By Alice Bradley
Eight years ago, when I found out that I was pregnant with my son, Henry, I was thrilled. For approximately five minutes. And then I began to worry.
My default worry is my son. There's no rational cause for concern here. Henry is a great 7-year-old. We are, by all objective standards, incredibly lucky. But still my brain goes around and around, like a hamster with a furrowed brow on his Wheel of Doom: What am I not doing right? How am I failing as a mother? Didn't I forget to do... I don't know... something?
"Oh, just you wait until he's a teenager," my sister, Liz, cautioned me. Liz has two grown sons. Liz is a positively tranquil soul compared to me, but being a mom will, it seems, knock the calm right out of anyone. "Wait until Henry is driving, or until he has friends who drive. That'll take years off your life."
"Oh, Henry won't be allowed to hang out with people who drive," I explained to her. "Or with any people. We're going to buy him a pet rock. A soft
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Bed bugs tap-danced their way across New York City this summer, and now there's news of more bed bug infestations across the country.Read More »from What You Really Need to Know About Bed Bugs
Fall and winter mean holiday travel, and travel presents some of bed bugs' favorite opportunities to spread: They love taxis, hotel rooms, seats on subway platforms, coat checks, airplane cargo holds...if you thought bed bugs spiked this summer, just wait until the season gets into full swing. (Get a head start on the season with these fun ideas!)
There's no foolproof way of keeping bed bugs out of your life (and thinking you're immune makes you a fool), but there are ways to minimize your risk and catch infestations before they get serious. Here's what you need to know.
Bed bugs are skilled travelers. They can hitch a ride into your home on used furniture (upholstered AND wooden pieces; they love small spaces, and can both hide and lay eggs in the tiniest crack). They can infest your luggage via hotel rooms and taxi trunks (a favorite hiding place).
What's the secret to a long, successful marriage? These well-known couples share the little things that keep their love strong. What do you think is the best happy-marriage advice?Read More »from 7 Star Couples Still Going Strong
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, married 12 years
This A-list couple flaunts their secret: "Have great sex to have a great marriage," Jada told REDBOOK.
Related: Sex Secrets of Really Happy Couples
George and Barbara Bush, married 65 years
When it comes to handling life's stress, Barbara has said, "You either grow apart or together. We always turned to each other."
Related: Couples Confess: What You Really Need for a Happy Marriage
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink, married 11 years
"You have to make time to spend together and to work through your issues," the heartthrob has said. "The more we grow and learn, the closer we get."
Related: How to Communicate Better as a Couple
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, married 22 years
How do they keep the sizzle going? Bacon said just last year, "I think you've
- Redbook | Fashion – Tue, Sep 28, 2010 9:06 PM EDT
"Anti-aging" conjures up pricey treatments and (yikes!) needles but you can fight fine lines and look younger with some simple lifestyle changes too. Here, some easy fixes to shave off a few years fast, and several more to keep them off longer-term. Do them all, and you might just get carded.Read More »from Surprising Ways to Look Younger by Spring â€” or Right Now!
Start looking younger...
Experiment with an artfully messy part. It adds volume while masking gray or grown-out roots. When your hair is damp, rake your fingers through, haphazardly pulling a few tendrils from one side of your part to another. Imperfection is the goal - if it takes you longer than 30 seconds, you're trying to hard. Another hairstyle to keep you looking younger? Try girly braids (with a grown-up twist).
Wear blush. It creates cheekbones, makes your eyes sparkle, and warms up your whole face. Our favorite look-young trick from Bobbi Brown: Dust a bronzer along cheekbones with an extra-big fluffy brush, then swipe a bright pink on the apples of the cheeks. Start with
- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Sep 27, 2010 11:00 PM EDT
To give pumpkins and gourds majestic flair that will last the season (dried gourds will last even longer), try gilding them - a simple technique that isn't just for frames, mirrors, and palaces.Read More »from Gilded Gourds: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Prettiest Pumpkins on the Block
First, cut a four-inch hole in the bottom of each pumpkin, scoop out the pulp, and reserve the seeds for making tasty treats. (You can skip these initial steps if using dried gourds, like we did.) Wash the outer shell with a multipurpose cleaner and a soft cloth to remove dirt and oils. Dry the surface completely, then draw the desired design on the shell with a pencil. (We wanted these to look as if they'd been dunked in gold and silver leaf.)
Related: 4 Ways to Eat Pumpkin Seeds (They're Good for You!)
