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  • What Moms Want for Obama’s Second Term

    The President has been sworn in. The choirs have sung; the people have cheered. There was magic in the air, and hope abounded across the nation. But after the celebratory hugs and kisses and the inauguration ball, the moms have spoken. And, no matter what party we're affiliated with or for whom we voted in the election, here's what my Facebook friends are looking for during President Obama's second term in The White House:

    On gun control laws:
    "Creating laws that protect the innocent against gun-happy maniacs is something that this country desperately needs. At the moment, anyone can get a gun, even the mentally unstable. We need to find a way to keep assault weapons out of the hands of civilians, and anyone who owns a gun needs to be thoroughly screened, and then held accountable for that weapon." - Anonymous from Atlanta, Georgia

    On healthcare reform:
    "Healthcare is an extremely important issue [to me]. Half of my paycheck each week goes to family health

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  • The Product that Erases 5 Years in Just 1 Step

    For every schmancy wrinkle cream that promises to eliminate the signs of aging overnight, there's one every day product that really does deliver instant results: a great foundation. It can even out your skin tone, boost moisture, and disguise wrinkles. Plus, many now contain potent anti-agers, so you'll look good without makeup too. Read on and reap the benefits. By Krista Bennett DeMaio, REDBOOK.

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  • Why Men Are Babies when They're Sick

    With the flu reaching epidemic proportion, there's a good chance your guy will get sick. When he does, and regresses to age five, know that it may not be all in his head. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    Does it annoy you that a measly cold is enough to turn your guy into a whining, moaning child while you're expected to carry on with your daily routine despite having the sniffles? Well, we hate to say it, but maybe it isn't just an excuse: half of guys describe a common cold as "the flu," and upgrade headaches to migraine status, according to The Engage Mutual survey. Moreover, women report that 57 percent of men seek attention and sympathy when sick, and that two-thirds of men whine and complain. Before you exclaim that real pain is birthing an eight-pound baby, check out these mental and physical factors that may make men more likely to exaggerate their illnesses.

    Women may be better able to battle germs
    There may be actual science behind the stereotype that a man makes a cold sound

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  • Brilliant Idea: Make a Time Budget

    Your days are like your dollars -- if you don't have a plan for them, they have a way of disappearing. To take control and manage your time, audit your week to carve out space for your priorities while rooting out time-wasters. By Christina Breda Antoniades, REDBOOK.

    Manage your time
    You meant to spend the morning prepping for a meeting. But first you opened email--and now it's noon. "People focus on what's in front of them and forget everything else," says David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done. "All their energy goes toward patching cracks and catching up. They never get ahead." Break that cycle by treating your time like it's money.

    Take stock
    Spend a week tracking how you spend your time now. "Chances are, you'll be shocked," says Julie Morgenstern, the author of Time Management From the Inside Out.

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    Tally your "expenses"
    Put your commitments into a few broad categories--think family, career, hobbies, housework,

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  • How to Make a Marriage Last: Real Couple Secrets

    Why did we tap these particular pairs for their wisdom? Because when you've been together longer than you've had a driver's license, you learn some incredible lessons along the way. REDBOOK.

    ''Prioritize time for yourselves. My husband's hobby is running and mine is performing stand-up comedy. We plan vacations around his marathons, and he attends all of my shows. We love our date nights, but everyone needs something that matters just to them." -- Caroline and Scott Ceniza Levine, together since they were 17

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    ''Humor feeds our minds, so we try to keep each other laughing. We send silly texts and pictures all day long to make each other smile." -- Abbie Gale and James Sancrant, together since they were 18

    '' Our marriage is successful in no small part due to couples therapy. It's the best money we've ever spent. Sometimes another set of eyes on your relationship can help you untangle the things that seem impossible." -- Cynthia and Frank Bailey,

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  • Break Your Bad Relationship Habits

    The New Year can kick-start a lot of worthy projects, from clearing out your inbox to liberating your fridge of wait-is-that-cheesecake? But we can all agree that love is more important than any overdue expense report. "Even the strongest relationships can do with a little tidy-up now and then," Jill P. Weber, Ph.D. and author of the upcoming book Having Sex, Wanting Intimacy, wisely points out. And since nobody has time for a full-on couples retreat (good luck convincing your guy to do one of those anyway), we've narrowed it down to one week and nine no-biggie steps. The reward? Happiness. By Ayana Byrd, REDBOOK.

