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Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 6

Editor’s Note, p. 21

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 23
    What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 27
    What is your favorite book to read on vacation?

The Realist

  • July at a Glance, p. 29
    The origins of Uncle Sam
  • Worth Sharing, p. 30
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for Golf Balls, p. 32
  • Beauty Boost, p. 34
    Brown lipsticks
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 36
    Raffia beyond the beach
  • Now What?!?, p. 38
  • Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Real Simplifier, p. 40
    How to think like a lifeguard
  • Fresh Pick, p. 42
  • Little Helpers, p. 44

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 47
    When she was preparing to tackle motherhood alone, Laurie Sandell found a surprising support system
  • Modern Manners, p. 53
    Catherine Newman on dealing with jealous friends, awkward roommate situations, and more
  • Expertise, p. 57
    Six ways to take a mental vacation

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 63
    Affordable figure-flattering dresses to add flare to your summer wardrobe


  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 76
  • Road Test, p. 80
    Frizz fighters
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 83
    Treating those bumpy patches on the backs of your arms


  • This Is Only a (Medical) Test, p. 87
    Worrying yourself sick over medical tests? Try these calming strategies
  • Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot, p. 97
    How your body reacts to heat—and some tactics to keep cooler


  • A Friend in the Business, p. 103
    Bedding expert Liz Bailey demystifies thread counts, pillow selection, and more
  • 8 Secrets From Top Dog Groomers, p. 109
    Easy, at-home ways to primp your furry friend


  • Separate Peace, p. 113
    Smart advice for managing separation anxiety at any age


  • Moneywise, p. 123
    The pros and cons of keeping a landline; why you should opt for renter’s insurance; a 101 on product recalls


  • The Hot 100, p. 130
    From eye-catching bags to punchy nail colors, check out this summer’s standout staples—all $100 or less
  • Disorganized Couple Seeks Professional Help, p. 140
    Is a decluttered home the secret to a happy, healthy marriage?
  • You Just Gotta Laugh, p. 144
    Why laughing is so good for us and how we can do it more often
  • Your Summer-Party Playbook, p. 152
    Whether you’re hosting an afternoon of lawn games or a night of beer tasting, find a fun and foolproof game plan here


  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 169
  • Quick Takes, p. 180
    10 ideas for zucchini
  • Road Test, p. 182
    Alternative chips
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 184
    Grilling strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Simply Sweet, p. 187
    S’mores cupcakes
  • Nutritional Index, p. 189

Credits, p. 190
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