By Joslyn Gray, REDBOOK
Woman breastfeeding.You have to wonder how TIME's now-infamous "Are You Mom Enough" cover was planned out. I'm picturing their marketing and editorial departments sweating it out over late-night Chinese take-out at a conference table, trying to figure out how to drum up magazine sales.
"I know! Let's create some kind of controversy, where absolutely none is needed!"
"Great idea! Can we trot out the old working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate? That one's always fun."
"Nah, that's old school. Let's make it more personal."
"Ew, no, not that personal."
"Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding?"
"Oh! I know! Let's make everyone feel bad about every choice they've ever made regarding their own mammary tissue!"
"Sweet! Nothing sells covers like boobies."
Here's the thing, TIME staffers, and I say this as someone who happens to have kids and breasts: I don't care. I truly don't care what other women do with their breasts. Assuming their kids are being fed,
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- Redbook | At Home – Wed, May 16, 2012 11:37 AM EDT
By Joslyn Gray, REDBOOKRead More »from 10 Reasons I Don't Care About TIME's Breastfeeding Cover
Keep off the weight.Fact:
Half of all Americans who lose weight gain at least some of it back within a year, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. As the novelty of weight loss fades, so can the motivation to walk past your coworker's candy jar without reaching a hand in. But remember this: It's a lot easier to keep the weight off than it is to lose it all over again. And maintaining your slimmer shape is very possible--if you adopt these simple habits.
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1. Step on the scale regularly.
When weight comes back, it creeps up on you so slowly--one or two pounds at a time--that you might not even notice. J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., a researcher for the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks 10,000 people who have maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds or more, suggests regular weigh-ins to catch a slip.Read More »from How to Keep Your Bride Body for Good
Wedding Dress Challenger Lisa Barksdale said getting on the scale every morning showed her how different
By Lori Berger, REDBOOK
Yes, there are men in the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting. And they have opinions! Read on for their nuggets about dads, dating, delivery, and more.
On labor and delivery: "My dad is a midwife, so I grew up hearing all these stories. I was so scared of sex! He'd show me every possible venereal disease and say, 'I delivered a 14-year-old's baby today.' When I was a senior in high school, I helped him deliver two babies. In fact, I want my dad to deliver my baby--what a great story that would be for my child to tell, that his grandfather brought him into this world. Though obviously, my wife would have to be okay with it!"
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On sex and dating: "As a guy, a lot of your job is defining what the relationship is before anything physical happens. You have to talk about expectations and where this is going, and let the other person knowRead More »from The Sexy Men of "What to Expect"
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Mon, May 14, 2012 12:59 PM EDT
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK
Two weeks ago, I promised to start reading Fifty Shades of Grey in an effort to answer some questions all the media coverage had left me with, and because I was curious about this trilogy that started as fan fiction and has now spent several weeks occupying the top three spots on The New York Times Bestseller list. What is it that makes this book so popular?
Fifty Shades of GreyThat question was incredibly easy to answer. I had heard that this book was like Twilight for grown ups, but I didn't realize that E.L. James has literally rewritten Twilight without the vampires. She's just added the sex that Twilight, as a YA series (with a religious message) could never adequately provide.
But I'm sure E.L. James is untroubled by that fact as she rests her head on a giant pillow made of white tiger fur and stuffed with ruby and sapphires.
With that in mind, I'd like to announce that I'm working on my first book. It's called: The Totally Non-Magical Adventures of Gary Porter,Read More »from 50 Shades of Beef: Why I’m Not Enjoying 50 Shades of Grey
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Healthy Foods for Instant Energy
Girl drinking water. What kids eat can mean the difference between being hyperactive and being happily alert. Here are five foods every kid needs.
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It doesn't come with any slick advertisements or cutesy cartoon characters to sell it, but plain old H2O is one of the quickest energy boosters out there. When kids become dehydrated, their energy plummets and their brain gets foggy, which makes it hard to concentrate.
How to get them to drink it: Kids often don't realize when they're dehydrated, so keep water handy and offer it often, especially if they've been playing a lot or have been out in the sun. Skip flavoring packets, which are often full of artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors. You can try adding a squeeze of lemon for flavor, but I've found that most kids don't like any "floaties" in their water. The trick is in the packaging-let your child pick out a fun water bottle (they can even decorate it
By Jessica Press, REDBOOK
Ever wonder is being a nurse is anything like the juicy drama on Grey's Anatomy? You gotta hear these on-the-job secrets shared by a 34-year-old R.N., name withheld!
