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4 Harsh Conversations You Should Have Before Getting Married

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Everyone seems to have a pretty good idea of what marriage is like right up until the honeymoon anesthesia wears off and they can start to feel life’s groin shots again. Sometimes that takes a few years — sometimes it happens right out of the gates. But it eventually does happen, and how you handle it can drastically alter the direction of your life.

The bad news is that there is no way to avoid these situations. The good news, though, is that you can at least prepare for them to make the blows a little easier to take. If you can summon the balls, you’re going to have an extraordinary advantage over life’s bullshit. Read more on Cracked…

Bold Girl Lesson: Know When To Walk Away — And Know When To Run

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Half of the trouble I’ve experienced in relationships is simply not knowing when to “fold ‘em” and call it a day. Yeah, you’re probably out the $10 buy-in, but it’s a small loss in comparison to a broken heart. You lost that week, or month of time but you didn’t go all in on some guy just to find he’s bluffing. But it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Read more on College Candy…

6 Commonly Used Phrases That Make Everyone Hate You

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We live in an age where everyone can — nay, must — share every thought and comment immediately and constantly. As a result, we, as humans, come up with more terrible things to say every single day. But YOLO, amirite?

Obvi there are totes a shit-ton of redonkulous words and phrases we could def 86 with a capital hashtag, but here is a list of six words and phrases we need to stop using on Cracked…

Are You Trapped In The One Night Stand Cycle?

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Gay, straight or bi, we’ve all been pressured by our overactive brains (or nether regions) to seek out sex. Don’t shake your head; you know you’ve been there and done that — that, being a one night stand that you later regret.

Why do we find ourselves in one night stands, anyway? Out of desperation, need for acceptance, or because we grow tired of being the last living sibling not in a relationship? Because we jump at the chance to sex it up for the night, even though the only thing the two of we have in common, like Holly and Guy, is “the beginning of a bad dream”? Read more on Your Tango…

Life After Dating: 20 Not-So-Nice “Firsts” Of A Long-Term Relationship

20 Not-So-Nice Relationship Firsts

So you’ve finally found The One (or at least The One For The Foreseeable Future) and you’ve committed to a serious relationship. Now what? In our new weekly column, Life After Dating, we’ll discuss the unique joys and challenges of coupledom.

A few weeks after Nick and I started dating, he got his wisdom teeth out (alas, oral surgery is another pitfall of the high school sweetheart relationship). I was secretly really excited about the idea of taking care of my new boyfriend as he recovered, so I put on my cutest “casual caretaker” outfit and headed over to his house to spend the day nursing him back to health. When I got there, Nick was lying on the couch moaning in pain. The painkillers had upset his stomach and, unable to chew solid food, he’d been sipping canned chocolate protein shakes all day. It was pretty clear he was miserable and there was nothing I could do. I sat next to him and stroked his hair, wishing I could do more to make him feel better. And then, very suddenly, he clutched his stomach, whispered, “Oh noooo,” and projectile-vomited chocolate Slim Fast all over me.

As I was cleaning myself up, I did the math. This was technically our third date.

We joke now that reaching the “vomiting on each other” milestone so early in our relationship might have fast-forwarded our level of intimacy and helped us stay together for going on 10 years now. Because the painful, beautiful truth of being in a serious relationship is letting someone else see you exactly as you are, bodily functions and weird insecurities and crappy moods and all. When people talk about relationship “firsts,” they’re usually talking about sweet things like first kisses, first “I love you”‘s, and first dances. I think it’s time to give a shoutout to the not-so-pleasant firsts, the ones that, in their own way, might actually be more meaningful. Here are some examples, culled from my own experiences and red-faced confessions from friends in LTRs…

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How To Return His Holiday Gift Without Him Getting Butt Hurt

How To Return His Holiday Gift Without Him Getting Butt Hurt

A new survey discovered what we’ve known since our middle school boyfriend bought us an ugly-as-fuck but well-intentioned heart bracelet: despite their most focused efforts, the majority of men suck at picking out presents. According to research done by StyleCard, this year, about 42 percent of women are stuck with a holiday gift from their S.O. that they don’t want. Ladies, we feel your pain. Keep reading »

5 Romantic Comedy Gestures That Would Get You Slapped

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Everyone knows how romantic comedies are supposed to go: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy does something stupid to win girl back and somehow she falls for it — probably because of low self-esteem or the inability to recognize she’s living within rom-com constraints.

Most romantic comedy plotlines are based on the meet-cute. “Oh, we bumped into each other and are soulmates?” “Oh, we both grabbed for the same pair of gloves, then we’ll be idiots and not exchange numbers, but I’ll put my number in a BOOK and MAYBE you’ll find it if it was meant to be?” (I had two guy friends in high school who insisted we watch “Serendipity” multiple times.)

But many of the little cute things in rom-coms would be grounds for arrest, or at least a good slap. Read more on Cracked…

How To Deal With His Crazy Ex

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He’s going to refer to her as “his crazy ex” so there’s not going to be an doubt that she is 1) an ex and 2) crazy. He’s most likely wrong about the latter, but let’s let that slide. What should you do? Find out on The Gloss …

6 Signs He Is Falling In Love With You

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He’s good-looking, attentive, great in bed, and… you think he really likes you! So far, so good. But how can you tell he’s starting to fall in love with you? Here are six ways he’s trying to show you he loves you on Your Tango …

How Do I Save My Relationship With A Cheating Boyfriend?

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My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost nine months. We really care about each other. Last month we took our first vacation together and he actually finally said, the big words, “I love you.” Last week while he was getting gas and I was waiting in the car, his cell phone beeped for a text. He was waiting for a text from work that was important so I reached for the phone to look. It was from someone named Amber and said, “Can’t wait to see you later tonight.” I froze. Read more on Your Tango …

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