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  • 6 Beauty Tips from Sharon Stone

    By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK

    When we saw a recent image from a photo shoot of the 54-year-old actress and Dior spokeswoman, our first thought was, Damn. Our second thought: What can a normal human do to look remotely that good? Here, Sharon Stone reveals her best skincare and makeup tips.

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    1. Sharon's skin-care essential: "When I was 12, my mom handed me a jar of moisturizer and said, 'Put this on morning and night, and you'll thank me.' I'm still thanking her. It makes my skin look plumper and more radiant."

    2. In her bag: "Sunscreen-I don't set foot outside without slathering it on-a hairbrush, a ponytail holder, Mentos, and Purell. I'm always in airports!"

    3. Red-carpet secret: "I put on all of my makeup, then get into a hot bath. The steam helps the makeup sink in and makes my skin look dewy."

    Related: 17 5-Minute Marriage Makeovers

    4. Nighttime go-to: "I'm really into red lips again. Whether it's a sheer gloss or a deep,

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  • Real Moms Confess: "I Accidentally Left My Kid"

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Finally! Victoria Beckham and I have something in common (you know, besides the three-boys-and-a-baby-girl thing). The Posh designer and new mom admitted recently that she drove halfway to her son's school to drop him off before realizing said he wasn't in the car. She had remembered the baby, her iPod, and that there was school that day... but she'd forgotten the schoolboy himself.

    Related: 30 Best Things You Can Do for Your Kids

    Oh, Vickie, I have so totally done that! Thanks to a miscommunication between my husband and I about who was taking the kids home from the gym, our second got left there. Fortunately we figured out our error... when the gym manager called and put our son on the phone.

    I'm not proud, but I am relieved that I'm not the only mom who's accidentally left a kid somewhere. Whether you have or you haven't, these stories are pretty funny. (It's okay to laugh now, right?):

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  • Don't Even Think About Divorcing Until

    By Elizabeth Weil, REDBOOK

    Here, tips for how to save a marriage and avoid divorce from 13 extraordinary people who believe in doing whatever it takes to sustain the biggest love of your life.

    Whatever it takes
    There you are, trucking along in your life, your marriage. Maybe you're six months out from the altar, or two years, or 12, or 20. Your husband is unaccountably late coming home from work again. Or he's distant or cranky again. Or, as in my case, he leaves his rancid gym clothes on the clean bedspread again. Or he butchers an entire pig in your kitchen again (yes! He's taken the whole know-where-your-meat-comes-from thing to the extreme). And you think, no matter how happy or in love you felt just yesterday, Good grief, wouldn't all this be easier without YOU? Marriage is long and hard. It's no picnic, yet at times it feels like a joke: Millions of us are trying to move - and grow, and breathe - while shackled to another person, as if in a three-legged race.

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  • 3 Smart Ways to Eat Cheese

    By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK

    Q. I'm obsessed with cheese. But I know the calories add up fast. Help!

    A. The key is to find options that are low in calories but don't taste like it. These are some of my favorites-try one the next time a hunk of Brie is calling your name.

    Related: 5 Ways to Help Hungry Children Get Food

    LIGHT STRING CHEESE is fun to pull apart and snack on alone, but you can also use the shreds instead of mozzarella cheese to top a personal-size pizza. Each stick has 50 to 60 calories. The built-in portion control is key.

    IF YOU LIKE HARD CHEESES like cheddar but can't be trusted with an entire block, individually wrapped single-serving options are a great bet. The classic Mini Babybel cheese rounds are terrific, with only 50 calories for the light variety and 60 to 80 for regular ones. And I recently discovered Cabot Vermont Serious Snacking Reduced Fat Cheese Snacks, which have 50 or fewer calories each. The flavors-from zesty to super-spicy-are

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  • My Ex Won't Leave Me Alone

    By Karen Karbo, REDBOOK

    Q. An old boyfriend just won't let go: He constantly posts things on my Facebook page and RSVPs to events that I'm going to. He even relocated to be closer to me! Isn't this borderline harassment? -A.M., 43, FLORIDA

    Related: 56 Things That Matter Most in Love

    A. I'm definitely concerned for you. If your ex's actions become threatening or make you fearful, you may be able to get some kind of protective order, according to the Stalking Resource Center. Bottom line: You can't control his behavior, but you can control yours. For advice on how to de-friend and distance yourself from him without escalating the problem, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233. They can connect you with a smart, experienced advocate.

    Advice guru Karen Karbo is a mom, a teacher, and the author of the new book How Georgia Became O'Keeffe.

