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  • 10 Dangers to Your Marriage in Your Baby's First Year of Life

    Kate, Will, do you hear this? Your marriage is about to change in ways you may not have anticipated. By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    Things are about to change...1. The inability to think rationally when sleep-deprived. "Small annoyances can take on divorce-level importance," says Cathy O'Neill, coauthor of Babyproofing Your Marriage. Some of the best advice she heard in her and her co-authors' thousands of interviews for their book came from a new parent's mother: "You don't need marriage counseling, you need a good night's sleep."

    2. The piles and piles of laundry. "The workload around the house explodes in a way nobody anticipates," O'Neill says. It creates not only chores that are nearly impossible to do with a tiny human to care for, but arguments over who should be doing them. Remember, O'Neill says: "The enemy is the laundry, not your partner."

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    3. Mommy brain.
    We're not talking, "Oh, I'm so scatterbrained now." This is about the mental real estate now taken over

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  • My 4-Year-Old Doesn't Need High Heels

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    These come in Much has already been said about the trend of high heels and other "mini-me" versions of adult fashions. One complaint: They're a bit sexy for little girls who might still sleep in pull-ups. Another: They look "just like mommy's," which is what draws in many kids. Except a 4-year-old girl's job is not to imitate mommy, but to be her own tiny, forming human.

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    I personally don't have to worry about it, because even though my daughter loves to clomp around in whatever high heels she can magically excavate from the inner reaches of my closet, she's more invested in being able to run around efficiently. Because really, maxi-dresses and wedges are not apparel for kids that age.

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    For all my eye-rolling at Harper's preferred pink/sparkly/ruffly everything and deep inner longing for light-up sneakers, I also love how she is unapologetically, completely her. When she goes to pre-K in

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  • The 10 Most Over-the-Top Burgers in the U.S

    The Umami Burger is NYC's new Cronut-so we thought we'd give you a jump on getting your place in line now at these other nine spots doing creative-and crazy-things with burgers, too. Well, after you get something to wipe up any drool. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.



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  • The Rise and Fall of My Juicing Obsession

    The magical promise of health in a blender piqued this mom's interest, until she realized the payoff might not come quite so easily-or tastily. By Julie Tilsner, REDBOOK.

    When it comes to popular trends, I've always been late to the party. Downton Abbey, Twitter, the Macarena-I tend to be on the tail end of the hysteria.

    Although juicing has been popular for decades, the trend's gone supernova in the last few years, with juicer sales skyrocketing. Even Starbucks is getting into the game, selling 10-ounce bottles of cold-pressed juices for outrageous markups. (I once bought a $5 bottle of pineapple coconut water from there. Once.) As the hoopla reached a crescendo, juicing finally arrived on my radar.

    A few summers ago my son, now 12, and his friend spent an entire afternoon using my good kitchen knife and little hand-juicer to juice every lemon and orange they could steal from my next-door neighbor's tree. They made a huge mess, but to their credit, they drank all of the juice. My

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  • Style Advice for Women with Real Bodies

    Trust us, we know: Standard sizes don't always fit perfectly. That's why, as Modcloth makes a push toward offering more options in every size, we quizzed Modstylist Chelsey Davidson for the sneaky, insider fixes for your most common fashion issues. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Chalk of the Town DressTall, but not model-esque
    Sure, height has its advantages, but it seems like fashion advice for tall women is almost always geared toward those who are pencil-thin. A few extra inches don't magically remove flab. "I'm an advocate for the A-line dress, which will make your legs look great," says Davidson. "Because it's fitted at the bodice and flares out at the waist, it breaks up the body a little more." A good A-line dress should be narrowest at your natural waist-just below your ribs. It's the spot where, when you do the "I'm A Little Teapot" dance, the handle would go.

