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  • 15 Ways to Fake Nine Hours of Sleep

    It happens - the baby cried all night; your husband refused to stop snoring; worrying about a friend kept you awake. But thanks to these expert tips, no one has to know that your snooze-time was seriously compromised. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Get moving
    Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're dragging, but even six-to-ten minutes of aerobic moves and stretching can increase blood flow and circulation to the face, says celebrity dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban. "You're going to get some warmth up there and get a little bit of blush going." Knee lifts, jumping jacks, and sit-ups followed by a few downward dogs are just what the doctor ordered.

    Banish under-eye bags

    "Caffeine is amazing to help reduce under-eye puffiness because it's a natural diuretic, meaning that it pulls fluid out of your system," says Dr. Shamban. To give your skin a jolt, store tea bags seeped in water in a Ziploc bag in your fridge, and apply to eyes for approximately 20 minutes. Then, return

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  • 4 Natural Ways to Get Warmer

    Always freezing? Try these easy, healthy ways to turn up your body's thermostat. By Amy Levin-Epstein, REDBOOK.

    1. Try commercial-break yoga. If you've been parked in front of the TV all winter, deepening that groove in your couch, your circulation has slowed a bit. That'll make you chilly, so get the blood flowing again by doing a simple yoga pose during the commercials, or whenever, says Timothy McCall, M.D., a board-certified internist and the author of Yoga as Medicine. His favorite pose for firing up your internal heater? The cobra. Here's how to do it: Lie facedown on the floor with your palms near your chest. Push up, lifting your head, shoulders, and chest, pulling your shoulder blades down and together. Hold for 2 seconds, then lower yourself to the carpet again. After a few reps, you should feel toastier.

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    2 Don't be a mouth-breather. Just inhaling and exhaling through the nose filters the air and warms it, which can help your whole body

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  • How to Score a Doctor's Appointment Fast

    Okay, this is maddening: It takes an average of 21 days to get a doctor's appointment, according to a national survey. But if you follow our insider advice, your doc will see you now. By Jessica Girdwain, REDBOOK.

    INSTEAD OF: Complaining that you don't feel well
    SAY: "My fever is 103"

    Doctors keep a few emergency slots open daily--the trick is getting the receptionist to slide you into one of them. "Write down your most severe symptoms before you call, and read them verbatim," says Leana Wen, M.D., an emergency-room physician. It's best to use specifics, so replace "I have a fever and my head hurts" with "My fever is 103 degrees and my headache is so severe I haven't gone to work in the last two days."

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    INSTEAD OF: Saying you are a new patient
    SAY: "My best friend comes to Dr. Smiley!"

    Trying to get in to see your friend's gynecologist or internist? Call the office and tell them her beloved patient sent you. "Like in other areas of life,

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  • The 13 Most Exciting Chocolates in America

    "Perfect," "lovely," "gourmet" - these are among the adjectives our testers used to describe the array of gourmet chocolates we sampled to bring you the best new takes on our favorite treat. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • The Newest Ways to Age-Proof Your Eyes

    They may be the windows to the soul, but eyes are among the first features to show signs of aging. These tricks will keep your peepers looking youthful. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Prevent crepe-y lids with a multitasking primer
    Cakey eye shadow that settles into creases can magnify lines and add years to your looks, so smooth things out with an eyelid primer. The newest types incorporate ingredients that are also anti-inflammatories, such as soothing pomegranate, to help eyelids appear uncreased and younger, says Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Skin Rules. The cream primer in Beautiful Day Colour Palette ($49) is made with mica and other natural minerals that diffuse light and don't settle into creases, as well as natural anti-inflammatories like Australian daisy and aloe.

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    Fight wrinkle-causing free radicals with powerful antioxidants
    Damage caused by highly reactive,

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  • 28 Ways to Have a Sexy February

    Why focus all your romantic energy on Valentine's Day? With these sweet, steamy ideas for every day of the month, you and your guy will be reaping the benefits way past the 28th. By Hannah Hickok, REDBOOK.

    1. Gaze into his eyes
    According to the Journal of Research in Personality, people who are deeply in love stare at each other 30 to 40 percent more than other couples do, and are slower to look away during an interruption. So next time he locks eyes with you, or vice versa, treat it like a staring contest - the longer you can hold the gaze, the hotter it will be.

    2. Clear your qi
    Taoists believe that where your mind goes, your qi - the circulating life force in Chinese medicine - will follow, so make sure your energy and your vibe is pure. "The difference between having connected sex and unconnected sex has a lot to do with attitude and intention," says Jill Blakeway, author of Sex Again. Whether it's yoga, meditation, or jogging, do whatever helps you get your head

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  • The One Word that Sums Up My Marriage

    With Valentine's Day on its merry way, we wanted to get the real deal on marriage - in a nutshell. Here's how 18 women boil down modern matrimony. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    "Blessing." - Stephanie Cancellieri, 34

    "Disney-esque." - Jessica M. Evans, via Facebook

    "Challenging." - Tammy Pannell Nunn, via Facebook

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    "Comfortable." - Janet Hayes-Young, via Facebook

    "Complex." - A Louise Collins, via Facebook

    "Geeky." - Alexis Blake Hogan, via Facebook

    "Compromise." - Katherine Deordio, 29

    "Delicious!" - Meshe Armstrong, via Twitter

    "All-purpose." - Lori Nordine-Town, via Facebook

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    "Evolving." - Allison Sklaney, 36

    "Fun!" - Rhiannon Cruz, via Twitter

    "Inspirational." - Jenn Taylor, 36

    "Transformative." - Marygrace Taylor, via Facebook

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    "Jackpot!" - Miranda, via Twitter

    "Partnership." - Bindu Lokre, 34

    "Solid." - Amber C., via Facebook

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  • 20 Hot Celebrity Hairstyles for Every Hair Type

    Great hair is the world's best accessory, and when you've got a 'do that works, everything falls into place. Get inspired by these celebs, and never again ask, "what am I going to do with my hair?" By Jennifer Conrad, REDBOOK.

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  • There's More Than One Pants-Wearer in 21st Century Marriages

    In a modern relationship, it's all about the balance of power, says Aaron Traister. REDBOOK.

    An unusual thing happened in my house recently: My wife, Karel, and I came into a windfall. (Losing money is our regular M.O.) Somehow, this happy reversal of fortune led to an unpleasant disagreement. Karel wanted to use the money to pay off our credit card debt, while I wanted to fix the many problems in our kitchen, starting with the gaping hole in the ceiling. It was a mighty battle between two well-armed combatants. Neither of us gave an inch, and ultimately we reached a stalemate. The next morning, I asked the guy who sells me my morning coffee (he also doubles as my marriage consigliere) what we should do. I should have expected the response I got, since he's the type of guy who still refers to women as "broads." He answered my question with a question: "Who wears the pants in your family?"

    "Well," I told him honestly, "it depends."

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    For old-school

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