This month’s Real Simple had me itching to open it, thanks to the yummy food on the cover and promises of a month’s worth of recipes inside. Score! There were some other gems hidden in the mag, as always, so join me for a recap of the goods!
1. Real Simple Paper Artist. This isn’t an article, but there is quite a cult following of RS’s amazing paper sculptures that appear in every issue. I can’t wait to flip through my monthly issue to see what crazy object they’ve decided to make out of paper this month. The artist is Matthew Sporzynski, and he’s a friggin genius who also happens to be on the faculty for Parsons the new school for design. Google his name and enjoy the smorgasbord of goodness that he creates – you won’t be sorry!
2. Home Office How-To. Since my husband works from home on a semi-regular basis, I may leave this article strategically placed around the house so he can read all of the great information it has to share. This article not only touches on the importance of ergonomics during your workday (good posture = less problems/less fatigue) but it also gives some interesting tips on how to set up your work space and how to properly stay focused if you aren’t working in a typical office environment. Some of my favorites tidbits were that people are more productive in blue-green environments as opposed to red, and that your computer screen should be brighter than the ambient light in the room. Oh, and this article also points out that the typical Facebook visitor spends 4 hours and 33 minutes on the site a day. Talk about loss of productivity.
3. Fall Shopping Made Easy. Once again, Real Simple has camped out in my brain and made an article directly from my brain cells. It’s starting to freak me out. This article polled RS readers to find the 5 retailers they frequented most often, and researched all of the best finds at each one so we didn’t have to. Talk about making it easy for a girl! 4 of the 5 stores were my favorite mall stops, so I was happy to find the sweetest deals without having to spend so much time in the stores (new boots at the Loft – yay!). They also pointed out that the average mall visit takes 77.9 minutes, which is a lot of time in a busy girl’s schedule. Thanks for giving me an hour back, RS. I owe ya one.