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  • 10 Easy Weight Loss Tips from the Biggest Loser

    By Alison Sweeney, REDBOOK

    Alison Sweeney shares the weight loss tips she learned from The Biggest Loser that make getting in shape simple.

    1. CONSIDER EXERCISE A TREAT, NOT A CHORE

    "When I switched my thinking around and realized that an hour of exercise was my time for me, I began to enjoy it and get so much more out of it."

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    2. DON'T COUNT EVERY CARB

    "You can't eat a bag of chips a day and expect to lose weight. But reward yourself every now and then with a cocktail or a decadent dessert. You'll be less likely to binge."

    3. WALK AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN

    "It's easy to veer toward the fridge when you're upset or stressed. Try to go for a walk instead. It's a small step, but it can help you break a lifelong habit of eating emotionally and mindlessly."

    4. EAT A LITTLE FAT

    "Some fats are good for you, so don't deprive yourself. I love avocado and peanut butter; they both really satisfy me, and a little bit

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  • Should the Government Be Allowed to Ban Kids from Doing Chores?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Sometimes when my kids are being recalcitrant about cleaning their rooms, I threaten to send them to a farm so they can learn what real chores are like. But thanks to a new federal law my idle threat just got a whole lot more, well, idle. 4-H moms everywhere, beware: The law, still in the final stages of being approved, aims to ban kids from doing certain chores, particularly farm-related work. While I can see the wisdom in not letting your toddler on the thresher, the new law would ban kids from doing anything with "farm product raw materials" which includes outlawing basic 4-H certifications.

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    With all the health problems children have in our indoor society why are we enacting legislation to keep them from doing chores that not only are essential to their family but also get them outside and teach them gardening, husbandry, and other dying arts? Even though I was mostly a city kid

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  • Is "Vegan is Love" Good for Kids?

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    Have you heard about the children's book Vegan Is Love by Ruby Roth? It's been "sparking controversy" across the country. Did you know that? VEGAN: It's controversial! Oy vey.

    Related: 3 "Health Habits" You Can Skip

    I'm a dude who grew up on meat and dairy. My mom grew up on a farm, and if she had written a children's book about diet, it would have been called "Butter is Love." I'm also a Philadelphian, which means I grew up worshiping Pat the patron Saint of Cheese and Steaks (not to be confused with St. Patrick, who was famous for something else entirely). Even with that background; however, I'm sympathetic to a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. I don't find the concept of a meat- and diary-free lifestyle controversial in the least bit. I even went vegan for a month last year and have been observing "vegan days" once or twice a week (most weeks) since. I know I eat too much animal protein, and that it's not good for my health or the health of

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  • How to Choose the Best Milk for You

    By Nicci Micco, REDBOOK

    Almond, rice... at this point, we're shocked they haven't found a way to make milk out of shoelaces. Pick the best option for you.

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    BEST CHOICE FOR MOST OF US: SKIM COW'S MILK (83 cal, 0 g fat, 8 g protein per 8-oz cup)

    You can't beat nonfat moo juice: One glass provides as much filling protein as a jumbo egg, plus 300 mg of calcium, about 30 percent of your daily need. Milk is also an excellent way to get a dose of vitamin D, a nutrient most women don't get enough of, says registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix.

    A PROTEIN-RICH ALTERNATIVE: SOY MILK (131 cal, 4 g fat, 8 g protein per 8-oz cup)

    It's an obvious pick for people who are lactose-intolerant or vegan, but soy has plenty of fans who just love it for the rich taste. It contains a few more calories than skim but roughly the same amount of protein, so you'll be just as full.

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    GREAT FOR DIETERS:

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  • It's Complicated: He's Never in the Mood

    By Karen Karbo, REDBOOK

    Q. My husband and I started going to strip clubs, just to add fun to our already-hot sex life. Then that turned into the only thing that would get him in the mood. I finally blew up and told him I'd had enough of that scene, and now he never wants sex. He says he's old and things don't work like they used to. What is wrong with us? I miss his touch terribly. -R.L., 44, SOUTH CAROLINA

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    A. Unless he's simply withholding sex to punish you for putting an end to the strip-club action (if so, I think he may be the first man in recorded history to resort to a sex strike), it sounds to me like you two need professional help. I ran your predicament past my friend who's a couples therapist, and she suspects that your husband may have become a little addicted to the stripper thing, or that it has distorted his sex drive to the point where he's no longer able to perform sexually without it.

    Schedule a meeting with a

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