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Second Marriages Will Affect Your Social Security Benefits

February 17th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you’re thinking about remarrying when you get older, think again. USA Today reports, Social Security makes many of your life decisions complicated and when marriage and divorce are entered into the equation it becomes thorny. The media outlet states, a person can begin receiving their Social Security benefits at 62 but if he or she waits until they are 66, they can earn a larger benefit. If delayed until 70 years of age, a person will earn their maximum security benefit.

If you are married, you and your spouse will be eligible for spousal benefit at 62 but will receive it in reduced amounts. Depending on the timing, you can take your own benefits early and then add in the spousal benefit at a later date. However, if you divorce your first spouse and want to remarry, you will be no longer eligible for your first spouse’s benefit package. Despite finding a new partner, it may benefit a person if they remain unmarried. However, it may be difficult to provide that new partner with their own spousal and survivor benefits from you. USA Today financial expert Jim Blakenship gave “Carol” as an example:

“Carol, 62, divorced Bob several years ago after a 20-plus-year marriage. Bob, 10 years her senior, has a Social Security record that would provide a significant spousal benefit for Carol – $12,000 per year if she takes it at 66, her full retirement age. She will claim her own benefit at 70. By then it’ll be considerably larger, roughly $31,680 per year. This had been Carol’s plan all along, but then she met Ted, and they were considering getting married. If she marries Ted, Carol cannot receive a spousal benefit based on his record at 66. She also loses the spousal benefit from Bob’s record. But if they don’t get married, Ted would not be able to receive the spousal and survivor benefit based on Carol’s record.”

Blakenship suggested Carol and Ted delay getting married until she is 70 and purchase a 10-year level term life insurance policy that would equate into the total amount of survivor benefits for Ted. If Carol’s first husband Bob dies before she turns 70, Ted and Carol can get married with her spousal benefits from Bob being affected.

Whew… got all that? Kind of incredible that a big emotional decision like marriage would have to be considered within the context of these benefits. Is it worth getting married for a second time?

Uh Oh! Signs You’re In Love With Love

February 16th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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I think that most people want to be wanted.  Though relationships can be stressful, if you find the right person then the good will outweigh the bad.  However, there are times that a relationship, any relationship would suffice, and if that’s the case, then you might be in love with the idea of love.

Don’t worry though, science has your back!  There have been studies that show that love can actually be addictive, and yes, like Beyoncé once sang, can make you crazy.

So how do you differentiate if you’re in love with the person or the experience?

How To Find Out If You’ll Spend V-Day Together Without Getting Your Feelings Hurt

February 13th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Since you all loved our last segment with Guy Code so much we decided to team up with the fellas again for a series of videos “breaking the code” on what men feel about all sorts of things, love, sex, dating, women, and fatherhood related, and because we still needed voices of reason, we added our very own editors in the mix to weigh in on all the questions. In this first episode of “Breaking the Code” we’re hitting on the top three questions we all want to know about Valentine’s Day.

1. Do men really want gifts?

2. How to ask if you’re spending Valentine’s Day together (without getting your feelings hurt) when you’ve just started dating?

3. What it means if you don’t spend Valentine’s Day together?

Watch, laugh, and be enlightened.

Are Romantic Comedies Ruining Romance? Things That Happen On Rom Coms But Not In Real Life

February 10th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Romantic movies are great, but why are there so many rom com moments that never happen in real life? When it comes to these romantic movies, sometimes the movies leave us feeling let down.

Women Scorned: The Most Hair-Raising Cases Of Revenge On The Internet

February 9th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Have you ever gotten revenge on a cheating-ex? Cheating is always wrong but these cases of revenge dropped our jaws to the floor.

Romantic Celebrity Moments That Will Restore Your Faith In Love

February 6th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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The Real‘s Adrienne Bailon and Lenny Santiago aren’t the only one’s reminding us that February is all about love. Check out these romantic celebrity moments guaranteed to make you say “aww.”

Elitist Dating App Receives $2.1M Investment For Curated Singles

January 28th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In efforts to bypass the “peasants,” and head straight for the potential kings of the world, Amanda Bradford has created a new app a la Tinder named, The League. The purpose of The League is to only have a “curated” selective group of singles to mingle with one another.

For singles to join, they must go through an application process and wait from approval from the administration. Instead of using social media sites like Facebook or Twitter to pull information about their selected singles, The League heads straight to LinkedIn. Its community is made up of lawyers, doctors and tech executives.

