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How Many Kids You’ll Have (and When) May Be Written in Your DNA

Researchers found 12 genetic variants that seem to have an effect on reproductive behavior.

The Most Adorable Halloween Costumes for Dogs

We could look at these hilarious dog costumes all day.

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.

What Is Your Cat or Dog Dreaming About?

A Harvard expert has some answers.

10 Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

Get the kids involved with decorating the house for Halloween. Or use these ideas as an activity if you’re throwing a seasonal party.

24 DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

October 31 seems to creep up on us every single year. Still set on treating Junior to that one-of-a-kind disguise? Frightened by the idea of making your own costume from scratch? Don’t be. Get into the spirit with creative ideas that can pulled together with cupcake liners, coffee filets, and more household items. We know it’s tempting to just give up and head to the Halloween store for some packaged kid costumes, but just think about how unique your child’s outfit will be if you use one of these ideas as inspiration. These Halloween costumes for kids range from easy to more advanced, so you can pick your favorite based on your skill level. All of these can be completed during some free time over the weekend, so you won’t have to plan too far in advance. If your child is begging for a store-bought costume, there are plenty of options to get them to reconsider, including a race car driver, mermaid, aviator, and two kinds of peacock options. You can even sweeten the deal by bringing them with you when you buy the materials so they have a part in creating the disguise. When Halloween comes around, they’ll be happy to have a totally unique costume.

Your Dog Really Gets You

Whether happy or sad, your dog can read your mood, says a new study. 

The Only Marriage Advice You’ll Ever Need

At Real Simple, it’s part of our jobs to speak to experts on how to live better, easier, and more fulfilling lives. And perhaps nowhere is that more interesting than when it comes to the unique difficulty of maintaining a satisfying, healthy relationship long-term. Over the years, we’ve spoken to dozens of experts on what exactly makes happy couples tick. And while all of their advice is worth considering, we’ve distilled it down to the only 10 tips you really need to know.

The 10 Secrets of One Unflappable Working Mother

Chances are, work-life balance is your most elusive goal. But it’s not impossible.