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Single and Loving It!

Single and Loving It!

More and more women are choosing to be single longer, prioritizing personal and financial development over the race to find a husband and having kids. Numerous studies have shown that there are plenty of benefits to the single-life that will have a positive impact on your physical health and personal growth. Here are some of the very best reasons why delaying marriage is ideal for today’s women.

  1. Freedom

The most obvious and significant benefit of being a single woman is that you can essentially do whatever you want. If you have a whimsical urge to go for a night out, plan a weekend away or look for a job in a new city, you are free to be spontaneous. Married couples have to negotiate every major life choice, often resulting in decisions that don’t truly suit either party.

  1. Better fitness levels

Studies have repeatedly shown that single people devote more time to regular gym workouts and are more likely to attend exercises classes. In contrast, people in long-term relationships are known to become ‘too comfortable’, feeling that they are secure enough to eat four pizzas a week. It’s also worth noting that people in unhappy relationships tend to pile on even more pounds than women in happy relationships (possibly due to comfort eating).

  1. Achievement

Instead of picking up your husband’s dirty socks and fighting about when to have dinner with the in-laws, you will have the time and energy to pursue your career goals. Whether you want to be a high-flying lawyer or open your own restaurant, there are no romantic responsibilities hampering your productivity.

  1. Self-development
Dad Enlists Newborn Son to Help Propose

Dad Enlists Newborn Son to Help Propose

Marriage proposals can be a great opportunity to use your imagination. Hiding the ring in a piece of cake, putting it in a glass of champagne, custom crosswords, a radio announcement, proposing in public on one knee, even an elaborate proposal themed after a movie–the options are nearly endless.

But what about using a baby to ask his mother? That would be pretty unique.

Well, that is what a young Australian father has done.

Paudie Kelleher and Lisa Keogh welcomed their little bundle of joy, Conan Patrick Kelleher, weighing 9 pounds and 7 ounces, on September 5th at a Sydney hospital. But Paudie decided to make his son’s birth a double celebration. After the baby was washed, Paudie put on a custom-made onesie on his newborn son with the all-important question emblazoned across the cute kid’s torso: “Will you marry my daddy?”

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And when the baby boy was taken back to his mother, an obviously ecstatic Lisa said YES.

Lisa took to Facebook to share this unique marriage proposal that she received from Paudie along with the adorable kid’s picture sporting the onesie.

Along with a picture of her son Conan, Lisa wrote, ‘What an amazing day gave birth to our beautiful baby boy Conan Patrick Kelleher 9lbs & 7oz & to top it all of Paudie proposed happiest day of my life.’

So cute!

8 Things to Consider When Dating an Older Man

8 Things to Consider When Dating an Older Man

The appeal of dating an older man is that women, in general, emotionally mature faster than men in our age range. So when we find someone that matches us emotionally and in maturity, they tend to be a keeper, regardless of age. (Or we just accept that our boyfriends are going to be a little immature and move on with life.)

Some women, as mentioned, decide to date an older man. This is a very common occurrence, but the woman then needs to consider a few things before getting more serious in the relationship.

Here are a few things that women generally forget to think about when they decide to date an older man:

1. He’s older

Well, in the excitement of dating someone who has his head in the right place, women sometimes forget that he is much older and is not going to stay the same age forever. As they get older, they are also going to face a lot of trouble because she is much younger.

The phases of life that she is currently experiencing are the ones he has experienced already. He might be able to understand them, but he might not be able to relate to what she is feeling anymore.

2. With age comes a whole set of new problems

Well, if she is 25 and is dating someone who is a decade older than her, then it works for that timeframe. But a 30-something-year-old man might try to dominate in a relationship with a younger woman unless she is astonishingly headstrong. He might hit a mid-life crisis soon and the expectations of the relationship might change.

When older men dating younger women realize this, they either learn to keep up with the pace of their lady love, or the woman has to either understand his problems and deal with them or reconsider the relationship altogether.

3. Physical strength difference

6 Reasons To Stop Giving Hickeys

6 Reasons To Stop Giving Hickeys

Hickeys are typically seen as a good thing, especially when you just start a new relationship, unless you’re doing the walk of shame the next morning and are trying to hide them. We can do some pretty strange things during sex, up to and including biting each other in wrong places. The resulting bruises from these bites are called hickeys and, aside from that, you probably don’t know much about them.

200014314-001As mentioned, they are nothing but bruises that you get while you are making love. In the throes of passion, people tend to nibble or bite the sensitive spots on the body, such as the neck, the collarbone, or the inner thighs, in order to provide extra pleasure to the person on the receiving end of it. You might think that giving a hickey is tough business, especially since it bruises so badly. However, that is not the case.

The layer of skin immediately beneath the surface contains a lot of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) which break when too much pressure is put on them, like with your teeth, for example. The skin becomes red and swollen and no blood comes out, but as the days progress, it becomes reddish purple and finally turns into a disgusting yellow blotch on your skin. As good as getting a hickey sounds, the repercussions are not as pleasant as you think.

