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Natural Living Tips

Smart advice, products, and recipes for living a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.

An Eco-Friendly Home

How to Set Up a Recycling System
Five easy steps to sorting, stacking, and stashing your household recycling.

13 Easy Energy Savers for Your Home
From no-cost actions to bigger investments, a guide to lowering your bill.

10 Unexpected Natural Cleaners
Around-the-house staples that moonlight as dirt-busting superstars.

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How to Make Lifestyle Changes

When someone you love is doing something you hate (smoking, overeating, drinking too much), staying silent isn’t really an option. Here’s how to encourage a change—without crushing his or her spirit.
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13 Foods That Help You Stay Healthy

Eating these foods may help ward off diseases—plus, they’re delicious.
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9 Ways to Cut Your Gas Costs

Ease your pain at the pump with these smart money-saving solutions.
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7 Health Clues That Your Nails Reveal

That white mark or mysterious dent may hint at other things going on in your body. Here are some points to consider.
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Clean Eating

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7 Principles of Healthy Eating
The remedy for eating better isn’t deprivation, blandness, or a rigid diet―it’s incorporating good habits into your life.

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5 Easy One-Bowl Recipes
Curious to know what the Real Simple food department cooks up when they don’t have time to cook? “Health bowls”—an ingenious mix of grains, vegetables, and anything else in the pantry and fridge (leftovers!) that they want to feast on.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Registry

If your commitment to the environment is as strong as your commitment to one another, then add these earth-friendly finds to your registry.

  • 1 Bamboo cutting board
  • 1 Salvaged wood wine rack
  • 1 Chemex coffee maker

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