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  • 5 Date Hacks that Save Major Time and Money

    By Brie Schwartz, REBDOOK.

    It's hard enough to plan a perfect date when you're dealing with your and your husband's hectic schedules, much less your highly coveted babysitter's. And yes, it can sometimes be so stressful that it feels easier to just stay home. But squeezing in some much-needed downtime as a couple doesn't need to be pressure-filled or contrived. If you switch up your routine and embrace spontaneity (whenever possible, at least), you can squeeze in some fun on the cheap--without spending your sacred Saturday night fighting countless other couples for a table at a restaurant or a seat at the IMAX theater.

    Related: The Top 10 Complaints from Unhappy Husbands

    1. Cozy up to the bar
    You're so excited to go to that new restaurant everyone's raving about… until you try to get a reservation. And no, 5 p.m. on Wednesday doesn't work well. Hence why my husband and I love sidling up to the bar, which we can do without too much planning. Sitting close to him and letting

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  • 6 Secrets to Younger-Looking Eyes

    Puffy, tired, weary no more. These tips take years off and create that "I slept great, thanks!" effect. By Kayleigh Donahue Hodes, REDBOOK.

    1. Shape up brows. The simple act of filling in sparse bits and tweezing strays around your arch is like a mini eye lift, making you automatically look more awake.

    2. Take down puffiness. Pop a metal teaspoon in the freezer, then use the back of it to give swollen areas a light massage. And wait until the puffiness goes down before applying moisturizer, which can plump skin back up.

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    3. No makeup on crow's-feet! Sparkly shadow is like a zoom lens on fine lines, and foundation can settle into them. The one exception? Primer, which will blur and fill in crinkles.

    4. Disguise under-eye bags. Taupe eyeshadow grazed right underneath lower lashes helps hide puffiness by making that area recede. (Darker skin tones should use a richer brown shadow.)

    Related: 10 Facial Oils for Every Skin Type and

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  • 20 Reasons Why We Wouldn’t Trade Marriage for Dating in Our 20s

    Sure, being single has its perks--flirting with countless guys, going to work still smiling from an epic date the night before, and feeling utterly elated when a guy you're into asks you out again. But all that excitement and uncertainty can't beat the comfort of knowing that the man you're with is the real deal. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    Marshall and Lily are living the dream.1. You have a built-in wingman who you can drag to awkward dinner parties and weddings.

    2. No more waking up in a post-night-out panic, reaching for your phone, and praying you didn't booty-text your ex.

    3. Having an adult to watch Frozen with--and knowing he's not just doing it to get in your pants. He actually learned the Elsa parts.

    4. Being able to "accidentally" toot in front of your guy without feeling like you're about to die a slow, humiliating death.

    Related: The Top 10 Complaints from Unhappy Husbands

    5. Going to a bar and knowing the man you're taking home will 100-percent-guaranteed call you the next day.


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  • Ali Sweeney's Stay-Skinny Secret

    You get to eat exactly what you feel like, and if you load on the extras like Alison Sweeney does, you'll still enjoy a filler-upper meal. By Alison Sweeney, REDBOOK.

    It's harder to stay on track with your diet if you're always eating out. But living a full life means I sometimes trade my kitchen counter for a restaurant table. My number-one trick to building a perfect plate? Split your entrée, then add smart sides.

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    ½ a steak
    For dinners with my husband, I love a good filet mignon, medium rare, halfsied, of course. I'll usually start with a salad, and to fill out our plates, we'll get a couple of sides like grilled asparagus and sautéed Brussels sprouts--not the creamed spinach, which is a calorie bomb. And I definitely order a glass of wine, but I take forever with the list--with the way restaurants pour, I know I'm only having one.

    Related: 10 Foods That Fight Fat

    ½ an omelet

    People think the yolks are the issue, but

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  • 8 Signs You're in a Marriage of Equals

    You know it as well as we do: A well-balanced union is hardly as simple as divvying up chores--though it's certainly nice when he picks up a vacuum. It's about being able to rely on each other in every situation. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    Ben may have famously said marriage is work, but behind the scenes, Jen told US Weekly that they talk through each movie role to make sure it's what's best for the whole fam.1. You're each other's biggest cheerleader. That may not mean hashing out every single thing that went on in your day, but you better believe your fridge is covered with as many of your accomplishments as those of your kids. That marathon bib deserves to be seen!

