Just one week of financial mindfulness can help you stop spending and break bad money patterns. These three women tried it -- and came out focused, motivated, and (yes!) richer. By Kenrya Rankin Naasel, REDBOOK.
There's something super-appealing about starting January on a clean financial page, especially if last year's page was covered with red ink. Experts suggest that you begin 2013 with a spending cleanse: a short, intense exercise that clears your head, zeroes in on your goals, and kicks off better buying habits.
"If you're trying to change, short-term interventions are a good first step," says Arlen T. Olberding, a certified financial planner in Fort Collins, CO. "They can break old routines and help establish successful new ones."
We found three women raring for a reboot and had them each try a reinvigorating, belt-tightening one-week plan crafted by a financial advisor. To start off any money cleanse, you need to figure out exactly what you're spending, so all the women
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Just one week of financial mindfulness can help you stop spending and break bad money patterns. These three women tried it -- and came out focused, motivated, and (yes!) richer. By Kenrya Rankin Naasel, REDBOOK.Read More »from The One Week Spending Cleanse We All Need
The holidays are over, the kids are back in school, and you're ready to jump back on the health wagon. Thanks to these little helpers, getting in shape is easier than ever. By Anthony Cave, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Best Fitness Apps for the New Year
A woman can only bake so many brownies for school bake sales, so run away - for an equally good cause. Charity Miles donates 10 cents per mile for bikers and 25 cents per mile for runners to the charity of your choice. Once you choose an organization, the app automatically tracks the distance you cover, and does all the work. Charity Miles, free, iPhone/iPad/Android.
Don't know where to start? Let your coach help you - virtually. Fitness Trainer automatically creates workout routines based on your body weight and offers exercises that can be done both at and outside of the gym as. Three mediums of instruction - audio, video and graphics - make the moves easy to follow. Fitness Trainer, $2.99, iPhone/iPad.
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The kids are asleep. You're sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and you realize you've worked out, made a serious dent in your to-do list, and are feeling rather proud of yourself. This is no dream. We've sourced the latest science and wisdom from the pros to make it this year's reality. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 13 Healthy Resolutions for 2013
Be a sugar detective
Want to lose almost 3.5 pounds by the end of the year without doing much at all? Take a peak at the ingredient lists of your favorite "healthy foods" which may be ladened with sneaky sugar. Case in point: A container of yogurt can pack 24 to 30 grams of sugar, and the RDA for a 1600-calorie diet is only 22 grams, or six teaspoons. Whole grains have no sugar, but often otherwise healthy cereals like granola have between 15 and 20 grams. Cut two teaspoons a day, and you'll keep yourself from eating a five-pound bag of sugar in 2013.
Love your body more - with a little vote of support
"It's not uncommon for women to have body image issues, but it
Sofas in February, bras in June -- everything hits a rock-bottom price sometime during the year. We grilled Dan de Grandpre, editor-in-chief of DealNews.com, and Mandy Walker, an editor for Consumer Reports, to find out when to shop for sales and what to buy each month. By Melody Warnick, REDBOOK.Read More »from Your 2013 Bargain Calendar
· Holiday decor and wrapping paper
· Linens (Invented by a Philly department store in 1878, "white sales" are now practically law.)
· Treadmills and ellipticals (Stores are trying to push these out the door before your resolutions tank!)
· Vacation packages
· Furniture (The lowest prices hit around Presidents' Day, in order to move merch at a traditionally sluggish time.)
· Homes and condos
· Lobsters and steaks (Grocery stores stock up for February 14 and discount immediately after.)
· Chocolate (Yes, it's from Valentine's Day--but really cheap!)
· Luggage (Retailers cut prices to boost sales in a month when people aren't traveling much.)
Mommy dearest always warned you about these things, and now, you find yourself repeating the maybe not-so-true sayings. In a quest to give his kids a better explanation than, "that's what grandma told me," Ken Jennings, author of Because I Said So!, uncovered the truth. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 11 Mom Sayings It's Okay to Ditch
"When you open the oven, all the heat goes out"
At age seven, there's nothing worse than waiting for the cookies to be ready. Thus comes the kitchen version of "are we there yet," prompting moms everywhere to claim checking the chocolate delights will only make them take longer. Yes, when an oven is left open for one minute, about one-quarter of the heat escapes, but it returns in less than that time because warmth radiates from the walls of the oven. No matter what you say or do, it'll be ten to 12 minutes until sweets-time.
"Sugar makes you hyper"
As a parent, it's difficult to admit that your kid's behavior was out-of-control - even though you know it happens to everyone. "It's more
- Redbook | Beauty – Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:21 AM EST
Your neck is the first place aging shows up, but panic not: We've got simple solutions and the best firming creams to take the years off, fast. By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK.
You may be diligent about taking care of your face, but it's time to focus your attention a little further south. Experts say your neck and décolletage are like the early-warning system of aging. "The skin there is much thinner, which means it's probably the first place you'll notice things like sunspots and crepiness," says Ava Shamban, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and the author of Heal Your Skin. To get this part of your body back to celebrating the same birthday (real or fudged) as your face, try these three steps.
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"If you only do one thing, make sure you moisturize your neck and chest every morning and night," Shamban says. "And treat these areas to the same anti-aging ingredients that are in your
Here's something to smile about in 2013: the ability to look younger and better put-together without trading in your whole closet - or emptying your bank account. Lois Joy Johnson, celebrity stylist and author of the new book, The Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age, tells you how. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 Ways to Look Great as You Age
Be bold with color
"I think we've all taken a lesson from Michele Obama that color really makes you stand out in a crowd," says Johnson. "Black can be draining, but the right colors can be energizing." Those colors that work with your complexion can make skin glow, soften lines and shadows, up your approachability, and boost your mood. If you want a non-scary alternative to black, pale neutrals like sand, ivory, and camel tend to work with everything. For more of a splash, find inspiration from your makeup colors (corals, cobalt, reds) and incorporate those shades into accessories like jewelry, bags, or scarves. The colors you feel good in are most likely
Your doctor acts a lot like you do as the ball drops: She drinks, eats, then wakes up the next day resolving to do better, health-wise, in the coming year. But she also knows what works (sane body and life changes) and what doesn't (crash dieting, pulling six muscles). That's why REDBOOK got the country's best docs to reveal their tips for a healthier, happier 2013. Read them and say, "Me too." By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Resolutions Top Doctors Make
"I'm going to eat less sugar."
"So often when trying to eat healthy, we focus on cutting out fat, but a cheeseburger might do less harm than the incredible sources of sugar packed into foods Americans consume. Sugar can raise cholesterol to dangerous levels, much more so than fat. And few people know this, but virtually all processed foods have sugar--everything from canned pasta sauce to the bread you probably eat every day. In fact, a serving of spaghetti sauce can have as much sugar as two chocolate chip cookies: 20 grams! The American Heart Association recommends
- Show gratitude to your favorite gift-givers with these unique, splashy ways to say, "gee, you shouldn't have, but I love you for it!" By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
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- Bid adieu to that bristley, awful feeling that strikes when you pull a sweater over your dry skin during the coldest months of the year with a slathering of these amazingly protective creams. By Kelsie Blazier, REDBOOK.
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