SWUG lifeAh, college. You enter a starry-eyed freshman, dreaming of getting that hunky older guy's attention at frat parties. If you're lucky, you'll meet your future husband, because (per a Princeton alum who made headlines last week), that's the only time in your life you'll be surrounded by a suitable dating pool. By the time you're a wizened senior though, you'll know the cold, hard truths: Those frat boys want freshman, not you. That husband you went to college to find isn't going to materialize.
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So what's an empowered woman who requires male validation to bolster her self-worth to do? Navel-gaze about the paradox in that last sentence? Not if you're a senior at Yale. The women of New Haven's storied Ivy will turn their single girl senioritis into a portrait of strong female identity, thank you very much. In fact, they've even got a name for it: SWUG, which stands for "senior washed-up girl."
What exactly is a SWUG and why would anyone want to be
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 9:01 AM EDT
SWUG lifeAh, college. You enter a starry-eyed freshman, dreaming of getting that hunky older guy's attention at frat parties. If you're lucky, you'll meet your future husband, because (per a Princeton alum who made headlines last week), that's the only time in your life you'll be surrounded by a suitable dating pool. By the time you're a wizened senior though, you'll know the cold, hard truths: Those frat boys want freshman, not you. That husband you went to college to find isn't going to materialize.Read More »from How Cute: 21-Year-Olds Think Female Empowerment is Giving Up
- Redbook | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 2:13 PM EDT
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Men Are Still Getting Paid More — and Why Exactly?
Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into 2013 women have to work to earn as much as men did in 2012. Might I remind you that it's April, meaning that women earned in 16 months what men do in the usual 12. The Huffington Post marked Equal Pay Day by quoting a startling statistic from the Center for American Progress: "As late as 2011, 97 percent of full-time working women were in jobs that typically paid men more."
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What's more, certain professions have a higher wage disparity than others. Female personal financial advisors earn only 61.3 percent of what their male counterparts do. Of the 534 professions listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women out-earn men in seven of them. Yes, seven out of 534.
The wage gap starts at the very beginning. Sarah Jane Glynn, senior policy analyst at American Progress, told HuffPo that research shows women are less likely than men to
Or how I learned to let go and make peace with Gmail categories. By Meghann Foye, REDBOOK.Read More »from Clean Your Inbox in 7 Easy Steps
I haven't always had such an uneasy relationship with my email inbox. But after a few job changes over as many years, things have gotten a little nutty. At first I rationalized it - 2,279 unread personal emails aren't so bad, when they're mostly coming from places like Rue La La, Banana Republic and Expedia. But then I had another thought: I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by the tide of life lately - letting gym appointments slip, forgetting to send back shower RSVPs on time, canceling plans with friends because I'm too pooped. Maybe it's normal to move slower coming after a long winter, but it's not like me to be in constant apology mode. So when Sheree Wu, my friend and co-founder of Solution Mavens, offered to consult with me on an email clean-up, I sent back a resounding, "Yes!" Can I well-organized inbox result in a fully working life? I think maybe it can.
Consider using her
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from Should Mothers Admit They Regret Having Children?
All parents have moments when they question their decision to have children or dream about the days when it was just the two of them. For most of us, though, they're just brief, passing thoughts brought on during stressful times like "let's everyone have a temper tantrum at once" and "this trip to Disney World with a three-year-old and six-month-old may have been a mistake." This isn't the case for Isabella Dutton. She freely admits that having two children is "the biggest regret of her life." What's more, England's Daily Mail did an entire story about her wish that she'd remained childless.
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"My son Stuart was five days old when the realization hit me like a physical blow: having a child had been the biggest mistake of my life," the article begins. It wasn't a matter of needing to settle into motherhood or maybe that infants don't provide as much entertainment as older children, either. Dutton had never wanted
She has a raging sweet tooth and never goes for "skim or low-fat anything - ever." Here are the healthy eating tips that keep the spotlight-savvy mom of two fueled all day. REDBOOK.Read More »from Look What Kourtney Kardashian is Eating
'I can never follow a diet," says the eldest Kardashian sister, who confesses that her family eats dinner at her mother's house at least twice a week. "She always has a huge spread-soups, salads, pasta, rice, meatballs-and I like to have a little bit of everything." That's no problem, according to registered dietitian Elisa Zied, author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips. "Overall, Kourtney consumes some really healthy foods," Zied says. "To tame her sugar cravings, I'd suggest more whole grains." This is what Kourtney ate the day we caught up with her.