In an interview with Business Insider, Bradford revealed:

“The best universities curate students. Employers curate their employees. Work and school are the top places where 20-somethings meet each other. So it makes sense for a dating community [as well.]”

Although the app is in beta form and has 4,500 San Francisco-based users, reports Time, it has received $2.1 million from investors. Bradford told Tech Crunch, “I was just going to raise a small seed round, but we had a bunch of interest and we went from $500,000 to $2.1 million almost overnight.”

Business Insider notes the singles who are accepted into The League do not have to be Ivy League graduates or work at prominent corporations but must have done something phenomenal in their millennial age group.

To download The League, you must have an iPhone. What do you think of this service?

Dishes, Chivalry and Other Things We Wish Men Knew Were Major Turn-Ons

January 22nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Everybody likes to get physical, but some guys can be clueless when it comes to foreplay outside of the bedroom.

Would You Get Married At Starbucks?

January 22nd, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer

Just when you thought you’ve seen enough Starbucks cups on your Instagram timeline…
It appears that America’s hipster alternative to Dunkin Donuts is also the perfect place to begin or end a wedding day. Yes folks, #StarbucksWedding is officially a thing.

As reported by Grazia Daily:
One couple took it a step further and actually took their vows inside a branch of the famous chain. DeAnna Dodson, 31, and Jordan Senz, 32, of Janesville, Wisconsin wed in a Starbucks on New Year’s Eve and their vows included the statements: “I promise to love you a latte” and “I want to macchiato an honest woman out of you.”

Now, in the plethora of odd places to get married or celebrate one’s wedding, a coffee shop is not the worst. But something does seem cheesy about standing in line during midday rush to get your #WeddingLatte.

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Would You Hire A Bridesmaid?

January 16th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Would you hire a bridesmaid?

Before, you give a quick response, let’s talk about the person who created this new career path. After being a bridesmaid at many weddings and observing the stress that came along with planning a wedding, Jen Glatz posted a CraigsList advertisement for people to hire her as a bridesmaid. The response to her ad was overwhelming and thus inspired her business, Bridesmaid For Hire.

Based on the bride’s budget and needs, Glatz and her team create a package that would be suitable. There are four packages to create from:

Virtual Bridesmaid™
Includes 1:1 consultation sessions, via our online video
collaboration tool, to assist with planning, problem solving,
and putting together itineraries and to-do lists.

Undercover Bridesmaid™
Are you a Maid of Honor or a Bride-to-be who needs some
behind the scenes help? We’ll be there for you with weekly sessions,
via our online video collaboration tool, to assist in the ongoing planning
and facilitating of events and activities leading up-to the wedding.

Ultimate Bridesmaid™
Includes everything listed in the ‘Undercover
Bridesmaid’ package, plus in-person ground support
at pre-wedding events & the day of the wedding.

Bridesmaid by Your Side.™
Includes everything listed in the ‘Undercover
Bridesmaid’ package, plus actual participation as
a bridesmaid or maid-of-honor in the wedding party.

When asked if they would hire a bridesmaid, many said there was no reason to because they have committed friends and family members. Although, the Bridesmaid For Hire’s FAQ page tells a very different story which some of us have unfortunately witnessed:

Weddings are expensive for friends and family. For many, it requires traveling hundreds of miles to attend engagement parties, showers, and the actual day itself. If you’re in the bridal party, it often requires a big commitment in time and energy. While you may want to have specific friends and family as part of your “big day” they may not be able to fly across the country to help you shop for a dress, know where to start when it comes to planning your bridal shower, or have the evenings open to chat on the phone about what’s on your to-do list that week and the wedding challenges and roadblocks you’re knocking into. By hiring a Professional Bridesmaid, you can still honor your friends and family by having them be your bridesmaids, but without the burden or the “dirty work”. The Professional Bridesmaid does all the heavy lifting – so you and your girls can focus on the fun!

Glatz also serves as the bride’s assistant instead of being a wedding planner. By focusing on the needs of the bride and helping her pick out a wedding dress or honeymoon lingerie, Glatz’s mission is to make the bride  feel comfortable with her wedding day choices. Glatz and her team’s prices start at $199 and can climb to over $1100, and they are also offering job opportunities to those who want to become a professional bridesmaids.

Do you think you have what it takes? Check out the video segment of Bridesmaid For Hire, below.