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  • The Cast of 'Bridesmaids' Visits a Strip Club

    Judd Apatow's films usually center on dudes (Superbad, Pineapple Express), but his newest is all about the ladies. Some of our favorite funny women - Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and The Office's Ellie Kemper - make up the oddball bridal party in the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids, which opened in theaters Friday.

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    Kemper filled us in on how the cast got into character: "The Friday night before we started filming, we decided to go whole hog on the bridesmaids traditions. We rented a party bus to take us to Hollywood Men, a male strip club. Just about every female member of the cast and crew attended. It's a very special night when you have an unusually sweaty fireman, a scantily-clad Batman, and two dozen screaming ladies in one room. A neighboring table of reveling bachelorettes recognized Kristen and Maya, shouting, 'Hey! They're the SNL girls!' That must have been a pretty cool bachelorette party: They went to Hollywood Men, and got

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  • The Real Deal About Sex After Kids

    by Amy Sohn, REDBOOK

    Ah, the post-baby sex life - rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated, finds writer Amy Sohn. That said, a temporary tailspin is to be expected. Read her 100-percent honest report.

    "What do you plan to do for birth control?" my midwife asked. It was my six-week postpartum checkup, and she had just pronounced that it was safe for me to have sex.

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    "Birth control?" I said, like she was speaking a foreign language. I was hormonal and emotionally fragile after a difficult birth, and now I was nursing a newborn. I was thinking about having sex again the same way I was planning to lose my baby weight - sometime in the future, but certainly not right now. "There's a pill that's safe to take when you're breast-feeding," she told me, and scribbled down the name. I stuck it in my wallet, just like I once took guys' numbers knowing I'd never call.

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  • 5 Ways to Lose Weight without Diet Pills

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    Most diet pill advertisements, these drugs can do everything from give you more energy to help you drop pounds in record time. And we're buying it - according to a recent CBS News report, Americans are spending over $35 billion a year on weight loss products. But what these supplement companies don't tell you is that most of their "success stories" are actually paid participants whose job it is to lose weight on a strict diet and exercise plan. (And believe it or not, a recent FTC investigation found that one popular diet pill brand had evidence from a study that found subjects lost more weight taking a placebo than the actual diet pill.)

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    So why not save some money, and potential health risks, and lose weight without the pills? Here are five ways to get the power of a pill (sans supplements) and speed up your weight loss naturally:

    1. The Diet Pill Claim: Curbs your appetite.

    Get

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  • Hair 911: Fixes for Your Top 3 Hair Emergencies

    By Jenna Mahoney, REDBOOK

    Crisis #1: The Forecast is 100% Humidity

    Avoid crazy-expansive curls with a cocktail of equal parts leave-in conditioner and frizz-fighting cream, says New York City-based stylist Danielle Irene. Try Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream, $15, and L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème, $8.99. "While hair is still damp, section it into four pieces and apply the mixture from roots to tips, raking your hands through to coat each strand," she says. Got straight hair? Avoid flyaways by coating it (while it's dry) with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, Original Formula, $8.99.

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    Crisis #2: You Got an Awful (Sob!) Haircut

    After pin-poking a voodoo doll that vaguely resembles your stylist, do this: "Whatever length the bad cut, wear your hair wavy, which obscures all sorts of flaws, from choppy layers to unevenness," Sebbag says. Using a one-inch-barrel curling iron, wrap

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  • Women Cheat, Too: The Other Side of Ashley Madison

    by Justin Rocket Silverman, REDBOOK
    A third of the cheating website's members are women. Our male reporter met up with one of them.

    It's not easy to meet a married woman on Ashley Madison. I learn this after dropping $20 to sign up (unlike female members, guys have to pay) and then another $150 on "credits" that I use to send messages to women on the site.

    I am honest enough: single guy, (mostly) normal, (mostly) open.

    I get zero responses. Turns out, the bulk of women on the site are looking only for cybersex, wanting to fill an emotional void.

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    Then the message finally comes: L., 42, an attractive mother of two. She's slightly older than many of the women on Ashley Madison - the average age of female members is 35 - and is atypical in the fact that she prefers single men. (She tried dating some of the married men but found them too paranoid. She also likes that unattached guys have apartments to go to instead of hotel Read More »from Women Cheat, Too: The Other Side of Ashley Madison
  • Your Secret Shopping Addictions and How to Curb Them

    by Rory Evans, REDBOOK

    We've all got a shopping weak spot, one place we lose all budgetary control. Discover yours here and get a grip.

