I liked the idea of this magazine, 'life made easier'. I bought one for the first time last month to take on a long car ride to see inlaws after hearing so much about it. After reading through it, I was terribly disappointed. The ads (which support the mag, of course) are for ridiculously expensive items, which is so anti-simple in my book. The idea of 'real simple' in my mind is to reduce consumerism of non-nessessary items, not just reduce, recycle and reuse like we all know. If it wasn't chock full of Cosmo-type ads for pricey designer fashion, accessories, cosmetics, cars and other 'fluff', I'd like it more. By seeing ads over and over again for products like theirs, your subconscious is bombarded with 'branding' and you do remember and actually desire that stuff on some level. And a lot of that fancy crap is made overseas by factories that may be not the most environmentally or socially responsible. Also not 'Real Simple'.
It's an everyday woman's version of Martha Stewart's Living in my opinion. I mean, from the last month's mag, who really uses SO MANY morning cosmetic products that they forget to put on their deodorant or toner for example, so they have to line them up in their cabinet in order of use?
The simple solution would be to get rid of all that crap that you don't really need anyway! And who really wants socks on the bottoms of their chairs when you can just cut and glue a circle of felt to the bottom to prevent scratches?
If I want a real magazine about reusing what I have or living simply, I'll pick up Mother Earth News or Countryside (well, i have subscriptions to both, lol), but for a break from every day stress with a cup of tea, this mag is nice. But not at all crunchy. I mean, there was nothing enlightening in there but the pictures are pretty. I wouldn't buy another copy but if my mom drops one off in the piles of mags she buys, I'd probably read it again. :LOL I don't mean to rain on your parade, Wynken. It's a nice mag for what it is. But I don't think it's the panacea we're hoping for.