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Christopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 25

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 27
    What is your favorite pantry staple?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 33
    What is your favorite biography or memoir?

Trends Worth Trying



  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 47
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 50
  • Start With, p. 52
    Feta cheese
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 54
    How do I separate pictures that are stuck together?
  • Fresh Pick, p. 56

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 61
    Cathleen Schine on her love of napping
  • Modern Manners, p. 67
    Julie Rottenberg on interminable doctor's-office waits
  • Expertise, p. 71
    Samantha Bee and Jason Jones on how to divorceproof your marriage

The Guide



  • Real Steals, p. 89
    Summer clothes that you can wear into fall, all for less than $100
  • Fit Lab, p. 101
    Sheath dresses to complement every body type



  • Speed Cleaning, p. 131
    A nearly new car interior in 15 minutes or less
  • Personal Shopper, p. 135
    Give your bathroom an inexpensive makeover with one of these stunning shower curtains
  • Road Test,  p. 143
    Digital cameras


  • Moneywise, p. 145
    Tips to save on last-minute travel; how to find missing money via the Internet; what to do when you borrow—and break—something



Credits, p. 219
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 222
Exclusive savings on summer cocktail supplies

Real Simple to Go, p. 223

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