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Real Simple February 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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editor’s note

I REMEMBER YEARS AGO, when I lived in a pretty little apartment by myself, talking on the phone with a friend a few states away. “Wait, where are you?” she asked. “In the tub,” I admitted. My friend was a married working mother of two who had little time for herself. “You get to take a bath in the middle of the day uninterrupted?! I can’t remember the last time I could do that!” she intoned. “You’re so lucky you get to be alone.” And I did tell myself I was lucky—I was a single freelance writer with my own apartment, and I had so much freedom. Freedom to go to a matinee or a museum. Freedom to feel…a little lonely at times. It felt good to be out doing…

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real simple 24/7

MEET SARA AUSTINEXECUTIVE EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLEDream vacation: Rain forest walks and beach naps in Belize.Best gift ever: After I had my first baby, my coworkers sent over two weeks of dinners.Favorite item in my home: I installed our light fixtures, and I’ll never stop bragging about it.Ideal weekend plans: A Broadway show and a Costco run.@SARADAUSTIN ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTERProtect your moneyKeep scammers off your back with our seven expert-approved money strategies.Read more at gifts your partner will actually appreciateFrom stepped-up sweets to personalized mementos, these cliché-free finds make Valentine’s Day shopping a snap.Shop Valentine’s Day presents at tapfor Super Bowl snacks.ADULTING MADE EASYJust out on your own in the world? We’re here for you, teaching exactly how to master essential life skills.Check out our Real Simple Adulting…

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the short list

Spy novelMarie Mitchell isn’t the usual Cold War novel protagonist: She’s a young black woman working in an almost entirely white, male-staffed FBI. As her career stalls, she’s recruited by a CIA operative to help the U.S. overthrow the leader of an African country by seduction. But when she develops real feelings for the revolutionary, she begins to question her duty to country. Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy, inspired by true events, is a thrilling, original read.Great for book clubThough she was a successful model, Lee Miller knew she wanted more. After moving to Paris to become an artist, she begins a rocky romance with photographer Man Ray, who teaches her the craft. In The Age of Light, a rich historical novel set in 1930s Paris and the front lines of…

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what do you do to feel more energized?

Go for a run or just the opposite: a day of Netflix. I try to listen to what my body needs.@SJWHITE22_#RSLOVE “HIKED IN FOR THE SUNSET, HIKED OUT WITH FLASHLIGHTS.” @WHERENOWLAULAUI get up off the couch and accomplish just one thing I want to do. It can be as small as clearing the dishes, making the bed, or doing a quick sun salutation, but that small win often encourages me to keep going.@CASSGRAFEATSI have a piece of chocolate and a coffee and breathe in.TRACI E. VICENTE, NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXASYoga!@LISASTPIERREInvite people over. Nothing energizes me more than knowing guests are coming.SUSAN COOK ANDERSON, LEEDS, MASSACHUSETTSMy sleep is critical to my energy level. I’m a believer in a sleeping mask and earplugs to get deep, restorative sleep.@COLBERT_PAMI’m a shopaholic, so going to a…

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what we love

HIGH-TECH SCENTThis sculptural diffuser features a remote that lets you choose from a library of soothing sounds and lights to match your mood.TO BUY: Ellia Gather Ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, $100; BATH ESSENTIALThese cotton waffle-weave towels are extra absorbent and soft yet dry quickly, so they can stay fresher longer.TO BUY: Simple waffle towels, from $35; LUXE LOUNGEWEARA machine-washable silk (yes, really) set that’s comfy in bed and doubles as chic loungewear.TO BUY: Washable silk pant set, $238; INSPIRING PROMPTSThis 50-card deck’s bite-size exercises and encouraging phrases will keep you uplifted and focused.TO BUY: Mindfulness cards, $17; FIVE-MINUTE FACIALGet pampered in a jiff with this fast-acting sheet-mask set, with treatments that soothe, hydrate, and illuminate.TO BUY: FlashMasque five-minute sheet-mask trio, $20; ME TIMEUse this eye-catching…

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the staple

Quick Ideas1 GRAHAM-CRUSTED CHICKEN TENDERSSeason 2 lb. chicken tenders with ½ tsp. each salt and pepper. Dip in 2 beaten eggs, then dredge in a mixture of 1 cup each crushed graham crackers and pretzels. Coat tenders with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425°F, flipping midway, until cooked through, 18 minutes.2 NO-BAKE GRAHAM CRACKER SQUARESMix 2 cups each chopped graham crackers and quick-cooking oats with ½ cup each dried cranberries and roasted peanuts, ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, and ¼ tsp. kosher salt. Bring ½ cup honey and ¼ cup brown sugar to a boil in a small pot. Stir in ½ cup peanut butter and ½ tsp. vanilla. Stir into oat mixture; press into a greased 8-inch square dish; chill. Cut into bars.3 ORANGE…