more about: time

A Surefire Way to Stay Accountable

You *know* you ought to take the stairs instead of the elevator and floss every night… and yet, sometimes not doing those good-for-you extra steps is all the more tempting. If you’re a parent and trying to hold yourself accountable to small goals, try this tip from reader Rachel R.S.: Enlist your kids. When we asked our Facebook fans for […]

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An Easy Way to Remember Birthdays

Convenient as Facebook birthday reminders can be, wouldn’t it be nice to remember someone’s big day sometime before the last possible second? If you had a hard time committing important dates to memory, try this trick. As soon as you learn a person’s birthday, mark it in your phone, computer, or email service’s calendar as a recurring yearly event, and […]

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Dry Shampoo Your Hair Like a Pro

Dry shampoo is probably one of the most amazing, stupendous, fantastic beauty items to ever grace the earth… but that dusty look you get after using it (I call it Dusty Head Syndrome) and the time you spend waiting for your hair to absorb the product can definitely put a damper in things. The good news: All you have to do […]

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How to Be More Patient

The coffee seems to be dripping in slow motion, the dog’s walking around in circles without actually doing his business, the train can’t come soon enough, and the elevator is taking forever! If this sounds like your thought process in the morning, it sounds like you could use a lesson in patience (can’t we all sometimes?).

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Women Who Love Their Gardens Too Much

I am beginning to think that I have an unhealthy relationship with my garden. That is, I love it obsessively; I toss and turn in bed thinking about it; I spend many minutes when I should be doing things like watching my kids play sports or helping with homework instead daydreaming about my garden. And I’m not sure my garden […]

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A Free App for Making Healthy Choices

Sure, you may read all about eating healthy on the go, but when you’re out and about—and hungry—it’s easy to forget which items are actually the best choices for you. Fortunately, the (free!) Google Search app takes the guesswork out of it and lets you compare the nutritional value of virtually any two foods. Just press the mic on your […]

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How to Extend the Life of a Blow-Out

You shell out a lot of time and good money for a blow-out—don’t let it go to waste by washing your hair the next day (or even that night!). In fact, certain hair types can keep a blow-out sleek for up to five whole days. Naeemah Carre, a former stylist at Blow NY, a salon in New York City, advises […]

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The “Oh Well” Method

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Real Simple.] Cleaning your house, if you really want it done well, is a full-time job. You could literally spend every waking hour of the day making something better, sparklier, less stained, dust-free. Yes, things fall apart, as Yeats famously explained, but things also develop a […]

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A Quick Tip for Long-Lasting Eyeliner

Does this scene sound familiar?: You spend a few minutes in the morning carefully applying eyeliner, but by the time you get home at night, you’re rocking bare lids. If you’re looking to extend the length of your makeup, look to the formula you’re using. The hard and fast rule is that liquid and gel liners last longer than pencil. […]

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A Better Way to Tie Your Shoes (Seriously!)

It sounds silly, but it’s true: You’re probably tying your shoes the wrong way. Your parents or kindergarten teacher most likely taught you the easiest version of the classic knot, and we’re willing to bet that you’ve been tying your shoes the same way ever since. Enter Terry Moore, the director of the Radius Foundation, and this three-minute TED Talks […]

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