• Start your morning looking gorgeous.Start your morning looking gorgeous.

    You might think you're off the clock when it comes to your beauty routine while you sleep, but your slumber hours play an important role in how you look. "Beauty sleep is essential for repairing the skin," says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. If you want your skin and hair to look younger and healthier during the day, it's time to adopt these nighttime habits.

    1. Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase.
    These fibers will keep you from waking up with a bird's nest on top of your head, and their texture softens wrinkles and fine lines because it causes less friction between your skin and the pillowcase. "Silk is easier on hair -- it helps avoid tangles and breakage," says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. "It's also better for the skin because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles."

    Related: 10 Ways to Fake a Good Night's Sleep

    2. Sleep on your back.
    Speaking of wrinkles,

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  • Corbis If you own a trendy fitness-tracking device such as the Fitbit or the new Vivofit, you’re probably diligent about getting your recommended 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of five miles). But you might not need to move as much as you think.

    According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, taking 10,000 steps isn't really necessary. “I wouldn't discourage people from taking 10,000 daily steps, but it’s not a magic or even scientifically proven number,” Tudor-Locke tells Yahoo Shine. The number originates from the 1960s, when Japanese pedometers were marketed under the name "manpo-kei" which translates to "10,000-steps meter." And as fitness trackers took off in the United States, companies adapted the goal of 10,000 steps.

    A number that better aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is between 7,000 and 8,000 steps. “The CDC says people

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  • Looking for a clever way to get organized? Try using one simple household tool: a tension rod. For just a few dollars, tension rods can help transform your living room, kitchen, and bedroom into a land of order — no drill necessary. Lifestyle expert Justine Santaniello shares some of her favorite ideas on this episode of "Easy Does It."

    WATCH: Tool-Free Storage Solutions

    Spice drawer: If you have a kitchen drawer that just collects junk, try converting it into a spice holder. Simply lay small tension rods across the drawer, and adjust to different-sized bottles of spices.

    Under-the-sink storage: Does the cabinet under your bathroom sink look like a disaster? Organize your cleaning supplies by placing a medium-sized tension rod across the width of the cabinet. Hang any spray bottles of cleaner over the rod to free up space for more storage underneath.

    WATCH: Speed Up Your Family's Morning Routine

    Decorations: For a festive look around holidays, hang ornaments or other decorations from a

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  • I hear them over and over (and over)--and here's how I respond. By Lauren Oster, REDBOOK.

    We're not all like the neighbors from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.1. "That's so sad!"

    The end of Where the Red Fern Grows--now THAT'S sad. My happiness with my life just as it is, on the other hand, is pretty great; no violins needed, thanks!

    2. "How does your husband feel about that?"
    Oh, dear. I knew there was someone I'd forgotten to tell.

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    3. "Don't you like kids?"
    Very much, actually; I was a camp counselor for years, and I'm stockpiling storybooks for the kids my sisters plan to have. The fact that I'm not interested in having my own son or daughter means I can lavish my time, resources, and valuable life lessons on my friends' and family's offspring. That's quite it-takes-a-village and pro-kid, really.

    4. "But you'd be such a good mom!"
    I also could have been a good doctor, maybe, and I'd definitely be a good doorstop, but neither of those are things I want to be; aptitude isn't the same thing as

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  • By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.

    Here it comes, the backlash to the "Bad Mommy" backlash to the "Perfect Mother" backlash to the "Don't Be a Mother" backlash to the "You Have to Be a Mother" backlash to the… where was I? Oh right, the Salon article burning up my Facebook feed these days, titled "The tyranny of the bad mother: Slacker moms are just as intimidating as perfect ones." Elissa Strauss writes about the persona of the "Bad Mother," which has colonized the world of mommy blogs: "Born in the sanctimommy's shadows, the bad mother is everything the perfect breast-feeding, plastic-avoiding mom is not… But then the bad mothers started getting a little judgey themselves." Could it be that the real problem is that we have become addicted to labeling ourselves as mothers? And how has this happened?

