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  • 10 Valentine's Day Gifts Any Guy Will Love

  • 8 Phrases that End a Relationship Fight

    Real husbands reveal the magic words--and our experts share why they work so darn well. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    1. "What can we do to make things better right now? - James, 40, married 10 years
    "This puts the focus back on your partner," says Julie Hanks, LCSW, owner and executive director at Wasatch Family Therapy in Orem, UT. "You show you're committed to fixing the problem, rather than engaging in an all-out battle."

    2. "I think it's time for a House of Cards break." - Ken, 45, married 15 years
    It doesn't matter if you'd rather watch Game of Thrones or even a funny cat video on YouTube--a statement like this can do wonders for a disagreement that's bound to take a long time to untangle (think: starting the house-hunting process or figuring out tax stuff). But make sure you do come back to the issue after the much-needed break, preferably setting a time to make sure it actually gets done, says Hanks.

    Related: The 10 Phrases That Make Men Go Ballistic

    3. Help me

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  • “I’m Married to a Sex Addict… but That’s Okay”

    It made one woman's marriage stronger, but her route was anything but traditional. As told to Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    I'd never been a relationship girl, so I was shocked when, at age 20, I was swept off my feet by a smart, shaggy-haired surfer boy. We got engaged within weeks, and married when I was 22 and he was 21. On the surface, everything seemed perfect: We were young, we were in love, and we had amazing chemistry.

    However, that didn't mean things were easy. His porn collection made me uncomfortable, but I brushed it off as a guy thing. A year into our marriage, I found out he'd been engaging in sexually-charged online chats with strangers. He promised it would never happen again, and after a lot of arguing, I believed him.

    Then, four years later, everything shattered. I was at a family party at his parents' place when I needed to make a call. Rather than hunt for my phone, I grabbed my husband's--when a text from my best friend flashed up on the screen. It was immediately

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  • 9 Go-To Happy Tricks that Work Every Time

    Amy Spencer, author of the new book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, shares 9 things you can do--for free, and in five minutes or less--to feel instantly happier right now. REDBOOK.

    1. Bring greenery inside. I wish I could display a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers in my home very day, but let's get real: who has the money or the time to keep that up? So I turn to this faster and more frugal idea: Clip some greenery from the outdoors and bring that in. Sure, peonies are nice, but so are small branches of an evergreen. Studies have found that gazing at greenery can help hospital patients heal faster, can lower crime and can enhance creativity, as it symbolizes abundance and calm. Yet another way to "go green" and get happy at the same time.

    2. Freshen up what's on your fridge. Overhaul the hub of your house by switching up what's on that one simple surface. Clean off what's been there for years, then pin it full of different postcards, photographs,

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  • Master the Cat Eye in 3 Easy Steps

    Sure, it's a makeup trend that never goes out of style, but it's also intimidating to try. Good news is, the cat eye is actually easier than you think, as long as you know the right technique and a couple of pro tricks. By Marissa Oliva, REBDOOK.

     Lupita N'yongo (photo: Getty Images)"A little flick--extending your liner up and out slightly--makes your lashes look fuller and your eyes look larger and more lifted and youthful," says makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. And it doesn't have to be an extreme, over-the top fashionista look. "You can make the line intense or soft. A thinner cat eye gives a little definition and a pretty shape to the eye--and women of any age can pull it off."

    Related: Do This to Make Sure Your Anti-Aging Products Really Work

    1. Curl your lashes. Not only does this open up your eyes, making them appear larger, it actually gives you a good guide for lining them. "When the outer lashes are curled upward, especially the outer corners, you can see where the line should naturally lift at the end to create

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  • Mayim Bialik’s Controversial Case for Going Vegan

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Mayim Bialik's new cookbook, Mayim's Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours, which the actress and neuroscientist wrote with pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon, isn't your run-of-the-mill book of recipes. It's also a perspective-shifting manual for people looking to eat a more plant-based diet in the interest of health and eco-friendliness. We asked Bialik about her own road to veganism, the common misconceptions people have about what they "need" to eat, and the main takeaway she hopes readers get from Mayim's Vegan Table.

    Related: The Magic Food Formula That Makes You Lose

    Why vegan over vegetarian?
    I was a vegetarian from the time I was 19, and I cut out most dairy in college at the recommendation of a doctor. I haven't had a sinus infection since. I was still eating some dairy that was less allergenic when my first son was born, but he was allergic to any dairy in my breast milk. I eliminated all dairy

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  • Chocolate as a Weight-Loss Secret? We’re In!

    The title of Dr. Will Clower's new book sounds like half dream come true, half gimmick, but the neuroscientist and nutritionist promises that the advice in Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day is real and proven. Afraid it was too good to be true, we asked Clower to explain. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    How would you sum up your food and diet philosophy?

    Eat food. Become a sensual, conscious eater. In the process, you will get the very best nutrition, allow your liver to detox your body naturally, and regulate how much you consume by simply listening to your internal cues.

    I use chocolate as a metaphor for reconsidering the entire way you've been coached to think about food and eating. For any given dinner, for example, decide what you'd like to eat, then take the time to prepare it, making sure it's whole-foods-based and satisfying. Then sit down and enjoy it. If you start treating each meal this way, I guarantee you won't overeat, and

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  • These Are the Workout Spaces of Your Dreams

    Boutique gyms trying to outdo one another-and we like it, since we're all for anything that makes us forget we're actually exercising! By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    More from REDBOOK:
    The Magic Food Formula That Makes You Lose
    21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster
    The Recipe That Helped Jessica Simpson Lose 8 Pounds in 2 Weeks

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  • The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Facebook is celebrating its 10th birthday tomorrow, and who could believe what started in a college dorm room as a way for students to check each other out would expand to a global network that pretty much everyone and their mother is a part of? Not only has the platform come a long way (remember Super Poking?), it's given rise to a unique social culture--and no one seems to have taken to it quite like moms.

    Now, we're not here to point fingers; we've definitely fallen into each of these categories at times. Instead, let's honor Facebook's first decade with a salute to the the myriad virtual versions of ourselves it's allowed us to be.

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    1. The Every-Milestone-Ever Mom

    Her little nugget/love monkey/peanut face ate Cheerios for breakfast today… here's a photo of him doing it! And yesterday, he lost one hair follicle. This mom couldn't locate it for photographic evidence, but here's an

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  • Watching a Rom-Com Might Just Save Your Marriage

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    To quote (and paraphrase) the great Taylor Swift: "It's a Love Story, baby just say 'yes'"… to watching. A new study conducted by the University of Rochester found that "discussing five movies about relationships over the course of a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half."

    Related: The 10 Phrases That Make Men Go Ballistic

    The Rochester team assigned study participants, who were all newlyweds, to one of three different groups. Their goal was to demonstrate how effective communication and getting spouses to reflect on their current behavior could cut the divorce rate.

    Related: 21 Ways Your Husband Can Become a Better Man

    One group learned conflict management skills to diffuse heated discussions. Another practiced compassion and acceptance training, where couples learned exercises to approach their relationships from an empathetic standpoint. Members of these two groups attended weekly lectures, supervised practice

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