When it comes to the bridal shower, nothing breaks the ice better than a good game. Keeping it easy on the maid of honor, we found 10 affordable and (mostly) printable games that are sure to be a hit. Take your pick from Mad Libs that offer humorous advice, a guilty game of "he said, she said," or even a couples cootie catcher for your favorite '90s-loving bride. Whatever you choose to print or play, these games will get the party started and memories flowing — just in time for her big day!
- Old-school games that get a sexy twist — YourTango
- Nipple crayons and more terrifying Japanese beauty products — The Frisky
- Message in a bottle surfaces 97 years later — Newser
- Interview with a person whose mom came out of the closet — The Hairpin
- Queen of Jordan's open letter to girls is everything — The Jane Dough
- Why "academic porn" is causing controversy — HuffPost Women
- Not into me? Don't do this — Cosmopolitan
- How to have Ryan Gosling with you 24/7 — HelloGiggles
- Photos of musicians in love — HowAboutWe
- The most awkward sex tips on the Internet — College Candy
Thanks to some high-profile scandals and recent films, we've been introduced to the controversial diagnosis of sex addiction. But what about "love and sex addiction"? In the midst of her highly public (and toxic) on-again, off-again relationship with Chris Brown, Rihanna has allegedly checked herself into a women's sex and love program. The gender-specific treatment (similar to AA) includes group meetings, equine therapy, and individual counseling. To better understand what it means to have a love and sex addiction, we looked to the program itself at the Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at Recovery Ranch in Tennessee. What we learned is that we probably all struggle with addictive love and sex behavior at one time or another.
Here are the "addictive behavior patterns" to look out for:
- Endlessly searching for "the one"
- Attracting troubled, addicted, abusive, or otherwise emotionally unavailable partners
- Mistaking sex and romance for intimate love
- Using sex and/or love to mask loneliness or unhappiness
- Changing one's appearance through excessive dieting/exercise or surgery
- Using seduction, sex, or other schemes to attract or hold onto a partner
- Multiple extramarital affairs
- Compulsive masturbation with or without pornography
- Making sexual advances toward individuals in subordinate power positions
- Dressing seductively to attract attention, take risks, or feel empowered
- Having sex in high-risk locations or situations
- Inappropriate sexual and relationship boundaries (e.g., engaging in a relationship with a married man or boss)
- Trading sex for drugs, help, affection, money, status, or power
- Having anonymous sex or repeatedly "falling in love" with strangers
There are also female archetypes of love and sex addiction, like "Lucy the Love Addict," who's always on the hunt for the perfect guy, and "Dora Danger Girl," who's compared to Samantha on Sex and the City. What do you think about love and sex addiction? Do you know anyone (including yourself) who could use some relationship rehab?
We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, HowAboutWe. Today, Alison Leiby has a handy quiz for you to find out if there will be a third date.
1. How did he ask you to go on a second date?
a. He called you and asked you out to dinner on Saturday night.
b. He texted, "U up?"
c. You waited outside of his apartment so you could "casually" run into him and then proposed going out again yourself.
2. What did you do for a second date?
a. Dinner at a cute restaurant that you had mentioned to him when you first met.
b. Ripped shots of rail liquor at a bar below his apartment because he was already there and asked you to meet up with him.
c. You planned a day of watching soccer and eating Vietnamese food, because that's what his profile says he's into.
3. Who paid on the second date?
a. He paid for everything, even splurged for champagne.
b. You split the bar tab, to the penny.
c. You paid for everything — and splurged for strawberry shortcake even though you're allergic.
4. How did the second date end?
a. He walked you back to your apartment where you shared a really romantic kiss.
b. He left your place early in the morning saying he had "a lot of stuff to do today."
c. He went to the bathroom halfway through the date and still hasn't come back.
5. How often are you talking to each other?
a. You message each other pretty regularly.
b. He texts you on weekends, but only after 1am.
c. You are constantly contacting him: texts, emails, calls, Facebook chats, Twitter messages, LinkedIn requests, inter-office mail.
6. What do you talk about when you're together?
a. Cooking, which is a shared interest.
b. The wild party he went to last week that was "loaded with models."
c. Mostly about him: when he wants to get married, how many kids he wants, if he prefers the suburbs or the city for raising a family.
