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  • 10 Ways to Fake a Smaller Waist

    Trends come and go, but we're always looking for clever ways to slim our silhouettes. If you're anything like us-so, that's everyone-heed celebrity stylist and Yummie Tummie founder Heather Thomson's waist-whittling advice. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • The Healthiest Halloween Candy for Every Craving

    As soon as you flip your calendar to October, it seems that candy is everywhere. And though we know that we should probably just step away, we're only human. But whatever you want, there is a better choice, say our experts. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.

    When you want peanut butter: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup vs. Butterfinger
    It's Reese's for the win. "They have almost one third of the calories, 19 grams fewer carbs, and about one third of the saturated fat of a Butterfinger," says registered dietitian and Mom Dishes it Out author Laura Cipullo. More good news for Reese's: Since they're made with actual peanut butter, they contain 5 grams of protein, which helps to balance out their sugar content and keeps you satisfied for longer, says registered dietitian Amy Shapiro.

    When you just want a classic chocolate bar: Hershey's bar vs. Dove bar
    In terms of calories and saturated fats, these bars are nearly identical, so go ahead and nosh on your favorite. However, Shapiro notes that a Hershey's

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  • 6 Ways to Move on from the Past

    When life gets stressful, it can make you think twice about how things could have been different--but too much questioning can turn toxic. Here's how to break the pattern. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    Stop putting past relationships on a pedestal
    We've all been there. Those days, when your husband won't pick up his phone all day, two of your friends booked anniversary trips, and you get offered a job you can't take because it doesn't fit your family's schedule, it's easy to float back to a time when things were easier with an ex who quoted you poetry and seemed to know exactly when your shoulders needed a rub. All of a sudden, you could find yourself wondering what life would be like if you'd stayed with the co-ed who got away. "It's easy to romanticize someone that you broke up with because your memory is not of the reality," says clinical psychologist Dr. Melanie Greenberg. "You don't have the experience of doing errands and all of that mundane stuff that's a part of a lasting

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  • Chic D.I.Y. Halloween Decorations that Prove Halloween is for Adults, Too

    Tori Spelling makes Halloween decorations that are much cuter-- and cheaper!--than anything you'll find at the drugstore.

    My kids have more fun giving out candy than getting it. And because Halloween is just as much for adults as it is for kids, I wanted a candy table that looked Halloween chic. Craft stores always have basics like skulls made from plaster or plastic and fake plastic spiders. There are a lot of mini projects on this table, but they were so easy!

    Related: Bring Color Into Your Home!

    Set your ghoulish table:

    1. Glitter skulls: Use a paintbrush to cover plaster skulls with Elmer's Glue, then generously pour glitter over them. When dry, shake off the excess.

    2. Candy dish: Glue-gun small plastic skulls around the base of the bowl. Turn it upside down and spray the bottom and the skulls with gold spray paint.

    Related: 16 Under-$100 Ways to Give Your Home a Mini Face-Lift

    3. Cobweb votives: Cut cheesecloth into long strips and wrap it around Mason or jam jars, securing with

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  • Is Bruce and Kris' Separation a Smart Move?

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Yesterday, Bruce and Kris Jenner announced that they're separating after 22 years of marriage. "We are living separately and we are much happier this way. But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority," the couple said in a statement to E! News. It's a common refrain to hear when couples announce a split, but what does it really mean?

    Related: The 10 Phrases That Make Men Go Ballistic

    "Separation is a Band-Aid," says Rachel DeAlto, a relationship expert and the author of Flirt Fearless. "At times, people are not ready to commit to a complete dissolution of the marriage, and a separation gives them time to think about the relationship and if it's worth saving." And while any form of separation has a negative impact on children, it's important to note the Jenner's promise to keep their family their number one

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  • 7 Ways to Take Control of Your Life During Your Lunch Break

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Cause this current situation isn't quite working for you. When this study demonstrating the detrimental effects not taking a lunch break can have on both mental and physical fatigue was published in Academy of Management Journal this week, all we could do was nod and commiserate. Researchers found that employees who worked during lunch not only felt more tired at the end of the day, their co-workers noticed their fatigue. It also showed a marked difference in mood if the decision to work instead of taking a lunch break was the employee's choice or something their boss had mandated.

