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Real Simple February 2021

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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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a magazine is like a linen closet

REMEMBER THAT SATURDAY you spent sprucing up the linen closet? Everything on those shelves belonged there, and it pleased you to open the door and behold the tidiness. Now a few years have passed. Maybe you haven’t used the magenta towels since you painted the bathroom. The sheets you got for Christmas had to go two shelves away from the other sheets, and wouldn’t it be nice to arrange them in wicker bins? Plus, what to make of the precariously tilting tower of random washcloths? Where did they all come from? Things aren’t out of hand, but you notice. That’s who you are. In this way, magazines are like closets. At Real Simple, Saturday Closet Day was Zoom Summertime. We looked at all the pages and the structure—and were delighted to discover anew…

2 min.
masthead

Liz Vaccariello EDITOR IN CHIEF Emily Kehe CREATIVE DIRECTOR EXECUTIVE EDITOR Rory Evans EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR Lavinel Savu PHOTO DIRECTOR Muzam Agha EDITORIAL SENIOR EDITORS Brandi Broxson, Rachel Sylvester ASSISTANT EDITOR Martha Upton CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kristyn Kusek Lewis (books), Catherine Newman, Courtenay Smith FOOD FOOD DIRECTOR Jenna Helwig FOOD EDITOR Ananda Eidelstein BEAUTY BEAUTY DIRECTOR Heather Muir Maffei DEPUTY BEAUTY DIRECTOR Lisa DeSantis ASSISTANT BEAUTY EDITOR Anneke Knot HOME HOME DIRECTOR Stephanie Sisco SENIOR HOME EDITOR Leslie Corona CONTRIBUTING HOME EDITORS Cat Dash, Laura Fenton FASHION ASSOCIATE FASHION EDITOR Flavia Nunez ART & PHOTO DESIGN DIRECTOR Deanna Lowe DEPUTY PHOTO EDITOR Lawrence J. Whritenour Jr. DESIGNER Lina LeGare PRODUCTION EDITORIAL PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Filomena Guzzardi COPY & RESEARCH COPY & RESEARCH CHIEF Jenny Brown CONTRIBUTING SENIOR RESEARCH EDITOR Maya Kukes REALSIMPLE.COM DIGITAL CONTENT DIRECTOR Mickey O’Connor DEPUTY EDITOR Jennifer Davidson SENIOR EDITOR, HOME Katie Holdefehr SENIOR EDITOR, FOOD Betty Gold SEO EDITOR Lauren Phillips ASSOCIATE EDITORS Hana Hong, Maggie Seaver PHOTO MANAGER Olivia Barr EXECUTIVE VIDEO PRODUCER Karen Berner SENIOR VIDEO…

1 min.
real simple everywhere

BEHIND THE SCENES Nikki Boyd PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER @athomewithnikki Go-to winter recipe: Freshly baked banana nut bread paired with a cup of coffee. Most-used gadget: My espresso machine, for sure. That gadget works overtime in my house. Coziest item in your home: My day officially comes to an end onceI sit down in my media room recliner. See how Nikki organizes her own kitchen on page 82. ON THE WEB Mindfulness for Skeptics How in the world can a deep inhale affect your health? We unpack the science—and spotlight the true benefits—of the buzziest wellness practices in our special mindfulness digital issue at realsimple.com/mindfulness. ON INSTAGRAM Loving That Free-Air Life This winter, everyone is embracing friluftsliv. The Norwegian term is all about enjoying fresh air and nature, even when the weather forecast predicts not-so-sunny skies. IN THE KITCHEN Wildly Delicious “This gingery beet-and-grain bowl is my favorite shot from this…

3 min.
what do you admire about your parents’ relationship?

#RSLOVE Even if it’s just a silly thing, like taking out the trash together every Monday night, they always carve out time to connect. My parents have been married for 36 years because they’re masters of the minidate. @THEDAPPLE_ For sharing this photo with us, @thedapple_ will receive our new special edition, The Power of Less. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with #rslove. My parents never ran out of conversation. My dad could make my mom laugh so hard. @KIMBERLYCHRISTENSEN378 They showed that traditional gender roles are a choice. My mom took out the garbage when it needed to be taken out, and my dad drove during class field trips, when it was my turn for a parent to volunteer. I didn’t realize it until I was older,…

2 min.
“help—in its many forms—can yield bountiful fruits”

NOT TOO LONG AGO, my husband, then 2-year-old, and I were separated from our orderly life by a string of fitful events: a job loss, a book deal, and an unplanned pregnancy. The book deal I’d waited almost two years to secure seemingly arrived at the exact moment the pregnancy test strip turned pink. My Jamaican, physics PhD husband had just lost his well-paying tech job—and his skilled-workers visa along with it. I’ll never forget waddling my massively pregnant way into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and explaining to a kind government official that our marriage was as real—and raw—as they come. Months later, a series of significant deliveries were made, a healthy baby girl topping the list. A green card. Blessedly, another job offer for my husband. And I delivered…

2 min.
the art of the handwritten note

CUSTOM CONTENT Feel like a true grown-up with personalized stationery (that doesn’t break the bank). TO BUY: Matilda Goad Scallop Trim Notecard Set, $28 for 10; papier.com. 1 CREATIVITY BOOSTER Yes, these crystal-inspired erasers are functional, but they’re also just plain fun. TO BUY: Creativity Crystals Erasers Set, $16 for 5; chroniclebooks.com. 2 MUCH OBLIGED Express gratitude with cool graphics and big color. Even the envelopes in this set are two-tone with gold edges. TO BUY: Geo Letter Thank You Notecard Set, $20 for 10; katespade.com. 3 PRETTY IN INK This is the only pen that Real Simple’s creative director (an avid note taker) uses. Choose from 16 colors. TO BUY: Smooth Gel Ink Ballpoint Pens, $1.50 each; muji.com/us. 4 HAPPY RETURNS It’s a splurge, but this copper stamp lets you swap in new plates if your address changes.…