Featured in July 2012

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Photo by Sang An

Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 6

Editor’s Note, p. 19


Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 21 
    What has your pet taught you about life?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 24
    What book turned you into a reader?


Trends Worth Trying



  • New Uses: Summer-Entertaining Edition, p. 35
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 36
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 38
    Does hand washing dishes get them as clean asthe dishwasher does?
  • Start With, p. 40
    Toasted marshmallows


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 43
    Cathi Hanauer, author and married mother of two, goes on a trip to recapture her single-days independence
  • Modern Manners, p. 49
    Michelle Slatalla on how to handle noisy neighbors
  • Expertise, p. 53
    Five ways to speak your mind tactfully


The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 61
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 66
    Lip balms


  • Pack Like a Pro, p. 69
    From what to bring to how to fold: all you need to arrive stress- and wrinkle-free



  • Moneywise, p. 95 
    Ways to save on tennis lessons; the right photo-sharing website for you; how to protect your credit score



  • Keep Calm and Party On, p. 102 
    An easy, breezy handbook for throwing a festive summer shindig
  • Finish My Room, p. 108
    Real Simple revs up (and completes) three readers’ stalled decorating projects
  • The Modern Guide to Ageless Beauty, p. 116
    Don’t get rid of your red lipstick: These new rules for aging gracefully help you hold on to the looks you love
  • Sole Sisters, p. 122
    Fitness instructor Alexandra Allred inspired a motley group of women to regain their health, confidence, and happiness through running





Credits, p. 154
Where to buy the products featured in this issue


Discounts & Deals, p. 160
Exclusive savings on clever storage products


Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 161