Your days are like your dollars -- if you don't have a plan for them, they have a way of disappearing. To take control and manage your time, audit your week to carve out space for your priorities while rooting out time-wasters. By Christina Breda Antoniades, REDBOOK.
Manage your time
You meant to spend the morning prepping for a meeting. But first you opened email--and now it's noon. "People focus on what's in front of them and forget everything else," says David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done. "All their energy goes toward patching cracks and catching up. They never get ahead." Break that cycle by treating your time like it's money.
Spend a week tracking how you spend your time now. "Chances are, you'll be shocked," says Julie Morgenstern, the author of Time Management From the Inside Out.
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Tally your "expenses"
Put your commitments into a few broad categories--think family, career, hobbies, housework,
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Your days are like your dollars -- if you don't have a plan for them, they have a way of disappearing. To take control and manage your time, audit your week to carve out space for your priorities while rooting out time-wasters. By Christina Breda Antoniades, REDBOOK.Read More »from Brilliant Idea: Make a Time Budget
Why did we tap these particular pairs for their wisdom? Because when you've been together longer than you've had a driver's license, you learn some incredible lessons along the way. REDBOOK.Read More »from How to Make a Marriage Last: Real Couple Secrets
''Prioritize time for yourselves. My husband's hobby is running and mine is performing stand-up comedy. We plan vacations around his marathons, and he attends all of my shows. We love our date nights, but everyone needs something that matters just to them." -- Caroline and Scott Ceniza Levine, together since they were 17
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''Humor feeds our minds, so we try to keep each other laughing. We send silly texts and pictures all day long to make each other smile." -- Abbie Gale and James Sancrant, together since they were 18
'' Our marriage is successful in no small part due to couples therapy. It's the best money we've ever spent. Sometimes another set of eyes on your relationship can help you untangle the things that seem impossible." -- Cynthia and Frank Bailey,
The New Year can kick-start a lot of worthy projects, from clearing out your inbox to liberating your fridge of wait-is-that-cheesecake? But we can all agree that love is more important than any overdue expense report. "Even the strongest relationships can do with a little tidy-up now and then," Jill P. Weber, Ph.D. and author of the upcoming book Having Sex, Wanting Intimacy, wisely points out. And since nobody has time for a full-on couples retreat (good luck convincing your guy to do one of those anyway), we've narrowed it down to one week and nine no-biggie steps. The reward? Happiness. By Ayana Byrd, REDBOOK.Read More »from Break Your Bad Relationship Habits
Monday: Swap chores.
You know the way you despise the dinner dishes? Well, that's probably the way your husband feels about walking the dog, so make a trade and take on his busywork. Turns out, people in strong relationships spend time thinking about how to make life easier for each other. "A single thoughtful act sets the tone for more positive interactions," says
- Redbook | Parenting – Mon, Jan 14, 2013 3:15 PM EST
Claire DanesI will admit it: When Claire Danes, all angles and plunging gown, started talking about her baby at the Golden Globes, I said to my husband, "She had a baby? I don't look like that at all." But immediately after I said it, I was already bored with the discussion. He doesn't care and I don't actually care-it's just an easy thing to say. Because it's what everybody says.
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Indeed, Claire Danes, Megan Fox, and Adele were all the buzz this morning for "flaunting" their "gorgeous" post-baby bodies at the awards ceremony last night. And Kristin Bell, petite and pregnant, was "glowing." Yes, they did all look fabulous. Insanely fabulous. They're famous, remember? We all know it's their job to look good, they can afford trainers and childcare and all that.
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The average American consumes a whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, reveals the surprising places the sweet stuff is lurking, and how to cut back to the American Heart Association's recommended six teaspoons per day. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from How Sugar Sneaks into Your Diet
When you eat an entire bag of gummy bears, or down a large soda the movies, you're aware of what you're getting yourself into. But more than half of the sugar in our diets is strewn across the entire range of what we eat, put there by the food industry to make things taste, well, sweeter. And even if you're a careful reader of nutrition labels, you might never know it. "There are 56 names for sugar," says Dr. Lustig. "If you can figure out a way to have five or six different kinds of sugar in one product, then you can make some type of sugar fall further down the list. When you add them up, they add up to number one."
