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  • The Top 10 Annoying Habits Men Need to Stop Doing

    We love you, guys, but these things are making us crazy.You know that moment when your eyes widen and you think, did he really just do that? Sometimes, no matter how much you love him, your man does that one thing that just irritates the hell of you. New research shows annoying behavior can actually slow down your brain activity. So listen up, ladies, you've got your minds to protect. Here are 10 things you must get your guys to out the kibosh on.

    1. Planning Spontaneous Trips
    This might be a shocker, but we hate surprises. British airways conducted a survey and found that not only 60% of women hate surprises, about a third felt unexpected trips are on their list of "don'ts". The problem with unplanned getaways is we don't have enough time to prepare. Turns out, we need about 7 days and 11 hours notice in order to fully enjoy a romantic vacation. Guys, please give us this time - we wouldn't want to leave our toothbrush behind.

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    2. Falling Asleep After Sex
    Want to

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  • 5 Sweet Quotes John Krasinski Has Given About Wife Emily Blunt

    The real-life Jim Halpert is just as sweet when it comes to the woman he loves!John Krasinski may consider himself an average, goofy kind of guy, but I think I speak for all women when I say he's an absolute dream date.

    Not only is the 33-year-old Office star ridiculously funny and super handsome, but you can just tell he's one of the good ones. In fact, one of the most adorable things about him is his love for wife Emily Blunt. While the celeb couple mostly keep their personal life private (take a hint, Hollywood!), John just loves to gush about Emily, which makes him all the more crush-worthy. He was on Today earlier this week and of course, couldn't resist telling Matt Lauer all about his lovely partner.

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    Here are 5 sweet things John has said about their relationship in the past:

    1. On meeting her:

    "It was one of those things where I wasn't really looking for a relationship and I was thinking I'm going to take my time in L.A. Then I met her and I

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  • Why I'm Glad I Didn't Pick One of the Top Baby Names for 2012 for My Child

    Anastasia? or Zoe?The 100 Hottest Baby Names of 2012 were recently released, and it's a familiar-looking list. Sure, there are a couple of newcomers to BabyCenter's top 10 boys' and girls' names, but Sophia and Aiden retain their iron grip on the #1 spots for yet another year.

    Here's a look at how the top 10 lists round out:

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    Sophia was actually tossed about when my husband and I were picking names for our first daughter, as were Olivia and Ava. Emma would have been, but we'd already bestowed it upon our first child, our golden retriever. I love all of these names, but I'm glad we didn't end up picking any of them.

    Our first daughter is now six years old and on every playground, every playdate, at every soccer practice and school assembly, these are the names we hear.

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  • Will the Supreme Court Finally Weigh in on Gay Marriage?

    Big news is on the horizon for the LGBT community and the nation.Could same sex couples finally have an answer on the question of whether gay marriage is constitutional? The courts and the nation have remained split on the issue, effectively leaving the issue of marriage legality for same-sex couples up in the air - until now.

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    The Supreme Court is currently mulling over which action to take on several pending appeals that address the issue of gay marriage. The Court's decision on whether to hear any of the 10 cases presently before it could come as early as Friday, the last scheduled meeting prior to the Court's holiday recess.

    The Supreme Court Justices meet weekly to decide which cases to hear and add to the calendar term. There are nine justices, and four votes are needed to add a case to their agenda and schedule oral arguments. If the court decides to hear any of these cases, it could potentially lead to a historic ruling which legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide.

    Currently pending in

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  • 3 Ways Music Can Rev Up Your Libido

    What music puts you in the mood?I always said if I were going to be a stripper, my soundtrack for the main stage would include Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and a little AC/DC. Although I can't explain why the grungy guitar riffs and pounding baselines put me in the mood for a strip tease, a recent study might; apparently there is a link between sexual arousal and music. Because it helps us connect with our sexuality and revs up our libido, it can actually play a greater role in sexual arousal than physical touch.

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    Here are a few tips for using music to set the mood:

    1. Carefully select your soundtrack.
    Admit it, there are songs that make you cry. Pretty much anything by Josh Grobin has me balling on the floor in the fetal position. There are songs that get you pumped up. I'm not even ashamed to admit the theme from Rocky actually makes me want to do push ups and run laps. Keep this in mind when choosing your soundtrack for a romantic evening.


