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Real Simple July 2019

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

I’M NOT A FOODIE. I love eating, and I like cooking—when I have the time—but food isn’t at the center of my universe, and I have little patience for complicated recipes full of unfamiliar ingredients. (My husband is the opposite. I marvel—and despair—at how he can use every pan, bowl, and knife in the kitchen, albeit with very impressive results.) That’s why I’ve always loved the approach to food that Real Simple takes: The focus is on making delicious, healthy meals without a lot of prep time and with a not-too-long list of ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. We even have a column called The Staple (page 27), which helps you use up whatever ingredient you have too much of (because how did we end…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET BETTY GOLD SENIOR DIGITAL FOOD EDITOR AT REALSIMPLE.COM Favorite seasonal dish: Homemade pesto, made with plenty of farm-fresh basil using a mortar and pestle. Simple pleasures: Bear hugs, sunshine, and warm socks fresh out of the dryer. I’m happiest when I’m: Sweating profusely—there really is no limit to the power of endorphins. @BETTYROSEGOLD ON INSTAGRAM At-home Workouts Want to sculpt your abs or score toned arms à la Jennifer Garner? We have the fitness moves you need. Get motivated at realsimple.com/workitout. Our Favorite Cleaning Supplies Whether you plan to deep-clean your home or give it a quick once-over, these 25 best-selling items will help. Shop the supplies at realsimple.com/cleanitup. Open and tap for Fourth of July recipes. SELF-CARE MADE SIMPLE Because nobody likes a complicated skin-care routine, we rounded up the best fuss-free face masks and peels for your next night in. Read more at realsimple.com/facemasks. #RSCOOKINGSCHOOL Cook along with us! Follow…

3 min.
your words

Weighing my ingredients for baking. More accurate, less messy! @NYCBUN #RSLOVE “A ROOM ISN’T JUST A LIVING SPACE; IT’S A KEEPER OF OUR MEMORIES.” @LITTLEMS.MAGNOLIA Hitting a measuring cup or spoon with a shot of nonstick spray before pouring in sticky or goopy ingredients, like honey or peanut butter. Ingredients slide right out, leaving the measuring utensil slick as a whistle. @ANNELISE7586 Parchment paper is magic. Will never bake kiffles without it again. Cleanup is a breeze. RACHEL STROHL, BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA The best skill in the kitchen, and anywhere else, is a sense of humor. L. SCHUER Opening a Bottle of Wine. PAT FERRIGNO, WINTON, CALIFORNIA Mise en place is the French term for having all your ingredients prepped, cut, and measured before you start cooking. Using this skill in the kitchen makes cooking quick and easy, and you feel like…

2 min.
the short list

Literary Thriller In Kalisha Buckhanon’s Speaking of Summer, a woman is consumed by her search for her missing sister. One winter night in Harlem, Autumn Spencer’s twin, Summer, goes onto their apartment roof and vanishes without even leaving footprints in the snow. When police dismiss Summer’s disappearance and stop looking for leads, Autumn’s obsession spirals. This is a page-turning mystery with much to say about race and family. Fascinating History Gretchen McCulloch’s Because Internet is not your English teacher’s grammar guide—not even close. Self-described internet linguist McCulloch traces how the web has changed the way we communicate—whether through emoji, lowercase letters, or cat memes—and makes a compelling, entertaining argument that this change is good for the English language as a whole. Great for Book Club Parents in a wealthy town find out their public school…

2 min.
inspired by water

DIVE IN This 35-millimeter waterproof camera will help you achieve your minimal-screen-time goals while still capturing memories (even underwater). TO BUY: Underwater Camera, $24; poketo.com. 1 LUXE LOUNGER The terms “chic” and “pool float” have rarely been used together—until now. TO BUY: XL Float IZU, $50; thenicefleet.com. 2 TAILORED TUNES Customize every detail of this waterproof speaker, from the fabric to the color of the oversize volume buttons. TO BUY: myBoom 3 Speaker, $180; studio.ultimateears.com. 3 CHARITABLE TOTE Fifty percent of the cost of this canvas tote will go to Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water to those without access to it. TO BUY: Madewell x Charity: Water Reusable Canvas Tote Bag, $10; madewell.com. 4 BABY SHARK A fun way to keep your little one (ages 1 to 2) buoyant in the pool. TO BUY: Sharky…

2 min.
pretty smart

TOUCHLAND POWER MIST HAND SANITIZERS Wave goodbye to harsh, goopy sanitizers and hello to these fast-evaporating, nonsticky, lightly scented (lavender! watermelon!) mists. You get 500 spritzes in one handbag-friendly bottle. TO BUY: $12 each; touchland.com. DIOR BACKSTAGE EYE PALETTE #003 AMBER NEUTRALS Even makeup newbies will ace their eyes with this palette. It has a primer (upper left), plus lid, crease, and liner shades. The four shimmers and four mattes come in warm, coppery hues. TO BUY: $49; dior.com. THE RIGHT TO SHOWER BAR SOAPS These look cool, and the sulfate-free, vegan formula cleanses nicely. The best news: Unilever is donating 100 (!) percent of proceeds to help people living on the streets get access to showers. TO BUY: $8 each; amazon.com. INDIE LEE I-RECOVER MIND & BODY GEL Massage this lightweight gel, with arnica, pepper, and…