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Real Simple September 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.

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Meredith Corporation
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(OFFSET)“I always wondered why the makers leave housekeeping and cooking out of their tales. Isn’t it what all the great wars and battles are fought for—so that at day’s end a family may eat together in a peaceful house?”—URSULA K. LE GUIN, Voices ■…

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editor’s note

When I visited Pittsburgh, I learned that more than 452,000 children go hungry at least some of the time in Pennsylvania, and I was inspired by what residents were doing to help, including Dee Chatterfield (left), who I met at this community garden.ONCE A YEAR, I PRETEND I have a green thumb and get together with neighbors on my block to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs along the curb. It’s a small investment of time, but when the flowers bloom up and down our long, leafy street, the reward is great. I haven’t established deep friendships during these plantings—my neighbors are mostly friendly faces I share a “Hello!” with when we pass on the sidewalk. Still, there’s a reassuring feeling that comes from working together on a common project and…

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real simple 24/7

MEET MUZAM AGHAPHOTO DIRECTOR AT REAL SIMPLE, MUZAM OVER-SEES PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT THE PAGES.Memorable photo shoot: “Backyard Bliss” for the July 2018 issue. Shooting in 90-degree heat was definitely memorable.Best photo editing tip: All it takes is cropping, a bit of brightness, and a touch of contrast to make a photo pop.Favorite travel memory: While backpacking through Nicaragua, I stayed at the most beautiful finca. It had been built in a rain forest just below a volcano.@MUZAMAGHA ON INSTAGRAMOrganization centralWe compiled our tips and tricks in one spot so you can transform and streamline any space.Bookmark new must-have shoesThere are few styles more versatile than the white sneaker: The fresh, clean look matches everything. We rounded up the fashion-forward kicks we love most.See them at tapfor decluttering tips.SAVE BIG ON…

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how do you get your family to help with organization?

Kid-level hooks and shelves allow my kids to put their things away independently.ELIZABETH KNIGHT, WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN#RSLOVE “DREAMING OF APPLE CAKES TODAY.” (@EVABLAUMOND)With three active teenagers, keeping track of who needs what uniform and what equipment when can be a little overwhelming. Dry erase markers have been our salvation. The kids write their schedules on their bathroom mirrors so they’re reminded of what they need every morning.DEBBIE ESTERAK, AUSTIN, TEXASI make wristbands from construction paper (or I use soft, flexible plastic with Velcro on the ends for something more durable). I write chores on them and put one on each child’s wrist. They wear them until the chore is done.MITZI SHIRLEY, HOUSTONStart young and make it fun. I also try to set an example for my 6-year-old. I can’t expect her to…

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the short list

Spy novelIn Transcription, the latest novel from Kate Atkinson, a young woman is recruited to MI5 to transcribe conversations between agents and Nazi sympathizers in Britain during World War II. After the war, Juliet works a humdrum job at the BBC and believes the past is behind her when unusual happenings—old colleagues turning up on streets, a threatening note in the mail—can’t be ignored. In Atkinson’s quietly suspenseful novel, nothing is as it seems.Family dramaThe McCloud siblings have lost everything—first their mother to childbirth, then their father to a Category 5 tornado. Tucker disappears, leaving the eldest, Darlene, to care for her two sisters. Three years later, Tucker, now a radical animal rights activist, reappears after bombing a local cosmetics factory to kidnap his 9-year-old sister, Cora. Told by Darlene…

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upgrade your office

EVERYTHING OUR EDITORS ARE BUZZING ABOUT THIS MONTHNo matter your age, September always seems to bring on that anticipatory back-to-school tingle. Why not channel the feeling into a burst of seasonal productivity and give your office a makeover? These streamlined desk accessories get our highest marks.TO BUY: Rifle Paper Enamel Pens, $15 each; FLOWER POWERThese enamel, black-ink rollerball pens are refillable, so they’re sustainable as well as stylish.Never buy a new calendar again! This clever design works year after year.TO BUY: Perpetual Calendar, $55; UP-TO-DATEThis hand-screen-printed wall calendar can be used indefinitely. Plus, it’s sleek enough that you’ll want to keep it around for ages.TO BUY: Sepon Terrazzo Desk Set, $85; PERFECT PAIRA family-run, fair-trade workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, handcrafts this storage cup and…