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By Real Simple
Updated February 12, 2014
Real Simple February 2014
Credit: Marcus Nilsson

Thoughts, p. 6

The Simple List, p. 8

Editor’s Note, p. 21

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 23
    What is the best remedy for a broken heart?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 26
    What book taught you an important lesson about love?

The Realist

  • February at a Glance, p. 29
    Decoding a box of chocolates
  • Worth Sharing, p. 30
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Cocktail Shaker, p. 32
  • Beauty Boost, p. 34
    Fuchsia lips and nails
  • Real Simplifier, p. 36
    Driving in bad weather
  • Little Helpers, p. 38

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 41
    Helen Schulman pays tribute to the man whose dying taught her so much about living
  • Modern Manners, p. 47
    Catherine Newman on deflecting unsolicited advice, navigating baby showers, and more

The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 52
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • One Word: Retinoids, p. 59
    An in-depth look at the anti-aging powerhouse
  • Road Test, p. 64
    Eye creams


  • The Ultimate Bra Guide, p. 67
    The right style, not to mention support, for every outfit and occasion
  • Real Steals, p. 77
    Five budget-friendly looks that you can throw together in a flash


  • Courting Anxiety, p. 89
    How to deal with matters of the heart, whether they affect you or (gulp) your kids home


  • 15 Minutes and You're Done, p. 96
    Cleaning upholstery
  • Ask the Organizer, p. 101
    Expert advice for readers’ clutter conundrums


  • The Patient Will See You Now, p. 105
    Is your doctor right for you? The best ways to assess (and possibly replace) him


  • Moneywise, p. 113
    Why return policies are getting stricter; the pros and cons of cash-back credit cards; reasons to reconsider cashing out your 401(k)


  • You Can't Hurry Love, p. 120
    Four couples who prove it’s never too late to find “the one”
  • Big Ideas in a Small Space, p. 128
    A top interior designer reveals his elegant yet economical decorating secrets
  • Walk This Way, p. 134
    Getting fit just got easier: a complete plan to set you on the path to good health


  • Super Bowls, p. 144
    Delicious, nutritious one-dish creations (and, pssst, leftovers figure prominently)
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 155
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 156
    10 ideas for bass
  • Road Test, p. 159
    Baking chocolate
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 163
  • Nutritional Index, p. 174

Credits, p. 175
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 178

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 179