    Related: The 9 Types of Moms You See on Facebook

    Let me digress briefly here to say that I personally exist with a foot in two different parenting cultures. I met many of my original mommy friends

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  • Roominate, a toy that teaches girls to build and wire a house.Roominate, a toy that teaches girls to build and wire a house.Last Friday my daughter had a sleepover with a friend, and they built a massive fort that filled my daughter's entire bedroom. They spent several hours playing games in the fort, and eventually they even slept underneath. It was an impressive feat that used hardback books, furniture, and thumbtacks.

    Knowing how excited my daughter is to build, I was pretty excited to check out Roominate, a new toy building kit that hopes to get young girls excited about building. The kit is unique because it doesn't only include the parts to build rooms, but also some electronic elements that include a small motor -- so girls not only build, they wire.

    I'll confess, at first blush I was pretty excited by Roominate. There's no doubt that my daughter would be thrilled with the toy and spend plenty of time building, and I particularly like the electronic element. Working with her to be creative beyond just making pretty rooms sounds like it would be great fun, and it is plenty safe for a 7-year-old.

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  • By Common Sense Media editor

    Essential Movie GuideEssential Movie Guide


    Sometimes there just isn't enough time to sort through thousands of movie choices, wondering which ones are high quality, OK for your family, and not boring for parents. This list is just a snapshot of some of the great movies in Common Sense Media's new Essential Movies Guide. Now you'll know just where to turn when you're looking for great films.

    Whether you stream, buy, or rent, this list will help make any movie night a success for kids and parents. And if you want even more ideas, check out the full guide for 185+ of the best movies appropriate for kids from toddlers to teens.

    So grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy. Happy viewing!

    For 2- to 6-Year-Olds

    Animated Favorites: My Neighbor Totoro

    In this breakthrough anime film, Satsuki and Mei move to the countryside where their mother is hospitalized. One day, Mei meets a rabbit-like creature she calls "Totoro," who helps them through their difficult time. A true family film,

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  • Common Sense MediaCommon Sense Media

    By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor

    It used to be that the worst thing a babysitter could do was raid the refrigerator. But this was before Facebook, texting, social media, and emojis. Today's sitters sneak -- or outright flaunt -- something many of us parents don't know how to deal with: constant texting, Instagramming, You-Tube-watching, you name it. So how do you dole out the rules?

    Of course, the most important thing is that your kids are safe while they're under someone else's care. You might think the worst could never happen to your kids, but mobile devices just make getting distracted even easier, and that can have tragic consequences. Less severe than a major accident, but still disturbing, would be finding out your babysitter texted all night and ignored your kids.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your babysitter about your texting, sexting, and tweeting rules:

    Spell it out. Teen and young adult babysitters have grown up with

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  • mom and babymom and babyHow long did your labor take--or should it take? I've had three natural births in Rome, as in no epidurals, and the main reason I chose to forgo medication was because I was so worried about this very situation. I was afraid that with an epidural, labor wouldn't progress fast enough to suit the Italian medical guidelines and I'd end up with a C-section, possibly times three.

    I didn't realize the same thing could've easily happened here in the U.S. until I read NPR's recent reported on new birthing guidelines. Obstetricians hope they will reduce the number of C-sections-and they're all about timing.

    "Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say."

    Related: Does induction really lead to a C-section?

    The change comes, according to the piece, because about one-third of all births are cesareans, which is a 60 percent increase since the 1990s--though neither the health

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  • Why One Mom is Opting Out of Preschool Panic

    Is preschool panic still happening?Is preschool panic still happening?Well, the New York Times has done it again. In the Motherlode blog, we get this recent dispatch about an affluent New York City couple in the throes of applying to prestigious and highly competitive pre-K programs in Manhattan. They're very, very stressed about it and so are their friends.

    "The seeds of panic had been planted when Zee was 6 months old," explains writer Judy Batalion. "A friend was genuinely concerned: 'You haven't signed her up for preschool prep at Gymboree?' Another friend warned: 'If you do, hire a consultant who can help your daughter act as if she didn't take the class to hide it from the admissions officers.' (What?!) And another: 'You need to start giving these schools charity. That's how you get in, if you're not racially interesting.' (White Jews - like us - being the definition of uninteresting.)"

    If you're rolling your eyes and frantically typing #firstworldproblem right now, you're not alone. "Schmoozing", as Batalion mentions elsewhere in the article, is

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