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Real Simple

April 2019

Real Simple magazine provides smart, practical, beautiful solutions to make life easier—every single day. Each inspiring issue is packed with fast and delicious recipes, organizing and decorating ideas, great fashion and beauty finds, money-saving tips, and more. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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editor’s note

EACH SPRING BRINGS that joyous moment when we look outside and see that the sun has returned, followed quickly by a realization: “Gee, my windows are filthy!” The sense of rejuvenation symbolized by the season inspires us to refresh our surroundings. But then reality sets in, and no matter whether you’re washing windows, dragging around a vacuum, or busting your knuckles as you scrub the tub, the predominant feeling is less “the joy of rebirth” than “there’s gotta be a better way.” Well, there is. We pulled together our favorite cleaning hacks plus some we’d never tried before, starting on page 122.I learned the most about cleaning during the summer between high school and college, when I worked as a housekeeper at a chain motel in Iowa. I was great…

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real simple 24/7

MEET TAMARA KRAUSASSOCIATE HOME EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLEBest gift I’ve received: Lemon-colored silk pajamas—so luxurious.Favorite item in my home: Colorful stacking jewelry boxes from the MoMA Design Store.Most-used makeup item: Glossier Balm Dotcom.@TAMARARKRAUS ON INSTAGRAMDye Easter eggs with easeFor your egg hunt or a pretty centerpiece, follow our five steps for adding a coat of color to hard-boiled eggs this Easter.Read our how-to at http://realsimple.com/easteregg.5 HOUSEHOLD ITEMS YOU SHOULD GET RID OF IMMEDIATELYIf you hang on to these household objects too long, you risk spreading germs, dirt, and dust around your entire home.See more at realsimple.com/cleanup.Open  and tap  for cleaning tips.EXTRA SHARPFollow us on IGTV and Facebook as our editors share cooking techniques in our new video series, Extra Sharp.PINTEREST @REALSIMPLETWITTER @REALSIMPLESNAPCHAT @REALSIMPLEMAGFACEBOOK @REALSIMPLEINSTAGRAM @REAL_SIMPLECLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF TAMARA KRAUS;…

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what springtime activity makes you happiest?

That first slightly warm day, when everyone drives with their windows down, feels like a little bit of magic.TIFFANY STARK, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA#RSLOVE “THIS ENTRYWAY CAN WITHSTAND ANY WILD WEEK.” @MAGNOLIA_RAINBOWI plan a big Easter brunch for the extended family. This includes hiding over 100 tiny liquor bottles around the farm for the adult nieces and nephews to hunt instead of Easter eggs.STEPHANIE GODKE, KEWANEE, ILLINOISPlanting my herb garden so I have fresh herbs to cook with all summer.@ANOTHER TABLESPOONGoing for that first bike ride on a warm spring day.NANCY GARVEY, WEYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTSHaving cocktails on a patio with my love.TONYA APPLEGATE, RICHMOND, VIRGINIAEach year on Good Friday, my husband and I take the day off to buy plants, seeds, and flowers and start our garden. It marks the beginning of…

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the short list

Behind the headlinesAna Falcón and her husband, Lucho, are undocumented immigrants in New York City, working all hours to feed their kids, save enough money for their own apartment, and pay off the loan shark they’re indebted to. As their situation becomes more precarious, forcing them to consider returning to a violent Peru, Ana must make desperate decisions. Melissa Rivero’s The Affairs of the Falcóns is an urgent read for our times.Therapy notesIn Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb offers an intimate look at her sessions with an array of patients—an arrogant jerk, a woman chasing unavailable men— and what she’s really thinking behind her notepad. Gottlieb adds another layer: Faced with a crisis, she seeks her own therapist. This relatable memoir reminds us that many of…

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what we love

GREEN WALLFree up counter space and add texture to your wall with this copper planter rack—clay pots included. TO BUY: Wolter Wash clay wall planter, $84; birchlane.com.1 GOOD AS GOLDThis metallic accessory releases just a spritz of water, so you’ll never drown your houseplants again. TO BUY: Gold plant mister, $30; crateandbarrel.com.2 HANG LOOSEMacramé gets a modern makeover with these colorful planters. TO BUY: Hanging planters, from $62; weareclosedonmondays.com.3 SHEAR GENIUSKeep these clippers on hand for pruning, which promotes plant health and encourages new growth. TO BUY: Small scissors, $22; barebonesliving.com.4 BRUSH IT OFFThis German-made brush loosens built-up dirt at the bottom of your planters. TO BUY: Bürstenhaus Redecker flower pot brush, $15; healdsburgshed.com.5 IN LINEThese geometric brass sticks are designed to help your green friends stand up straight. TO…

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pretty smart

SWEET CHEF SERUM SHOTSSerum shopping doesn’t have to feel like a wild-goose chase. This superfood-charged line spells it out for you. Want to fade spots? Try Ginger + Vitamin C. Reduce the look of pores? Grab Beet + Vitamin A. Boost hydration? Kale + Vitamin B is your go-to. Tap the serum into clean skin before moisturizer for your dose of nutrients. TO BUY: $20 each; target.com.REVLON ROOT ERASE PERMANENT ROOT TOUCH-UPDIY hair color just got dramatically easier. The dual-valve canis-ter eliminates messy mixing. Pump product into lid, stir, and paint onto hair. Wait five minutes before rinsing. TO BUY: $12; revlon.com.VOLITION APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RESURFACING PEEL PADSPlace two fingers inside the pad (it’s a little pocket) and sweep it over face and neck to dissolve gunk and minimize lines…

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