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Babies And Marriage

Even though any parent will tell you (hopefully) that their children are the lights of their life, having kids will make a marriage less lovely, at least for a bit. A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that couples experience a serious drop in marital satisfaction in their first year of being parents. This might have something to do with the fact that new parents get something like three hours of sleep every night. By the time the baby is 18 months old, however, marital satisfaction bounces back. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Gwyneth’s Heels, Face Symmetry, And Jane Eyre

  • Selfridges in the U.K. is seeing a big increase — 35 percent — in sales of super high heels. The store has dubbed the trend the “Gwyneth effect” since Gwyneth Paltrow has been wearing ridiculously high heels to all of the Iron Man premieres. [MarieClaire.co.uk]
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    Make Money Off Your Ex

    Say you and your boyfriend break up after celebrating many holidays together. There was the Christmas he gave you the diamond earrings, the birthday you got a Tiffany necklace, and the anniversary he screwed a Cartier love bracelet around your wrist. It feels sort of weird wearing them after the fact, doesn’t it? Well, there are a couple sites, such as ExBoyfriendJewelry.com and Ex-cessories.com, that let you sell jewelry from an ex you want to forget. Or you could put them on eBay (but hooray for entrepreneurs!). [Reuters]

    Previously: Debate This: Do You Have To Return The Ring If The Engagement Ends? Keep reading »

    Loving & Marriage

    Mildred Loving, the aptly named civil rights leader and last victim to be criminally tried for interracial marriage, passed away last Friday, at the age of 68. In 1958, she happily married a white man she had been in love with since grade school. Subsequently, she and her husband, Robert, were arrested and forced into exile with their children for violating Virginia’s Jim Crow laws, but she refused to undo their “I do’s.” Loving fought for love and took her trials all the way to the Supreme Court — where she and her husband got 17 states’ racist laws slashed. Although she only wanted to be a bride, Loving became an American heroine and she will live on through her heart, which was big enough to change this country. [AP] Keep reading »

    Romance On TV: Being Gay Is So Not Cool On The Upper East Side

    Gossip Girl delved into major Melrose Place territory when (SPOILER ALERT!!!) it was revealed, kind of, sort of, that Serena may have killed someone and that’s what evil Georgina is holding over her head. Whatever. The reason to watch last night was to finally see, once and for all, which character was going to come out of the closet. We’ve known for weeks that it was going to be Serena’s lil’ bro, but it was a nice added touch that he’s been snogging Jenny’s posh boyfriend. Also, Jenny is really falling from grace in our eyes, by actually going along with the dork’s plan to pretend the two are sleeping together — which would “raise” her social status and keep his gayness quiet. Anyway, here’s a clip from the episode when that infamous gay bomb is dropped. Keep reading »

    In The Shades Of Red

    “Read my lips, no new taxes.” While recession president George Bush Sr. may have been lying about the taxes, he got the lips part spot on. Reseachers have found that during unstable markets, woman stockpile shades of lipstick. From the saucy glossy to mood enhancing matte, ladies over look expensive luxury items to splurge on the small pleasures because it promises more bang for your buck. After all, making your mouth its most kissable is cheap and stimulates more than just the economy. [UPI] Keep reading »

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