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Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 31

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 33
    How have you changed your life to make it more eco-friendly?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 39
    What book helped you through a tough time?

The Realist

  • April at a Glance, p. 43
    Ultra umbrella
  • Worth Sharing, p. 44
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Candlestick, p. 46 
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 48
  • Real Simplifier, p. 50
    Vitamin D
  • Now What?!?, p. 52
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Fresh Pick, p. 54
  • You Can Make This, p. 56
    Balloon banner
  • Little Helpers, p. 58

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 61
    If you could change one decision you made in the past, what would it be? Life Lessons Essay Contest winner Adrienne Starr’s moving response
  • Modern Manners, p. 67
    Catherine Newman on how to warn a friend who you suspect is being swindled
  • Expertise, p. 71
    Five ways to increase your patience

The Guide


  • 77 Budding Genius, p. 77
    Easy strategies for arranging spring flowers and branches
  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 89
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the utility closet
  • Road Test, p. 94
    Specialized laundry detergents


  • Real Steals, p. 97
    Feminine, floral pieces that won’t break the bank
  • Splendor in the Grass, p. 107
    The season’s peppiest new wedges, sandals, and sneakers


  • Pretty Smart, p. 117
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Shift into Neutrals, p. 123
    Soft and flattering makeup for every skin tone
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 131
    What’s the deal with stem-cell creams?
  • Road Test, p. 136
    Lip pencils


  • How to Really Help a Sick Friend, p. 139
    Meaningful ways to lend support to a loved one
  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 145
    Total-body stretch
  • 10 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Sharp, p. 151
    Protect your vision with these easy, everyday adjustments
  • The Decoder, p. 161 
    Snoring remedies


  • I See a Bad Mood Rising, p. 165
    Taming temper tantrums—no matter the thrower’s age


  • Moneywise, p. 173
    Tips for reducing tax anxiety; the pros and cons of balance transfers; a new way to save on hotel rooms



  • The Best Cleaning Ideas: Past, Present, and Future, p. 180
    A comprehensive guide to the smartest innovations ever. Plus a sneak peek at what the future holds…
  • “If I Ever Start Drinking Again, I Will Lose Everything—Including My Life”, p. 190
    Fashion this season is eclectic and exotic. Chart a fun new course with these looks
  • Feel Better Already, p. 196
    21 easy, effective methods to boost your well-being right now



  • Six Secrets to Great Taste, p. 206 
    From shiitakes to Parmesan, the keys to unlocking flavor fast
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 214
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips for pasta dinners—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 217
  • Quick Takes, p. 220
    10 ideas for oatmeal
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 223
  • Carrot Cupcakes, p. 236
    A nut-studded twist on the sweet classic
  • Nutritional Index, p. 238



Credits, p. 240
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 244 

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