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  • Do 5-Year-Old Girls Really Need Bras?

    By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    Xhileration girls seamless bra, TargetGreat news for parents who want their little girls to grow up even faster: Stores like Target and Old Navy are now selling bras for 5-year-olds! Personally, I've been waiting for this innovation since my daughter was an infant and hanging out indecently in only her diaper and onesie. I mean, I've already seen high heels for toddlers at Payless, and string bikinis for babies, and G-strings for tweens at Victoria's Secret. Thank goodness these "bralettes" (they look like stretchy half-camisoles) are now widely available. Can you imagine making mud-pies or finger-painting in just a T-shirt and shorts? How uncivilized. How… childlike!

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    All right, so obviously the phrase "bras for 5-year-olds" fills me with ire. The whole business of trying to turn girls into tiny adults is repellent to me, and yes I know our contemporary concept of childhood is a post-Dickensian construct--I went to graduate school, I get it,

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  • Season six of The Real Housewives of New York City premieres tonight night on Bravo, and if you've seen the trailer, you know the ladies are coming back with more drama than ever. You also may have noticed an unfamiliar face in the bunch--new cast member Kristen Taekman. We asked the mom and model what viewers should know about her before tuning in. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Unlike Ramona and Mario, she doesn't think the show will put a strain on her marriage.
    "You know how there are couples that get together really young and haven't experienced that much? We had both traveled, had careers, and experienced a lot in our lives by the time we came together. We've been together for 12 years and have two small kids. The strains we have on our marriage are probably the same ones everyone in America has. It's Saturday night, we have to go to this thing, and we can't get a babysitter. Plus, I"m not the kind of person to hide the realities of our relationship. Our bickering is a form of

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  • 12 Signs You Have Mom ADD

    A new study released today in the journal Pediatrics reveals what we've known for awhile now: Parents are more distracted by their mobile devices than ever. Researchers watched 55 caregivers and their children eating at fast-food restaurants, and 40 of them used their phones throughout the meal. Of those 40, 16 of them used them constantly.

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    While one study does not grand sweeping generalization make, we readily admit to being guilty of mobile distraction both at home and when we're out. We're just so programmed to scroll through our phones when we have downtime that it hardly feels like we an attention span at all anymore. Add to that the litany of things we have to accomplish in a given day, and you've got the perfect recipe for "Mom ADD." It's not that we don't want to have a 2-hour tea party with our daughter and her stuffed animals, it's that our brains sometimes won't shut off long enough to let it happen. Sound familiar? Here

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  • 15 Signs You've Been Watching the Bachelor for Too Long

    Juan Pablo will be joining his two chosen finalists for one more rose ceremony tonight. You know you'll be watching--and so will we. Here are 15 signs we've been on The Bachelor bandwagon--all 27 seasons of it--for (possibly) longer than we'd care to admit. By Margarita Bertsos, REDBOOK.

    We will accept this rose.15. Your PDA motto is: "What happens in the ocean, stays in the ocean."

    14. All of your friends' wedding rings are starting to look a bit… puny.

    13. You know what Neil Lane, the person, actually looks like.

    Related: 8 Phrases That End a Relationship Fight

    12. You get anxious anytime you hear a glass being clinked. Pavlovian responses apply to rose ceremony signals, too.

    11. You're starting to think Chris Harrison should just combine roles and become the Bachelor already.

    10. You expect to be asked out on date night with a written invitation.

    9. You're not the least bit freaked out by emotional men. Sobbing = sexy.

    Related: The 7 Most Memorable Women to Appear on The Bachelor

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  • By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    As much as I love Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard (adorable!), I hope I never see a picture of their daughter. After watching the two of them go head to head with paparazzi in a debate on Access Hollywood, I have a renewed appreciation for how horrifying it is for photographers to lurk around and then swarm celebrities' kids. As the couple pointed out, their daughter didn't sign up for the celebrity life, so she should be left alone. It's unethical to invade a kid's privacy like that (though the legal ramifications are inconsistent and hard to enforce, despite the California law spearheaded by celebs like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry). From my point of view, it's pretty simple: I'd never want someone doing that to my kid (would you?), so we shouldn't be clamoring to see pics of celeb kids. As cute as they might be.

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    In that video, I noticed something else, though-and that's when I really got mad.

