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Real Simple

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"Real Simple" - Handy Magazine that Delivers on its Promise

  • Mar 10, 2009
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Women's magazines get a bad rap, often with good reason, but Real Simple is a good read.

The magazine's credo is "life made easier," and it does just that, providing relevant, practical and timely ideas, advice and solutions, in a layout that is clean, cute, modern and stylish, with often gorgeous images.

The advice and tips stories are designed to cater to eveyone, so if you're well-versed in a particular topic you may find R.S.'s take on it a bit basic and pedestrian, particularly some of the tech features, which seem just a little too entry-level in a Web 2.0 world.

But the fact-filled consumer product comparisons, "Personal Best" lists, ratings and reviews of things like  natural peanut butter  and  The Best Hangers for Your Pants are useful snippets of information for just about any time-starved person who feels a little overwhelmed by supermarket shelves crowded with competing and undifferentiated products. The topics are often timed uncannily well: guides to canned broth at the start of winter, and so on.   

Given the state of the economy in 2009, the magazine is focusing on a few budget-conscious features each month. For example, the current issue contains recipes made from warehouse-club staples.

Perhaps the best department is the New Uses for Everyday Things column.  This is a sort of Martha Stewart-meets-MacGyver column, full of unconventional and handy uses for conventional objects. Some are a little redundant, but many are cool.

For instance, who knew that applying a coat of clear nail polish to the underside of a can of shaving cream prevents rust marks forming on the bathroom counter?

And who thought of using plain unwaxed dental floss to slice soft cheeses and to separate buns from a roll?

Yep, it's real simple.

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July 29, 2009
I love Real Simple and read it frequently from cover-to-cover. I find it so useful and a relief from every other women's magazine that has the obligatory fashion, beauty and men's advice columns in it. Thanks for such a great review!
March 16, 2009
This happen to be my favorite magazine, one of the few I must have in print version. You summed up the New Uses column perfectly, "Martha Stewart-meets-MacGyver" love it!
March 12, 2009
I don't think I've ever seen this magazine before, but thanks for sharing, because it sounds awesome! What great uses for simple products like nail polish and dental floss :)
March 11, 2009
I love this magazine!
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review by . November 15, 2009
posted in Do It Yourself!
Real Simple is my new BFF. Like a good BFF, it has inspired the DIY in me to get off my lazy butt, organize my life, cook a delicious meal in 15 minutes and become an amazing hostess, amongst other things. Not only that but, it has a wedding section that's been incredibly helpful to me while I plan my wedding! In every issue, you'll find:      Tips on how to entertain for less: Just because you've lost your job that doesn't mean you can't celebrate life's …
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
For the most part I really like Real Simple but there are times it seems like it is more for the uber-wealthy with a lot more $ than time.
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Basically a guide about more stuff you can buy to declutter your life. Plus, the magazines pile up too :P
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
My new addiction in the magazine world- everything from DIY tips, recipes, style, and ways to make your life simple. Who doesn't need that?
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Real Simple is a monthly women's interest magazine published by Time Inc.. Real Simple, which was launched by Time in 2000, features articles and information related to homekeeping, childcare, cooking and emotional wellbeing. Real Simple is distinguished by its clean, uncluttered style of layout and photos.

Real Simple made its television debut in 2006, with a half-hour segment airing on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It also launched a show on TLC entitled Real Simple Real Life.

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