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  • 5 Ways to Refresh Your Wardrobe


    June Ambrose has been styling celebs-Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Sean Combs and Jay-Z, to name a few-for over a decade. She's appeared on several hit shows, including her latest, VH1's Styled by June. Here, she shares her top five rules for updating your look.

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    "A pinstripe suit. I constantly reinvent mine by wearing the pieces separately and dressing them up or down. They add effortless drama and a timeless feel to your look."


    "Sparkle for day. Wear beaded shoes to liven up a work outfit, or pair a sequin top with simple sweatpants for a playful feel. Sparkly stuff takes an outfit from a 5 to a 10 every time."

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    "What I like to call 'glamouflage.' If I run out in sweats to drop the kids off, I throw on huge glasses and a funky hat: Now I'm in an outfit!"


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  • 7 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman Should Own


    Elena Kiam, creative director of the family-run jewelry company lia sophia, tells us which items are must-haves for a jewelry wardrobe.

    1. Stud Earrings

    Stud earrings don't have to be boring. You can wear them every day, and they serve as a backdrop for the rest of your jewelry. They're more of a finishing touch than anything else. Also, if you want to have a minimal or pared-down look, studs are great for that.

    Example: Forever 21, $3.80;

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    2. Cuff

    This should be something substantial. Some women are afraid to wear cuffs because they feel they're too heavy or clunky. If you're not a fan of them, try a delicate bangle set so you get the same effect.

    Example: Blu Bijoux, $46;

    3. Long Layering Necklace

    The best thing about a long necklace is that you can throw it on over any other necklace you're already wearing and it instantly puts together your look.

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  • We’re All Doing the Best We Can

    By Alicia Harper, REDBOOK

    There are times when seemingly well-meaning parents provide unsolicited advice to me about the way that I take care of Aiden.

    "Put a hat on that little boy; he must be freezing!"

    "Isn't he too big for you to lift him up?"

    Umm...thanks, everyone.

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    Then, there are times when other parents aren't as well-meaning. In fact, they don't provide me with advice at all. Instead, they seem to be judging, well, everything: my parenting style, me, Aiden-everything.

    Aiden and I were at the playground one spring afternoon. He was going through his one-day-he's-Dr. Jekyll-the-next-day-he's-Mr. Hyde terrible two's phase. To say that it was a challenging phase for me is an understatement. The counselor in me took a child-centered approach to Aiden's behavior in an attempt to get both of us safely and sanely through this phase. I lowered my expectations, ignored his tantrums, and applauded his appropriate

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  • Parental Peer Pressure: A Game I Cannot Win

    By Joslyn Gray, REDBOOK

    While my kids are certainly subject to more challenging peer pressure than I am, I've realized there is also a certain insidious peer pressure among parents. It is a game I cannot win.

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    Depending on whom I'm talking to, I'm either too liberal with my kids or too strict. If I allow my children to have three cookies a day, I'm too indulgent; but if I limit their sugar consumption, I'm giving them eating disorders. I'm uptight because I don't let my 10-year-olds watch Glee; I'm letting their brains rot because I let them watch SpongeBob. I'm a helicopter parent because I don't let my kids play on the playground by themselves, but I'm also a slacker because I do let them walk to school on their own.

    I cannot win. I have ceased trying to. I do not have the energy to defend my parenting choices-I'm too busy and too exhausted.

    Every mom and dad brings something different to the parenting game. We

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  • 4 Skinny Ice Cream Picks

    By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOK

    Everyone going out for ice cream? So are you, with these surprisingly low-calorie picks from Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien.


    I love the Bright Choices ice creams - so many options, so little guilt! My favorites are the Premium Churned Light ones in Aloha Brownie, Cappuccino Chip, or Mint Oreo. Each scoop has 140 to 150 calories and 5 grams of fat or less. Add sprinkles!

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    2. AT BEN & JERRY'S

    Go for the guys' Chocolate Fudge Brownie or Half Baked frozen yogurts (mmm... chunks of brownie and cookie dough) for 160 calories and under 3 grams of fat per scoop. (But skip the No Sugar Added Vanilla Fudge Chip - it has a whopping 13 grams of fat.)


