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Wow! I recently earned serious cool cred when I told my son, Grey, I was going to meet R.J. Palacio…only the author of his favorite book, Wonder (now a movie with Julia Roberts — who I also got to meet!). If you don’t know the story, it’s about a special fifth grader with complicated health issues who fearfully starts school for the first time. His often treacherous journey will make you laugh, cry, cheer and ultimately want to be a kinder person. I devoured the book on the cross-country flight to interview R.J., Julia and director Stephen Chbosky — and got so emotional that I ran out of tissues. I loved Wonder as much as my little guy did, but for different reasons. For me, it was the beautifully written characters that elicited such empathy and made me feel every ounce of their heartache and happiness; for him, it was relating to and learning from the challenges of his fictional peers. Either way, one thing’s for sure: Wonder is thought-provoking and joyful. And it’s why Julia Roberts was so moved to bring the story to the big screen — plus one of the inspirations for dedicating the entire GH holiday issue to the spirit of giving. Grey’s teacher even put together a list of questions from his class for R.J., who has answered them for us at goodhousekeeping.com/wonder. If you want the inside scoop from the movie team themselves, skip right to page 76. Happy holidays to you — I hope yours are wonderful! #kindcycle

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

GH GIVING SPECIAL When guest editor Natalie Portman and I talked about this issue (see her letter, page 10), I asked her what she thought we could all do to make the world a kinder place. Her immediate response was to put down our phones and look each other in the eyes. Touché! Powering down….

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WE HERO Property Brothers’ Drew Scott

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“The need for access to clean water is dire. Walk 45 minutes, carry 30 pounds of water…now do that five times a day.”

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In a recent national survey, most GH readers say they care about giving back, but over 25% say they just don’t know where to start. Let us help! We launched the GH Humanitarian Seal to evaluate charities and let you know exactly which ones allow your dollars to do the most good. WE Charity is our first honoree. Throughout our pages, look for these spe- cial banners to get inspired by ordinary champions of kindness — kids, schools and celebrities (even Prince Harry!) who are helping WE make the world a nicer place. You can have an impact right now! Go to hearstfor humanity.com/ghgive to give a small donation to WE Charity’s education projects. As little as 10 bucks will make a big difference in the life of a child. Our special guest editor, WE Ambassador Natalie Portman, shares her own experiences…

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COOL SCHOOL Natalie connects with students who feel so blessed to be educated, they wish they could study more.

When she’s not starring in films, guest editor Natalie Portman is a celeb- rity ambassador for GH Humanitarian Seal honoree WE Charity. As part of her support for the global nonprofit, Natalie has lent her considerable talents to our very first GH GIVING ISSUE.

HELPING HANDS Just like Natalie, shown here in Kenya, students and families can visit to work on community projects in WE Villages around the world.

WELCOME GH GUEST EDITOR & WE AMBASSADOR NATALIE PORTMAN

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When I look back at my own education, I remember how my friends and I would complain because we didn’t want to go to school — we didn’t want to do our homework. I wasn’t aware as a kid that the whole world didn’t live as I did, that in fact I was very, very lucky — that 99% of the world was living in much more difficult circumstances. I thought about that a lot when I first visited the Kisaruni School in Kenya:

The school was built by the WE Charity in the Maasai area, where they previously didn’t provide secondary education to girls. I got to meet the first graduating class, and I was moved by these young women who were so motivated to learn and really took advantage of the privilege. They know how rare it is that a girl gets the opportunity for secondary education there and how lucky they are. The girls wake up at four in the morning to study, and beg for school to be seven days a week instead of five. They realize this opportunity can change their lives. These Kenyans want to be doctors and teachers or the president and come back to their communities to make them better and stronger. One of the nice things about WE is that it engages kids in developed countries to get involved supporting kids in the developing world. We need to expose our children in an honest, non-scary way to things that are going on: how some people don’t have enough to eat, how some animals are not treated as well as their pets at home and how the environment is precious and needs our care. And kids understand. When they see people or animals in need, hear about the environment, they want to help. Kids are naturally empathetic—they have much bigger, purer hearts than we do. WE enables a more conscious, conscientious generation to see the privilege they’ve been born into and learn how to share it. This is why I’m working with Good Housekeeping to help get the WE message out. Anyone can make a difference when you share ideas that are meaningful to you. — N.P.

