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Debate This: Do You Have To Return The Ring If The Engagement Ends?

It never fails to amaze me that every time I write a post about broken engagements, many commenters are most interested in discussing what the proper etiquette is when it comes to keeping or giving back the engagement ring. [You know where I stand and, as expected, some of you disagreed. In general I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all approach and you should definitely do what feels right for you and your former fiance. However, the “experts” do have strong opinions on the matter. This “Debate This” ran in March 2008 (before I got un-engaged, FYI), but I believe it covers two popular views on the issue. — Editor]

Engagements are all congratulatory wishes and bridal showers until they end without a wedding. Along with the usual breakup activities — “dividing of things,” “starting over of lives” — there’s the even more awkward “deciding of who gets to keep the 10-karat (or 1-karat) ring.” According to a Conde Nast Bridal Media study, the average engagement ring cost is $4,435, so this ain’t chump change. We ask two people in the wedding industry who gets to keep the rock, after the jump, and then ask you to take a position in the comments. Keep reading »

What Women Have Helped You Become Who You Are Today?

March is National Women’s History Month, so we asked readers on our “Do Tell” newsletter subscribers to tell us what ladies have inspired them, helping them become who they are today. What women have influence your life? Share your story in the comments. Keep reading »

Good Gigs: One Woman On Why Teaching High School Is The Most Important Job In The World

Sara Benincasa is a comedian, writer, and radio personality. You’ve probably seen her on The Frisky in one of her crazy hilarious videos. But, once upon a time, she was a high school teacher. Not unlike Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds,” but with far less Coolio.

We talked to Sara about why she decided to go into teaching, what she found out, and what it takes to tackle the toughest, most important job out there. Keep reading »

How To Get A Job Blogging For A Living

Once upon a time, weblogs were weird websites written by a few nerdy types. Now, blogs are everywhere. They’ve gone mainstream. People actually get paid to blog for a living. There are pros and cons to blogging-for-dollars. On the up side, you get to do something you love, in many cases you get to work from home, and you get the pleasure of seeing your ideas, interests, and opinions out there in a matter of minutes for everyone to read. On the down side, a job is a job is a job, working at home can get lonely, and the drive to keep up with the blogging Joneses can get stressful. Still, we think the pros far outweigh the cons. Here are a few basic steps you can take if being a pro blogger is the position of which you dream. Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Exfoliate Your Body

There’s nothing sexier than the touch of silky soft skin. And while facial moisturizers and hand creams are commonplace products to keep you smooth, you need some serious exfoliating action to sloth off the dead skin that keeps your sexiest layers on lock down. Here’s how to do it. Keep reading »

Beauty How-To: Score Soft Feet

There’s nothing worse than kicking your shoes off after a long day only to gawk at your cracked heels and rough toes. Our little piggies take a lot of hits between high heels, standing at bars, and walking around the office. Do yourself, and your feet, a favor: Take the time to pamper yourself with at-home pedis and score smooth, soft feet. Five steps, after the jump!

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