August, September, and October

Yikes!!! I’ve been lax about keeping up with all of the exciting goings-on at Good Housekeeping. So here’s a jumbo, three-month update with everything from August to October. Happy fall, y’all!  (The image above was designed by the geniuses here at GHK for the story about how not to blow up at your kids, but I feel this way about keeping up with all these clips!) 

PARENTING

 

How to Keep Your Cool Around Your Kids When You're Ready to Blow

The Best Empty Nest Advice for Parents Whose Kids Are Leaving the Coop

Why Do Children Have Imaginary Friends, and How Far Do You Have to Play Along?

Gossip Is the Best Toddler Parenting Hack (if You Do It Within Earshot)

What Is TikTok? A Full Guide for Parents

Justin Baldoni, Star of 'Jane the Virgin,' on Raising His Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

Tamron Hall Reveals Her Toughest Parenting Moment, and It's so Relatable

What Are Standard Babysitting Rates? It Depends on Your Location, Family, and Priorities

30 Fun Things to Do at a Sleepover to Keep Them Busy All Night Long

These Will Be the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020

The Most Popular Baby Girl Names for 2020 Will Be Inspired by Nature

The Most Popular Baby Boy Names for 2020 Are Inspired by Travel

Best Jokes for Kids

 

ENTERTAINMENT

 

20+ Best Kids' Movies 2020 Has in Store for Families

Here Is Every Confirmed Original Movie Coming to the Disney+ Streaming Service

A Full List of Every New Disney Show Available on the Disney+ Streaming Service

A Full List of Every Disney Live-Action Remake Coming Soon 

A Complete List of Every Upcoming Superhero Movie, Including Ones From Marvel and DC

How to Watch All 23 Marvel Movies in the Correct Order

10 'Game of Thrones' Locations You Can Actually Visit in Real Life

20 Best End-of-the-World Movies for When You're in the Mood for an Existential Panic

Blippi's National Tour Won't Include the Guy Who Plays Blippi, and Parents Are Pissed

Build-a-Bear's 'Frozen II' Bears Will Melt Any Frozen Heart

Is Disney's Bedtime Hotline Free? What It Costs to Give Kids a Goodnight Message From Disney Characters

Everything You Need to Know About LEGOLAND New York, LEGO's Biggest Theme Park Yet

Mattel Makes History by Launching a Gender-Inclusive Line of Dolls

'The Haunting of Hill House' Season 2, 'The Haunting of Bly Manor': Everything We Know About the New Season

 

HOLIDAY

 

65 Kids' Halloween Costume Ideas for Easy, Creative, and Unique Trick-or-Treating 

20 Unique Toddler Halloween Costumes That Are Too Stinkin' Cute

What Is Trunk-or-Treat? Halloween Tailgating Is Genius When You Really Think About It  

40 Trunk-or-Treat Ideas for the Spookiest Car Ever

40 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix That Will Give You the Chills

20 Coolest Halloween Gender Reveal Ideas That Celebrate Your Little Pumpkin

10 'The Purge' Costumes for People Who Are Dead Serious About Looking Scary

20 Cute Baby Thanksgiving Outfits for Their First Turkey Day

60 Christmas Crafts to Bring a Handmade Holiday to Every Room in the House

The Best Types of Christmas Trees for People Who Want the Real-Tree Smell in Their House

20 Christmas Gift Tags for the Perfect Finishing Touch

How to Tell Your Kids About Santa Without Breaking Their Hearts

20 Baby's First Christmas Ornaments That Celebrate Your Growing Famil 

30+ Best Christmas Books for Readers of All Ages That Aren't "The Night Before Christmas"

20 Classic Christmas Cards to Delight Your Friends and Relatives

16 Creative Christmas Card Photo Ideas for Your Best Holiday Greeting Ever

 

GIFT GUIDES

 

The Best Star Wars Gifts for Kids, Adults, Rebels, Jedi, Princesses, Bounty Hunters, Sith, and Everyone Else

20+ Magical Unicorn Gifts for People Who Love Rainbows, Glitter, and Sparkles

20 Toy Advent Calendars for Kids to Get Them Excited About the Run-Up to Christmas 

These Cool Advent Calendars Make the Countdown to Christmas Extra Exciting

Chocolate Advent Calendars for People Who Want a Sugar-Filled Christmas Countdown

The Best Advent Calendars for Men Who Love Beer, Comics, Meat, and More

Stocking Stuffers for Teens That They'll *Actually* Want

Target Says These Toys Will Be the Most Wished-for Christmas Gifts

Walmart Says These Will Be the Hottest Holiday Toys for 2019

20+ Best Baby Gifts to Delight Brand-New Parents

The 10 Coolest Baby Girl Gifts to Buy in 2019, According to Parents and Good Housekeeping Institute Experts

10 of the Coolest Baby Boy Gifts to Buy in 2019, According to Parents

10 Fun Gender-Neutral Gifts for Babies Whose Parents Want to Be Surprised

 

SHOPPING/STORES

 