To learn more about WE Charity, see page 132, or get involved at hearstforhumanity.com/ghgive.

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all slowly collapse on one another in a line. “I had lost so much strength…I stood there with tears rolling down my face. But the girls were like, ‘You can do this! We’ve got you.’ It was an amazing moment. If you have a dream and a passion,

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WE HERO Henry of Wales, a.k.a. Prince Harry HE DID IT! Rallying students and teens to make positive change at WE Day: “In this clickbait culture, we cannot waste time sharing things that make us angry. We are happier when we work in the service of others.”

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Time to play Christmas candy crush! Grab a plastic bag, fill with candy cane pieces and use a rolling pin or a heavy-bottomed pot to smash. Use the crumbles for these festive treats.

MAKE A PEPPERMINT-INI. Dip cocktail glass rim into light corn syrup, then dip rim into crushed candies. Chill glass and fill with equal parts half-and-half, vodka, peppermint schnapps and white crème de cacao.

CHRISTMAS-MOVIE POPCORN SNACK. Drizzle melted white chocolate over air-popped popcorn and toss with a small handful of finely crushed candy canes.

SWEET DIY ORNAMENTS. Spray metal cookie cutters with nonstick spray and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Fill each with crushed candies; bake at 350°F until melted, about 5 min. Let cool 1 min., then make a small hole in each with a greased skewer. After candy cools completely, pop it out, tie a ribbon and hang. (Eat or toss at the end of the season — they won’t keep well longer than that.)

saving money

$pend Less, Give More

We asked GH Seal star RetailMeNot expert and savvy shopper Sara Skirboll how to give the best gifts without bloating your bills.

Make a list; check it twice.

“Failing to plan ahead always leads to unneces- sary impulse buys during the holidays,” says Skirboll. Write down a plan of action: Note whom you need to shop for and where to get what, then suss out prices online so you’ll know you’re not overpaying.

Start in the back.

“When there’s a storewide sale, what’s by the doors has most likely already been picked over,” says Skirboll. “You’ll find more options in the back, since shoppers tend to go there last or skip it altogether.”

Buy in bulk.

If you enjoy wine all year, stock up now. “This season, you can get wine and Champagne for up to 30% off,” she says.

Treat yourself.

Make a list for yourself as you shop. It’s a great way to give friends and family ideas, and if you don’t get what you want on the big day, shop post-holiday, when everything is on sale.

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Don’t forget to check out RetailMeNot for extra holiday bargains in stores and online!

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organizing

Pretty Card Cache

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CLEANING

LAB

Corral your seasonal snail mail in a cool container

Stash cards in a cookie tin or recipe box. Display on your coffee table so guests can flip through it like an album. Card trick: When an envelope arrives, snap a pic and save it with the sender’s contact info in your phone.

Square tin, $15, containerstore.com

Decorating

Pastel Poinsettias

Try a fresh millennial take on the classic: Instead of red or white, pick pink, peach or mint green. And there’s no law that says you must keep them potted. Cut at bases of stems and display bracts (a.k.a. the vibrant leaves) like flowers. Set single blooms in metallic vases in a modern entryway, or cluster a few into a pretty bouquet.

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it has hardened, so let it dry

(help that along by holding

a plastic bag filled with a few

ice cubes against the wax until

it's brittle). With a credit card, gently scrape up the hardened wax, being careful not to damage the wood’s finish. Then, using

a clean cloth, apply an adhesive

remover like Goo Gone (not for unfinished wood) and wipe away any remaining bits. Finally, pol- ish and buff as usual to camou- flage any marks. Next time, of course, you can place candles on stable, heat-resistant dishes large enough to catch any drips.

JUST ONE MOVE

Relieve the Stress of the Season

RESTORATIVE BRIDGE POSE Soothe muscles, headaches and more with this light backbend that offers chest opening and a stretch along the front of your body. It’s great for diges- tion after a big meal!

1. Escape to a quiet room.

Grab a firm cushion and lie on your back, knees bent, feet hip-width apart.

2. Slide a pillow under your

lower back.  Adjust the support so you can relax; it should feel easy to let go.

