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Now's the time to clean out your freezer! Trust us, you'll need the extra space to test these 14 grown-up popsicles, plus seven other refreshing adults-only treats we came across. By Alexa Tucker, REDBOOK.
Courtesy of Confections of a Foodie BrideWhite Sangria Popsicles
Courtesy of Confections of a Foodie Bride
1 bottle dry white wine
½ cup simple syrup
½ cup orange liqueur
2 cups chopped fruit (recommended: strawberries, green apples, peaches and blackberries)
Combine wine, syrup, and orange liqueur. Juice 1 lemon into mixture. Slice other lemon thinly and halve the slices. Add in remaining fruit. Pour into 3-ounce paper cups and freeze for 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. Yields 24.
Courtesy of Bakers RoyaleBlackberry Prosecco Popsicles
Courtesy of Bakers Royale
1⁄3 cup blackberries
4 oz crème de cassis
Splash of fresh lime juice
2 pinches lime zest
20 oz Prosecco
Pour crème de cassis on blackberries and crush. Add lime juice and zest. Put 1 tsp of mixture into each popsicle form and pour Prosecco on
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK. Getty Images
Potty training is the final gauntlet of parenting toddlers and definitely falls under the category of "better to laugh than to cry." Of course the end product is worth all the struggle, but in the meantime, those of us still in the trenches like knowing we've got company.
1. Cutsey talk. "Every time I squeal, 'Oh sweetie! That is the best poopy ever! Yay!! And it DOES look like a bridge!' I want to look around and check for the hidden camera." - Maria
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"I felt like a 'poop midwife,' coaxing them to just 'push a little more,' and 'keep trying.'" - Melissa
2. How every toilet outside of our house becomes a huge attraction. "I like the enthusiasm, but we can't go to a park, store, or restaurant without having to visit the restroom-possibly multiple times." - Robyn
3. Laundry. "The other day I accidentally washed a pair of dirty toddler undies with my laundry-a fact I didn't discover until I made it to the gym, worked up
Ever wonder, Would he really care if I totally stopped shaving my legs? Or totally started putting the moves on him? In the name of relationship research, we had real women make those changes and more. You won't believe what never showed up on his radar. By Ronnie Koenig, REDBOOK.
Getty ImagesExperiment 1: Become the initiator
"It's not that I never initiate sex," says Michelle, 42. "It's just usually only after I've had a few cocktails. I know he won't reject me, but it's out of my comfort zone." Her husband, Bill, has mentioned that he doesn't like being the one who always gets things going, so Michelle decided to go a little Lady Marmalade on him. They'd just walked through the door after running errands one afternoon when, Michelle says, "I gave him a deep kiss. Before I had a chance to do anything else, he took off with it!" So a few nights later, she lost the subtlety. She put on her sexiest underwear and flashed Bill before they went out. "When we got home, I started kissing him and
Choosing your next read requires a quick mood check: Do you want something light and frothy or serious and engaging? These top picks will satisfy every craving from the shallow end to the deep. By Tiffany Blackstone, REDBOOK.
Courtesy of Ballantine Bantam Dell BooksThe After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazier
Hannah Bernal has problems: Her husband just died, she's about to lose her home, she just got her daughter kicked out of school-oh, and she's suddenly seeing ghosts. When it comes to bubbly reads with a big gulp of heart, The Starter Wife author Grazier never disappoints.
Courtesy of Atria Publishing GroupBetween You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The latest pseudo-insider story from duo behind The Nanny Diaries takes on A-list Hollywood meltdowns from a personal assistant's point of view. It's like being a fly on the wall in Britney Spear's mega mansion.
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Courtesy of Little, Brown and CompanyWhere'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox-semi-recluse, genius architect and PTA pariah- is on the lam, and her teen daughter Bee is
Feel healthy and fit by following these easy health tips-you won't have to lift a finger! By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK
Getty1. Don't deprive yourself
"Enjoy the foods you love in moderation," encourages Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CND, of Real Nutrition NYC. "No single food makes you gain weight, the portions are what matters."
2. Eat until you feel satisfied, not full
You've heard this before. Etiquette author Emily Post believed that a polite lady should put down her fork between every bite, a technique that also helps you realize when to stop eating before you feel bloated.
3. When ordering out, always order a small
"Whether it be coffee, salads, soups, frozen yogurt," says Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. "If you want to be small, order that way."
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4. Know yourself
"If you can't limit pick-able foods (chips, nuts, grapes, candy, etc.), then make sure you stick to single serving portions, such as
By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK
GettyWarm weather (and the accompanying date with our bikini) generally makes it easy to keep up our healthy eating habits during summer. Seriously, what's simpler than throwing a lean protein on the grill along with some veggies, followed by a dessert of fresh berries and sorbet? But when we travel, all bets are off. When we're scrambling to get the car packed with kids, suitcases and beach gear or rushing to make a plane, train or ferry, who has time to prep healthy meals and snacks? Now, we all know fast food isn't exactly figure-friendly, and it can be downright frightening (especially after one McDonald's employee's tell-all on Reddit revealed way TMI), but savvy menu sleuths can spot some healthy, satisfying choices. Here's how to look your best all beach season long and leave your sarong in your suitcase. Even if tonight's dinner is a pit stop with hungry, tired kids that have to eat rightthisveryminute:
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By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
1. Fruit Snacks
Nix it: Dentists hate them because they're the number one cause of tooth decay. Parents hate them because they're filled with artificial colors and flavors. But kids love them-of course. And why wouldn't they? They're basically candy with a health halo. Despite being labeled with the word "fruit," most fruit snacks contain very little, if any, actual fruit. Even fruit snacks that do contain real fruit (and no, "fruit juice" doesn't count) are missing the satiating fiber and water that comes with whole fruit.
Fix it: Grapes, berries, and peeled tangerines are just as finger-food friendly as fruit snacks, and most kids love the taste. And hey, raisins are nature's fruit snacks!
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2. Packaged Desserts
Nix it: Nobody sends a Ho-Ho, Twinkie, or Honey Bun to school with their child because they think it's healthy. We let our kids have them because they love them, and we love treating
By Alicia Harper, REDBOOK
A few months ago, I found myself at perfume release party at a swanky venue on Manhattan's Lower East Side. It was for a freelance assignment, and I needed to write about the perfume and the event afterwards. I left my office in Midtown East at 6:00 p.m. and zipped across town to make it to the event by the time it started at 6:30.
As I stood among other media personnel with a cocktail in my hand, I found myself talking about my day job (a Socio-emotional Counselor/ Educational Specialist for teens in foster care). One of the ladies turned to me and said, "You have the best of both worlds. You get to do what you love during the day… and in the evenings. You figured it out!"
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By Alexa Tucker, REDBOOK
Get beach body-ready in just a week!
Whether you're (almost) baring it all on the beach or sporting a cute sundress to a BBQ, use these tricks to look amazing by your next summer soirée. Ready, set, go!
Day 1: Break for Breakfast
If you don't already, start eating breakfast. The benefits of morning munching are undeniable, and a nutritious breakfast is key to weight control. Remember, we're not talking pancakes: Go for something high-protein--like eggs or low-fat Greek yogurt to keep you full until lunchtime. Heather Bauer, RD, CDN, and founder of Bestowed, says, "If you're looking to slim down quickly, it's all about keeping your meals clean and light. If you start your day without eating, you'll most likely be ravenous by 11 a.m., which can bring on the snacking. Starting off with a lean, high-protein, high-fiber breakfast sets the tone for your entire day."
Day 2: Get Your Beauty Rest
"If you're trying to lose weight, getting enough sleep is key to helping you win the battle. Sleeping eight