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- Redbook | Beauty – Tue, Dec 17, 2013 10:06 AM ESTEverything seems to shine a little brighter this time of year. So if you usually shy away from glitz, now is the time to dip your toes--and tips--in the stuff. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 17, 2013 10:04 AM EST
The cardio-heavy classes may seem like the ultimate calorie-scorchers, but experts say that's not necessarily enough. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.
Kristy, 31, a mom of one in New Jersey, decided to go on a gym kick last winter. "I still had about 10 pounds of baby weight from when I'd given birth a year before, and I finally felt like I had enough breathing room in my schedule to actually commit to going to the gym." Her workout of choice was spin, three mornings a week.
The result? Two months later, Kristy saw a change in the way her pants fit… They were tighter than ever. "I don't think that I was eating that much more, but I put on about five pounds. It was really disconcerting."
It turns out that her story is one that fitness experts hear all the time, especially as boutique spin studios like SoulCycle and FlyWheel have popped up around the country. These classes promise transformation, and, incorporating tons ofRead More »from 3 Reasons Why Spinning Might Not Be Worth it After All
- We've been obsessed with fashion trends since we went gaga for scrunchies in the 80s. So when it comes to personal style choices, we definitely support everyone's unique taste (because again, the scrunchie obsession happened). Still, every year trends come along that we selectively choose to pretend aren't happening. These are the clothes we gave the cold shoulder in 2013--and the totally legit reasons why. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Crop tops are NOT real-woman-approved.Crop tops
The navel-baring shirts last seen in the 90s were everywhere this year. And since people have become more knowledgeable about body strength and toning since the last time the crop top came around, the 2013 iterations are designed to reveal a careful sliver of perfect, Pilates-toned abs. Yeah, we're gonna have to pass.
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Whether or not these still carry a heavy association with Julia Roberts's outfits in Pretty Woman is up for debate, but the main reason we just can't get on board is because who has time to yank on tall boots
- Each of these books is beautifully written and illustrated,original, offbeat, even strange-with sassy characters perfect in their imperfection. The stories push boundaries. And they have heart. Here are some of my favorites from 2013. By Randall de Seve, REDBOOK.
That Is Not a Good Idea, by Mo Willems
Talk about offbeat! Put a sinister-seeming, soup-making fox and a plump goose together in a silent movie that's really a hilarious picture book and what do you get? From the charmingly irreverent Mo Willems--a very good idea. (My kids' school voted it their favorite picture book of the year.)
The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon KlassenRead More »from The 15 Best Children's Books of 2013
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. But the dark--an actual character full of graphic gravitas--is not afraid of Laszlo. One night, it comes to visit and teaches Laszlo how not to be afraid. And that is what will happen if you read this clever and visually engaging book. You will giggle nervously, deliciously so, at first--then in relief at how
- Redbook | In The Pantry – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 3:55 PM EST
'Tis the season for eating, so we're always looking for ways to make our favorite treats a little healthier. Enter this brownie recipe by Rebecca Andexler, author of cooking, baking, and parenting blog A Homemaker's Habitat. Andexler created the dark-chocolate sweets in collaboration with Bush's, which explains their secret nutritious ingredient: black beans. The beans give the brownies an extra healthy fiber boost, and no one ever needs to know your secret.
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 each large piece of parchment paper
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional topping)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional topping)
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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- Redbook | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:43 AM ESTEnough with the guilt! You can eat, drink, and still be merry--just follow these expert tips to navigate your hors d'oeuvres options healthfully this season. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.
Greek-yogurt-based dips vs. hummus
Using Greek yogurt in lieu of mayonnaise and cream cheese may lighten the calorie load, but these dips often contain cheese, which means saturated fats and cholesterol in every scoop. "Hummus is lower in calories and higher in polyunsaturated fats, which can help fight inflammation and heart disease," says Limor Baum, a nutrition therapist and registered dietitian.
Cheese balls vs. baked brie
"Serving size is the key here," says Baum, since both baked brie and cheese balls are made with high-fat cheeses that contain loads of artery-clogging saturated fats. So she suggests giving yourself a one-ounce limit, which is approximately the size of four dice and should only cost you about 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:43 AM ESTWho says chivalry is dead? This was the year we fell in love with our husbands all over again-as exemplified by these sweet gestures that made headlines. In 2013, we swooned… and then swooned again for these gentlemen. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Aaron Paul gushes about his new wife
The Breaking Bad star married Lauren Parsekian in May, and he may be the sweetest, most head-over-heels in love husband ever. Paul's effusive soundbites about his wife have even been turned into round-ups on sites like HuffPost and BuzzFeed because everyone wants to be a part of Paul and Parsekian's happy love story. Sample quote: "I will be in the honeymoon phase until I leave this planet. Getting married to Lauren was the greatest accomplishment of my life."
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Beckham and Harper made ever the supportive pair at Victoria Beckham's New York Fashion Week presentation. Even notoriously
- "It's the thought that counts" doesn't always feel true when you receive a present you didn't, er, expect. But you might be surprised by your husband's good intentions. By Cathy Garrard, REDBOOK.
A cooking class
What it doesn't mean: He thinks your skills are lacking.
What it does mean: He wants to nurture your creative side.
Perhaps he's seen you whip up new concoctions in your high-speed blender or slow-cooker and suspects you'd thrive with a little more know-how. "He could be envisioning how to prepare interesting, desirable new meals for the two of you or for your entire family to enjoy together," says Jane Greer, Ph.D., a marriage and family therapist in New York City.
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What it doesn't mean: He put no thought into it.
What it does mean: He wants you to like your present.
Sure, it can seem impersonal, but it does give you the chance to pick out exactly that handbag you've had your eye on for months. And if it truly irks you that he didn't personalize
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:42 AM EST
By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK
The end of the year is creeping up, which means it's almost time for your annual work performance review--that often-helpful but always-scary set of evaluations from your boss and colleagues. One New York writer, who apparently finds the practice particularly useful, has taken it out of the office and into her personal life--and she makes a compelling case in her Wall Street Journal essay, "Give Your Husband a Performance Review."
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- Sure, you realize that your daily lattes aren't exactly necessities. But once you discover what they, and other regular purchases, add up to, you'll realize it's time to think twice about shelling out. Trim the fat from your budget with these expert tips for saving big. By Maitland Greer, REDBOOK.
Restaurant dinners are fun, convenient, and way more relaxing than worrying about whipping up a home-cooked meal that will satisfy your whole family. But they're also costly. "If you spend $300 a month eating out and switch to a packed lunch or dinner at home once or twice a week, you'll save around $75 each month, or $900 a year," says Clare Levison, CPA, and author of Frugal Isn't Cheap.
Not ready to give up dining out? Take advantage of early-bird, mid-week, prix-fix, or late-night specials, purchase discounted gift cards from Restaurants.com, skip bottled water, BYOB, or try eating at the bar or having lunch instead of dinner at high-end restaurants. And if you makeRead More »from How to Save a Whopping $4,645 Next Year