    Blouses gape at the bust
    There are few things more classic than a blouse that buttons up the front, but finding one that fits can be quite a

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  • The Foolproof Guide to Colored Eyeliner

    It may feel more Crayola than chic, but we can't stop scribbling on these eye color-enhancing hues. Here, how to choose the right shades for your baby blues, greens, browns, and more. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

    Don't be afraid of color
    "Colored eyeliner done well is chic and modern," says Christina Bartolucci, chief creative director of NYX Cosmetics. "It brings an element of surprise that can really captivate because it is unexpected." Two strategies for accentuating your eye color may seem like opposites, but either can add serious pop. Hues that contrast with the color of your iris are best left to the daring. Those who wish to play it safer should search for shades similar to their eye color, says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. She suggests olive greens or golds for brown and hazel eyes, navy or cobalt for blue eyes, and eggplants for green eyes.

    Lay the foundation

    Kashuk recommends dotting a black or brown liner at the lash line before adding

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  • Stop Spending $60 a Day on Green Juice with This Recipe

    Need yet another reason to fire up your high-power blender? Vitamix developed this recipe, inspired by the popular and pricey cold-pressed juice variety, especially for REDBOOK readers. Make it at home and get even more of a nutrient boost since the ingredients are pulverized on-the-spot to retain their healthy fiber--and save serious dough. Now, pardon us while we stop drooling long enough to start sipping.

    Kale and Pear Green Smoothie
    Yield: 4 cups
    Total time: 11 minutes

    1/2 cup water
    1 cup green grapes
    1 orange, peeled, halved
    1/2 ripe Bartlett pear, seeded, halved
    1 small to medium size banana, peeled
    1 cup kale
    2 cups ice cubes

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    1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container of a Vitamix 5200 in the order listed and secure lid.

    2. Select Variable 1.

    3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.

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    4. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

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  • The 15 Best Sanity-Saving Tech Finds for Moms

    Sometimes, between all those social media platforms, apps, and devices, it seems as if technology makes life a whole lot more complicated. But these picks do exactly what innovations are meant to: simplify, assist, and give you peace of mind. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.



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  • 9 New Foods that Can Help You Lose Weight

    Move over kale, coconut water, and quinoa, and make room for these waist-whittling eats. Here's what to pile on your plate this season. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Iced teapop
    Will this beverage become the new coffee? Be prepared to see a lot more tea in your neighborhood, because a growing number of people in the U.S. are sipping on it. Tea purchases have risen nationally for 20 years, according to the Tea Association of the USA, and Canada-based DavidsTea has expanded from one store to 107, in both Canada and the U.S., in just five years. We love the brand's refreshing new teapop, which mixes tea with water, agave nectar, ice, and sparkling water for a fizzy kick. Buy the premade beverage from one of their stores, or make it yourself at home. Either way, opt for green tea, because catechin, the active ingredient, has been shown by scientists to boost metabolism.

    Flavored sunflower seeds
    Even more people will want to munch on this healthy snack while watching a baseball game this

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  • The Newest, Most Luxe Camping Spots in the U.S

    If you can't stand the three B's of roughing it (bugs, bears, and icky bathrooms), we've got a cushy new plan for your next adventure at the best luxury camping spots in the U.S. By Lora Shinn, REDBOOK.

    YurtVintage trailer
    A restored retro rig, with a cheery kitchen and wood-paneled bunk beds, is where Betty Draper would've slept (don't forget your cocktail ingredients). Two standout locales: El Cosmico in Marfa, TX (elcosmico.com; from $110/night), and The Shady Dell in Bisbee, AZ (theshadydell.com; from $87/night).

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    Tepee
    The rentable tepees (or tipis) of the 21st century come with perks including plush bedding and access to spa-style bathrooms, like at the Marcola, OR, Tipi Village Retreat (tipivillageretreat.com; from $125/night). An hour from Atlanta, escape the modern world (without sacrificing electricity, heat, AC, or WiFi) at North Georgia Canopy Tours, where the daytime adventure is a zip-line swing through the treetops

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