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Stephanie is an editor and freelance writer residing in Philadelphia, PA. She enjoys roller derby, scooters, and playing with her English bulldog. Website: minx-me.com

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6 easy-to-make desserts for Valentine’s Day

Anyone with half a brain can pick up a box of chocolates or bouquet of red roses at the store. This Valentine’s Day, show your partner how special they are to you by baking an indulgent chocolate treat at home. These six recipes are surprisingly easy and will delight that special someone in your life! 1. Get Your Message Across Conversation heart mendicants are an adorable way to let your spouse know how much you care. Create the yummy candies with dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate, depending upon your partner’s personal preference. 2. Lava of Love Simply irresistible, white chocolate lava cake can be made in just a couple of minutes, so if you’re running late, there’s no need to stress. Add a couple of berries to the plate for garnish and your love will think there’s nothing sweeter than this homemade gift from the heart. 3. Candy Cane Heart Lollipops Use some leftover C...
By on Feb 03, 2015

Eight inexpensive gift ideas for your boyfriend

During the holiday season, many women are out of pocket, underfunded and just plain broke. But that isn’t any reason to neglect the man in your life. Sure, you’d love to get him a cool new gadget or two-wheeled toy for the garage, but there are also tons of great gift ideas for your boyfriend that won’t put you into debt. Here are eight inexpensive gifts for your beau this holiday season. 1. Couple’s photo With today’s smartphones, every woman has a great couple’s picture of her and her man. Print out a memorable photograph of the two of you on your computer or at a local photo store and put it in a decorative frame. You can also print out your Instagram pictures and make a snappy framed collage. He’ll love being reminded of you every time he sees the photo on his bedside table or cubicle. 2. Homemade dinner for two Sometimes, the best gifts aren’t bought, they’re made. Spend a night in ...
By on Dec 03, 2014

Five health benefits of eating turkey

For some of us this Thanksgiving, it’s all about the sides. Or the scrumptious leftovers we get to pick at on Black Friday. But Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the main course – a huge, juicy turkey. If you’re watching your weight this holiday season, slice yourself a three-ounce serving of light meat (about the size of a deck of cards) and your body will thank you for the five nutritional benefits you’re supplying it with, all for just 200 calories and six grams of fat. Powerful protein A four-ounce serving of turkey is packed with protein – 32 grams, to be exact. This makes your Thanksgiving feast a great source of essential amino acids. Enjoy a turkey sandwich from the leftovers and you almost have your protein for the day covered. Vitamin B A serving of turkey features 36 percent of the daily allowance of Vitamin B your body needs. This nutrient helps process fats in the bo...
By on Nov 26, 2014

Five reasons why winter sex is better sex

Folks escape the cold and dreariness of winter in different ways. Some huddle under the covers until May bingeing on Netflix. Others go into hibernation. Still others, according to a recent study published by The Psychology of Human Sexuality, spend the cold months heating things up between the sheets. The data shows that men find their partners more attractive when it is cold than during summer. One reason for the difference in sexual arousal levels could be that the bar for what qualifies as hot is higher in the summer. Now that winter is in full swing, here are five reasons why sex during the cold season is superior. Another reason to stay in bed When there’s six feet of snow and ice outside, who wants to leave the house? Pour some hot tea, get cozy under blankets, invite your partner to join you and get ready for a love-making marathon. A relaxing warm massage When it’s blistering ho...
By on Nov 24, 2014

When you hate your in-laws: Surviving Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time of year to gather with your family and friends and give thanks for the good fortunes in your life. But for folks who have to deal with in-laws who really don’t like them, the dining-room table can feel more like a warzone. For those of you about to venture into the in-law trenches this holiday season, here are a couple survival tips to keep your sanity – and marriage – intact. Accept you’ll never be good enough Even if Brad Pitt walked through the door, a parent would probably think that he isn’t good enough for their little princess. Every parent wants their child to marry the perfect spouse. Even if you have a great job, a body that Greek gods would envy, and compassion that could rival Mother Theresa, your in-laws will find an issue with you. Accepting that it’s nothing personal and empathizing with them will help you see the situation from your in-laws’...
By on Nov 12, 2014

