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  • Oral Sex Etiquette: What You Need to Know

    The ups, downs and in-betweens of oral sex.There may be no intimate act portrayed more unfavorably in the media than oral sex. Every time it's in the news, people who shouldn't be doing it are doing it somewhere they shouldn't be doing it.

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    Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky ruined cheap dresses and expensive cigars in the Oval Office. Chloe Sevigny serviced the ever-grimy Vincent Gallo- with no camera tricks-at the end of the atrocious 2003 film The Brown Bunny.

    And, as a report released late last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed, half the teenagers in America are having oral sex, quite possibly in the rec room.

    But even years of bad publicity can't explain why this particular act is often a source of dissatisfaction and anxiety for couples. Oral sex is arguably even more intimate than intercourse.

    It can be intensely pleasurable for men and-because of direct clitoral stimulation that's all but impossible during

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  • Confessions of a Reluctant Trophy Wife

    Nicole Cohen didn't realize how much her life would change by marrying wealthy. I live in a famous building on Fifth Avenue owned by a certain publicity loving billionaire with a bad pompadour. One year ago, I had no health insurance and lived with my parents in Brooklyn. What happened?

    It's simple, really: I fell in love with a man who is out of my age-and tax-bracket. Some people would call me a trophy wife. At times, I, too, have wondered if that's what I've become.

    When I met David at a party of a mutual friend, I was a 21-year-old Jewish girl with a freshly minted Ivy League degree in philosophy, accustomed to being unimpressed by the guys who approached me. So when David sauntered over and offered to buy me a drink, I was indifferent. My friends quickly sidled up to whisper that he was quite the catch-a notorious heartbreaker. Unmoved, I blathered on pretentiously about a trip I'd taken backpacking through Italy. David called me on my affected spewing, in Italian no less.

    As luck, or the fates, would have it, he'd lived with an Italian

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  • Recipe: 'See, I Can Actually Cook!' Easy Stuffed Peppers

    For when the non-chefs among us want to impress the culinary-genius love of their loves.Note: this recipe was submitted to be the Next "Engagement Chicken." Find out how you can enter the contest.

    So, I don't cook. Not really. I'm very good at "preparing" things, like salad. I'm also exceptional at cleaning up after a meal, which is why my relationship works so well. My fiance is a great cook, and thankfully, he loves to do it.

    Every once in a blue moon, I get the urge to "cook," which for me means following a recipe. If you're like me-a non-chef-and want to make a delicious dish (that's not totally unhealthy, to boot) to show your love that you aren't ALL thumbs in the kitchen, I'd suggest this "See, I Can Actually Cook!" Stuffed Peppers recipe.

    The recipe has been passed down through the family of a dear friend & can be made with ground beef, turkey or eggplant.

    Ingredients:
    1 onion, chopped
    5 mushrooms, chopped
    3/4 lb. ground beef, turkey or eggplant
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 can tomato paste, small
    1 jar tomato sauce/marinara sauce
    grated Mozzarella cheese

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  • Recipe: Strawberry Banana Cream Pie

    This is the recipe I use for strawberry banana cream pie or what my fiance calls 'The Sweetie Pie.'Note: this recipe was submitted to be the Next "Engagement Chicken." Find out how you can enter the contest.

    Sink your teeth into a slice of this light, fluffy strawberry cream pie. Sweet and smooth, this pie is perfectly divine!

    Ingredients:
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 egg yolks
    2 cups milk
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 9 in. baked pie
    1 pint strawberry, sliced
    2 bananas
    whipped cream

    Directions:

    1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
    2. Blend together egg yolks and milk.
    3. Stir small amount of milk mixture into dry ingredients, making a smooth paste.
    4. Gradually blend in remaining milk mixture.
    5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
    6. Allow to boil for one minute.
    7. Remove from heat and stir in Vanilla.
    8. Cool quickly by setting pan in bowl of ice or cold water and stirring for a few minutes.
    9. Arrange Strawberries in the bottom of the pie shell, reserving about 1/4 of

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  • 3 Makeup Tips for a Flawless Date Night Look

    It's all about sultry eyes, smooth skin and the perfect pout!When you're on the prowl or a first date, you don't want your makeup to be the focal point of your face.

    While you do want to accentuate your assets and highlight your best features, don't make it look like you spent an hour making yourself up because high-maintenance just isn't attractive. On the other hand, you definitely want to avoid looking unkempt. So here are a few tips for getting your man-meeting makeup just right.

    1. Fake a flawless complexion.
    First off, you don't need an inch of foundation to make your skin look its best. In this scenario, less is certainly more and you're better off going with less coverage and more luminosity, which goes a long way for minimizing imperfections.

