Daily horoscopes: February 5, 2016

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ARIES.

(March 20 - April 19):

Avoid getting dragged into turf wars because you’ll only lose if you do. Just tell everyone that you’re Switzerland.

TAURUS.

(April 20 - May 20):

There’s nothing wrong with wanting the best in life as long as you don’t overreach. It’s a good idea to know what is (and isn’t) within your grasp. Read more

The perfect healthy meal to cook for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is a real pressure cooker of stress—expectations, romance, gifting and New Year’s resolutions. That’s right. Coming only six weeks into the new year, February 14th is often smack dab in the middle of people’s diets. And diets and holidays don’t typically mix. Diets and romance are hard to mix, too. Well, not any more! I’ve scoured the internet for some very romantic and healthy meals you can make at home to stick to your healthy lifestyle and celebrate ole Saint Valentine in style. Simple salad This is some intense salad making. She really gets into the details here, which I love. And I dig the basic dressing and how exacting she is with the ratio measurements. You can simplify this for yourself and pick up a bag of mixed greens or only do one green. But, don’t mess around with the dressing. It’s perfection. Make a huge batch of it and save it to use throughout the week. Roast chicken This is Glamour’s famed engagement chicken. The story goes that an assistant at Glamour made this chicken for her boyfriend and he proposed soon after. Then, three other women at the magazine made the chicken for their boos and got rings. So, Glamour printed the recipe in their magazine and 70 women from around the country wrote in to say they’d gotten engaged after making their men this chicken. I’m not saying this recipe will take you down the aisle, but a nice, perfectly cooked, lemony chicken sure can’t hurt the cause. Roast potatoes If you don’t think Jamie Oliver is cute as a button, I think we might have nothing in common. He’s so adorable! And his recipes are dynamite. Check out how he makes roast potatoes taste even better than normal. I love how focused on texture he is, too. That combo of crunch and creaminess just can’t be beat. Pick any one of these as a side dish for your special meal. Sautéed greens A nice dark leafy green is part of nearly every healthy diet, so this dish is a must serve. You can make this with spinach, like she does in the video, or another green, like kale or collard greens. The flavors and techniques translate perfectly to a variety of greens. Just sauté heartier greens for a bit longer. Green tea macarons Even when you’re watching what you eat, you can’t skip dessert on Valentine’s Day. So, here’s a healthy-ish take on dessert. Green tea has restorative properties that are beneficial to the body, but what’s really great about these macarons is that they’re really small. So, it’s easy to just have a bite and indulge without feeling like you’re wasting food or denying yourself a full dessert. Happy Valentine’s Day and happy healthy living!

Daily horoscopes: February 4, 2016

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ARIES.

(March 20 - April 19):

You feel you deserve more. And you’re right. But circumstances are askew so you’ll have to wait. Don’t mistake postponement for rejection.

TAURUS.

(April 20 - May 20):

Peevishness with a loved one may be the result of guilt feelings. Take a look at your own motivations before criticizing anyone else’s. Read more