3. Take two to three deep

breaths. Rest your arms, palms up, at your sides; close your eyes. Remain in this position for one to eight minutes. — Rebecca Weible, founder of Yo Yoga in New York City

Do More with Your Meals!

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Introducing a healthier way to fry, and so much more! The Cuisinart ® AirFryer Toaster Oven is actually a premium full-size toaster oven with a built-in air fryer. That means it not only bakes, broils, and toasts, it also lets you air fry right inside the oven. Air frying, which uses powerful ultra-hot air and 98% less oil than deep-frying, is a healthier way to cook, allowing you to prepare delicious fried favorites, from wings and fritters to fries and shrimp, using little or no fat in the cooking process! Enjoy the crunch without the calories and messy cleanup, with the AirFryer Toaster Oven from Cuisinart!

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WINNER: HOT TODDY Neither is low in sugar, but since hot buttered rum actually contains butter, but you get sat- urated fat to boot, about 300 calories for one. An 8-oz toddy still has about 200 calories. Try Champagne or prosecco for only 100 calories.

WINNER: LATKES A medium potato pancake is about 100 calories, while a crab cake can be nearly 200, depend- ing on size. Condiments (tartar sauce on the crab, sour cream on latkes) add sat fat, so skip or go for applesauce on your latke.

WINNER: MACARON Each silver-dollar-size French macaron is about 100 calories, and they are made from low-in- fat egg whites and almond-based flour. A macaroon has the same calories, but also packs 5 g of saturated fat from the coconut.

WINNER: COCKTAIL SHRIMP You can have five poached cocktail shrimp for only about 70 calories, and you get 16 g of lean protein. A single battered and fried coconut shrimp will set you back 60+ calories, thanks to the batter—coconut, flour and oil.

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WE HEROES Students at Parker Elementary Community Academy, Chicago

THEY DID IT! Created

Dreams of Peace, a weeklong event with a rally, games and a forum to fight issues like gun violence.

You can help! hearstfor humanity.com/ghgive

COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Our Best-Ever HOLIDAY RECIPES

This tip-filled 422-page hardcover collection of GH’s holiday favorites —  from savory starters to sweet seasonal treats, plus decor and gift ideas — will have your crew begging for your secrets. $30, wherever books are sold

Illustration: Clare Owen.

Holiday Lifesavers

Keep these Lab-tested Seal stars on hand to tackle any sniffle, spill, splotch or stink

SPEEDY DUST BUSTER Swiffer’s duster is multi- sided, so you don’t have to contort to clean hard-to-reach places. There’s even a long- handled version for light fixtures and ceiling fans!

LAB LOWDOWN Our pros love its all-around design, which traps dust and allergens with each pass to help you clean more in less time.

Swiffer 360° Dusters Starter Kit, from $5, swiffer.com

TOUGH SCRUBBERS Stock up on Brillo soap pads for the heap of cookware awaiting you post-feast. They’ve been on the job almost as long as GH  — since 1913!

LAB LOWDOWN These tough pads can handle even the grimiest pots and pans, all the while holding their shape and resisting rusting.

Brillo Steel Wool Soap Pads, $2.29 for 10, brillo.com

SMELL STOPPER The scent of last night’s dinner or a pet odor still hanging around? These smells could be clinging to fabrics. Spritz Febreze on your curtains or the couch. It works by trapping and deactivating odor molecules.

LAB LOWDOWN It easily took down stinky smoke and strong cooking smells in our Lab tests.

Febreze Fabric, from $3.50, febreze.com

TOP CLEANING TOOL Carpet and upholstery stains are no match for Bissell’s portable cleaner.

LAB LOWDOWN Our Lab loves the separate tanks for clean and dirty water, powerful suction and bristles — and that this Green GH Seal star has at least 50% recycled content in its plastic and packaging.

Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet Cleaner 1400B, $90, bissell.com

SOFT & STRONG TISSUES Have Puffs within arm’s reach for whatever the holidays throw at you, from a pesky cold to weepy family reunions.

LAB LOWDOWN In tests, these proved absorbent and durable in wet and dry strength evaluations. Plus, testers raved about how soft they felt.

