at you if things go south? But then again, this was new. This had never happened before. This "feeling." Read More: Gut Instincts or Bad

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  • Pregnant Megan Fox Has Been Looking Forward to Motherhood for a Long Time

    No unplanned pregnancy for this momma!Megan Fox may be best known for being a sultry movie siren, but it seems that the 26-year-old actress has long been ready to trade her sex goddess status for motherhood.

    According to US Weekly, Megan and her husband of 2 years, Brian Austin Green (who recently confirmed they that are expecting their first child together) definitely planned for their soon-to-be born bundle.

    "They're thrilled about the baby!" said a source to the magazine. "The pregnancy was planned... She has wanted a baby with Brian for awhile." Read More: Megan Fox: My Husband Brian Austin Green Is A Real Crybaby

    Megan's already had a chance to experience motherhood by being a stepmom to Brian's 10-year-old son Kassius from a previous relationship.

    "Brian knows that Megan is mom material," said an insider. "She is amazing with Kassius."

    Supposedly, Megan frequently attends Kassius' soccer games and can be found cheering and passing out juice boxes, just like any other mom. Considering that she told Cosmo back in

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  • 5 Love Lessons Men Can Learn from Christian Grey

    Do you wish your man was more like Christian Grey?There is much buzz around E.L. James' book Fifty Shades of Grey. I have read the trilogy, and I think that men can learn a few lessons from it. The main character, Christian Grey, is a young, sexy and attractive billionaire who has a passion for sex. Regardless of their financial situations, men all over the country can be just like Christian Grey. Here's how:

    1. Foreplay. Let's start with the sex because that is what many think this series is about. Foreplay is critical to a woman's sexual appetite. By foreplay, I am not talking about grabbing your partners' breasts or swatting her on the behind. Foreplay can begin with a smoldering look, a love note in the morning or a suggestive phone call at lunch.

    Take the time to have your woman anticipating the sexual event as something carnal. Let her know you are thinking about her and how you want her to feel when you make love to her later. When the time comes for lovemaking, take your time prepping her body. It really is true that men are

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  • How to Rock the Hell Out of Your Single Status

    Single shouldn't be a four letter word ...Relationships are awesome - let's just get that out of the way. Love is - well - lovely. All day long, we are surrounded by women who want to be in relationships, and for good reason. However, many of these same women are so caught up with worrying about their next date, or when they will finally meet the one that they forget how to enjoy the moment.

    Somewhere along the way, being single has turned into a negative thing, a phase in their lives that they hope and pray doesn't last too long, because they are certain that their real life will begin when they meet him. So they stifle their fun, live in the future, and wait. Read More: Do You Have A Type?

    It's time to stop waiting. It's time to rock being single. It's time to own it.


    First things first. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Just because you're single and in a spell now doesn't mean that you are a completely loveless creature who will never find the right guy. What it does mean though is that you have this time to focus solely

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  • 5 Cute Quotes About Fatherhood from Celebrity Dads

    These five famous fathers have no problem sharing their love (and fears) for their little ones. With Father's Day quickly approaching, we're taking you down memory lane, flashing back to some of the most awesome quotes about fatherhood from our favorite A-list fathers.

    These are the top 5 best quotes we found straight from celebrity daddies about the little moments that make fatherhood amazing... in no specific order. (Hey, it was hard enough to narrow it down to just 5!)

    1. Neil Patrick Harris & David Burkta
    Ok, so we cheated a little on this first one and picked two awesome celebrity dads, who happen to be engaged to one another! When deciding what they wanted their twins, Gideon and Harper, to refer to them as, the How I Met Your Mother star said: "This is a sore subject, because we are two gentleman with children, and so we didn't know what to call ourselves. 'Daddy One' and 'Daddy Two' sound kind of strange... So David's 'daddy' and I'm 'poppa,' just to differentiate." These two are just too adorable! Read More: 5 Parenting Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrity Dads

    2. Bruce

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  • Is Attachment Parenting Bad for Mothers?