Sex Goals Every Couple Should Commit To And Stick To

Sex Goals for Couples
We, as adults, are all about long-term investments. We invest in our 401k, we invest in our dream homes and our dream cars. We invest in a relationship that we believe will go the distance. And yet, we never think to invest in one of the most vital aspects of that relationship — our dream sex life. We focus so intently on the other pieces of the puzzle, and let sex just fade into the background without even realizing how important it really is. A study published in Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that men and women who reported being unhappy with the amount of sex they were having also had the lowest levels of marital satisfaction. This just proves what we know in our hearts to be true: a happy sex life is a key factor in a happy relationship. Since this is the time of year when people generally start setting goals for the year and making commitments to better habits, why not also make a commitment to keeping the sex going in your long term relationship? Here are 3 simple sex goals that all couples should commit to (and stick to) to enjoy a more satisfying sex life in 2016! 1. Make Sex A Priority It’s true, life does have a way of creeping in and distracting us from what’s going on between the sheets. Between the laundry, the bills and the stresses of work, it’s hard to really feel sexy with a storm-cloud of To-Do’s raining down on you. By the time your tired head hits the pillow, getting busy is the farthest thing from your mind. All the more reason why sex should actually get a bump to the top of your To-Do list. I know, it might not sound sexy — “To Do: Pick up dry cleaning, defrost chicken, have sex, get toilet paper.” However it does help to mentally get ourselves in the sex mindset hours before the actual seduction occurs. Think of it as a sex date! You can spend all day planning out what you want to wear, how you want to set the mood and what bottle of wine you’ll crack open for the occasion. You might even send a sexy text message or two to heighten the anticipation. By the time you hit the bedroom, you will be more than ready to tackle the next item on your list: Hot sex! 2. Have the Sex Talk Couples everywhere are experiencing the strangest predicament. We can talk about the news, the weather, our likes and dislikes, what shows we watch and our issues with our parents. Yet, when it comes to talking about sex, one of the most important aspects of any intimate relationship, we are tongue tied. We get into these sexual ruts that we can’t seem to talk our way out of, not because we don’t know what we want, but because we don’t know how to ask our partners for it in the bedroom. Learning to talk to your partner about sex is the key to having an expansive and fulfilling sex life. The fact is, people who are able to communicate their sexual desires and needs in their relationships report higher levels of sexual satisfaction. Why? Because they’re getting exactly what they want! The alternative is spending the rest of your relationship not having your sexual needs met… Not exactly a winning option. So maybe you’re ready to open up those lines of sexual communication, but you don’t where to start? Talking about sex is an acquired skill for most people and like anything else, it takes practice. Create an open, judgement-free environment in which you can discuss what you both want sexually. Share your fantasies and desires with one another and discuss new areas that you would like to explore together. It’s like I always say, communication is a lubrication, so it’s best to just start talking and take it from there. 3. Try New Things Think about your all-time favorite meal. Now imagine having that same meal every single day, for years. No matter how delicious it is, after a while, you are going to start craving something a little different. The same goes for your sex life. No matter how wonderful the sex is, if you’re doing the same thing year after year, things are going to start to feel a little stale. So instead of sticking to what you know, and enjoying mediocre comfort-food sex for years to come, why not add a little spice? If you know you’re ready to mix things up but could use some inspiration, try watching a little erotica together. When you see something you’re interested in recreating, hit the pause button and try it out! You and your partner can purchase a sex toy you’ve never tried before (like the brand new g-spot loving Rave by We-Vibe) and do a little exploring. Or better yet, take a trip to your local sex shop to pick out a toy together! The point is to make a commitment to trying new things as a couple. The shared experiences will help enhance intimacy and add a spicy new level to your sex life. Want more Sex With Emily? Check out my podcasts for free on iTunes. For some sexy products to enhance your sex life: Unlock the secret to your orgasmic potential with the one-of-a-kind Sybian ($75 off with code: EMILY75). Tighten and tone your pelvic floor for stronger orgasms with the Intensity by Pour Moi. Looking for new additions to your goodie drawer? Use code EMILY for 15% off at Good Vibrations where you can find all my favorite toys in my store. Have a question? Email me feedback@sexwithemily.com.

Daily horoscopes: February 3, 2016

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ARIES.

(March 20 - April 19):

A timely conversation with a friend or a pep talk with a colleague gets you up and over that hurdle today.

TAURUS.

(April 20 - May 20):

Life goes into overdrive when you’re promoted unexpectedly or asked to fill in for a departing superior. Don’t worry. You’ll learn as you go. Read more

Should you tell your man what you want for Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner. I’d love to wax poetic about how romantic the holiday is, and I do think it is, but the truth is most people view Valentine’s Day with dread and anxiety. And even though I’m a total softy and romantic at heart, I can’t blame them! Valentine’s Day is fraught with emotion, expectation and, all too often, disappointment. So, the big question is…to avoid the negative parts of Valentine’s Day, should you just straight up tell your man what you want on Valentine’s Day? Some people will tell you no, but I’m going to say a big old YES! Yeah, you should tell your fellow what would make you happy on Valentine’s Day. Here’s why. He’s not a mind reader Your man is a lot of things, but I’m guessing he’s not a psychic. (If he is, then I guess just skip this paragraph. Actually, skip this whole post! It doesn’t apply to you.) Even if he is the person who knows you best in the entire world and you’ve been together for umpteen years, there is no way he knows 100% of what you’re thinking and feeling. So, instead of expecting the impossible from him, why not give him a break and let him know what would make your Valentine’s Day as special as possible? Sometimes you need to teach people how to show their love for you in the way you appreciate most. Just because they needed that lesson, it doesn’t mean their love for you is any less or greater. Screw surprise Who cares if the nice thing your dude does for you is a surprise or not? I sure don’t. I just care that he did it. The not knowing about it before it happens isn’t the important part of a romantic gesture. The effort and emotion behind it are. Guessing what you want and surprising you with it is just the same as knowing what you want and giving it to you exactly how you expect it. He still wants to make you feel great, which is all that counts! So, don’t value surprise as much and your Valentine’s Day will be a much happier and emotionally healthier holiday. Romance is as romance does Yeah, I don’t quite get what that means either. But, it worked when Forrest Gump’s mom said it. So, I’m assuming it works here. Basically, you get to decide what’s romantic to you. Just because Hallmark and Kay Jewelers and romantic comedies tell us that in order to be our soul mate, a man has to know our deepest desires before we do and surprise us with special treats to be romantic, that doesn’t mean that it’s the truth. You can decide that your system of telling him what you want and then him giving it to you is romantic. And guess what? It really is! You’re not cheating here. You’re just taking back the definition of romance. Empowering, right? So, happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. And in case you’re wondering what I want for Valentine’s Day, I’ll tell you! A home cooked meal and a big box of dark chocolate would make my V-Day complete. Anyone going to make it happen for me?
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