Eleven years in, Aaron Traister tells us the highly unusual ways he learned to be a good husband. P.S. There's useful info for women in here too.
Work with what you've got (source: MacGyver)
Forget the Cosbys and the Keatons. In terms of TV role models, MacGyver made the big impression. His message: You gotta use what you have instead of lamenting what you don't. MacGyver could defuse a bomb with a paper clip and cook a 12-pound ham with nothing but a sheet of tinfoil and pair of old socks. I think about him when my wife, Karel, and I talk about money. We may not have as much as we want, but we can turn a $30 gift card to Outback Steakhouse into a romantic night on the town. We might not be able to afford a trip to the water park, but we have a hose and a Slip 'N Slide, and after the kids go to bed we have a bottle of merlot to go with it (they don't let you bring wine to the water park). We might not have the house of our dreams, but we have a home we love. We get to live in it
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Eleven years in, Aaron Traister tells us the highly unusual ways he learned to be a good husband. P.S. There's useful info for women in here too.Read More »from 5 Unusual Ways Men Learn to Be Good Husbands
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Buzzfeed recently released a listicle of "40 things every self-respecting man over 30 should own," and it really gets to the heart of what being a "self-respecting man" means in terms of expensive material possessions. For instance, I never realized how heavily my lack of a leather wallet, flask (for when I want to drink and pick the kids up from school at the same time!), and decent car has been weighing on my sense of masculinity and self-worth.
I was trying to think about things I would add, but all my stuff - evil clown mask, side saddle, kitten formula, boxing gloves, and turkey baster - felt very specific to my own unique interests. Instead, I dug a little deeper and came up with this list of 10 things every self-respecting man over 30 should really own.
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1. An understanding of what it feels like to get knocked around. It builds empathy and compassion and keeps you humble.
2. An understanding of what
There may be certain yummy foods that you've completely banned from your diet, but experts say that there's no need for this type of black-and-white thinking. Every so often, enjoy one of these totally guilt-free. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from Indulging in These Treats is No Big Deal
Frozen blended coffee beverage
You may assume that all Starbucks Frappuccinos will wreck your diet. Not so, if you choose wisely. A large cinnamon dolce Frappuccino with whipped cream contains a whopping 480 calories. But a small, light, coffee-flavored Frappuccino with no whipped cream has only 90 calories. You could burn that off by walking just one mile. "According to U.S. dietary guidelines, if you eat 2,000 calories a day, 260 can be 'empty,'" says Ruth Frechman, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The Food Is My Friend Diet. "So you can have a small indulgence daily without feeling bad about it."
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A sugar-raised doughnut
If you're grabbing breakfast
The scientifically proven 7-minute exercise routine takes more time to think about than to just do. Our fitness guinea pig, Kelly Osbourne, is hooked. REDBOOK.Read More »from What You Need to Know About the 7-Minute Workout
I thought the seven-minute workout might be a fad, but it's not. I lost almost 70 pounds through consistent exercise, but sometimes I don't have a lot of time, so this routine is fabulous for maintenance. It's also a perfect way to get started if you've been on a break from fitness. If you put in all-out effort, researchers say you'll see results similar to a much longer workout-yes, in the time it takes to listen to your favorite song twice.
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What it is: 12 exercises that require no equipment-squats, planks, running in place, etc.-performed for 30 seconds each, with 10 seconds of transition between each move. It takes about seven minutes to do it once. Repeat if you have time for a longer workout.
1. Get yourself set up before you begin. You need to be near an open
A dietitian, dentist and makeup artist each share their most fool-proof teeth whitening tips. REDBOOK.Read More »from 3 Teeth Brightening Tricks that Really Work
The dietitian says: "We all know that coffee, tea, and red wine will stain your teeth, but dark snacks like blueberries, and condiments like tomato and barbecue sauces, are sneaky stain-causing foods too. That doesn't mean you have to swear them off, though! Just rinse your mouth with water right after eating, or stash sugar-free gum in your purse to chew post-meal to stimulate teeth-cleaning saliva." Then consider adding foods and drinks that work toward whiter teeth: "When you're at a cocktail party, order up a vodka pineapple-pineapple juice is rich in bromelain, a stain-removing enzyme-or hit the cheese plate, since cheeses have been shown to boost the pH level in your mouth, which strengthens your enamel." Strawberries are chock-full of malic acid, a tooth-whitening agent, "and crunchy fruits and veggies like apples and celery can scrub away stains as you chew." - Lisa Young,
- Redbook | Shine Food – Sun, Sep 29, 2013 1:04 PM EDT
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While no one can truly know what's going on between the two people in a marriage, the media has been speculating about Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom's relationship problems for months. Yesterday, Khloé posted the above quote from Alice in Wonderland on Instagram, and earlier in the week, she dropped the "Odom" from her username. Though she hasn't publicly addressed what's going on in her relationship, all of these actions allude to the personal drama she's been going through while dealing with her husband's rumored addiction.
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It used to be all about lying down on a couch in an analyst's office, but no more. With these fresh approaches to mental health gaining traction, your weekly session may be headed for an overhaul. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from These New Therapies Could Be Just What You Need
Sitting face-to-face in a room with an analyst can be intimidating, which is why Shannon Romig, a counselor in Castle Pines, CO, became a walking therapist. When you're strolling outside, you don't have to make eye contact, and you can engage all five senses. "You can stop to touch the trees, smell the flowers, and listen to the babbling creek," says Romig. "I take many clients on sunrise walks to help them forget the past and focus on the promise of a new day. Moving forward physically helps you move forward emotionally." Many studies have found that exercise helps ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. "Plus, the rhythm-left foot, right foot-helps people think. Clients say, 'It's as if my feelings were on the surface. I didn't have to dig,'" adds
"Blush makes you look young and refreshed," says Mally Roncal. And her cinnamon-bun trick is so smart. REDBOOK.Read More »from The Blush Trick that Takes Years Off Your Face
Pink, peach, and berry blushes can look great on all skin tones. All you have to do is tweak the intensity: If you're fair, choose a lighter shade; dark skin can handle more pigment. Smile to find the apples of your cheeks, which is where you'll start.
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Swirl the blush onto the apple of your cheek, working outward in a circle until you hit the top of the cheekbone. I call this the cinnamon-bun method (I'm not proud of how many of those I've eaten).
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Sweep the blush up and outward. This will lift your face and prevent the toy-soldier look you'd get if you only did the apples. Blending is important-you don't want any harsh lines. Follow the line of your cheekbone with the brush.
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She looks like she got eight
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