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  • The 10 Best New Nude Polishes

    So long, boring beige! We've got an array of spring neutrals, so you can pick your perfect, hand-flattering hue. Polish your toes with one of these barely-there shades, too, for a super-clean, elegant look. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

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  • 9 Creative Ways You Could Save Thousands on Your Taxes

    Overwhelmed by that April 15 deadline? Us too. But you'll feel a whole lot better knowing how much of your hard-earned money you can keep. By Holly Mascaro, REDBOOK.

    The first piece of good news: 2013's American Taxpayer Relief Act solidified tax brackets for anyone making under $400K, meaning you don't have to worry about congress doing something funky, and your having to unexpectedly pay more income taxes. And that's not all.

    If you haven't signed up for a healthcare plan
    No doubt you've heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, but you may not know that if you don't register for a healthcare plan by March 31, you'll face a tax penalty in 2015. According to, it'll cost you $95 per adult and $47.50 for children under 18, or one percent of your income--whichever amount is higher. "Begin by researching your options, and go in knowing that it will take some time and patience to select the appropriate policy," said Howard Hook, a CPA at

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  • The 9 Best Money Apps Out There

    You know how the ultra-rich have "private bankers" to handle their money? Well, these apps will do that for you--soon you'll need "wealth management" too. By MP Dunleavey, REDBOOK.

    1. Billguard is like having your own fraud-protection department. This reliable service flags suspicious charges on up to 10 accounts. (Free)

    2. Simple. Ditch your bank (and its fees and charges) for a free debit card account with no minimum balance; the app enables you to pay bills, track spending, and budget. (Free)

    Related: 9 Sneaky Things Everyone Leaves Out of Their Budget

    3. Square Cash is the easiest way to send money from a debit card to a friend, babysitter, bookie (kidding!). Link up and pay in about 90 seconds--we tested it. (Free)

    4. Level Money is like a gas gauge for your bank account. It tracks your cash and bills, then does the math to let you know how much spending money is left over daily. (Free)

    Related: 25 Lazy Ways to Save Money

    5. Manilla
    offers the delicious

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  • The 9 Emotional Stages of Spring Cleaning

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Adorable creatures will celebrate my progress, too.It's officially the first day of spring, and you know what that means: Let the annual foray into decluttering officially commence! As usual, you start with the best of intentions: This is the year you're going to give the house a complete cleaning from top to bottom. It's warming up outside, and you know you stashed away some lightweight sweaters 10 years ago that could definitely pass as retro at this point. You're finally going to find them! And it's not just going to be a physical cleaning, either. No, this is the year you cleanse your entire life. Now let's get to it!

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    Stage 1: Motivation
    Okay, what needs to get done here. I should probably make a list-lists help people stay on track, right? Wait, maybe there's an app for total spring cleaning domination. If there isn't, someone should really invent one. Wait, am I onto something here?

    [Checks the app store]

    Fine, so a ton of other

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  • 6 Signs You're an Emotional Eater

    Got a craving for something sweet or crunchy? It may be feelings you're feeding--not your belly. But you can break the habit. By Nicole Yorio Jurick, REDBOOK.

    You crave the same foods at specific times
    Does wanting for sweets after meals, cookies at 3 p.m., or chips when you sit by the TV sound like your MO? Next time you find yourself rushing to the vending machine mid-afternoon, put that dollar back in your wallet and ask yourself why you're there. "Whether it's your snack-time sweet tooth or a 9 p.m. desire to eat anything, figuring out what your body is asking for--whether that's energy, a means to de-stress, or a way to end boredom--is key to squashing the habit," says Nadya Andreeva, author of Happy Belly. "Once you know what you're truly craving, replace eating with a new habit to satisfy that need." Take an energizing 10-minute walk near your office, write in a journal to unwind, or call or email a friend to end boredom. "Once you meet that need without food, cravings

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  • 6 Things Doctors Tell Their Friends About Preventing Cancer

