Despite your best efforts, your home's become cluttered up over the years, resulting in a cramped feeling you can't seem to shake. But you-yes, you-can create a functional and personal space, thanks to Small Apartment Hacks author Jenna Mahoney's tweaks, each of which will make your house feel a little more mansion-like. By Julianne Adams, REDBOOK.
Have a vision
A surefire way to overcrowd a small space is by trying to do too much. "Avoid a hodgepodge of style, stuff, and furniture that just looks like an overcrowded mishmash," writes Mahoney. Instead, step back for a three-minute meditation to figure out exactly what you want. Then start taking notes, gathering images, and sketching out your space. Unsure of the right vibe? "When in doubt, go classic," Mahoney says. "Choose furniture with sleek, clean lines in neutral colors."
Make it yours
Once you've figured out the general direction you'd like your space to take, think about you. "Identify the three things that you love
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- Redbook | At Home – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 9:56 AM EDT
Despite your best efforts, your home's become cluttered up over the years, resulting in a cramped feeling you can't seem to shake. But you-yes, you-can create a functional and personal space, thanks to Small Apartment Hacks author Jenna Mahoney's tweaks, each of which will make your house feel a little more mansion-like. By Julianne Adams, REDBOOK.Read More »from 11 Little Hacks That'll Make Your Apartment Feel Huge
You know organic groceries may be the way to go, but since a high percentage of toxins can be found in your house, it may be time to do a thorough sweep of your abode, too. Here are ten places chemical disruptors could be lurking. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Ways Your Home Could Be Toxic
"People spend more than 80 percent of their time inside, where air may be even more polluted than outdoors," says James L. Sublett, M.D. Newer homes are designed to be energy-efficient, meaning there's not much ventilation, and irritants like dust mites, mold, and pet dander get sealed inside, potentially aggravating conditions such as allergies and asthma. To filter the air in all of the rooms in your home, Sublett recommends getting a MERV 11 or 12 disposable high-efficiency filter for your furnace and air-conditioning system. Change the filters every three months, and leave the fan on your air conditioner so pollutants such as pollen don't get trapped indoors. You can find filters at allergyzone.com.
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 5:07 PM EDT
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Why This Hospital Live-Tweeted a Double Mastectomy Yesterday
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while it's safe to assume most Americans are "aware" of breast cancer, many of the disease's realities only enter into our lives when someone we know is diagnosed. And while Angelina Jolie revealed that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year-and even described the many steps involved in the procedure in The New York Times-it's hard to truly grasp everything that goes into treatment decisions. That's why we were so inspired by these two unique ways in which both cancer patients and doctors used social media to help spread the type of awareness this month should really be about.
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Yesterday, PRMA Plastic Surgery and Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio live-tweeted Melissa Ray, a mother of two from Arizona, undergoing a preventative mastectomy similar to Angelina Jolie's. Every step of the operation was
- Redbook | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 5:24 PM EDT
Don't get us wrong: We love a good seasonal ingredient. But doesn't it feel like pumpkin spice is in everything this fall? Just today, we learned of the new "Pumpkin Spice" Clif Bars, pumpkin spice muffins, and there's even pumpkin spice candy corn! It felt a lot more special when it was limited to a few craft beers and Starbucks lattes. This video hilariously captures the pumpkin spice overload that's threatening to overwhelm autumn's seasonal food and drinks. That said, while we love joking about the profusion of pumpkin products, we still enjoy spice-infused recipes done right, and are off to make these cake pops right about now...Read More »from Have We Reached Complete Pumpkin Spice Saturation?
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Pumpkin-spiced cake pops
2 cups crumbled yellow cake
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
12 lollipop sticks
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- Redbook | Beauty – Wed, Oct 2, 2013 9:38 AM EDT
Crisp autumn temperatures, richly-hued leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes are synonymous with October, and so is this makeup. Kick off the season right with an array of fall's hottest shades. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.
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Tying the knot means committing to a lifetime of love, happiness, and possibly starting a family. But it also means some major changes to your finances. Here's how to make sure you're in tip-top shape, so you can focus on the way more fun parts of being a newlywed. By Sarah Kaufman, REDBOOK.Read More »from The True Cost of Getting Married
The big question here is whether to file separately or jointly. If you and your spouse aren't earning equal income, it could work to your advantage to file together. However, if your pay is close to the same, filing jointly can result in owing more, says Mitch Fox, director of product management at TurboTax. "The result is what's known as the 'marriage penalty.'" However, this really only affects married couples whose combined income is $150K or more. The reason? Your deductions limit has to be shared, meaning you can only write off half as much.
"The best defense against the marriage penalty is being prepared," Fox said. "There aren't many tax strategies available to the average
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
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
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Mon, Sep 30, 2013 4:44 PM EDT
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Things Every Self-Respecting Man Over 30 Should Really Own
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