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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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Imagine If Proust Had Known About Jean Naté

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the March 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I mean, maybe I’ve never had a really, really good madeleine, but I find them a bit, shall we say, subtle. How that delicate taste could evoke such a strong reaction in Marcel Proust is beyond me. Or maybe it just substantiates why he […]

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I Could Have Been Kerry Kennedy

Not because my dad ever ran for president or, thank God, died when I was young. (My own father is very much alive and well and trying to boss me around every chance he gets. For which I am grateful. After all, consider the alternative.) Or because I had 38 siblings, which would have been fun. Or was married to […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Tetris Curbs Cravings

Got an annoying craving that you just can’t shake? Try Tetris—yes, the old-school video game with the blocks. A study published in Appetite and reported by The Atlantic found that participants who reported levels of “reasonably high” cravings for things such as food, drink, caffeine, or nicotine reduced their longings by about 24 percent by playing Tetris for just three […]

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A Money-Saving Tip for Planning a Trip

Say you’re planning a trip to a destination that’s hours away—Do you drive? Fly? Take a train? Making the decision can be quite time consuming, but a new feature on Google Maps makes the daunting task easier. All you have to do is type in your starting point and destination, and Google Maps conveniently lets you compare all of your […]

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A Trick for Staying Optimistic

Did you know that most people prefer Fridays to Sundays? The research behind it is that the promise of the upcoming weekend is more delightful than a day of often-wistful rest—clearly, anticipation in a powerful thing. To harbor that positive thinking, Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the […]

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You Can’t (and Shouldn’t) Hurry Love

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the February 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I started working in magazines in the 1990s as a freelance writer, and one of my first stories was about a relatively new Christian teen abstinence campaign called True Love Waits. I was in my 20s, a.k.a. the Decade of Darkness. I had a […]

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A Quick Way to Get Yourself To Stop Procrastinating

Is your to-do list a mile long? Rather than saving all of your irksome chores for later (which often translates into either “last-minute” or “never”), try a more gradual approach. Choose a single thing you’ve been putting off, and do it right away, suggests Henry S. Miller, a success consultant based in Los Gatos, California, and the author of the […]

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An Easy Way to Protect Your Windshield Wipers

If you’ve ever had to deice your windshield wipers after a snow or ice storm, you know what a pain it can be. Save yourself the trouble next time by slipping a pair of tube socks over the blades the night before—that way, after the weather hits, you’ll simply have to remove the socks. Get road safety tips for driving […]

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