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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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.Read More »from How to Fake Fuller Hair
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)
Send him one of these messages, and he'll be at the door before you can say, "see you later, honey." By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 10 Texts to Make Him Eager to Come Home Tonight
1. "I'm trying on bras but I need a second opinion."
2. "Waiting for you at home: beer, chips, and best of all, me!" - Nicole Hennelly, via Facebook
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3. "You, last night. #makingmeblushtoday"
4. "Tonight's plan: making you appreciate chocolate as much as I do. You'll see."
5. "Picked up a surprise for after the kids go to sleep. I think we need to move up their bedtime for tonight."
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6. "I found my cheerleading outfit. It still fits."
7. "My thoughts are unusually R-rated today. I can't imagine why…"
8. "So, I'm really learning a lot at that pole dancing class…"
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9. "This text message is a gift certificate for one move of your choice tonight. Present it at the door."
New research has shown that nostalgia can make us feel warmer, so get ready to kick it old-school for the hottest date night ever. By Lauren Levine, REDBOOK.Read More »from 15 Old-School Date Ideas
Shake it up at a malt shop
Grab your guy and lock eyes over a frothy milkshake at an old-fashioned diner - poodle skirts and letter jackets totally optional. We guarantee you'll be pinned by the end of the night.
Take a carriage ride
This old-fashioned means of conveyance carries an air of fairytale magic thanks to Cinderella and the pumpkin-turned-carriage she took to the royal ball. Step back into yesteryear (or into the fairytale) and snuggle under a blanket in the back of a hansom carriage.
Admit it: Playing laser tag was a total blast at the birthday parties you went to as a kid. Even back then, it was fun to flirt with your crush by chasing each other through the black-lit passages. Now that you're older, laser tag won't lose its neon luster if you get dressed up in your finest battle fatigues and have a
A few wrong plucks and you can go from looking like Heidi Klum to Cruella De Vil. Eyebrow experts Kristie Streicher of Streicher Beauty Bar and Anastasia Soare explain why having well-groomed arches is so important. By Robyn Macy, REDBOOK.Read More »from Why Your Brow Shape Matters
Balance your features
"Eyebrows are the framework for the entire face," says Soare. "The proper eyebrows can balance wide cheekbones or make the length of the face appear more proportionate." And according to her, beauty is all about emphasizing the features you love, and taking attention away from those that are less than ideal. Get your brows up to the job the easy way by tweezing after a shower, or dab a warm wash cloth over your face to let the follicles soften, making the hairs come out less painfully.
Frame your face
Let your face shape, features and natural eyebrows - not celeb trends - determine the style of your brow," says Streicher. What works for Michelle Obama's square-oval shape may not suit you, so before you bring her
Psychologist Dr. Brandy Engler, author of the new book, The Men On My Couch: True Stories of Sex, Love, and Psychotherapy, has found that guys' bedroom behavior can be very revealing of where they're at emotionally. Here are five common patterns. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from What His Sex Signals Really Mean
Sex is a window into his emotional state
"Many women assume that men have biological needs that just have to be satisfied and that's what makes up their entire motivation for sex," says Dr. Engler. "Yet men are often taught it's more accepted to express themselves sexually rather than emotionally, and so they project all kinds of things about themselves in the bedroom without even knowing it." For example, if your guy is feeling powerless in your relationship - maybe after losing his job and no longer being the breadwinner - he might start to act more aggressive between the sheets. If you notice a change in how forceful he is, initiate a conversation outside the bedroom to better understand whether he is
Acupressure, an alternative therapy based on Chinese acupuncture, is gaining cred: It's now practiced at hospitals around the United States. Use this pressure points chart to guide you through your pain, naturally. REDBOOK.Read More »from The World's Most Natural First Aid Kit
"To target pain, press a specific point on your body with your fingers for a minute," says Janet Shaffer, a licensed acupuncturist at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, NC. "You're in the right spot if the tissue feels a bit tougher or sore." (But get your doc's okay if you're pregnant--some points can bring on contractions.)
For nausea: Press on the middle of your forearm, about three finger widths from your wrist crease. (This is the point motion-sickness bracelets press as well.)
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For headache: Pinch the web of flesh between your thumb and forefinger.
For heartburn/indigestion: Press down in the middle of your torso, about six finger widths above your belly button and two below the bottom of
- Your everyday beauty essentials have hidden talents: Unleash them with these 8 tricks that'll give you a gorgeous reboot -- with makeup you already own. Meet the totally free and easy makeover. By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK.
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If you've ever had the urge to eat your feelings, well, you're just like the rest of us. No matter your emotional trigger, here's how to cope - with both better food choices, and by getting to the heart of the problem. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from How to Finally Halt Emotional Eating
The emotion: Anger
The food craving: crunchy foods like potato chips When you're angry, it's natural to reach for the crunchy, salty stuff. Potato chips, nuts, and snack mix all help satisfy that gnawing feeling, says Susan Albers, Psy.D., psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of Eating Mindfully. It's a basic instinct - all animals tend to bare their teeth and clench their jaws when they feel angry or threatened.
The healthy-food swap Munching can be soothing and give you a release, so try a healthy alternative like baked tortilla chips with salsa, carrots dipped in hummus, or sugar-free licorice. Clenching and unclenching your jaw can also help release some tension.
The eating alternative While you may be tempted to
Yes, every guy has a mental list of what he should have done before getting married. Aaron Traister shares his with the world. By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.Read More »from What I Wish I'd Done Before I Got Married
No man gets to everything on his single-life bucket list by the time he marries. So what's hanging around, causing pangs of regret? You're probably expecting me to say something about Hangover-inspired bachelor-party weekends in Vegas or fistfights with a circus clown, but the reality is--and I think many guys feel this way--I had my fair share of all-nighters, benders, strip clubs, and brawls. I spent my 20s, my single years, doing what I thought a guy in his 20s was supposed to do (see: strip clubs, benders, brawls)--not that I enjoyed it much. And if you're bracing yourself for a rundown of sex acts I missed out on, you can relax. That would be gross and creepy, and I'm deeper than that. Really, I am. Still, you might be surprised by my woulda-coulda-shoulda's, and by your guy's, too. Ask and he may tell you...