Puffs Ultra Soft Tissues, $1.50 for 56-count cube, puffs.com

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family fashion

Pajama

Party

PHOTO OP! Put the little kids, their older siblings and all the cousins in these adorable, soft organic-cotton PJs from Burt’s Bees Baby, and the Christmas morning present-opening pictures will be b eyo nd . There are versions of the same print available in adult sizes too, but sorry, no cozy footies on those.

Family Jammies, $13 to $25 (kids) and $40 (adults), burtsbeesbaby.com

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under $50

Dazzling

Danglers

Dress up jeans and a blouse with these eye-catching and afford- able “chandeliers.” Try ’em with an updo to highlight your neck and cheekbones.

EARRINGS, from top: $10 (with 20% off using code GOODHK20), gojane.com; New Friends Colony, $47, lulus.com; $19, morninglavender .com; $49, stelladot.com.

skin saver

Vitamin C(hristmas)

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Late nights and

liquid cheer can leave your complexion looking tired and sallow. To the rescue: a boost of vitamin C, the hottest new skincare innovation.

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HOW IT WORKS Vitamin C is an antioxidant that, applied topically, brightens skin by

blocking an enzyme that produces pigment, explains GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. LAB LOWDOWN Highly effective in its pure form, vitamin C can degrade and become ineffective as an ingredient when exposed to oxygen and water. These innovative products aim to deliver more stable and potent C in dry powders, capsules or strips that are activated only when you’re ready to use them — just mix with liquid (as directed on the packaging).

Clockwise from top: Karuna Vitamin C+ Pearls and Activator Serum, $48, Sephora; Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares, $24, marykay.com; Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C 10%, $20, Clinique counters

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It’s the worst time to be side- lined, so I’m going to help you stay well this season. Get the flu shot. December and February are peak months for flu, so it’s not too late. Remember, children under 6 months old can’t receive the vaccine, but they can definitely get the flu. Washing your hands frequently also helps prevent the common cold. Go outside! Colds come from viruses, not just being chilly. In fact, people often get colds in the winter because they’re inside with others who are coughing and sneezing. Get some fresh air to boost your overall health! The Oz fam- ily heads outdoors for our annual Christmas football classic. Make fresh-air fun

a tradition for your family.

Create a fall-free zone. Pour sand on your driveway, and clean up after storms. There

is a documented higher fall

risk in colder seasons, and for older people especially, falls can be deadly.

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PRESENTED BY QUAKER OATS | POWERED BY THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING NUTRITION LAB

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NUTRITION

LAB

JUMP-START

YOU R E V E RYDAY

A hearty, healthy congrats to our friends at Quaker Oats for earning the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem, awarded to food products that make it easier to stick with good-for-you meals and snacks. “Whole grains like oats can make any meal more nutritious thanks to their combo of fiber, vitamins and minerals,” says GH Nutrition Director Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D. Read on for the (surprising!) advantages of eating oats.

The Powerful Nutrition of Oats

Four science-backed reasons to make oats a part of your daily meal plan

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Heart Health

Fiber-filled foods like whole-grain oats help promote a steadier, more consistent release of glucose into your bloodstream. Energy that’s absorbed gradu- ally is energy that lasts, helping you fuel busy mornings and start your day strong.

“Whole-grain oats can help promote satiety because they contain both soluble and insolu- ble fiber,” says London. “This may slow down the rate of digestion and absorption in your GI tract.” And if you feel full, she adds, “you could be less likely to graze on extra calories.”

The insoluble fiber in oats can aid in moving things through your gut, helping to keep you on schedule. London adds, “Drinking plenty of water with fiber-filled foods may also assist with regularity. Aim to increase your intake of both fluids and fiber- filled foods gradually.”

Beta-glucan, a type of fiber found in oats, has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, a key factor in reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. When included in a diet low in saturated fat, 3 g of beta-glucan per day helps lower cholesterol — a 40 g serving of oats has 2 g.

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PRESENTED BY QUAKER OATS | POWERED BY THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING NUTRITION LAB

BERRY BREAKFAST BAKE

In a greased baking dish, combine 1 cup each old- fashioned oats and quinoa, ½ cup roasted almonds, 3 Tbsp chia seeds and 1 tsp baking powder . Pour a mix of 2¾ cups milk, 1 Tbsp melted butter and 1 Tbsp vanilla on top. Top with 3 cups berries and bake at 375°F for 45 min. Serve with Greek yogurt and drizzle with honey as desired.

