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  • 5 best iPhone apps for dating

    Dating + tech + convenience = we love it! Check out our top 5 favorite iPhone apps for the sometimes daunting world of dating.

    SPEED DATE


    Ever try a speed-dating event? We have, and it's quite the experience.SpeedDate is the world's first online speed dating website. This system allows singles to meet each other through three-minute online speed dates. Unlike other online dating options, this app allows singles to immediately determine if they have chemistry before taking the time to meet in person. (For more options, there's also an American Speed Date app and state-by-state Speed Date apps.)

    MATCH.COM & OKCUPID APPS

    Find love via iPhoneThere's a reason some apps are instant classics. This is an iPhone dating app connected to the Match.com online dating site, that allows members to update their profiles wherever they are, plus there's an opt-in feature that allows members to check out other singles nearby using the built-in location-based technology. You can also get a great purpose-built iPhone app

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  • "If I'm in labor, can I drive myself to the hospital?"

    from Pregnancy & Baby

    DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE HOSPITAL?!

    Imagine you're driving down the freeway with your gorgeous brand-new baby, who's all tucked nicely into her carseat. Would you really like to be sharing the road with a laboring woman who is in a panic, trying to get to the hospital as fast as possible, all the while needing to get through contractions any way she can?

    Can I drive myself to the hospital while ISo the answer to the question "Can I drive myself to the hospital while I'm in labor" is a big no. It's just not safe - for you, your baby, or anyone else on the road.

    >> Preparing for emergency birth

    If you don't have a neighbor or friend who can take you in a pinch, call for an ambulance. The EMTs or paramedics can also deliver the baby if needed - which is pretty darn tough to do on your own while zooming down the freeway toward the nearest emergency room. (You know how it is… those pesky foot pedals always get in the way when you're trying to push.)


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  • How to make a stinky washing machine smell clean again

    A SheKnows How-to Guide

    As contrary as it sounds, laundry washing machines can get amazingly smelly. Find out how to keep mold and bacteria at bay, and help make your washer -- and your laundry! -- smell great again.
    Woman and washing machine

    STEP 1: LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

    In between loads, leave the washer door open -- especially if you have a front-loading machine. ("High efficiency" front-loader washing machines seem to be especially prone to smelly problems from bacteria and mold build-up in various parts of the system.)

    STEP 2: HALVE THE SOAP

    If your washing machine is smelly, try using less detergent -- about half the usual recommended amount -- and/or use HE (high-efficiency) laundry detergent.

    STEP 3: QUIT THE LIQUID

    Avoid using liquid fabric softener in your washer, as some people have experienced a build-up of "gunk" from its use. If you do use store-bought fabric softener, dilute the mixture with water before adding it to your washing machine.

    >> Read more: Teaching kids to do laundry

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  • 11 cool pregnancy & birth stats

    by Jennifer Chait, PregnancyAndBaby.com

    Just for fun, here's a selection of cool birth data via the newest
    CDC birth vitals statistic report (pdf).


    1) On average, how many babies are born each year?:
    4,265,555 births were recorded in 2006, making this highest birth rate year since 1989. (Plus, this figure doesn't likely account for all babies born in the USA.)

    2) What's the average age of first time mamas?: 25 years of age.

    3) Are male or female babies more common?: In 2006, there were 2,184,237 male and 2,081,318 female live births, so baby boys are taking over.

    4) The most common month to be born in is?: August.

    5) The least common month to be born in is?: February

    6) The most common day of the week to be born on is?: Wednesday! This is actually odd. Since 1990 (at least) the most common day to be born has ALWAYS been Tuesday. This year, Wednesday took over.

    7) The least common day of the week to be born on is?: Sunday.

    8) Are cesarean delivery

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  • Chelsea Clinton's $5 million wedding details

    by Kristin Larson for SheKnows.com

    Details about Chelsea Clinton's wedding are all hush-hush on the down-low. In-the-know wedding planner Donnie Brown, however, offers SheKnows some pre-wedding scoop. Could it really be this crazy? Of course it could. And, anyway, it sure is fun to speculate!

    It sounds like a wedding fit for a princess: Glass walls, tables overflowing with orchids, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Casablanca lilies and hydrangeas, and a six-foot sugar flower-topped designer cake are just some of the lavish details expected at Chelsea Clinton's wedding this weekend.

    THE BUZZ

    "It's going to be amazing," says Donnie Brown, wedding planner featured in the Style Network's hit TV series Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

    "A lot of people are saying [it's costing] $3 million. I am thinking more like $5 million."