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  • 'Les Misérables': 3 Love Lessons We Can Learn from the Film

    Anne Hathaway gives the performance of her career as Fantine in Les Mis.I could gush all day about the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. It's everything a movie musical should be. The film itself is like a love letter from the director (Tom Hooper) to the musical's original creators that says: Your work is perfection on stage. Let's do it justice on film. And he succeeded.

    But alas, this isn't a review, so I'll refrain from gushing and introduce instead three of the film's most poignant love lessons:

    1. Check yourself.
    The next time you get all self-pitying about your love life (Why hasn't he texted me yet?!), consider a small dose of Les Mis. Once you hear Fantine's (played by Anne Hathway) gutwrenching tale of lost love in the show-stopping ballad "I Dreamed A Dream", your petty problems will fall instantly into perspective ... that is, unless you also lost your job as an 1823 French factory worker when you were outed for having an illegitimate child and were subsequently relegated to a life of prostitution that consumed your soul and ultimately

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  • The Pros & Cons of Relocating for a Relationship

    Should you uproot life as you know it for the sake of a relationship?Pulling up stakes for a partner's career is never easy. After her husband asked her to move to Madrid, Jill Johnson began talking to other couples, and to the experts, about the costs and challenges of relocation.

    I was six months pregnant, and had just finished decorating the nursery in our new house in Connecticut, when my husband called me from work one day and said, "Will you do me a really big favor?" He sounded a tad too earnest to be referring to a trip to the dry cleaner. "Uh, sure, what is it?" I inquired. "Would you move to Madrid?" he asked.

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    Oh, the favors we do for our spouses. Tagging along for a job transfer-when it means leaving friends, family, a home, possibly a job-ranks up there as one of the biggies. Despite our first non-rental residence, my promising career at a new magazine, a baby on the way, and three words in my Spanish vocabulary, I couldn't say no. My husband is the main breadwinner, and I

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  • What This Year's Top Baby Names Say About Our Kids' Future Love Lives

    Smooch!BabyCenter just released a list of the most popular boy and girl names for 2012. What do these names show us as trends and expectations for our society? Based on Neimology® Science, which indicates personality traits based on names, our expectations for our girls has barely changed in the last two years. However, we continue to have higher and higher expectations for our boys.

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    To recap the names this year for girls, we expect our girls to be highly likeable as indicated by the 70% of the names in the top ten ending with the letter "A" or "Y." Notice that six out of those seven names ended in "A," indicating that not only did we want our girls knowing how to get along with others, but we also wanted them to be unwilling to change who they are to gain approval.

    We don't want our women too smart as the letters that insist on continual growth and new knowledge are not present except in our number one name, Sophia.

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  • A New Erection Pill Has the Same Old Risks

    Why you shouldn't bother trying the latest penis pills.The last thing we need is yet another erection pill with the same risks as the old ones, but that's just what the FDA is giving us. It's called Stendra, but don't bother remembering the name. You'll be hearing it in commercials soon enough now that the feds have signed off on it.

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    Like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, the new med is a PDE5 inhibitor. The only real difference is that this new drug promises to work faster than the old ones - supposedly getting things going in as little as 15 minutes, compared to an hour or more for the drugs already on the market.

    That might sound great, but the side effects of PDE5 inhibitors are decidedly unsexy. They can cause headaches, forcing you to say "not now" just when you're ready. They can also give you back pain, which will really limit your bedroom activities, and even cause cold-like symptoms. Not exactly Harlequin romance material.

    These drugs have even caused men

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  • Why Emergency Contraception for Teenagers is a Smart Idea

    The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates handing out Plan B in schools, and so do I.It was about a year ago that the feds put the kibosh on over-the-counter emergency contraception for women of all ages, despite solid science from the FDA that proved the morning-after pill was 100% safe and effective regardless of age. Instead, the Obama administration instituted a plan that would require girls under 17 to get a prescription for Plan B, while those 17 and older would have prescription-free access at their local pharmacy.

    A few months ago, 13 NYC schools made Plan B available to teens without parental notification. Now, it looks like the American Academy of Pediatrics is looking to shake things up, too, and possibly tear down some of those barriers created last year. Yesterday the AAP released new guidelines that urge doctors to prescribe emergency contraception to teens in advance of need, and I, for one, think it's a good move.

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    The idea is that pediatricians will counsel adolescents and teens

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