15 of the Coolest Kids’ Clothing Stores to Shop Online

The Best Baby Stores Online for Parents to Bookmark Right Now

Hasbro Promises to Remove Nearly All Plastic From Its Packaging By 2022

Disney Stores Are Setting up Shop Inside 25 Target Locations, and We Want to Live in Them

Walmart's Car Seat Recycling Program Means Savings for Parents — Here's How to Get Some Money Back

 

STORIES I EDITED FROM OTHER WRITERS


Do Girls Really Prefer Pink? There's No Hard-Wired Reason for Girls to Choose Pink Over Blue

13 Things Nobody Tells You About Postpartum Recovery (But Really Should)

Who Are My Kids Talking to Online? Internet Safety Facts for Parenting in a Digital Age

How to Spot and Treat Anxiety in Kids, According to Child Psychologists

Child Therapists Explain How to Stop Your Kids' After-School Meltdowns for Good

The Sunday Scaries Are Tough, but Here's How to Beat Them

The Best Ways to Handle Teen Anger, According to Psychologists

Long-Distance Relationship Tips for Couples Who Are Separated by Miles

Are There Foods That Induce Labor? Why Overdue Moms Can Skip the Eggplant Pizza

Do Kids Actually Need Playdates?

20+ Pretty Christmas Living Room Décor Ideas for the Coziest Room in the House

20+ Christmas Mantel Ideas for a Holly, Jolly House


ESSAYS I EDTED FROM OTHER WRITERS


I Happily Changed My Last Name After I Got Married, but I Didn't Realize What I'd Lose

I Won't Let My Son Play 'Fortnite,' and This Is How His Friends Reacted

My Husband and I Plan Our Whole Lives Around My Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenia

Breast Cancer Made Me a Better Mom

I Wasn't Ready to Talk to My 3-Year-Old About Death. Then Nana's Cat Died.

Parents, Why Do We Belittle Each Other's Problems?

My Daughters are Ditching Their Big Dreams for Their Cell Phones

 

May at GHK.com

May saw the launch of the project I'm most proud of at GHK (so far)

It's a huge editorial package looking at the ways we raise boys today. As the mom of a daughter and a parenting editor, I get so many pitches about how to raise empowering girls. I started to wonder, "Well, what about the boys?" We look at the messages boys receive growing up, and how that impacts them into adulthood. There are so many good essays, quotes, and eye-opening stats in here. Take a look!



What else? Summer has just barely started, but I'm already starting to think about back-to-school. Like many adults, I still find shopping for supplies to be a small pleasure, so I threw many of my favorites into a gallery of teacher gifts. 


25 Dorm Room Essentials Every College Student Needs



But beyond the pencils and the books, I also wrote these stories.

Health/Safety

What Is Surrogacy? The Process, Types, and Costs, Explained by Experts

The 5 Best Toddler Swim Safety Tips, According to Swim Experts

Entertainment

Jennifer Lopez's Young Daughter Just Blew Us All Away With Her Amazing Singing Voice

All 21 Pixar Movies, Ranked From Best to Worst





A Hot Minute on Pandora

Disney World is on of my favorite places on Earth, so I was extremely excited to be one of the first to visit Pandora: The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom for Parents. I had some tips on traveling there with the kiddos. 

"1. Carve out some time to just explore the land. You may think that, with only two rides, it'll be easy to breeze through Pandora, but there's a lot to be seen just by walking around the paths. One Disney expert I spoke with suggested that you plan on spending 45 minutes there in addition to the time you'll spend waiting on line for the attractions. Look for interactive elements, like playable Na'vi drums and exotic plants that steam and squirt water at guests.

2. Pandora looks completely different in the daytime, when you can see all the details of the extra-terrestrial flora, and at night, when the bioluminescence of the land gives everything a blacklit glow. It's worth it to see it in both lights. Animal Kingdom is looking to beef up its other nighttime offerings, like adding the new Rivers of Light show (which was sadly rained out for my visit). If the kiddos can't stay up that late, though, you can get a good idea of the bioluminescence in the Na'vi River Journey.

3. Talk with the cast members. Everybody has a tale of how they ended up on Pandora—you can start by asking them if they were born on Pandora or Earth. The "Field Guides" walking around can give you even more background about the world's creatures, teach you some of the Na'vi language, and offer hints about what you may see, like how to tell the difference between a true Na'vi and a lab-created avatar. (Hint: Count the fingers.)"

Click through to read the rest of the piece at Parents

Photo credit:  Kent Phillips/Disney

Condé Nast Traveler: The World's Largest Ferris Wheels

Incredible Views from the Tallest Observation Wheels in the World

High Roller
Las Vegas, Nevada

Height: 550 feet

Ticket price: $24.95-$34.95

What you’ll see from the top: The current record-holder for the tallest observation wheel in the world (for now), the High Roller offers 360-degree views of The Strip (including the Bellagio fountains), along with Red Rock Canyon, the valley, and the mountains beyond.

FYI: Who needs a drive-through Vegas chapel? The High Roller offers its own quickie weddings, where you can say “I do” 550 feet in the air. Wedding packages can include a private cabin with a private VIP entrance, a personal in-cabin bartender, 90 minutes of photography, and room for up to 25 guests.

