Think the MGM Grand is a beautiful hotel? Check out the bathroom. Experiment with multiple wall jets in the steam room or experience a simulated waterfall. You can even create a customized music library or watch HDTV, all while taking a soak! In some hotels, couples find it hard to get out from between the sheets, but you'll soon make even better memories in the bathroom. Las Vegas not your speed? Check out the bathrooms in Napa Valley's Calistoga Ranch, Château de Bagnols in France's Beaujolais region, or Paraiso de la Bonita on the Mexican Riviera.
Of course you can enjoy a meal together; but here‚Äôs a way to share what comes before sitting down to eat. We've divided the kitchen into two domains and designed a menu for two chefs: one prep and one at the stove. As for dish duty; you're on your own.
Sherry Amatenstein, author of The Q&A Dating Book and Love Lessons from Bad Breakups appeared on TV as a "relationship expert." Magazines, websites and newspapers asked for her wisdom, only Amatenstein herself realized how little she trusted the advice.
Raina al Baz was a pioneering young star of Saudi Arabian TV--until a beating from her husband nearly killed her. But she survived spousal abuse and is a champion for Muslim women's rights. In Paris, Olivia Snaije learns about al Baz's hidden life, her book, Disfigured, and her battle for Muslim women.
Despite what they claim, not many guys would actually kill for a woman. Steven Rinella will. He’s a hunter, a fisherman, a Montana-bred man of the wild. His book, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, will teach you how to make a gourmet meal out of road kill. Too bad that his girlfriend is a vegetarian. He talks with YourTango about this and other interesting connections between our hearts and our bellies.
On Desperate Housewives, Doug Savant's character, Tom Scavo, is married to Felicity Huffman’s Lynette. He met his real-life wife is, Laura Leighton, as co-cast members of Melrose Place. Despite the auspicious meeting, the two have a totally normal life, perhaps discounting job-hopping through prime time dramas. But let the men leering at their Hi-Defs be dazzled by Eva and Nicollette. Let the women at the water cooler gossip about the beefcake of the week. Doug Savant and Laura Leighton have something you can’t find on Wisteria Lane or at the pool in Melrose Place: four great kids, a romance that’s survived both financial and health crises, and a life that will seem more familiar to Savant’s viewers than to his fellow castmembers. Up at five. Kids to school. Work. Home. A family dinner, if possible. Homework. Kids to bed. Read on to find out more.
All that couple-y, romantic stuff left this writer cold. But then one Valentine's Day. something shifted. Audrey Ference explains how she went from skeptic to romantic without losing her street cred.
It’s the thought that counts, right? But what were you thinking when you gave that gift—and what does it say about the bigger picture of your relationship? Whether getting a gift for a guy or purchasing a present for girl, a gift can symbolize a feeling or express a value, but they carry a lot of weight, financially and emotionally. Martha Baer cites some examples in this essay about the connotations of giving gifts. She writes, "in one study of more than 100 gift recipients, only 42 percent reported 'positive emotional experiences,' while 58 percent reported the opposite. Plenty of gifts simply confirm an already detectable distance. Givers reveal their ignorance and thoughtlessness all the time; every item of clothing you never even hung up is proof of that. And how many times has a present you didn’t anticipate left you feeling burdened?"
Some couples play dress-up even when it’s not Halloween; imagining different people and scenarios while making love can invigorate your sex life—or it can make you feel a little creepy. How do you get the best from your fantasies? Here’s a guide to navigating your sexual imaginations. "From picturing the hottie in Accounts Payable naked, to role-playing, to thinking about other people or circumstances while masturbating or having sex, people often use fantasies to augment their lovemaking. In fact, there are women who can achieve orgasm merely by conjuring that philanthropist/mailman/pool boy/plumber in their heads. (Seriously. And they're being studied.) Even if you're not blessed with that ability, research has shown that women's orgasms are in some ways more tied to mental gymnastics than to anything that's happening in the physical world. 'In women, the vast majority of sex is going on in their minds,' explains Dr. Anita H. Clayton, a professor in the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia and author of an upcoming book about the relationship between sex and the psyche. 'So we can be easily distracted or shift into another set of feelings very quickly.'"
When Laura Chavez Silverman's father died, her life fell apart. But then her wonderful, supportive boyfriend proposed marriage. Here, she recalls the battle between love and grief, and learning the meaning of "it's not you, it's me."
Susan Piver presents "The Hard Questions" for the post-honeymoon stage. Knowing what to ask each other (and yourselves) can help move your relationship to the next level. The author of the New York Times bestseller The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do" offers up an exercise. "Romance can never last, but intimacy can never end," explains Piver, who created these 20 new "phase two" questions exclusively for Tango. She talks with us about her eye-opening exercise for anyone who has made a commitment—and is committed to making it last.
Ever wish you could ditch your monthly cycle? Experts say that taking two packs of the pill back to back—which will result in a skipped period—is quite safe. Expert Dr. Leslie Miller talks about menstrual suppression with birth control pills such as Seasonale, Alesse and it's generic counterpart, Aviane. It might take you several tries to find the right pill to stop your bleeding, but here's a good place to start. According to Dr. Miller, "A woman should be able to ask, 'How much progestin and estrogen do I need to turn off ovulation until I want to have a baby?' or say: 'I want to have a period every three months, or maybe I don't want any at all.' That's my vision. We need to learn how to dose the pill to get that effect."
Timing isn’t everything, but when a couple’s circadian rhythms are out of sync, what can they do to get it together? Julie Piotrowski dishes on the role of chrono-biology and how couples with different body clocks can synchronize them for smoother sailing.
Hair care may not be at the top of your guy's style agenda, but with a little help he can have GQ-worthy locks—and learn to love them. "Poor guys. Growing up, they never spent entire evenings in hot rollers, never savored the sizzle of the straightening iron, never left a slumber party with a head covered in braids. It was unacceptable for a dude to keep eight shampoos on the edge of the tub. With celebrity role models running from Whitesnake to Billy Idol, where were they supposed to get the good-hair gospel? Bless them and their multitude of hair sins—they just want to look good, and we want to help. Here, New York's top experts offer some tactical advice."
The author's generation fought to have careers as well as families. Now, more and more young mothers are opting to raise their kids full time. But what happens when a husband leaves, gets laid off, or dies? Leslie Bennetts makes the case for keeping the day job. "I spent many years establishing a rewarding professional life before having two children — just as my biological clock was winding down—and ever since then I've felt as though I won the lottery. A great career! A wonderful husband! Two beautiful, healthy children! Lucky me! Imagine my surprise, then, to learn that Having It All—the quintessential goal of recent generations of women—has gone out of fashion. Who knew?"