• by Gena Kaufman

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    Somewhere between the first few butterfly-inducing dates and the committed-for-life stage, there's the period of wondering if you're both on the same page about how serious you feel about a future together. If you're not quite at the point of That Talk but you're looking for a few clues you're heading in that direction, here are some signs he's in it for the long haul as your relationship progresses.

    He takes you on nondrinking dates. Nothing wrong with a few cocktails on dates, whether you've been out twice or for 20 years. But the beginning of a relationship tends to be pretty socially lubricated, so when he starts asking you to hang out in broad daylight without a beer, he's getting comfortable with you.

    He expects that you have plans even when you don't make them. In the beginning, he asks, "What are your plans for this weekend?" to see if you're available. When he's serious, he asks, "What are our plans for this weekend?" because he just assumes you'll want

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  • The Seven of Swords card suggests that a bold approach might give you the upper hand in this matter. In fact, the possibility of being caught with your hand in the proverbial cookie jar might be half the thrill. You might need a cover or lookout, so enlist those on the inside to keep watch during your daring escapade, deception or tryst. To avoid unnecessary confrontation, be certain not to leave any little reminders of your intentions. This might be difficult -- you could be tempted to do so just to prove your ability to outwit people, particularly if you are simply playing games. Watch your back and be careful in whom you place your trust, for you could be in league with people who have motives of their own.

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  • It's not every day that a wedding ceremony receives a standing ovation!

    Father Ray Kelly stunned newlyweds Chris and Leah O'Kane when he broke out into song during their nuptials in Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. His sensational, tear-jerking rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has taken the Internet by storm - as of press time, it's been watched over 2.8 million times since being uploaded on April 7th:

    The tune in question is one of the most covered songs of all time - everyone from Bono to Susan Boyle has put their personal stamp on it - but Kelly customized the lyrics to fit the sacred occasion. Check out more popular wedding songs here ►

    Father Kelly tells BBC News that locals know about his musical talents, but this unsuspecting bride and groom were from different parishes. "We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening and at the end I said, 'sure maybe I'll sing an aul song for you myself' - Leah grinned and said 'OK sure' but I don't think she was taking it

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheKnot.com

    TLCHolding hands and living together before marriage is seemingly normal behavior - except when you're part of the Duggar family!

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    Jill Duggar, part of the famously huge clan on 19 Kids & Counting, announced her engagement to accountant Derick Dillard today. "I am so happy," says Jill. "Our story is so very unique." Unique is right, since the couple started talking on Skype before meeting in person and got engaged with two special chaperones present! Here's six surprising - and sweet - details about their engagement:

    1. Jill's dad, Jim Bob, connected with Derick when he was doing missionary work in Nepal. He thought that Derick and Jill would hit it off, so the two started Skyping and texting (with each of their parents overseeing the conversations). Jill and Derick began courting in November, which means that they have chaperones supervising them when they're alone together, and have little to no Read More »from 6 Surprising Facts About Jill Duggar’s Engagement (That Included Chaperones!)
  • POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: 26 Perks of Being in a Serious Relationship in Your 20s

    Young, independent, and . . . committed? Yep, you heard that right. This is a declaration for anyone who's in a long-term relationship in their 20s and has felt pressure to "see what else is out there." Some people think that being in a relationship in your 20s makes no sense at all. They assume you're wasting away your youth; however, I couldn't disagree more.

    I've been with my boyfriend for almost three years. Since we've been together, I've studied abroad, lived alone, and still go out and have fun with my girlfriends. As a couple, we've traveled around Southeast Asia, gone to music festivals, and lived life like every other 20-something - we just happen to be in a relationship. I have a sense of stability that allows me to focus on my career rather than wasting energy worrying about if that guy will text me back or if I'll ever fall in love.

