Accepting him: Why we love him even when we hate him

Your man. He’s smart. He’s handsome. He makes that disgusting clicking sound when he chews. Am I right? Or maybe it’s that he pretends he’s allergic to chives, even though he just doesn’t like them. Or never picks up his socks from the floor. Or can’t ever remember that you only like 1 percent milk. Whatever the case, I’m sure that your boo is perfect except for when he’s annoying the hell out of you. How do I know? Because that’s exactly what love is -- loving someone even when you kind of hate him. Here are the reasons you love your lug of a man even though he got you tickets to visit his parents for your birthday last year. It's quite simple really. Read more

Love lessons from Beauty and the Beast

Tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. Beauty and the Beast. Can any woman hear those lyrics and not sigh? Anyone? I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan. I love the suspense, the unlikely heroes, the dancing china and most of all, I love the love lessons. Sure, it’s a child’s movie, but you learn so many of life’s important lessons before the age of 10. And the love lessons in Beauty and the Beast resonate for lovers of any age. Here are my top take-aways from this classic movie. Read more

Relationships begin with “I love you”

A lot of people celebrate anniversaries of their first dates, their major relationship talks or their wedding day. But I really think relationships begin with the first “I love you.” It solidifies that you two are having more than just fun. You’re in a relationship. WhatsYourPrice.com just did a survey showing that 76 percent of serious relationships started with the man saying “I love you” first. While this might come as a shock to those who think that men aren’t as emotionally demonstrative in relationships, it makes total sense to me. Men should be the ones to say “I love you” first. Here’s why.

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Why it’s important to get away with your guy

Vacation, all I ever wanted! Vacation, had to get away! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I recently went on a romantic trip with David to Mexico. I loved every single second of it, aside from the car ride back from LAX. I was so bummed it was over! Going away with David reminded me just how important it is to get away with your guy. A little trip for just the two of you is one of the best things you can do for your relationship. Here’s why. Read more

It’s in the stars for Blake and Ryan

This week Christopher, the PattiKnows astrologist, and I are blogging on People.com about how the stars and planets lined up for a match made in heaven -- Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Here are a few more reasons why I think they rock. No flash & crash Most celebrity couples are so much flash, it’s no surprise to me when their relationships crash and burn. How can you expect a relationship to last when you’re basically in a chronic menage a trois with the media? Blake and Ryan are exactly the opposite of the typical flash and crash Hollywood couple. These two lovebirds didn’t sing a peep about their relationship. In fact, they had never even confirmed their relationship to the press. Read more

Meet a tech boy! Start up new love in technology’s favorite cities

Tech boys. They’re creative, smart, driven and, yeah, tend to have money. Not a bad combination, huh? Tech fellas used to be only in Silicon Valley, which is quite the commute for most of America. The good news is that the tech-based start-up boom is expanding. Now the tech community is pretty national. So no matter where you live, there’s probably a tech metropolis nearby. Here are five lesser-known tech cities teeming with tech boys who could be beaming for new love. Read more