Using the Country Living Artisans Collection paint kit by Carol Kemery ($34 to $40; caromalcolours.com), liberally spread an even layer of the basecoat on the pumpkin. Let it air-dry about two hours (you can give yourself a makeover here while you wait!) - or speed the process with a hair
Antibiotic resistance started making headlines about 10 years ago, when experts discovered that thanks to 60 years of excessive use of the meds, many common bacteria had learned how to outsmart them. As these bacteria reproduce and become more powerful, fewer drugs are strong enough to combat even common infections, rendering the bugs more dangerous. Unfortunately, kids are most vulnerable: Children have the highest rate of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Read More »from Could Medicine Be Making Your Kids Sick?
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But don't be too quick to blame pill-happy pediatricians. Turns out that parents continue to push for antibiotic prescriptions even when kids don't need them (are moms wired to worry?). In a 2002 survey, doctors admitted prescribing antibiotics 65 percent of the time if they thought parents expected them, but only 12 percent if they felt parents didn't. Not only does overprescription of antibiotics help set the stage
There's never enough time in the day, especially on frantic mornings. When you're trying to fit in breakfast (don't skip it - try these healthy breakfast ideas for people in a hurry!), find an outfit that doesn't look like you've slept in it (for inspiration check out Brooke Burke's sexy style for a busy schedule), and squeeze in a few extra minutes of beauty sleep (find out how much sleep you really need), it can be tough to cram in a proper beauty routine too. These beauty discoveries will get you extra gorgeous - and out the door - ASAP.Read More »from Six Easy Ways to Shorten Your Beauty Routine
1. Great hair in a spritz
Add movement and moisture to tired hair with a few pumps of mineral spray. Try Salon by Sally Hershberger Mineral Spray 3D Texture Layer Lift, $24.
Another time-saver? Skip the wash and use dry shampoo instead!
2. Clear-skin quickie
Colored pigments help to erase blotches and spots on the skin. We like Stila One Step Correct, $36, for its mix of green, lavender, and peach pigments and cool creamy texture.
Here's a shocking piece of research: Nearly half of women suffer from what's called "bag-lady syndrome" - a none-too-PC term for the fear of finding yourself suddenly destitute, especially in old age. This fear plagues even those earning as much as $100,000 a year - and in some ways, it's justified: Women earn 77 cents for each dollar men earn and live, on average, five years longer than men do, so we are more likely to find ourselves with dwindling resources as we age.Read More »from 3 Steps Toward a Better Financial Future
Here are three steps you can take right now to plan for the future.
1. Build an emergency fund with at least six months of living expenses.
A recent poll found that 61 percent of people don't have a three- to six-month safety cushion, though they claim it's their number-one financial goal. Even just thinking about saving up such a large amount can be daunting, so do it gradually. Have $50 or $100 automatically withdrawn each month from your checking account and plopped into a savings account. And remind yourself
- Redbook | Stay Well For Fall – Thu, Sep 16, 2010 9:29 PM EDT
Not sure what's causing your child to feel rundown? Check out these common symptoms of colds, the flu, and allergies along with helpful treatment for each problem.Read More »from Cold, Flu, or Allergies? How to Tell What Your Child Has
It may be a cold if... your child is up and about, even if she has a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, a sore throat, and a cough. Symptoms tend to come on slowly and last no more than two weeks, says Sara Caldararo, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. If your child does have a fever, it's typically low-grade. Some kids may have mild aches, including headaches.
What to do: Make sure your child gets plenty of fluids and rest. Try a cool-mist humidifier to relieve congestion. Cold symptoms that last several weeks - especially if your child has a headache, a low-grade fever, and (for an older child) facial pain - may signal a sinus infection, which requires antibiotics.
Related: Bad Cough? Find Out if It's Whopping Cough or Croup... Plus How to Treat
Don't just stand there in your undies, staring at your clothes in despair. Listen to Tim Gunn, fashion expert, Project Runway mentor, and the creative brain behind Liz Claiborne's exclusive new line at JC Penney. He's the go-to guy for classic, looks-good-on-everyone style.Read More »from Tim Gunn's Rules to Dress By
"Hey, Tim! What should I wear today?"
These basics, mixed and matched, will help you get through the week without looking like you've worn the same piece more than once.
The Plaid Skirt
"The silhouette of a classic, slim, pencil-style skirt is very flattering for most women," says Tim. (We love the oversize print!) Plus, 60% of men love the sung fit of a pencil skirt. (See what else men find sexy.)
"It can easily be dressed up or down, and makes any outfit look instantly fresh," Tim says. Try these other double-duty items that go from day to night with minimal effort.
"Every woman should own a well-fitting little black dress - it's forever chic," Tim says. Here are four other dresses every