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Good Housekeeping June 2020

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United States
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
liven up your next walk

Tally textures. Explore nature’s variety by keeping track of how many different textures you can find while you’re out. Look for items that are rough, soft, sticky, prickly and so on. Play critter copycat. This active game lets you talk about the animals that share the planet with us. The leader hops like a frog, flutters like a butterfly or darts like a squirrel, and everyone else follows suit. Make up animal actions to mimic faves: Wag your “tail” like a dog or take careful steps like a cat. Go on a scavenger hunt for sounds. We are often so focused on what we see that we forget to keep our ears open. Every so often, stop walking, ask everyone to close their eyes and listen. You might hear a bird calling, water rushing, an…

1 min

TANGY SALAD Toss 1 shallot (sliced) with 2 Tbsp each white wine vinegar and olive oil and ¼ tsp salt. Cut 1 small cantaloupe and 1 seedless cucumber in pieces. Arrange on platter; spoon dressing on top. REFRESHING SLUSHIE Simmer ¼ cup water and 2 Tbsp sugar. Remove from heat; stir in 2 sprigs basil. Cool, then strain. In batches, puree one 6-lb cantaloupe (cut up) and syrup. Pour into a metal pan; freeze 8 hr. With fork, scrape into flakes. SWEET + SALTY APP Thread bite-size cantaloupe pieces, thinly sliced salami or prosciutto (folded into quarters) and fresh basil leaves onto skewers.…

1 min
hot summer reads

RIVETING BEACH READ Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner After years of enduring a toxic friendship with society girl Drue Cavanaugh, Daphne Berg has found her niche as a plus-size Instagram influencer on the rise. But when Drue asks her for a big favor, Daphne has to decide how far she’ll go for a friend who has already hurt her. This tender novel explores the boundaries of female friendship, not to mention the beautiful mansions and charming dunes of Cape Cod. ENGROSSING FAMILY SAGA The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett The identical-twin Vignes sisters grew up to live very different lives, one back in her predominantly black hometown and one across the country passing as white with a husband who knows nothing of her past. This multigenerational story reveals how tightly intertwined the faraway sisters’ stories…

2 min
notes from the kitchen table

I’ve accomplished more around the house in the past month than I have in years, and I know I’m not alone. All over social media, I’ve been admiring pictures of glorious loaves of sourdough, fresh coats of paint, handmade blankets, original artwork, fun crafts and more evidence of our urge to create. I’ve talked to enough yarn-loving colleagues and friends to think about starting a GH Knitting Club (if you’re interested, please email me at jane@goodhousekeeping.com!). Last month, my aunt started making fabric face masks, which in turn inspired my mom to fire up her sewing machine. And over 3 million of you, good readers, have visited our mask-making video tutorial at goodhousekeeping.com/facemask, ready to jump in and help with the shortage of masks. I am so impressed! Speaking of making things…

3 min
trudi cloyd, 35

These days when I go to work I feel like I’m going into battle. I try to make sure to be hydrated, to be rested, to be ready. Once you go in there, you don’t really know when you’re going to get a chance to pause. Plus, when you’re wearing so much — a full gown, two masks, a shield and a head cover — there’s a major risk when you take off the gear to, say, drink from a water bottle or eat a snack. I probably wear it for six or seven hours before I take a five-minute break and take everything off. By that point, your face hurts. Your forehead hurts. Your ears hurt. I tested positive for COVID-19 myself and spent 12 days at home quite sick. I…

2 min
new & hot

How can I keep my hair from changing color in the summer?— CRISTINA S. APRIL FRANZINO BEAUTY DIRECTOR april says: Most strand shades, especially blonde and highlighted hair, can take on an undesired faded or brassy hue from sun exposure in the warm-weather months or even a green cast from the chlorine and copper in pool water. To prevent your color from morphing, coat your hair with a leave-in or regular conditioner before swimming to form a barrier against water absorption, and cover strands with a hat or scarf during prolonged sun exposure, tucking any loose pieces into a low bun. Already discolored? Correct your shade by asking your colorist for a toner or applying an at-home color-refreshing treatment (these also work for extending the life of your hue between dye sessions). Try…