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  • How I Kept My Kids Calm During the Tornado

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    "This tornado's been on the ground for more than 10 minutes! This is quite the storm!" I looked down at my son's pale face, his arms wrapped around my waist as the newsman on the radio continued, "I repeat, seek shelter immediately. Don't look for it first because it's 'rain wrapped' so you won't see it. Don't wait, go to the most interior place in your house now." His eyes found mine. I knew my son's tight anxious expression well. First because he's had the same wrinkly eyebrowed expression of uncertainty since he was an infant and second because, well, it mirrors my own.

    "Are we going to be ok?" he whispered. Thankfully we were. While the two tornadoes near us on Sunday in Minneapolis did a lot of damage only 1 person died, unlike the tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, at almost the same time where 116 are reported dead with that number expected to rise. Knowing how scary things were here, my heart goes out to the people of

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  • 10 Oprah Moments Even Your Guy Will Remember

    by Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    I haven't watched much Oprah-my daytime TV preferences tend to veer toward the endangered species called the soap opera. But because Oprah is Oprah, it's been hard to completely avoid the show, and while I don't think I've ever watched an episode in its entirety, it still seeped into my life. So here are ten moments from the show that left an impression on me, a guy who wasn't paying attention at all (some of them are probably very different from everyone else's):

    10. Tom Cruise acts like Tom Cruise. The man stood on a couch and acted like a schmuck. It wasn't exciting enough to warrant the hundred million times I saw the clip. Let's move on.

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    9. Gail looks for a good hamburger. I think I saw this episode at my mother-in-law's house during a holiday visit one year. I don't know what drew me into this episode-maybe Gail, maybe the hamburgers-all I know is it captured my imagination.

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  • The New Money Rules for Couples

    by Virginia Sole-Smith, REDBOOK

    Postnups, financial three-ways, paying your spouse for doing laundry…. More and more couples are devising their own, sometimes wacky money systems. How does yours compare?

    Nothing makes me feel more overtly "married" than when I open up my wallet to pay at Home Depot and pull out the shiny blue debit card labeled, in big block type, SHARED. My husband, Dan, broke out the label maker two months after we got married to distinguish the cards linked to our joint account from the identical blue debit cards we use for our separate personal checking accounts. (And in the rush of newlywed excitement, it didn't occur to him to use a more discreet font size.)

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    We've decided not to pool all of our money the way our parents did. Instead, we subscribe to what Manisha Thakor, founder of the Women's Financial Literacy Initiative, dubs "The Financial Three-Way: Yours, Mine, and Ours." For Dan and me, the logistics workRead More »from The New Money Rules for Couples
  • Oprah Final Episode Drinking Game

    by Marissa Gold, REDBOOK

    You watched her go from ambitious TV host to total world domination. You were there when she put the kibbosh on eating beef, wheeled out a wagon full of fat, and (how could we forget?) gave every last audience member A NEEEEEEEEEW CAAAAAAAAR. Now it's time to celebrate Oprah's farewell episode with a drinking game... one that everyone from the casual watcher to the Oprah aficionado can appreciate. It's the way she would have wanted it. Bottoms up!


    THE RULES:
    1. Sips...

    -Take one sip anytime Oprah tells you to remember your spirit.
    -If Oprah mentions her 'favorite things' buy yourself a new pair of shoes or lipstick this week. Hey, it's not like YOU got a car!
    -If Oprah mentions the word 'diet' you can either take a sip of your drink or a bite of a cookie. You decide.
    -If Oprah mentions her BFF Gayle, your BFF has to take a sip of her drink.

    2. Shots...
    -If an audience member cries, do one shot.
    -If Oprah cries,

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  • Raised by Oprah: 25 Things I Learned Over the Past 25 Years

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Oprah is a living presence in my house. We can see her (every day, 4 o'clock, channel 5) and although she can't see us, a fact for which she should be very grateful considering the state of cleanliness around here, Oprah's been presiding over my home life as long as I can remember. When her eponymous show went on the air in 1986, my mother was one of her first fans. At first we had Phil Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael and Geraldo as our backdrop to laundry, homework and dinner prep, but once Ms. O came on the scene we were a one-woman family. It wasn't long before we were exercising, dieting, reading, finding out exactly what she "knows for sure" and oh yes, crying along with her. From bras to boys to international politics, Oprah was like a second mother to me, shaping my views and instructing me in all the things it meant to be a woman in our culture.