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"I start the day with a teaspoon of ghee-clarified butter that I melt and drink. It's an Ayurvedic thing that doesn't taste good, but it's good for you."
"I go through phases where I eat
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Apr 9, 2013 10:11 AM EDT
One writer fell hard for a world of pretty pictures and life-envy - until she realized it was time for a reality check. By Julie Tilsner, REDBOOK.Read More »from My Affair with Pinterest — and How I Ended it for the Best
It begins as love affairs typically do. You're introduced innocently, through a friend. You're not even interested because you're not looking for more social media and besides, why pin pictures of things on the Internet?
One night when the kids are down, and the hubs is out with his boys, you pour a glass of wine and decide to check this Pinterest thing out. What's all the buzz about?
You create an account and are immediately accosted by a tidal wave of images. Suddenly, you spy the cutest pair of red pumps. And then a living room painted a color that makes you gasp out loud. And that bedroom, with those windows! And apricot rice pudding popsicles, really?
You invite your friends to "follow" you, and are delighted when they all quickly respond by "re-pinning" your first tentative pins. It's like girl's night out right here
By Aaaron Traister, REDBOOK.Read More »from The Guy Perspective on Going Gluten-Free
Recently, a terrible disturbance in the Force has been felt across this great land; a disturbance caused by the malicious infiltration of breads and legumes into our diet. That loaf of sourdough sitting on your counter is going to get you tonight at dinner - it's going to get you good. Those innocuous-looking legumes want you fat and dead.
That's why it's important to fight breads and legumes by eating like a caveman (for the dudes) and going gluten-free (for the ladies). Ever since the Mesopotamians figured out how to irrigate the land along the Tigris and Euphrates and grow 35 varieties of long-grain rice, the world has been in a state of steady and constant decline. For all of Sumeria's fancy Ziggurats and metal working, they sure didn't have a very good understanding of what makes a killer summer bikini body, and now their ignorance has doomed us all to be heavy, out-of-shape lumps of suet.
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But wait! We're not
Sitting down with a year's worth of paperwork is no fun, but your refund's arrival is enough to make you jump for joy. Lisa Greene-Lewis, Lead CPA of the American Tax and Financial Center at TurboTax helps make it even sweeter with these often-missed write-offs. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 Sneaky Tax Breaks for Moms
If you're concerned about working after school lets out for summer, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Under the Child & Dependent Care Credit, day camp and daycare for children under 13 are tax deductible, presuming you're using the program so that you can work or look for work. Depending on your income, the deductible percentage ranges from 20 to 35 percent. For a family whose annual household income is $60,000, that amounts to $1,200 for two or more children, or $600 for one child. To qualify for a higher tax credit, your adjusted gross income must fall below $43,000.
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If you operate your business out of a home-office or telecommute, a
With colleagues that bring cupcakes, 4 o'clock trips to the vending machine, and the fact that you need a pre-gym fix, eating healthy at work is no easy feat. That's why we invited nutritionist Keri Gans to REDBOOK - and asked her to make over our snacks. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.Read More »from Yep, Your Office is Making You Gain Weight
Instead of chocolate-covered strawberries…
These babies are delicious, but despite being made of fruit, they're unlikely to satisfy you. You're better off with something that has "the full meaning of a healthy snack," says Gans. "A snack should be a mini-meal that helps hold you over until your next meal so you aren't starved. It's important that it consists of some protein, healthy fat, and fiber." If you're set on having some chocolate - and who isn't? - sip a glass of low fat chocolate milk with a side of strawberries. Unlike the chocolate coating, the dairy equivalent has nine essential nutrients such as calcium vitamin D, potassium, and protein.
Instead of peanut butter crackers…
Sure, bringing your snack
Don't start your day stressing! Experts dish on how they put themselves in a relaxed state of mind each morning. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from What Top Life Coaches Are Doing from 6 to 8 A.M
Ease into waking up
Does your alarm clock honking at a nearly eardrum-shattering volume really make you want to get out of bed? Chances are, it has you shoving your pillow over your head and hitting the snooze button. Newsflash: There's a less traumatic way to rise and shine. "I wake up to soothing music or nature sounds that gradually intensify," says Lev Natan, a life coach at The Medicine Tree Center in New York's Hudson Valley. "I make a playlist. The first song might be a gentle flute tune, the trickle of a stream, or the 'om' chant. The second song might be more energizing, such as rhythmic drumming." Banish the default iPhone alarm that greets you at 7 a.m., and scroll through other options - or consider shelling out the 99 cents for a more soothing tone.
Ask yourself one question
As soon as you wake up, assess how you feel about life in