Better Homes and Gardens August 2021

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2 min
editor’s letter

THE FIX-IT LIST I have great respect for experts. When it comes to home repairs, I’ll admit I’m not one, nor am I very handy. I’m not the kind of control freak who has to do everything myself or it’s not done right. I love nothing more than calling up a good repairperson or contractor who can use their hard-won knowledge to improve something and make it better than I could ever have imagined. But despite the number of projects that need attention around my new (very old) house, my approach this summer is different. For one thing, we are in the middle of a home buying and renovation boom, so it’s difficult to find a pro who will even return your calls, especially if you’re a new client. There also are…

1 min what’s trending online

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3 min
make your own adventure

KIDS SCAVENGER HUNT BINGO Take our bingo card around town and document your discoveries by snapping photos of items you see or collecting the pocket-size trinkets like pine cones and feathers. Cross off items as you find them. Get five in a row or aim for top-notch explorer status by finding every item. Click here to download our free bingo card. ADVENTURES ON A DIME Go out or stay in—with our ideas, minimal materials, and your companions of choice, the day (or night) just got more interesting. PICK YOUR PLAYERS Use our handy icon key as a guide to browse the best type of adventure for you and your comrades. KID-FRIENDLY The whole family will enjoy these activities. DATE IDEA Romance and some playful competition feel like a first date all over again. GRAB A PAL The more the merrier for these…

1 min
pour, sip, relax

Green Tea Float Like an extra-decadent iced matcha latte: Add 1 to 2 scoops matcha green tea ice cream to a tall glass. Pour ½ cup brewed (chilled) green tea and ¼ to ½ cup ginger ale over the ice cream. Herbed Arnold Palmer Infuse the classic iced tea-lemonade combo with an herb syrup. In a small saucepan heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until just simmering, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and add 2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves or dried lavender buds. Cover; let stand 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan bring 4 cups water to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add 5 bags black tea; steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing gently. Let tea cool completely. Strain and discard herbs from syrup. In a pitcher…

2 min

[TRY THE TREND] TIE-DYE TECHNIQUES Transform tea towels, pillowcases, or any other white cotton fabric piece using these easy techniques for creating eye-catching patterns inspired by traditional shibori dyeing. SOUND WAVES Wrapping zip ties around folded fabric creates tidy stripes. The zip ties hold the fabric tighter and are easier to secure than rubber bands. SCATTER DOTS Flat marbles secured with rubber bands make these dots. Placement can set a mood—random for playful or a grid for more sedate. RIPPLES Rubber bands spaced 1–2 inches apart around twisted fabric create a concentric pattern that looks like pond ripples. The wider the spacing, the larger the ripples. One-stop Shop These buyable bundles make it easy to get started on dye projects. REVERSE DYE Think of this as tie-dyeing with bleach. Reverse-dye kits remove color instead of adding it and are often used to…

2 min
erica explores foundation lite

i never wore foundation around the house pre-Covid. The idea of a full face of makeup outside of work or a party seemed about as natural as wearing stilettos to bake zucchini muffins with my 4-year-old daughter or changing into a cocktail dress to watch Bravo on the couch (although that might have been fun while we were all stuck at home). When my WFH life required being camera-ready for virtual meetings, mascara and concealer made sense. Foundation still felt fussy. Plus, I learned the best hack for a radiant glow: Set up your computer in front of a window for natural light (and invest in a ring light for cloudy days). But never say never, right? With the world reopening and vaccinations allowing for more masks-off moments, my minimalist attitude has…