6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Cocktail Companion


Mix up expertly portioned drinks (no bartender required) for guests with these juice-and-herb–infused cubes. Simply freeze the pack, then plop one in a shaker with alcohol.

To buy: $15 for 12, uncommongoods.com.

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Mighty Cooler


This compact 13-by-10-inch miracle worker is constructed with the toughest materials (think hazmat suits) and features an antimicrobial liner. Use it to keep Thanksgiving fare cold (for over 24 hours!) while en route.

To buy: $290, amazon.com.

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Portioned Baking Pan


Cut uniform slices of casserole or cake with this gridded nonstick dish and slicer tool. The silicone handle lid makes transporting a cinch.

To buy: $40, amazon.com.

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Three-in-One Rolling Pin


Prepping piecrust? You knead (sorry!) this spin on the wooden variety. It features a flour shaker and a ruler so that you can roll out the right width easily with no sticking.

To buy: $20, uncommongoods.com.

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Pedicure Sanitation Tablet


Next time you get a pedicure, drop one of these into the foot bath. It dissolves in a minute, killing 99.99 percent of bad bacteria and fungi.

To buy: $10 for eight, walmart.com.

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Hello Vino


Want to learn more about the Sancerre you just picked up at the supermarket? Hello Vino is an app that lets you snap a photo of a wine label and instantly get taste details and ratings from professionals (and peers). And if you need help with Thanksgiving pairings, you can use the "recommendations" tab to learn which wines will enhance which dishes—from appetizers to desserts—and even specific turkey preparations. (Chardonnay complements roasted turkey, while Syrah works best for smoked.) Free to download, $5 for unlimited label scans, iOS and Android.

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