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This Is Not Your Gym’s Workout Routine!

ALERT!  ALERT!  ALERT!

What if I told you there was an exercise plan that works your whole body, burns calories fast, and is so much fun you’ll want to do it every day? Would you give it a try? Chances are, you already have!

So what is it? SEX!

That’s right! Sex is not just a time for passion and pleasure, but it also works over 600 muscles at the same time*! Does the elliptical machine at your gym do all of that? I doubt it.

Here are a few “sexercises” recommended by sex expert Charlotte Pool at WeWomen. com** to work out right in your bed!

1. Work Your Core From Behind
According to Charlotte, doggie-style is a great way to engage your core. By keeping your middle tight and supporting your upper body with your arms, watch washboard abs form in no time!

2. Participate In Hotter Yoga
This type of yoga requires little to no clothes for maximum results! The bridge position works your arms and back for strength and flexibility during your sexual encounter.

3. Do A Few Sexy Squats
When you do regular squats, I’m sure you feel the burn. But with these, you’ll only feel bliss! Try the reverse cowgirl position. Charlotte says it works your glutes and calves, and requires lots of squat endurance!

4. Stand Up
Having sex while standing is a great endurance workout that is more fun than it sounds. Whether he’s holding you up with your back against the wall, or you have one foot on the bed, this works both of your core muscles!

According to FitnessFondue. com* , just 30 minutes of sex can burn 85 to 250 calories! So don’t feel bad about that candy bar you ate. But remember, you don’t have to take your clothes off to burn calories in a sexy way.

Here are a few activities that you may already do on a regular basis without knowing you were exercising from Women’s Day. com***.

1. Dancing Romantically: 103 calories per half-hour

2. Making Out: 238 calories per half-hour

3. Massaging: 80+ calories per half-hour

4. Undressing: 8+ calories

So the next time you think you don’t have time for a quick workout, make time!

* “Sexercise: Fit Tips.” FitnessFondue. com accessed April 2, 2014
** “How to turn sex into sexercise: 9 ways to sex yourself into shape” WeWomen. com accessed April 2, 2014
*** “8 Sexy Ways to Burn Calories” WomensDay. com accessed April 2, 2014

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The Must-Haves For Spring!

The air is filled with the sweetness of blooming flowers, the sun shines a little longer each day, and the remnants of winter are melting away. Spring is finally upon us! Not only does this mean happier, warmer days ahead, but it also means a new wardrobe. WIth every new season comes an opportunity to revamp your closet and add some new staple pieces that will take you all the way through to the next one.

There are a number of new items that are a must-have in your wardrobe this spring! The fashion experts at Glamour Magazine are offering up the top ten essentials for Spring 2014. Ready, set, shop!

1. Activewear Dresses.
This year, a lot of attention is being paid to sporty dresses that are flattering and a perfect fit for your spring daytime events. Find a dress that works for your body type, but ideally this trend encourages dresses that are tight on top with a full and flirty skirt and high neckline. In other words, a sporty A-line dress.

2. Pointy White Pumps.
A pointy white pump is an ideal way to dress up any spring outfit when going out. Given that the colours that are in this spring are pretty and pale, a classic black pump would be too overpowering. So invest in a white, pointy pump and it will make any outfit look complete.

3. Cropped Boyfriend Jeans.
For a casual spring look that can be dressed up or down, invest in a pair of slim but slouchy boyfriend jeans. Find a style that is cropped at your ankles, rather than rolled at the bottom. For a more dressy look, add a pair of heels and a blazer. Or if you’re opting to look more casual, try pairing them with sandals and a bohemian-style top or a simple tank.
4. Cross-over Tank Tops.
This spring, instead of throwing on your usual tee with jeans for a relaxed Sunday look, try replacing it with the newest trend: cross-over tank tops. When simplicity meets boho, this is the look you get. The beauty of this type of top is that it is also dressy enough to pair with a skirt or trousers for the office.

5. Strappy Block Heels.
One of the essential pieces for spring that can be effortlessly paired with virtually any look is a pair of block heels.

6. Skirts With A Split.
Skirts with a front or side split are one of the sexiest trends this season. The variety of different lengths and volumes available makes it incredibly easy to find one that works for you and your body. For a date night, try pairing a split skirt with a simple tank top and a bright lip.

