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6 Things to Try When A Room Just Isn't Coming Together

(Image credit: Julia Brenner)<p>If you've ever had a room hovering at "almost there," you know how frustrating of a situation it can be. The room …

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Drenched Lemon Cream Cake

Y’all, let’s get real. There’s nothing wrong with taking nude photos. Nothing.<p>I’m a middle school teacher, so let me qualify that: there may be moral …

50+ Dollar Store Craft Ideas

ADVERTISEMENT<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>The nice thing about the dollar store is that everything is so cheap. The bad thing about the dollar store is that the …

Dating in Your 30s: What Changes From Your 20s for Women

There you were, happily dating through your twenties when, bam, your 30th birthday arrived and everything changed. Right? Well, no. It's mostly the same old song-and-dance of drinks, first kisses, and mixed signals. Sometimes the drinks get nicer, but honestly, a good majority of the time you're …

Dating Advice: Why Guys Won't Ask You Out

When that cute guy you were making eyes at all night doesn't ask you out or even come up to say hi, it can feel like a rejection. But a lot of times, the reason a guy isn't making his move isn't because he doesn't want to...<p>Men, just like us, have insecurities and fears about dating, and sometimes …

10 Expert-Approved Secrets to Hack Your Hangover

Because we'd love to enjoy the rest of our weekend, thank you very much.<p>Down "just one more cocktail" when you're already feeling a buzz, and bam—you're saddled with a monstrous headache the next morning (AKA the dreaded hangover). As B. Lee Peterlin, the Director of Headache Research at the Johns …

4 Things To Consider Before Saying "I Love You"

You all know my favorite dialogue from Empire Strikes Back as the bad guys are about to freeze Han Solo, and Princess Leia says: "I love you." He says: "I know."<p>Maybe I'm over-analytical, but there are many things to think about before you say "I love you,"or hear your significant other say it to …

Relationships

Why You Haven't Met Him Yet

Follow these three foolproof steps to finding the right love for you.<p>The other week I gave a talk at DePaul University. At the end of what I thought was a convoluted but informative lecture on Buddhism in today's world, a freshman raised his hand. He said, "When should you fall in love? I've been …

4 Things He Thinks the First Time You Sleep With Him

After my divorce, I had a pretty crazy rebound period that's run the gamut from horrible to hopeful. While I didn't think I'd ever be back out there searching for love again, I've learned a lot about relationships, and I hope I can pass some of that knowledge on to you. I'm here to help you …

8 Signs Your Date Is Totally Into You

Decoding the communication cues that say it all.<p>The follow-up after a first date is rarely as simple as: "I like you, I had fun, let's get together again." There are layers of meaning in texts to unpack, not to mention timing: who reaches out first and how quickly does the other person respond? It …

Decoding His Text: "It Is What It Is"

Our friends at hetexted.com field tons of screen grabs from confused women on the receiving end of cryptic, frustrating, and overall confusing texts. Help a girl out and let's try to decipher what each one means. This week's:<p><b>Sounds dismissive. What do you think? Is he not that interested? Weigh in</b> …

Beauty Secrets Every Woman Must Know

Try out these expert tips to get perfect hair, makeup and skin.<p>Try out these expert tips to get perfect hair, makeup and skin.

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The Better-Sex Workout

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10 Sneaky Ways to Lose Weight

The first rule of weight loss: Do not talk about weight loss. "Let's be honest, nobody wants to hear about your thighs, your portion size, your fear of carbs, or your...

