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Real Simple July 2020

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

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2 min.
a simple story for the times

I INTRODUCED the concept of the #simplestory here on my editor’s note back in January. You read, you commented, you wrote, you shared with me on Instagram. And now it’s time to start sharing with you. As I write this, it’s been eight weeks of working from home and social distancing. I mourn all the lives we’ve lost and grieve for those who’ve been away from loved ones, who’ve lost their jobs, who’ve had to shut down businesses. I’ve been holding up all too well (guilt!) in my suburban home with an office, and I’m grateful for every second with my nontoddler daughters who can distance learn without my help. I look forward to the time when we all come back stronger—when we connect with one another again in ways that…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

MEET RORY EVANS EXECUTIVE EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLE What’s the coziest thing in your apartment? Hirsute life partner, but also Yooks, our 14-pound mutt who looks like a scale-model golden retriever. Currently binge-watching: Law & Order is my life & oxygen. Favorite seasonal dish: It’s always cheese-and-cracker season! And wild blueberries from my cousins’ farm in Maine. The Top Sites for Patio Furniture Let us help you find stylish options that will maximize your living space. Start building your best backyard at realsimple.com/outdoorpatio. White Dresses for Summer These breezy cotton and linen picks are designed to keep you cool and comfortable when the temperature rises. See our faves at realsimple.com/whitedresses. Open and tap to make your July 4 special. THE SAVORY SIDE OF SUMMER FRUIT While all that produce is fresh and abundant, we’ll show you how to incorporate it into delicious drinks, dinners, and, yes, desserts. Get recipes…

3 min.
who is your dream dinner-party guest, and why?

Ina Garten. I’d make her roasted chicken and vegetables and tell her she’s an inspiration. @ANELA.MARIANNE #RSLOVE “I’D HOST SALVADOR DALÍ. I LOVE HIS WORK, AND IT WOULD BE AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE TO ASK ABOUT HIS IDEAS.” @FOODS_BY_MARTA Agatha Christie. I am constantly surprised by the endings of her books, and I want to know how she crafted them. MICHELLE CALLAHAN, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK Zach Galifianakis, hands down. @KATIEHUMBER Maya Angelou was the most fascinating and multitalented woman who ever lived. I would love to introduce her to my daughter, Maya! ALISON EIDMAN, STRONG CITY, KANSAS I would have Bill and Melinda Gates over to discuss their foundation and how they decide who to help. They change lives for the better. STEPHANIE ZWIRN, INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MINNESOTA Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s always been an example of female empowerment. @MS.CAL_DEB Coco Chanel. Love her spirit. @GODDESSDOMESTIC Ellen…

2 min.
“good things are ahead”

WHEN I WAS 29, I was for the most part incredibly happy. I felt good about the life I’d created for myself. But as I approached my 30th birthday, I wanted to be prepared for the worst. I had friends who, on their 30th birthdays, were overcome with an enormous sense of sadness, friends who said they realized they weren’t where they thought they’d be at that point in their lives. What if I woke up the morning of my 30th birthday and felt the same way? And so I created a 30th-birthday first aid kit. The kit consisted of a long list of things I considered accomplishments—from paying my way through college to saving up a proper emergency fund. It included all the places I’d lived, all the places I’d…

1 min.
wash day wonders

1 FLAT-OUT FAVORITE This pad is comfy underfoot, waterproof, antislip, and super quick to clean. TO BUY: Terrazzo Vinyl Mat, from $115; aleadesignstudio.etsy.com. 2 STATUS UPDATE Keep track of whether a load is clean or dirty with this handy flippable sign. TO BUY: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Clean/Dirty Reversible Sign, $13; target.com. 3 WRINKLE BUSTERS Toss these wool dryer balls in with your next load to smooth out creases and cut drying time by up to 25 percent. TO BUY: Five Two Wool Dryer Balls, $20 for 3; food52.com. 4 WASHER DECODER It’s a cute poster—that also translates all those label hieroglyphics. TO BUY: Laundry Room Symbols Instant Download Print, $6; pennyandhorse.etsy.com. 5 BINS FOR THE WIN These sturdy, collapsible bags have snap-on labels you can write on with chalk to make sorting a cinch. TO BUY: Uashmama…

2 min.
7 seriously engrossing beach reads

Historical Romance Chinese legend says an invisible red string binds each person to the one they’re destined to marry. Cecily Wong’s Diamond Head follows the journey of three generations of the Leong family, from China to Hawaii, as they discover how much of their story is left to fate. STEPHANIE SISCO, HOME DIRECTOR Striving and Intrigue In Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, immigrant couple Jende and Neni hustle to raise their young son in “the center of the world”—New York City—as their lives get tangled up in the unhappy marriage of a wealthy investment banker. The plot is packed and fast-paced, and the writing is funny (there’s an ode to shopping at T.J. Maxx, and I’ve never felt more seen) and heartbreaking, just the way I want it. RORY EVANS, EXECUTIVE EDITOR A Marriage Story Fates and…