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By Real Simple
Updated February 20, 2014
Chistopher Baker

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 21

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 23
    What is the most brilliant beauty trick you’ve ever learned?
  • What to Read This Spring, p. 26
    RS readers review five new page-turners

The Realist

  • March at a Glance, p. 29
    Corned beef and cabbage: its surprising origin
  • Worth Sharing, p. 30
    Monthly status updates from across the Web
  • New Uses for Nail Polish, p. 32
  • Beauty Boost, p. 34
    Product-subscription services
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 36
    Crystal accents
  • Real Simplifier, p. 38
    Ordering wine
  • Fresh Pick, p. 40
  • Now What?!?/Little Helpers, p. 42
    Smart solutions for everyday problems

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 45
    Ann Leary explains why trying new skills (even if you’ll never master them) is the secret to staying young
  • Modern Manners, p. 51
    Catherine Newman on standing up to in-laws, dealing with messy roommates, and more
  • Expertise, p. 55
    Five ways to keep one bad thing from ruining your day

The Guide


  • Spring Forward!, p. 62
    Gorgeous, easy-to-execute new trends for hair, face, and nails
  • Pretty Smart, p. 68
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty with Brains, p. 79
    Will trimming your hair help it grow faster?


  • How to Wear: Cropped Jackets, p. 83
    The best styles, cuts, and pairing tips for you
  • Real Steals, p. 90
    Fun, sporty pieces that don’t require you to break a sweat (or the bank)


  • Nothing to See Here!, p. 99
    Before you hide under that rock, here are ways to recover from embarrassment gracefully


  • Eat Your Seeds, p. 104
    From boosting immunity to controlling cholesterol, tiny bites with big benefits
  • 15 Minutes and You're Done, p. 108
    Stairway workout


  • Instant Expert: Wood Furniture, p. 111
    Everything you need to know about buying and caring for your pieces
  • Your Gadgets Are Gross, p. 117
    Easy cleaning tips for essential electronics
  • Personal Shopper, p. 121
    Cute and useful pet accessories. (Yes, you can have both!)


  • Moneywise, p. 127
    The 411 on Internet tracking; the pros and cons of bundling home repairs; how LinkedIn could help your career


  • What Becomes a Legend?, p. 136
    29 beloved products and looks that deserve a place in the beauty Hall of Fame
  • Hola, Bonita, p. 144
    Looking to add a little flair to your wardrobe? Check out these flattering, Latin-inspired styles
  • The Intrepid, p. 152
    Parenthood is hard enough. But what if you were blind? Four moms share their story


  • One-Pot Wonders, p. 160
    Delicious, comforting soups and stews with minimal post-dinner cleanup
  • Simply Sweet, p. 168
    Mandarin Olive Oil Cake
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 171
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 173
    Canned beans
  • Quick Takes, p. 176
    10 ideas for spaghetti
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 179
  • Nutritional Index, p. 190

Credits, p. 193
Where to buy products featured in this issue

10 Under $50, p. 196

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 197