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The Perfect Valentine's Day Menu (From An Executive Chef)

Stephen Perrin | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

As an executive chef at four restaurants, V-Day allows me to get playful in the kitchen. A Valentine's dinner needs to be pretty -- a visual feast as well as culinary. It should quench one kind of hunger, and hopefully replace it with another. Consider food and drink part of foreplay. It's all part of the seduction.

A Swoon-Worthy Valentine's Day Menu To Impress Your Love

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Opt for a few aces up your sleeves this Valentine's Day. To add some context to this statement, I reference a timeless adage: "The way to someone's heart is through their stomach." There's no denying the truth in those words. Attaining culinary success in spades can guarantee you affection in return.

Learning A Language Is Like Falling In Love

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

I'm enjoying carrying on an affair with you and really don't expect anything in return. But I know from experience with other language affairs that I get more out of my relationship than I put in. The rewards are personal, cultural and even professional. The rewards are immense.

These 'Romantic' Gestures In Media Can Be Abusive In Real Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

On TV and in the movies, we see men and women exhibiting terrible behaviours, but the characters on the receiving end most often react as though these actions were reasonable and acceptable, giving the viewing audience the wrong message about how to go about their own relationships.

5 Ways For Single People To Have More Love On Valentine's Day

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Even if you feel lonely on Valentine's Day, you can bring more love to yourself and to others. And who knows, with all this love in your heart, you might just attract a new partner into your life in the coming days. Here are five ways to do just that.

Texters, Daters And The Challenges Of Modern Love

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In speaking with numerous women over the past several years, I've heard all sorts of dating stories, and it seems that there are two types of men, these days: men who want to meet in person and men who don't: the daters and the texters.

Dating Dos And Don'ts In The Age Of Jian Ghomeshi

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Today, more than ever, a woman needs to know what to look for on a first date; the things that would make it great, as well as the red flags she should be aware of, in order to be safe.

Life After Losing A Mom

Oendrila Majumder | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Oendrila Majumder

In 2013, my mother died. The moment when the doctors asked me to "pull the plug," I knew my life would never again be the same. Her death hasn't addressed any questions or fears I had about dying, but it's given me new insights on how to move forward with life.

The Secret Pain Of Caretakers

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

Staring up at the constellation Orion on a crisp winter's night, I wonder how much longer I can bear the pain. The pain of watching my husband cringe ...

Turn Your 2016 Bucket List Into A Love List

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Whether your heart's desires are world travel, writing a book, creating a blog, speaking to groups, starting a family, rock climbing or attending Burning Man, turn them into a love list -- and toss away the bucket.

8 Relationship Resolutions Every Couple Should Make

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, we all love a fresh start, don't we? But between charging up that new Fitbit and vowing to stay on budget, be sure to make a few promises to your sweetheart. Here are eight relationship resolutions every couple should make.

Explore New Female Erogenous Zones

Her Magazine | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

Despite what porn and Hollywood lead us to believe, women's erotic networks of nerve endings, erogenous zones, and pleasure options are more complicated than for penises. While erotic hotspots and pleasure techniques in men are generally more universal and consistently popular, the sources of arousal and pleasure in women are more varied from person-to-person.

Courtney Love Is Teaming Up With Nasty Gal For A Fashion Line

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Style

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The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Silken Laumann | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I can feel the shift happening in our family, the shift from it being all about us being together and caring about one another, to Christmas being about caring for others as well. I think this most accurately reflects the true spirit of Christmas, whether we are Christian or not.

Authenticity Takes The Loneliness Out Of A Struggling Relationship

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Intimacy requires authenticity, because if you're not real, the other person can't see you for who you are. If you're never authentic, other people will be interacting with a persona, and you won't be loved for your true self. Even if you're in a relationship, you'll be terribly lonely.

How To Survive And Thrive As A Couple This Holiday Season

Sue Nador | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.

Take Responsibility For Your Own Sexual Pleasure

Her Magazine | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

When I advise people to be responsible for their own pleasure the first thing I want them to do is let go of the myth that they are responsible for their partner's orgasm. Each person is only responsible for their own pleasure and orgasm (if orgasm is what they are after).

Kindness Takes Practice. Start Now

Kinnie Starr | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

If we break apart the word kindness, at its root is the word kin -- meaning we are all connected. To think of ourselves as connected encourages the idea that we do in fact owe each other kindness, simply because every positive intention can have a similar output in an interconnected world.

5 Ways Yoga Will Improve Your Relationship

Rachel Scott | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Scott

Next time you hit a challenge, recreate your Savasana space by taking five deep breaths and clearing your mind. Reconnect to the calm beneath the storm. And then decide if him forgetting to get the groceries is really that big of a deal.

A Rebound Could Be What Your Breakup Needs

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Like most things in life, there is no one right way to get over a relationship that has ended. So if you have had a recent breakup, go ahead and get back out there like Blake and Gwen. Or feel free to treat yourself to some ice cream, rom com's and alone time. Either way will lead you to a better understanding of yourself.

Single? Here's How You Can Find Love Over The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

One of the best parts about dating during the holidays is that it's naturally a romantic time of the year, especially for us lucky Canadians. The snowy atmosphere provides not only the perfect cozy setting to snuggle up with your sweetie, but also the opportunity for new dating adventures.

Let's Stop Freaking Out When Company Is Coming

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Company is coming! Get rid of the couches. We can't let people know we SIT! ...There cannot be any sign of LIVING in this house... I want this place looking like a new Mediterranean fusion restaurant by noon... This is a dishtowel. I need a hand towel. What are we? Barbarians!?!" Does this ring any bells?

The Paris Attacks Remind Us That We're All One

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We are all connected, even if the terrorists try their hardest to push us apart. Our true power comes not from hatred but from love; not from defensiveness or aggression but from compassion.

No Act Is Too Small In The Fight To End Climate Change

Beverley Golden | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

If you want change; be the change. Remember the power of one. If you don't do anything, nothing will change. So do something. Our future depends on it. No act is too small. How will you contribute?

50 Things to Be Thankful for Every Day

Kori McLaine | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kori McLaine

In the spirit of giving thanks, I decided to go public with some of the entries in my gratitude journal. My goal was to compile a list of things that not only myself, but many others can also feel thankful for. As you read this list, try to figure out how many of these blessings you have experienced in your own life.