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  • Gwyneth Paltrow Still Bathes with Her Elementary Aged Kids - Would You?

    By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOK
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    Practicality demands we have a clear shower curtain (with a world map embossed on it!) in our house. With a toddler who loves toilets almost as much as she loves trying to shut herself in the refrigerator, for me to get a shower in at any other time other than late at night demands that I have to have a way to keep her in the bathroom and still be able to see her. Also, my older kids love to barge in the bathroom to ask me to sign their fieldtrip form rightthisverysecond or make them a sandwich or sign for the package that the UPS man is holding at the front door. I've never worried too much about these intrusions-it turns out South America is very strategically located-and my openness has always made me feel a little, well, proud. See? We're not prudes!

    Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to make me feel low-brow.

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    Thanks to an interview with Harpar's Bazaar where she says of her, Apple (7), and Moses (5): "We

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  • 5 Face-Washing Tricks for Glowing Skin

    By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK

    If you've been lathering up the same way for years, it's time for a clean slate. Use these tips to learn how. Upgrade your cleanser, tweak your routine, and reveal glowing skin - tonight.

    1. Splash with care: Here's the cold, hard truth: Rinsing your face with icy water won't tighten your pores. And using hot water, though it may feel good, can dehydrate skin. Lukewarm is best, and if you have redness, try cool - not cold - water, to help constrict blood vessels, Waldorf says. What can impact your skin is hard water (check your supply with a simple water-testing strip, available at the hardware store). "Over time, it can cause skin irritation," Baumann says. "Putting a purifier on your bathroom sink will filter out some of those harsh minerals."

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    2. Figure out your skin type: "I've found that the majority of women guess their skin type incorrectly, which means they could be using the wrong

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  • 5 Steps to Look Five Years Younger

    By Jolene Edgar, REDBOOK

    No plastic surgery required: just the latest brightening and lifting tricks for your eyes.

    Step 1: Understand Undereye Circles
    "Undereye puffiness is the result of fluid retention," says Dr. David Bank, a Mt. Kisco, NY, dermatologist. And you can thank the sun for that bluish hue. "Over time," Bank explains, "the sun depletes our collagen supply, making skin less plump and taut, and causes tiny blood vessels beneath the skin's surface to dilate and burst." (You don't feel it happening, but the vessels show through thin skin.) A chilled gel-filled eye compress will constrict them (making them less noticeable) and reduce puffiness.

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    Step 2: Give Crow's-Feet the Boot
    "Since wrinkles result from a loss of collagen in the skin," says Bank, "to truly get rid of them, you need an eye cream with retinol or some vitamin A derivative, such as retinyl linoleate or retinyl palmitate." These products plump up the skin and

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  • Sunday Dinner, Super Bowl Edition

    By Frank Melodia, REDBOOK


    Bring out platters of wings, beer-braised barbecue, and killer cupcakes - then move out of the way before you get tackled! These Super Bowl recipes will wow even the toughest of crowds.


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    Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders

    Prep time: 20 minutes

    Cooking time: 5 hours

    Makes 12 servings.

    2 Tbsp each instant espresso coffee powder and packed brown sugar

    1 Tbsp smoked sweet paprika

    1 tsp each ground cumin, ground ancho chile, and kosher salt

    2 Tbsp canola oil or bacon drippings

    1 (5-lb) beef brisket, trimmed, leaving a ¼-inch layer of fat

    2 large white onions, halved, sliced

    6 whole garlic cloves, peeled

    1 (12-oz) bottle dark Mexican beer

    1 (14½-oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

    1 cup chipotle barbecue sauce (or your favorite barbecue sauce)

    12 Kaiser, brioche, or Portuguese rolls, split

    Tangy coleslaw (recipe follows)

    1. Heat oven to 300°F. Mix espresso powder,

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  • The No-Cook Party Menu

    By Jennifer Jafarzadeh, REDBOOK

    Serve these delicious party foods without ever having to turn on the stove.

    With these no-cook recipes, your Super Bowl party menu will be a breeze.

    SPICY DEVILED EGGS: Use ready-made chipotle mayonnaise in your favorite deviled egg recipe and garnish each with a cilantro leaf.

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    MINI LOBSTER ROLLS: Buy prepared lobster or shrimp salad and serve on toasted, buttered party-size potato rolls or other small, soft dinner rolls, each lined with lettuce.

