Featured in May 2013

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Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 27

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 28
    What is the secret to making guests feel welcome?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 32
    What is the most gripping true story you've ever read?

The Realist

  • May at a Glance, p. 37
    Mother knows best
  • Worth Sharing, p. 38
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 40
    Ocean motifs
  • New Uses for a Scratched CD, p. 42
  • Now What?!?, p. 44
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Fresh Pick, p. 46
  • Real Simplifier, p. 48
    Buying good sheets
  • You Can Make This, p. 50
    Striped lampshades
  • Little Helpers, p. 52

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 55
    Elissa Schappell writes about her mother's well-worn cake pan—and embracing imperfection
  • Modern Manners, p. 61
    Catherine Newman on what to do if a friend is being unfaithful
  • Expertise, p. 65
    Five foolproof ways to get out of a funk

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 73
    Bright ideas to kick-start spring's color-block trend, starting at $5
  • Your Figure-Flattery Handbook, p. 89
    Strategies (and sleights of hand) to dress the best for your body


  • DIY Room Painting, p. 97
    A foolproof primer to help you get gorgeous results
  • Road Test, p. 107
    Garden Tools
  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 111
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the junk drawer


  • Better Hair Fast, p. 115
    Pro secrets to streamlining your mornings. (It's about time)
  • Pretty Smart, p. 127
    The latest hair products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 132
    Hair dryers


  • The Decoder, p. 135
  • How Normal Is Your Period?, p. 139
    What to expect in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond—and when you should see a doctor


  • Road Trip 101, p. 150
    Advice for smoother travel, from outsmarting car sickness to the best games and activities


  • Moneywise, p. 157
    Tips to avoid costly car fixes; the best price-comparison apps; how money fights affect your family



  • Once More, With Feeling, p. 164
    23 ways to make Mother's Day more special
  • Mother Superior, p. 168
    How do you picture your mother? Six photographers share their favorite images
  • What Can You Really Afford?, p. 172
    An in-depth look at our complicated relationship with money
  • Beauty & the Beach, p. 178
    Stylish swimsuits to flatter every body (including yours)



  • Handiest, Smartest, Sturdiest, Snazziest, Best, p. 192
    Real Simple tested hundreds of top kitchen gadgets. These 42 were a cut above
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 205
  • Strawberry Shortcake, p. 216
    A classic dessert with a cool twist
  • Quick Takes, p. 218
    10 ideas for chicken cutlets
  • Things Cooks Know, 220
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Bites of Spring, p. 223
    Fresh, seasonal sides that will elevate any meal
  • Nutritional Index, p. 230



Credits, p. 232
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 236 

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 238