19 Tiny Ways to Make Life Happier, Saner, and Sweeter
Embrace the lazy days with this "Laid-back-mama Lemonade" by our Mommy Mixologist, Kim Haasarud. Grab a cocktail shaker and pour in 1½ oz bourbon, ¾ oz triple sec, and 4 oz fresh lemonade. Add ice, shake, then strain into a tall glass. Slap a mint sprig on your palm (to release the aroma), slide it in, then sip until you're saying, "Sure, kids, you can have ice cream for dinner!"
We love how mom blogger Kelly Oxford -- who recently nabbed a development deal with NBC -- tweets her most honest parenting moments, like: "It's very telling that no matter how much you love someone, you always love them more when you see them asleep."
Have a dream dinner
If Jenny Rosenstrach, author of Dinner: A Love Story, can do it, you can too. "One day I put music on, poured a glass of wine, and cooked while my girls played," she says. "When I was done, I singsonged, 'Dinner's ready!' and the family marched in. We ate everything on the table and I was like, 'Wow. This can actually happen!'"
Let's all dream of getting our drink on (and on, and on) at the 90-foot Infiniti Bar at the Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos. It looks as if it's flowing right into the ocean. An ocean of martinis. Gulpgulpgulp.
Smell like cake
"They say certain scents attract men, but I never got it until I slathered on Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Body Butter. My guy caught a whiff and asked, 'Where's the cake?' I told him that I hadn't baked, but he wouldn't accept it. 'I want some,' he said. 'Where'd you put the cake?!' Ah, men."
--KAYLEIGH DONAHUE, REDBOOK BEAUTY EDITOR
Hey, bright eyes...
Sephora and Pantone (the color folks) paired up to make this 35-shade coloring kit for your eyes. So put your tired taupe shadow on summer hiatus and explore the possibilities. ($55, sephora.com)
Try a hookup
Meet what will be the most unique T-shirt pick-me-up you own: the combo necklace. Take two necklaces (they don't have to match!) and hook their clasps together to create one long stunner with an eclectic twist.
Dallas, the awesomely naughty show of your youth, is back in the best way, with Jesse Metcalfe and Josh Henderson as the hunky new Ewings. The hair. The abs. The dangerously low towels. What's not to love about junky summer TV?
Watching a Wes Anderson film is like a baptism--you're fully immersed and a little reborn. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, is about two 12-year-olds who run off together in the summer of 1965. You'll relive the happy giddiness of your first crush all over again.
How's this for morning motivation: running shoes so punchy-bright they almost propel you forward. "I stick mine next to my bed so they're staring at me when I wake up," says REDBOOK senior editor Caitlin Moscatello. "Even groggy, I can't say no to neon pink!" ($90; asics.com)