    Related: The Top 10 Complaints from Unhappy Husbands

    2. If you've had an epically bad day and need some pampering accompanied by a pep talk, he'd sit with you at the salon while your nails dried. Not that you'd ask him to, but he would. And it still counts if he complains about the weird fumes.

    3. He cooks, you clean, or the other way around. As long as you both get to eat, who cares about traditional gender roles? You've totally overhauled the antiquated notion that women should

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  • Master Class: Blow-Dry Your Hair like a Pro

    If your arm aches just thinking about blow-drying, take heart: These easy hair-saving tips will cut down on your mirror time and deliver salon-level results. By Lisa Whitmore, REDBOOK.

    Short hair
    Step 1: Spritz a heat-protecting leave-in conditioner through damp strands from roots to ends (for fine hair, just on the bottom half).

    Step 2: Clip up the top section of hair--no need to be precise. Starting at the back, blow-dry using a flat brush to sweep hair forward (this keeps it from getting puffy). Repeat on the sides

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    Step 3: Let down the front. Blow-dry bangs first, smoothing them with the brush from one side, then to the other. Unclip the rest and work back toward your crown until the top is all dry.

    Step 4: To finish, warm a tiny dab of pomade between your fingers and pull it through the ends for a piece-y effect.

    Medium hair
    Step 1: Spray a volumizer at the roots of wet hair to add body, then apply a

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  • 8 Indoor Plants You Can’t Kill

    For everyone out there missing the green thumb gene, we're here to help. By Andrea Fowler, REBDOOK.

    Snake plantSnake plant
    "Snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, can literally survive in a closet--that's how little light it needs," says Juliette Vass, owner of online plant stores My City Plants and Orchid Diva. The leaves' deep green centers and light yellow edges go a long way toward livening up an otherwise plain room.

    Related: The 15 Best Budget-Friendly Design Secrets

    Flowering thyme
    Who doesn't get an awesome sense of accomplishment from picking their own herbs? According to Modern Pioneering author Georgia Pellegrini, thyme, with its small flower blossoms, is a great option. "Thyme grows well in pots, even upcycled coffee tins, which can be perched on a kitchen windowsill," says Pellegrini. "That way, it's at your fingertips while cooking."

    Phalaenopsis orchid
    "Believe it or not, these orchids don't mind being neglected a little," says Vass, making them perfect for some

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  • Hate Exercise? Maybe You Were Just Born that Way

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    I have about 12 friends who've decided to run their first marathon or half-marathon this year. Meanwhile, the thought of jogging a quarter-mile makes me want to go into hiding for the rest of the day. For years, I've been told that exercise relieves stress. Not so for me. I feel better when I get what needs to be done accomplished, then eat a good meal with interesting people and curl up under the covers.

    Related: 10 Foods That Fight Fat

    Turns out, they're may be more than my convictions to back me up. A new study published in The Journal of Physiology found that the desire and motivation to exercise could be, at least in part, genetic. You heard them: It's not just a matter of busy schedules or laziness.

    Researchers bred mice over many generations in order to separate them into two distinct groups: those who happily spent hours on running wheels and those who, for the most part, avoided them. Brain activity in the more active rats showed they were

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  • 7 Ways to Know You Belong Together

    By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    My husband and I disagree on a lot of things: I find Game of Thrones too gory, believe pink should be incorporated into every design scheme, and then there's the real stuff, like the fact that we were brought up practicing different religions, and that we'll have to figure out how to raise our kids. But even with our issues, I know we're meant for each other. How, you ask?

    Related: 7 Signs Divorced Couples Say They Missed

    1. I tell him I don't need him and he ignores me.

    There have been countless occasions when I've assured my husband I could handle situations without any of his help--ranging from minor things, like pulling heavy dishes out of the oven (I'm a tad accident-prone) to the bigger events, like visiting my mom in the hospital when she took three too many painkillers. Sure, I would have been fine on my own, but knowing that I had his support, whether I thought I needed it or not, made all the difference. In a solid relationship, you

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  • 10 5-Minute Updos for Day or Night

    No matter the occasion--or lack thereof--you'll look gorgeous with one these celeb-inspired 'dos that only looks like it took hours to create. By Andrea Fowler, REDBOOK.

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    The Hottest Hair Trends of Spring 2014
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