See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

By Real Simple
Updated October 25, 2007
Real Simple November 2008
Credit: Lucas Allen

On the Cover

Affordable Entertaining
Merlot or Pinot? Real Simple throws a wine-tasting party that will impress everyone―from the novice to the expert, pg. 31

Clever Hostess Gifts
Don’t show up empty-handed. Twenty gifts to buy in bulk that will get you invited back, pg. 211

Back-to-Basics Thanksgiving
From a classic roast turkey to snazzed-up mashed potatoes (add caramelized shallots), a stress-free meal strategy for the big day, pg. 300

Easy Organic Decorations
Bring the outdoors inside, without the mess of muddy footprints. Decorating with fruits, leaves, and herbs can freshen any room, pg. 312

More Holiday Recipes

In This Issue

Thoughts, pg. 4

Why Not?, pg. 6

Contributors, pg. 26

Editor's Note, pg. 29

Your Words
What is your most reliable Thanksgiving shortcut?, pg. 39

Simple Solutions
An easy way to organize gift wrap; charging stations for electronic gadgets; where to store coffee; and more, pg. 53

Life Lessons
A mother tries her best to let go…of the car keys, pg. 75

The Organizer
With a little finessing, one family’s linen closet goes from cluttered catchall to streamlined solution, pg. 157

The Motivator
Remembering late, lamented loved ones keeps them near. Life coach Gail Blanke shares the story of the brother she lost, pg. 291

Giving Thanks
Five women say “Thank you” to the people who changed their lives, pg. 326

Real Life
Meet reader Carmen Staicer, a Virginia mother, writer, and blogger who hopes to live to be 100 and run a marathon―but not necessarily in that order, pg. 396

Credits, pg. 390

Real Simple to Go, pg. 398

The Guide


  • Timeless tips from legendary decorators, pg. 121
  • The best cleaning tools, pg. 135
  • Twelve problem-solving screens, pg. 145
  • Stay warm in thick knits, pg. 165
  • A buying (or just browsing) guide to gemstones, pg. 181
  • Tie one on―a fun bow, that is, pg. 195

Road Tests