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Want to Change Your Life? Read a Book

Reading not only transports you—it transforms you. “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green examines the magical relationship between reader and book.

How to Build a Sand Castle Like a Pro

Learn expert tips from Andy Hancock, the founder of, in South Padre Island, Texas, and the winner of the 2013 American Sand Sculpting Championship, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

50 Books Real Simple Readers Love

What book made you love to read? When almost 4,000 of our Facebook fans answered that question, they wrote passionately about the books they love (and, in some cases, really, really love). These titles and authors came up over and over. We used readers’ own words to describe their magic.

9 Cool Bike Accessories

Upgrade your biking arsenal this spring with one of these functional and snazzy additions to your two-wheeler (Or even trike – we won't judge!).

Best Books of 2014

What books are worth your time? Check out these reviews from our readers.

The Inside Scoop on Su Blackwell’s Sculptures

How does she make those extraordinary pieces or art? You’ll find the answer in a book (literally).

Erin’s 6 Favorite Ideas of 2012

Our staff highlights, what they deem,’s best ideas of 2012. Here, Producer Erin Henry shares her picks.

7 New Photo Accessories

Shutterbugs, rejoice! These products—discounted especially for you—will help put your best shots (and smiles) on display.*

11 Ideas for Fun Family Activities

From the serious to the seriously silly, here are 11 unforgettable things to do with your brood before they fly the coop.