10 Non-Romantic Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

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By Catherine Miele

My husband and I have been married for almost ten years. That’s difficult for me to fathom, at times, considering I was a shy, anxious teenager who accumulated very little dating experience before meeting my future spouse senior year of college.

Despite being married for as long as we have, my husband and I are not overly zealous about Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps my apathy for Cupid and price-gouged roses is due to my lack of serious relationships over the years, or maybe I just don’t think we need a heavily commercialized holiday in order express our love to one another. Continue reading

Something’s Got to Go — And It’s The House

By Kristin christopoulos

Since becoming a mom 7 months ago, each day has felt like a marathon.  I start out hopeful and optimistic that I can get everything done that I need to.  I go through bouts of exhaustion and despair, thinking to myself, “when will this day END already?!”  And as the day draws to a close, I nearly cry as I collapse onto my couch, finally having scraped by for another day. Continue reading

4 Things I Wish I’d Been Told Before My Wedding Day

4 Things I Wish I_d Been Told Before My Wedding Day

By Becky Houdesheldt

Here I am, one week after our wedding. Our ceremony and reception were beautiful. They were everything I wanted them to be. Slightly nerdy, incredibly elegant, classy and whimsical. The weather was absolutely perfect. I truly could not have asked for a better turnout – the friends and family who came to support us were incredible. My parents and Andrew’s parents put in so much work to make the day special. So many people put in so much time and effort for us, that I’m simply overwhelmed. It was the public declaration of our marriage on our one-year anniversary, as we’d had a simple quiet courthouse wedding the year before to make it official before the birth of our son.

I can tell you there are some things I was unprepared for with this whole wedding deal, and I’m going to share a few with you. I wish someone had prepared me adequately so that I wasn’t blindsided. Continue reading

4 Things You May Not Accomplish By The Time You’re 30 — And That’s Okay

By Christine McLean

Being a twenty-something is both an exhilarating and terrifying experience. You’ve entered the world of adulthood, gained your independence, and are trying to find your way in a complex world. Expectations are high. Pressure mounts the closer you get to the big three-oh. What are you doing with your life? When are you going to settle down? The questions are endless.

But the reality is that there just are certain things that you may not be able to accomplish before you’re 30. Society has changed. What your Baby Boomer parents may have been able to accomplish when they were in their 20s doesn’t necessarily apply to you. Don’t panic! You’re still young and have your whole life ahead of you. So, if you don’t accomplish these 4 things now, you will be able to accomplish them sometime in the future with the right attitude and perseverance. Continue reading

10 Unexpected Gifts I Discovered Through My Divorce

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By Heather Angiletta

I do not advocate divorce. It sucks. It is a dream killer that will likely rip you into one thousand pieces.

But if you are at a point grappling whether your marriage is where you should be (and have done couples counseling, individual counseling, dealt with your own shit, given it time, and generally tried to step up and make it work), then I have something I want to tell you. Continue reading

4 Women Share Their Best ‘Kiss And Make Up’ Kind Of Advice

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By De & Kate

Because there is now a day dedicated to celebrating everything under the sun, from ice cream sandwiches to miniature golf, we aren’t too surprised to find today marked as ‘Kiss and Make Up Day.’ That being said, in living alongside other human beings who don’t always feel, think, believe, and act in the same way we do, isn’t every day somewhat of a kiss and make up kind of day? Continue reading

I Like My Last Name, And I’ll Never Change It

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By Felicia Sabartinelli

There are more women today than ever before who are opting to keep their maiden name post-wedding. Call it a trend, a feminist agenda, or whatever you want, but you can’t ignore it.

For me, I was once married. I am now divorced and have very strong opinions on why I never did, and never will change my last name. And no, it’s not because I am a feminist (which I am), or following some trend, or wanting to piss off my next husband.  Continue reading

7 Brides On Their Do Again and Do Over Decisions

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By De & Kate

A wedding is a celebratory, beautiful, and exciting event.

And parts of wedding planning mirror that same positive, love emitting energy.

That being said, the details of the day can feel overwhelming, with so many advice articles on timelines, invites, etiquette, and when, where, and how much to spend.

While there’s no determined right or wrong way to wed, most ladies who have tied the knot look back with a familiar hindsight is 20/20 feeling and can quickly offer the day of decisions they’re glad they made, and the ones they’d make differently if they were to do it all over again. Continue reading