Melanie Mannarino Melanie Mannarino is a freelance writer and editor specializing in lifestyle and wellness. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and other national brands, and she's the author of four books, including "The (Almost) Zero-Waste Guide." About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.