Celebrity Getaway: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Plan Vacation Ahead of Wedding

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Getaway: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Plan Vacation Ahead of Wedding

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle. Photo: Twitter/@foodandwine

By Rachel Sparks

We’re just as excited for the royal celebrity couple as they are! The royal celebrity wedding plans are moving along at lightening speed. Meghan Markle, a Protestant, is making plans to get baptized and confirmed at the Church of England. The televised wedding ceremony and reception are set to take place in Windsor Castle. According to UsMagazine.com, amidst all of the wedding planning, the happy couple are planning a celebrity getaway somewhere sunny, set to come back refreshed for their 2018 wedding!

This duo is heading for a celebrity getaway pre-wedding! What are some benefits to a pre-nuptials getaway?

Cupid’s Advice:

The wedding season is all about you and your partner, so enjoy the time celebrating your partnership. Sometimes, though, wedding planning gets stressful and you need to reconnect with your partner to remind yourselves of the joy for this season. Here’s Cupid’s relationship advice for your wedding planning:

1. Reconnect: Amidst all the stress of wedding planning, it’s easy to start getting frustrated with your future spouse. During these times arguments can start, creating doubt (cold feet) before the wedding.  Taking time away to reconnect with your spouse will solidify your relationship and help remind you both why you’re getting married.

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2. Escape the stress: getting away means no wedding planning, which should mean no stress. Your wedding is about you, and at the end of the day, whatever you forgot or whatever goes wrong doesn’t matter because you’re married to the love of your life. As long as you have a great best man and maid of honor, you have nothing to stress about while you’re gone!

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3. Celebrate yourselves: In case the stress sucks you in, you need to remind you and your love what the wedding means. You’re celebrating the love you have for each other and the faith you have in your relationship. Taking a mini vacay before the wedding can help you guys celebrate like you should be!

Have you taken a vacation pre-nuptials or do you wish you had? Share your advice below!

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Expert Relationship Advice: When to Sleep Over

Cupid's Pulse Article: Expert Relationship Advice: When to Sleep Over

Happy relationship. Photo: Subbotina Anna / Bigstock.com

By Megan Weks

When to sleep with someone is a personal decision; it must be considered for each specific situation. However, before you decide, influenced by him as the external factor, an internal overview is always the first consideration.

Consider the expert relationship advice below:

Many great loves that have begun with an immediate naked, giddy romp have turned into serious relationships and lasting love stories. You may even know a couple who started off this way. Even so, I’m going to offer some expert relationship advice for you to think about before making the fateful decision to jump into the sack.

Being single can be tiresome. Our bodies ache and yearn for closeness. The discomfort of pulling yourself together after work to be date-ready, skipping workouts, and spending money on clothes and cabs, only to have to face an unknown person who decides whether you’re a yes or a no, can be a process of grueling anxiety.

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It’s easier to slip into your comfy stretch pants and dive onto your warm, cozy couch for some yummy snuggles with the hot-blooded male specimen standing before you. You crave to feel a warm touch or a tickle on your back and perhaps gentle cheek kisses. Ahhh. The delicious comfort of a relationship! The urgency to advance quickly into this stage has many of us skipping the necessary qualifying steps that, ideally, come before committing to an exclusive relationship.

There are two ways to approach the intimacy process in a new relationship. The first is to dive right in, learn about the guy’s intentions and goals, and hope that the relationship falls into place (keeping in mind that his words don’t necessarily determine his intentions — only time and consistency will reveal his true intentions). If you take this approach, you’ll be making relationship decisions after the physical bond has been formed. Even if this man is not right for you on multiple other planes, you’ll have to determine that while feeling physically attached to him! Therefore, your body will be yearning for closeness with him, while you’re still trying to figure out if he wants what you want, has similar values, and so on.

After having sex, it’s proven that your brain makes cloudy (hormone-influenced) decisions about the person to whom you are attached. This is how we end up in time-consuming “mini-relationships,” often followed by painful “mini-break-ups.”

