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Good Housekeeping June 2019

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United States
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
fun new ways to celebrate dad

1 GET HIM A CELEB SHOUT-OUT The cool new website Cameo lets you request personalized video greetings from celebs (like Sean Astin from Stranger Things) that can be sent directly to his phone (from free to $2,500). 2 WRITE A STORY STARRING HIM Go to blueprints.amazon.com and click on “All About Dad,” then use the Mad Libs–like template to create a custom tale that Alexa will read aloud (works on all Echo devices). 3 CREATE A GROUP VIDEO MESSAGE Set up an account at tribute.co, and the service will coordinate loved ones via email and compile their videos. Once you order and add any desired effects, it will email you the final product (from $25).…

1 min
dog’s best friend

Meet Charlie and his little buddy Maverick. Charlie, an 11-year-old golden retriever, had to have both of his eyes removed within the span of a year because of severe glaucoma. In January, his owners added Maverick, now 6 months old, to the family, and he has brought out Charlie’s playful side. The relationship goes both ways: While Maverick lifts Charlie’s spirits, brings him toys and keeps him active, Charlie is working on teaching Maverick some manners. Here’s to these furry #GHheroes!…

1 min

While it may not be the most glamorous fixture in your house, having a good one is crucial. That’s why we evaluate factors like flushing power, clogging potential and noise level to see which models can stand up to daily use. As part of our rigorous testing, here are some of the items we send down the drain. GOLF BALLS These are used to mimic dense waste. In our last test, the most golf balls a toilet could flush at a time was 19! SPONGE STRIPS One toilet that failed our last test couldn’t flush a single sponge. KOOL-AID The bright drink mix helps us determine how well a flush rinses the inside of a bowl. Sign up to become a GH tester today at ghtesters.com. Getty Images (4). Face Buff courtesy of Jack Black. Backpack courtesy of…

1 min
my hometown grand rapids, mi

eat & drink “There are so many amazing happy hour spots, but my go-tos are Founders Brewing Co., which has the best craft beer in town, and Butcher’s Union, where I order the Rye’N Gosling, a tasty mix of rye, rum, pineapple juice and lime. In the summer, you can dine outdoors at The Søvengård’s beer garden. Their dishes are seasonal and locally sourced, so your meal will essentially be Michigan on a plate.” shop “Whether I need a unique gift for my babysitter’s graduation or one for a friend’s birthday, I stop by Rebel. Their curated items—which include everything from stationery to jewelry to home goods—are fun, quirky, colorful and slightly snarky.” explore “Just a 45-minute drive from the city, you’ll find the Lake Michigan shoreline. I travel for a living, and yet the…

1 min
you could win a chance to escape to paradise

YOU COULD WIN! $2,000 VALUE ENTER NOW bit.ly/2UNFqHy DETAILS, PAGE 120 MAKE A SPLASH The whole family will love floating down the 335-foot lazy river (one of the largest in Florida), taking a plunge down the two-story slide or simply wading in the huge pool at the newly renovated tropical-themed on-site Wakulla Falls water park. HEAD TO THE OCEAN Explore the live entertainment and cool shops at the 800-foot-long Cocoa Beach Pier or spend all day sprawled out on the sand. Don’t want to lift a finger? Sign up for the beach concierge service, which provides chair setup, sunscreen and even sunglasses cleaning. DINE IN THE SUNSHINE Come hungry and chow down at one of the pier’s delicious open-air eateries, which serve everything from casual bites to fresh tropical fare. A must-visit: the new Rikki Tiki Tavern (above),…

1 min
plane rules

LEAVING YOUR ROW It’s never OK to climb over people, even if they’re asleep. Instead, get up and gently tap your seatmate, then say “I’m sorry to bother you” and wait for him or her to rise and let you out. RECLINING YOUR SEAT Going slowly is key, since you don’t know how long the legs of the person behind you are. Bumping his or her knees means you’ve gone too far. It’s a nice courtesy to put your seat back upright again at mealtime. CLAIMING ARMRESTS The person in the middle seat gets both the armrests—yes, both. It’s only fair, as he or she is sandwiched between strangers. FINDING OVERHEAD SPACE If the bin above your seat is full, look in front of you, not behind you, for a spot. If all else fails, ask the…