    PECAN CHEESE BALLS: Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of purchased cheese spread (cheddar-horseradish, port wine-cheddar, or Stilton-apricot) into small balls and coat in finely chopped toasted pecans. Skewer on toothpicks.

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    MIXED OLIVES WITH ORANGE, RED ONION, AND OREGANO: Toss mixed olives with thin slices of navel orange, cut into little wedges, thin slices of shallot, fresh oregano leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes.

    TOASTED MARCONA ALMONDS: Toss toasted salted Spanish marcona almonds (or regular toasted blanched almonds)

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  • When Babies Get Messy: Which Do You Grab First, a Towel or Your Camera?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
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    Sloppy baby pictures of your little one like this shot can put a smile on your face for years to come.

    Quick: Your baby dumps a cup of applesauce over head-what's your first instinct? If you're like many moms these days, you reach for your camera before a towel. The sheer delight! The chubby cheeks! The surprise! It's enough to make anyone go "awww!" Messy baby pictures are one of the best joys of motherhood, even if cleaning up after them isn't.

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    Babies are unpredictable creatures and this is never more true than when it comes to food (both going in and coming out!). I remember my first son's first birthday when we busted out the tarp, stripped him to his diaper, set his cake on the ground in front of him, and waited with our cameras to capture the cake fest. Wouldn't you know it, he crawled over to the picnic supplies and pulled out a spoon which he then used to take a dainty three

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  • Baby Your Skin...With Food!

    By Sarah Grossbart, REDBOOK

    To really beat winter's harsh effects, tackle them from the inside out by eating these skin-boosting foods, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. "The nutrients in these foods can be as good for your skin as they are for your health."

    Soybeans: These little legumes are like nature's nip and tuck. They're protein-rich, to help skin stay firm.

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    Papaya:
    The tropical fruit is high in vitamin C, one of the most potent antioxidants for protecting skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.

    Sweet potatoes: These are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that helps skin shed dead cells.

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    Almonds: They're packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that can aid in fighting skin-aging free radicals.

    Salmon: It's a top source of niacin, a B vitamin that keeps skin cells healthy,
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  • Super Bowl Cocktail Recipes

    By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK

    If you're not a big beer drinker, we've got some fun cocktails you can whip up at your Super Bowl party this year. Whether you're rooting for the New England Patriots or the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, these stiff drinks will make the win even better or the loss a little less painful. Patriots FirePatriots Fire
    Patriots Fire

    1 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
    1.oz. Aperol
    2 oz. Prosecco
    1 oz. mineral water

    Serve cold with or without ice in an old fashioned glass.
    Recipe by Jon Gasparini, Rye on the Road

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    Golden Giants

    2 oz SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit
    2 oz energy drink
    ¾ oz sour mix
    Lime squeeze

    Serve on the rocks.


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  • The Moment I Realized I Never Gave My Mom Enough Credit

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
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    Grocery shopping with all my my kids starts with me schlepping them all through the snow, getting something besides fruit snacks in my basket and then running the candy gauntlet at the checkout. Then I truck everyone home and cook dinner while they drive me nuts. And the other day it ended with me laying on the floor thinking that it's amazing any kids ever survive to maturity. Then it hit me: I never truly appreciated my mom until this moment.

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    There comes a point in every mom's life when you realize that the woman who gave you life did way more than that. And as a kid you never appreciated it. Here, some parents share "I never really appreciated my mom until..."

    "Every time I try to feed my kids anything that isn't bread, cheese, pasta, or sugar-laden." - Natalie

    "I drove my daughter to her friend's house (seven minutes away) and was grumbling about having to do it. Then I remembered that my mom drove

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  • 3 Easy Ways to Heat Your Home for Less

    By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK

    Our resident money genius explains how a few home projects can majorly slash your heating bill.

    1. Audit your house. The average family spends at least $2,000 on energy costs annually - but wastes over $200 on heat and cooling because of poor insulation. An energy audit will show you how much money is slipping out of the windows, as well as other money sucks to avoid, like leaving electronics and chargers plugged in all the time. Ask your utility company if they'll set you up with an auditor for free. If not, find one at resnet.us - it'll cost between $300 to $500 but could save you $650 a year.

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    2. Keep heat in. Some repairs suggested in an audit are easy to do yourself with inexpensive materials you can find at the hardware store, such as spray foam, caulk, and weather stripping for sealing leaky windows and cracks. Use the how-to guide at energystar.gov to get started.

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