Do you have relationships that begin hot and heavy and then start to taper off and fade away? Do you have a hard time getting serious interest from men? Have you not had a serious relationship in longer than you would care to admit? If so, I want to stress this second approach to the intimacy process: Take your time to get to know a guy over two to three months before the sleepover. The process where you learn about one another slowly, without exclusivity and without sex, is what I call The Exploratory Phase of the relationship. If you include this phase in your dating process, you will decrease your number of sexual partners and increase the likelihood that your relationship will stand the test of time.

Even naturals at love can still fall prey and find themselves mired in many time-consuming :miniature-serious” relationships. You see, when you dive in head first, you put yourself in a position I call Lay and Pray. This is when the physical part of the relationship occurs before the actual relationship. A woman who gets caught up in Lay and Pray is telling herself that she can handle it and that she’s going to remain cool while things fall into place. Sound familiar? However, in this place of uncertainty, she’s feeling uneasy, seeking for answers or clues to help her define what’s happening with the relationship.

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Even if what she is experiencing with him is not ideal, she’s not exploring other options because she feels attached and is not interested in seeking out other possibilities. Women whom I define as naturals at love might still have a decent ROI (return on investment) with this method of dating because the naturals usually have a better feeling about the men who are coming into their lives. This means that, since they are making overall healthier choices when it comes to men, they will have a higher ROI in their dating process. Even though a woman may be able to jump into bed and have a chance of that turning into a solid relationship, she still needs to consider her goals, her health, and the time investment she is willing to put into having multiple “mini-serious” relationships.

Keep in mind that if he’s the right man for you, you’ll likely have the rest of your life to enjoy him, both in bed and on the couch. Either way, happy humping!

For more information about dating expert Megan Weks, visit her website at www.meganweks.com. For more expert relationship advice articles from Megan, click here

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Celebrity Baby News: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Are Expecting

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Baby News: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Are Expecting

Chrissy Teigen with husband John Legend. Photo: chrissyteigen/Instagram

By Rachel Sparks

The latest celebrity news is all about the next celebrity baby! Celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend just announced baby number two! After having trouble and finally having baby Luna through IVF, the couple is excited to expand their family. According to UsMagazine.comthe celebrity couple has a male embryo on ice to add a little boy to their hopes of a large family!

This celebrity baby news is a very happy occasion. What are some ways to keep your baby news under wraps until you’re ready?

Cupid’s Advice:

As exciting as having a baby is, sometimes we want to keep the announcement under wraps. Whether it’s because of a difficult pregnancy or you are trying to raise the anticipation, keeping things under wraps can work in your favor. There’s more than just a baby bump to think about hiding until you’re ready to share the news. Check out our parenting advice to get you through your pregnancy secrets:

1. The new diet: Once you find out you’re pregnant, your diet is going to start changing. It might be that you’ve eaten junk food most of your life and need to start a healthy streak, or the pregnancy and morning sickness are limiting your eating desires, but at some point people will notice. Tell a white lie and say you’re starting a new diet.

Related Link: Celebrity Baby: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Share Baby No. 2 Plans

2. Doctor or dentist: You’re going to be going to a lot of doctor appointments, but how are you going to hide them all? The only time women go to the doctor a lot is if there is something wrong or they’re pregnant. If you’re telling another white lie, fudge the facts and instead of yet another doctor visit, say you’re going to the dentist or optometrist.

Related Link: Celebrity Baby: John Legend Opens Up About fertility Struggles with Chrissy Teigen

3. Colorful fashion: If you’re starting to show, congratulations! You don’t have to go for oversized sweatshirts or baggy dresses. Pair funky patterns and bright colors. Layer tops or wear chunky belts. Get wild with your fashion for the next couple of months and use those flashy patterns to distract from your changing body.

How would you hide your pregnancy until you’re ready to share the news? Share your tips below!

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Celebrity Wedding: Source Says Prince Harry & Meghan Marckle Are Engaged & Will Have a Summer Wedding

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Wedding: Source Says Prince Harry & Meghan Marckle Are Engaged & Will Have a Summer Wedding

Prine Harry & Meghan Markle . Photo: Twitter/@theroot

By Rachel Sparks

This celebrity couple is planning a celebrity wedding! Though no official engagement announcement has been made, Prince Harry and Meghan Marckle have already established a wedding date. According to UsMagazine.com, Prince Harry has commissioned an engagement ring using diamonds from one of his mother’s brooches (Princess Diana). Marckle, who had started bringing things over to Prince Harry’s Nottingham Cottage and just recently finished filming Suits, is making plans to give up her career and move in with Prince Harry before the engagement.