    These specialists get cornered everywhere from family reunions to Facebook by people feeling spooked by the C word. Here's the real and reassuring advice they pass along--use it to take control of your health. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    You don't have to give up sweets
    "Lots of people I know think that sugar causes cancer so you should avoid it at all costs. It's true that cancer cells do utilize sugar to grow, but when friends tell me proudly, 'I've cut sweets out of my diet completely,' I tell them, 'You don't need to do that.' Now, that's not to say you should indulge in all the soda and cupcakes you want, because data shows that a diet packed with empty calories from sugar-filled processed foods or soft drinks can up your cancer risk. But if you're eating right, filling your plate with healthy food, it's fine to have the occasional sweet treat. A close friend was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and even in her situation, enjoying, say, a cookie or slice of pie is more

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  • 7 Things that No One Ever Tells You About Your First Year of Marriage

    By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    The moment after I vacuum-packed my wedding dress and put my unworn lingerie away, everyone's favorite question became, "What does it feel like to be married?" The truth? For me, it's not much different than being engaged. Like the other 48 percent of women in America, I lived with my partner before he put a ring on it. (Sorry, Beyonce… and Mom.) I worked through the growing pains of cohabitation long ago, so I haven't encountered too many changes during my first wedded year. But there have been lots of little surprises for which no bridal mag prepared me.

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    1. What's in a name? Lots of paperwork.
    It turns out your name doesn't miraculously change itself, not before you fill out loads of forms. I've been too busy performing my wifely duties (read: procrastinating) to deal with my driver's license, passport, and fro-yo-shop rewards cards. I also didn't expect that keeping my name by default would

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  • There's an Ice Cream Cleanse, but is it Too Good to Be True?

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    If the very thought of a cleanse has you penning odes to your love of chewing and feeling full, you're not alone. But there's a new cleanse in town that features one of our all-time favorite foods: ice cream. How can living on ice cream for a few days possibly be good for you? Well, this isn't your typical frozen treat.
    The cleanse was developed by Kippy's in California, which specializes in organic, non-dairy, coconut cream-based, raw honey-sweetened ice cream. You eat one pint of ice cream five times a day for five days. And while it sounds great in theory (all ice cream, all the time), Brent Rose, the intrepid tester who tried the cleanse for Gizmodo noted, "It's not so fun to eat something ice-cold first thing in the morning." Touché.

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    In the introductory email for the cleanse, Kippy's says that, "Raw saturated fat is nothing short of a miracle worker in the human body. It helps us digest, repairs

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  • Is Everything We Know About Eating Fat Wrong?

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    For years we've been told that a high-fat diet will not only lead to packing on the pounds, but that regularly consuming lots of saturated fat is bound to up our risk of heart disease. It's even part of the fodder fueling the anti-low-carb movement, especially those who question the the increasingly popular Paleo diet.

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    This may give them pause: An extensive international study published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine found no evidence that a diet high in saturated fat increases the rate of heart attacks or other cardiac disease. And for that matter, researchers found no less heart disease in those who followed the principles typical of the Mediterranean diet, eating lots of monounsaturated fats like olive oil and nuts.

    Related: 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    Nonetheless, experts not involved the study warn that the proper reaction is not to suddenly start eating 10 ounces of

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  • 12 Spring Cleaning Tips Your Mom Never Told You

    Need simple solutions for sprucing up your home and wardrobe this spring? Our experts will get you decorganized in no time flat. By Monique John, REDBOOK.

    1. Give Stained Clothes a Second Chance
    Before shelling out big bucks on a new wardrobe for spring, do a quick survey of the beautiful clothes you already have. Have a shirt you love but can't wear because of an ink stain? Before cleaning it, soak it in solution with two-parts milk and one part white vinegar overnight. Stain, be gone.

    2. Clean Your Toilet-With Kool-Aid

    It may be better known as one of America's favorite juice mixers, but Kool-Aid can be used in another very important way: as toilet bowl cleaner. "Kool-Aid is natural and non-toxic. It's full of citric-acid that will clean the toilet," cleaning guru Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan says. The cherry flavor is his favorite. Before you go to bed, flush your toilet and pour in a packet of Kool-Aid. Let it sit overnight and flush in morning. Don't worry about stains;

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