6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 21 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. See a smarter tool for burrito fans, a beginner-friendly outdoor gardening kit, and more finds for early March.

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Final Biggie Straw

6 Clever Items (3/5/21) - Final Biggie Straw

Finally: A reusable straw that can hold up against boba, milkshakes, and even your go-to, super-thick morning smoothie. This extra-wide straw folds into a compact carrying case (that makes sanitary transportation easier, too) and comes with a cleaning squeegee.

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Bloomscape Bloom Kits

6 Clever Items (3/5/21) - Bloomscape outdoor grow kit

Everyone's favorite houseplant company heads outdoors with the launch of these patio-perfect kits, which come with a selection of young plants that you can plant in a pot or hanging container for outdoor blooming. Each kit comes with care instructions and outdoor fertilizer, too, so you'll be set up for outdoor gardening success from day one.

03 of 06

Smithey Ironware Co. No. 6 Skillet

6 Clever Items (3/5/21) - Smithey Ironware Co. No. 6 Skillet

Smaller-scale stovetop projects and baking endeavors just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Smithey's new, smaller cast iron skillet. This 6-inch pan is better suited to single-serve meals and desserts than its larger siblings, while the polished finish and pre-seasoned coating offer the same cast-iron cooking experience you know and love.

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Twist & Eat Burrito Holder

6 Clever Items (3/5/21) - Twist & Eat Burrito Holder

You might laugh, but the burrito lovers among us will be scrambling to try this clever carrier. With an easy-to-carry handle, insulated sides, and a hidden inner elevator that lifts your burrito higher with a single twist, this tool makes eating burritos on the go (or even bringing them home from the food truck down the block) easier and cleaner.

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Modern Sprout Terracotta Grow Kit – Bonsai

6 Clever Items (3/5/21) - Modern Sprout Terracotta Grow Kit – Bonsai

Try a new kind of indoor plant-care with this compact kit, which allows you to grow a gorgeous bonsai tree in one compact container. Complete with seeds, a growing pot, and instructions, you'll have a tabletop tree in no time.

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Amazon Alexa COVID-19 Testing Location Data

6 Clever Items (2/26/21) - Amazon Alexa COVID-19 Testing Location Data

As of this month, your Amazon Echo device can help you get tested for COVID-19. Simply ask, "Alexa, where can I get tested for COVID-19?" Your Alexa assistant will provide the nearest testing location and even call it for you, if you want more information.

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