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By Real Simple
Updated February 20, 2013
Gentl & Hyers

Thoughts, p. 12

The Simple List, p. 18

Editor’s Note, p. 33

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 37
    What is the greatest compliment you’ve ever received?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 40
    Real Simple readers review spring’s most compelling page-turners

The Realist

  • March at a Glance, p. 43
    Chocolate Easter bunny
  • Worth Sharing, p. 44
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 46
  • New Uses for a Colander, p. 48
  • Real Simplifier, p. 50
    Making a great cup of coffee
  • Fresh Pick, p. 52
  • Now What?!?, p. 54
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • You Can Make This, p. 56
    Open-air terrarium
  • Little Helpers, p. 58

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 61
    Author Rod Dreher recounts how his sister’s death helped him find the way back home
  • Modern Manners, p. 67
    Catherine Newman on dealing with an insensitive friend
  • Expertise, p. 71
    Five strategies for making smarter decisions

The Guide


  • Hot Lips, p. 77
    Bright, bold lipstick is spring’s standout trend. Here’s the 411
  • Pretty Smart, p. 87
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 94
    Oil absorbers


  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 97
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the command center
  • Road Test, p. 105
    Water bottles
  • Stair Crazy, p. 109
    Easy DIY ideas that will elevate your steps


  • 5 Tough Parental Talks, p. 115
    Crucial questions to address with your aging parents—and ways to make the conversation go more smoothly


  • Real Steals, p. 121
    What to wear to work now: dozens of stylish, affordable ideas—including foot-friendly heels


  • Take as Directed, p. 137
    Strategies for avoiding medication mistakes
  • 15 Minutes and You're Done, p. 143
    The Valslide workout


  • Moneywise, p. 147
    The hidden costs of flying; how colors affect your spending; ways to raise your credit limit


  • Back-to-Basics Beauty, p. 154
    A step-by-step guide to mastering essential skills—from washing your face to blow-drying your hair
  • New World Order, p. 162
    Fashion this season is eclectic and exotic. Chart a fun new course with these looks
  • What Makes a Room Feel Great?, p. 170
    Three foolproof strategies for making any space magical (and welcoming)
  • Forgive & Forget: Can We?, p. 176
    An in-depth look at how we can—and why we should—grant forgiveness


  • Italian Renaissance, p. 184
    Seven surprising twists on weeknight pasta dishes
  • Coconut Macaroons, p. 193
    Easy-bake treats for Easter or Passover
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 195
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips for pasta dinners—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 196
    10 ideas for sirloin steak
  • Road Test, p. 198
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 201
  • Nutritional Index, p. 212

Credits, p. 215
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