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Real Simple November 2018

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.

United States
Meredith Corporation
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editor’s note

I’M AN AWKWARD GUEST. I love being invited to stay with family or friends—someone else makes the plans and food, and there’s that wonderful vacation feel of escaping your own to-do list and mail pile. But then comes the worry about what gift to bring. And after dinner, when they say, “No, sit. I’ll deal with the dishes,” do they mean it? Or do they secretly want you to help? Or do they not want your help because what they do want is a moment in the kitchen away from the house full of people? If I’m the first one up—and I’m always the first one up—should I use the coffee grinder to make coffee? Or are they light sleepers, and that’s why they also have instant coffee in the cupboard?…

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real simple 24/7

MEET EMILY KEHE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT REAL SIMPLE Favorite holiday tradition: One year, at a big Thanksgiving gathering, no one remembered to defrost the turkey. The meal was delayed and everyone was starving, so we ended up eating all the pies first. Now it’s an annual tradition. Next big purchase: A Peloton bike! Go-to recipe: Real Simple’s baked chicken tenders are the only thing that pleases everyone in my house. @EMILYKEHE ON INSTAGRAM Turkey Carving 101 Knives up: Our easy-to-follow videos will help you slice and spatchcock like a pro. Head to Get on top of the shopping Now that gif t-giving season is gearing up, we’ll show you how to snag the best deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond. Read the insider tips at BEAUTY BUYS This month, we tested dozens of foundations to find the best ones…

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“why i had to switch to micellar water”

It’s no secret that 7 million women have fallen in love with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Find out why Micellar Water is one of the top choices for removing makeup and discover new Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads. You feel super confident proving why you’re the perfect candidate for your dream job. Your makeup has survived interview-induced nervous sweats so by the end of the day, you can relax and easily remove your makeup with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. “Removing makeup always felt like a chore so I asked my makeup artist friend what she uses,” says Jess Bras. “She suggested Garnier Micellar Water and it only took me one try to make the switch. It’s the perfect balance of getting my skin clean without feeling dry.” “After switching to Micellar Cleansing…

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how do you thank a host?

I send a handwritten thank-you note.And if they invited my dogs to attend, say, a backyard barbecue, I use a thank-you note with my dogs’ photo on it and sign the dogs’ names. MARY ANN HIGGS, HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA I love bringing a container of frozen cookie dough as a gift. It’s so easy to pop homemade cookies into the oven one (or six) at a time, and I’ve found that it’s a classic treat everyone can get behind. KATE FARMER, WASHINGTON, D.C. Thank them by cleaning up after yourself or helping in general with the event, obeying the rules of their home, and being kind, attentive, and respectful to their children and pets (as well as to the other guests). ERIN ELLIS, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS I usually bring something for them to have for breakfast the…

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the short list

Dystopian drama In her slim yet impactful new novel, Idra Novey explores the costs of silence and of speaking up. Set on an island nation a decade after the fall of a dictatorship, Those Who Knew follows Lena, a former activist conflicted by her family’s ties to the old regime. When she suspects that a beloved progressive senator killed a woman, she realizes she can’t stay quiet. Call to action Journalist Gemma Hartley argues that even though heterosexual couples share more domestic duties today, they still haven’t achieved equality: Women tend to bear the mental and emotional load (remembering to buy toilet paper, asking the spouse and kids to put things away). In Fed Up, Hartley blends stories about managing an invisible workload with advice for starting meaningful conversations at home. Sisterly saga A South…

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this year, it’s personal

Get your shopping done early with personalized holiday gifts that send a clear message: You really thought this one through. These hand-hooked wool pillows, designed by Vermont-based artist Laura Megroz, are loaded with Americana folk charm. You can customize them with a place or a name. TO BUY: Hand Hooked Pillows, from $129; 1 IN THE BAG Made with supersoft Italian Nappa leather, this round clutch can be monogrammed with gold-foil lettering. TO BUY: Chou Chou Bag, $275, $50 for personalization; 2 LOVABLE LIKENESS Commission a one-of-a-kind painting of a beloved pet in this illustrator’s signature style. TO BUY: Faye Moorhouse Custom Pet Portrait, from $105; 3 SWEET SIP Sharing a cup of coffee with a loved one becomes extra special with these hand-painted mugs. TO BUY: Avonnie Studio Custom Couple Initial Mug Set, $36; 4 INFINITE…