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Real Simple June 2020

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

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3 min.
here’s some colorful background

PURPLE IS my favorite color. It’s not an easy one to have. They don’t make purple cars. I can’t pull off a grape suit. And my husband won’t agree to painting our house eggplant. I can occasionally count on nature for my fix—spring wildflowers, western sunsets, the jacaranda trees in L.A. But lately I’ve had to make do with the lavender walls of my home office, a room in which I’ve spent more time in the past three months than the last 12 years. The room makes me happy. With its white carpet and black desk and bookcase, it’s a perfect replica of my teenage bedroom, as my mother pointed out. (Twice in my life I have had sole control over the color scheme of a room. Both times I…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET LAUREN ZASER SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR AT REALSIMPLE.COM Go-to Recipe: Kimchi noodles with scallions. It’s a quick meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor. My Happy Place: Floating in a pool, piña colada in hand. The One Item I Can’t Live Without: I take my fuzzy pink slippers everywhere. They make me feel at home wherever I am. @LAURENZASERON INSTAGRAM Grill Everything Sure, we have the best tips for grilling meat, fish, and veggies. But wait till you see the dessert recipes. Citrus on the grill? Next level. Fire it up at realsimple.com/grilling. Dad Deserves It Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. Our gift guide features unique ideas for any type of dad—golfer, camper, chef, and beyond. Pick something perfect at realsimple.com/dad. Open and tap for our favorite summer recipes. THE BEST SUNSCREEN FOR YOU Our experts tested more than 50. These 10 really work—for the beach, for sensitive skin,…

2 min.
“little kindnesses are everything”

“CAN I EAT THIS?” my son asks with his head in the freezer, holding out something lumpy and beige. He’s unexpectedly home from college—a hulking man-child in too-short pajamas, foraging for his midday breakfast. He looks up, and I smile from the kitchen table, where I’m working. “Eat whatever you want, sweetheart.” Honestly, I feel like we’re going to end up eating our shoe leather one way or another—a single Trader Joe’s chile-cheese tamale isn’t going to save us from that. But a little kindness might save us from something else—something like despair. If you’re reading this, that means we’ve made it to the middle of May. Who are we now? I’m writing this at the very start of the coronavirus shutdowns—a time when people are filling their panicked hearts with…

1 min.
we’re all in this together

At Meredith, publisher of Real Simple and other well-known magazines, our mission has always been to inform, inspire, and entertain our readers. In this extraordinary and uncertain period, we are, more than ever, dedicated to providing you with honest information, stories of inspiration, and the advice and guidance to help you navigate these turbulent times — and to make your life a little easier. We recognize the sacrifices and challenges you face, and we want you to know that all of us at Meredith, through each of our magazines and digital properties, are committed to serving your needs at this critical time and beyond. We are especially grateful for the dedication and bravery of the first-responders and the everyday heroes on the front lines of this crisis. We wish them, you, and your…

3 min.
what phrase will you always associate with your dad?

“The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is in the planning.” @BRANDICHIONSINI #RSLOVE A PHRASE I WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE MY DAD IS “LIFE OF THE PARTY”! @LAURSORIANO “Battle stations!” He used to say this at restaurants right as the food was being served to him, with a fork in one hand, a knife in the other, and an excited smile on his face. My daughter and I still carry on this tradition, though he’s not around anymore to join us. He’s with us in spirit in those moments. JOANNA SPENCER, NEW YORK CITY “Out and back in the same day.” He said it every time we returned from an errand. @SHEILAMURT “Watch for deer”— the Midwestern dad version of “I love you.” @MKBAMBAM My dad is a retired dentist, and all his patients were sure to get…

1 min.
liven up your backyard

1 PITCHER PERFECT Keep a quart of your favorite beverage icy cold for hours with this sculptural insulated carafe. TO BUY: Geo Insulated Carafe, $85; store.moma.org. 2 SUPER SLEEVES Graphic cozies help you avoid two party fouls: lukewarm drinks and sipping from the wrong bottle or can. TO BUY: The Sip Sip Hooray Can Coolies, $10 for 4; minnidip.com. 3 CHEERS TO THIS Festive and functional, this birchwood platter is coated in melamine. TO BUY: Jamida Word Rectangular Tray, $32; gretelhome.com. 4 JUST ADD WATER Try a sophisticated take on the inflatable kiddie pool. This jumbo version fits three adults—but kids are welcome too! TO BUY: The Soak in Some (Water)Color Luxe Inflatable Pool, $45; minnidip.com. 5 BLUE SEAT This comfy resin-wicker chair is made for hours of lounging in the sun, but it also stands up to rainy-day…