6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 17 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.

1

Playful Pet Camera

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Keep an eye on your beloved canine (or feline) with this genius device. Petcube Play syncs with an app to show you real-time video with two-way audio. There's even a laser so you can play with Fifi from afar.

To buy: $149; amazon.com.

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2

Cold Brew To Go

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Make and take a 10-ounce serving of coffee in just 2½ hours (a fraction of the time needed for regular cold brews) with Dripo, this two-in-one iced-drip coffee maker and portable tumbler. BPA-free.

To buy: $30; amazon.com.

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3

Perfect Poached Eggs

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The delicate breakfast dish can sometimes be a pain to pull off. No longer, thanks to this silicone contraption. A five-minute gondola ride over boiling water yields an expertly poached egg.

To buy: $15, animicausa.com

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4

Edible Dessert Stickers

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Elevate your bake-sale game (or a birthday party) with these hand-drawn toppers. The small sheet set covers six to eight cookies or one 5-by-2½-inch cake. Vegan and gluten-free.

To buy: $15; chefanie.com.

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5

Ouch-Free Goggles

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This UV-protective neoprene kids' mask prevents hair tugging and nose discomfort. Even little kids can put Giggly Goggles on by themselves. Comes in 11 designs (from cupcakes to tigers).

To buy: $25; amazon.com.

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6

Lottolove

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Imagine a scratch-off game in which every card is a winner—and every win means support for one of four nonprofit partners that deliver clean water, nutritious meals, literacy tools, or solar light to those in need.

To buy: $10 each; givelottolove.com.

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