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  • 8 Phrases that Get His Attention Every Time

    These words will bring wandering minds right back to you. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    "I'm really proud of you."
    A man wants to make you proud, says Jason Weberman, a dating and relationship coach and founder of North Star Coaching. But he won't necessarily come straight out and say how psyched he is about his accomplishments. That's where you come in, especially since letting your husband know you're impressed when he comes home from, say, a big-deal day at work makes it clear you're paying attention to the details of his life.

    "I'm having a flashback to 10 p.m. last Saturday."
    It's flirtatious, playful, and a perfect statement to try out when you're both elbow-deep in diaper duty. Sex is an important part of your marriage--even when it's not the first thing on your mind--and by bringing it up out of context, you're reminding him of that. It's good for your bond, and makes it more likely an encore performance will occur ASAP.

    Related: 8 Phrases That End a Relationship Fight

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  • The Spring Skin Regimen Everyone Needs Right Now

    What better way to drive away the winter blues than to polish off that old, dull complexion to reveal the new, fresh one hidden underneath? Here's how to do it. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

    The science behind good skin
    A surface layer of dead skin prevents light from reflecting off your pretty face (think of a dirty window vs. one scrubbed clean of gunk). That's why regular exfoliation is key. It also keeps your pores clean and enables moisturizing and antiaging ingredients to absorb better. Just don't overdo it. "Scrubbing too hard or too often and rinsing with water that's too hot can damage and irritate skin," cautions Dr. Ava Shamban, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine.

    If your skin is dry or sensitive
    Use a gentle, creamy scrub with soft beads, like Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula ($19.50), just once or twice a week. And even though this won't strip your skin of all its natural oils, be sure to moisturize

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  • 9 Things a Man Secretly Wants in Your Bedroom

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.


    Ron Burgundy in his stately, manly home.You know me, I'm always looking for new ways to prove my masculinity. I never miss an opportunity to show off my manhood. So when it came time to tear up the floors and redesign the second floor of my house, which includes our bedroom, I did what any hot-blooded man's man would do, I went looking for decorating ideas on Pinterest.

    I was crushing a vintage décor board when I noticed something I liked had been pinned with a tag that read "masculine bedroom." I was, to quote my favorite rap song from the late nineties, "like whoa." Then, I discovered that lots of people had used the tag "masculine bedroom." All this time, and I had never thought of my bedroom as masculine or feminine. Really, it was just a place to throw dirty laundry on the floor and drool on my pillow and/or wife. How could I have been so careless with a chance to display my Y chromosome? I don't need a lot in life, but I definitely need a masculine bedroom.

    So I embarked on a journey of

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  • Christina Hendricks's Best Beauty Tips

    She dishes on the routine that keeps her looking polished, even when she's pulling up to the Mad Men set at 5 a.m. Plus, the fragrance that helps Christina get her Joan on. By Kate Sullivan, REDBOOK.

    You once said you'd never wear sweatpants in front of your husband [actor Geoffrey Arend]. Do you ever let him see you completely makeup-free?

    By now, Geoffrey's seen most of the tricks of the trade. [Laughs] But I always have on blush, even when I'm not wearing anything else--it makes me look alive. It's the first thing I put on when I wake up, and he just thinks I have naturally flushed cheeks! I like Make Up For Ever cream blush; it blends into my skin really nicely.

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    Tell us your other makeup essentials, please.

    I have a drawer full of lipsticks. I try everything, though reds and corals are my favorite colors. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Pop Life, which is an orangey red, is a nice mix of both.

    Do you pump it up

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  • Ali Sweeny's 10-Minute Body Slimmer

    The queen of fitting in fitness anytime, anywhere, shows you the speedy workout she does in her dressing room. By Alison Sweeney, REDBOOK.

    It's so tempting to say, "I didn't get to do a full workout or make it to the gym; I guess I just won't exercise today." But the fact is, you can still challenge your muscles and stick to your fitness goals. My secret? A resistance band--basically a long piece of stretchy latex that allows you to perform strength-training exercises without weights. You can hide one next to your sofa and, when you're watching TV, bust out a few moves during commercial breaks. I keep the bands in my dressing room on Days of our Lives and on set on The Biggest Loser, and I stuff one in my bag when I travel so I can do some toning in my hotel room. Just a 10-minute routine in the morning leaves me energized. And when I'm done, I feel like I've earned my shower.

    Related: 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    Ali's intro to workout bands:
    1. Adjust the

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