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Valentine’s Day the Right Way: How Not to Bust Your Diet for Romance


We’re all for making dinner reservations on special occasions like Valentine’s Day (and we don’t suggest you order your gourmet dressing on the side, either), but letting your healthy habits go to hell in a handbasket for a relationship? That’s far from romantic. Whether this Valentine’s day sparks a new relationship or celebrates an old one, we think it’s a great reminder that relationships should make us happy and healthy, not weigh us down. So eat your truffles, make reservations for a swanky restaurant with no calorie count on the menu, and then remember FitSugar’s tips for staying healthy and fit when you’re in a relationship More »

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Valentine’s Day the Right Way: How Not to Bust Your Diet for Romance

Cutting The Cord: How I Canceled My Abusive Relationship (With Cable TV)


I knew we needed to end things. He was never there for me. I’d come home after a long day at work, wanting nothing more than a glass (well, a bottle really) of wine, a couch, and some of his sweet loving, and he’d give me nothing but grief.

“He” was my cable TV provider. (I’ll let him remain anonymous, but let’s just say his initials are TWC and he’s sort of a big deal.) We were together for just over two years (at least in our last incarnation, but you know, there were several more years of “on and off” stuff before that). There were good times (many of them having to do with Bravo or Tina Fey), but there were bad times too. Oh, were there bad times.

“I just can’t take this anymore,” I tipsily told a customer service representative one night. There I was, wanting nothing more than to erase my workday with some Viognier and Top Chef, but it wasn’t working. The sound popped in and out of the recording, rendering it tragically unwatchable. … More »

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Cutting The Cord: How I Canceled My Abusive Relationship (With Cable TV)

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Meatless Relationships — Do you know how to date a vegan? Definitely choose restaurants carefully, and don’t knock PETA on your first date. (Grist)
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Giada De Laurentiis’ Relationship Advice: Downplay Your Success and Treat Men Like Kings


Giada De Laurentiis, cookbook author and host of Everyday Italian on the Food Network, recently gave Redbook some of her tried and true relationship advice: downplay your success and “treat men like kings.” She says that in her own marriage (to Todd Thompson, a clothing designer who’s worked for Anthropologie), she tries hard to fulfill the traditional role of wife and mother. “I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife,” she told the magazine for their February issue. “So when I’m home, I work very hard to be Todd’s wife and [three-year-old daughter] Jade’s mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles.” … More »

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Giada De Laurentiis’ Relationship Advice: Downplay Your Success and Treat Men Like Kings

Morning Links: Abstinence Makes Relationships Last


Whole Foods Gingerbread Houses – The health food superstore had to recall its gingerbread houses due to outbreaks of staph food poisoning. (SlashFood)

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder – Study shows that waiting for sex improves long term relationships. Add that to your New Year’s resolutions. (Asylum)

Hangover Helpers – Eat these pre-party meals to control your hangover on New Year’s Day. Nothing like preventative medicine, eh? (Daily Mail) … More »

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Morning Links: Abstinence Makes Relationships Last

How to Fix Your Sex Problems In 2 Minutes


What’s the biggest problem with relationships, these days? Time, says Psychology Today’s Stephen Snyder, M.D.. According to Snyder, one of the biggest problems in modern relationships of any kind — monogamous or polyamorous — is that we don’t have enough time… for sex, mostly. The Manhattan-based sexologist cites the example of most of his clients, who find that between work, sleep, and maintaining a social life, there’s barely time left for laundry, let alone foreplay. For anyone who’s schedule has never met the words “leisure,” you know that sex is one of the first things to go (no matter how good it used to be), but Snyder suggests a simple, two-minute fix called “simmering.” … More »

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How to Fix Your Sex Problems In 2 Minutes

Shop Blisstree: 5 Eco-Friendly Black Friday Buys to Snag for the Holidays


Still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner? Well, before you begin your blissful Black Friday lying around the house and grazing on leftovers, we found five presents that would be perfect to give away or to keep for yourself. Plus, they’re all natural or organic, so you won’t inadvertently poison yourself or your loved ones this holiday season. Leave that to Uncle Benny and his cigar smoke.

And, now through Monday, November 29, enter the coupon code FREESHIP50 on any order over $50 and you’ll get free shipping on these products from Blisstree. … More »

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Shop Blisstree: 5 Eco-Friendly Black Friday Buys to Snag for the Holidays

Long solitary walks, turkey trot races, iPods, iPads, pretending to have swine flu, baking for hours, saying you have to go upstairs to do some “work,” generous amounts of alcohol, pretending to watch football, anti-anxiety meds: All are perfectly valid ways to get through Thanksgiving weekend when you have a house full of challenging relatives and guests who overstay their welcome. (Or perhaps you’re being held hostage at Aunt Polly’s house for the weekend.) Either way, you can combine one or two of these excuses (I highly recommend alcohol) with my gallery of ten classic movies I watch over Thanksgiving to escape all the family melodrama — albeit temporarily.


Season’s Greetings: 10 Thanksgiving E-Cards You Should Send Tomorrow


We can’t always be with loved ones over the holidays. But it’s easy to send them a heartfelt card to let them know that you’re thinking of them. Or, if sentiment makes you uncomfortable, you could take our route, and send them an off-color Thanksgiving greeting from someecards. Browse through ten of our favorites, then send one of your own.
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Season’s Greetings: 10 Thanksgiving E-Cards You Should Send Tomorrow

Drink Your Ice Wine, But Don’t Bring It on the Plane: Morning News Roundup


Lover or Loser — If you see your partner lose (at anything), you might not like him anymore. Subconsciously, of course. (via Eurkealert)

Selective Hearing — Meet the part of your brain that allows you listen to boring anecdotes at loud cocktail parties. (via NPR)

The Fanciest Drink You Can Find — Your champagne is nothing compared to Canadian Ice Wine. (via Luxist)

Carry-On Cuisine — Don’t try to bring any cranberry sauce through airport security. (via Eatocracy)
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Drink Your Ice Wine, But Don’t Bring It on the Plane: Morning News Roundup