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7 Ways to Date on a Budget

By Amy Goldizen Illustration by Aline Decat You don’t need to break the bank in order to have the perfect date. A little can go a long way with the right intention and focus on what’s most important to your partner. Whether you have unlimited funds or just a hard-earned twenty bucks, the key really is attention to detail. If you’re looking for a go-to date guide, consider this your starter pack for some creative options that won’t leave your bank account running on empty. Visit an Art Museum To start, Google museums in your area and see if there are any exhibits or permanent collections that connect with your date’s interests. If you’re not a frequent museum-goer you might

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7 Self-Care Hacks for Living Your Best Life

By Stacy Karyn It’s hard to crack into the dating scene if life already feels too overwhelming. Who can think about being in a relationship with another person when you have enough to deal with on your own? For those days when you just want to hide under the covers, this self-care cheat sheet will give you the boost you need to start living your best life. Fix those lighting fixtures Especially in the bathroom! That’s where we’re most savage with ourselves, critical of every little imperfection. I’ve found that the times in which my self-esteem has been at its lowest has correlated with the brightness of the bathroom lighting. The brighter the light, the more our blemishes stand out. But we

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The Benefits of Sexting

How the Taboo Practice Improves Relationships Picture this: You’re at lunch, eating and casually chatting in the break room with your coworkers. You hear a familiar ping alerting you that you have a new text, so you take your phone out of your pocket. It’s from your partner. Not expecting much, you open the message. Your face flushes. You’ve seen this person sans clothing numerous times, but this catches you off guard. Your pulse rises and the room gets a little warmer. You respond back with a quick tease. One thing leads to another and before you know it, you’re in the bathroom stall snapping pictures of your… um, eggplant and peach emojis. The majority of the public has sent a steamy

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The Struggle is Real: Dating in America

How American Immigrants Face Additional Hurdles in Dating If you’ve been on dates, flirted with someone or downloaded a dating app, there’s a great chance you know just how confusing the dating scene is to navigate. There are rules, games and behaviors that can be so overwhelming, even within the boundaries of your own childhood town. Now imagine that chaos within a brand new country, having no prior exposure to the dating culture — daunting, isn’t it? But that's the everyday life of many immigrants in the United States. Thankfully Hunt Ethridge, an award-winning dating and relationship expert, is currently specializing in what he calls the immigrant experience. Recently, he sat down with Ona to talk about the challenges many American immigrants face when

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The Rules For Talking About Your Ex: When It’s Ok & When To Avoid It

The Rules For Talking About Your Ex: When It’s Ok & When To Avoid It It’s pretty safe to say that talking about an ex on a first date is a major red flag. When trying to get to know someone, a biography of an ex can be a turn-off, and you might assume that your date isn’t quite ready to move on. The end of any relationship is bound to come with hardships, and it might seem natural to go for a rebound, but those are less likely to develop long-term relationships and can create a negative environment. No ex leaves your life without making an impact on your journey moving forward, even if the agreement was mutual or by your own

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