Condé Nast Traveler: Historical Landmarks With Amazing Views

Sky-High History: Landmarks with Amazing Views

Sure, cities are constantly debuting new skyscrapers with amazing observation decks—but it's not only modern buildings that provide stellar views. These structures, all built before the 20th century, offer bird's-eye views that have stood the test of time, and offer a little bit of history to go with them. Sure, cities are constantly debuting new skyscrapers with amazing observation decks—but it's not only modern buildings that provide stellar views. These structures, all built before the 20th century, offer bird's-eye views that have stood the test of time, and offer a little bit of history to go with them.

Mole Antonelliana
Turin, Italy

At nearly 550 feet tall, Turin's Mole Antonelliana has earned plenty of bragging rights. It claims to be the tallest museum in the world, along with the tallest building in Italy, and it was once the tallest brick building in the world. One advantage it has over other historic platforms: You don't have to climb any stairs to take advantage of its height. Instead, take an all-glass elevator to the top, where you can see all the way to the Alps. Then, explore the rest of the building, which is now home to Turin's Museo Nazionale del Cinema and contains a vast collection of artifacts related to the history of film.

Click through to read the full slideshow at the Condé Nast Traveler

Image: © Stefano Cavoretto / Alamy




Condé Nast Traveler: Trips Inspired by the Best Picture Nominees

Oscars 2015: Trips Inspired by the Best Picture Nominees

The Imitation Game

Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) kept lots of secrets during his time at the United Kingdom's Bletchley Park, where he and other MI6 agents and mathematicians worked to break German codes during World War II. If he were alive today, he might be shocked to find out that now the whole complex is open to the public. The site may look more like a Victorian weekend retreat than an army base—but that was exactly the point. Today, the area has been restored with exhibits dedicated to the secret codebreaking operations that went on at the site. There, you can find examples of the "unbreakable" German Enigma machines, as well as a fully operational reproduction of the machine Turing help build to break the Enigma codes. Hut 8, where Turing worked, features a re-creation of his own office, and the park also hosts an exhibition dedicated to The Imitation Game, with props and costumes from the movie.

Click through to see the full slideshow at The Condé Nast Traveler.

Image: The Weinstein Company




The Daily Traveler: Pop-Up Ice Rinks

Our Favorite Pop-Up Ice Skating Rinks Around the World

Le Grand Palais des Glaces
Paris, France

The gorgeous, Beax-Arts Grand Palais was built for the 1900 World's Fair, but it's still turning heads more than a century later. Starting in December, the floor of the glass exhibition hall is frozen to form the world's biggest indoor ice rink, checking in at more than 29,000 square feet. Come when it gets dark to see the projections and animations that light up the massive rink. Then stay until late—starting at 9 p.m. and lasting until 2 a.m., DJs provide the music while visitors dance under stars visible through the glass ceiling. Open through March 8

Click through to see the full slideshow at the Condé Nast Traveler.

Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images


The Daily Traveler: Ghost Tours

Scariest Ghost Tours for Halloween

Explore haunted spaces, meet scary spirits, hear dark legends—and, yes, maybe learn a little history—on these ghost tours.

Boroughs of the Dead
New York City

Tour: The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour takes guests through some of New York City's most famous haunts, including the "House of Death," (pictured) a house that is haunted by 22 spirits—including (possibly) the ghost of Mark Twain, who lived there for a year.

What Else You'll Pass: St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, McSorley's Tavern, the Public Theatre, the Merchant's House Museum, and Washington Square Park.

You Might Meet: A boy who haunts the sixth floor of Hayden Hall at New York University. He hanged himself there more than 20 years ago; now he spends his time opening and closing drawers and moving furniture around.

FYI: All of Boroughs of the Dead's tour guides are writers who specialize in horror and speculative fiction (and a few of them are actors, too)—so they know how to tell a good ghost story.

Tours meet at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 E 10th St, New York, NY, 646-932-0680; boroughsofthedead.com. Tours last two hours and cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Click through to see the full slideshow at the Condé Nast Traveler

Photo Courtesy of Boroughs of the Dead

The Daily Traveler: Rooftop Bars Around the World


When you want more than just a cocktail, head to one of these rooftop bars, where the price of a drink gets you access to some rarified scenery.

Sonny's Soda Shoppe
New York City, New York

Don't let the name fool you—you won't be heading to Sonny's Soda Shoppe for an old-fashioned egg cream. Instead, this is where a well-heeled crowd gathers to sip cocktails and check out the view of lower Manhattan and beyond. It sits atop the modern Mondrian SoHo, but the design is meant to recall a 1950s Italian beach club, albeit with faux grass turf instead of sand.

To drink: We didn't say there were zero old-time soda fountain pleasures to be had. Sonny's Blood Orange Gelato Float combines Don Julio Añejo, Chartreuse, vanilla gelato, and blood orange soda.

Click through to see the full slideshow at the Condé Nast Traveler.