This royal celebrity wedding has been highly anticipated. What are some ways to add personal touches to your wedding festivities?

Cupid’s Advice:

Your wedding is your special day to showcase how wonderful you and your partner are together. Every bit of planning and celebrating you do before the actual day sets the tone for what your wedding will be like. Finding ways to incorporate special traces of you both makes it more meaningful for everyone included. Check out our relationship advice to help you customize your special day:

1. Monogrammed stamps: Customize your stamps so that every bit of stationary sent out is full of your fantasy wedding. From invitations to bridal showers to bachelor(ette) parties, include your insignia like it’s your family sigil.

Related Link: Celebrity Wedding? Sources Say Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Could Elope

2. Hashtag: Everyone has a smartphone, so use this to your advantage. Make a custom hashtag and include it in your invitations so that every picture taken, from the bridal shower to the late nights planning with your bridal party, keep track of all photos taken with a hashtag across all social media forms.

Related Link: Royal Celebrity Wedding: Meghan Markle Says She  & Prince Harry Are ‘Really Happy & in Love’

3. Customized M&M’s: Who doesn’t love spooning handfuls of M&M’s into their mouth? Customize with your initials or even a cute headshot. Don’t just save them for the wedding; have enough to keep the fun going through all the stressful times of wedding planning.

Dreaming about your wedding or already been down the aisle? How did you incorporate your personality into your special day?

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Celebrity Break-Up: Jennifer Hudson’s Ex David Otunga Will Fight for Primary Custody of Their Son Post-Split

Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrity Break-Up: Jennifer Hudson’s Ex David Otunga Will Fight for Primary Custody of Their Son Post-Split

Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga. Photo: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

By Karley Kemble

Jennifer Hudson could be facing a long and messy custody battle. In the latest celebrity newsUsMagazine.com reports the American Idol alum and current coach on The Voice is fighting her ex-fiancé David Ortunga for primary guardianship of their son, David Jr. According to Ortunga’s attorney, he has been working to settle an “amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now,” but the estranged couple has not been able to finalize it. Hudson has previously been granted a petition for Order of Protection against her celebrity ex, citing protection for herself and for her son. The pair announced their celebrity break-up earlier this year.

This celebrity break-up seems to be getting very messy. What are some things to consider when you’re splitting with your significant other and you have a child in the picture?

Cupid’s Advice:

Sometimes, relationships fizzle out. While a split is always complicated and full of emotions, if you and your estranged partner have a child, there are even higher chances for issues to arise. If you are breaking up with your partner and you share kids, Cupid has some things for you to consider:

1. Be ready to co-parent: You and your partner have a shared responsibility for your kids. If you are splitting up, you should figure out how you’d like to continue raising your kids. Ideally, this should be done without the help of layers and a court. Figure out a system that works best for your lives and stick to it.

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2. Adopt a “kids come first” mindset: Establishing this mentality is important after a split. Regardless of the differences between you and your partner, it’s important to remember that your kids come first. This will help you in times of conflict and stress. Sometimes, you’ll both have to swallow your pride and put on a happy face for the sake of your kids’ well-being.

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3. Keep it professional: Never badmouth your partner in front of your kids. No matter the situation, it’s important to voice your negative opinions in private. By projecting your feelings about your ex onto your kids, you could cause long-term emotional issues for them. Let your children form their own opinions and conclusions, and make sure you’re there for them when they need you.

Have any other tips? Share your thoughts below!

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Movie Review: ‘Call Me By Your Name’

By Rachel Sparks

Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age story set in 1983 in Italy. It follows the budding romance of Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). The twists: Oliver is Elio’s research assistant, Judaism, and homosexuality. Armie Hammer has been in notable films, such as Nocturnal Animals, The Birth of a Nation, and Entourage. Timothée Chalamet has been in both TV (Law and Order) and movies (Interstellar). The film is packed with tension, drama, and faith.

This movie is filled with budding relationship advice!