    We used to dream of time spent alone on a beach somewhere. Alone in the tranquil oasis of a fancy spa. As time goes on (and reality sets in), the dream evolves: Alone, pushing a shopping cart through the local big-box store. Alone, luxuriating in mascara choices in the drugstore makeup aisle. For women with full houses and fuller schedules, shopping offers a precious opportunity for purposeful aimlessness, a place to be solitary for a delicious hour or more. The only drawback: You walk out lugging a ton of purchases you didn't intend to make while "browsing." Sound familiar? Here's how to get the retail therapy you need without the sticker shock.

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  • Ripe off the Vine: 5 Berry Beauty Boosters

    by Gizem Ozcelik, REDBOOK

    Health and beauty experts everywhere have recently been raving about the numerous benefits of antioxidant-rich berries. Not only are they yummy to eat, but extracts from berries of allkinds have also been proven to help a majority of skin problems-and even slow down the aging process! All berries have antioxidants to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals, whether it's blueberries and raspberries or more exotic berries like acai and goji. They help to visibly brighten, smooth, firm, and tone skin. Try a handful of these superfruit-infused beauty products. Below, some of our berry-good picks for you to slather on.

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    1. So-Good Serum. The antioxidant from the blueberry and pomegranate extracts in Goldfaden Blueberry & Pomegranate Hydrating Serum ($65, goldfaden.com) work together to repair damaged skin and help to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    2. Pore-fect Oil.

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  • 3 Things NOT to Say to a Friend Who's Struggling with Infertility

    by Erin Zammett Ruddy, REDBOOK

    "Have you tried IVF/acupuncture/headstands?"

    "So often, the instinct is to fix things. What's more important is to listen," explains Barbara Collura, executive director of Resolve, the national infertility association. "'If you want to talk, I'm here' - that's all I wanted my friends to tell me," says Colleen Dippel, 39, who struggled with infertility for years before giving birth to her son and adopting her daughter. "Each infertility case is unique, so advice doesn't help. Knowing there's someone to talk to is what friendship is really about."

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    "Just relax and it will happen."
    "There are so many myths about fertility issues," says Kristin Foristall, 34, who used IVF to have her daughter. "I tried relaxing. I stopped drinking coffee. I meditated. Sorry, that didn't fix my problem. Science did!" In fact, a recent study found that stress does not compromise a woman's chance of getting pregnant. Plus, such

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  • An Easy Way to Cut Calories from Your Favorite Foods

    by Maridel Reyes, REDBOOK

    No woman wants to be a food dictator in her own home, forcing everyone to finish their broccoli and green beans. So how to up your fresh produce intake? One fix far too few of us try is adding pureed fruits and veggies to foods your whole crew already loves, like mac and cheese and even brownies. Adding even just a few tablespoons "can significantly boost the fiber and nutrients and reduce the amount of sugar and fat in foods," says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass. We tried four puree recipes from Missy Chase Lapine, author of the Sneaky Chef cookbook series, on our unsuspecting friends, husbands, and kids. The results: "We made chocolate-chip cookies with white bean puree - and they were awesome," said one staffer (even though they had half as much butter). "The blueberry-and-spinach-infused taco meat was yummy - if a slightly odd color," noted another. Whip one of these up and chill for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. Puree away!

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  • 3 Ways to Survive a Cash-Flow Crisis

    by Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK

    It happens. One minute you're in the black, the next you're blindsided by budget-blowing surprises (fun stuff like a root canal or car trouble). Stay calm and follow this advice.

    Tap your friendliest biller first. Dial up offices that know you personally, like your dentist. They're more likely to give you extra time to pay without reporting it to credit bureaus (so your credit score won't take a hit). But be sure always to ask up front about interest rates and penalty fees.

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    Devise a new payment plan. Been in this bind before? Consider phoning the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (nfcc.org) or the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counsel-ing Agencies (aiccca.org). They can work with your creditors to negotiate a more budget-friendly payback schedule with a reasonable interest rate.

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