Erin Henry
Erin is an associate producer for RealSimple.com. She lives in Queens with her boyfriend, their poorly-behaved kitten, and more books than she can count. Erin loves to bake, hates to wash dishes, and wants more stamps on her passport.

Recent Posts By Erin Henry

Do This One Thing for a Better Relationship With Your Daughter-in-Law

Cue the champagne: Your son or daughter has found the one! That said, after the wedding dust has settled, you might find that you and your new daughter-in-law are living less than happily-ever-after. Of course, every MIL and DIL duo is different, and the tension between each pair will vary for any number of reasons. Still, the most frequent complaint […]

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2 Ways to Deal With Slackers (No Public Shaming Required)

At some point, everyone has been in a group with an obvious weak link. Whether you are a part of an office, a participant in a neighborhood committee, or a member of a school-assigned group project, there is usually someone who, for one reason or another, is content to phone it in. What’s a natural leader like you to do? […]

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The Secrets to the Best Fried Chicken

We love no-cook recipes and fresh summer produce as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want need something deep-fried. But does fried chicken, a decadent splurge-worthy meal if ever there was one, have to be quite so bad for you? According to Cooking Light, the answer is a resounding no. While fried foods will never be a […]

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3 Decorating Tricks for Book-Lovers

From the Plato and Shakespeare you pored over in college to the latest best-seller you ripped through on vacation, books are essentially a grown-up growth chart; your collection helps tell the story of who you are and where you’ve been. Given that, is it really any wonder that people struggle to part with their personal libraries? Still, finding room in […]

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How to Raise Safe, Self-Confident Kids

Any parent will tell you that the safety of their children is always a top priority—hence the collection of knee pads, shin guards, and helmets littering closet and garage floors. But is there such a thing as too much safety? There is and, contradictory as it sounds, it can even be dangerous. Child psychologist Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of The […]

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Cat People vs. Dog People

Are you a cat person or a dog person? It’s a question that reveals far more than just what furry friend is snuggled up on your couch right now. When a new friend (or first date) self-identifies as a cat- or dog-person, you might think you’ve caught a glimpse at their personality—and as it turns out, you are probably right. […]

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Easy Ways to Combat Shyness

It seems like everyone has a friend who is effortlessly charming, ready to boldly engage any passerby in a thoughtful conversation at the drop of a hat. For the rest of us mere mortals, however, mingling at a wedding or chatting with a stranger in an elevator can bring out our most timorous qualities. The next time you feel shyness […]

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4 Universally-Flattering Colors

The promised May flowers are here, the sun is shining, and your wardrobe is (finally!) coming out of hibernation. But packing away your all-black outfits can be tricky if you’re uncomfortable adding color to your warm-weather attire. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to get out of your style rut. Leatrice Eiseman, the author of More Alive With Color ($13, […]

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Get More Out of Your Workout

You’re going to the gym and pumping that iron, but you still aren’t getting the results you’ve been hoping for. The boost your workout needs just might lie within your own mind. No, it isn’t simply a positive, can-do attitude—although that never hurts. Instead, you need to pay as much attention to your rests as you do to your reps. […]

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Easy Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Flour? Check. Sugar? Check. Baking powder…? Missing in action. And cardamom? Not a chance. Maybe you keep limited supplies on hand because you’re only an occasional cook or baker. Maybe you simply don’t have the cabinet space. Or, perhaps, it’s the most likely reason of all: You plumb forgot to restock that missing ingredient when you ran out. But before […]

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