Real Simple

January/February 2022

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the single change that has made my life better

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, I want less. Less food, less spending, fewer commitments on the calendar, a break from cocktails—while breaking out the Crockpot. I crave quieter exercise (solitary walks in the snow, anyone?) and slower books, the kind of novels with such lovely writing I linger over sentences and pause to appreciate allusions. I’ve also started doing something called cocooning. I first learned about it at the Sensei wellness retreat in Hawaii (which I wrote about in our September 2021 issue). During biofeedback sessions at Sensei, I saw—right there on a little readout—what happened to me physically when I altered what I was doing mentally. So to make deep breathing, meditation, and self-compassion part of my routine, I began pulling my sedan into the gravel parking lot of a nature preserve…

1 min
real simple everywhere

BEHIND THE SCENES Athena Valentine FOUNDER OF THE BLOG MONEY SMART LATINA @moneysmartlatina Daily uniform: Anything black (likely covered in fur from my cat, Harrison George). Personal motto: I love affirmations. My current one is “I’m doing the best I can, and that’s OK.” Favorite space in your home: A Stephen King–inspired reading nook. Get tips from Athena’s real-life money story on page 44. ON THE WEB So Many Great Valentine’s Day Presents On February 14, show your partner how much you appreciate them with one (or two, or three) of our editor-approved gifts under $50. Whether your honey covets a candle or a waffle iron, you’ll find something that hits the spot at IN YOUR WALLET PJ Money Saver REAL SIMPLE readers score 20 percent off the Jambys pajamas on page 65. Get a sitewide discount at by using the…

3 min
what have you always suspected you could do, but are too nervous to try?

Combine my love of coffee, community, and books to open a neighborhood sip-and-read shop. KATHY MORGAN, HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA #RSLOVE Grow my floral design business, but I did it. At first, entrusting my brand to a hired staff was hard, but their work has taken this business to the next level. I’m so grateful for my wonderful team. @WILLIAMS_FLORIST Play the drums. If my air-drumming skills are anything to go by, I’d be a natural. KELSEY BABINEAU, WESTFORD, MASSACHUSETTS Make fresh pasta. I bought a fancy pasta maker that has stayed in my cabinet for years, never once used! RENEÉ SADDLER, KNIGHTDALE, NORTH CAROLINA Sculpt, because I’m great at carving pumpkins. @NVANDELDEN Teach step aerobics. I fantasize about my playlist, make up moves in my head, and think about how fun it would be to motivate people to exercise with me. MICHELE PISTONE,…

1 min
reading room revamp

CLEVER KITCHEN TOOLS / BEAUTY GAME CHANGERS / THE BEST JEAN JACKET IN PRINT Kick your feet up on this pretty pouf (available in 65 patterns!)—or top it with a tray to make it a side table for your spot of tea. TO BUY: Minted for West Elm Drum Ottoman, $249; 1 ACCENT DECOR Go ahead and judge this intricately embroidered pillow by its cover. TO BUY: Read Embroidered Pillow, $80; 2 BEAM YOU UP The flexible neck of this sleek floor lamp lets you aim light exactly where you need it (just like the detective in your mystery!). TO BUY: Lissom Floor Lamp, $149; 3 LOUNGE AWHILE The deep seat and cushioning on this sustainably made chair will entice you to curl up. TO BUY: The Essential Chair, $645; 4 MODERN LIBRARY This color-block artwork…

2 min
the book list

Timely Fiction A Boston women’s clinic is at the center of Mercy Street, the perceptive new novel by Jennifer Haigh. The story zooms in on the lives of everyday people in today’s America—a counselor at the clinic, the pot dealer who helps remedy her anxiety, a loner whose only true community is online, an antiabortion activist—and, in Haigh’s expert hands, explores how we arrive at the beliefs we hold. Thought-Provoking Suspense Danya Kukafka’s Notes on an Execution is an intense thriller that reads like a mash-up of Law & Order and a college psych class. The fictional story of Ansel Packer, a serial killer on death row, is given a brilliant twist—it focuses on the women he affected, ultimately asking why we’re drawn to crime stories about violent men. Cleverly constructed and smart,…

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clever items

1 A WHISK THAT WASHES NICELY The beaded tips help this tool beat eggs, mix marinade, and blend batter in a flash. A built-in slider cleans the tines. TO BUY: Breakfast Cleanable Whisk, $30; 2 TOWER OF POWER So many coffee cups have handles that take up prime cabinet real estate. These chic stacking versions save space with raised grips. TO BUY: Confetti Cups, $22 each; 3 SINK SIDEKICK Fill the holder with dish soap, then press your sponge on it to dispense the sudsy stuff. After the dishes are done, rest the sponge on the vented ledge for quick drying. TO BUY: Soap Dispensing Sponge Holder, $21; 4 WORTH THE WEIGHT For evenly grilled fish or a fast sear on a steak, just plop this press on top. It helps the food maintain…