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  • 9 Nighttime Beauty Products For Better Skin, Hair and Teeth


    Before you decide to stay up for just one more rerun of Law & Order, consider this: Getting fewer than seven hours of sleep takes a heavy toll on your looks. "Decreased blood supply makes your skin's color a little green; overall fluid retention shows up as puffiness around your eyes," says David J. Goldberg, M.D., director of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey. "And there's that intangible quality of just looking unhealthy when you don't sleep." Yikes.

    On the flip side, getting a full eight hours (or more) gives your skin the time it needs to renew itself: "While you sleep, the reparative nutrients in your blood are delivered to your skin," says Goldberg. To make the most of your pillow time, apply a night cream before bed. "When that blood is pumping, your skin is most receptive to the ingredients," says Goldberg. "Also, the product is less likely to rub off while you sleep than when you're running around." Here, our top overnight creams, plus a

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  • Traveling with Toddlers: Easier Said Than Done?

    By Heather Cocks, REDBOOK

    Our summer vacation, a family get-together in the North Carolina coastal hamlet of Duck, is rapidly approaching-and with it, a cross-country airline odyssey. We've flown with the kids before (three times before they turned 1 and then again in April), but the trouble with kids of this age is that we can rarely use the previous trip as a blueprint for what's to come. Every time, they're that much older, more developed, more mobile, more independent-and thus, more fidgety, more independent, more impatient, more likely to throw something right where an unsuspecting passenger is trying to rest his head. Maybe Peter Pan was onto something with that "never grow up" shtick. The older these two get, the more it's like wrestling an alligator to get them to observe social conventions.

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    I've learned that the most beautiful sound in the world when you're on a plane is the sound of someone else's kid crying.

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  • 4 Ways to Make Flying More Comfortable

    By Patty Onderko, REDBOOK

    We can't help with baggage fees, zero leg room or the fact that you don't get served so much as a free peanut on flights these days, but follow this expert advice and at least you'll feel healthy when you land!

    1. Stay Limber: Sitting in one place-especially if it's wedged between two large men in coach-for hours can leave you stiff and sore. "When you get up to go to the bathroom, stand on your toes and go up and down, pumping your calves; then grab each foot behind your butt, bending your knee to stretch your thigh," Biali says. You'll head off muscle pain and help prevent blood clots by boosting circulation.

    Related: 18 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    2. Unbloat Your Belly: The rise in air pressure during a flight can slow digestion, leaving you feeling...inflated. Counteract "airplane gas" with magnesium, says Ashley Koff, R.D., a Los Angeles dietician. "It's nature's muscle relaxant-it loosens muscles in the gut that control digestion and can ease

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  • 5 Ways to Take Charge of Your Work Life

    By Rebecca Davis, REDBOOK

    Whether you're climbing the corporate ladder or building your own home business, harboring negative feelings about your job can poison every aspect of your life. Here's the good news: "While it may not always feel like it, we are each in charge of our own work-life balance," says Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines (which publishes REDBOOK!) and author of the new book Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life). Read on for Black's tips on how you can call the shots-and create success-in your own life.

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    1. Break the rules once in a while:
    You've had a brilliant brainstorm-but it's a tough sell to your boss. You may have more luck if you buck protocol-skip the memo your boss usually prefers and get your plan off the ground without getting a green light first. "If you know your boss well, what's the worst that's going to happen?" asks Black. "Someone's going to

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  • 3 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Work

    By Anna Davies, REDBOOK

    "Work" is never going to be synonymous with "play"-heck, that's why they pay you. Still, you can find inspiration and purpose even in a ho-hum job. Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada Designs, a direct-sales jewelry company with thousands of representatives around the country, offer tips to help you cultivate passion for your work.

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    1. Tap into your talents: Bonnie and Teresa had always loved jewelry, but it wasn't until the duo started helping their friends pick out the perfect baubles that they realized what they were doing was not only fun-it could also be a viable business. "Uncover your own skills by noticing what tasks you love to do," says Teresa. Do you lose track of time when you're scrapbooking? Do you actually look forward to organizing your closets? Once you know your strengths, meet with your manager to figure out ways to capitalize on them-or scout out a new work environment where you can

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  • The 4 Best Marriage Tricks from Couples Who've Been for 40-Plus Years

    By Ayana Byrd, REDBOOK

    Wanna get to your 50th anniversary? Steal these to-do's from pairs who've been together for years (and years!).