Your children need a college fund. You need a retirement fund. And you want a rainy day fund. Make all three work for you with this collection of REDBOOK's best tips ever on how to brighten your financial life. REDBOOK.Read More »from 12 Lazy Ways to Save Money
1. Borrow instead
Could you borrow a dress for a big dinner or an immersion blender from a friend, or swap for it? If swapping's an option, check out websites such as PaperBackSwap.com for books, SwapBabyGoods.com for tots' toys, or swapmamas.com for household items and kitchen supplies. If your son's going to give up on those LEGOs in a few months anyway, it may not be worth shelling out big bucks.
2. Retirement trumps tuition
You know when you're on an airplane and the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first before assisting a child? Saving for your long-term financial needs is the same way. If you don't prepare for your own future first, you won't be able to help your children when they need it. There is no financial aid for
Try these 10 instant ways to make your hair look thicker, fuller, and bouncier - right now. Gorgeous bombshell hair, here you come! By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.Read More »from How to Fake Fuller Hair
Blow me away
A few tweaks to your blow-dry technique can majorly boost your results. Start by flipping your head to either side as you rough-dry your hair with your hands. Then, once you begin styling with a round brush, pull each section out to the side, at a 90-degree angle, instead of flipping your hair over and straight down. This technique will add thickness and bounce throughout the hair, instead of just at the roots.
Change up your products
Reach for a volumizing mousse instead of a spray formula to fatten up strands. Here's why: While you usually only target thickening sprays at the roots, you can run mousse throughout your hair so it coats and thickens each strand for all-over volume that won't fall flat by lunchtime. Work a quarter-size dollop into damp hair before styling it. Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($26)
Send him one of these messages, and he'll be at the door before you can say, "see you later, honey." By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Texts to Make Him Eager to Come Home Tonight
1. "I'm trying on bras but I need a second opinion."
2. "Waiting for you at home: beer, chips, and best of all, me!" - Nicole Hennelly, via Facebook
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3. "You, last night. #makingmeblushtoday"
4. "Tonight's plan: making you appreciate chocolate as much as I do. You'll see."
5. "Picked up a surprise for after the kids go to sleep. I think we need to move up their bedtime for tonight."
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6. "I found my cheerleading outfit. It still fits."
7. "My thoughts are unusually R-rated today. I can't imagine why…"
8. "So, I'm really learning a lot at that pole dancing class…"
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9. "This text message is a gift certificate for one move of your choice tonight. Present it at the door."
New research has shown that nostalgia can make us feel warmer, so get ready to kick it old-school for the hottest date night ever. By Lauren Levine, REDBOOK.Read More »from 15 Old-School Date Ideas
Shake it up at a malt shop
Grab your guy and lock eyes over a frothy milkshake at an old-fashioned diner - poodle skirts and letter jackets totally optional. We guarantee you'll be pinned by the end of the night.
Take a carriage ride
This old-fashioned means of conveyance carries an air of fairytale magic thanks to Cinderella and the pumpkin-turned-carriage she took to the royal ball. Step back into yesteryear (or into the fairytale) and snuggle under a blanket in the back of a hansom carriage.
Admit it: Playing laser tag was a total blast at the birthday parties you went to as a kid. Even back then, it was fun to flirt with your crush by chasing each other through the black-lit passages. Now that you're older, laser tag won't lose its neon luster if you get dressed up in your finest battle fatigues and have a
A few wrong plucks and you can go from looking like Heidi Klum to Cruella De Vil. Eyebrow experts Kristie Streicher of Streicher Beauty Bar and Anastasia Soare explain why having well-groomed arches is so important. By Robyn Macy, REDBOOK.Read More »from Why Your Brow Shape Matters
Balance your features
"Eyebrows are the framework for the entire face," says Soare. "The proper eyebrows can balance wide cheekbones or make the length of the face appear more proportionate." And according to her, beauty is all about emphasizing the features you love, and taking attention away from those that are less than ideal. Get your brows up to the job the easy way by tweezing after a shower, or dab a warm wash cloth over your face to let the follicles soften, making the hairs come out less painfully.
Frame your face
Let your face shape, features and natural eyebrows - not celeb trends - determine the style of your brow," says Streicher. What works for Michelle Obama's square-oval shape may not suit you, so before you bring her