7. What was his last text message to you?
a. "Great time tonight!"
c. It's taking too long to scroll back because all of the recent texts are from you.
8. What song best describes your last date?
a. "Everlasting Love"
b. "Part Time Lover"
9. What is his name in your phone?
a. His full name.
b. "Dave blue shirt"
c. "The Beau" with a heart next to it.
10. What is your name in his phone?
a. Your full name.
b. "Sarah uptown"
c. Do Not Answer
To find out what your results mean, head to HowAboutWe: QUIZ: Is There Going to Be a Third Date?
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While we all know the bride and groom are the center of attention at the wedding (and in some cases, just the bride), most couples would agree if it was truly just about them, they would elope. When you throw a big wedding bash, you're essentially throwing your guests a party, so you want it to be fun and memorable. From the entertaining to the interactive, here are some creative ways beyond the dance floor to get your family and friends out of their seats and having a ball.
Forget romantic couples getaways. With its long days, hot nights, and opportunities to take time off for an adventure, Summer might be the best season to be single. Whether you plan to plop on a beach with your best girlfriends, explore a European city with your sister, or even have a full-on family vacation scheduled with the whole clan, there's always hope for a steamy Summer romance. Relaxed and free from everyday stress, you'll be open to letting fate run its course as you get to know someone you never would have met in your normal life. And without the pressure to determine the relationship, you can keep things light and fun. Below you'll find six tips to help you make the most of a Summer vacation fling.
- Test out the local delicacies. If you're headed to the south of France or a beach town in Spain, take a Summer fling as a chance to practice your foreign language skills between make-out sessions. Even if you're staying stateside, hooking up with the local in your vacation destination will give you an inside experience a tourist could never have.
- Find friends with benefits. While on a vacation with your girlfriends, find a group of guys you can all hang out with. Even if there isn't a love connection with everyone in the gang, it will make your romantic adventure more fun for everyone and might spark lifelong friendships, or at least some Facebook friendships.
- Go outside your comfort zone. Do you refuse to date bartenders in your own city? Maybe you have a strict six-foot height requirement for your potential mates. Ditch your long list of dating rules and regulations while you're on vacation, since the relationship has an expiration date anyway. You'll probably realize how silly they were and never go back to them!
- Keep your priorities straight. Finding someone to hold hands with on the beach or cuddle with back at the hotel should not be the purpose of any single girl's vacation. You'll want to have quality time with your friends, family, or whomever you traveled with in the first place. If you do meet a special someone, keep in mind he was a complete stranger mere days ago.
- Stay realistic. You might think your Summer fling is handsome, funny, smart, and sexy, but that doesn't mean you're meant to be together forever. Think of it like The Bachelor — sure it's easy to fall in love in paradise when you're not faced with any of life's real challenges, but once you get back to the real world you might realize there were a lot more details you needed to know about this person. Remembering that should help you keep some perspective and manage your expectations postvacay.
- Be safe. This goes without saying, but if you end up having sex, be sure to use a condom. If you're going to a remote resort or don't plan on having access to a car or store, pack some ahead of time just in case!
This question is from a Group Therapy post in our Community. Add your advice in the comments!
First off, hello all! I'm so glad there is a Group Therapy group on here because I NEED to vent and would love some input.
A little introduction: I'm a 26-year-old young professional who is in grad school and doing very well for myself. I consider myself successful on all accounts, but am having some issues in the relationship department right now. I'm venting emotionally and without much thought to how this might appear online so if I seem crazy that's why. I'm not crazy, just emotionally maniacal right now.
What I'm really concerned about is my inability to get over my ex. We dated for almost a year in 2010. 2010?! Yes, and I am still obsessing over him. This was a special relationship. The kind that everyone looks at and thinks "man I want that." The kind that everyone was rooting for. We complemented each other so well and had so much fun together. We quickly became best friends and lovers. It felt as if I had finally found "The One".
Just as quickly I figured out that he had an extreme emotional wall up and this caused the relationship to be very push-pull. It was hard, but I always felt that it was worth it. We fought a lot and he continuously made me feel as if the fights were my fault and the emotions were blown out of proportion (what I now realize is a defense mechanism of out-of-touch people). Despite all of this HE told me he loved me, and, after getting a job offer to move far, far away, asked me to move with him.