more about: family

My Husband, the Cat Whisperer

Cats love my husband. I really have no idea why. But if he finds himself in a cat household, sitting in one place for any length of time, invariably a cat will leap into his lap. Last week we had dinner with friends who have two cats; let’s call them Ray and Petey.  After dinner we repaired to the living […]

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Worth Watching: How to Be Vulnerable

In our soon-to-be-released April issue, we’ll be sharing some sage advice from Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the author of Daring Greatly. A couple of years ago, she gave a TEDx Talk on vulnerability, and we think it’s still worth watching. What do you think of her advice? Tell us in […]

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What a Mother Who Lost Her Son to Gun Violence Wants to Change

As Kristin announced earlier this week, Real Simple launched a powerful online forum with All You, Health, and Essence magazines that simply asks: What 1 simple change would you make to help keep our kids safe in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. We want to hear from you (submit your #1simplechange)! We also reached out to incredible voices in the […]

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How to Revive a Worn Out Stuffed Animal

Thanks to the frigid cold weather, your kids have been cooped up indoors day and night, and their toys are getting more use than usual. If your son or daughter has been toting around a teddy bear or stuffed elephant that was once white and fluffy, and is now brown, matted, and torn, here’s how to bring it back to […]

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Help Me Help All of Us

Has it really been two months since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut? Why does it still feel like it happened yesterday? Maybe because—and this is a good thing—the debate about what to do to prevent gun violence has taken, if not center stage, at least a place somewhere on stage. Finally. If you visit realsimple.com or read Real Simple magazine, […]

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Smart Product: Dual Beam Flashlight

How genius is this? Whenever I’ve had to deal with power outages (or the two times in my life that I’ve gone camping) and actually use a flashlight, I usually end up stubbing my toe or running into something because I’ve focused the beam on things at eye-level, not the ground. The Nightlighter Flashlight solves this problem by having two […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Your Ex and Facebook

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, everyone is thinking about love—especially those who have been jilted by an ex. It’s easy to get lost on a bad trip down memory lane: According to a survey from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, a whopping nine of out ten Facebook users employ the social networking site to check up on their […]

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Teach Your Kids About Giving Back

Teach your little ones the importance of charitable giving by creating a jar to store money for charity.

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Tye-Dye Treats from Lil Sugar

This upcoming weekend we are celebrating my son’s first birthday (insert several happy face emoticons here!) As many of you know, there are so many great ideas out there when it comes to birthday party themes for kids, cakes, decor, party favors, ect. I’ve been advised not to go totally overboard, especially since he won’t exactly remember this one, so I’ve managed […]

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Could You Live in a Tech-Free Home?

No microwave. No electric coffeemaker. No digital clocks. No TV. No internet. Could you do it? One San Francisco family, featured in the January issue of Sunset, has unplugged their home. Laura Jo Wegman and Donovan Corliss use a stovetop coffeemaker and rotary phone, and have transformed their home office into a home studio, complete with arts and crafts supplies for their […]

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