8 Things No One Tells You About Your Wedding Night

In the months leading up to your wedding day, you’re probably getting a lot of winks and nudges about your wedding night. But the reality is, the wedding night isn’t always filled with passionate and totally romantic lovemaking — which can be a little disappointing if you weren’t expecting this. We hate to burst your bubble, but here are 10 very common (and not terribly sexy) scenarios you’ll might experience after you say “I do.”

1. You will be STARVING.

A lot of couples don’t get to eat at their reception; once the adrenaline of the day wears off, hitting the drive-thru or ordering room service is going to sound amazing.

2. You might be really sad.

3. Or really drunk.

(Or really sad AND really drunk.)

4. You may also be in the early stages of a hangover.

5. You’ll probably need a moment to change out of your shapewear and i

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5 Quick Tips on How to Be a Great Groomsman

5 Quick Tips on How to Be a Great Groomsman

So, you’ve agreed to be a groomsman, eh? Well chances are, unless you’ve been part of a wedding many times before (think 27 Dresses, groomsmen edition) you probably have NO idea what you’re supposed to do. Between giving a toast, organizing a bachelor party and sending in your tux measurements, groomsmen have just as hard a job as the bridesmaids do.

Don’t be intimated, though! We know that if you’ve agreed to be a groomsman, that means you want to do a great job and make your buddy’s journey to the wedding day memorable and fun. That’s why we’ve compiled some tips for the modern groomsman that’ll help you make the big day as amazing as possible for your friends. Even if you feel like you’ve got this groomsman thing under control, we guarantee there’s something on this list that will be helpful for anyone who’

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10 Sneaky Gimmicks Stores Use to Get You to Spend More

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By Maryalene LaPonsie

Every time you walk into the mall, the grocery store or a big-box retailer, remember it’s you against them.

“Them” are the marketers, sales professionals and CEOs who are determined to make you buy more than you planned. They spent $60 billion worldwide in 2013 on market research and business intelligence, all with the goal of putting more money in their coffers. For retailers, their research may include what you buy, when you buy and even what displays catch your eye.

In addition, retailers have an arsenal of sales tactics that may seem silly but serve as heavy-duty artillery when it comes to persuading you to part ways with your money.

1. Free-Shipping Offers

Shopping online is so convenient, but paying for shippin

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Maybe Proposing In A Paddle Boat Wasn’t The Best Idea

You could say this proposal didn’t exactly go swimmingly.

In a video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, a man named Shane pops the question to his girlfriend on a paddle boat full of their friends. In her excitement, she playfully hits him and knocks the ring out of his hands and into the water.

You’re probably dying to know if they found the ring — so are we. We reached out to Shane but hadn’t heard back by the time of publication.

h/t Reddit

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Marriage Is Not What I Thought It Would Be

This month my husband, Dan, and I are celebrating two years of marriage. We’ve had a challenging summer with many hospital visits leading up to his surgery, so we decided to get away for a weekend. I found a lovely B&B on Lake Erie and we had a wonderful time relaxing, hiking, and watching the sunset.

But as the title of this blog post insinuates, the last two years have not been all about relaxation and sunsets. In fact, the second year of our marriage was the hardest year of my life. Dan and I faced many challenges together and really struggled in our relationship. Though I’m much more hopeful about our future today than I was three months ago, I know we still have some work ahead of us.

Simply put, marriage is not what I thought it would be.

It hasn’t felt 100 percent safe. My husband knows me better than anyone else in the world, but I still st

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Is It Bad To Wear A Bra To Sleep?

The question: Is it bad to sleep wearing a bra?

The answer: You’ve probably heard the unfortunate rumors that wearing a bra to sleep causes breast cancer, or that it causes breast sagging because it supposedly weakens breast tissue. But aside from the fact that it may not be all that comfortable, there’s no evidence to suggest that there are negative health effects to wearing a bra to sleep.

As Amber Guth, M.D., an associate professor of surgery and director of the Breast Cancer Surgery Multidisciplinary Fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center, previously told HuffPost Style, “there is certainly no evidence that sleeping in bras is either helpful or harmful.”

The cancer rumor in particular began with the 1995 book Dressed to Kill, which included claims that daily wear of tight-fitting bras increased risk of breast cancer by constricting the lymphatic system, t

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Groom And His Dying Mom Share Last Dance 72 Hours Before Her Death

Just three days before she died of breast cancer, Mary Ann Manning summoned the strength to share one last dance with her son Ryan at his wedding.

Ryan and Katelyn Manning of San Francisco tied the knot at the St. Regis in Dana Point, California earlier this month. At the reception, he and his mother danced to Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” medley — an amazing accomplishment given that she began using a wheelchair months before the wedding.

“It was incredibly emotional, especially to see her pop out of the wheelchair,” daughter Karie Chamberlain told KTVU. “For the days leading up to it, we were helping her do everything — even walk.”

The groom told KTVU how much he admired his mother’s determination. Mary Ann’s kids believe she was living for the wedding — she died exactly 72 hour

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The Unexpected Gift That Helped A Grieving Mother Face The World Again

The Unexpected Gift That Helped A Grieving Mother Face The World Again

Abi Crouch with her husband, two sons and a hat in honor of Corbin.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 2011, Abigail Crouch woke her husband, Dave, and told him to call their midwife: She was in labor.

The midwife, Rachel Fox-Tierney, came to their California home where Abi was to give birth. She was excited and eager to help welcome the couple’s son into the world after what had been a perfectly healthy 41 weeks of pregnancy. But when she listened for a heartbeat, she heard nothing. The couple and Fox-Tierney immediately drove to the hospital.

“There’s always hope that what you think is going on is not going on,” Fox-Tierney said. “But as a midwife, I knew.”

Once at the hospital, Abi and Dave were quickly ushered into a triage room, where Abi was given an ultrasound. The nurses were quiet. Then a doctor came in and told them what they had begun to fear, but could not fully fathom. Their baby, who had been act

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How to Take the First Steps into Retirement

How to Take the First Steps into Retirement
Roger Wright/Getty ImagesRetirement is the beginning of a new phase of life.

By Dave Bernard

Saving for retirement typically requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. And leaving a job often means saying goodbye to co-workers who have become friends. But like every other transitional period, it is also the start of something new.

It is best to launch your retirement on a positive note. It makes sense to have a clear idea of what you will be doing on the first day of retirement. Retirement holds the promise of redirecting the rest of your life toward pursuits that stimulate your heart and mind. But setting up a fulfilling and engaging retirement often takes some effort. Before I take my first steps into my second act, I am considering the following questions:

Will I want to work part time? I know that I do not want to work full time during retirement, but part-time work deserves some consideration. Many retirees miss their interactions with

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This Dad Took A Picture Of His Son Every Day, And Turned It Into Something Beautiful

Childhood really can pass in the blink of an eye. Just check out the incredible time lapse video above, which is the result of YouTube user dumo taking a picture of his son every day for four years.

And props to the lad for being such a good subject in “Picture of My Son Ray Every Day for 4 Years.”

“He still thinks it’s completely normal that I take his picture every day, doesn’t even question it, ha,” dumo wrote in the video description.

Even when time flies, it’s a beautiful thing.

h/t Laughing Squid