Should you see it: 

If you loved the anticipation of an impactful ending like Interstellar, Call Me By Your Name will take you down a winding storyline. The challenges of forbidden romance create anticipation and hope.

Who to take: This is a romance story at its core, so find someone who loves matters of the heart. No matter their sexual orientation, the story of two people fighting for love against all odds will appeal to any friend. If your significant other is down for a love story, then it will be well worth the watch for a date night.

Cupid’s Advice:

Coming out to friends and family is one of the most terrifying things anyone could do. Admitting this to yourself is even more challenging. Whether it’s you or someone you care about, Cupid has relationship advice for this new territory:

1. Don’t de-individualize: A lot of people are far more accepting of homosexuality than ever before, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier to admit a new aspect of someone’s identity. But be careful, if someone you care about tells you they’re homosexual, don’t say, “I love all gay people!” As supportive as that may sound, no group of people is ever exactly the same, and by clumping your friend into a group shows you lack knowledge about their new identity.

Related Link: Celebrity Interview: Blake Cooper Griffin Gives Relationship Advice & Says, “Don’t Be Reckless with Other People’s Hearts”

2. Go shopping: One of the best parts of changing your identity is creating a new wardrobe! Embrace your friend’s identity by taking them out for a shopping trip. It will help them feel more confident and show your support.

Related Link: Hollywood’s Gay Power Couples

3. Take them out on the town: Your friend hasn’t changed; they still love going out with you. Show more support for them by taking them out to a club that caters to their needs and play their wingman (or woman). Plus, you’ll both just have a great time dancing and looking good!

Are you adding this emotionally0challenging movie to your must-watch list? What does this make you think about people who may be coming out in your own life? Share any advice you have below!

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Relationship Advice: When Is the Old New Again?

Cupid's Pulse Article: Relationship Advice: When Is the Old New Again?

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Photo: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

By Dr. Jane Greer

Jelena is back! Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are officially back together. This is an instance when what was once old and finished can become new again. Rekindling a relationship in this way can sometimes mean a couple was never really over the feelings they shared for each other the first time around, or that with the passage of time they are simply ready to give it another try. Sometimes extenuating circumstances such as illness can play a role and help them realize what is truly important. With this in mind, an end is not always really an end, and you might have an opportunity one day to reconnect with an old love if they’re single, too. If that happens, it may give you both a chance to deal with unfinished business, and to move forward the way you may have always hoped you would.

How, then, can you get from Point A – a breakup – to Point B – a revived romance?

So many things can bring a relationship to a grinding halt despite the fact that two people still feel love for each other. Career opportunities that force people to live in different places, or one of you wanting one thing – such as marriage or a family – when the other isn’t quite ready. Negative parental pressure can also tear two people apart even if they don’t really want to say goodbye. In these cases it isn’t the feelings people have for each other that threaten the relationship, it is the life/work balance and other outside forces. This can become especially hard to cope with if one or the other jumps into a new relationship quickly to get over the hurt and disappointment of the loss. Even considering that, there still might be feelings of hope that someday they will find their way back to each other and their connection will resume.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Does Being Wronged Give You The Right To Fight?

Sometimes this can occur with simple good luck – two people find themselves living in the same city again. It can also happen more dramatically, such as when someone becomes ill, as Selena has been with lupus which required a kidney transplant earlier this year. That sort of event can change your perspective and make you question your priorities, turning the small issues that once seemed so important in the past into meaningless details in the present. It may make you more willing to compromise over differences that previously you might have stood your ground on. It might also make you realize that you don’t want to waste any more time hoping and waiting, and one or the other might reach out. When one does that, if the other person is receptive and welcomes the contact, it can leave room to pick up where you left off, rebuild, or even lay down new tracks.

Related Link: Relationship Advice: Can You Cheat Jealousy?

If you have been in a relationship that ended, and find yourself suddenly single and thinking about a former love, if they are also single, it might be a chance to call or write to them. If that person is sick, you can reach out in the name of friendship and offer caring support in those hard times. By doing so you open the door which might lead to something bountiful for both of you, and give new life to the connection you once shared and cherished.
Whatever happens going forward, it seems clear that Selena and Justin indeed have a bond together that has endured.

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