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  • The 8 Messiest Mom Duties (That No One Ever Warned You About)

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Diaper explosions. Spit up stains. Cradle cap. No parent goes into this job without expecting some icky moments but there a few mom chores that are so frustrating, gross or bizarre that you want to look around for the hidden camera or yell "This is not in my contract!!" because you just can't believe that this is your life. And yet someone has to look for the shiny penny in the diaper and, let's face it, unless you have a full-time baby nanny, then you're it.

    1. Changing the sheets on the top bunk bed. Oh sure that loft bed looks so adorable and functional in the Pottery Barn catalog... until the first time you spend 30 minutes with sweat rolling down your face trying to wrangle the fitted sheet over all four corners. Heaven help you if you put the bed in a corner. Tip: Take the vacuum up there - you might as well get all those cob webs out of the ceiling corners while you're up there.

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    2. Flossing your

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  • 4 Adorable Fascinators We'd Wear to William and Kate's Wedding

    by Molly Fergus, REDBOOK

    Amidst all the pomp, circumstance, and surprises (like that rumored Alexander McQueen wedding gown!) surrounding Kate Middleton and Prince William's upcoming nuptials, there's one royal fashion tradition we fully support: statement-making headgear. We've picked out four toppers fit for the regal ceremony - now we're just waiting on our invite...

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    The Dandelion
    A beaded, sequined center anchors this fantastically whimsical ivory hair comb; from Mayas Ideas' Etsy shop; $60 at Etsy.

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    ASOS Netted Corsage Fascinator
    The gunmetal hue and flyaway netting are reminiscent of creations by master milliner Philip Treacy - the official hat-maker for Kate and Will's I Dos. $44.83 at ASOS.

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    Cara Accessories Tropical Flower Hair Clip
    Towering fascinators can seem pretty intimidating, which is why

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  • Easter Basket Rehab: 5 Ways to Fix the Calorie Damage

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    Did you enjoy your Easter weekend? Maybe a little too much? Even if you found yourself staring at an emptied out basket with candy wrappers strewn everywhere - don't fret. "It takes eating 3,500 calories above and beyond your body's needs to equal a pound of weight gained," says Christen Cooper, a Registered Dietitian and owner of Cooper Education and Communication in Pleasantville, New York. So even if you ate a lot of sweet treats on Easter (and a few days after), you can probably still fit in your jeans. "In fact, you probably didn't even gain a full pound," says Cooper.

    But our experts did agree the average Easter basket can contain up to 1,500 to 2,000 calories (yikes!), so if you enjoyed the whole thing, here are 5 easy ways to get back on track:

    1) Estimate the actual calorie damage done and reverse it in small steps, recommends Cooper. For example, if you know you downed about 1,000 extra calories over the weekend, try cutting out your usual dessert

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  • My stepdaughter has fought her weight for years and, since having kids, has become obese. She drinks a 12-pack of cola a day and keeps lots of candy at home. She has said, in front of her kids, "I don't like vegetables." The kids aren't overweight but are obsessed with having dessert, and the middle 7-year-old girl already says she is "dieting." The 9-year-old has been on laxatives since he was a baby (his doctor put him on them), but if he ate right, he wouldn't need them, as I see it. Suggesting a healthy diet for him, or telling his mother that she shouldn't drink so much soda, hasn't helped. I worry about her and her kids. What can her dad and I do or say to help them be healthier? - P.D., 51, Sylva, NC

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    I wish I could tell you that if you sat your step-daughter down and listed everything that was wrong with her diet and the way she's raising her kids to think about food, she'd see the light. But as you've observed, it doesn't work that way.

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  • Revealed! 14 Real-World Secrets of a Happy Couples

    Check out these tiny truths guaranteed to bring couples closer in a big way.

