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By Real Simple
Updated August 01, 2014
Marcus Nilsson

Thoughts, p. 2

The Simple List, p. 6

Editor’s Note, p. 25

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 27
    What is your family’s favorite bonding activity?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 31
    What book helps you stay positive?

The Realist

  • August at a Glance, p. 33
    Popsicles and ice cream novelties: their chilly relationship
  • Worth Sharing, p. 34
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • Beauty Boost, p. 36
    Bronzers in every form
  • New Uses for a Smoothie Container, p. 38
  • Now What?!?, p. 40
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 42
    Geometric prints
  • Real Simplifier, p. 44
    How to eat a lobster
  • Fresh Pick, p. 46
  • Little Helpers, p. 48

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 51
    Merrill Markoe’s existential struggle with an unwelcome furry visitor
  • Modern Manners, p. 57
    Catherine Newman on overperfumed colleagues and more
  • Expertise, p. 61
    Five ways to change someone’s mind

The Guide


  • What a Difference Some ___ Makes, p. 69
    Four easy DIY decorating projects
  • Ask the Organizer, p. 77
    Your most confounding clutter conundrums, solved
  • Power House, p. 81
    Brilliant, new tech tools to make managing your home a breeze


  • Road Test, p. 87
    Bar soaps and body washes
  • Pretty Smart, p. 93
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 99
    The story behind conditioner-only washing and whether it’s right for you


  • While You Were Sleeping, p. 105
    From enhancing memory to keeping stress in check, all the surprising benefits of getting more shut-eye
  • The Decoder, p. 115
    Five brain-boosting habits to keep in (and strengthen your) mind


  • Seven Pieces, Nine Outfits, p. 121
    Summer-to-fall clothes that you can endlessly layer, mix, and match


  • How to Be a Good Sport, p. 135
    Winning strategies for losing gracefully that will work for you and your kids


  • Moneywise, p. 143
    The secrets to succeeding with customer service; words that influence your spending


  • Take Control of the Laundry, Finally!, p. 150
    A complete guide to help lighten the loads
  • Spent, p. 158
    One woman’s struggle with a shopping addiction
  • Chop, Chop, p. 162
    The modern pixie is low-maintenance and versatile. Easy advice for mastering the look


  • Stay Out of the Kitchen, p. 170
    No stove necessary: Whip up delicious summer meals with a few in-season ingredients
  • Road Test, p. 179
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 182
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 184
    10 ideas for ice pops
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 187
  • 15 Minutes and You're Done, p. 198
    How to make an ombré-frosted cake
  • Nutritional Index, p. 201

Credits, p. 202
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 206

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 207