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Expensive Wedding Venues USA

Weddings are expensive. That’s hardly news. It may surprise you to learn that the average American couple spends around $32,641 on their big day. If you get married in New York you’ll need deep pockets. The average cost of a wedding in Manhattan is an eye-watering $82,299.

There are indeed ways of keeping the costs under control. Do you really need a designer wedding gown, out-of-season flowers, a bachelor party in Las Vegas or a honeymoon on a tropical beach. No… well, maybe the honeymoon — wedding planning is stressful! However, most of us want to have the wedding of our dreams and so we pay for it — in ever greater amounts. Couples getting married in 2015 spent $1,400 compared to the year before, and the average cost has risen more than $5,500 over the last five years.

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10 Really Easy Ways to practice Self-Love & be Good to Yourself

You have to love yourself first before you can truly love others. But, how do...

Here are 10 easy ways that you can start loving yourself more right now.

1. Accept compliments especially from Yourself.

2. Do something You really Love.

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Will more sex make your relationship happier? After all that seems like common sense.

You would think having lots of sex would make couples happier. After all that seems like common sense. If your relationship is going well, you’re more inclined to have sex; and if you are having plenty of sex, well then, your relationship must be going well.

Interesting enough, newlyweds who have a lot of sex don’t report being more satisfied than those who have sex less often. But the key word here is “report.” New research published in Psychological Science has found that their automatic behavioural responses don’t align with this.

Military Marriage

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7 Facts about Military Marriage

All marriages need work, but military marriages present even more challenges for couples. There are long periods of separation from family and partners; there’s not much money, at least for younger service members; and perhaps most crucially, continued and long-term fears about the safety of military personnel deployed in combat zones.

The military divorce rate is higher than the national average, although rates have been dropping.
The divorce rate among both officer and enlisted men and women is around 3.1 percent and the rate has steadily declined since 2011, when it reached a high of 3.7 percent.

Become a Better Person

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Here are 9 things you can practice every day to become a better person:

1. Be READY TO Change

When you keep an open mind and desire to change, you are able to grow into the person you want to become.

 2. STOP Making Excuses

You can produce excuses, or you can create results - but you can't have both! Use your energy to make something happen. Be patient. Real change takes time. It doesn't happen overnight.

Mindful Eating For Healthy Weight.
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Mindful Eating For Healthy Weight. The result is a happy, healthy body, mind, and spirit.

One of the core mindfulness skills is paying attention while doing everyday tasks. This includes eating.

If we are not being mindfulness, many of us eat without tasting or experiencing our food — even a favourite meal may be wolfed down in this way because our minds are elsewhere.

7 Things Your Kids Need to Hear You Say

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7 Things Your Kids Need to Hear You Say 

Learn how to positively impact your kids with these 7 simple tips. Be sure you're using these phrases often.

1. I Love You

2. I'm Proud of You

3. I'm Sorry

4. I Forgive You

5. I'm Listening

6. This is Your Responsibility

7. You've Got What it Takes

 

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New study shows how the brain forms long-term memories as we sleep.

It has been know for a while that sleep is important for learning and long-term memory formation. What is less clear is how exactly this works. Despite much research, this is an issue that was only imperfectly understood. Now it seems that new neuroscientific research may have the answer.

A study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside offers some exciting glimpses into how the brain forms long-term memories as we sleep. Their study, which was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience offers a mechanistic explanation for how deep sleep, called slow-wave sleep, helps us to consolidate memories.

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What is Natural family planning? The medical definition for NFP is:

‘A method of birth control that involves abstention from sexual intercourse during the period of ovulation which is determined through observation and measurement of bodily signs (as cervical mucus and body temperature’.

If Natural family planning or ‘NFP’ is the route that you and your partner are taking then it is important that you are fully aware of the factors that may have effect on your body and regular cycle which can then interfere with your recordings. Some of these factors can be:

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"Can't Stop the Feeling" More like Can't Stop Hitting Replay

7 days days after release - more than 15 million views on youtube! 

The 35-year-old singer Justin Timberlake is back with a great summer song — " Can't Stop the Feeling.

Puts you in a really good mood!!

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Remarkable — Mindfulness can change your brain — literally! 

By this stage you’ve probably heard about mindfulness meditation. You may have even considered it and decided it sounded like something wishy-washy and unproven. If so, you’re not alone.

While many studies have found excellent benefits such as reduced stress and improved health, not all the research meets best-practice scientific standards — such as using a random cross-section of people and placebo control groups.

The invaluable benefits of premarital education and Why You Should Do It.

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The invaluable benefits of premarital education and Why You Should Do It.

You may think of marriage counselling as something that only applies to couples who are experiencing difficulty in their marriage, however it is widely acknowledged that it can be extremely beneficial for a couple to take part in premarital counselling.

So you’ve said ‘yes!’ To the proposal and then it’s all go from there; planning, planning and more planning for the big day. You and your partner are probably partaking in the premarital course as a requirement of your church.

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