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Carry This On a Rainy Day

Before April showers begin to bring May flowers, outsmart the rain with this easy tip: The next time the weather forecast calls for precipitation, toss a plastic bag into your purse with your umbrella. If you have to brave a downpour, when you finally get inside, you can slip your umbrella into the plastic bag and avoid soaking the rest […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

As much as I consider myself to be up on the latest beauty trends, I was sadly behind on the whole coconut oil craze (in fact, I first heard about it in the comments section of a blog entry I posted weeks ago—thank you, Real Simple readers!). Anyway, now it’s become one of those things; once you know it exists, […]

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How to Feel Confident

Want to ace your next big meeting or job interview? Try this two-minute life hack, brought to you by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, in a TED Talks presentation. Before entering a stressful situation, spend two minutes in a “high-power pose,” such as the “Wonder Woman” (standing up, legs shoulder-width apart, hands on hips). […]

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An Easy Way to Keep Track of Medical Records

Kids often need to show proof of immunizations for school, camp, and after-school activities. Unfortunately, keeping an accurate and up-to-date log of your family’s immunization records tends to be more difficult than it sounds.

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How To Remove Salt Stains from Leather and Suede

Has winter’s festive mix of sludgy melted snow and street salt left white stains all over your beloved leather boots? Good news: there’s a super simple solution (literally!). Dip a cloth (or paper towel, or cotton ball) into a mixture of one part white vinegar, one part warm water and gently rub against the stains—they should come right off—and then […]

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Daylight Saving Starts This Weekend!

A quick reminder: If you live in an area that observes Daylight Saving time, it begins Sunday, March 9, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clock forward one hour—and start enjoying that extra daylight! Fearing the lost hour of sleep? Get tips for becoming a morning person.

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How to Avoid Kitchen Clutter

Do you find half-filled cups, glasses, and mugs throughout your house at the end of each day? If the kitchen clutter is driving you up the wall, consider creating a designated spot for the not-quite-empty vessels. By choosing one table or counter where everyone can put their beverages that they have every good intention of eventually finishing, you create a […]

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What Your Walk Says About You

Here’s a fun fact: People with quick strides are more likely to be viewed as busy and productive than those with a more mellow walk… which, if you live or work in a crowded city, can definitely come in handy! Surprised? Just as your body language sends unconscious cues to those around you, the way you walk can shape people’s […]

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How to Care for Wood Furniture

Your wooden furniture may look great at first but time and use can take it’s toll, ultimately causing fading or even cracking.

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Is Your Purse Too Heavy?

The superfluous contents of your purse may be a running joke at this point—even we Real Simple staffers giggled at our over-stuffing—but a too-heavy bag is no laughing matter. If you find yourself toting around everything from makeup to gym shoes to heavy electronics, remember that the extra weight can lead to neck and shoulder pain. Consider this advice from Heidi Prather, […]

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