What's the significance of your wedding ring? And what does it mean if you take it off? One woman found that taking off her wedding band allowed her a freedom she didn't feel in her troubled marriage. "I'm back from a girlfriend getaway in paradise. Traveling with a best friend off the beaten path awakened joy in me and soothed my soul, but it also left me wondering: Why can't I capture that sense of fun and wonder in everyday life? Why do I feel so stuck here in Boston, yet I was free as a bird in Mexico? One idea: I took off my wedding ring while traveling. I think my naked ring finger gave rise to more open responses and deeper interactions than I would have otherwise experienced."
"What kind of woman has boobs like that?" I remember wondering as I stared at a detailed breastfeeding diagram in a thick baby care book during the early stages of pregnancy with my first child. The woman's breast sloped and sagged into a shape resembling a popped balloon. The deflated boobs looked nothing like my small, perky breasts.
Your first time traveling as a couple can be somewhat of a litmus test for your relationship. Women and men tend to travel differently, for instance: while he waxes poetic about the deeper meaning of travel, he's thinking of hotel sex. Lots of it. When I took my first trip with Lorri, we settled on Eastern Europe: Romania to Hungary to Austria and finally the Czech Republic. We planned to fly in and out and do the rest by rail or bus or whatever—we'd figure it out when we got there. Along the way I came to see how differently I—as a man—traveled compared to Lorri, when it comes to planning, packing, eating, and keeping calm.
Vacations, in my world, are a time when rules do not apply, when you can have two scoops of ice cream for dessert every night – heck, when you can have dessert with breakfast. So in my world, I treat my brain to a vacation, too. I want ice cream for my brain. I want happy endings, laughter, sparkling plots, memorable characters, and blissfully good writing. Behold my "Guaranteed Brain Vacation Reading List" and give your brain a vacation summer with these can't miss, classic selections– books in various categories that have stood the test of time in their perfection for beachside, mountainside, poolside, or even commuting-and-wishing-for-vacation-side reading. Looking for a summer read in the category of: queen-of-good-vacation reading, eccentric-and-hilarious-family dramas, hot-blooded-men-and-warrior-women-seek-adventure-and-action novels, past-perfect-historical-romantic fiction, or better-ab-workouts-through-laughing books? Read on...!
Why should newlyweds have all the fun? Every couple can use a good excuse to travel—just jet off into the sunset on a long weekend together. Trips aren't just for honeymooners, anymore! Enter the mini 'moon: With modern-day weddings rivaling Cirque du Soleil in scale and complexity, sometimes you need a quick escape before you walk down the aisle. And, once the (real) honeymoon's over, there's no need to stay home. Couples intent on baby-making can opt for conception 'moons: for relaxation—and procreation—and the baby 'moon: when you're pregnant and in need of one last escape before mini-me arrives! Check out these great get-away suggestions.
Guys weigh in on the way you paint your face. Au Naturel is in, Kabuki Theater is out! Also, how to avoid looking like a newborn baby.
Whenever Abby traveled, she bought books. It was somehow more exciting to discover an interesting book when she was far from home, even the same exact book she might find in a bookstore in her own town. Maybe when most people thought of San Francisco, they thought of sea air at bayside or delicious scents wafting out of North Beach cafés. But Abby thought about the mysterious mustiness of vintage bookstores or the clean-page smell of big bookstores like City Lights and Modern Times.
Carol Taylor writes erotic literature. She started as an editor in the publishing industry and eventually put out a book of her own called Brown Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction. From there she's become a luminary in the world of erotic fiction in general and black erotica specifically. So, how has becoming a sexpert changed her own love life? Not much, she draws some part of her fiction and the rest is, well, fiction. Maureen Dempsey gets all the details in this Q&A.
Just how did the engagement ring come to be? And when did it turn into a diamond ring? From the cavemen to Archduke Maximillian to DeBeers to Tiffany's to, uh, Walmart, we trace the history and legends behind the engagement ring tradition. And we've got Brad Pitt.
One writer discusses how much women influence men when it comes to grooming. With everything from hygiene to haircuts, a female's touch can make a channel his most confident and attractive self. And it turns out that most women aren't terribly into back hair. Whatever you do make sure to do it gently because under that woolly mammoth is a sensitive soul.
Victoria's Secret is the world's most famous lingerie brand, that's a fact. But a summer working there taught Rajul Punjabi that it's also great place to observe the female body image and it's self-esteem counterpart. It turns out, irrespective of the facts at hand, that women with enough self-esteem were happy with how they looked. All the thongs, bras, and garters in the store didn't matter as much as what was beneath them... way beneath them.
When a couple moves in together, sharing is inevitable - but can combining eating habits turn your meal routine upside down? Find out how to stay healthy, avoiding overindulgence, and still reap the benefits of dining with your darling.
Excuse us while we take this irresistible opportunity to say that men can learn a thing or two from women. When it comes to workouts, XYs may find that XX techniques help them bust through fitness roadblocks: the spare tire that won’t deflate, the toes that refuse to be touched, the nagging injury. But this one goes both ways—spying on the guys’ locker room can be useful for the girls.
Helen Andelin wrote a book about being a better wife called Fascinating Womanhood decades ago and now she teaches a web course about it. Our writer was skeptical, but she gave it a try. She was one of the only women in the class that was not a stay-at-home wife and someone of the lessons seemed beneath her. But she did need someone to talk to and was overwhelmed with housework. So, she listened intently to her classmates and learned that having an open mind and taking a new approach (for her) was helpful. And being a little more feminine was pretty fun. Maybe the 1950s housewife wasn't so hopelessly clueless after all.
"Where are you guys doing dinner on Valentine's?" If we had a nickel for every time we heard this one…well let's just say we'd be sunning on a yacht in St. Tropez instead of sitting here in the office. Dinner and some x-rated cuddling afterward? So cliché. Why not have the bedroom action serve as the aftershocks of an invigorating and romantically spontaneous event?