Being a nurse isn't all that it seems.
THE JOB: Helping post-op patients with pain management as a registered nurse in the anesthesia department of a large city hospital
SALARY: $62,000 a year ($33 an hour)
THERE'S DRAMA. But it's not exactly like Grey's Anatomy. "The ER staff may see some crazy things, but it's unlikely that they'll see five extremely rare cases in one day. That said, when I worked in the ER, I saw things like a mentally-ill patient who tore out his own eyeballs during a hallucination--he showed up with them in a Ziploc baggie. There's no way you can prepare for a situation like that."
AT-WORK ROMANCES ARE COMMON. "I used to date an ER tech, and I know two nurses who married paramedics and one who married a doctor. Most couples keep things professional at work, but after a storm, when no oneRead More »from What No One Tells You About Being a Nurse
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKRead More »from 10 Things NOT to Say to a Woman Without Kids
angry womanMother's Day is Sunday, and while many of us will be enjoying handmade cards and breakfast in bed (or not enjoying it-every year the mess left in the kitchen kind of eclipses the breakfast part), this is a holiday that is hard for a lot of women. The other day, a friend who has never had kids emailed me to tell me how another woman had told her that she "couldn't possibly understand real love." It made my friend cry, and it made me mad. Then, I started to wonder other unintentionally hurtful things people say to folks without kids. I don't think that anyone makes these comments to be cruel, but just like we moms don't like it when people belittle our choice to have kids, we should be equally as careful with what we say to women without kids. Here are the top 10 things not to say to a woman who hasn't had children:
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1. "I don't know what you do all day!" - Bekky
2. "At least you can travel (or party
By Monique John, REDBOOK
Need simple solutions focleaningr sprucing up your home and wardrobe this spring? Our experts will get you decorganized in no time flat.
1. Give Stained Clothes a Second Chance
Before shelling out big bucks on a new wardrobe for spring, do a quick survey of the beautiful clothes you already have. Have a shirt you love but can't wear because of an ink stain? Before cleaning it, soak it in solution with two-parts milk and one part white vinegar overnight. Stain, be gone.2. Clean Your Toilet-With Kool-Aid
It may be better known as one of America's favorite juice mixers, but Kool-Aid can be used in another very important way: as toilet bowl cleaner. "Kool-Aid is natural and non-toxic. It's full of citric-acid that will clean the toilet," cleaning guru Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan says. The cherry flavor is his favorite.
Before you go to bed, flush your toilet and pour in a packet of Kool-Aid. Let it sit overnight and flush in morning. Don't worry about stains;Read More »from 12 Spring Cleaning Tips Your Mom Never Told You
By Dana Vogel, REDBOOKRead More »from The 9 Workout Mistakes Women Make Most
JoggingAvoid these exercise mistakes to make sure you're getting the best workout.
1. Too Much Steady-Paced Cardio
Ramona Braganza, the celebrity trainer and Gold's Gym ambassador who developed REDBOOK's Wedding Dress Challenge fitness plan, says the number one mistake she sees women make is overdoing it on cardio-just running, running, running on a treadmill at one moderate pace, without changing things up. The key to getting more out of your workouts, says Braganza, is adding interval training-bursts of high-intensity moves-to your routine. So whether you're running, biking, swimming, whatever, go hard for a minute or two, then slow down (that's your recovery) for the same duration before going full-throttle again. Over time, shorten your recovery time.
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2. No Heavy Lifting
Many women resist strength training for fear of bulking up, but this is a huge misconception. Women don't bulk up as easily as men, and by adding just a little bit
By Dana Vogel, REDBOOKRead More »from The 9 Diet Mistakes Women Make Most
1. Eating Large Portions
A lot of women I see trying to lose weight and being unsuccessful at it aren't sitting in their cubicles eating junk food-instead, they are dieting their way up the scale, devouring huge chopped salads for lunch (it takes a lot of dressing to cover a trough of veggies) or eating multiple 100-calorie snacks packs. Even overeating "healthy" foods can sabotage your weight-loss goals. Large portions not only leave you feeling tired and bloated but also expand your stomach, so it takes more and more food to keep you feeling feel full. That's why the "leave a little food on your plate" rule is an oldie but a goodie, especially when you're eating out.
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2. Giving Up After One Splurge
Too many people think, "Well, I messed up on one meal, so what's the point of sticking to my diet?" Then they attack the refrigerator or keep on indulging all day, all week, all month. One indulgent meal isn't a problem-it's