Real Simple April 2021

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United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
things got hairy this month at real simple

I AM WATCHING TELEVISION when a commercial makes my eyes widen and my mouth go slack. There exists in this world a new variety of dryer sheet that (puts hand on mouth and looks both ways) repels animal hair. I text my husband, Steve (who is only in the next room, but…marriage): We must buy this dryer sheet immediately. Milo hair issues, solved! I open my laptop and write a comment in the margin of our story about cleaning and controlling hair around the house (page 55): We must mention this animal-hair-repelling dryer sheet! Check it out. Could be game-changing, right? Stephanie Sisco, our home director, writes a note to my note (because…Google Docs). REAL SIMPLE tends to avoid mentioning mainstream dryer sheets. We usually recommend organic versions or dryer balls. This is news…

1 min
real simple everywhere

Q&A Kristin Van Ogtrop AUTHOR OF DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD? AND FORMER EDITOR OF REAL SIMPLE @kvanogtrop The Inspiration Behind Your Latest Book: I wanted to capture what many women experience once they reach the relative midpoint of life: self-actualization combined with deep skepticism—and an abiding gratitude that we still get to wake up every day. The Coziest Item in Your Home: Not so much an item as a species: my two giant, shedding black Labs, Iggy and Jilly, who will happily join me on the sofa if I behave myself. ON THE WEB Easy Easter Favors Whether you have Easter dinner or a socially distanced egg hunt, these cute, candy-filled DIY treats will make for a memorable holiday. Find the how-to at ON VIDEO Our New Series Each week on Simply, host Haley Cairo shares her favorite tricks for…

3 min
how do you make your most dreaded chore more fun?

I talk to my sister long-distance while we both clean. @BARBARATROTTIER #RSLOVE Every chore in our house is made more enjoyable by music. We always have a great playlist going while cleaning, and it even relaxes our dogs! @LISADIEDER For sharing this photo with us, @lisadieder will receive our new special edition, The Power of Less. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with #rslove. I try to beat the clock. I set a time to complete the task by, and I see how much earlier I can get it done. CAROL TRACY, CENTREVILLE, MARYLAND Doing dishes and folding laundry feel like the chores that never end, but inviting my toddler to help makes them fun. Noticing how accomplished she feels after helping to put away silverware or find a matching sock encourages…

1 min
a pretty pastel table

1 PLAYFUL PAIR These cool spoons are so little, they perform the magic trick of making dessert last longer. TO BUY: Glass Spoons, $35 for 2; 2 GOOD HARE DAY Adults will love this vase’s interplay of sophistication and cuteness. Kids will just love that there’s a bunny on the table. TO BUY: Bunny Vase, $35; 3 SWEET DETAILS Almost like trivets, these stylish placemats are durable and heat resistant, thanks to the abaca fibers. TO BUY: Catalonia Placemats, from $28; 4 DISH IT OUT Take the toil out of collecting toile dinnerware with a set of mismatched vintage plates. TO BUY: Transferware Serving Platter and Mixed Plates, from $98; 5 OMBRÉ AMBIENCE These beautiful blush table linens are handmade by a mostly female team of artisans in India. TO BUY: Blush Linen Napkin, $26,…

2 min
the books list

Sweeping Family Portrait Of Women and Salt, the debut novel by Gabriela Garcia, follows three generations of women from 19th-century Cuba to modern-day Miami. In just over 200 pages, Garcia makes a powerful statement about how we draw on our roots to understand our place in the world, showing that no matter how much we may try to escape the past, it always influences the present. Personal Stories Lauren Hough has endured more than most of us would in 10 lifetimes, and she reveals it all in Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing—from her globe-trotting childhood in an infamous cult to her time in the U.S. Air Force to her eye-opening experiences as a bouncer and cable installer. Hough bravely and compellingly shares how our search for identity can be searingly awful, wickedly funny,…

1 min
clever items

We love these earth-friendly products! 1 PLANT-BASED CASE This flexible cover is crafted from flax yet manages to protect your phone against falls from up to six feet. Compost the case when you’re done with it. TO BUY: Honey Eco-Friendly Phone Case, $45; 2 CLICK AND CARRY ON Skip the hotel’s single-use toiletries and fill this leakproof set instead. The containers are magnetic, so your bag stays tidy. Even better, they’re made from plastic recovered from beaches. TO BUY: Get Outside Bundle, $42 for 3; 3 SET THE BAR Noap makes shampoo, conditioner, and body soap in bar form to cut down on packaging. This suction-stay shower rack keeps them from becoming gooey messes. TO BUY: Noap Shower Rack, $48; 4 DOGGY DOO-GOODER Take your pup on a plastic-free potty break with these compostable vegetable-based…