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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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  • 5 Tricks for Gorgeous D.I.Y. Haircolor (That Comes Out Pro-Perfect)

    Go ahead and gloat about mastering great at-home color with pro tips they never put on the back of a drugstore box.

    1. Try Before Your Dye
    You really can't tell if a haircolor will flatter you just by staring at that mind-boggling wall of home kits. (And why do so many of the models on the boxes look like they've been bonked on the head?) Nikki Ferrara, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Salon Downtown in New York City, has a better idea: Sample wigs at a beauty supply store. "The right shade will bring out the color of your eyes and warm up your skin," she says. Once you hit the jackpot, look for a match at the drugstore.

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    2. Soothe Your Scalp

    It's an old trade secret: Protect a sensitive scalp from the chemicals in hair dye by adding two packets of Sweet'N Low and an ounce of skim milk to your color formula before applying. We don't know why, but it works.

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    3. Shine Like a Star
    If you're blonde

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  • How to Stretch Your Haircolor to Save Money

    You typically need to re-dye every four to six weeks, but this preservation plan can buy you an extra week or two.

    One day before: Pump moisture into hair with a hydrating mask. "You wouldn't paint peeling nails with a fresh coat of lacquer, so why put hair dye on dry, damaged strands?" says New York City colorist Rita Hazan. When your hair is hydrated, the color takes more evenly, which means it'll look vibrant longer. We like Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque, $36.

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    The day after: Use a color-protective, sulfate-free shampoo (sulfates are lathering agents that can strip your color). Try Bed Head Colour Combat Colour Goddess Shampoo, $16.95.

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    One week later: Baby your hair with a weekly deep conditioner such as Pantene Pro-V Color Nourishing Treatment, $3.99.

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    Two weeks later: Use an at-home clear glaze, which will perk up fading color, making it look

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  • 3 Ways to Energize Your Morning

    by Nicole Yorio, REDBOOK

    Give yourself a jolt in the morning with these easy ways to get more energy.

    1. Sweat a little.
    Studies show that people who exercise in the morning sleep better, says Jessica Matthews, a director for the American Council on Exercise. Get active outdoors between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.; it's the prime window to wake your body with sunlight, kicking off a healthy sleep-wake cycle.

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    2. Speed up your walk.
    Hard-wiring a healthy habit now will pay off big-time later. A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher found that people over 65 who walk at a pace of at least 2.5 miles per hour live longer than those who don't. To burn extra fat and calories, try interval training: Walk fast for one block and slow down for the next.

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    3. Fuel your body.
    "Breakfast eaters tend to be thinner than breakfast skippers, who are more likely to overindulge later," says Read More »from 3 Ways to Energize Your Morning
  • 5 Scary Health Hazards of Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Skimping on sleep can make you...

    PRONE TO HEART DISEASE. Women who regularly get fewer than five hours of sleep per night are significantly more likely to suffer from hypertension -- a leading heart disease risk factor, according to a recent study. When you're sleep-deprived, your body produces more stress hormones and other substances that increase inflammation, which can up your risk of heart disease and stroke.

    DEVELOP DIABETES. Those who get fewer than five hours of sleep per night have two-and-a-half times the risk of getting diabetes compared with those who snooze for seven to eight hours, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The likely reason? Suppression of deep sleep, the most restorative sleep stage, significantly decreases your ability to regulate blood-sugar levels, according to new research.

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    CRANKY. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation makes the amygdala (the part of your brain that

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  • How Guys Feel About the Schwarzenegger Scandal

    by Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    I'm writing this from vacation. I'm in a hotel with limited access to the internet. I can't figure out the channels on the TV. And I haven't read the paper since I left Philly. And yet, I still know that the Kindergarten Cop has a love child. Every screen I pass has a picture of Arnold or Maria on it, and my phone has told me more than once about the Pumping Iron star's pumping infidelity. Just like all the other recent cheating scandals-Tiger, Jesse James, Spitzer, McGreevey-this latest one is inescapable, impossible to ignore.

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    What irks me is that when these kinds of stories dominate the media, they have a negative impact on how everyone else views marriage and monogamy. It's like A Clockwork Orange: After 24 hours of Arnold exposure, I wouldn't blame Karel if she asked if I had any other children I needed to tell her about.

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    But these scandals don't tell

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  • by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Explaining the Octomom to my kids was tough ("When a woman and the paparazzi really love each other sometimes they find a petri dish...") but that awkward moment was just a sign of things to come. With my kids-8, 6, 4 and 1-getting old enough to start asking the really difficult questions, listening to the morning news has taken on a whole new level of "infotainment" (meaning I provided the info and they provide the entertainment). So when the host of the morning radio program I listen to brought up the unfolding Arnold Schwarzenegger divorce/cheating/baby-with-his-maid scandal, I quickly changed the channel to NPR. "Mommy, what does 'sexually assault' mean and who's the IMF?" And back to the Governator it is! (Also, I'm not even sure exactly what the IMF is.)

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    The truth is that our culture loves a good sex scandal and at some point your discussions with your kids are going to have

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