Tori Spelling makes Halloween decorations that are much cuter-- and cheaper!--than anything you'll find at the drugstore.
My kids have more fun giving out candy than getting it. And because Halloween is just as much for adults as it is for kids, I wanted a candy table that looked Halloween chic. Craft stores always have basics like skulls made from plaster or plastic and fake plastic spiders. There are a lot of mini projects on this table, but they were so easy!
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Set your ghoulish table:
1. Glitter skulls: Use a paintbrush to cover plaster skulls with Elmer's Glue, then generously pour glitter over them. When dry, shake off the excess.
2. Candy dish: Glue-gun small plastic skulls around the base of the bowl. Turn it upside down and spray the bottom and the skulls with gold spray paint.
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3. Cobweb votives: Cut cheesecloth into long strips and wrap it around Mason or jam jars, securing with
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- Redbook | At Home – Wed, Oct 9, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Tori Spelling makes Halloween decorations that are much cuter-- and cheaper!--than anything you'll find at the drugstore.Read More »from Chic D.I.Y. Halloween Decorations that Prove Halloween is for Adults, Too
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Is Bruce and Kris' Separation a Smart Move?
Yesterday, Bruce and Kris Jenner announced that they're separating after 22 years of marriage. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way. But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority," the couple said in a statement to E! News. It's a common refrain to hear when couples announce a split, but what does it really mean?
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"Separation is a Band-Aid," says Rachel DeAlto, a relationship expert and the author of Flirt Fearless. "At times, people are not ready to commit to a complete dissolution of the marriage, and a separation gives them time to think about the relationship and if it's worth saving." And while any form of separation has a negative impact on children, it's important to note the Jenner's promise to keep their family their number one
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 8, 2013 9:45 AM EDT
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 Ways to Take Control of Your Life During Your Lunch Break
Cause this current situation isn't quite working for you. When this study demonstrating the detrimental effects not taking a lunch break can have on both mental and physical fatigue was published in Academy of Management Journal this week, all we could do was nod and commiserate. Researchers found that employees who worked during lunch not only felt more tired at the end of the day, their co-workers noticed their fatigue. It also showed a marked difference in mood if the decision to work instead of taking a lunch break was the employee's choice or something their boss had mandated.
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With these two findings in mind, we spoke to Healther McCloskey Beck, the author of Take the Leap: Do What You Love 15 Minutes a Day and Create the Life of Your Dreams about how to take control over your lunch break. Her suggestions will not only relieve you of that end-of-day, just-want-to-crash-on-the-couch feeling, they'll also help turn down requests that break into your mid-day
- 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
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
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