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  • Can't Remember Your Kids' Names? Researchers Say Blame Your Birth Control

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Eggs and a sympathy card. That was the sum total of my shopping list when I headed to Target today. $80 later I was back in the car heading home... minus any eggs or a card. (Nor did I get any of the new Missoni stuff -- holy balls of 70's dyed yarn was that a feeding frenzy! And all for cardigans that look like the couch cover my grandma knitted and then covered in plastic.) I was still kicking myself when I got home. No eggs meant I needed a new dinner plan and no sympathy card means I'm one day closer to the insensitive jerk cut-off. But new research says I may not be to blame for my memory lapses.It's not me, it's my birth control!

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    Through a combination of whining, sleep deprivation and your hormones, having kids gives you the ability to you forget your own name, but now now in a classic lose-lose scenario researchers have found that even the act of preventing children may

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  • Settle an Argument: "Is He Neglecting His Wife on Weekends?"

    By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK

    Scott, 52, and Jamie, 49, have been married for 19 years and have no kids. They both only work part-time, so they see each other frequently during the workweek. On the weekends, Jamie likes to do things together as a couple, but Scott likes to have more time to himself.

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    How much time should they spend together, and how much time should they spend independently? Who's right in this situation?

    He says: "We spend a lot of time together during the weeks, so sometimes I just like a little independence. I think it makes us closer as a couple when we do things apart, that way we actually have things to talk about when we are together."

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    She says: "Since we don't have any kids, Scott is my only immediate family member, so who else am I going to spend my time with? When he wants to do things on his own, it hurts my feelings and makes

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  • 4 Easy Ways to De-Clutter Your Kitchen

    By REDBOOK

    Clear counters make us drunk with happiness, so we found fail-safe ways to organize the key stuff (and hide the rest).

    1. Use a stainless-steel rack to dry items you won't put in the dish-washer. It looks sleeker and lasts longer than wood or plastic. Then, ditch the soap bottles by the sink and fill one automated dispenser with detergent that's easy on skin, says kitchen designer Susan Serra, of www.thekitchendesigner.org (she likes Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid). Her other tip: Cut down on germs by moving the sponge to a holder away from the faucet stream.

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    2. Find more prep space! A stove-side lazy Susan is perfect for the usual suspects, like salt, pepper, and oil. Other counter-space-worthy items include your most-used spoons and spatulas (throw them in an old vase - or even a coffee can). If you're slicing and dicing constantly, keep knives on a mounted magnetic board; it's much more streamlined

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  • Top 10 Funniest Picture Day Outfits

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
    Twice a year (we won't discuss how ridiculous I find this) my children and I have our Picture Day Ritual. This involves me completely forgetting that it's Picture Day, while my kids somehow find their most hideous, strange, and bizarre outfits on the one day their little fashion-forward selves become immortalized in their class pictures. So, in the spirit of helping other harried parents out, I've complied a list of the 10 worst outfits your child can wear on Picture Day. (Of course, this whole plan requires that you remember it's Picture Day, which I've already proven unable to do. Learn from my mistakes, friends.)

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    1. Swimsuits. My son wore his red-and-black swim trunks, orange plaid button-down, and brown bucket hat with a glow-in-the-dark lizard. In my defense, the swim trunks looked like shorts to this frazzled mom.

    2. Costumes. My other son insisted on wearing his Batman costume to

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  • Whys Guy Asks: "What Do You Say When Your Child Walks in on You?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    Last week was a rough week for my oldest kid. It's been raining, so he hasn't gone outside; he started his first day of five-day pre-K; then 48 hours after starting his highly-anticipated school year, he was diagnosed with chickenpox. To top it all off, he walked in on Karel and me having sex.

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    When I realized he had interrupted us, I leapt off his mother like I was a bizarro reverse Greg Louganis and shouted, "Mommy and Daddy are just wrestling!" Cliché, I know, but way more effective than Karel's offering, which was: "Daddy is scratching Mommy's belly!" In what universe did it look like I was scratching her belly? Luckily, I think the wrestling explanation stuck, but it's obvious he knows Mommy and Daddy are acting a little strange and that there is more to the story.

