• POPSUGAR Love & SexSource: 6 Ways to Find Alone Time During the Holidays

    Christmas is almost here, and spending time with family can be the best - and worst - part of the holidays. Cramped quarters, conflicting personalities, and childhood baggage means tensions can run high, especially when you don't have any time to yourself. But with a little creativity, you can find ways to squeeze in alone time, and avoid a meltdown. Here are a few:

    • Offer to be the errand-runner: If you're craving a little time to yourself, speak up when your mom mentions she's out of sugar. Even a few minutes in the car blasting music (or just sitting in silence) can be enough to pull you back from the brink.
    • Go for a walk: Can't take another second of togetherness around the fire? Suggest a brisk after-dinner walk. True, you usually can't get away with doing this one all by yourself, but even the most grating of family members can be more palatable outdoors in the crisp air. And if all else fails, walk fast.
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  • The Wheel card suggests that your relationship or romantic game plan may take an unexpected turn. If you go with the flow, let it run its course and remain flexible, the odds are that you may find something you like, get lucky, break out of negative patterns or cycles or set something new in motion.

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  • You'll be sexy no matter what on New Years Eve!It doesn't matter if you're going out or staying in - everyone needs a fun New Year's Eve outfit! Whether you're hitting a friend's house party, taking the cheap flight home after the holidays, or braving the crowds to watch your local ball drop equivalent in person. Here are six great outfits that will help you kick off 2014 in style. Here's to a freaking awesome 2014!

    By Charles Manning

    1. House Party
    You never want to be too dressed up when you're heading to a house party, whether it's a low-key hangout with friends or an up-all-night rager. A tuxedo jean is festive, but not too dressy. A fun, colorful sweater offers a laid back, approachable vibe (wear a cute top underneath in case you get too hot). Flats will ensure you're comfortable enough to last the whole night, even if you can't find a place to sit down.

    2. Home Hangout With Your Boo
    Sometimes staying in on New Year's Eve can be even more fun than going out, especially if you're with your lover. Heighten the

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  • Why You Should Treat Your Spouse Like a DogWhy You Should Treat Your Spouse Like a DogIn the Greenwich-Post, Joe Pisani writes of a nasty divorce in which two no-longer-in-love people are viciously fighting over the custody of their miniature dachshund, Joey. "I suspect every man wants to be loved as much as little Joey," Pisani writes. "If we loved our spouses as much as our dogs, there would be peace on Earth and fewer divorce lawyers."

    Seriously, right? The expression "treat like a dog" has a strange negative connotation. We usually don't say, "He's treating me like a dog" or "I treated that guy like a dog" when we're talking about people we revere and shower with affection, but this makes no sense. Most dog owners treat their dogs with more kindness and affection than they treat their spouses, mothers, and in some cases, their own children. When my dog is sick, I talk to her soothingly. I clean up her upchuck for her, and I gently stroke her fur. Do I do the same for my husband? Not. Exactly.

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  • Spending Your First Holiday After Marriage with Your In-LawsSpending Your First Holiday After Marriage with Your In-LawsThe first time my wife spent a holiday with me and my family was at my parent's house and we had one of those, "Dd that really just happen??" moments. We were only dating at the time, so it could have been the first and last time she spent a holiday with my family. The "best" part about it was the moment happened on camera.

    I wasn't big on having girls spend holidays with me. So, this was not typical for me to bring a girlfriend home, although we weren't brand new to dating each other. Apparently, my mom realized it wasn't typical and seized the moment.

    It was Thanksgiving, and the previous Christmas my parents bought video cameras for us kids who didn't have one. Our family had begun a tradition of sharing what we are thankful for in front of the entire family.

    Everyone would take a few seconds, or minutes (depending upon who was talking), and share something they were thankful for. But this year, since almost everybody had video cameras, somebody decided to record

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  • 21 Ways You Can Become a Better Man

    How does any guy make his resolutions stick? By thinking small. Very, very small, says columnist Aaron Traister. REDBOOK.

