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  • 6 Relationship Moves that Are Huge Mistakes

    They're not NBD, and they can put a real dent in your marriage. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.


    Getting mired down in details
    Couscous or quinoa for dinner? House of Cards or True Detective? Relationships are all about negotiation, but hashing out every tiny decision can leave little room in your lives for conversations that count, warns Gilda Carle, Ph.D., a relationship expert and author of Don't Bet On the Prince. An idea: Use a couples app like Avocado, which lets you keep running lists, chats, and calendars that each of you can check during downtime, so you don't feel like you have to make a million decisions the second you finally reconnect in person.

    Related: The 10 Phrases That Make Men Go Ballistic

    Putting the kids first
    Every so often, a public figure sparks a major outcry when she admits to prioritizing her spouse above her kids, but that's usually because people are confused as to what exactly doing so entails. "It doesn't mean that your kids are second-class

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  • 3 Experts Tricks for Shrinking Pores

    Yes, there are things you can do. By Krista Bennett DeMaio, REDBOOK.

    The dermatologist says: "You might feel like your pores are getting bigger as you get older, but that's not exactly true. What happens is that skin loses elasticity over time and becomes lax, so they just look larger. Also, if you don't take off your makeup every night and exfoliate regularly, pores can become chronically clogged and get stretched out--permanently. To help keep them clear, use a cleanser that contains a mild exfoliant, like salicylic acid or willow bark." Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser, $6.99, has salicylic acid. In the morning, slather on a moisturizer or sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher to protect against the damage that leads to slack skin. "Then, add a peptide or retinol treatment to your night regimen. Both ingredients stimulate collagen production, which helps keep skin firm and, over time, can make pores appear smaller." For a faster--if temporary--fix, a

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  • 6 Magic Hair Oils for Every Styling Need

    They're nourishing yet lightweight, can go on wet or dry hair, and create instant luster. We tested dozens--in the tropics! in the cold! on curls! on thin strands!--to find your perfect match. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.


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  • Alison Sweeney's Ultimate Flat-Belly Tricks

    Cutout dresses don't scare The Biggest Loser host, because she's studied up on what tones that tough midsection. Learn from a master. By Ali Sweeney, REDBOOK.


    I used to have a really strong, flat stomach that I took for granted. Then one day, I looked in the mirror and thought, I remember when I could wear midriff shirts and not have a problem. What's happening? Well, for one, pregnancy happened--twice. It takes time to strengthen muscles that have gotten all stretched out. But then I picked up some tricks from the pros on The Biggest Loser. Their advice, plus my own trial and error, can help any woman who wants a flatter belly.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    Your cheat sheet for a slimmer, sexier stomach:


    1. Mix up your ab exercises

    A lot of us think of the stomach as one muscle, but it's not. That's why traditional sit-ups--which only work the front, middle part of your stomach--aren't the most effective way to tone up. One of my favorite ab moves is simply

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  • The Rise of "Breast-flixing" -- and 11 Shows Made for It

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.


    Per Pregnancy.org, "Most babies need to be breastfed at least eight times every 24 hours," and the average length of each feeding is 20 to 40 minutes total. Translation? Once moms get the hang of things--whether breast- or bottle-feeding--they have a lot of time on their hands while nursing, feeding, and pumping. And, as one mom admits, "Everyone says breast-feeding is so magical and such wonderful bonding time, but when the baby is tiny, it can also be kind of boring."

    Enter the growing trend we affectionately call "breast-flixing." Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and the ability to watch your favorite shows on phones and tablets, it's become a no-brainer for many moms to do some quality binge-watching while feeding their babies. Some women even use the TV as a nursing resource. "For late-night feedings, I watched QVC. It has a timer on the bottom of the screen to let you know they're moving on to the next product; I used this as

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  • 5 Girly Things Guys Really Like

    Our male columnist names all the items you have that your man secretly covets. Hide your loofahs, ladies. By Aaron Traister, REDOOK.

