See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated August 11, 2004
Michael Paul


Ready for Anything, pg. 92
What to do if you lose the electricity, oversalt the soup, have a surprise guest―or face 21 other dilemmas, big and small.

Lost and Found, pg. 102
Meet five couples who fell in love when they were young, drifted apart, and years later found happiness together as adults.

Natural Beauty, pg. 108
Flowers, herbs, and oils have been used since ancient times to rejuvenate skin, hair, and minds. Here are 10 time-tested botanicals worth trying today.

Objects of Affection, pg. 114
Your grandmother's locket, your mother's antique watch―you value these pieces of jewelry as much for their history as their beauty. Here are five women's precious objects, plus 20 suggestions for future heirlooms.

A Month of Dinners, pg. 122
You'll know what's cooking every night―for a whole month―with this easy, varied meal plan. Even better, there are only six basic recipes to learn, and we've already jotted down the shopping list for you.

In Every Issue

Thoughts, pg. 10

Why Not..., pg. 14

Editor's Note, pg. 22

Contributors, pg. 26

Your Words, pg. 29
If you had an extra $100 to spend on yourself, how would you spend it?

Credits, pg. 157

Real Hard, pg. 158


New Uses for Old Things, pg. 37
Recycled gift tags and multitasking household products

Easy Upgrades, pg. 42
Oatmeal, tomato soup, yogurt and coffee with a twist

Cleaning Up, pg. 44
Fabric care: leather, cashmere, silk, wool, suede

Fake It, Don't Make It, pg. 47
Caramel-Chocolate Cream Puffs

Life Guide


  • Layered looks for work, workouts, and weekends, pg. 53
  • Best hair dryers, pg. 65
  • Stronger abs, quick, pg. 69
  • Getting the most out of a cardiovascular workout, pg. 135
  • New ways to use rice, pg. 147
  • Paper or PDA: picking a system, pg. 85


Life Lessons, pg. 141
For author Ellen Gilchrist, discovering why she drank was a crucial first step toward a sober, fulfilling life.

Priorities, pg. 147
A young couple with a one-year-old and another baby on the way get expert advice on building a college fund.

Life Coach, pg. 152
Do you want a raise? Of course you do. Sheila Heen tells you how to get one―by not asking.