    As far as single-scoop stats go, Friendly's rocks! Many flavors have 110 to 130 calories per ½ cup; even the Peanut Butter Cup flavor clocks in at only 150 calories. Forgo the sundae (it can have up to five

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  • Kristi Yamaguchi's Tips: Fighting the Bedtime Battle

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    I am, at this very moment, engaged in one of my favorite parenting games: bedtime whack-a-mole. Every time one of my kids pops out of their bedroom for another drink/snack/hug/kiss/announcement-that-he-has-a-diorama-due-tomorrow, I don't get a rubber mallet with which to bop them back into their holes-er, beds. For me, getting infants to sleep was comparatively easy. They can't get out of their cribs. But preschoolers? They get their second wind at 9 p.m. and can open doors. What's a mom to do?

    Former Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi to the rescue! The figure skater, now mom of two, shared her bedtime tricks during the Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry Story Hour.

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    What is bedtime like in the Yamaguchi household? Kristi says, "I like bedtime to be soothing, the calm in our day. It's a time for me and the girls to spend quiet time together. My girls will only be little for a short while Read More »from Kristi Yamaguchi's Tips: Fighting the Bedtime Battle
  • 15 Room Makeover Tips on a Budget


    Convince your friends that you hired a fancy decorator-and possibly won the lottery-with genius home decorating tips from Good Morning America anchor and thrifting savant Lara Spencer. Her new book, I Brake for Yard Sales, shows you how to turn castoffs into gold and decorate your home on a budget.

    1. Think outside the trunk. I turned this $100 metal trunk from a thrift shop into a table. I didn't have to do anything to it!

    2. Look for a sign. The graphics, shapes, and textures of industrial pieces like this old sign make amazing art and add a little masculine, throw-up-your-feet feel.

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    3. Don't forget the extras. Keep 'em quirky and inexpensive. See that roulette wheel I found at a yard sale? It's a great conversation piece. I'm all about fun animal accents too - hence the ceramic owl and the pair of black Foo dogs. You can never go wrong with a Foo dog. Trust me.

    4. Consider Lucite. Because they're

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  • Do Grandparents Know Best?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Your parents raised you, so you should automatically agree with them on ground rules for parenting, right? Exactly... and Elmo can actually play the piano. Whether it's a sign of the times ("Carseats are mandatory, even just down the street, Dad!") or a genuine difference of opinion ("I know you let us trick-or-treat alone, but my husband and I aren't comfortable with that"), disagreeing with your parents can make them feel like you're questioning their parenting skills. That's something you really don't want to do if your parents are the only available babysitters for the weekend of that getaway you were hoping for. For those of us lucky enough to have our parents involved in our kids' lives, deciding whose rules rule can be a tricky question. (Multiply that by a factor of 10 if it's your in-laws you're dealing with.)

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  • Does Marriage Still Matter to Moms?


    Marriage rates in the United States have hit an all-time low, at 51 percent. Do you think marriage still matters?

    1. No-A promise is a promise.

    My boyfriend and I have shared a home for over seven years, have two children, a dog, and a mortgage-and we don't consider ourselves any different than our legally-bound friends. Personally, I think of marriage as a religious institution, and as someone who doesn't practice any faith, that push to get hitched was just never there. I found the man I wanted to spend my life with, and it was as simple as that. Our kids have a loving, stable home and two parents who are crazy about each other. Isn't that all anyone could ask for?

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    Cohabitational relationships have legal and social standing these days; my friends and kids' teachers don't necessarily know or care whether or not I am legally wed. What they do know is that we have a complete, secure, and very happy family. I

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  • Should Moms Sell Girl Scout Cookies?

    By Charlotte Hilton Anderson, REDBOOK
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    "Excuse me? Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies?"

    If you've ever been in a public place during the past several weeks, you too have likely been approached by green-clad pixies waving boxes of Thin Mints. The question didn't surprise me. The questioner did. Looking up from my grocery list, I saw the hand holding the cookies belonged to a middle-aged woman-and there were no Girl Scouts in sight.

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    "Oh, our daughters are taking a break," the woman said vaguely.

    This recent experience popped into my mind when Paddy Hirsch, senior producer of NPR's Marketplace Money, decreed in this week's show that Girl Scouts are mere "puppets", saying, "I'm told that this Girl Scout cookie experience is supposed to be educational in terms of business and economics. But I just don't see it."

    Back when I was participating in the Great Cookie Sale, I remember going door-to-door with

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