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    What would you do if the man you loved died 52 days before your wedding? Most of us would collapse in a pile of grief, unable to focus on much of anything but our sadness. But not Janine. This bride did the amazing after losing her fiance Johnny. She went to the Mayan Riviera, donned the dress she was to marry him in, and jumped into the water wearing it.

    The resulting photos are nothing short of spectacular.

    The portraits were a gift from photographer Matt Adcock of Del Sol Photography and were shot on a single day this past month. They are full of so much emotion and meaning, it's hard to even put into words. Adcock himself was equally moved and said the photo shoot wasn't easy to orchestrate.

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    A friend of mine used to always say, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"

    She would typically make this proclamation after she'd finish telling me about the spa weekend she'd booked for a getaway with her sister. She'd reiterate her theory after she'd describe the latest fabulous date night she and her husband shared.

    She certainly seemed happy and so did her husbad. Apparently, she was on to something. According to a Rutgers University study published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, a man married to a happy wife tended to have greater overall satisfaction with his life regardless of his own feelings about the marriage. 

    And just why is that? As Rutgers University sociologist Deborah Carr explains, an unhappy woman is going to let you know about it.

    "They tend to register their discontent," she notes, "while a man might be more able to brush off the ups and downs."

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    When it comes to your relationship, are you a lover or a fighter or a loving fighter or a fighting lover or ...?

    The reality is every couple has a "fight routine," and how you and your significant other disagree can ultimately determine your long-term compatibility.

    "When it comes to fighting, the bigger question is: Are you mismatched? Can you bridge the gap in your fighting styles?" says Laurie Puhn, author of Fight Less, Love More and creator of the online virtual couple's course based on the book.

    In other words, if you and your partner have divergent disagreement patterns in place, you might never reach a resolution when you fight unless you make an effort to understand each other's default squabble setting and learn to work together toward a solution.

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    Whether it's because they're feeling awkward or just plain old at a loss for words, people say some crazy things to newlyweds! It's almost as if, faced with a couple who has just vowed to spend the rest of their lives together, they can't stop themselves from delivering cliches about marriage up the wazoo! Many of them downright offensive, by the way.

    Granted, many times, people are speaking from their own (often negative) experience when spouting their kookiest gems, so maaaybe we need to give them a break.

    But if you're that loved one without a filter, maybe you could also use a tip! And if you're that newlywed barraged by inappropriate platitudes, you could probably use a laugh. Here are 10 things never to say to a newlywed. Take note, Aunt Edna!

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    In the early part of my relationship with my husband, I was DEFINITELY the jealous sort. If a girl got within five feet of my then-boyfriend, I was ready to throw down. More than one near physical fight was averted by my boyfriend dragging me into another room and talking me down.

    To be fair, he had given me reason to be jealous. My then-boyfriend was all about "casually" dating me and several other women at the same time. By the time we committed and he was only dating me, my trust was not exactly high.

    Even given those facts, my jealousy was out of control. Back then it would have been hard to imagine that I would someday say I liked when other women noticed my husband or that I enjoyed it when women asked if he has a brother or called him a "catch."

    But sure enough, more than a decade after those fits of rage, that's exactly what I feel. So go ahead and ogle my man. It makes me happy.

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    You've finally had enough. You've reached that point where you recognize you're being abused and you need to leave, SOON, before it's too late.

    Or maybe you're not so sure. You're feeling defensive, like Janay Rice, who was videotaped being brutally beaten by her husband, NFL player Ray Rice. You're still wondering if it's bad enough to leave. But you want to make some plans just in case.

    You definitely should make plans -- ASAP.

    But be cautious and get help. "The decision to leave an abusive relationship is always one to make carefully," says Dr. Christine Murray, domestic violence researcher and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "It may take time, or you may have to leave immediately in the aftermath of abuse."

    Here are 7 steps to take if you want to leave an abusive relationship.

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    Falling in love means losing ALL sense of logic. No, really. MRI scans have shown that a region of the brain essential to judgment, the brain's frontal cortex, shuts down when people fall in love, according to a study at University College London. Perhaps that's the excuse for these two crazy kids whose dangerous make-out session at a Louisiana State University football game has gone viral.

    Two unidentified, crazy-in-love birds (potentially under the influence of alcohol) got a bit carried away while kissing at a recent football game ... And ended up falling into the crowd. You just have to see it ...

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    Sex is a huge part of all of our lives anyway you look at it. Whether you are getting it (or not getting it), we all think about sex an absurd amount. But not all of us are doing it right.

    Oh, I know, we THINK we are. Like Mel Brooks once said: "Sex is like pizza. Even when it's done bad, it's still pretty good."

    The fact is, most people over-think sex. There seems to be this popular notion out there that you need to have everything just right -- the right toys, the right mood, the right music -- just to get a little nooky. In fact, the whole thing could be greatly simplified with just a little creativity and ingenuity.

    It's just sex! With that in mind, we trolled the Internet for the best sex tricks that don't require a major investment of time or money. We found 10 sex hacks so hot, we know EXACTLY what you'll be doing tonight. And that's the idea.

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    "Please, don't do a burlesque dance for me!" said no man, ever. Ask just about any straight guy and he will tell you, watching the lady in his life do a sexy dance for him can be a major turn-on. 

    But what's not so obvious is what a turn-on it can be for you, too!

    One of our favorite sex and lifestyle experts, Dana B. Myers, says practicing some sexy dance moves in front of a mirror -- even if you do it alone -- can be a great way to flirt with yourself and to boost your mojo. And to get us started, she recruited the help of a friend to show us a quick, simple burlesque dance routine

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    Can we all just agree that men are big babies? And I'm not just talking about how they act when they're sick -- the "man cold," if you will. I'm talking about how they act in the bedroom when we have our periods.

    I can't tell you how many times I've had guys ask me to do some crazy, weird stuff between the sheets, only to have them freak out when they find out my monthly "friend" is paying a visit.

    Look, I get that some women don't feel comfortable having sex when they have their period. That feels different somehow. But if you're okay with it, shouldn't your partner be too?

    Here's why men really need to man up when it comes to period sex.

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