    Monday: Swap chores.
    You know the way you despise the dinner dishes? Well, that's probably the way your husband feels about walking the dog, so make a trade and take on his busywork. Turns out, people in strong relationships spend time thinking about how to make life easier for each other. "A single thoughtful act sets the tone for more positive interactions," says

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  • Did We Really Need All the Baby Body Talk After the Golden Globes?

    Claire DanesI will admit it: When Claire Danes, all angles and plunging gown, started talking about her baby at the Golden Globes, I said to my husband, "She had a baby? I don't look like that at all." But immediately after I said it, I was already bored with the discussion. He doesn't care and I don't actually care-it's just an easy thing to say. Because it's what everybody says.

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    Indeed, Claire Danes, Megan Fox, and Adele were all the buzz this morning for "flaunting" their "gorgeous" post-baby bodies at the awards ceremony last night. And Kristin Bell, petite and pregnant, was "glowing." Yes, they did all look fabulous. Insanely fabulous. They're famous, remember? We all know it's their job to look good, they can afford trainers and childcare and all that.

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    But that's not the only reason I'm sick of talking about post-baby bodies and tiny little baby bumps. It irritates me that pregnant

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  • How Sugar Sneaks into Your Diet

    The average American consumes a whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, reveals the surprising places the sweet stuff is lurking, and how to cut back to the American Heart Association's recommended six teaspoons per day. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    When you eat an entire bag of gummy bears, or down a large soda the movies, you're aware of what you're getting yourself into. But more than half of the sugar in our diets is strewn across the entire range of what we eat, put there by the food industry to make things taste, well, sweeter. And even if you're a careful reader of nutrition labels, you might never know it. "There are 56 names for sugar," says Dr. Lustig. "If you can figure out a way to have five or six different kinds of sugar in one product, then you can make some type of sugar fall further down the list. When you add them up, they add up to number one."

    Tomato

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  • 12 Lazy Ways to Save Money

    Your children need a college fund. You need a retirement fund. And you want a rainy day fund. Make all three work for you with this collection of REDBOOK's best tips ever on how to brighten your financial life. REDBOOK.

    1. Borrow instead
    Could you borrow a dress for a big dinner or an immersion blender from a friend, or swap for it? If swapping's an option, check out websites such as PaperBackSwap.com for books, SwapBabyGoods.com for tots' toys, or swapmamas.com for household items and kitchen supplies. If your son's going to give up on those LEGOs in a few months anyway, it may not be worth shelling out big bucks.

    2. Retirement trumps tuition
    You know when you're on an airplane and the flight attendant tells you to put your oxygen mask on first before assisting a child? Saving for your long-term financial needs is the same way. If you don't prepare for your own future first, you won't be able to help your children when they need it. There is no financial aid for

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  • How to Fake Fuller Hair

    Try these 10 instant ways to make your hair look thicker, fuller, and bouncier - right now. Gorgeous bombshell hair, here you come! By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

    Blow me away
    A few tweaks to your blow-dry technique can majorly boost your results. Start by flipping your head to either side as you rough-dry your hair with your hands. Then, once you begin styling with a round brush, pull each section out to the side, at a 90-degree angle, instead of flipping your hair over and straight down. This technique will add thickness and bounce throughout the hair, instead of just at the roots.

    Change up your products
    Reach for a volumizing mousse instead of a spray formula to fatten up strands. Here's why: While you usually only target thickening sprays at the roots, you can run mousse throughout your hair so it coats and thickens each strand for all-over volume that won't fall flat by lunchtime. Work a quarter-size dollop into damp hair before styling it. Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($26)

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