    One mom's review of the book The ConflictWhen my daughter was born, I was determined to be a breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, cloth-diapering, hippie mama. Nine months later, the only things that had stuck were the cloth diapers. I had just started my daughter on formula, she had been in her Baby K'tan carrier exactly five times and never once slept in her fancy little co-sleeper, which I returned to the store. And yes, I felt like a failure.

    In addition, I was trying to juggle a freelance career with a baby. "Oh you can work while your child stays home!" Other moms would say excitedly. But I couldn't. I had to hire a sitter for 20 hours a week and even then I was working late into the night, over the weekends and during every naptime. On top of that, I was trying to make organic baby food and make sure she had enriching experiences that didn't include watching the Today Show while mommy double-fisted coffee. Read More: 5 Ways To Protect Your Sex Life From Your Kids

    One day, as I mixed some Annie's organic macaroni

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  • The Day I Found Out My Father was Gay Changed My Life Forever

    One writer/actress reflects on how her father's coming out shaped their relationship and her life."Your dad is gay!" my friend spat out one day when we were in a fight. It was as if she were accusing me of something horrible. I was nine at the time.

    That night, I confronted my mother. "Heather said Dad is gay. He's not, right?"

    She paused-a long pause that confirmed my worst fear.

    I felt betrayed. I remember wondering how my dad could have done this to me, and-more importantly-what was I going to tell my friends?

    It was the '70s and there weren't cool TV characters with two gay dads like Rachel Barry on Glee. Even though I grew up in New York City surrounded by artists (my mother was an opera singer and my dad a concert pianist) and knew people who were gay, I had already absorbed the message that it was not OK. At the time, homosexuality was still considered a disease and was classified as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There were exceptions, of course. I loved some of the gay men I'd met through my parents, but those men

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  • 6 Sexy Foods that Will Give Your Libido a Boost

    Find out which foods will spice up your sex life!With our crazy lifestyles these days, there are many factors that can contribute to a decrease in libido, including stress, toxicity from our environment, and poor diet. Poor libido often underlies a bigger issue like inflammation that can impair energy production and blood flow, both of which are important for a healthy sex drive.

    If this is a concern of yours, there are many steps you can take to get your body re-energized, including adding some key foods to your diet. Although there are a number of so-called superfoods that specifically boost libido, if your current diet is unhealthy, simply eating them may not give you the result you're looking for. To boost libido 'organically' requires that you obtain true health from within. Read More: 5 Tips For A Healthier Body & Brain

    The good news is that you can incorporate some common foods into a healthy diet that will help to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow throughout the body, and raise your energy. In fact, these foods will

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  • VIDEO: Is it Possible to Fall Back in Love with My Husband?



    If you've been married for many years, you know how difficult it can be to keep the spark alive. Still, romance is an essential ingredient in every marriage, so it's important for every couple to find a way to fall in love over and over again. In this video, author, relationship coach and YourTango Expert Shela Dean explains how you can rekindle your romance once you've been married for a long time.

    "Let's talk about dating after marriage," says Shela. "Most couples understand that date night is something they shoould do, but that's not enough to keep the spark alive because dating is much, much more than dinner and a movie." Read More: Help! I'm Divorced But Still Wearing My Wedding Ring VIDEO

    Want to learn more? Check out the video above.

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  • Three Kids is the Perfect Amount for Tom Cruise

    Mr. Cruise isn't planning on having any more children with wife Katie Holmes.Don't expect to see Katie Holmes with a baby bump anytime soon. It seems her hubby Tom Cruise is completely blissful with his three existing children.

    Tom is the father of two older children from his previous marriage to Nicole Kidman-Bella, 19, and Conner, 17. Six years ago, he and Katie Holmes welcomed little Suri into the world. Read More: Tom Cruise: What Katie Holmes And I Have Is Very Special

    For months, rumors have been circulating that Katie Holmes has been desperate for another baby. While Tom may be happy with his three children, perhaps Katie is eager to add another to their personal brood and give Suri a little brother or sister? A sibling of her own generation?

    Well, the 33-year-old mom may have some serious convincing to do in order to get the 49-year-old Rock Of Ages star to jump back on the procreation track. "I'm so happy with three," Tom recently told People magazine. "I'm enjoying every second with Suri that I have, and I'm enjoying the relationship with my older

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