What’s the Big Deal About Wearing Sweatpants?


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Actress Kate Walsh — sloppy or chic?

Miss Meredith Sweetpea grew up with a Southern grandmother who required certain standards for a lady. We were to smile prettily, be dainty, and look our best at all times. Why, she wouldn’t think of going to the grocery store without first applying lipstick. And remember the television show “Father Knows Best?” The mother always wore a dress–and pearls–even around the house. I know, it’s a glorified image of life in the 1950s, but why not uphold a standard?

When did we transition from looking our best to looking our worst? And when did it become okay? Continue reading

Secrets to Love: Respect


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While reading through one of her favorite books, Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a section titled: Secrets to love: Respect. She’d like to share those words with you here, in hopes that all might glean a bit of insight into making your love life a little sweeter.

Secrets to Love: Respect

Excerpted from Living Romantically Every Day, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

I think that in order to love someone, you must first respect him [or her] and that respect must be tended to for the duration of the relationship. A romantic partnership is a relationship  between equals — I believe it ‘s virtually impossible to have a successful relationship, let alone a romantic one, with someone you don’t’ respect as an equal. Respect is a form of honoring a person and his individuality, and it’s so important that it’s part of the traditional wedding vows (“love and honor”).

Be attentive when you listen

Respect means holding your partner in a position of high regard and showing that you believe he is genuinely worthy. An important one is to be wholly attentive when you listen. If he’s telling you  a story, don’t interrupt. When he’s done, ask him, “Then what happened?” or “I think the part about X was so interesting. What do you think?”

Respect your partner’s ideas and opinions

Don’t expect the two of you to agree on everything. Agree to disagree about certain issues. As long as you agree on core values, such as how to raise your family, there’s a lot of room to debate everything else. Continue reading

Steve Harvey on Texting and Dating | Meredith Sweetpea


While watching the movie “Her,” Miss Meredith Sweetpea found herself noticing that almost all of the people in the background scenes were interacting with their phones and not with actual people.

Texting isn’t a real relationship. It may be fun to get that “ping” that notifies you that a new message has arrived. It may make you laugh for a moment. But it doesn’t take the place of having a real one-on-one interaction with someone–especially in the dating arena. Let’s see what the experts say…

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Relationship Expert
Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey’s Take on Texting and Dating

TV talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey has developed quite a following with men and women as the new “expert” on relationships, and he speaks up about texting and dating. He says that social networking websites and text messages can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, but it’s not the best way to date.
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