     

    I was working out at my boxing gym recently when my trainer stopped shouting at us and began swaying back and forth to a song that had just come on the radio. He was momentarily lost in the music, unaware of his surroundings and his students pounding away on the heavy bags. Such is the power of Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry." It's fair to guess that a 40-something former middleweight with a Philadelphia Flyers tattoo on his neck was not the demographic Fergie had in mind when she recorded that song. I'm truly not busting on the guy, in part because he has a left hook that could knock out a mule (or a writer for REDBOOK), but mostly because I, too, dig on many things that were created with women in mind. All guys do. I don't care how tough or macho your man is; he's secretly exfoliating with your loofah, or he's listening to your Lana Del Rey albums on

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  • 9 Secret Calorie Bombs Lurking in Your Diet

    They might sound healthy, but hold on just one second. By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK.

    Gluten-free items
    These wheat-free products may be hot, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're better for you, says registered dietitian nutritionist Karen Ansel M.S., coauthor of The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life. Since gluten adds texture and taste to many foods, manufacturers often have to replace it with sugar, fat, and starch, which can pack more calories than the original gluten version would. If you want to limit your intake, you're better off choosing naturally gluten-free whole foods like buckwheat, veggies, and sweet potatoes, says nutrition therapist and registered dietitian Limor Baum.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    Wraps
    For those cutting carbs, these flat offenders seem like the perfect sandwich solution-but not so fast. Not only do most wraps contain more than 300 calories before adding the fillings (you could have three slices

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  • 8 Tricks to Wearing Spring's Neon Lip

    Bold, look-at-me lips can instantly brighten your whole face, but how do you pull off a really intense color without looking overly made up? You find a shade that flatters--and doesn't fight with--your complexion and put it on like a pro. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.

    Prep your lips first
    Bold lipstick accentuates dry, chapped lips, so exfoliate them with a scrub such as Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50). Or you can apply a little balm (Vaseline works great!) and gently rub over your lips with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

    Apply a primer
    To get the truest color payoff from your lipstick, start with a blank canvas. Tone down your natural lip color with lip primer or a bit of foundation. We like Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($19).

    Related: 10 Facial Oils for Every Skin Type and Concern

    Pencil it in
    Outline and fill in lips with a pencil that matches the ideal lipstick shade for your skintone. Not only does this add definition, it also gives lipstick something to

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  • How Your Hormones Could Be Messing with Your Health

    So stressed your hair is falling out? Can't get rid of belly flab no matter how many miles you jog? Falling asleep before grown-up bedtime? The advice endocrinologists give their BFFs could help you--finally--figure out what's up with that. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    Here's when to worry about that hair growing on your face
    "When women I know in their 30s show me unexpected hair growth on their faces and arms, I say, 'Go talk to your mother,' because it could just be hereditary. But if Mom didn't start growing the same kind of hair when she was your age, it might be polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that can jeopardize your fertility. In other cases, if you rapidly grow hair on your upper lip out of the blue or if the hair coming in on your arms and legs feels coarse, your body could be producing excess male hormones, which could signify an adrenal or ovarian tumor. See your doctor, and bring a picture of yourself before the hair growth--and don't shave your legs or Read More »from How Your Hormones Could Be Messing with Your Health
  • 9 Rules Every Good Diet Follows

    Whether you're cutting carbs or counting points, keep these healthy principles in mind. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Eat your veggies.
    If you don't, you're likely to overeat not-as-good-for-you things like refined carbs, resulting in weight gain and poor nutrition, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake. That's why most diets encourage filling half your plate with veggies at every meal. Besides being low in sugar and fat and high in vitamins and minerals, they're packed with fiber to keep you full. For a creamy side dish, try a cauliflower mash with garlic and Parmesan cheese in lieu of mashed potatoes. If you like spicy food with Indian-style flavors, mix green onion, corn, and red pepper with quinoa and cumin. Or make lunch a roasted tomato and wild mushroom soup.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    You can live happily ever after with it.

    You don't have to give up everything that you love in order to drop pounds--after all, that sounds like a terrible fate. So if

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