Finger-pointing cacti at Saguaro National Park

August 07, 2020

If you’re feeling ticked off about the covid state of the world, Saguaro National Park might be the perfect place to go, since its namesake flora look like they’re giving the finger to the universe.

Saguaro was the last park we visited during our family road trip through the Southwest in mid-to-late June. We arrived under a blazing sky, on a 100-degree afternoon, at this Sonoran Desert preserve near Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson divides the two districts that make up Saguaro National Park: Rincon Mountain District on the east and Tucson Mountain District on the west. We chose the western district for its density of saguaros and its 6-mile Bajada Loop Drive, which is unpaved but well maintained.

Literally no one was there. With the visitor center closed (as at all the parks we visited) and no one manning even a ticket booth, we drove on in and tucked away our annual parks pass. It was just the saguaros and us.

You can’t help thinking of these branching cacti as sort of human-looking. Here’s my husband doing his best saguaro imitation. By the way, if you’re not from this part of the world, saguaro is pronounced sa-WAH-ro. Drop

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10 Homeschool Organization Ideas – Best Homeschool Organization for Small Spaces

Cirque du Sewell / A Hughes Fitspo

Teaching your kids — let alone trying to keep them happy, healthy, and entertained during a health crisis — is hard enough. Trying to teach them in the same space your family uses to play, work, gather, and unwind may feel next to impossible. But due to the ongoing health crisis, many families across the country are trying to make it work: Some are forming homeschooling pods, others are going solo, and many are still undecided about which route they should take. Since home schooling for the next academic year (or at least, part of it) is the new reality, make it more manageable for you and your kids with these homeschool organization ideas. Take it from parents who’ve done it themselves to find the best ways to create class schedules, keep your kid’s workspace clutter-free, and organize assignments.

Creating a healthy learning environment for your kids doesn’t mean that you’ll have to live with books, supplies, and papers scattered all over your house for the next year, though. Avoid the clutter (and chaos) by putting these space-saving hacks to work before the school year starts.

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How an Expert Crafter Organizes Her Crafting Supplies

Making a mess is part of the crafting process. But once the glue, glitter, and paint transforms into a beautiful end product, it’s best to make your creative space as neat and tidy as possible. That way, you have a blank slate for your next craft project.

In the video above, watch an expert crafter turn her cluttered crafting corner into a more efficient work space. Good Housekeeping‘s Senior Video Producer Tessa Donolli describes herself as “a big maker of things,” which means she has supplies specific to painting, embroidery, drawing, and just about anything else.

To make her space more efficient and visually appealing, Tessa started by tackling one trouble area at a time and finding the best organization method for each. For example, she hung acrylic paints on a wire rack with color-coded clothespins. She painted each clothespin with the corresponding acrylic paint color to help her quickly eye the perfect shade.

She followed similar organization methods for her other supplies: Everything was categorized by color and labeled accordingly. Aside from her most-used acrylic paints, she stored everything else in clear bins — some with pre-made dividers, others with DIY dividers made out of leftover

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Tia Mowry Releases Etsy Home Decor Collection

Etsy makes it possible for millions of creatives around the world to sell their one-of-a-kind products and vintage pieces, including home decor, on a daily basis. Now, the retailer is bolstering its already impressive home category by teaming up with actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict on a limited edition collection.

Tia, an entrepreneur and mother of two who recently gave Good Housekeeping a tour of her well-organized pantry, collaborated with nine talented Etsy artisans on a refined collection to make any house feel like a home. Her trendy products are all designed to easily help you craft a relaxing environment and enjoy the company of family and friends indoors.

With prices ranging from $22 for a graphic linen kitchen towel to $166 for an organic-inspired beverage pitcher, there’s something for everyone. The star’s appreciation for subdued neutrals and organic materials, along with pops of texture and metallics, is on full display in this special collection. “Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it’s the day that my family regularly makes time to cook and enjoy a meal together,” says Tia, who runs a supplement company and regularly posts lifestyle-focused videos on her YouTube channel. “When

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Cleaning Tips for the Trickiest Kitchen Surfaces

Fingerprints on the fridge, stubborn cooked-on stovetop grime, and unsightly stains on stone countertops—every kitchen has a few elements that can stand in the way of you getting the satisfaction of a sparkling finish, no matter how much elbow grease you apply. A few of those cases can be confronted by working smarter, not harder, and relying on task-specific tools like Scotch-Brite™ Glass Cooktop Wand. Here are a few tips for how to handle some of the most commonly troublesome kitchen textures.

Don’t resort to crazy tricks for your glass cooktop.

      Low-profile glass cooktops have risen in popularity lately, and for good reason. They look sleek, don’t have any major crevices for food to get stuck in, and are available with induction burners. But they can present a tricky cleaning challenge if anything like a splash of sauce gets hardened on there by the heat.

      Scotch-Brite™ Glass Cooktop Wand

      There are all kinds of elaborate hacks out there for getting those messes off, but do you really want to be using harsh scrapers on your priciest appliance? Instead, try the Scotch-Brite™ Glass Cooktop Wand, a winner of the 2020 Good Housekeeping Cleaning Award.

      The pyramid-textured surface effectively

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      Otherworldly trees and rocks at Joshua Tree National Park

      August 03, 2020

      Oh hi! Let’s pop back into the national park road trip. From the central coast of California, back in late June, we headed home to Austin via a more southerly route than our outbound one.

      We zipped through Los Angeles — regretful that the pandemic prevented any visits with friends — and pressed on to Palm Springs.

      Palm Springs

      In the desert oasis of Palm Springs we cruised through town checking out the mid-century architecture and desert gardens. A home-and-garden tour would be worth a return visit one day! After a picnic lunch at a local park, we drove on to Joshua Tree National Park‘s west entrance, about 30 miles away.

      Joshua Tree National Park

      Joshua Tree straddles two of California’s forbiddingly beautiful deserts, the Mojave and the Colorado, which is part of the vast Sonoran Desert. The Colorado, on the park’s less-traveled southeastern side, is low desert with elevations below 3,000 feet. The Mojave, on the northwestern side, is high desert with elevations between 3,000 and 5,000 feet.

      On the Mojave side you find the curious-looking Joshua tree, which isn’t a tree at all but a tall, trunking yucca — Yucca brevifolia to be

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