    The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will marry fiancée Marc Mezvinsky on a 50-acre estate along the Hudson

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  • 10 ways to stay cool when it's hot, hot, hot outside

    Trying to get through the sweltering days of summer? Try some of these fun ways to stay cool when it's hot, humid and uncomfortable!

    water balloons

    1. WATER BALLOONS

    Buy a few packages of water balloons, get a group of friends together, pull the hose out onto the lawn and get wet and wild.

    2. ICE SKATING

    A spot that will start your teeth chattering is the local indoor ice skating rink. Hang out and watch the skaters or better yet… brave it and hit the ice (hopefully, not literally)!

    3. PERSONAL POPSICLE PARTY

    For a cool and lazy afternoon, sit in front of a big fan eating popsicles and listening to favorite tunes on your iPod. Popsicles come in a yummy variety of flavors, and many are guiltlessly low in calories. (Get some homemade popsicle recipes here, and see more than 25 ways to make freezer pops for pennies!)

    4. KIDDY POOL

    Buy an inexpensive inflatable kiddy pool. Inflate and toss it on the patio under an overhang or somewhere in the shade. Fill it with 4 inches of water. Grab a

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  • 3 Reasons not to Google-stalk your ex

    By Margeaux Baulch Klein for SheKnows.com

    While Google-stalking is a more discreet way of spying on your ex than say, digging through his trash or driving by his house, it doesn't mean you should do it. Below are three reasons to put down that mouse and slowly back away from the search engine.

    1) T.M.I.

    Unlike old-school stalking, Googling allows us to dig up dirt from the comfort of our office chairs, making researching an old flame as easy as typing their name into a search box. But what do random tidbits like his marathon finish time or a MySpace comment he left really tell you? Worried Woman on ComputerWorried Woman on Computer

    Not much, according to blogger and MoxieintheCity.net founder Chris Marashio.

    "Whether it's an article or a posting on a forum, what you see online is not an accurate reflection of who a person is. It only gives you snapshots of their life which can be misconstrued," says Marashio.

    For those who still can't help poring over their ex's every blog entry and Flickr photo in an attempt to deduce his

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  • Tips to tame your road rage

    by Karen Hawthorne for SheKnows.com

    You've been there (maybe on a daily basis): gripping the steering wheel with both hands and gritting your teeth. There's no accident or construction to jam up the road, but you're boxed in by cars and trucks at a standstill and it's all you can do to stop yourself from hollering obscenities and ditching your wheels to hoof it instead. Before you let your road rage take the wheel, try these healthier coping strategies to get you through the traffic and your commute.
    Woman with Road Rage

    1. VISUALIZE YOUR HAPPY PLACE

    Take a few deep breaths to relax and close your eyes for just a moment. Then imagine yourself in a peaceful setting, such as a beautiful beach at sunset or a meadow filled with flowers. Visualization can be a powerful tool to reduce anxiety and turn off the body's "fight or flight" stress response.

    >> Learn how to meditate in a busy world

    Drown out those honking horns and heighten the experience even more by engaging your senses. How does the sand

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  • Angelina Jolie talks toddlers, getting older & what the future may hold

    by Joel Amos, SheKnows.com

    When Angelina Jolie enters a room, one has to stop for a second to get your head around the fact that an international icon is sitting two feet away. That being said, there are few celebrities that we have spoken with who had more of an air of ease about them -- one that was equally comforting and compelling.

    Here are a few excerpts from SheKnows.com's chat with Ang, when we caught up with her to talk about her latest movie, Salt. (Read more of our interview with Angelina Jolie here!)


    SheKnows:
    There's a lot of running in Salt, does being the mother of toddlers all the training you need to get ready for the role?

    Angelina Jolie runs for her life in Salt

    Angelina Jolie: Yes [laughs], the toddlers run fast. But, actually Z (Zahara) is the fastest in the house. They're all over the place! And the twins are always going in different directions at the same time.

    See her in action: Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber filming "Salt" in Washington DC

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  • The lube decoder: Which lubricant is right for you?

    Sometimes lubes are necessary... and sometimes they just add more fun to sex. Whether to quell discomfort or add some spice to your sex sessions, here's are SheKnows.com's top three sexual lubricant discoveries!

    There are lots of lubes out there on the market, and you likely don't want to find yourself standing in front of the sexual products aisle thinking for minutes -- or hours! -- about which one is right for you. Who knows who you might run into? That visit to the drugstore or passion boutique has got to be a quick pop-in. Better yet, buy them online from a reputable retailer such as Drugstore.com or Amazon.com's "Sexual Wellness" store, or click on the name of any of the products below to find out where to buy.

    >>> Check it out: 10 Embarrassing sex questions

    To help you decide what to get before you shop, we researched (and tested) several lubricants. Here's what we found…
     Booty Parlor's Lubricant
    BOOTY PARLOR'S LUBRICANT

    What the packaging says:
    'Add magic'

    What we thought: Add magic? It sure

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