    1. Have crazy adventures: "We never wanted to be the couple that does the same thing every night. Recently, we went to the airport without a plan-and ended up in San Francisco."- Gloria and Herb Schoenfeld, married 52 years

    Related: 10 Things Never to Say to the Man You Love

    2. Set aside time just for you: "When we had kids, an older friend told me, 'When the kids leave, it's just you and him; don't be strangers.' So we created Friday-night dates and we still do it 30 years later. Friends call it 'Harvey-and-Delores time.'" - Delores and Harvey Brown, married 41 years

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    3. Wake up and fall asleep to a kiss: "We kiss every morning and night, though I've been guilty of going to bed angry. But whenever we don't kiss, I can tell the difference; the day feels incomplete. A kiss is a very powerful thing!" - Fairley and

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "When Is It Time to Grow Up?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    Good evening Aaron, fellow Philadelphian male. I actually stumbled upon your article in REDBOOK. My sister buys the magazine, and it was in the bathroom (she's my roommate). So I read your article about male friendships. I thought it was pretty funny and informative, even though I don't have kids or a wife. On February 13, 2009, I lost my best friend. His name was John Pawlowski. He was a Philly cop who was killed in the line of duty. I met John on the first day of the Philadelphia Police Academy. I am not gonna go into the details or give you the sad story. You're from Philly and probably already know it. I find myself at 30 and single, with great career as a police officer, a nice car, a motorcycle, and a good group of friends. I am a pretty positive dude considering what life has thrown at me. I am writing you about one of life's age old questions. When is it time to grow up, and when the time comes, how do you? I have been in my career of

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Why Does My Guy Always Interrupt Me?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    Whenever we walk around our neighborhood and I'm telling a story or talking about something, my guy interrupts me to point something out he wants me to see like a vintage car or a funny bumper sticker. He insists he's not being rude by interrupting and that if he waited until I was done talking, I'd miss it. Does he just think whatever I'm talking about is boring?

    Related: 12 Hot New Things to Try with Your Guy


    No, he probably believes that, "If he waited until {you} were done talking, {you'd} miss it."

    However, if he's always in a position where he's interrupting you, then maybe you're not letting him get a word in edgewise.

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    Instead of assuming the worst and deciding that he's acting rude and disinterested, really listen to one of your conversations and see whether you both need to work on how you communicate.


    Need help decoding odd male behavior? Redbook

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  • 5 Ways to Network Like a Pro

    By Anna Davies, REDBOOK

    Whether you work in an office or at home, or just have an idea for a project you'd love to get going, you need to add networking to your routine. "It's really about cultivating new friendships that might open some doors for you both professionally and personally," says Cynthia Shapiro, author of What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here . Shapiro shares smart ways to effortlessly add to your career contacts.

    1. Perfect the Art of Small Talk: Practice striking up conversation-make a joke to the woman standing in line with you at the bank, or share a witty observation with the guy next to you in spin class. Soon, you'll feel more comfortable having casual chats with near strangers-and networking anywhere won't feel forced.

    Related: Fall in Love With Work

    2. Have Your Intro Ready: Before you head to an event, practice a 10-second introduction of yourself and your goal or area of interest. Then, find someone who's also on her own or approach a large

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  • 10 Tips to Be Green Without Trying Too Hard

    By Jessica Press,REDBOOK

    End the green guilt by plucking a few ideas from this list. They're all mini moves with major eco-impact.

    1. Quiz
    yourself by taking the fast, free "How green am I?" test at, a site started by mompreneur Susan Hunt Stevens, 41. It will give you an overall view of how you stack up-levels include "sorta kinda green" and "wicked green" (yes, Susan is from Boston!)-and generates an individualized to-do list of simple switches you can make. Susan was motivated to green-over her own life after her son was diagnosed with a number of food and environmental allergies. "I started by making really small and easy changes, and it inspired me to help others do the same," she says. Bonus: Practically Green offers feel-good rewards such as virtual merit badges and free product samples as you adopt eco-friendly habits.

    Related: 3 Lousy Ways to Apologize for a Mistake

    2. Drive a bit less and walk, carpool, or ride your bike to work one day this week.

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