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Real Simple May 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

3 min
getting it done without doing a thing

MY TV GUILTY PLEASURE this year? It wasn’t Tiger King, though I did watch it with the rest of Western civilization. (Which will be over first, this diversion or the pandemic?) And it wasn’t The Bachelor, which I actually stopped watching for the first time in franchise history because I had enough anxiety in my real life; I didn’t need theirs. It turned out to be BBC’s The Repair Shop, which I stumbled upon during a solitary, quiet, seven-day visit to my mom’s house in Ohio this winter. The Repair Shop is to restoration what The Great British Baking Show is to Halloween Wars. Set in a barn on a bucolic field, the show features some of England’s top craftspeople, who each have a bench and the ability to return a…

1 min
real simple everywhere

ON THE WEB Incorporate Self-Care Into Every Single Day Putting yourself first takes practice. Fortunately, you can master the art of “me” time with our suggestions for nurturing your mind, body, and soul. Read the rituals at realsimple.com/simpleselfcare. IN YOUR HOME Strategies to Make a Clutter Purge Easier Decluttering is a physical process, sure—and it’s also an emotional journey. Learn how to tidy up without feeling down at realsimple.com/decluttering. AT THE BOOKSTORE Our Positivity Bookazine Train your brain to look on the bright side with our new mental well-being bookazine, The Power of Positivity. The feel-good guide shares the proven benefits of optimism, helping to boost your mood. IN YOUR CART A Gift for Any Kind of Mom Whether she covets fresh flowers or fancy face creams, our Mother’s Day finds will remind her how much she’s appreciated. Shop our gift…

3 min
what moment in your life do you wish had been photographed?

When I paid off my last student loan. @MELISSASUEWHO The day I went to the ocean, sat on an empty beach, and decided to start a family on my own. It was a beautiful day, and I had left my phone in the car, which I never do. Maybe I’ll take a picture when I bring my kids back there one day. @CAKES_HARRINGTON My grad school graduation. My mother videotaped the wrong person receiving her diploma! SHELLEY CARLTON, MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE Years ago, when I was growing up with my four sisters, our dad flooded half the backyard so we’d have our own skating rink. We spent hours out there, but I don’t think we have any photographs of family and friends skating on the rink. Precious memories, for sure. TONI ECKARDT, CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN The look on my…

1 min
may flower power

1 A REAL KEEPER Pin frogs are the secret to securing unwieldy stems. Plant one in your vessel and your arrangement will stay put. TO BUY: Flower Frog Collection, $95 for 5; floretflowers.com. 2 FOREVER BUDS Array these solo as wilt-proof bouquets, or mix with live blossoms for textural variety. TO BUY: Dried Flowers and Grasses, from $13; afloral.com. 3 THAT’S A WRAP When you bring home flowers, this reusable denim tote is a clever and sustainable substitute for cellophane or paper. TO BUY: Jardin Bouquet Tote, $42; aplat.com. 4 LEAFY GREEN DIET Prolong your foliage by adding two or three pumps of this plant food each time you refresh the water. TO BUY: Fresh Cut Flower Food, $13; cutefarms.com. 5 HYDRATION HELPER The spout on this display-worthy watering can is ideal for thirsty petals in narrow vases. TO…

1 min
clever items

1 LIGHTENED LOAD This workhorse is made from sturdy aluminum yet weighs only two pounds—so you can get the gardening done with less back pain. TO BUY: Ultra-Lightweight Garden Shovel, $60; thegrommet.com. 2 GO GO GADGET This tool securely attaches to your phone and features a three-card wallet, a kickstand for easier video watching, and a loop for better grip. TO BUY: WalleyGrip, $15; amazon.com. 3 FORGET-ME-NOT SPOT Hang this organizer near the front door and dangle clean masks from the hooks. Stow filters, sanitizer, and keys on the upper shelf. TO BUY: Modern Metal Face Mask Rack, $50; uncommongoods.com. 4 WIRE HIDER Stick this heat-resistant orb to your toaster, slow cooker, or stand mixer and use it to reel in that pesky appliance cord when not in use. TO BUY: The Cord Wrapper, $25 for 2;…

2 min
the books list

Book Club Winner On the day of her daughter’s high school graduation, happily married Flora Mancini is looking for an old photograph when she discovers an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring—the one he said he lost over a decade ago. Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s Good Company is a smart and nuanced examination of the growing pains of long relationships, sure to spark great conversations about marriage, friendship, and parenthood. Short Stories A woman travels with her boyfriend to his sister’s wedding and meets his high-spirited family for the first time. A man takes his recently widowed elderly father on a long-awaited trip to Scotland. The stories in Elizabeth McCracken’s new collection, The Souvenir Museum, are witty, insightful, bittersweet, and charming—pitch-perfect reflections of the seemingly ordinary moments that come to define us. Dazzling Debut A bold…