    Whenever I start the New Year with a plan to overhaul my bad eating/drinking/living habits, I wake up some time in March, on the couch with an empty bottle of Jack Daniel's at my feet and a half-eaten honey-baked ham clutched under my arm. Well, not this year, Mister. I'm wising up and scaling back. I'm making super-achievable mini-resolutions that'll get me off on the right foot for 2012, or whatever year it is. Maybe some of them will work for you too. If not, I've got half a honey-baked ham you can have instead.

    1. Curse less. Maybe I'll get a jar or something. During a contentious meeting about funding Philly public schools last year, I told a representative from the city council that the state could "s--- my b---s." Now I'm known for this. I walk my son to school and women I've never met are like, "Hey, SMB!" So, yeah: less cursing, get a jar.


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  • Gabrielle Union and Dwyane WadeActress Gabrielle Union is engaged to Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade! The couple, who have been together since 2009, shared the happy news on Instagram.

    Related: Which Celebrity Couples Will Get Engaged Next?

    "Sooooo this happened... #Yessss @dwyanewade," Union wrote, along with a picture of her stunning ring. Wade also posted, "She said YES!!!"

    Gabrielle Union's engagement ringFriends and family of the couple may have seen the engagement coming; the pair recently sent out Christmas cards from the "Wade-Union Family."

    This will be the second marriage for each. "We both kind of rushed into marriage [the first time around] and neither one of us was successful at that, so we're both kind of like, let's take our time. If the goal is forever, what are we rushing for?" Union has said about their relationship.

    "She makes my eyes sparkle," Wade told Oprah Winfrey last summer on Oprah's Next Chapter. "The biggest time she makes my eyes sparkle is when [my son] Zaire comes home and homework is a little hard that

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  • (Newser) - The widow of a US teacher shot to death in Benghazi tells Anderson Cooper that she forgives his killers. "I don't want any revenge.

    I just really want them to know that I do love them and I forgive them, and Ronnie would want this," Anita Smith says in a CNN interview. "I just want them to know that God loves them and can forgive them for this." She continued: "That's how I honestly feel. It may sound crazy. It's God's spirit that's putting this inside me."

    ClassroomRonnie, she says, "wanted to shine the light and the love of Jesus to the Libyan people. He didn't want any attention onto himself." In a letter to the Libyan people, Smith notes that the couple went to Libya "because we saw the suffering of the Libyan people, but we also saw your hope, and we wanted to partner with you to build a better future ... We came to bless you, but you have blessed us much more."

    As for her husband, "I hear people speaking with hate, anger, and blame over Ronnie's death, but that's not

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  • By NoGamesLove Dating Coach Laurel House

    Gift GivingGift Giving

    You may not realize it, but one of the dating "rules" (that I prefer to screw) is to dismiss a guy who doesn't give a romantic gift to his new girlfriend. The thinking is that f you give us something practical, you don't view us in a romantic light. You don't value us. You don't put any thought into us. You don't care enough to come up with something that we would actually like, that makes us feel sexy, loved and wanted. In other words: your gift is a reflection of your feelings for us. I am all about Screwing The Rules of dating- in fact I recently sold a book to Running Press that will be published in December 2014 all about it. Still, I get it. There is a disconnect between the fulfillment of female and male needs and wants. Men are practical. You think practically. You like to solve problems. If our floors are dirty and we are complaining that we don't have a vacuum cleaner, you think "that's a great gift!" We women, on the other hand,

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  • A call to arms against the last acceptable dating prejudice. By Anne Friedman

    The first question most strangers ask me is "How tall are you?" If I'm feeling charitable, I answer honestly: "6-foot-2." They often follow-up with, "Do you ever date shorter men?" Consider this my full answer.

    First off: Yes, I have. Which makes me weird. The average woman is eight percent shorter than her male partner. In one survey, about half of collegiate men required their date to be shorter, while a monstrous nine of every ten women said they would only date a taller man. And online, it's even more brutal: Women can calculate how tall they are in their highest heels, add a few inches for good measure, and then filter out men who fall below that sum. Of course the ability to search for people who meet our criteria is part of the appeal of online dating. But while women say they have a "type"-they love bearded gingers or guys in glasses-they don't filter out every man who doesn't meet those specific physical criteria. Height is different. It's a sweeping

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