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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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  • 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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  • 3 Ways to Conquer Your Clutter

    by Wendy Manwarren, REDBOOK

    1. Maximize wall space in an entryway with cut-to-fit lattice from your local home-improvement store or garden center. Thread S-hooks through the slats to hang baskets filled with scarves, hats, and Rover's leash. Lattice, $18; Lowe's stores. Green "Carrie" baskets, $39 each; unicahome.com.

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    2. Do one small organizational task daily, no matter how small. Clean out one drawer or the top tier of the spice rack. Just think: After a month, you'll have checked 30 things off your to-do list.

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    3. Open the mail over the shredder or recycling bin, and get rid of the junk immediately. This forces you to make quick and definitive decisions so nothing piles up in your hallway or anywhere else.

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  • The 5 Worst Excuses for Not Wearing Sunscreen

    by Wenner Moyer, REDBOOK

    "I'm afraid the chemicals in sunscreen might increase my cancer risk." - Laura Baugh, 33, Indianapolis
    You may have heard that two common sunblock ingredients - oxybenzone, a UV-absorbing compound, and retinyl palmitate, an antioxidant - may actually increase cancer risk. But the research was done on rats, some of which had a high propensity for developing cancer, and some of the doses were astronomically high, says dermatologist Steven Wang. All the experts we talked to said the evidence isn't strong enough to conclude that the substances are harmful. If you're still worried, avoid retinyl palmitate (it's not an active ingredient anyway) and choose mineral-based creams that use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide instead of oxybenzone.

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    "Sunscreen makes me break out." - Jennifer Prosperi, 35, New York City
    Waterproofing chemicals seal in oils and sweat, which can cause pimples - and chemical sunscreens are more likely to

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  • How to Wear It: The Trendy Orthopedic Sandals Celebs Love

    by Diana Vilibert, REDBOOKWe know what you're thinking…are these Worishofer shoes this season's version of the Ugg? With an orthopedic cork insole designed by a German podiatrist, there's no doubt these shoes ($59.95 at Endless) are comfortable-but at first glance, they're not ranking high on style. So image our surprise when A-listers like Kristen Dunst, Michelle Williams, and Maggie Gyllenhaal spotted out and about in the sandals…looking good. Follow in the footsteps of these trendsetters and read on for chic ways to wear the granny-chic Worishofer.

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    Keep it casual in cropped pants (like this coral pair) plus a striped tee, for a weekend look that's effortlessly stylish. ($49.50 at Gap)


    Lend a feminine edge to your Worishofers with a floral sundress (topped off with a lightweight denim jacket if it's chilly). Just make sure you keep the hemline above the knee-any longer and you're instantly channeling a distinct "Eastern European

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  • 7 Surprising Ways to Save Money

    REDBOOK readers share their best tried-and-true tips for saving cash.

    "Set a goal. My family's goal is to go on vacation, so every time I'm at a store looking at something I don't need, I ask myself, Would I rather put more money toward my vacation or purchase this one item?"
    -- Susanne Doty, 30, Otisville, MI

    "Even if I have room in the closet, I store away my off-season clothes. They always feel surprising and new when I get them out again, so I don't feel like I 'need' to shop for as many new things at the start of each season."
    -- Leslie Yazel, 39, Brooklyn, NY

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    "Our family has set weekly budgets, and we use an envelope system to keep the grocery money, entertainment money, and children's necessities separate. If we have extra in an envelope, then we can have some 'wants.' Otherwise we stick with 'needs.'"

    -- Donna Jo Salhany, 58, Marietta, GA
    "When I see something new that I want, I think about all the clutter in my home and ask

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