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Gestures that will make women happy instantly
AskMen's female staffers are shedding some light on the little things you do (or should be doing) that make the difference between describing you to their girlfriends as "good enough," and being the guy they want to hang on to:
1. Hello and Goodbye kisses
Nothing makes us feel at home like goodbye kisses in the morning and hello kisses when we get home. There's a warm and welcoming effect to this small gesture that says to your partner, "I'm happy to see you" or "I'll miss you" without actually having to say the words. For those of you who aren't talkers, this will go a long way towards taking care of any relationship confusion.
Sorry, guys, but cuddling is key. We probably love cuddling more or as much as you love actual sex. But seriously. Other than science proving time and time again that cuddling reduces stress and releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, it's a real downer when, right after a session between the sheets, our partner gets right up and goes off to play Grand Theft Auto. Sex should not - and I repeat not - make you want to play GTA. It should make you want to cuddle us afterwards and tell us how beautiful we are. So if you end up leaping out of bed to your video game, pretty soon that same game will be keeping you warm at night.
3. Doing the little things
You've heard it before, no doubt, but while no woman will turn down a bouquet of flowers (and this is always much appreciated), you don't necessarily have to go to that extreme. It's the little things that show you thought about us, even if for no more than 10 seconds. Grab a sticky note, draw a lopsided heart on it (if we can't draw a good one, we don't expect you to!), and stick it in our purse for us to find later. If you're at the supermarket, grab our favorite chocolate bar. If we're in separate rooms doing things, randomly walk into our room, kiss us on the top of the head, and walk back out. No words required.
4. Noticing (and complimenting) the little things
Just saying something like, "You look nice today" goes a long way. A lot of women (no, not all) put effort into the little details of their appearance - makeup, hair, nails, etc. Women that don't put effort into the aforementioned things probably put it into something else you're well able to notice. If you're considerate enough to see we've had our nails done or put on a dress or whatever it is that signifies we've made an effort, it makes us feel good when you verbalize that you notice. Most of the time, we've done whatever it is to feel (and look) pretty so that you'll give us a positive response. Small compliments go a long way.
5. Doing the dishes
No, we're not saying it's glamourous, but at least we're not asking you to cook (just kidding, we are - once in a while). Really, though, when you do the dishes after we've cooked a nice meal, it feels like you appreciate us and what we did. It's one thing to simply say, "Thank you" and quite another to do something that shows us you're thankful. Any guy who eats our food and then parks himself on the couch to watch the football game is going to get an earful, anyway. Also, we'll do the same for you when you cook. And if we don't, we expect an earful as well.
6. Helping us with our jacket
Helping us with our jacket might be the last remnant of chivalry that's left and still appropriate in the age of do-it-ourselves womanhood. It also remains a surprising enough gesture that it will impress the woman you're with; it's not expected anymore. So it will make you look like a gentleman while not seeming conservative. Same with opening doors. If you're in a committed relationship, you can pull back the covers and invite us into bed with you. It's such a simple gesture of warmth and love.
7. Hugging from behind and kissing (on the forehead, nose, cheek)
Forehead kisses. Cheek kisses. Nose kisses. We don't need an all-out make-out session in order to feel that you're into us. In fact, sometimes we'd prefer not to have one. Instead, these sweet little pecks will show us you want us close (and you're feeling close to us) without it being all about sex. Likewise, when you put your arm around us or rub our arm, that intimate-yet-non-sexual contact makes us feel closer to you. Also worth noting: Hug from behind around the waist. Put your face in our neck while you're doing that and we're all yours.
8. Letting us sleep
How many times have you watched a movie on a date where your girlfriend falls asleep in your lap or on the couch next to you? Chances are, when the movie ends, you're wondering what you're supposed to do with her. Hint: Don't wake her up. Instead, grab a pillow and lift her head up a little and place the pillow underneath so she can keep sleeping comfortably. Or, if you're sleeping over and getting up before her, pick your clothes out the night before so you don't have to turn on the light to wake her up. When she finally wakes up, she'll feel like you've put her first.
9. Leading us through a crowd
There is nothing that makes us melt more than feeling that you want to protect us. We don't mean that you should get into fights with other guys over us or insist on seeing us everyday - that becomes obsessive. But putting a hand on our lower back or taking our hand to lead us through a crowded area makes us feel like you're concerning yourself with our presence. This makes us feel like you're there for us.
10. Saying thank you
Most women probably only notice this one once they date someone who says it, but a man who says thank you for the things we're surprised to be thanked for (calling, grabbing you a drink from the fridge, dressing up) is a keeper. Not only does it show you're considerate, but it shows you don't take us for granted. Which, guys, is a big, big relationship killer. Don't do it. Ever.
Friday, November 8th
- Veteran’s Day Parade – November 9th Old Towne Bellevue. 10 a.m. – Noon.
- Free Entry to the Kroc Center for all Military and their Immediate Family on Saturday, November 9, through Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. Please present your official military verification at the Welcome Desk.
- The American Red Cross will be collecting holiday greeting cards to send to our heroes overseas and in our own communities. You can join the effort and make a holiday card for a hero this year on Sunday, November 10, in the Food Court.
Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Village Pointe Cinema, Omaha and Twin Creek Cinema, Bellevue
On Veterans Day, to thank America’s veterans and other active members of the military for their sacrifice and service, active military personnel and veterans will be admitted to see Honor Flight: One Last Mission for free by showing proper military identification. This special invitation to see the moving documentary about WWII vets visiting their memorial in Washington, D.C., is valid only on Veterans Day. Admission for all other screenings is $5.
- Free gate admission to all active or retired Veterans and their immediate families on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.
- Veterans and Active Duty Military enjoy a free signature entree on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th.
– November 9 – 11. All active and retired veterans can receive a free appetizer.
Chili’s is offering all veterans and active military personnel a free entree from the special Veterans Day Menu. Offer available November 11, 2013, at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine in from limited menu only. Beverages and gratuity not included. Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service.
– Enjoy a free “Thank You” dinner for any person who has served in the U.S. Military on Monday, November 11, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
– Free doughnut and small coffee on November 11, 2013 with military ID. Valid in-store only at participating locations, not valid at grocery or convenience stores.
– Free Crazy Bread for U.S. Veterans with valid military ID on Monday, 11/11. Available at participating locations.
– Free meal (with proof of military service) from a list of several entrees on November 11, 2013.
– Fee lunch from special Veterans Menu on Monday November 11, 2013.
Monday, November 4th
Thursday, October 31st
Still looking for activities for you and the kids tonight? We've got a few ideas...
Join a Pumpkin Patch Party at The Salvation Army Kroc Center for a safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Non-scary costumes encouraged to this free event.
Trick-or-treat at Regency Court. Participating merchants will have a Frankenstein image on their doors. While you’re there check out Disney’s “A Not So Scary Halloween 2013″ from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Petrow’s will give free “I Scream” to the first 150 ghouls from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stick around for story time with Hector the Spectre from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Information: regencycourtomaha.com.
Thursday is the final day of the Cobweb Castle not-so-scary haunted house at the Omaha Children’s Museum’s, 500 S. 20th St. Cost: Free with regular admission. Information: www.ocm.org and 402-342-6164.
La Vista’s annual Halloween Safe Night event will take place in the Community Center gym, 8116 Park View Boulevard. Cost: Free.
Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St., in Papillion is still open. Fun barn, ziplines, slides, climbing nets, 50-foot obstacle bounce house, hayrack ride, pirate cove, enchanted forest, haunted cave and spooky forest. Daytime activity hours: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: www.bellevueberryfarm.com and 402-331-5500.
Ditmars Orchard, 19475 225th St., in Council Bluffs, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, pick your own apples, tractor rides. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission: tractor ride, corn maze and playground are $5 for kids, $2 for adults. Information: ditmarsorchard.com and 712-256-7053.
It’s the last day to visit Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, 12102 S. 180th St., in Gretna. Train ride, corn maze, hayrack ride, haunted farmhouse, live shows, pig races and more. Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the website: www.valaspumpkinpatch.com or call 402-332-4200 for more information.
Wenninghoff’s Pumpkin Patch, 85th Street and Sorensen Parkway, is open. Petting zoo, playground, corn maze and hayrides. Admission: $6; children younger than 2 are free. Information: www.wenninghoff.com and 402-571-2057.
Monday, October 28th
Thursday, October 24th
Cutest Halloween costume so far?
Do you want a safe and fun place for your kids to celebrate Halloween?
Then bring your kids to the 2013 Halloween Safe Night and Fall Festival happening at Papillion-La Vista South High School on Thursday, October 24 from 6-8 p.m.
Halloween Safe Night is an event sponsored by local organizations that want to insure kids have a safe environment to participate in Halloween activities. Children and families can partake in the various activities that include games, bounce houses, a costume contest, and classroom-to-classroom trick or treating. There is sure to be an activity for all ages, including the young at heart. Kids will have the opportunity to win prizes, refreshments, lots of candy and much, much more.
This event is free, with a canned food/nonperishable or toiletry donation to benefit the Sarpy County Food Pantries. It is open to the public, no pre-registration is required.
The event is sponsored by the Papillion-La Vista South Key Club, Papillion Police, Papillion Neighborhood Watch Association, Papillion Recreation Department, Papillion Fire Department, the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Papillion-La Vista South NJROTC.
Tuesday, October 15th
"When you hear the word "redskin," what do you immediately think of? Potatoes, of course! And who could be offended by a harmless redskin potato—except, maybe, for the Yukon Gold lobby (and if Alaska had a football team, rest assured that we'd be the first to suggest the Yukon Gold Diggers as a franchise name).
"The redskin potato would be a noble mascot for a variety of reasons. Potatoes are also native Americans, having been cultivated in Peru for millennia. A tasty, versatile, animal- and environmentally friendly vegan staple, potatoes are now the most popular vegetable in the U.S. They are loaded with nutrients, including iron, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and even protein, and red potatoes in particular are high in antioxidants. (Take that, Cheeseheads.)"
Friday, October 11th
Oh, please stop...too cute...dying...
Friday, October 4th
Local bakers are going to war...Cupcake Wars! Rachael Henderson and Sarah Alsup, sisters and owners, of Mockingbird Cupcakes
will battle Saturday night at 7 on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars
This morning they're in the studio and we'll have them judge our own Cupcake War - Chris vs. Ricky. Those are my (Ricky's) cupcakes up there.