Featured in November 2002

See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

Photo by Maura McEvoy


Center of Attention, pg. 162
Five centerpieces for your holiday table―as simple as they are beautiful.

Second Chance, pg. 168
After undergoing radical surgery to combat a rare hormonal disease, Kara Keating vowed to live exactly the life she wanted to―and she has.

From Apron to Elegant in Minutes, pg. 176
Everything’s set for the big feast―except you. Don’t sweat it. Use these strategies to make over your face, hair, and clothes in as little as 10 minutes.

The Easiest Thanksgiving Ever, pg. 182
This year the dinner can be as easy as you want with Real Simple’s make-it or fake-it recipes for all your favorite dishes, plus a complete pullout shopping list.

Make Yourself Comfortable, pg. 194
In cold weather, there’s nothing as inviting as a warm bed. Here’s how to layer your mattress with pillows, blankets, duvets, and sheets so you’ll never want to leave.

Meals Made Easy, pg. 201
Savory leg of lamb kicks off three days of no-fuss family eating.

In Every Issue

Thoughts, pg. 12

Why Not..., pg. 16

Editor's Note, pg. 28

Contributors, pg. 37

Your Words, pg. 47
How do you get ahead for the holidays?

Credits, pg. 224

Real Hard, pg. 226
S.A.D. (Seasonal Anxiety Disorder)


Product of the Month, pg. 53
No-drip, no-flame “candles”

Shelf Help, pg. 54
A preseasoned cast-iron pan

Space Saver, pg. 56
Garage tool storage

Cleaning Up, pg. 58
Holiday stain removal

The Organized Life, pg. 60
Home gift-wrapping station

Fake It, Don't Make It, pg. 66
French onion soup

Plus: Holiday travel tips, showerhead upgrades, spraying away wrinkles, and more

Life Guide

Shopping List
  • Multi-tasking serving trays, pg. 71
  • Leather gloves, pg. 76
  • A hat to knit, pg. 83
  • Body scrubs, pg. 89
  • Refreshing your eyes, pg. 92
  • Tooth care, pg. 95
  • Strong shoulders, pg. 101
  • Quick breads, pg. 105
  • Knife skills, pg. 111
  • Polishing metals, pg. 117
  • Bartending basics, pg. 121
  • Holiday cards on-line, pg. 129
  • Constructing commuting, pg. 133
  • Questions for aging parents, pg. 139
The Organizer
  • Controlling cords and plugs, pg. 147


Life Lessons, pg. 156
Author Lee Smith lost a lot of material things in her divorce, but she found peace of mind.

Wise Woman, pg. 161
Lisa Eggerton, a 34-year-old public-relations executive, on easy entertaining, booking time with friends, and her needlepoint-pillow collection.


Yours, Mine, Ours, pg. 211
A recently married couple gets expert advice on merging their money and sharing responsibility for the household budget.

Life Coach

I Cannot Tell a Lie, pg. 217
Lying’s OK, says Barbara Sher, if you have a good reason for doing it. Find out when it’s all right―and when it’s all wrong―to be less than truthful.