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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.

    Related: 7 Signs Divorced Couples Say They Missed

    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.


    More from REDBOOK:
    50 Spring Flats Under $100
    30 Cutest Short Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off
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  • 5 Truths How I Met Your Mother Taught Us About Marriage

    By Brie Schwartz, REBDOOK.

    When my now-husband and I were in a long-distance relationship, only one thing made the four-hour bus ride from New York to Boston manageable: How I Met Your Mother DVDs. That was back when Ted was pining for Robin (for the first time), Marshall was svelte, and Lily was still holding on to her dreams of being a painter. Hanging with my friends at McLaren's made me forget that I was on a bumpy, Arby-scented Greyhound bus, and that one day later I'd have to do the trip again, then spend the next week missing my boyfriend so much that only Barney's boob jokes could console me. Equally important as, if not more important than, how to survive smelly public transport, here are five other lessons How I Met Your Mother taught me about relationships. (Contains spoilers)

    Related: 7 Signs Divorced Couples Say They Missed

    1. Chemistry is important, but it's not eternal.
    Barney and Robin's attraction to each other was undeniable--but just because you're dying

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  • 5 Grocery Shopping Habits that Screw Up Your Weight

    But not if you put on your food-buying game face. Here's how. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.

    Tune into your gatherer instincts
    "To inspire shoppers, grocers stage scenes to create a mood or a feeling," says Liz Crawford, author of The Shopper Economy. This could mean arranging seasonal or holiday displays, such as bushels of apples on hay bales, to remind you of a special ritual--inducing memories that can then compel you to pick up several jars of, say, caramel sauce to make candied apples. It's the same reason flowers, baked goods, and produce are intentionally placed near the store entrance--to turn on our noses. "As we smell, we salivate, which turns us into much less disciplined shoppers," says Paco Underhill, the author of What Women Want: The Science of Female Shopping. Once you're aware of the shift, he suggests nourishing your gatherer instincts, concentrating on sight to truly process your surroundings in the store. It'll help you stick to your healthy-food-buying guns.

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  • 10 Legen—Wait for It—dary Love Quotes from How I Met Your Mother

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    How I Met Your Mother takes its final bow tonight. At it's funniest, it was full of slap bets, interventions, and the Playbook--but that's not the reason we kept watching. For nine seasons, we waited to see how hopeless romantic Ted Mosby met the woman of his dreams. Along the way, Ted and his friends taught us some poignant and true lessons about life, love, and what it means to meet the love of your life. We may not be hanging out with them at McLaren's every Monday night after today, but we'll always have these sweet sentiments.

    Related: 7 Signs Divorced Couples Say They Missed

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  • “His CrossFit Obsession is Killing Our Marriage”

    Sure, this woman's husband is hot, but his devotion to a so-called healthy lifestyle is taking a serious toll on their marriage. Anonymous, as told to Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    My husband, Grant*, has a six-pack, a chest that would make Channing Tatum jealous, and the type of biceps where you can see a muscle outline through his sweater. He's hot and he's ripped--the type of guy who everyone assumes is a trainer when he's just working out on his own at the gym. His body is his temple, but I am not a happy worshiper.

    Sure, I love the way Grant looks, and even the fact that other women find him attractive. But I'm the only one who sees the work that goes into his body--the endless hours at the CrossFit gym, the restrictive Paleo diet, the supplements and muscle magazines, and moments where he stands naked in front of the mirror, wondering out loud whether he looks bigger or if his muscles are more defined. We haven't eaten pizza together in five years. We can't split a bottle of red

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  • 10 Foods that Fight Fat

    Sure, a little spice might speed up your metabolism a notch, but these eats help get your whole body into balance for weight loss that lasts. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    "If you've been eating the standard American diet, you have an overgrowth of the gut bacteria that trigger cravings, and you'll keep eating the same way," says Robynne Chutkan, M.D., author of Gutbliss. Fermented foods like kefir are naturally prebiotic, meaning they encourage the growth of good bacteria and help your body break down food more efficiently. Not a fan of the drinkable yogurt? Sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickled veggies work the same way.

    Wild salmon has more brain-, heart-, joint-, and gut-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other food, plus it's low-glycemic, meaning it prevents insulin spikes and fat storage around the middle. "The key to staying lean is the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids," says William Sears, M.D., author of The Omega-3 Effect. "And the fats in salmon are

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  • 4 Secret Ways to Make Every Meal More Filling

    By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK.

    Who wouldn't want to lose weight while eating huge servings of delicious foods? It's the Hungry Girl way! And while I've met thousands of fans over the years who've shed pounds with my recipes, I'm always asked, "When will you come out with a specific diet plan that takes the guesswork out of weight loss?" The answer is now, with my new book, The Hungry Girl Diet. One great way: Try one of my food-expanders. These are low-calorie foods that'll pump up your portion sizes. Here are my four favorites from the book.

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    Portabellas and other mushrooms
    Mushrooms, especially portabellas, have major meaty potential. Each large mushroom cap (or 2 cups chopped) has about 35 calories, 2 g fiber, and 3 g protein. Add chopped mushrooms to extra-lean ground beef (4 percent fat or less) when you make taco meat for a slimmed-down swap. This trick works with burgers and meatloaf, too.

    Related: 9 Secret Calorie Bombs

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