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  • Source: 9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Planner

    You've decided to hire a wedding planner - but how do you know which person is right for you and your big day? Thanks to a growing industry and what seems like a million different wedding blogs, it's not always easy to sift through the hundreds of event coordinators out there. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself these nine important questions as you search for the perfect wedding planner.

    • Where is she located? It's smart to find someone who's located in the region where your wedding will take place, if only because she's sure to have plenty of connections. Plus, if your planner is near the venue, chances are she's worked there before and may be familiar with some of the regular vendors.
    • How many years of experience? Time doesn't say everything, but it certainly speaks to some measure of success. Look for someone with a reputation, not only because it will give you peace of mind, but also because you want to work
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  • POPSUGAR Source: Beyoncé Wants You to Own Your Sexuality, So You Definitely Should

    Beyoncé Knowles is looking seriously sexy on Out magazine's May cover, her first since dropping that earth-shattering surprise album back in December. Beyoncé goes topless in the issue and channels Marilyn Monroe in a short blond wig and layers of diamond necklaces. In the accompanying interview - which Beyoncé conducted by email while on her international tour - the superstar got candid about everything from putting together that now-famous visual album to feeling "sexually liberated" by her recent projects. She also revealed that she had a sinus infection while recording one of her singles! Keep reading for more from Beyoncé's interview in Out magazine:

    • On the Beyoncé album being one of her most sexually liberating projects: "I'd like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality."
    • On the backlash she received
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  • by Screwing The Rules Dating Coach and Flirting Expert Laurel House

    Why She Said/He Said, instead of He Said/She Said? Because "She" comes first…

    Feel free to submit basic dating/relationship questions that you would like the female/male perspective on and Steve and I will address them…

    You know me… I'm Laurel House- your Dating Coach and Flirting Expert. You might not know Steve Hansen. He is a Life Coach, Online Dating Profile Photographer, and the "He Said" to my "She Said." This is the first of what will be an ongoing "She Said/He Said" series.


    Afraid to reveal too much on a first date for fear that it will turn him off? Or maybe you think that he/she hasn't proven worthy yet of such privileged information. Keep thinking that way and keep enjoying first dates. If you want to move on to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and quickly into a committed monogamous relationship, then pull down your walls and prepare to get raw. Because the first date isn't just a measure of

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  • Source: How to Be the Ultimate Maid of Honor

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's look at the big picture. The maid of honor's primary purpose falls under three major categories: support the bride, manage the bridesmaids, and be available. Good organizational and communication skills are a plus, but a positive attitude is a must!

    Supporting the bride means keeping her as stress free as possible and helping with the wedding planning in whatever capacity she needs it. (If she has a planner, you'll have less to take on, but the following duties include all that you might have to help with.) This also means emotional support. You need to be a good listener when she's having a meltdown about the planning process or cold feet about the marriage. You need to be honest and offer positive feedback when she asks for your opinions, but you also need to support whatever decisions she makes that you don't agree with.

    Managing the bridesmaids includes making sure there is constant

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  • Never Yell at Your Husband Again: One Woman's Amazing Marriage SecretsNever Yell at Your Husband Again: One Woman's Amazing Marriage SecretsFawn Weaver is starting a revolution.

    Her power is not in a fashion blog, or an exercise movement, or even a gluten-free diet. It's in taking a stand along with over 722,000 followers to proclaim herself -

    A happy wife.

    "I was and am, a happily married woman who wanted to see portrayals of me in the media," explains Weaver. She started the Happy Wives Club, a simple online group, in 2010 to connect with other women like her. "I wanted to show a positive image and basically say, 'I'm a happy wife, and that's it.' It was just about getting people to recognize that there were happily married women in the world, and this seems to be a new concept in the media, which always surprises me."

    Today, the movement has spiraled, spanning internationally to more than 100 countries and leading to the recent release of Weaver's book, Happy Wives Club, which is now a New York Times bestseller.

    But what exactly is all the fuss about? Is it really that revolutionary to proclaim yourself

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