Butterflies and nervous laughter. Sparkle in the eyes and awkward convo. Ah, yes. The beginnings of new love. So fun and carefree and perfect.
Then comes marriage and building a life. But then one day the two of you find yourselves without commonality. No sparks. No witty convo.
Relationships are work. Every day. Work. Here are some tips from authors and experts Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn on how to get your marriage back on track.
We have some tips, too. We're experts, you know! We don't what that is, exactly...
Take a second and think back to your first date. Odds are you spent hours on google searching for the perfect restaurant, found a way to leave work early in order to get ready and showed up in-style.
Gradually, those dates - and the exciting preparation for them - took a back seat. It’s an unfortunate reality, but the natural grind of life and routine in relationships can weigh heavy on our ability to be fresh and exciting. But it’s not too late!
Revisit that first date spark and the depth of love and commitment will climb back!
Here are the rules:
- Make the date
- Keep it consistent but not routine
- Try to get out -- If you can’t go out, stay in - but change the lighting and music and add a bottle of wine
- And always look your best!
Crack Wise-dom: Dudes, don’t wear your sweats with the hole in the crotch. Save that for later. Meow.
Chances are when you first started dating, you’d wait to take your phone back out at the end of the night and find 5 missed calls and 20 unanswered texts. But now a call can’t wait and our thumbs are glued to the next text. Somehow, our phones and computers have become a second (or first…) spouse to many of us. What's the fix?
It all comes down to bracketing out time. If we set aside time dedicated to our spouse, then it requires our full attention. Would you text anyone or even think about taking a phone call in front of your boss? Of course not! So why is that acceptable with the most important person in your life? The answer: It’s not.
Technology can play an amazing role in the service of our relationships, but it can also cause subtle destruction.
Here’s the rule: the time spent together should be without distraction. In other words, when you set aside time to relate to your spouse, do not relate with your phone.
Crack Wise-dom: Put the phone down. Or you’ll end up storing it in your hind end. Capice?
We strive to be creative in our careers, strive to reinvent ourselves in the workspace in order to earn our keep and make our boss justify our salary.
On the other hand, once we get to marriage, our creativity “A” game seems to drift away. We tend to think that marriage is not a “job,” but in truth the responsibilities we have to our spouse are endless. With the recognition that I am responsible for this person, that this person deserves my best, my drive for creativity and performance shoots up.
Think outside the box.
Buy something special.
Go somewhere different.
Explore yourselves and explore the world. Coming up with creative solutions to build your marriage keeps the energy high, the moments fresh, and will show your spouse how important the relationship is to you.
Crack Wise-dom: Meet you at the no-tell motel. Bring the bed bug spray. Holla!
Which would you choose: love or money?
The love of money may be the root of all evil, but the latest survey from MyBankTracker.com says: show me the money.
The problem is debt. Forty-five percent of respondents said they’d go an entire year without any physical affection from their significant other—including happy-fun-time—to get out of debt. And of that 45%-- 58% were women.
It gets even better. Fifteen percent of people said they’d walk naked through Times Square once a day for a year to get out of debt. Nineteen percent said they’d swim in a pool of sharks for 30 minutes to drop the negative numbers.
If the mortgage is considered debt, we’d swim with sharks to get out of that 30-year commitment.
It seems all sexy and naughty—sending nude pics of yourself to someone—until your naughty bits pics get hacked. But(t) if you must send, send safely.
Zohar Pinhasi is the founder and CEO of Monster Cloud, a leader in ransomware removal and managed cyber security services backed by former FBI Deputy Director John Pistole.
Here’s how to safely sext:
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when possible. Plenty of good options, and some are free.
Always use a secure wireless network - NEVER PUBLIC, EVEN IF IT'S PASSWORD PROTECTED!
Consider your own cloud to store photos rather than using Apple iCloud (which has been breached in the past), Google, etc. You can get your own private cloud with a product like MyCloud.
Send using end-to-end encryption. Lots of messaging apps offer this, including WhatsApp. That way nobody, including people at WhatsApp (or whatever messaging service you're using) can see the message. The only person who can view the photo is the person to whom you're sending the photo.
Consider encrypted email service. Proton Mail, for example, is free to use and offers encryption if you're sending material via email.
Continue with the all the "produce" shots: “melons”, “fruit bowls”, etc…
P.S. Just double-check the number you're sending your crotch-shots to. Grandma doesn't need the trauma...
