Even the most cynical among us can agree that the holiday season has an element of magic to it. But before a single egg is nogged or Christmas goose stuffed, there's that little matter of buying gifts. And that's when, for many of us, the magic disappears. But here's a very good reason not to throw up your hands and admit defeat this holiday season: Gift-giving can also work magic on your relationship.
When my husband and I first came together as a romantic couple three years ago, we agreed to practice a pretty radical rule to ensure the long-term success of our relationship. The rule can prove more challenging to abide by than you might suspect at first. But both of us feel it's well worth the occasional angst we experience in order to enjoy a romance that lets us feel totally connected and utterly trusting of each other.
The post is called 'Marriage Isn't For You', and it's gotten 24 million views and counting. Basically, a dude says, "Look what I did! I realized I'm not the center of the world!" and he's catapulted to internet stardom and met with instant, widespread praise. But this isn't really about love; it's about control.
Because I want to stay happily married and give our three-year-old son the kind of joyful home I didn't have while I was growing up, I put my marriage first. That's right. My husband comes before anyone else in my life, including my beloved child.
Batteries line the kitchen counter next to several flashlights. My husband, Jim, places several matchbooks in my hand in an act of love, instructing me to use them sparingly over the next 24 hours that he'll be gone, then kisses my forehead and makes his way out the front door. A severe storm is on its way, but none of us have any idea what Hurricane Sandy has in store for us.
Last June, my husband and I celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. Last June, we celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. We're happier together now than we were on our wedding day, but that doesn't mean that life has been perfect...or even easy. We've had plenty of setbacks over the years, from soul-crushing jobs to my miscarriage last August. But we've managed to stick it out, thanks to our commitment—and some important lessons from people who love us.
I always find time to cook because I love doing it—and more importantly, I love the person I cook for. But finding time during a busy work week is, well, you probably know how it is. Enter Plated, a service that that lets you order dinner subscription boxes online. It's perfect for busy couples who want to prepare home-cooked meals with a dash of convenience.
Today is National Coming Out Day, and it always finds a way to creep up and pummel me with a fist of emotions. This day reminds me of the journey I've been on for nearly seven years—from the torment of the closet to the proud, open person I see in the mirror now. See, coming out is not a one-shot deal. It begins with a finite moment, of course, but coming out is an infinite expedition in the life of a homosexual.
When it comes to eating habits and dating, what ends up on the dinner table can be just as important as what goes down in the bedroom. So, in a world dominated by carnivores, what's a bacon-free bachelor or bachelorette to do? We chatted with New Yorker Kristin Jackson. While she's vegan, her boyfriend Jake is a full-fledged BBQ-lovin', steak-makin', meat-eating man. Kristin keeps a blog, My Fit Decision, where she chronicles her healthy lifestyle, including the his-and-hers meals she creates. Here's what Kristin told us about how these two lovebirds make it work.
The verdict is in regarding the "300 sandwiches for an engagement ring" debate, just in time for our second annual Breakfast, Love & Dinner campaign.
Love is one of the great themes throughout history—a history that stretches back far beyond our modern age into a time of legend and folklore. So it figures that many folktales seem to revolve around matters of the heart. In true Halloween spirit, let's recount seven bone-chilling folk tales that are scarier than any horror movie in your Netflix queue.
So now we know that Stephanie Smith — who told the world she's a mere 124 sandwiches away from an engagement ring — is actually embarrassed by the whole incident. She went on the Today Show and basically said, "Geez guys, it was a joke." And I'm saddened by that, because she backed down and surrendered her power. Here's why that sends the wrong message to her detractors — and why her 300 sandwiches ploy wasn't the disgrace to feminism that everyone's making it out to be.
"We're the same person, different hair," says Greta Gerwig’s character in the movie Frances Ha. The two female protagonists are the kind of pals who live together, sleep next to each other, read and knit as a pair, and can't quite remember who paid for the teapot. In other words, a frouple. The term, a combination of 'friend' and 'couple,' was coined to describe for the totally platonic yet can't-live-without-you type of friendship shared between two straight women (and occasionally, two straight men). Do you know a frouple? Could you be part of one?
If you're a single woman like me, I'm sure you've heard this refrain more than once: "But you're so smart/pretty/fun/great. Why aren't you married?" I have to admit I've puzzled over this for a while myself. At a certain age, odds are you're tempted to think it means there's something wrong with you. Well, it's time to put the pity party to an end and look at the facts. Love is a wonderful thing. But marriage isn't for everyone, and that's more than okay. Here's why.
Welcome to the first installment of Love & Learn, a new column devoted to lessons of the heart, straight from the stars we love. Here, Gabrielle Reece—U.S. volleyball icon, former model, wife, mother and author of the just-released My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper—shares a few things she knows about love after 17 years of marriage, three children—and the usual number of arguments.