Here are 6 things that you definitely did not know about a hickey.

1. You could be iron deficient 

Disney Fans Finding Love on MouseMingle

Disney Fans Finding Love on MouseMingle

Launching the beginning of this month, MouseMingle enters the foray of online dating websites. What’s setting it apart is exactly is that MouseMingle’s creator, Dave Tavres, hopes that his services will appeal to Disney lovers.

A Disney fan himself, Dave says, “As usual with my friends, they asked about my dating status and why I wasn’t trying the online dating sites. I told them I had tried them, but there was no way to narrow down the searches to find women in the right distance and age range who loved Disney. That was the inception moment.”

Typical of any dating site, a user needs to create a profile and upload pictures. But where it differs from other dating sites is the kind of questions a user needs to fill out in their profile. Questions range from favorite Disney songs to characters, to even parks and the best memories a user has of the place. Also, the pictures section of the existing users is flooded with people in various Disney Parks, both employees and visitors.

Although browsing through the profiles is free, to contact a fellow Disney fan on MouseMingle, a user needs to shell out $12.55 a month. And as LA Mag points out, the ‘55’ is a nod to the year the first park was set up, 1955.

Talking about how he hopes to help out every single Disney fan out there through MouseMingle, Dave said, “My hope is that people literally around the world will find the site useful. Just as there are big Disney fans near Disneyland and Disney World, that same single fanbase also lives near Tokyo Disney, Disneyland Paris, and other Disney parks. However, there are countless single Disney fans that live in the spaces between Disney parks. Those people often have a greater passion for Disney, as they don’t get to visit as often.”

How to Be More Confident

How to Be More Confident

We discussed recently a little about the confidence gap and how women miss out a lot in their careers if they’re not assertive enough.

But it’s one thing to know that, and another thing to actually be confident and try to change yourself.

Here are some tips that will hopefully help get you started on the path to being more assertive.

How to Move On and Find Closure

How to Move On and Find Closure

Whether it’s for a relationship or a loved one, finding closure and moving on can be incredibly difficult to do.

Either way, you’re facing a future without the person you thought would be in your life forever and it can be difficult for a lot of people to let go and move on.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you need help or don’t bounce back right away. Here are some tips that could help you out.

How to Introduce 2 Cats to Each Other

How to Introduce 2 Cats to Each Other

One of the most difficult things about owning cats is that if you’ve only had one for any amount of time and decide you want to get them a companion, they don’t exactly take it well.

Cats are territorial creatures. They’ll take the presence of a new dog better than a new fellow feline.

Here’s a video that has some tips to us cat lovers, however, that should help the adjustment. Just remember to be patient, just like you need to be patient with your cat normally, and allow them to adjust to each other at their own pace. They’re not going to adjust their pace to yours.

How to Sleep Better

How to Sleep Better

Occasionally, we all have trouble sleeping.

It’s when it becomes chronic that it can be a problem. Lack of sleep has been tied to all sorts of health issues.

Here’s a video that has some tips that can help you out.

5 Things A High-Quality Woman Doesn’t Do

5 Things A High-Quality Woman Doesn’t Do

You meet a wide variety of women when you’re on the dating scene. You’ve probably come across your share of those who are flaky, superficial, jealous, and materialistic. If you’re looking for a woman you can count on, there are certain things you should watch out for. Here are five signs that the woman you’re dating is a of high quality.

1. She doesn’t demand all of your time
A high-quality woman isn’t clingy and she won’t demand that you spend all of your time texting her. Because she has her own things going on, she isn’t so bored or insecure that she needs your time and attention to keep her occupied and happy. A high-quality woman knows that a man needs time alone, or with his friends, so he can recharge. It wouldn’t be unusual for her to encourage your time away from her.

2. She doesn’t expect expensive gifts
This type of woman doesn’t need to be showered with expensive things to know she is loved. She doesn’t need to be taken out on expensive dates every week. A high-quality woman will offer to share the cost of dates because she doesn’t think it’s the man’s place to pay all the time. She enjoys being able to treat her man as much as she enjoys being treated.

3. She doesn’t allow anyone to treat her badly
A high-quality woman won’t allow a friend, man, or family member treat her poorly. She will walk away calmly from someone who calls her names or treats her disrespectfully in any other way, and she won’t call names in return or become violent. When she realizes a bad situation will not change, she won’t continue to subject herself to bad behavior. A high-quality woman will protect herself when she needs to.

4. She doesn’t discourage you

Managing Money in a Relationship

Managing Money in a Relationship

Being on the same page about money and finances is so important in a committed relationship. Frank and open communication can make all the difference between happiness and despair. Don’t forget that none of us are perfect in our spending, but with a little compassion and wisdom we can still make good decisions. Here are a few tips on how to approach the subject of money in a relationship, so that both people are happy and feel heard.

