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Christopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 23

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 25
    What polite gesture never fails to impress you?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 28
    Real Simple readers review five new page-turners

The Realist

  • June at a Glance, p. 31
    Build sand castles like a pro
  • Worth Sharing, p. 32
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for a Jam Jar, p. 34
  • Beauty Boost, p. 36
    Oud scents
  • Now What?!?, p. 38
  • Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Fresh Pick, p. 40
    English peas
  • Real Simplifier, p. 42
    Staying safe in the wild
  • Little Helpers, p. 46


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 49
    Marjorie Ingall analyzes apologies: the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Modern Manners, p. 55
    Catherine Newman weighs in on all your wedding-related conundrums
  • Expertise, p. 69
    Five phrases that should be banned from the English language

The Guide

  • Summer Gift Guide, p. 65
    Delightfully inspired ideas for dads, grads, newlyweds, and hosts


  • Real Steals, p. 75
    Affordable retro-chic looks with a modern twist


  • Pretty Smart, p. 87
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • What’s Your Excuse?, p. 95
    It’s too sticky, it’s too smelly... Expert solutions for every sunscreen stumbling block
  • Natural Selection, p. 101
    Decoding labels on natural and organic products, plus a roundup of the best ones out there


  • Remember Reading?, p. 107
    Get back into the good-for-you habit—and help your family do the same


  • Explain This Frame, p. 115
    Which styles work best for which images and why
  • The Best Route to a Cleaner Kitchen, p. 123
    Step-by-step instructions for a time-efficient yet thorough scrub-down


  • Happier Accidents, p. 129
    How to handle common summer­-time injuries, from cuts to sprains to bug bites
  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 136
    Outdoor workout


  • Moneywise, p. 141
    Tips for finding service providers; the pros and cons of mortgage-accelerator programs; what to do about a lost gift card



  • The Manual of Modern Manners, p. 148
    A definitive, authoritative, no-holds-barred etiquette guide, updated for today’s world
  • Golden Opportunities, p. 158
    Gorgeous metallic accessories that will make any room shine
  • The Truth Is I Never Left You, p. 164 
    When Didi Gluck returns to her family’s home abroad, she discovers her past will stay with her long after the house is gone



  • Fish School, p. 170 
    A foolproof primer for cooking seafood on the grill
  • The Decoder, p. 179 
    Rosé wine
  • Quick Takes, p. 182 
    10 ideas for no-cook sides
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 184 
    Grilling strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 187 
  • Nutritional Index, p. 199 


Credits, p. 200
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