Julia Edelstein
Julia Edelstein is an associate editor at Real Simple, where she works on The Realist, The Simple List, Your Words, and a smattering of other sections and stories. When she's not brainstorming "New Uses for Old Things," you can find her nose-deep in a book, entranced by some guilty-pleasure television, theater-hopping, or digging into something delectable. (Julia has never met a pastry she didn't like.) She lives in New York City with her husband and their crazy cat.

Recent Posts By Julia Edelstein

Banish Bleach Stains from Your Towels

Have you ever washed and dried a load of bath towels—without a drop of bleach–then discovered a few random white splotches on them? (It can happen with colored sheets too!) You’re probably bleaching them without even realizing it. You see, many products we use in the bathroom, from shower cleaners to toothpaste to acne medication, contain bleaching agents. When you […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Happy 63rd Birthday, Charlie Brown!

Here’s a little hump day pick-me-up: Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip. It debuted in seven newspapers on October 2, 1950. By 1952, it was appearing in over 40 papers across the country, and in 2000, just after creator Charles Schulz passed away, the strip was being printed in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries and in 21 […]

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How to Peel and Slice a Butternut Squash

It’s butternut squash season—and for soup and salad lovers, that’s very good news. Peeling and trimming this roly-poly winter squash may seem daunting, but that’s no reason to resort to the precut version (which spoils quickly). Just follow these steps… and use a very sharp knife. STEP 1: Using a chef’s knife or serrated knife, cut ½ inch off each end […]

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How to Apply Shimmery Eye Shadow

Shimmer shadow is far less fetching when it collects under your eyes. To get it to stay in place, apply the sparkly stuff only with fingertips, never a brush. While a brush flicks pigment all over the place,  the oil from your fingers helps pigments stay on your skin. As for which shimmer to use: For goofproof glam, choose two […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Paying on Dates

Whether you’re dating all the time—or haven’t dated in years—you know the age-old rule: The man is supposed to pick up the check. But how many people actually believe in it—and abide by it—especially in the age of Leaning In (and you know, gender equality)? According to a recent study titled “Who Pays for Dates? Following versus Challenging Conventional Gender […]

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The Best Way to Combat Water Spots

If you have a shower with a glass door, then there’s a good chance you’ve got water spots. How to get rid of them once and for all? The only thing you really need is a bottle of distilled white vinegar. Simply soak a few paper towels in the substance, then lay them over the splotches in a single layer. […]

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The Secret to Freezing Fresh Herbs

If you always find yourself with leftover fresh herbs when you’re done making a recipe, don’t throw them out, or let them linger (and wilt) in the refrigerator. Instead, make herb ice cubes—perfect for tossing in with pasta, stews and sauces. Here’s how: Fill ice-cube trays two-thirds of the way full with chopped herbs and cover with oil or melted […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Sports and Snacking

A recent post on the New York Times Well blog caught my attention with a funny factoid: When our favorite sports teams lose, we gain weight. In a study of footballs fans, researchers found that their consumption of saturated fat increased by 28 percent the day after their favorite team lost a game, and decreased 16 percent the day after […]

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How to Select and Store Swiss Chard

It’s time to bid farewell to summer produce, and hello to the hearty fruits and veggies that make fall so, well, fabulous—starting with Swiss chard. There are three different varieties, but they differ in looks only. Bunches of rainbow chard are composed of leaves that can have yellow, red, or orange ribs. Red chard is red-stemmed. And white chard has […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Volunteering in America

Today–the 12th anniversary of 9/11, and the country’s annual  Day of Service—is an apt time to investigate how much Americans are volunteering. The good news: About 64.5 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2011 and September 2012, according to a 2013 report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bad news: That […]

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