See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated August 17, 2004
William Waldron


The Hang Of It, pg. 114
Seven projects to help you get your photos out of boxes and up on the walls. With tips on framing, preservation, and storage.

Carry All, pg. 122
Hardworking and great-looking handbags that fit your lifestyle―and everything you need to carry―whether you're a mother, an on-the-road professional, or a die-hard pack rat.

15-Minute Gourmet, pg. 128
Learn some basic techniques used by professional chefs to take food to the next level. With four delicious recipes, including linguine with clam sauce and steak au poivre.

Revolutionary Road, pg. 134
In more than 1,500 labyrinths across the United States, seekers of all persuasions find a peaceful environment in which to meditate, pray, and walk their way to a clearer state of mind.

Remembering Mom, pg. 142
Six writers recall the mothers they've lost and find continuing inspiration in the way they lived.

3 Days, 3 Dishes, pg. 153
Sweet potatoes, cod, and a bounty of colorful spring vegetables come together for three easy meals―and one quick trip to the grocery store.

In Every Issue

Thoughts, pg. 6

Editor's Note, pg. 18

Contributors, pg. 24

Your Words, pg. 27
What was the best advice about life that your mother gave you?

Access, pg. 166

Real Hard, pg. 168
Spring Unravels...


Quick Fix, pg. 33
Instant spring blooms

Body and Mind, pg. 34
Walking to health

Time Savers, pg. 36
Getting through airport security

Home Remedy, pg. 40
Disinviting mosquitoes

Fake It, Don't Make It, pg. 42
A fast apricot tart

Plus: Hiding bra straps, unknotting chains, and more


  • Mother's Day gift baskets, pg. 45
  • Safeguard your 401(k), pg. 53
  • Car-cleaning guide, pg. 56


  • Flattering flats, pg. 63
  • Tinted moisturizers, pg. 71


  • How to read the health news, pg. 75
  • Allergies explained, pg. 81


  • Choosing the best cotton sheets, pg. 85
  • Self-seeding gardens, pg. 91

The Organizer

  • The laundry room, pg. 95


Wise Woman, pg. 105
Diane Robinson, executive director of Teach for America, on the incomparable satisfaction of helping children learn.

Life Lesson, pg. 107
Want to make big things happen in your life? Start by making a cosmic to-do list, says Rebecca Barry, and your dreams might become reality.

Life Coach

Everybody's a Critic, pg. 161
Barbara Sher on how to identify and deal with the most common types of critics.