7. Round-shoulder Coats.
The trendiest lightweight spring coat is a round-shouldered one in a bold colour or pattern. It’s flattering and easy to pair with just about anything for those chilly spring nights.
8. iPad-Sized Bags.
The newest go-to look for modern day trendsetters is a bold bag the size of an iPad. Whether you have an iPad or not, it doesn’t matter, as long as you pick up this convenient and compact bag in a bold colour to complete your look. The experts atGlamour also suggest pairing this bag with slightly more romantic pieces, such as ruffled tops or flirty skirts.
9. Bold Striped Button-down Shirt.
Bold stripes are a huge trend this spring that is extremely wearable with a number of different looks. Choose a bold stripe in a simple colour to stay true to this year’s spring trend. The fashion experts at Glamour recommend pairing it with a “beaded skirt and strappy heels” to have fun with the trend and play with opposites.

10. Shorts Suits.
Every fashionista should add a shorts suit to her wardrobe as a staple piece. Buy a shorts suit in bright colours and bold patterns and pair it with strappy heels for work, or if it’s not work-appropriate attire for you, it will look just as a great on a girls’ day out. Weekend looks just got a little bit sexier!

Spring 2014 brings with it fun and flirty colours and patterns that any woman can have fun with and pull off. So print out your list and head to the shops to complete your wardrobe this season. Happy shopping!

“10 Must-Have Pieces to Add to Your Spring Wardrobe” Megan Gustashaw. Glamour.com accessed March 31, 2014. http ://www.glamour. com/fashion/2013/03/must-have-pieces-to-add-to-your-spring-wardrobe#slide=46

“Spring Fashion Trends 2009” InStyle.com accessed March 31, 2014 http ://www.instyle .com/instyle/package/springtrends/photos/0,,20256313_20255713_20572502,00.html

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The Power Of Skype!

Are you one of those people who thinks you could never be in a long-distance relationship?

You can’t possibly imagine what it’s like being away from your partner and not be able to hold them in your arms, see their smile when you tell them a joke, or give them a kiss at night.

Long-distance relationships (LDRs) are not for the fragile, but with the power of Skype, more and more couples are able to keep that bond strong miles and miles apart! Here are a few ways that Skype can improve a relationship.

1. A Heightened Sense of Intimacy
Just because you’re not physically with each other doesn’t mean you have to lose all the intimacy. According to the Huffington Post’s Catherine Pearson, research done by the City University of Hong Kong has shown that absence does make the heart grow fonder. The research also shows that long-distance lovers “tend to idealize their partner’s behaviors, leading to a greater sense of intimacy.”

2. Speaking Face to Face
This is one of the biggest perks of Skype in an LDR. In relationships past, the phone was all they had. In relationships farther apart, a sweet love letter was all you could go by, and imagination took over from there. Without seeing your loved one face to face, it was harder to imagine that the relationship you had was real, creating even more distance between the two of you.

Now, with Skype, it’s like you’re right in front of each other. According to LAPTOP Staff Writer Cherlynn Low, a survey of American and British Skype users found that 96% of long-distance couples find Skype “makes for a closer connection with their far-away partners.”

You can watch movies together, eat together, and even have Skype sex via a microphone and webcam. It’s like they never even left.

3. Your Loved One Never Has To Miss A Thing!
Telling each other about what you experienced that day is great, but to experience it with them, without them physically there, is much more amazing. Many times work has divided relationships across countries and continents.

Without Skype, people wouldn’t be able to experience important moments, like the birth of a child, the announcement of pregnancy, or even a proposal while they are away.

Army wife Nicole Robbins went into labor while her army specialist husband was away on his nine-month tour in Afghanistan, according to Skype’s Big Blog. Without the power and luxury of Skype, Nicole’s husband might have missed the birth of his daughter. Not only was he able to hear about the birth of his daughter, he can say he saw it too. That’s something both Nicole and her husband will never forget!

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If you are seriously considering an LDR, you should know that you need to treat it like any other relationship. Since communication is the most important factor in holding it together, having clear and open communication with each other will help make and keep a strong connection.  As long as you make the time to give your undivided attention to the person in front of you, you’ll have a relationship anyone would be proud of!

“Long Distance Relationship Benefits Include Greater Intimacy, Study Says” Catherine Pearson. Huffington Post. accessed March 24, 2014 http ://www.huffingtonpost. com/2013/07/18/long-distance-relationship-benefits_n_3616839.html

“Naughty Skype Calls Keep Long Distance Relationships Alive” Cherlynn Low. Yahoo News. accessed March 24, 2014 http ://news.yahoo. com/naughty-skype-calls-keep-long-182957222.html

“Skype Thanks Military Families” Big Blog. accessed March 24, 2014 http ://blogs.skype. com/2012/09/11/skype-honors-servicemembers-an/

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How to Meet People at Parties

In this day and age we are the most connected, and seemingly the most disconnected, we’ve ever been due to our heavy reliance on communicating through technology. Most of us have mastered the art of communication whilst hiding behind a phone or computer screen but as a result our in-person communication skills may be suffering.

