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Real Simple

July 2021
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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
three cheers for a tree house

WE WERE RENOVATING, so I expected a mess when I arrived home Friday evening from a weeklong business trip in the spring of 2009. After a tour of the rubble, cold beer in hand, I spotted a pile of two-by-fours between a couple of trees in the backyard. “What’s that for?” I asked, pointing at the wood with my longneck. “It’s for the tree house,” my husband, Steve, said. “Figured we should get this done while the kitchen’s being gutted.” “What tree house?” I said, looking around at the vegetable garden, the bird feeders, the trampoline (enclosed), and the zip line descending across the yard. “The girls don’t need a tree house.” “Sure they do. A childhood’s not a childhood without a fort. I figured you’d be all about the safety, so I hired…

1 min.
real simple everywhere

ON THE WEB 12 Tropical Cocktails to Keep You Cool Break out the paper umbrellas—these refreshing margaritas, mojitos, and more taste like vacation in a glass. Find recipes for summery sips at realsimple.com/coolcocktails. BEHIND THE SCENES Clara Jung INTERIOR DESIGNER Most serene space in your home: The sunroom, without a doubt. It’s a true sanctuary. Sitting there, I feel like I’m way up high in a tree house. Go-to gadget: Splurging on an espresso machine was game changing. My husband has become my favorite barista. Good read: I’ve always gravitated toward my very well-worn copy of Anne of Green Gables, especially during trying times. The stories you read as a child tend to stay with you forever and provide loads of comfort. See Clara’s deck design tips on page 54. IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG Beauty Brands That Give Back Sustainable products help you look great…

3 min.
what’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?

If it’s summer, I check on my garden. If it’s winter, I check on my indoor plants.MARY HACKMAN, ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND #RSLOVE I walk through the front door and take a nice, deep breath. Our place always smells like the last candle we burned before we left. Plus, there’s that je ne sais quoi smell of a home. @DOCTORMAMALOGAN It depends. If I traveled without my family, I hug them all. If I traveled with my family, I hide from them. @SUZANNENORD Open as many windows as possible to replace the stale air lurking in the house. CAROL CARNEY, NORTH TONAWANDA, NEW YORK I pull up the weights and start the pendulum swinging in my grandmother clock. Then I fill the bird feeders. @KRICKETRULEZ REAL SIMPLE gave a tip a million years ago to take the day after you get…

1 min.
backyard date night

1 TABLE FOR TWO This intimate dining set folds for fast and easy storage. TO BUY: Coral Folding Metal Bistro Set, $150; homegoods.com for stores. 2 WORDS WITH (MORE THAN) FRIENDS Sometimes you have to spell out your desires. This serving platter helps. TO BUY: Jamida You & Me Word Tray, $40; gretelhome.com. 3 NEVER MISS A BEAT Play lovey-dovey tunes for 10 hours on this compact wireless speaker built for the outdoors—it’s waterproof and drop resistant. TO BUY: Roam, $169; sonos.com. 4 BOTTLE SERVICE Carry your wine in something other than a sad plastic bag. This quirky set of reusables is made from recycled nylon. TO BUY: Wine Baggu, $28 for 3; baggu.com. 5 KEEP YOUR COOL Sip from this insulated, spillproof cup that helps cocktails stay chilled on balmy nights. TO BUY: Margtini Tumbler, $25; brumate.com. 6 A…

1 min.
clever items

1 ICED TEA TIME Serve a cool drink in minutes with this sculptural set. Steep a tea bag in the upper pitcher, then instantly chill the beverage in the ice-filled vessel below. TO BUY: Tea Over Ice Pitcher Set, $55; teaforte.com. 2 CORD CORRAL Attach a sleek leather band to the edge of your desk to keep chargers and cables at the ready. No more excavating on hands and knees! TO BUY: SurfaceSnap, $30 for 3; twelvesouth.com. 3 PAW PATROL Use it now to protect your dog’s paws from a hot sidewalk, then again in winter as a salt barrier. It is made with safe-to-lick carnauba wax and comes in a handy tube. TO BUY: Paw Soother Travel Stick, $4.75; naturaldog.com. 4 KITCHEN ESSENTIAL This 14-inch extinguisher sprays in an arc to fight grease fires without splashing…

2 min.
summer-ready body lotion

1 FACE REFRESHER Olehenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Remedy Moisturizer A moisturizer you’ll want to use on hot days, it cools on contact and controls shine. Eucalyptus refines pores. TO BUY: $46; sephora.com. 2 STAR SETTER Dior Backstage Face & Body Powder-no-Powder This has all the pluses of powder (absorbing shine, setting makeup, blurring lines), none of the minuses (settling into creases, looking cakey). TO BUY: $40; sephora.com. 3 WONDER WASH Dr. Zenovia Clear Complexion 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Cleanser The benzoyl peroxide shrinks honking chin zits in record time, without leaving skin irritated or desert dry. TO BUY: $30; sephora.com. 4 CUTER CARTONS Sk*p Shampoo, Conditioner, Cleanser, and Moisturizer These honey-infused formulas in sturdy paper cartons are easy on your skin, hair, and the environment (peace out, plastic!). TO BUY: From $15; skpgen.com. 5 A GREENER RED Hourglass Cosmetics Confession Ultra Slim High…