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Are Men Turned Off By Women Pursuing Them?

September 28th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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From Your Tango

By: Paula Mooney

When I was a silly little 22-year-old, freshly graduated from college in 1991, I eloped on the shores of Panama City Beach, Florida. High from too much weed, giggly all giddy-like while serious marital vows were being spoken over me, I didn’t think about the months and years to come – and how distance would affect my new marriage. With that marriage, I didn’t have to pursue the man who would become my ex-husband. He chose me. Thank the good Lord above and inside that union ended in divorce, as it should have ended.

Before long, I’d be remarried – but I wouldn’t say outright that I had to chase after that man to land him, either. In fact, I believe in just the opposite. Those Facebook viral photos of a woman on her knees proposing marriage to her boyfriend kind of make me cringe inside. I’ve always believed that a woman should wait for a man to show interest in her, but that doesn’t mean she shouldn’t let him know – in subtle yet obvious and ladylike ways – that she likes him.

Therefore, when the dating site Millionaire Match asked, “Is it a turn-off to men when a lady pursues them?” they received interesting answers on both sides.

This writer would land squarely on the side of yes – even though I’m not a man. However, as a female, I’ve learned that it helps to wait for a man to make the first move. If he’s shy, throwing on a nice dress and pretty make-up doesn’t hurt to get his attention, but as far as pressuring him for a date – that just seems desperate to me. Men know what they want and if they are really into us, they’ll find a way to make it happen.

Of course, us Christians like to point to the fact that the Bible says that “he who finds a wife finds a good thing,” a verse that insinuates that it’s the man who does the looking, not the female that’s on a major hunt for a husband. (Even if she is, she doesn’t need to look like a Needful Nelly all the time.)

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Guess These Stars’ A-List Celebrity Parents

September 16th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Are acting dynasties the next big thing to take over Hollywood? You’ll never guess which of your favorite celebrities are chips right off of the A-list block.

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Alex Martin

Recognize that smile? Alex Martin is the daughter of comedienne and The View host Whoopi Goldberg. Where have you seen her before? In Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Strange as Angels and behind the scenes producing the groundbreaking short Sensitive Men.

Too Soon, Don’t Do It: 14 Signs You’re Not Ready For Kids

May 21st, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Let me start this post off by saying that there will never be a “perfect time” for anything.  No matter what you want to do, there will always be at least one wrinkle in the fabric of life that you can’t iron out.  With that as well, I know that you’re not perfect, and life is all about trying to do better.

So, with that, if you’re contemplating having a child, self-reflection is a good thing to do.   Now we all know the material things that we should have together before having a child (like a job, a place to stay and the such).  I want to discuss mental and emotional well-being.

We all have our rough edges. Trying to make sure that they’re as smooth as possible before having kids is a good thing to do.  So if you see these rough edges in your life, try to smooth them out before you throw a kid in the mix.

15 Of The Cutest Kids On The Internet

March 19th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Everybody loves a cute kid and there’s no shortage of those on the Internet. Check out a roundup of our favorites!

“Oh That’s Vine!”

Like this little girl who is super excited to be on social media.

8-Year-Old Boy Hangs Himself; Parents Believe He Was Re-enacting A Movie Scene

January 27th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: News 10

Source: News 10

The 13-year-old brother of Julliani Plascencia, 8, was shocked to find him unconscious on the floor of his parents’ bedroom with a scarf wrapped around his neck, while the other end of the scarf was wrapped around the door knob. Just hours before the discovering Julliani, his brother says he came in and announced that he was going to hang himself. Not thinking much of his little brother’s words, the teen threatened that he would tell their mother Julliani was saying such things. Meanwhile, the boys’ mother, Shfawn, stepped out for a quick trip to the grocery store.

After some time had passed and the teen didn’t hear anything from his younger brother, he went looking for him and found him lying unconscious on the floor. He acted quickly, dialing 911 and calling their mother. When Shfawn arrived back home, she tried to give Julliani CPR, but unfortunately, her attempts were unsuccessful. The paramedics eventually arrived on the scene and were able to revive him as he was being transported to a Sacramento hospital. Unfortunately, Julliani fell into a coma after arriving to the hospital. He died hours later.

Julliani’s father, Ronnie, spoke to News 10 about the tragic incident, expressing that he did not believe that his son took his life on purpose.

“He must have been re-enacting something he saw on TV,” said Ronnie. “He probably knew it was dangerous but not the severity of trying it out.”