    Our secret: fabulous makeup primer. We love Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer topped with your tinted foundation of choice. You get just enough coverage and a come-hither glow.

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    2. All about eyes. Eye contact is paramount when

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  • VIDEO: Is Your Boyfriend Still Friends with His Ex? How to Deal



    Is your boyfriend still close with his ex? Does their relationship make you uncomfortable? If so, you're in luck.

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    In this video, dating coach and Your Tango Expert Annie Gleason gives advice on what to do if you find yourself in that situation. She explains that it's natural to feel jealous that your man is still friends with an ex-girlfriend.

    So what should you do? Annie Gleason says to let him have the friends he wants, even if that happens to be an ex. "I think your job is to reframe your attitude so that you're seing it from a positive prospective - that you trust him, and that you're learning to trust him more. Because that way, he's going to act in a more trustworthy manner anyways."

    To learn more, check out the video above.

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  • Recipe: 'Be My Sweetheart' Vegan Chili

    It'll convince any veggie-loving man to be all yours!Note: this recipe was submitted to be the Next "Engagement Chicken." Find out how you can enter the contest.

    Spice up your love life with this flavorful vegan chili! It's perfect for that special vegan in your life.

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
    Half white onion, diced
    Half red bell pepper, diced
    Fire, i.e. your choice of a fresh hot pepper, a tablespoon of hot sauce (I like Cholula) or ½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper.
    1 tomato, diced or 6-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered.
    ½ cup canned corn kernels
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    2.5 cups black beans
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste

    Directions:
    1. Heat the oil.
    2. Add garlic & onions & sautee for about 5 minutes on low-medium.
    3. Add red bell pepper & sautee for another 5 minutes.
    4. Add corn, fire & stir with wooden spoon.
    5. Add tomato, cover, and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
    6. Mix in tomato paste completely.
    7. Add black beans & as much salt & pepper as you like.
    8. Cover and let simmer for

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  • Recipe: 'I Love You' Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

    If your man hasn't uttered 'I love you' yet, these cupcakes will definitely draw it out of him!Note: this recipe was submitted to be the Next "Engagement Chicken." Find out how you can enter the contest.

    What could be sweeter than these 'I Love You' Cupcakes? We love these delectable little treats and we're sure that he will love them too!

    Ingredients:

    Cupcakes
    3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
    4 large eggs
    2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
    1 cup milk
    4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    4 teaspoon bittersweet cocoa powder
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    Filling
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
    6 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
    1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    1/4 cup Peanut butter
    1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

    Frosting
    1 Package Cream Cheese (plain)
    1/2 cup milk
    2 Cups Peanut butter
    1 Cup + Powdered Sugar

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  • Real Guys Share What They Really Think About Lube

    What's he really thinking when you suggest using lube in bed?It's easy to buy a sexual lubricant. Different varieties are available at drugstores, in specialty shops, or online, if you're the shy type. But what's not always as easy? Introducing lube to your guy. Some women feel embarrassed to mention the slippery stuff, or lack thereof, in the heat of the moment.

    They shouldn't be. Vaginal dryness doesn't necessarily mean you're not turned on. It can be caused by normal hormonal changes during a woman's menstrual cycle. It's a common side effect of medication, from chemotherapy to asthma inhalers to over-the-counter antihistamines. The chemicals in your shower gel, perfume, or the detergent used to wash your skivvies might even be to blame.

    "I think that there can be a stigma when a woman wants to introduce lube into the relationship," says Suzanne Kongkeo, Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager at Astroglide. "Sometimes she thinks a) there's something wrong with her medically, or b) that her partner's not getting her worked up, and she doesn't want to

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  • 4 Sexy Celebs John Mayer Has Screwed (Over)!

    Happy Birthday, John! We're sharing the four hottest women he managed to let go and screw over! In honor of John Mayer's 35th birthday we want to remind him of some of the lovely women he dated and then let go. The worst thing a hot singer who is famous can do it be caught in an interview exposing his truest thoughts about his lady lovers. Mayer claimed in a Playboy article that he hated to be a heartbreaker. Some of the ladies listed below moved fast over the years and have found themselves very lucky in love.


    1. John Mayer was breaking Jennifer Love Hewitt's heart back in 2002. He even wrote a song about her, and who doesn't love a singer writing about them? Jennifer Love Hewitt once joked about the song "Your Body Is A Wonderland" to Entertainment Weekly, that in fact her body is a "pawn shop." We've seen her on The Client List and might have to agree with Mayer on this one!

    2. Jessica Simpson and John Mayer dated from 2006 to 2007 and seemed happy together. She even changed her hair color to match him ... although, that's a little much. After the split, Mayer told Playboy

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