    By Colleen Rush

    1. "Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it."
    --Former President Lyndon B. Johnson

    2. "Find the good and praise it."
    --Author Alex Haley

    3. "Good wine, chocolate truffles and a subtitled foreign film the kids will hate. To me, those nights are what make a marriage heavenly."
    --Kirsten, Edison, NJ

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    4. "To keep the fire burning brightly, there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart for breathing room."
    --Marnie Reed Crowell, nature writer

    5. "If my wife wants more than a peck on the cheek, she'll grab me and kiss me. Don't expect your partner to know and do everything you want. Go for it yourself."
    --Steve Brody, Ph.D., an author of Renew Your Marriage at Midlife

    6. "Never stop

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  • 5 Easter Treats for Under 200 Calories

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    Who doesn't love Easter candy? There is no reason you have to avoid it altogether if you are trying to lose weight (or avoid a sugar coma). Don't break the calorie bank with these five Easter treats under 200 calories:

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    4 Marshmallow Peeps: 130 calories

    35 Jellybeans: 140 calories

    Cadbury Crème Egg: 150 calories

    Reese's Peanut Butter Egg: 180 calories

    12 Cadbury Chocolate Eggs: 190 calories

    Tip: if you find yourself ready to empty out the entire basket in one sitting, try switching gears with your taste buds by eating a lightly salted real Easter (hard boiled) egg - at only 70 calories each they are a good source of protein and may help you avoid a sugar binge.

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    Jessica Smith is a certified fitness lifestyle expert and creator of the 10 Pounds Down DVD series.



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  • My high school boyfriend was my whole world. When he moved away for college, I was lost without him. I eventually decided to move on with my life, but breaking up with him was the hardest thing I've ever done. A few years after I graduated from high school, he called me out of the blue and told me he was married. I feigned happiness for him, but when we hung up, I wept for hours. I married my husband a year later. Although he's wonderful and I love him very much, on my wedding day I cried knowing I was marrying my second choice. We now have two beautiful little girls. Five years ago, my first love contacted me again. We started to email, then three years ago, he moved back here with his wife and stepsons. We talk about getting together to "meet each other's families," but we haven't seen each other yet.

    I don't want to hurt anyone, but I am still in love with my first love. Sometimes I think about him and my heart beats so hard, I get dizzy. Do I keep my feelings to myself? Do I tell

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  • The 3 L's of a Lasting Marriage

    Love is the very foundation of good marriage, but it turns out, there are a few other "L" words to consider. Blogger Leigh Pennebaker explains:

    Listening: It is so important and helpful to be able to really listen to your partner. When you know someone so well, it's easy to feel like you have them all figured out. Sometimes that's great, but other times it can mean rushing to judge or to make assumptions that might not be true. Striving to really, deeply listen is the cornerstone of communication between my husband and me. It inspires empathy and compassion -- and you can't have too much of those things in a marriage!

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    Laughing: Don't take things too seriously. My husband has the great gift of being able to introduce levity with kindness whenever things get tense between us. It helps to put things in perspective. When you laugh together it's hard to be angry.

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    L

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  • The 8 Messiest Mom Chores (That No One Ever Warned You About)

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Diaper explosions. Spit up stains. Cradle cap. No parent goes into this job without expecting some icky moments but there a few mom chores that are so frustrating, gross or bizarre that you want to look around for the hidden camera or yell "This is not in my contract!!" because you just can't believe that this is your life. And yet someone has to look for the shiny penny in the diaper and, let's face it, unless you have a full-time baby nanny, then you're it.

    1. Changing the sheets on the top bunk bed. Oh sure that loft bed looks so adorable and functional in the Pottery Barn catalog... until the first time you spend 30 minutes with sweat rolling down your face trying to wrangle the fitted sheet over all four corners. Heaven help you if you put the bed in a corner. Tip: Take the vacuum up there - you might as well get all those cob webs out of the ceiling corners while you're up there.

    Related: 5 Dresses Every Woman Should Own

    2. Flossing your

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  • 4 Simple Ways to Get Flatter Abs Before Summer

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    Try these tricks every day to trim down before beach season.

    1. Eliminate excess water weight with lemon. Squeeze lemon juice into your water throughout the day for a natural diuretic. Drink at least eight glasses a day, more if you are very active or sweating. You'll stay hydrated during the warmer weather, while getting rid of belly bloat.

    2. Eat lots of water-filled foods such as watermelon and cucumber salads.
    You'll fill up faster and flush out your system. A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that a diet rich in the amino acid arginine
    (found in watermelon) may help you decrease your body fat by over 60 percent in just 12 weeks.

    3. Practice good belly form at your desk or on the couch: Draw your belly button into your spine (without holding your breath) to engage your abdominals and help to flatten them. Hold it for 30 seconds and then relax. Work up to holding it for a full minute (or two).

    4. Move to lose.

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