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Cotton Sheets, Decoded

When it comes to sheets, cotton is king (and queen and full and twin). In other words: It’s the best. But how do the various types of cotton differ? Here’s your answer. Top-of-the-line sheets are 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Second best is 100 percent pima cotton, also known by the trademarked name Supima. If a label says simply, “100 percent cotton,” […]

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This Kitchen Gadget is Undoubtedly Cool, but Would You Buy it?

Inspired by a few different viral Youtube videos (which show how you can use a water bottle to easily separate an egg), the ever-innovative company Quirky has just introduced a brand new egg yolk extractor called Pluck. Instead of conducting the usual “transfer-the yolk-back-and-forth-between-two-halves-of-the-shell” (as outlined in this classic RealSimple.com video), you can now just crack an egg into a bowl and […]

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Would You Try an At-Home Gel Manicure?

Who wouldn’t want a manicure that lasts up to 14 days without chipping? It’s no wonder that salon gel manicures have continued to gain popularity in the past year. But even though they last longer, all of those trips to the salon can get expensive. Thankfully, several companies have come out with at-home gel manicure sets, complete with the UV […]

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Smart Product: Yield Picnic Bag/Blanket

In spite of the cold temperatures here in the Northeast today, I’m coveting this smart picnic bag/blanket from Yield on Kickstarter. (Hat tip to Kelly of Design Crush for finding this project.) Not only does it carry your food, drink, and entertainment, but it unzips into a small blanket that you can sit on while you enjoy your picnic. Take […]

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Smart Product: Pinhooks

I love a product that makes me say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” And Pinhooks definitely fall into that category. It’s a simple idea that, somehow, I’ve never seen before. It’s a pushpin that has a hook instead of the normal decorative pin. Take a look: I’m not sure how much weight they’d be able to hold—that would take […]

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Smart Product: Toastabags

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have room for a panini press in my kitchen. So I’m loving the idea of these Toastabags from Boska Holland. You can create a plain grilled cheese or other variation just by using your regular toaster, all without having to clean melted cheese out of the crumb tray. Or try one of […]

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Smart Product: A Wallet That Keeps You Organized

Are you mildly obsessed with staying organized? Then your heart should go pitter-pat for the Silver Lining Wallet. At $295, it’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. But oh, how organized it is! In addition to the usual slots for cash and credit cards, this Italian leather wallet contains an accordion style organizer—including 12 labeled tabs—for all those random little […]

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Smart or Silly: A Vegetable “Sharpener”

What do you get when you combine two of our favorite things: office supplies and kitchen gadgets? Apparently, this vegetable sharpener and peeler. Basically a jumbo pencil sharpener it creates curls from your root vegetables for use in salads and soups. We haven’t tested it out, but love the idea. They are available from Monkey Business for $15, though are […]

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Have You Seen the Invisible Bike Helmet?

This is one of the best new product ideas we’ve seen in quite awhile. Check out the invisible bike helmet: Can you see it? You might be surprised to learn that it’s actually the collar around the model’s neck. Doesn’t look like it would be very good at protecting your head, does it? But if you are involved in an […]

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Clever Product: Bottle Top Juicer by Umbra

We love a clever product here at Real Simple. And this bottle-top juicer is one of our new favorites. Whether you want to add some lemon or lime juice to your soda or seltzer, or you want an easy way to collect citrus juice for cocktails, this juicer is perfect since the juice filters directly into the bottle below. G&Ts anyone? […]

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