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A Gift Idea for Groups

Have several members of a family on your holiday shopping list? Instead of buying individual presents for each person, consider getting the group one shareable gift. Says New York City event planer David Tutera, “A Blu-ray player or an ice cream maker is a gift that everyone can enjoy together.” Likewise, you can pack up one big basket filled with […]

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A Stress-Busting Idea for Traveling With Kids

As if travelling with children isn’t difficult enough, the people who sit next to you for long trips on trains or planes may not always treat you with holiday cheer. To get off on the right foot with your nearby passengers, Mauria Finley, CEO Citrus Lane, recommends befriending would-be Scrooges before takeoff (and temper tantrums): “I once showed up with […]

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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Is Arguing With My Son About Screen Time Decreasing My Life Span?

I realized with despair over the weekend that this is how I now seem to spend my time: 30 percent: Working 20 percent: Sleeping 10 percent: Moving clutter from one room of the house to another 40 percent: Arguing with my teenage son about screen time You could make the case that working and sleeping are absolutely necessary, if I […]

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The Mysterious Round Object That Appeared in My Yard

Yesterday my youngest son, who is 6, was having a double playdate with two of his dear friends. (A.K.A. practically the best day of life.) I was trying to be a Very Good Mom and was in the backyard with the boys, building a lean-to. Our backyard has this small wooded section that was once, if not an ancient Indian […]

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What’s the Best Part of Your Day?

In the spirit of positivity, we asked Real Simple Facebook fans to share their very favorite moments in the day. The answers ranged from spiritual to sweet to side-splitting—it’s hard not to read them without smiling. Take a look at the highlights: • In what was close to 500 total responses, the biggest reoccurring theme was waking up, going into […]

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Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest from Entertainment Weekly

Our colleagues at Entertainment Weekly recently blogged about an upcoming PBS Kids special featuring our favorite mischievous monkey, Curious George, in a spooky (family-friendly, of course) Halloween broadcast. Curious George is a household name around my house so we’ll surely be tuning in for it. To read more (and see a musical clip) about Curious George’s Halloween Boo Fest, click […]

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How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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Tips for Transitioning from a Crib to a Big Kid Bed via Apartment Therapy

It’s time to start thinking about transitioning my toddler from his crib to a big boy bed, whether I like it or not. My little guy escaped from his crib the other night and the whole ordeal was a little unnerving for us both (it wasn’t exactly a graceful escape, more of a climb then fall, followed by lots of […]

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Halloween Scares Me

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Real Simple.] Halloween scares me. It’s not the teenagers roaming local streets wearing Scream masks, although that’s pretty creepy. It’s not the fact that complete strangers are ringing my doorbell from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although that’s pretty unnerving. It’s not even the presence of […]

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