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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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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  • 10 Things He’ll Never Forget You Said

    These seemingly innocent phrases still have the power to wound… big-time. By Anna, Davies, REDBOOK.

    1. "Did I ever tell you about the time X and I skinny-dipped?"

    "She didn't, but now that's all I can think about," says Charles S., 42. "I've never skinny-dipped with her, and she's my wife! I wonder what other wild things she and her ex got up to that I've never heard about." While you may intend to innocently share stories about your crazy single days, your guy hears this and assumes you're still hung up on your ex. You don't have to edit your stories for his ears, but add how much more fun it would be to go skinny-dipping with him so he knows that he's the only one you want.

    2. Do you know how many gray hairs you have?

    "My wife said this to me on my 40th birthday!" says Mike S., 41. "I know she was just kidding, but more than a year later, I still think about it every time I look in the mirror. I thought I looked good." Gentle ribbing is part of marriage, but it's

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  • 6 Signs Your Marriage Will Last a Lifetime

    Making "I do" last forever is one of the biggest challenges you'll ever face--and it's normal to worry about how you'll do it. But, if your connection involves any of these things, rest assured that you're in it for the long run. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    "When something weird happens, my guy is always the first one I want to text." - Erin W., Highlands Ranch, CO
    Seeing your guy as your person--the one you want to share gossip or funny observations with--is essential, say Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, psychotherapists and authors of Building a Love That Lasts. "Good couples tend to view their partner as their best friend," says Charles. "Having inside jokes and stories is part of what builds that bond." That's why it's key to share funny anecdotes about your day, even if they're as minor as your coworker freaking out because someone stole her Diet Coke from the communal fridge.

    Related: 7 Signs Divorced Couples Say They Missed

    "He and I may not split chores 50/50 all the

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  • 8 Things Never to Wear to Bed If You Want to Stay Married

    Sure, you should be comfortable, but cozy can sometimes get really out of hand. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    1. His ratty undershirt
    If it has yellow pit stains and black marks from where your mascara rubbed off over years of sleeping in his nook, it's not adorable. In fact, throw it out. He's a grown man. He can buy new undershirts.

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    2. Anything with a crust

    If your pants show remnants of tonight's dinner, ice cream dribble, or wine spills, please remove before entering the boudoir.

    3. Something from an ex

    We don't care how soft it is, or if you haven't spoken to him since high school. It's bad bed-karma to sleep in a former flame's football jersey.

    4. Teeth whitening strips, a hair mask, moisturizing gloves…

    ...or any other item that screams, "Do not disturb."

    Related: 6 Signs Your Marriage Will Last a Lifetime

    5. Old undies
    Yes, sleeping in your skivvies is sexy, but not if they're full of holes. Once

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  • Once and for All, the Best Lip Balms

    Kiss dry, winter-chapped lips good-bye! We put dozens of formulas to the test and found eight that really work. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.


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