10 (Almost) Free Winter Dates That Are Actually Fun

Winter is the season for romance, for snuggling and warm fires and rosy cheeks and mid-blizzard dinners by candlelight. Also, the season for spending all your money, because cold-weather dating is expensive. In the summer, "exploring a new neighborhood" while "drinking iced coffee" is a totally …

18 Qualities You Need To Find In A Partner Before You Commit To Them

1. Trustworthiness. Trust is the foundation of a relationship. Without trust, there is nothing.<p>2. Happiness. I’m not talking all-the-time, …

Chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I probably bake chocolate chip cookies a little bit more often than other types of cookies. You can’t argue with them: everyone likes chocolate and …

How to Know You've Met The One, From MTV's Are You the One? Matchmaker

MTV's latest reality dating show, <i>Are You the One</i>?, premiered last week (new episode tonight at 11 P.M./10 P.M. CT) and at first glance, you might think it's just another show about 20 people picked to live in a sexy Hawaiian paradise so hookups can ensue. And, sure, that's in there—but there's …

5 Health Goals to Check Off Your List (or at Least Attempt to) by Age 30

I have a bunch of friends who are turning 30 this year, and they're—well, let's just say they're a little freaked out by it. I totally get it. I felt that way too. But I'm here to tell you—from the other side—that 30 was one of my favorites. And you know what? If you get some of these health habits …

The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks

After years of dating charismatic, brilliant, slightly off-their-rockers men who were never that into me, I finally learned to quit chasing unavailable guys.<p>I recently came across a photo of a sexy Brazilian man I had an affair with a few years ago. (OK, I Googled him.) When I saw his sly smile and …

Relationships

21 Problems Only Single Women Understand

Yes, being single is awesome most of the time. But remember that time you saw Evil Dead and then hung out on your stoop watching an old Hispanic woman knit for an hour just so you didn't have to go into your empty apartment alone and potentially fight a demon? This post originally appeared on …

Relationships

The Reason Your Relationship Failed Won't Be in Your Text History

Those laws of texting, debunked.<p>You haven't heard from him in a while. One minute things were hot and heavy, the next super cold. You're not sure where things went wrong. So you open up your phone and scroll back through your texts to where it all began, looking for clues, <i>any</i> indication at all, as …

40 Cheap Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget

"Love don't cost a thing" —J.Lo<p>Because fancy dinners and costly ticket prices all add up, here's the ultimate guide to dating on a real-person budget ($), from stay-at-home options for the true homebodies to outdoorsy adventures that only require a little bit of spare cash and the right attitude.

The Definitive Guide to Whether You Two Are Dating or Just Hanging Out

We are all still really confused about what's a date and what's not a date, reports <i>USA Today</i>. Is a 9 P.M. I'm-at-a-bar-you-should-come text a date? Is lying around someone's gross apartment ordering Chinese food and watching ABC Family a date? Is a midnight showing of <i>The Room</i> you bought your own …

Secret Diet Destroyers: The 11 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

Think you're a master dieter? These common weight-loss mistakes can ruin even the most disciplined action plan (and you might not even be aware you're making them). If you're...

Why Sunday Night at 8:57 Might Be Your Best Chance at Finding Love Online This Year

Anyway noticed a change in their online love life in the last few weeks? I have, and the change is: Stuff is happening again. There are lots of visitors and messages, and most happily, some of them are even appealing!<p>I'd love to imagine that the reason I'm getting more attention is based on my own …

10 Mistakes You're Making with Your Online Dating Profile

Lose the group photos.<p>Online dating apps are a special place where Friday night dreams go to die—but at the same time, they may be our greatest chance of meeting someone outside the two-block radius of our apartment/office. So we keep swiping and hoping, fed on the stories of the happy couples who …

Exactly How Many Dates, Relationships, and Heartbreaks You'll Have Before You Meet The One

It takes a lot of effort to get to the point where you can frolic in a meadow with the love of your life.<p>That is, if you're the average woman. (And, of course, I would never call any of our amazing readers "average.")<p>But so you know what median numbers you might expect, here's the rundown on …

8 Sex and Dating Topics We Hope to Never Ever Hear About in 2014

In the grand tradition of noting the good and the bad of the past year, we have to acknowledge that along with all the lovely, romantic things that happened in 2013, there were some real groaners as well. Here, we discuss the eight things we're really hoping not to hear more about in</b> …