6 Snow Day Accessories

Scooters, sleds, shoes, and more: these toys will make your next snow day fly by.

How to Recover From Emotional Exhaustion

A big fight. Or a day of parenting fails. Or maybe (yay!) an engagement. No matter the high or low from the day before, it can be hard to wake up and carry on as usual. So don’t. Here is some expert advice on how to react, restart, or return to earth after an emotional event. Ready? Let’s rise—and shine.

The 4 Reasons I Absolutely Dread Halloween

Every year Real Simple’s editor-in-chief feels tricked into enjoying a holiday that has never been a treat.

14 Fun Things to Do Indoors

It’s raining, it’s pouring, your day feels really boring—and it’s only 10 a.m. Sound familiar? When the forecast is grim, whether it’s thunderstorms or a blizzard, cabin fever can set in fast. You can curl up with a great book or binge-watch an entire season of something, but, let’s face it, sometimes you want different, fun things to do at home. And, well, if you have kids, you’re going to need a loooong menu of options. These ideas are good for families, groups of friends or roommates, or kids on their own (hallelujah!). There are relaxing activities—because when do you ever get the time to relax?—plus delicious ideas for eating and drinking. We’ve got games that require nothing more than your imagination. And for parents: entertaining projects for the kids that don’t involve video games (although one does involve mini marshmallows). So, forget about the soccer tournament that’s going to have to be rescheduled, ignore the yard work you were planning to do, put on your coziest pajamas, and pick one of these things to do at home. Embrace the day as time to recharge and reconnect with people you love. And don’t worry. The sun will (probably) come out tomorrow.

12 Fun Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving Table

Get talking over the turkey. Tuck a question under each plate, or serve them up with dessert.

Teacher Gifts That Teachers Actually Want

We quizzed a group of educators on what gift they’d most appreciate this season. Give one of their creative ideas to your favorite teacher and you’ll earn a gold star.

Baby Names Inspired by Southern Authors

Independent, curious, and intellectual? If those are traits you value, look no further than these names.

18 Cool Halloween Costumes You Can Make Using Stuff Around the House

Ordinary items can easily transform into show-stopping DIY disguises for kids (and even adults, too!). Dare to dream.