Category: Love & Relationships

Link Round-up: Breakfast Smoothie, DIY Head Wrap, Denim Answers, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a breakfast smoothie, a DIY head wrap, answers for all your denim questions, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make homemade cookies and cream frosting.

Mind Body Green shared Dr. Joel Kahn’s favorite breakfast smoothie.

A Beautiful Mess shared the how-to for making your own double-sided head wrap.

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Kenarry shared a subway art printable.

Living Well Spending Less shared five ways to say no.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make cute tin can pumpkins.

Cupcakes and Cashmere has all the answers to your denim questions.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Roundup: Beauty Product Review, DIY Yarn Necklace, Being a People Pleaser, and More

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a beauty product review, an easy DIY ruffle yarn necklace, thoughts on being a people pleaser, and more.

My Own Home Blog showed us how to make a glass jar container for homemade laundry detergent.

Mind Body Green shared confessions of a chronic people pleaser.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared her thoughts on the pore minimizing version of the Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make an easy ruffled yarn necklace for $5.

Living Well Spending Less shared how to get magazines for free.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a Halloween ribbon wreath.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her top five beauty buys of the month.

Photo credit: My Own Home Blog and Muslin and Merlot

Bride Creates Severed Head Wedding Cake

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

Bride Natalie Sideserf wanted a wedding cake that was over the top. As an award winning cake artist she came up with the perfect design for her groom, an avid horror film fan. Her idea — a wedding cake that took the shape of their severed heads.

That’s right. It wasn’t just a cake topper that looked like severed heads, which could be creepy enough, but the cake itself appeared as the lifelike severed heads of the bride and groom. The cake was served on a white board with a banner that read, “Til Death Do Us Part.”

When I first heard about this, it kind of creeped me out, though I’m not big into graphic horror. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of the guests might have felt the same.

The wedding itself was a movie-themed wedding, and Sideserf spent 40 hours creating the cake to match the theme. She wanted it to be a surprise for her guests so she didn’t tell anyone, and looked forward to seeing people’s reaction.

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No one saw it until the cake was displayed at the wedding which was held in Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse, in Texas. This site was chosen because it is a cinema that serves food and alcohol.

To her delight, the cake was well received. Sideserf said, “Everybody was shocked and loved it.” However, she admits that her grandma wasn’t thrilled with the cake. I can only imagine! However, her grandmother found a positive in the amount of detail and how realistic the cake looked.

Sideserf had run the idea by her husband first. As a fan of scary movies and he said, “That would be amazing.” And she rolled with it.

While the cake design might be a turn off for some, it was said to be delicious complete with butter cream frosting.

Photo credits: White

Can Double Dating Spice Up Your Marriage?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by 1 Comment

I have to admit that when I saw the title of the article on the In the Capitol website, my first response what less than enthusiastic. A product of my misspent youth and having dated a guy that fantasized about menage a trois, I was skeptical of what the article was going to suggest.

Yes, obviously I have a dirty mind.

Well it wasn’t about trading spouses or group sex at all, much to my relief. It simply suggested that when we include another couple on date night it it increases the feelings of passion and love we have toward our spouse.

Especially if the other guy is a total jerk.

Actually, they didn’t say that. A study by Dr. Richard Slachter at Wayne State University and doctoral candidate Keith Welker found that the conversation and interaction we have with a second couple while on a date has a positive effect on our  emotions.

The two studied 150 couples who had been together for at least a year and included those who were married or dating. They paired couples up and used conversation techniques to help the couples get acquainted. The techniques encouraged your average small talk type of conversation.

Over the course of the conversation, the couple felt validated by the responses of the other couple and this increased feelings of love and passion. The researchers surmised that it puts a positive spin on your own relationship when seen from another’s perspective.

You know what that means, right? It’s time to call your friends and schedule a night out on the town — you have science to back you up.

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No Surprise – Women Prefer Traditionally Manly Men for Sex

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by No Comments

What’s sexier, a guy with his sleeves rolled up mopping the floor or a guy  with his shirt off chopping wood?

Sorry my feminist friends but I will go for the guy chopping wood every single time. Apparently I am not the only one, either.

The New York Times published an article that states when men take on more traditionally feminine roles, women aren’t as attracted to them. As a matter of fact, they apparently get less sex than men who take on traditionally masculine roles and chores.

According to the article, women may say that they want men to be more involved with the cooking, cleaning, and child care but men that do risk getting friend zoned.

In his book, What Do Women Want?, author Daniel Bergner says that a woman’s desire for equality creates a lack of desire.

He says that it may make sense scientifically, going back to when survival of your family meant having a mate that was strong and protective. He cites the fact that women often report having fantasies of submission and being dominated by a man who is in control.

With so many women reading Shades of Gray and the inevitable copycat books that followed, you have to wonder if there isn’t some truth to it.

I honestly want to say it’s ridiculous but I can’t. One of the things I appreciate most about my husband is that he handles things. He has the ability to make me feel safe and protected. I have to admit that I find that very sexy.

What about you? Do you agree or disagree?

Source: PJ Media

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Create an Interactive Baby Book

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments

My girlfriend is a homeschool mom who never expected to find herself preparing one child to go off to college while potty training another. Her four girls range in age from 13 to 18 and bringing up the rear is her son Nathan who is now 20 months old.