Family members remember Julliani as a child with a big heart who frequently gave money to the homeless out of his allowance.

“Let him be happy in heaven, because I know that’s where he went,” said the boy’s heartbroken mother. “His heart was too big for this world.”

We send our prayers to the Plascencia family.

3 Things To Discuss With Your Partner Before Starting A Family

January 10th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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For some couples, the decision to have children is something that was decided well before marriage. But for many couples, choosing whether or not to have children can be one of their most daunting issues. Because this decisions is irreversible, it’s one that can’t be taken lightly.

Sometimes the argument for parenthood is obvious: parenthood can be infinitely rewarding on many levels. There is no bond like that between a parent and child. Having children can also create a special bond between you and your partner as co-parents and may ultimately lead to the incomparable joy of having grandchildren later on.

At the same time, raising a child is an enormous task and its intensity cannot truly be imagined until experienced.  Parenting means an incredible energetic, emotional, and financial commitment. Every aspect of life changes when parenting and this new life will account for much of your time. It may even define you!

Exploring the question of whether or not to have children can bring your deepest values, joys and fears to the surface.  Start the conversation well before you plan to start your family to make sure you two are on the same page. Here are four of the most important considerations to talk through with your partner.

1. It can’t be about your friends.
The decision of whether or not to have a child needs to be made solely by you and your partner. Yet the pressure from others can cloud your thinking. Just because others around you are starting families doesn’t mean it’s the right time for you. Don’t let the desire to maintain your friendships by ensuring you are in similar lifestyles be a factor in making the best decision for you and your partner. Ask yourselves, “Why do we really want children?”

It’s also not your parents’ decision. Many couples feel pressured by their parents who want grandchildren. Your parents may want grandchildren and be disappointed if they don’t have them, but they’re not entitled to grandchildren. Conceiving out of guilt is not going to serve anyone in the long run. Ask yourselves, “Are we ready to make parenting our top priority? If so, what sacrifices are we specifically ready and willing to make?”

Read more about family planning at YourTango.com 

From The Mouth Of Babes: Kids Rap Ratchet Lyrics To Raise Awareness About Music They’re Exposed To

December 19th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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Kids Rap Ratchet Lyrics

 

From MommyNoire

As much as no parent wants their kid cursing, the truth is, a lot of us like ratchet music. And while (most) grown folks can separate the sexist, violent, drug-fueled fantasy from reality, it’s hard to tell just how much kids internalize the lyrics. Los Angeles- based company Amusement Park Entertainment TV says kids actually do internalize the messages–and we should be more upset than we are.

The production company, run by brothers Jarrel and Jimmy Smith, created “Kids”, a beautifully shot video of kids playing and then reciting lines from some of the year’s biggest rap songs. They even have one cute little girl rapping those lyrics that cost Rick Ross his Reebok sponsorship and a few girls just saying “twerk” over and over again.

In an email sent to Fastcocreate.com, the brothers said,

“We just wanted to hold up a mirror to the types of messages we pump into our heads all day. We hope this film pushes some of our favorite, super-talented artists to push themselves toward more honest and balanced art. Not cleaner or censored, but honest … if you have 12 songs about money, where are the songs about the things money does NOT fix? Nobody is perfect, but as creatives we can always be honest. Honesty–it’s what makes truly great art, great.”

Watch the video on Mommynoire.com.

Me-Time: How to Pamper Yourself As a Mom

December 17th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

In this episode of Mommy in Chief, Laila Ali reminds all of you busy moms that you need to take time out for yourself. She also invited some of her celebrity friends to share their secrets on how they make time for themselves.

Instagram handles are below:

Amber Noble Garland @ambernoblegarland

Holly Robinson Peete @hollyrpeete

Shanice @shaniceonline

Lail Ali @thereallailaali

 

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Mommy In Chief: Laila Ali’s Fly & Fit Workout Plan

December 13th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

In this episode of Mommy in Chief, Laila Ali demonstrates exercise tips to staying in shape when you’re a busy mom on the go.  Still trying to get rid of that baby bump? Don’t worry because she has something for you too!

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Learn How To Make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken

December 10th, 2013 - By jade
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ABOUT THIS EPISODE 

The holidays are here and if you’re a busy mom it means your time is limited! In this episode of Mommy in Chief, we are showing you to make Laila Ali’s Famous Oven Fried Chicken.

The full recipe can be found here.

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