By Dana Vogel, REDBOOK
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
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studentBy Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKRead More »from Their Own Billboard: What Would You Do to Help Your Child Get Ahead?
How far would you go to help your child get ahead? One Texas mom's answer: A pink rotating billboard advertising her daughter for prom queen. The teen, Brandy Day, reported feeling shocked and a little amused that her mom actually went and did it but her mom remains unapologetic saying, "Families feel like it's a little too much or over the top for one night, but then again, it only happens one time in your child's life."
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My first thought reading this story was that given how teens just love being told what to do that the billboard would likely hurt the poor girl more than help her. My second thought was that lots of things only happen one time in your child's life and that doesn't necessarily mean they warrant a billboard. But of course what Mrs. Day meant was that this only happens once in her life. Her daughter still has a whole lot of life ahead of her but I'm wondering if the over-the-top
By Ashley Niedringhaus, REDBOOK
Many makeup brands label their products as "long-lasting" with "24 hour coverage", but how many times is this really the case? We tested several makeup products to see if they really matched their long-lasting claims.
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1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Long-Wear Eye Pencil, and Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara
Stay-put claim: 12 hours for the shadow and liner, 16 hours for the mascara.
Reality check: "I rub my eyes a lot, and the shadow hung on, but creased by lunch. The liner and mascara stuck around until bedtime without so much as a smudge." --Meredith Rollins, executive editor
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2. Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick.
Stay-put claim: 14 hours.
Reality check: "This creamy lipstick didn't feel at all drying, but when I checked my lips at the end of the workday, they looked a tad flaky. Still, the color was gorgeously bright andRead More »from How Long Does Long-Wearing Makeup Last?
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
A $1200 dress for a preschooler. A $1500 coat for a toddler. A $125 cotton onesie for an infant who will poop all over it in 0.3 seconds. But, it's not about the money. At least that's what Andrew Rosen, the founder of Theory, said in a New York Times piece about the recent explosion of designer clothing for children. "It's all about being more relevant. You want to keep the customers engaged in your brand."
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"Children are the new must-have accessory" explains the Times, so it only makes sense then that you should accessorize these accessories in style. With everything from Lanvin tulle smocks to Burberry diaper bags, I have to wonder if any of these people have met an actual child before. (And no I don't count the children used in their ad campaigns - any kid that can work that long in front of a camera with a bunch of strangers and still manage to smile like a daisy has got to be a robot.) KittingRead More »from Couture Kiddie Fashion
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKbulliesKids taking their own lives after being bullied have been big headlines lately, sparking public outrage, vigilante justice, and even inspiring a new documentary, Bully, in an effort to make people more aware of these tragedies. Unfortunately, a Columbus, Ohio, girl recently took the debate to a new level when she became one of the youngest children to attempt suicide after being bullied at school.
Michelle Koch's daughter, just eight years old, took an overdose of her sister's medication after other children at school pushed her down, called her names, and tormented her for months. The girl was in the hospital hovering between life and death for a week as her anxious family tried to figure out what would drive such a normally happy little girl to do something so extreme.Read More »from Who Should Be Held Accountable for Bullying?
"She just did not want to go back to school," Koch explains. "This was what she was willing to do to not have to go back there." And she didn't go back. After making a
By Tracey Black, REDBOOK
Have you seen Dateline NBC's show My Kid Would Never Do That? The premise of the show is to put kids in situations like "stranger danger" or driving and texting to see if they make the right choices. Dateline NBC uses actors and sets up scenarios through hidden cameras to show parents how their kids performed. For the stranger danger scenario, an actor impersonated an ice cream truck driver and offered a tour of his truck. Parents were certain their kids wouldn't take the bait, but sure enough most of them did-even Natalie Morales' own 8-year-old son.
Producers of the show encourage parents to watch the episodes with their kids and talk about how to make the right choices. Seems like a cautionary tale for us all, right? Or is it making parents even more paranoid about what could happen to their kids?
Personally, I'm opting not to watch the series or discuss it with my kids. Yes, I've had the stranger danger talk with them-we even have booksRead More »from What Would Your Kids Do: Scare Tactics
By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK
When we saw a recent image from a photo shoot of the 54-year-old actress and Dior spokeswoman, our first thought was, Damn. Our second thought: What can a normal human do to look remotely that good? Here, Sharon Stone reveals her best skincare and makeup tips.
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1. Sharon's skin-care essential: "When I was 12, my mom handed me a jar of moisturizer and said, 'Put this on morning and night, and you'll thank me.' I'm still thanking her. It makes my skin look plumper and more radiant."
2. In her bag: "Sunscreen-I don't set foot outside without slathering it on-a hairbrush, a ponytail holder, Mentos, and Purell. I'm always in airports!"
3. Red-carpet secret: "I put on all of my makeup, then get into a hot bath. The steam helps the makeup sink in and makes my skin look dewy."
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4. Nighttime go-to: "I'm really into red lips again. Whether it's a sheer gloss or a deep,Read More »from 6 Beauty Tips from Sharon Stone
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
I'm not proud, but I am relieved that I'm not the only mom who's accidentally left a kid somewhere. Whether you have or you haven't, these stories are pretty funny. (It's okay to laugh now, right?):
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By Elizabeth Weil, REDBOOK
Here, tips for how to save a marriage and avoid divorce from 13 extraordinary people who believe in doing whatever it takes to sustain the biggest love of your life.
Whatever it takesRead More »from Don't Even Think About Divorcing Until
There you are, trucking along in your life, your marriage. Maybe you're six months out from the altar, or two years, or 12, or 20. Your husband is unaccountably late coming home from work again. Or he's distant or cranky again. Or, as in my case, he leaves his rancid gym clothes on the clean bedspread again. Or he butchers an entire pig in your kitchen again (yes! He's taken the whole know-where-your-meat-comes-from thing to the extreme). And you think, no matter how happy or in love you felt just yesterday, Good grief, wouldn't all this be easier without YOU? Marriage is long and hard. It's no picnic, yet at times it feels like a joke: Millions of us are trying to move - and grow, and breathe - while shackled to another person, as if in a three-legged race.
By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK
Q. I'm obsessed with cheese. But I know the calories add up fast. Help!
A. The key is to find options that are low in calories but don't taste like it. These are some of my favorites-try one the next time a hunk of Brie is calling your name.
LIGHT STRING CHEESE is fun to pull apart and snack on alone, but you can also use the shreds instead of mozzarella cheese to top a personal-size pizza. Each stick has 50 to 60 calories. The built-in portion control is key.
IF YOU LIKE HARD CHEESES like cheddar but can't be trusted with an entire block, individually wrapped single-serving options are a great bet. The classic Mini Babybel cheese rounds are terrific, with only 50 calories for the light variety and 60 to 80 for regular ones. And I recently discovered Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks, which have 50 or fewer calories each. The flavors-from zesty to super-spicy-areRead More »from 3 Smart Ways to Eat Cheese