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    When you love someone so

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  • 6 Ways to Skinny Up Your Burger

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    Let's hear it for hamburgers! May 28th is National Hamburger Day, and with Memorial Day Weekend coming up, we thought we'd share some tips on how to better your burger - just in case you are gearing up for a cookout this weekend.

    And while you may not think of a burger as a health food, it's actually a pretty decent choice when it comes to getting in a satisfying protein-filled meal. But there are definitely a few changes you can make to your healthy up your hamburger, without sacrificing taste.

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    Try these simple tweaks to get more delicious nutrition out of every bite:

    1. At the supermarket, look for a label that says "lean beef" and opt for the lowest percentage of fat (95% lean). Go organic and grass-fed whenever possible.

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    2. Don't be fooled by turkey burgers. They can often be as fatty as their beef counterparts. If you go for turkey,

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  • The 10 Most Humiliating Things My Kids Have Said in Public

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Compassion, kindness, respect for diversity, politeness, honesty, an understanding of basic anatomical functions-all good things I've tried to instill in my children over the years and all things that have backfired horribly in public, much to my embarrassment. No matter how skilled we are as parents, the Public Child Outburst happens to all of us. It's the one time you rue the fact that your child is such a clear speaker.

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    Here are some of my worst. Please please please tell me I'm not alone in my humiliation by sharing some of yours with me!

    1. "People just give me stuff 'cause I'm so cute." A woman in a fabric store offered my 3-year-old son a piece of candy. When I prompted him to say thank you with, "What do you say to the nice lady?" this is what my eldest came up with.

    2. "Stop making ugly faces!" My 2-year-old to a disabled person at the gym. I was mortified.

    3. "That man's

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  • Your Guy's 3 Types of Friendships Explained (Even the Weird Ones)

    Men shed buddies as they get older, says Aaron Traister. Use this handy guide to ID - and understand - the ones he'll never let go.

    It happens to the best, and most popular, of us (not that I'm either): After getting married and settling down, we men wake up one morning and discover that our once-mighty forest of guy friends has been slashed and burned, and all that remains are a couple of grizzled oaks and a few endangered saplings. I was out drinking with one such sapling named Rob recently, and he put it this way: "I'm 32. I've got a wife and three kids. And I've got two friends I see with any regularity. One of them is my brother, and the other one I've known since I was 5, so the only reason I still see them is because I'm pretty much stuck with them." Rob and I had a great time, but have I hung out with him since? No.

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    One reason for male friend slippage is simple: Guys just aren't as good at staying in touch as

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  • 10 Things Never to Say to the Man You Love

    1. I can't wait to see what you're doing for my birthday.

    2. Are you... crying?

    3. If we leave right now, we'll have time to stop by Bed Bath & Beyond.

    4. Do you need help lighting the grill?

    5. I'm putting this whole conversation on my blog.

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    6. You had so much hair back then!

    7. I don't care how big and drunk he is, he shouldn't be talking through the movie. I'm going to say something.

    8. Actually, it doesn't happen to every guy.

    9. We're vegetarians now.

    10. My dad can fix that; you should call him.

    - COMPILED BY TROY PATTEE OF DADVENTUROUS.COM, SHAWN BURNS OF BACKPACKINGDAD.COM, AND AARON TRAISTER OF REDBOOK'S WHYS GUY BLOG

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  • The 6 Best Things About Being Pregnant

    Being pregnant has its ups and downs. Real women share what they loved about living with a bump.
    1. "The sex was awesome. Not only did it feel amazing with all the extra blood in the lady-bits zone, but it felt more special and more fun - the newness of pregnancy, not needing birth control, plus giant boobs. Awesome." - Taylor N., 26

    2. "Not having to suck in my gut when having my picture taken… or at any other time." - Katherine C., 32

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    3. "Not needing to buy tampons for a whole year." - Marion V., 32

    3. "Guilt-free naps, guilt-free Cheeto-eating, guilt-free bitchiness." - Melissa G., 35

    4. "Knowing my body was doing the most productive thing it could do, even when I was lying on the couch watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians." - Teresa D., 35

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    5. "I loved that people gave me major props for doing ordinary things: carrying my own groceries, combing my hair, wearing shoes that were not

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