Maureen Joy Balot

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7 Surprising Workout Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

If regular sweat sessions aren't scoring you the results you were hoping for, it's probably because you're guilty of these exercise no-nos. Tweak your habits and you'll be torching more fat just in time for shorts and tank top season.<p>Busting your ass on the Stairmaster and banging out a gazillion …

19 Phone Problems Every Twentysomething Has

If your phone battery is at one percent, you might as well just give up.<p><b>1. Red battery.</b> You might as well cancel all your plans and go home. What's the point.<p><b>2. Checking your phone and realizing it hasn't even been a full minute since you last checked your phone.</b> There's no way you're making it …

26 Things All Girls Did At Slumber Parties

In restrospect, Truth Or Dare is a brutal, Machiavellian exercise. Also, why was it always SO COLD in that basement?<p><b>1. Played Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board.</b> Because <i>The Craft</i> informed us that it can WORK, if we summon our POWERS.<p><b>2. And that standing-up version where one girl pulls on</b> …

20 Things Women Absolutely Cannot Do Without Each Other

If a woman watches an award show without four friends and three bottles of white wine, did the award show even happen? These things just have to be done in sizable girl groups.<p><b>1. Use the bathroom at parties.</b> And if it's one of those parties where you just HAVE to talk about the people there or is …

15 Types of Dudes You Date Before You Get Engaged

<b>1. The Political Guy</b><p>SO passionate about politics. TOO passionate about politics. Made you feel like a shallow bumpkin because you didn't vote in the special election for the new city municipal waste manager. Refers to President Barack Obama as "Barry". You once got up at 5am and drove to another …

A Definitive Ranking of the Best Boyfriends From YA Fantasy Novels

Sure, Peeta can make you delicious snacks, but he's no Boy Who Lived.<p><b>14. James, Twilight.</b> Holds grudges for a long time, drinks human blood, believes he has not achieved vengeance unless he has killed everyone you love — just the worst. And though his abs are a sight to behold, there's absolutely</i> …

The Two Hottest Things You Can Say in Bed

Listen up as we reveal the magic words that will take you and your guy to new heights of excitement! Surprisingly, they're actually printable.<p>When you think about what makes sex good, the physical factors most likely come to mind: how you touch each other, the positions you try, and the body parts …

It's Sunday Night...Why Am I Bummed?

You may love your job. You may have had an awesome weekend. Neither matters when the Sunday-evening witching hour hits.<p>"Sunday is a transition day that can feel like the end of something good," says Tamar Chansky, PhD, author of <i>Freeing Yourself From Anxiety</i>. "But even if you only get down on Sunday …

5 Important Lessons to Learn From Rejection

Before these women found major success, they were all negged over and over again. And guess what? They sometimes still hear the word no. Here's how they turn their fails into wins.<p><b>"Rejection is a form of guidance."</b> <b><br>-Whitney Cummings, comedian</b><p>After college, Cummings auditioned to be a newscaster and …

14 Things Women Do Better Than Men

Hello, ego boost!<p>We're still annoyed at the recent study that found men throw better than women (we know <i>puh-lenty</i> of women who can out-throw men). That said, there are tons of studies proving women have some amazing abilities that men lack. So, we rounded up some of our favorites. Hello, ego boost!

23 Questions Every Twentysomething Asks Herself Once

Should I get a dog and straight-across bangs and move to Austin and go to grad school and cut out carbs and HELP ME.<p><b>1. Can I drink the same day I take Plan B?</b> No. You can't.<p><b>2. Should I get a job teaching English in China and totally just move to China?</b> You will be just as confused in China, but why …

5 Quickie Sex Positions for When You Literally Can't Wait

Good things come in quick packages.<p>Quickies get an unfairly bad reputation for being rushed and unsatisfying. But too much of anything — yes, even super-slow, intimate sex with much eye-gazing, touching of souls, and whatnot — becomes "blah" if that's all that's going on. Plus, quickies are all …

20 Signs You're With the Man You Should Marry

He's your biggest fan (arguably next to your mom).<p><b>1. He always brags about you.</b> If you get a promotion at work or even just win concert tickets, he can't resist telling everyone you hang out with before you even think to mention it. Because he's your biggest fan (arguably next to your mom).<p><b>2. He</b> …

15 Things Men and Women Always Disagree On

'Burn Notice' was created for the sole purpose of dividing men and women, of this I'm certain.<p><b>1. How hot ScarJo is.</b> He says she is "SO sexy" and "stunning." She thinks he just likes her for the boobs and would argue "Angelina Jolie is STUNNING, ScarJo is, well, fine."<p><b>2. The entertainment value of</b> …

17 Things That Make Women Freak Out About Sex

He will have to peeeeel these skinny jeans off my legs.<p><b>1. Crap, do I need to clean?</b> I really only have time to Swiffer Wet Jet the top layer of filth off my apartment. That'll have to do.<p><b>2. Do I have a condom?</b> Does <i>he</i> have a condom? Do I need to run down to the bodega and purchase some Trojan Her …

19 Signs He Wants You

Guys aren't exactly subtle. We usually have a total of about three moves when it comes to picking up ladies. Here are 19 signs a guy is trying really hard to get in your pants.<p><b>1. He laughs at all your jokes.</b>You're funny, but no one is THAT funny. He's probably just riding the high of potential …

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