City Girl’s Real Simple Corner

by Valerie on March 20, 2009 · 9 comments

As I have mentioned many times before, I love Real Simple Magazine. Every month, I start reading it the day it arrives – it arrived last Friday, and I have already happily made my way through it. The cover makes me smile – it’s just so happy and sunny! You will see it on newstands on Monday if you are not already a subscriber.

There are two stories in this month’s issue that I really loved. One was the Back-t0-Basics cleaning. You may remember that a couple of months ago I wrote about using leftover lemon rinds to clean. If you found this concept interesting and have been experimenting with green cleaning in your home, you have to check out this article – it covers using essential oils, regular oil, castile soap, baking soda and lemons as part of an eco-friendly cleaning routine. The article is very informative and in the latest print issue.

The second article I liked is called “Can Facebook Be Your Friend?” – it is also in this issue, and this particular one is already up online. The article addresses well the pros and cons of Facebook and is a good perspective of what being a Facebook user can mean for you if you are not a student or young professional. It’s also a great reminder that as long as you know what privacy settings to use and how much you want to post online, Facebook can be a wonderful way to stay in closer touch with people than you might otherwise.
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1 Karley March 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I'll have to check out both. I have used lemons, essential oils, baking soda, and distilled white vinegar to clean for years. I was so worried when I had babies crawling on the floors (and our dog) that they would be absorbing harmful chemicals from cleaning products into their skin (and bloodstream).

Lemons are the ultimate multi-tasker! What other product can you use to clean the tub, deodorize the skin, flavor food, make the perfect summer drink, highlight your hair & brighten fingernails?


2 Karley March 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

OOPS–I meant lemons to deodorize the SINK, not skin :)


3 Noodlegirl March 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I love this magazine!


4 City Girl March 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Karley – LOL, I knew what you meant.

Noodlegirl – it’s such a relaxing read!! I totally agree.


5 The Curator March 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

The article really highlighted why I won’t use Facebook despite numerous people telling me I need to join:

“At its most unnerving, Facebook feels like a crowded, never ending cocktail party, one where you might find a tormentor from junior high, a blind date from your 20s, and your boss’s boss all comparing notes…Facebook makes contact so casual that it allows people to leapfrog back instantly to a former you, one you thought you had left behind―maybe one you had worked hard to put firmly in the past.”

I can’t imagine someone from my past that I don’t want to talk to “friending” me on FB – ugh! But since EVERYONE seems to be on, I might have to re-think my stance. Sigh.


6 K.Imaginelli March 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm

i'm definitely picking up a copy of real simple ~~ i used lemons in my massive tub cleaning on monday and i think it made a difference.

as for FB~~I finally got on & it was exciting for about a couple weeks but it seems as though once you've friended or been friended, it's enough of a connection that you don't really have to do or say anything else to keep in touch. it's v. strange


7 Carolyn March 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Yay just got mine yesterday! Can’t wait to veg out on the couch today after work and read it :-)


8 March 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Looking forward to catching up on all my guilty pleasure reading this weekend– I’ll have to check out that article!


9 Michelle March 24, 2009 at 4:49 am

Oh I am such a fan of Real Simple too! It is such a wealth of information for everything! I love it too because it’s thick. :)


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