Going to a party is one of those social situations that some of us may dread, but it is truly a wonderful way to meet new people and make some new connections!

One of the best ways to meet a man is through other people so leave the nerves at home and head over to your next party with charming wit and confidence. Who knows, perhaps your prince charming will be there, if only you’d take a minute away from your phone to notice him!

Now is as good a time as any, to fill up that social calendar of yours and brush up on those party skills!  The dating experts over at Parship.ie provide you with the ten essential tips you need to know to successfully work a room at any party!

1. Have realistic expectations.
Always be sure to have realistic expectations when you are going to a party. Anticipating a specific outcome from attending a party will almost always leave you disappointed.  If you really want to meet “the one” and that is your only motivation for going you will likely spend all night wondering where your mystery man is hiding instead of enjoying yourself.

Rather than worrying yourself with meeting a man, enjoy socializing, making new friends and having a great time. Generally speaking when you are genuinely having fun you exude a very alluring energy and demeanor to others, including the opposite sex. It’s a win-win!

2. Being comfortable is key.
Dressing to impress when going to a party is the surest way to feel great about yourself and attract people when you attend a party. Just remember to always wear something that you’re comfortable in. If you are comfortable in how you look, your body language will likely be a lot more relaxed and inviting, and naturally people will be drawn to you. That makes it a lot easier for you to have fun and meet new people!

3. Make an effort.
Although you may be new to the world of mingling, it is imperative that you make an effort to start conversations with new people.You never know whom you might meet and how much in common you might have with these people.The experts at Parship. suggest setting a goal every time you go to a party like talking to at least 3 or 4 people as that will ease you into it and make you more comfortable a whole lot quicker.

4. Watch what you say.
The biggest rules to keep in mind when starting up a conversation with someone is to avoid all negative talk such as complaining and steer clear of talking about the weather. We have a natural tendency to revert back to a topic like the weather for comfort reasons because everyone can relate. However, the experts at Parship suggest asking open ended questions to really get to know someone as a much better strategy for building connections with new people and having them open up to you. At the very least if you don’t get a date out of it, you may actually find other reasons to stay in touch with a person in the future that could be beneficial to you both.

5. Mix it up.
Even if you’re interested in the person that you are talking to it is important not to crowd them and give them some space to gauge their interest level. Tell the cute guy you’re talking to that you loved meeting him but you think you might go and mingle some more so as not to hog up all his party time. You’ll leave him wanting more and this is also a great opportunity to suggest you exchange contact information in case you don’t get another chance to talk.

6. Don’t part ways leaving someone alone.
It is important to always mingle responsibly when at a party. If you are ready to move on to talking to someone else but you don’t see anyone near by and it doesn’t look like someone is approaching them anytime soon don’t leave them. Instead suggest going to the bar for another drink where there may be more people congregating, giving you an opportunity to leave the other individual politely.

7. Take cues from an individuals body language.
When you are interacting with someone be sure to pay attention to their body language. If they are constantly scanning the room for something else to do or are seemingly only paying slight attention to you then it is time to move on.

8. Names are important.
Remembering someone’s name is very important when you are at a party. Who knows when you might run into that person again and it will mingling for future a whole lot easier. Worst case if you can’t remember someone’s name just offer up the old “sorry, I’m bad with names” as most people will understand and can probably relate.

9. Take a chance.
Cast your fear aside when it comes to approaching people you think may be out of your league. Approach everyone with a positive and open mind and you never know who you might end up having a connection with. At the very worst the person may not be interested at which case you’re exactly where you started, however if the person is interested you’re better off than before so it’s a no brainer to approach everyone! You’ll be surprised who you may actually connect with.

10. Keep in touch.
Make an effort to follow up with someone after you meet them at a party. Whether you took a business card or got their social media information (as a lot of people are doing now) be sure to get in touch with them a couple of days following the party. By waiting a few days you will not appear are keen and yet still interested.

Overall parties are an amazing way to interact with a variety of different people and make all sorts of positive connections for the future. Whether you meet a new lover, friend, boyfriend or just have a fun night out talking to new people, you will be better off for it. So the next time you attend a party bring your best foot forward and let that sassy personality shine through to attract a great night!

Parship. “Top ten tips on how to meet people at parties.” Accessed March 10th 2014. http ://www.parship. ie/magazine/single-life/top-ten-tips-on-how-to-meet-people-at-parties.htm

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