    Related: How to Finally Halt Emotional Eating

    With these two findings in mind, we spoke to Healther McCloskey Beck, the author of Take the Leap: Do What You Love 15 Minutes a Day and Create the Life of Your Dreams about how to take control over your lunch break. Her suggestions will not only relieve you of that end-of-day, just-want-to-crash-on-the-couch feeling, they'll also help turn down requests that break into your mid-day

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  • 11 Little Hacks That'll Make Your Apartment Feel Huge

    Despite your best efforts, your home's become cluttered up over the years, resulting in a cramped feeling you can't seem to shake. But you-yes, you-can create a functional and personal space, thanks to Small Apartment Hacks author Jenna Mahoney's tweaks, each of which will make your house feel a little more mansion-like. By Julianne Adams, REDBOOK.

    Have a vision
    A surefire way to overcrowd a small space is by trying to do too much. "Avoid a hodgepodge of style, stuff, and furniture that just looks like an overcrowded mishmash," writes Mahoney. Instead, step back for a three-minute meditation to figure out exactly what you want. Then start taking notes, gathering images, and sketching out your space. Unsure of the right vibe? "When in doubt, go classic," Mahoney says. "Choose furniture with sleek, clean lines in neutral colors."

    Make it yours
    Once you've figured out the general direction you'd like your space to take, think about you. "Identify the three things that you love

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  • 10 Ways Your Home Could Be Toxic

    You know organic groceries may be the way to go, but since a high percentage of toxins can be found in your house, it may be time to do a thorough sweep of your abode, too. Here are ten places chemical disruptors could be lurking. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Air filters
    "People spend more than 80 percent of their time inside, where air may be even more polluted than outdoors," says James L. Sublett, M.D. Newer homes are designed to be energy-efficient, meaning there's not much ventilation, and irritants like dust mites, mold, and pet dander get sealed inside, potentially aggravating conditions such as allergies and asthma. To filter the air in all of the rooms in your home, Sublett recommends getting a MERV 11 or 12 disposable high-efficiency filter for your furnace and air-conditioning system. Change the filters every three months, and leave the fan on your air conditioner so pollutants such as pollen don't get trapped indoors. You can find filters at


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  • Why This Hospital Live-Tweeted a Double Mastectomy Yesterday

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and while it's safe to assume most Americans are "aware" of breast cancer, many of the disease's realities only enter into our lives when someone we know is diagnosed. And while Angelina Jolie revealed that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year-and even described the many steps involved in the procedure in The New York Times-it's hard to truly grasp everything that goes into treatment decisions. That's why we were so inspired by these two unique ways in which both cancer patients and doctors used social media to help spread the type of awareness this month should really be about.

    Related: The Most Honest, Intimate Breast Cancer Stories You'll Hear This Year

    Yesterday, PRMA Plastic Surgery and Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio live-tweeted Melissa Ray, a mother of two from Arizona, undergoing a preventative mastectomy similar to Angelina Jolie's. Every step of the operation was

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  • Have We Reached Complete Pumpkin Spice Saturation?

    Don't get us wrong: We love a good seasonal ingredient. But doesn't it feel like pumpkin spice is in everything this fall? Just today, we learned of the new "Pumpkin Spice" Clif Bars, pumpkin spice muffins, and there's even pumpkin spice candy corn! It felt a lot more special when it was limited to a few craft beers and Starbucks lattes. This video hilariously captures the pumpkin spice overload that's threatening to overwhelm autumn's seasonal food and drinks. That said, while we love joking about the profusion of pumpkin products, we still enjoy spice-infused recipes done right, and are off to make these cake pops right about now...

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    Pumpkin-spiced cake pops
    2 cups crumbled yellow cake
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup canned pumpkin purée
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/4 tsp ground ginger
    3 tbsp powdered sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    12 lollipop sticks
    Green sprinkles

    Related: Pumpkin spice mug cake

    In a

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