The most important idea to guide money communication is honesty. It is never too late to be honest about where your money is going. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to account for every coffee or stationary item bought, but both parties have the right to know what amounts of money are being spent over time. This prevents misunderstandings and the temptation to ‘hide’ purchases from one another.

The next key point is planning. It is vital to have regular meetings about money. This means that both people are aware of what bills are due, what money is available and no-one feels like they are being left out of the loop. From here you can plan ahead and be in control of what is spent. Be wise though, choose low stress times when no-one is tired, and neither people are feeling sensitive about other relationship issues.

There is no problem with one person being in charge of the bill paying — it might even be easier that way. However, this only works if the other partner feels they can have access to the information, and enough spending money, when it is needed.

5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable Wearing Makeup

5 Tips to Feel More Comfortable Wearing Makeup

Regardless of your level of makeup usage, from new to veteran, you can get a lot of useful tips from this Youtuber.

Glam&Gore star Mikey gives us some great tips in her latest video for not just makeup use but to feel comfortable wearing it. Which, is the big thing when you start to wear it, if you remember, because you’re constantly aware that it’s there.

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?

How Often Should You Wash Your Towels?

With a major drought in California, and people scrambling to conserve water, a lot of us take shortcuts when it comes to laundry day. How many times per week do you wash your towels?

The answer is: probably not enough.

Even in a properly ventilated bathroom, towels often don’t get the chance to dry completely. Imagine all of the skin cells that are festering on your towel as you hang it up, day after day. Once you wipe your body down after getting out of the shower, experts recommend washing your towels at least once a week to remove the bacteria that feasts on your dead skin cells.

According to expert Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D, the codirector of the Simmons College Center for Hygiene and Health, if you have a wound on your body, you are quite likely infecting that wound with the bacteria on the towel. She suggests washing your bath towel even more often if you are sharing it with another person.

That towel should hit the laundry sack every day, and fresh towels should be used.  A washcloth is a damp haven for bacteria, and those should also get washed after one use.

Why Men Love Butts!

Why Men Love Butts!

Boobs or butt. It’s a common debate man have tackled for years, probably centuries. A woman with a full bosom or “junk in the trunk”. Which is better? Truthfully, most men will tell you they love both, but there’s inarguably something particularly alluring to the male population about a woman’s behind. So what gives? Why are backsides just so darn appealing? You may be surprised to find the answer lies in science.

Why Men Love Butts

A prominent derrière – or more aptly, the curved spine it’s connected to – held an importance significance to our nomadic ancestors. Eric Russell, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Arlington, talked to Huffington Post via email and explained the ancestral implication.

“Over the course of human history, women faced the adaptive problem of a forwarded-shifted center of mass during pregnancy,” Russell wrote, “”Women with a greater degree of lumbar curvature … were able to redistribute this center of mass to reduce the strain of pregnancy. Thus, we hypothesized that men should have a psychological adaptation to prefer these women as mating partners.”

A study conducted by a team of psychologists at Bilkent University in Turkey asked 300 men to rate female silhouettes with lumbar curvatures between 21 and 61 degrees. A moderate curvature of 45.5 degrees was the most favored, and further research explained that women with that level of curvature would have conferred with the evolutionary advantages mentioned earlier without preventing a higher risk for health problems, namely back troubles.

The most important revelation of the study was that the structure of the spine itself, not just the fat and muscle of the buttocks, was integral to a man’s level of attraction toward a woman’s rear.

Tricky Ways to Get Fit

Tricky Ways to Get Fit

1) Workout with a friend who is more fit than you are

If you go to the gym with someone who is more fit than you, it will not only motivate you to attain his or her level of fitness but also give you a glimpse at a workout that may be more effective than your own.

2) If possible, ditch the treadmill to run outside

Many runners find it easier to focus on running long distances when running outside because it is easier to get a mental image of the distance you are running. Additionally, using distance markers such as road signs and buildings and looking far ahead rather than directly in front of you will give an extra push if you are feeling tired.

3) Find a “power playlist”

Streaming services such as Spotify offer playlists designed for working out. Using one of these will give you the extra “push” you may need to get through the rest of your workout. If you don’t subscribe to Spotify, you can create customized workout playlists with online radio services such as Pandora.

4) Go to the gym first thing in the morning

Research shows that people are naturally inclined to maintain goals if they complete them when they have energy. You are significantly more likely to maintain a proper workout schedule if you go first thing in the morning rather than waiting until night after a long day of work.

5) Spend money

While it sounds irresponsible, spending money on a gym membership or workout equipment makes you profoundly more likely to stay fit, especially if you are one who feels guilty spending money irresponsibly. Pact, a fitness app available for Android and iOS, actually allows you to make money by keeping to your fitness goals while losing money if you do not.

6) Get quirky