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    Poor little guy. Weeks don't get much crappier, or more confusing, for a

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  • Celebrate Positive Thinking Day: A Sentence A Day Keeps The Shrink Away

    By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK

    In honor of Positive Thinking Day, us staffers decided to consider little tweaks in our daily routine that we could use to improve our Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), an army phrase. Of course, we first consulted our bible of all things PMA: Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. We were struck by the idea of her One Sentence Diary where you jot a highlight from your day (about as much journaling as we can take). You can handwrite in a journal or keep a running list on your computer. You could even create a private Twitter account for 140 characters or less of journaling goodness. Whatever works for you.

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    You'll create a storehouse of memories, and on particularly crappy days, the PMA journal forces you to scrape your brain for that silver lining.

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    So, go grab an empty journal-we think the ones from Kate's Paperie are so cute-and start recording all

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  • By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Seven years as a teacher (and another seven working part-time in education) gives me a lot of empathy for teacher Ron Clark in his recent piece for the New York Times "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents." I have my own horror stories of overbearing, "helicopter", and downright insane parents. (My favorite: The parent who demanded that her daughter be excused from writing the end-of-term essay because she knew her daughter was a terrible writer and didn't want her grades to keep her from film school. When I refused, she dropped a letter on the table containing several hundred dollars and asked if there wasn't some way we could work this out. I handed it back, and she left the room with no further discussion.)

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    So while I agree with 90 percent of what Clark wrote, as a parent of several students something about his essay didn't sit right with me. It was this: "They are

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  • 2 Full Weeks of New Fall Outfits

    By REDBOOK

    Want a fall wardrobe overhaul without a massive overspend? Done! REDBOOK partnered with Yahoo! to find out what you already own, then we remixed it all with six of this season's hottest steals. The result: scores of cute, easy outfit ideas for less than $250 total.

    Here's What You Have:

    REDBOOK and Yahoo! surveyed American women and discovered that more than 50 percent of you already have these fall staples in your closet. Missing one? Consider these…

    1. Black tank: Forever 21, $3.50; forever21.com.

    2. White button-down: The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens, $88; the-shirt.com.

    3. Long-sleeved solid-color tee: Three Dots, $46; shopthreedots.com.

    4. Knee-high boots: Banana Republic, $225; bananarepublic.com.

    5. Black leather belt: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $48; macys.com.

    6. Sexy black heels: Charles David, $230; charlesdavid.com.

    7. Lace-trimmed cami: Josie Natori, $150; natori.com.

    8. Solid-color cardigan: Tory Burch, $325;

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  • Settle an Argument: Why Does My Husband Get So Grumpy at the Mall?

    By Perri O. Blumberg, REDBOOK

    Brent, 38, and Alexa, 36, have been married for 10 years and have two kids. They live in a small town, so for shopping they have to drive a few hours to a larger city. Alexa and the couple's two girls are always excited to make the trip, but Brent couldn't care less. He always goes along anyway, but quickly gets grumpy and complains once they get to the mall.

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    Alexa argues that he shouldn't bring them all down with his bad mood, especially since these trips could be the perfect opportunity for quality family time. Brent thinks the girls should start going by themselves so he doesn't have to suffer through another shopping trip. Who's right in this situation?

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    She says: "I love our family outings together, especially when the entire family is there. I don't know why he gets so cranky, especially when we go to stores he likes. Why can't we all just

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Can He Forgive Me For Going Crazy?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    DEAR WHYS GUY:

    Once a woman "goes crazy" on a man, can her boyfriend or husband's view of her ever change? Is there ever hope of a reconciliation? By "crazy," I mean when a woman feels insecure in a relationship and gets angry, irrational, or emotionally unstable instead of maturely addressing her feelings with him. So many of my guy friends refer to women they've dated as "crazy." Since every woman has done that at one point or another, is it possible that a man can get past that or is the relationship ruined forever?

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    DEAR REDBOOK READER:

    Firstly, when dudes say, "She's so crazy!" I always take it with a grain of salt. Sometimes it's true, but usually it's just half of the picture, and you should probably hear the whole story before you jump to any conclusions. For instance:

    His story: "My ex-girlfriend was so crazy and insecure! She started screaming at me, threw my stuff out the

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