Just ask Glynis: “Will my new relationship work?”

Hi Glynis, I recently got married to a wonderful man named Shane (03/03/1982). He is such a blessing in my life. He's great with my three children and is helping me raise them as if they were his own. My first marriage was at times awful. I'm sure our numbers were not good together. His name is Andy (01/18/1966), and I am Stacy (11/06/1971). Can you please give me some insight on this? Thanks, Stacy Read more

Cook your honey an aphrodisiac holiday meal with these ingredients

Holidays are a time when family seems to be at the center of mealtime, and relationships can accidentally get left on the back burner. Well, PattiKnows readers, let's make the effort to move our pots around for a night and cook our honey a special meal during the holidays. And why not super-charge the sexiness of this romantic meal by using aphrodisiacs as ingredients? While there’s no hard and fast science behind aphrodisiacs actually leading to actual increased sex drive, I say it sure can’t hurt. So here are some aphrodisiacs and some quick ideas on how to cook them up. Read more

10 Small ways to spread some extra holiday joy

Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most. Just a bit of your time or a few dollars from your pocket can completely make someone’s day, week or month! Remember: The karma police are always on patrol. Counting to 10, here are some cute ways to make someone smile. 1. Slip a Starbucks gift card into your mailbox for your mail carrier. If you don’t know his or her name, simply draw a smiley face and write, “Happy Holidays!” Read more

Why you aren’t losing the fat

I’ve been going to the same gym at approximately the same time of day for years now. Which means that I’ve seen many of the same people day after day, week after week, year after year. With the exception of looking a few years older, many of them look exactly the same. Some of them even look fatter and in worse shape than ever before. Back in the day, my high school baseball coach used to scream, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” Too bad he doesn't work at the gym; those words of wisdom could really help some of these people right about now. If you feel your workouts are stagnating, here are a couple of tips to get you back on track. Read more

Moving in with your new dude: Secrets from experience

Moving in with your dude is a huge step. Massive! Major! Stop the presses and report on this because it’s big! Seriously, this is a whopping commitment. Really, it's one step away from getting engaged. You all know that I believe the ring should come first, but since many people feel rules are made to be broken, I have tips for you rebels too. Don't go into it lightly. This isn’t just the next step in a relationship after saying, “I love you.” It’s a step that involves a lot of planning, talking, compromise and some serious patience. For cohabitation to be successful, you should take advice from an expert or a friend you trust. Here are my thoughts: Read more

Passive-aggressive behavior: How to deal with men who have it

Passive-aggressive behavior. Ugh. I really have no patience for it. If you know me, you know that I’m the opposite of passive-aggressive. I’m more aggressive-aggressive. I say if you’ve got a problem, deal with it. Don’t dance around it with silent treatments and eye rolls. Talk it out. Yell. Scream. Send a bullet-pointed email in all caps. Just deal with it! But I know that I’m not the norm. Passive-aggressive behavior runs rampant in our society. Read more