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Real Simple January 2021

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
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
a game of would you rather, no onions required

WOULD YOU rather eat the same food for the rest of your life or listen to the same song? This was the topic of a favorite conversation game playing out in my backseat by a group of teenagers, two of whom were mine. My daughter Olivia, missing zero beats: “Music is the answer for everything. I’d eat onions for the rest of my life for music.” Wanna do 15 years old again? Didn’t think so. The trudge up the mountain of 10th grade is difficult enough. Imagine navigating love, friends, hair, and physics with the gale-force winds of 2020 blowing at you. What a parenting experience, watching adolescence from such an intimate vantage point. I ache to help, to carry half their burdens, my own back be damned. Yet I know the…

1 min
real simple 24/7

MEET MARTHA UPTON ASSISTANT EDITOR AT REAL SIMPLE Favorite Seasonal Dish: At holiday gatherings, my grandmother makes one persimmon pudding for the family—and one just for me! Most Recent Purchase: A Rag & Bone bucket hat I’m obsessed with. Favorite Item in Your Home: My roommate’s Persian cat, Walter. Ideal Weekend Plans: Iced coffee and window-shopping. Ideas for Dry January Try our practical tips for abstaining from alcohol for the month. Get the smart tricks at realsimple.com/drinkless. Planning to Hibernate Until Spring? You’ll need a cozy bed. Pile on the pillows and create the right layers for a sleep sanctuary. Learn how at realsimple.com/cozybed. GREAT BOOKS FOR A FRESH START We found a dozen motivating reads to help you launch your best year yet. Page through our picks at realsimple.com/inspiringbooks. MIND YOUR MONEY As you swipe through your feed, get quick financial advice with Money Monday, our new weekly Instagram…

3 min
what did the year 2020 teach you about yourself?

#RSLOVE “I LEARNED I THRIVE ON INTERACTIONS WITH PEOPLE, EVEN SMALL ONES—A NICE WALK, A COFFEE DATE, HANGING WITH THE PETS. I DON’T NEED MUCH, AND I ENJOY THE SLOWER PACE. BUT I CHERISH THOSE IN MY LIFE I CAN LEAN ON.” @ANDREACOANPHOTO I always threw things away when they were broken. When I felt broken, I learned I can be repaired.LINDSAY HALIK, CHICAGO I’m actually just lazy. Couldn’t find time in six months at home to vacuum? @JGDIAMANTOPOULOS I’m more resilient than I thought. When the stay-at-home orders were enacted, I did just that. However, instead of feeling isolated, I realized that all the projects I said I would do “someday” were now doable. Someday was here. KRIS GERRETSEN, ROSEBURG, OREGON I don’t need acrylic nails and hair color to feel beautiful. @MRMBEENER I don’t have to…

2 min
“i hadn’t been alone all day”

MICHELLE AND I attended a total of 10 inaugural balls that evening. Michelle was a chocolate-brown vision in her flowing white gown, and at our first stop I took her in my arms and spun her around and whispered silly things in her ear as we danced to a sublime rendition of “At Last” sung by Beyoncé. At the Commander in Chief’s Ball, we split up to dance with two charming and understandably nervous young members of our armed forces. The other eight balls I’d be hard-pressed to remember. By the time we got back to the White House, it was well past midnight. A party for our family and closest friends was still going strong in the East Room, with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet showing no signs of letting up. Twelve…

2 min
cozy up to bedtime


2 min
what should i read next?

Debut Stunner In this powerful novel about a Deep South plantation, enslaved Isaiah and Samuel share a private, abiding love that’s a refuge from the daily brutality they endure—and that has consequences for everyone around them. The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. is an original, heartbreaking testament to love, and to the supremacy of good over evil. Beguiling Suspense Read The only relic from Andy’s troubled childhood is her friend Peter. The two occasionally meet for drinks in London, where they carefully avoid discussing one particular summer: On an abandoned manor decades earlier, they played a game that ended in tragedy. But then Peter disappears, and Andy is forced to untangle what she’s tried so hard to forget. Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling is a lush and layered thriller that mystery lovers…