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By Real Simple
Updated November 14, 2013
David Meredith

Thoughts, p. 6

The Simple List, p. 10

Editor’s Note, p. 29

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 31
    When was the last time you cried tears of joy?
  • What to Read This Winter, p. 35
    Readers review the most captivating new page-turners

The Realist

  • November at a Glance, p. 39
    The history of the wishbone
  • Worth Sharing, p. 40
    Your monthly status update from across the Web
  • New Uses for White Bread, p. 42
  • Beauty Boost, p. 44
    Gray makeup
  • Fresh Pick, p. 46
  • Now What?!?, p. 48
    Smart solutions for life’s little disasters
  • Trend Worth Trying, p. 50
    Tuxedo looks
  • Real Simplifier, p. 52
    Creating a cheese plate
  • Little Helpers, p. 54

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 57
    A visit from her mother caused Jami Attenberg to finally grow up
  • Modern Manners, p. 63
    Catherine Newman on parking-lot dos and dont's, plus more
  • Expertise, p. 67
    Five skills everyone should have

The Guide


  • Denim's New Spin, p. 73
    A buying (and wearing) guide for fall's coolest jeans
  • Real Steals, p. 85
    Smart and affordable collegiate-inspired pieces


  • Pretty Smart, p. 99
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 105
    How stress affects your looks
  • Road Test, p. 111


  • 15 Minutes and You’re Done, p. 112
    Plyometrics workout
  • The Decoder, p. 115
    Heartburn remedies


  • A Friend in the Business, p. 119
    Home fragrance expert Rayda Vega
  • The Real Simple 2013 Organizing Challenge, p. 123
    Ready to tackle your messiest spaces once and for all? Our yearlong series is here to help. This month: the bathroom
  • Road Test, p. 129
    Kitchen sponges and brushes


  • Team of Rivals, p. 131
    Why siblings of all ages fight and how to broker peace


  • Moneywise, p. 141
    Deciding if cable is worth it; the ethics of sidestepping paywalls; the best way to handle job references


  • A Moveable Feast, p. 148
    Expert advice for making any party flow smoothly—and for taking some pressure off you
  • Be Here Now, p. 156
    How do you truly savor a moment? Twelve strategies to help you feel more grateful
  • Flat-Out Gorgeous, p. 162
    Matte makeup 101: simple steps to create a polished face (without the shine, that is)
  • Have a Good Cry, p. 168
    An in-depth look at the science behind our tears and the ways that they help us heal


  • Real, Simple Thanksgiving, p. 178
    From recipes to a timeline, all you need to pull it off in just one day (really) with delicious results
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 189
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips—from the Real Simple kitchen to yours
  • Quick Takes, p. 194
    10 ideas for easy hors d'oeuvres
  • Road Test, p. 197
    Holiday breads and rolls
  • Simply Sweet, p. 201
    Cranberry custard pie
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 203
  • Nutritional Index, p. 215

Credits, p. 217
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10 Under $50, p. 222

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