Four reasons why you should get the flu vaccine

Influenza, more commonly referred to as the flu, results in about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths annually. It is typically transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes. Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 45 percent of the US population ages 6 months and older received the flu vaccine. Are you one of the vaccine holdouts? Here are four reasons why you should get vaccinated. It doesn't just affect the old Influenza can strike even the healthiest people and make them very sick. Last year’s flu strain sent unusually high numbers of people between the ages of 18 and 64 to the hospital with flu-related symptoms. Scientists think the reason H1N1 affects young people is that older folks have built up immunity to it. More frightening is that only about 30 percent of younger adults get flu shots. Mild side effects Many people steer clear of getting vacci...
By on Nov 02, 2014

Get the right info and protect your pet

Today’s pet owners often turn to the Web to find out about the best health treatment options for Fido or Fluffy. From flea and tick preventatives to learning more about strange symptoms your furry friend might be suffering from, the internet offers vast resources for pet health info. Amidst all of this wonderful information is a ton of social media rumors, fraudulent blog posts and other misleading messages on products and info about pet’s health. Whether it’s regarding food, medicine or cleaning products, there are stories going viral about illness and even death caused by pet products. How can a pet owner know what info on the web is accurate? Here are four ways to avoid the spin and get the real skinny. Go to the source Just like you’d seek the source of a rumor started about you to nip it in the butt, you should seek out potential hazardous effects from pet food and medication from t...
By on Oct 27, 2014

The dos and don’ts of Etsy

If you’re shopping online for handmade, one-of-a-kind items sold by real people, chances are you’re aware of Etsy. This tight-knit marketplace offers items in every category from general (women, children and men) to specific (vintage, crafts and home décor). The best part is that whether you buy an item or just have a question about a specific product, you’ll always receive a quick response right from the maker. If you’re an Etsy connoisseur or new to the site, there are some dos and don’ts you should always abide by when shopping here. Do sign up for an account This process is easy and hassle-free and enables you to refer back to past purchases, leave reviews and communicate with sellers all in one spot. Don’t buy from shops with no ratings If a seller doesn’t have any reviews yet, chances are they’re brand new and need time to build their ratings. Always start a conversation with a new...
By on Oct 20, 2014

Five frightfully fun adult Halloween party ideas

Halloween can be fun for groan-ups too. It doesn’t just have to be for the kiddies. If you want to enjoy Fright Night, here are five ghoulishly good Halloween party ideas for grownups. Be prepared to become a haunted host (or hostess) and have tons of fun! 1. Sophisticated soiree Channel your inner goth kid and celebrate All Hallows' Eve in style with a Gothic-inspired soiree. Toss the pumpkins aside and load up on candelabras to set an eerie atmosphere. Serve your guests drinks in black goblets and ask them to dress in elegant, dark lace attire. 2. Sweet treats Just because you’re all grown up now doesn’t mean you can’t satisfy your sweet tooth on Halloween. Skip the mess of big candied apples and serve cute mini caramel apples on a plate. Dip the bottom of the apples in nuts or chocolate chips and serve with a rustic twig for easy handling. 3. Voodoo masquerade Halloween is a holiday f...
By on Oct 09, 2014

How to update your wardrobe for fall

Now that autumn is in full swing, it’s time for fashionistas to put their best fall foot forward. The ritual of transitioning your wardrobe for the season doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive. With a few simple updates to apparel that is already in your wardrobe, you can get your closet ready for the fall simply and easily. Here are four tips on getting your closet ready for autumn. 1. Get organized. Set aside a weekend to completely organize your closet. If you don’t have time to do it all, tackle one section at a time. Pack up all of the summer clothing that you cannot transition to fall (goodbye teeny-tiny sundress!) and put it into storage at the back of your closet or under your bed in a plastic bin. Now is a good time to donate all of the apparel you no longer fit in, never wear or just plain hate. 2. Get clean. Thoroughly clean and launder all of your “keep” items before putti...
By on Oct 02, 2014