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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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  • The Worst Way to Start a Diet... And the Right One

    And 8 steps to take when you're really ready to lose weight, courtesy of a Biggest Loser star. By Betsy Stephens, REDBOOK.


    There are decisions you make rationally, with your cool-and-collected self running the show. Then there are weight-loss resolutions, usually declared in a highly emotional state, triggered by a wrestling match with a pair of pants that no longer fit. Oh, the tears and cursing.

    When the thought occurs--Must lose weight!--rarely do women take a moment to plan before leaping into action, says health and fitness expert Michelle Bridges, the trainer famous all over Australia for the miracles she works on that country's version of The Biggest Loser. Instead, they begin immediately, cutting out entire food groups by dinnertime and signing up for a marathon without so much as a warm-up jog.

    Related: 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    While every woman's inner drill sergeant tells her that slimming down is urgent and there's no time to wait, Bridges

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  • 10 Articles of Clothing that Every Man Over the Age of 30 Should Own

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.


    The author in his Beaker hat, loon shirt, and Princess Leia cap.My respect for BuzzFeed is unparalleled, but I have to take issue with the entire premise of a recent Blosticle (I just made that up; it's a combination of blog, post, and listicle--I'm very proud of myself) I came across on their site titled "20 Things Men Over 30 Shouldn't Wear."

    My major complaint with the piece is that the best thing--some might say the only good thing--about getting older and being middle-aged is you just stop giving a f*@k about what you're wearing. It's a feeling of pure liberation. In your teens and twenties. you're so concerned with finding sexual partners, and maybe a life partner, that you wear dumb, uncomfortable clothing because you think it's fashionable or makes you seem hip.

    By the time you're in your mid-thirties and you only recognize half the "celebrities" at the Oscars, the only "hip" you're concerned with is the one you injured shoveling snow. Your mid-thirties are a glorious time in your life when you finally

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  • Shh! Secrets of a Man's To-Do List

    One guy defends the (slightly out-of-order, subject-to-delay, not-so-detail-oriented) way he gets things done. By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    We modern men have a lot of responsibilities--but we approach them a little differently than you women do. At the end of a week, I look at the big picture: Are my kids happy and safe? Did I do some writing? Will Karel continue being my wife for another week? Everything else is gravy. Here's how we guys keep our balls in the air, so to speak.

    Related: 8 Phrases That End a Relationship Fight

    I only have two children, and yet there always seems to be a birthday party in the offing. How is that possible? My main responsibility in Josie's party planning was to hand out the invitations, which I did a week late. I figured, if we invite 12 kids and only six show up because they've made prior engagements, is that really such a bad thing? Karel, though, believes in big parties with elaborate themes. This one involved Harry Potter and white balloons

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  • Ready for Change? Try These 6 Great Beauty Ideas!

    How long has your look been your look? If it's more than, say, a year, we've got just the right tweak for you. Check out these celebs and change things up! By Kayleigh Donahue Hodes, REDBOOK.


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    50 Spring Flats Under $100
    30 Cutest Short Hairstyles Anyone Can Pull Off
    6 Beauty Fixes from Your Fridge

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  • The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    Four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.


    Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce
    To improve thyroid function--the gland manages growth and metabolism--look no further than a low-calorie, low-fat hard-boiled egg, suggests registered dietitian Amy Shapiro. If you like spice, drizzle your snack with sriracha sauce. "It contains capsaicin, a compound found in chile peppers that helps burn calories and fat," says Karen Ansel M.S., coauthor of The Calendar Diet.

    Turkey jerky with mustard
    An ounce of turkey jerky has 10 grams of protein but only about 60 calories, which makes the fat-free snack a good thing to stash in your desk or to eat on the go, says Ansel. Since protein is digested more slowly than fat or carbs, it keeps you feeling full longer. Mustard's a low-cal, high-flavor topper.

    Popcorn

    Whether you make it with an air popper or in the microwave, popcorn is full of

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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!

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    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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