11 tiny ways to make life happier, saner, sweeter
Pig in boots!
Can we be honest? This is a totally gratuitous piglet, wearing Wellies. We just couldn't resist. (And--oh, yeah--March 1 is National Pig Day.)
Fancy some frosting?
Carrot cake, cupcakes, whoopie pies--let's get real, they're all just frosting-delivery devices. So make it gourmet with these easy frosting upgrades from REDBOOK food guru Barbara Chernetz. Start with any basic cream cheese frosting recipe (for Babs's, visit redbookmag.com/frost) and then...
Chocolate-chile: Add melted chocolate and ancho chili powder.
Lime-coconut: Add grated lime zest and shredded coconut.
Bourbon--brown sugar: Substitute dark brown sugar for the usual confectioners' sugar, and add bourbon to taste.
Honey-ginger: Add ground ginger and a squirt of honey.
Spend 15 minutes D.I.Y.-ing this cute action station and we promise you'll never hear the phrase Honey, have you seen my keys? again. Use a precut wood plaque for the base (you can find them at any craft store) and screw in a mismatched jumble of painted hooks. "It's perfect for keys and scarves by the door, and I keep one for jewelry in my room," says Amy Azzarito, author of the new book Past & Present.
Sometimes you feel like a good witch; other days a little more bad. Now, by way of the new film Oz the Great and Powerful, you can channel either persona. Urban Decay's makeup palettes are inspired by virtuous Glinda (played by Michelle Williams) and devious Theodora (Mila Kunis). Both have eight shadows, a liner, and a lip crayon. It's the most glamorous movie tie-in we've seen yet. ($49 each; sephora.com)
Drink to St. Patty's Day
An excellent reason to step away from the green beer: the delicious Irish Smash from our Mommy Mixologist, Kim Haasarud. First, squeeze a whole lemon into a cocktail shaker. Add an ounce of simple syrup (just sugar dissolved in hot water) and two ounces of whiskey. Top with ice and shake it like you're James Bond. Strain it into a glass, add a few mint leaves, top with fresh ice, and praise the Irish.
It takes a village...
On TV, Sarah Chalke plays a young mom who reluctantly returns to live with her folks on ABC's very cute new comedy How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). But in real life, she would actually relish the idea: "My mom would teach the kids how to garden, and my dad would listen to their stories and sneak them doughnuts--altogether it would make for very well-balanced children." An actress without family issues? That's refreshing.
Personalize your pillow
Instagram has already unleashed your inner art photographer; now let it help you channel your budding decorator. Just send your favorite shot to yellowvelvet.com, and for $56 they'll turn it into a throw pillow. So cute, and way more useful than yet another framed photograph, no?
"When I was in college, there was one sentence in my textbook that said, 'Women were given the vote.' That gave me a very unrealistic idea of how change happens," says Gloria Steinem, one of the stars of Makers: Women Who Make America, a PBS special (airing February 26) that documents just how far we've come. Everyone from Barbara Walters to Hillary Clinton tells her story. You'll get a lump in your throat, and say a little prayer that our girls keep fighting for equality. "Life will radicalize them," Steinem predicts, "but it helps for them to know that we can act."
Minimal, and relatable
It's exhausting how Patty Perfect most parenting-book authors are. Not so the authors of Minimalist Parenting, which is all about giving yourself a break. Cowriter Christine Koh even admitted to us, "I let my 2-year-old eat mostly chocolate-chip cookies the other night for dinner." We like these ladies!
Va va voom!
The next time you find yourself with two $20 bills to rub together, get thee to Target and trade them for this insanely pretty dress from Prabal Gurung for Target. The price tag ($39.99; target.com) will leave you with enough left over to splurge on shoes... or jewelry... or a massage.