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Real Simple asked seven very funny people for ways to get a child giggling (before laughing with you turns to laughing at you). By Rory Evans
Funny development: As powerless little creatures who can't even speak well (if at all) or walk well (if at all), "they love knowing the answer. And it's even sweeter-and funnier-when they know you're wrong," says Los Angeles pediatrician Harvey Karp, the creator of the book and DVD The Happiest Toddler on the Block ($15, amazon.com).
Their comedy hero: You.
Comedy gold: Adults making fools of themselves, or what Karp calls "playing the boob." Scour the kitchen for a sippy cup that's clearly in your hand; put a (clean) diaper on your head like it's the hat of a royal-wedding attendee.
Of course, toddlers are also suckers for "a zerbert [the classic raspberry] to the belly or other kinds of tickling," Karp says. (Even better: Let them tickle you.) Father of two BertRead More »from How to joke around with kids
Ever been less than satisfied with your treatment at a salon? Real Simple asked 14 beauty pros to weigh in on how to deal with common service issues. By Stacey Colino
How Do I Stop a Massage Therapist From Yammering During My Massage?
Marc Zollicoffer, Aveda's global educator for massage and spa, in Minneapolis: If your goal is to be quiet and relax, be up-front about it. Say something like "I'm looking forward to peace and quiet today." If the therapist doesn't get the message, try being even more direct. Say, "I'm having a hard time focusing on my breathing or relaxing when you talk, so if we could have more silence, I would appreciate it."
Anna Post, etiquette authority and spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute, in Burlington, Vermont: Don't chat back, because that will encourage more conversation. And then you won't have a leg to stand on.
What Should I Do If My Bikini Waxer Double Dips a Spatula?
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In as little as 15 minutes, you can prepare a delicious, homemade meal in a bowl.
This simple recipe is whipped up from such pantry staples as chicken broth and canned diced tomatoes.Get the recipe for Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew.
Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 12-ounce package fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 14.5-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 bunch kale leaves, torn into 2-inch pieces
kosher salt and black pepper
1 loaf country bread (optional)
 Heat the oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring once, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
 Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
 Add the beans, broth, and tomatoes and their liquid and bring to a boil.
 Add the kale and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, untilRead More »from 21 speedy, savory soups and stews
Inside Your House
- Wash all windows. Use glass cleaner, or one squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water, and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Pick a cloudy day so you can better see any streaks.
- Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, and treated fabric blinds. Use a low setting with a brush attachment. Vinyl shades can be wiped down with a dampened microfiber cloth if they need a little more attention.
- Moderately dirty window treatments need a two-step approach. Start by dusting or vacuuming the valance and frame, then vacuum from top to bottom using the upholstery attachment for drapes, and the brush attachment for blinds. Or submerge blinds or shades in a few inches of cool water and two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid (check labels first to make sure this is safe).