The pregnancy was a surprise, and the 9 months gave her time to adjust her thinking on life as she prepared to start from the baby stage one more time. When little Nathan arrived, life changed and everyone not only adapted but fell in love with the little guy. We all took pics at the hospital and captured special moments, milestones, and everyday cuteness. Then the unthinkable happened. My girlfriend’s cellphone died, and she hadn’t backed up her pictures. “I’ve lost his first year,” she said.

Like I said, I had taken pictures on a regular basis, and as his family planned to celebrate Nathan’s first birthday, I decided to put together a photo album of his first year. I picked out a photo album small enough for little hands to handle with a pocket on the cover for a face shot. Even though it was a gift for Nathan’s birthday, in my heart is was really a gift for his mom since she’d lost her photos.

When I started gathering the pics for the project, I found I had a pretty complete collection. I printed out newborn pictures from our visit to the hospital, toothless smiles, learning to sit up, sleeping on a shoulder, standing at the coffee table, going for a walk, and more. Inside, I placed photos in chronological order to tell his story. My printer created quality prints that fit into the protective plastic sleeves that would survive sticky toddler fingers. At the party, he opened exciting gifts, like an electronic orange cat that rolled along the floor and changed direction when it bumped into something. When he opened my gift, he looked at it for about a half minute before moving on to the next gift.

Once the gifts where all opened, and the wrapping paper cleaned up, attention moved on to other things. Amid the celebrating, I spotted my friend sitting with the book and looking at each page. Her eyes drank in each cherished moment from Nathan’s first year. I had accomplished what I set out to do, but little did I know that the book would grow into much more than that.

Over the last year, it has turned into a one of the toddler’s favorites. It’s his story, and he likes it to be told as he points to himself and others. He can now say names, and sometimes tells the story in Nathanese. The little photo book has become an interactive baby book, and even though his mom hasn’t lost her pictures from this year, I’ve already started collecting photos and printing them to create volume two for his second birthday.

Photo credits: Personal photo used with permission

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Apparently Sex After 70 Is Awesome

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments

I can remember as a young teenager looking at my parents and deciding that they were much too old to have sex. It made me feel better about any bumps and squeaks that I might hear during the night. After all, they were in their mid-fifties.

I am fifty-four. I am sure that my children think similar thoughts to mine — and I am glad they are wrong.

Still, when I think of my life and the possibility of having sex at 70 or even older I have trouble wrapping my brain around it. It just seems so very… old. At fifty-four I am not old, in fact I don’t feel any different than I did when I was twenty-four and I can still do the splits. Obviously if I was old I couldn’t do the splits, right?

I was reading  an article about the sex life of women in their 70s in Slate the other day. Some of the women interviewed were well past 80 and talking about things like reading 50 Shades of Gray and trying oral sex for the first time. The only thing I could think of was, geez these aren’t the grandmas that I remember.

And then I realized I was a grandmother.

The one common thread seems to be that as you get older you worry less about how you look and tend to live more in the moment. You are more inclined to try new things than in the past and I can say from experience that it’s nice to be able to make love without a child calling you at an awkward moment or having breast milk hit the ceiling like Old Faithful. I know that sex in my fifties has a different quality to it than when I was younger.

Maybe sex in your 70′s isn’t as gross as it seems. I’ll let you know in 20 years.

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Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Included Colorful Drawings

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 by No Comments

Leave it to Angelina to come up with something completely different yet simple for her wedding dress.

From the front, the dress was ivory antique satin with a scoop neck, fitted bodice and a full sweeping skirt. It was a classic…from the front, but on the back and veil, the classic gown designed by Luigi Massi turned into a masterpiece with dozens of her children’s colorful drawing sewn into the gown and veil. The immortalized pieces of art included flowers, animals, and people.

“Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress. He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.” — Jolie via People magazine

People also offers the scoop on the rest of the family what they wore and the roles they played. The couple’s six children acted as “wedding planners” for their famous parents. Sons Maddox (13) and Pax (10) walked mom down the aisle, Zahara (9) and Vivienne (6) served as flower girls, and Shiloh (8) and Knox (6) carried the rings.

But they did more than those typical type roles, they actually wrote the vows, and Pax who enjoys baking made the wedding cake!

Angelina Wedding Dress

Jolie accessorized her look with minimal jewelry with a simple pair of earrings and one ring on her right hand and Brad wore a suit already hanging in his closet and had to borrow a tie from his son because he forgot to pack one.

I love the family approach to this wedding and how they kept it simple.

So many times I think of all the money and resources put into a wedding that could be better used to help couples get a home or pay off debt so they have a clean slate to start life together. But how many people do you think would allow a child to make their wedding cake?

It’s one more example that shows that it’s the people who are special and make memories. All the trappings, for the most part, are soon forgotten.

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Link Round-up: Keep Your Laptop Safe, Fridge Scrabble, Snacks, and More

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for keeping your laptop safe, a way to play Scrabble on the fridge, snacks, and more.

Aunt Peaches showed us a cute seating card display ideas—it uses paintchips.

What the Fork Food Blog showed us how to make homemade peach ice cream.

Southern Girl Ramblings taught us how to make pumpkin cheesecake bars.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for secretly healthy chocolate fudge balls.

A Simple Pantry showed us how to make spicy cilantro lime popcorn.

About a Mom shared some tips for keeping your laptop safe.

I Love to Create Blog showed us how to set up an ongoing Scrabble game on the fridge.

Photo credit: Aunt Peaches and Chocolate Covered Katie