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By Real Simple
Updated July 01, 2013
Marcus Nilsson

Thoughts, p. 2

The Simple List, p. 4

Editor’s Note, p. 17

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 19
    What saying do you most often repeat?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 23
    New summer page-turners for every reader

The Realist

  • May at a Glance, p. 27
    Watching fireworks
  • Worth Sharing, p. 28
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for Cotton Balls , p. 30
  • You Can Make This, p. 32
    Cooler drinks
  • Fresh Pick, p. 34
    Green beans
  • Everyday Indulgence, p. 36
    Standout sunglasses
  • Real Simplifier, p. 38
    American-flag etiquette
  • Beauty Boost, p. 40
    Jasmine fragrances
  • Now What?!?, p. 42
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Little Helpers, p. 44

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 47
    Amy Brill describes how a stranger’s belongings helped provide a missing piece of her own past
  • Modern Manners, p. 53
    Catherine Newman on who should pay for a dinner date and what to do when a friend breaks up with you
  • Expertise, p. 57
    Five ways to reverse a bad first impression

The Guide


  • How to Look Good in Pictures, p. 65
    From prep to posing, everything you need to be camera-ready
  • Road Test, p. 72
  • Pretty Smart, p. 75
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity


  • Trend analysis, p. 81
    Want to wear stripes? Figure-flattering styles and strategies


  • Home Economics, p. 91
    Essential advice to make family money conversations less, um, awkward


  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 101
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the laundry room
  • Road Test, p. 104
    Disposable dinnerware


  • What Can I do about Hair Loss?, p. 107
    When it’s normal, when it’s not, and how to deal with it
  • 15 Minutes and You’re done, p. 110
    Easy pain-prevention moves
  • Is Your Home Obesogenic?, p. 113
    Surprising ways your surroundings can influence your eating habits (in a bad way)


  • Let’s Take It Outside, p. 120
    Three summer party kits (supplies, strategies, solutions) to make backyard entertaining easy
  • What Is It about Summer Romance…, p. 128
    Five writers look back on past love stories—from fleeting to forever
  • It’s all in the details, p. 134
    Bright, bold accessories (and nail art!) sure to liven up any basic look


  • The Big Chill, p. 142
    Six delicious and crowd-pleasing ice cream treats
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 151
  • Quick Takes, p. 162
    10 ideas for fresh mozzarella
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 164
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 166
  • Something Sweet, p. 168
    Peach and Blueberry Buckle
  • Nutritional Index, p. 170

Credits, p. 173
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