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The Importance of Sex in Marriage

Written By: YesterdaysMagazette

The tradition of waiting until marriage seems to become less and less practiced as the years go by. These days, the amount of people who are having premarital sex is staggering. Is it wrong?

One of the biggest things that break up marriages is money issues. Another big issue is sexual satisfaction. If two people in love don’t know whether or not they are sexual compatible, that can cause problems once they get married and start to have sex.

In fact, it is advised that married couples who have sexual relationship problems should consult with a qualified sex therapist (source).

When two people aren’t compatible in bed, one or both might start looking for alternatives eventually. This could lead to adultery but often times, it’s much less serious. Many will seek for sex toys online to pleasure themselves. However, other couples will by these adult toys to spice up their sex life.

The bottom line is, sex is important in most relationships. Although it’s not advised to go sleeping around with as many people as you can, you should consider the importance of sexual compatibility when marrying someone. In other words, sex before marriage is fine, in fact, these days, it’s recommended.

Finding Strength During Difficult Times

Written By: YesterdaysMagazette

Life is tough. It would be great if things always turned out the way we want it but that’s not reality. The reality is, many times, we get the things we want least.

You will face many rough patches throughout life and dealing with these events can quite often be very difficult. Different people will cope with these situations differently. Some will turn to drugs, some will become depressed, and some will soldier on.

What can you do during these times?

Much of how we respond to bad events will depend on our mentality. If you have a mindset that says you’ll get through this and that nothing will keep you down, then you’ll likely get through it in one piece. You can try injected yourself with positive thoughts and quotes.

You could surround yourself with people who have been through tough times and have made it out alive. These people will usually have a better understanding of what you’re going through and can help you see that there is hope.

Sometimes, you just need some time. For some challenges, the passing of time in of itself will make things better (if you use that time correctly) but for other challenges, you must actively do something in order to get out of your rut.

The route many people take, since it’s the easiest, is to just give up. Giving up is something anyone can do because it doesn’t take much effort. You simply just have to not do anything, sulk, and complain about how bad life is without making any changes to improve your situation.

Obviously, this isn’t a good decision to make. You can feel sorry for yourself all you want but things aren’t likely going to change until you make the decision to change things yourself.

Of course, this really all depends on your situation and what sort of difficulty you’re going through. If you’re going through a death of a loved one, then there’s not much you can do aside from letting time pass. If you’re going through some financial difficulty, then that’s something you can actually do something about and something where sitting around and doing nothing won’t really help much.

Inner strength can come from anywhere. If you believe in God, find strength and hope from that. If you don’t, try meditating and just living in the now.

Another idea is to write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal/diary. Often times, writing what you’re thinking down will help you figure out what you need to do. Sometimes, it’s just good to get your thoughts out without anyone arguing and debating with you.

Know that whatever you’re going through, you’ll get through it. Also know that there will be more challenges to come. This isn’t to make you depressed, it’s to put reality into perspective. The only people who never have difficulties and challenges are people who live in the grave.

Life can be wonderful and amazing if you let it be. Sure, you’ll have bad times but you’ll also have good times. Focus on what’s good in your life and you’ll find that you’ll tend to experience more of it.

So stay strong, have some faith that things will get better, and enjoy life as much as you can.

Cutting Down the Cost of Food

Written By: YesterdaysMagazette

Has anyone noticed the price of food going up lately? From fruits and vegetables to meats and diary products, it seems like things are getting more and more expensive. It’s not just your imagination. According to the food price outlook from the USDA, cost is on the rise. Gas and housing prices are also going up. With expenses of everyday living on the rise, keeping a budget and cutting costs where you can will enable you to have more money at the end of the month for more important things like putting money away in your retirement fund, emergency fund, or even a deserved vacation.

Now when it comes to food, there are a lot of things you can do to help keep costs down even when prices are increasing. We’ve all heard about cutting coupons and looking for deals and buying in bulk. These are the basics of saving money on food. You’ll also want to eat out less since you really don’t need to pay extra for someone else to cook your meals and clean up after you. The cost of a meal for two at an average priced restaurant is enough for 3 or more meals depending on what you eat.

For lunch, prepare food from home instead of going out. Not only will you be saving some money but you’ll also be less likely to end up eating things like fast food. This may mean you might have to learn to cook some decent meals but if eating healthy on a budget is important to you, it’ll be worth the effort. For meal ideas using stuff you already have in your fridge, check out SuperCook.com. Just input the items you have and it’ll give you a list of recipes using just those items.

Another way to save some dough is to cook food in a way that will allow you to store the food such as using one of the pressure canners. It’s a bit more complicated to use than a regular stove top but once you get used to it, you can buy, cook, and store food for months at a time. This is great for those of you who don’t particularly like cooking and would rather make a batch of food in one go.

One more way to cut down on food cost is to grow your own food. Start out small with simple vegetables and fruits and then expand from there. Let’s hope it will never happen but if there were ever a food shortage, you can at least be able to depend on your home grown food. It’s better to be prepared than unprepared but even if a shortage never happens, you’ll be growing organic foods that are much healthier and cheaper too. Check out this page if you want to learn more about grown food at home.

Now if you think buying cheap food is the solution, check out this video.