Are you’re plowing forward to the main course, or do you enjoy an appetizer, salad, and some wine first?
Oh, if we were only talking about food—but we’re not. Well, some eating may be involved…
Adam & Eve, and we don’t mean the Biblical figures, surveyed 1,000 adults about the importance of foreplay.
Over 76% of the respondents (76% of males and 77% of females) said foreplay was a very important part of the sex act, while 19% (21% of the males and 18% of the females) said it was slightly important. Only 4% of those polled (3% of the males and 5% of the females) said foreplay was not important at all (These folks probably enjoy a frozen meal directly from the freezer).
"For most people, foreplay is the appetizer or opening act to the main event," says Dr. Jenni Skyler, resident sexologist at Adam & Eve.
And the optimal pre-game time is between 15 and 20 minutes. That’s half an episode of “Stranger Things”…
"Depending on the situation, stage of relationship and individual preferences, foreplay can range from kissing to massage to toy use," says Skyler.
And we’re quite certain Adam & Eve has some items to assist in your one-on-one time.
P.S. Isn’t there a Boston song entitled "Foreplay/Long Time"? Totally has nothing to do with this story, but perhaps we should change the lyrics to fit:
It’s been such a long time
I think I should be goin’ (down), yeah
And time doesn’t wait for me (because I have a boner now)
Sail on, on a distant highway (named 69)…
Some people “public restroom”, others do not. Unless it’s an emergency.
According to the latest research from the Bradley Corporation, 60% of Americans use a public restroom one to five times a week. And it’s not just for a drop-and-go.
The biggest visitors are those between the ages of 18-34, and they use the public restroom for more than bodily functions.
“When we looked at how people ‘get away’ in a public restroom, we found 27% use it as a place to take a mental health break, avoid someone, hide, and even cry,” said Jon Dommisse, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Bradley Corp.
The Top 5 Things done in a bathroom:
Check their appearance
Blow their nose or cough
Get away from someone
Use their cellphone
But(t)… things can go awry in the P.R. The biggest issues? Toilets that don’t flush, or are clogged; empty or jammed toilet paper dispensers; and partition doors that don’t latch.
Back-in-the-day we were flexible enough to hold a door shut with a leg or arm and still take care of business. Now, we’ll just squat behind a bush…
Who’s having the most fun? We’re not talking about blondes, but that doesn’t mean their state isn’t the fun place to be.
With everyone jonesin’ for a vacay, WalletHub has researched and uncovered 2019’s Most Fun States in America.
And WalletHub ain’t messin’ around. They compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics, including accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.
California tops the list, followed by Florida and New York. Two reasons why Cali is tops: the state has the most movie theaters per square root of population and the most restaurants.
That’s cool and all, but to us—we need things that are more indicative of fun, like amusement parks. Texas is for thrill seekers with the most amusement parks per square root of population.
Click on your state to see where it ranks in the fun zone…
Vacation. A time to be carefree. A time to leave structure and stress behind. A time to live-it-up. And for many, a time to go broke.
The only adulting we want to do on vacay is adult beverages. But if you want to ensure you won’t be eating cat food in your twilight years, you’d best budget.
“Many Americans do not treat their vacation as an expense to manage, and that leads to credit problems later in the year,” said Paul Oster, founder of credit repair company Better Qualified.
Paul suggests taking thesethree steps to avoid paying the price:
One: Plan ahead. Save your money in advance and look for deals online.
Two: Use one debit card and one debit card only to keep track of all your incidental spending.
Three: If you didn’t save up for vacation, then set up an aggressive post-vacation plan to pay it off as soon as possible.
Bottoms up! Just don’t hit rock bottom…
Are your hands calloused from a series of long days at work? Are you on your feet for what seems like an eternity? Do you give and give, and give?
MEGAComfort—the international leader and innovator of ergonomically designed work-life wellness solutions—is celebrating Americans who exemplify an extraordinary work ethic with its Hardest Worker Contest.
So, nominate the hardest worker in your life! Cash prizes worth more than $5,000 will be awarded. The company will also donate $1 for every eligible entry received during the contest period to Hire Heroes USA—a non-profit organization that helps military personnel transition into civilian life.
The contest is open until July 31st. Open voting for the finalists will start on September 2nd, and the person with the most votes will be declared the Hardest Worker 2019 the week of October 31st.
Guess our carpel tunnel doesn’t count as a result of being Crack Wise. Sigh.
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