E AT “DESS ERT” FIRST THING IN THE A.M.! Oats are naturally light in flavor, so they easily soak up the sweetness of nutritious strawberries and blueberries. Adding fruit, nuts and seeds plus creamy (plain) low-fat Greek yogurt can transform your regular oatmeal into a scrumptious pie-like treat.

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Quaker Oats wowed our registered dietitian because they’re…

NUTRITIOUS They’re 100% whole grains that provide fiber, B vitamins and minerals.

SIMPLE Wholesome oats are easy — plus, they are affordable, require little prep and are quick to cook.

TRANSPARENT Health claims made on product packag- ing are supported by nutrition science.

DELICIOUS A food does you good only if you eat it! Luckily, they taste so great that you’ll want to.

VERSATILE Oats are the perfect base for tons of yummy recipes, like our Berry Breakfast Bake.

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PILE ON…

PRETTY

POM-POMS

These on-trend embellishments

instantly make a hat, a sweater,

anything

more

fun.

BEANIE, $32, STEVEMADDEN.COM. GUESS RING SET, $22, AMAZON.COM (AVAILABLE JANUARY 1). SWEATER, $50, AERIE.COM.

WEEK OF AWESOME OUTFITS

HOLIDAY

EDITION

These easy-dressing ideas sparkle and shine Monday to Funday and at every merry celebration in between!

photographed by MIKE GARTEN text by SARA BOWER styling by ANNE CARDENAS

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COZY SWEATER

Rock your favorite knit with a flirty skirt or glittery denim for a casual yet party-ready look.

SWEATER, $148, SCOTCH-SODA.COM. GB SKIRT, $54, DILLARDS.COM. INC INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS BAG, $109.50, MACYS.COM. HEELS, $70, CHINESELAUNDRY.COM.

JEANS

WITH GEMS

UNIQLO X INES DE LA FRESSANGE SWEATER, $30, UNIQLO.COM. NECKLACE, $89.50, ANNTAYLOR.COM. CHINESE LAUNDRY BAG, $59, LORDANDTAYLOR.COM. JEANS, $90, ZARA.COM. SARTO FRANCO SARTO MULES, $109, FRANCOSARTO.COM.

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This season’s must-have fabric works fabulously as an outfit topper or as the main event.

APT. 9 JACKET, $68, KOHLS.COM. SWEATER, $129, TALBOTS.COM. BAG, $52.50 (WITH 25% OFF USING CODE UEHOLIDAY25), URBANEXPRESSIONS.NET. SKIRT, $119, ZARA.COM. FLATS, $89, MARCFISHERFOOTWEAR.COM.

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JUMPSUIT, $179, ANNTAYLOR.COM. BAG, $50, ZARA.COM. HEELS, $60, CALLITSPRING.COM/US.

STEP INTO…

BLINGY

BOOTIES

Shoes with pearls, crystals or even bugs (!) look oh-so-adorable with your favorite jeans.

FROM TOP: $43, OLDNAVY.COM; $70, ZARA.COM; INC INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS, $139.50, MACYS.COM; KENSIE, $149, LORDANDTAYLOR.COM.

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Who says getting dressed up requires a dress? Slacks + stripes is our new favorite outfit formula.

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PANTS, $89, ANNTAYLOR.COM. TOP, $98.50, GAP.COM. CHINESE LAUNDRY BAG, $58, LORDAND TAYLOR.COM. BOOTIES, $40, OLDNAVY.COM.

PANTS, $148, SCOTCH & SODA STORES. DENIM JACKET, $60, AE.COM. BROOCHES (FROM TOP), $55 AND $45, RJGRAZIANO .COM. TOP, $35, HM.COM. BAG, $62.50 (WITH 20% OFF USING CODE GH20), DEUXLUX.COM. HEELS, $60, CHINESELAUNDRY.COM.

DAZZLE IN…

SHOWSTOPPING

SHOES

Shimmery heels raise even the most comfortable outfit to new heights.

HEELS , $55, CALLITSPRING.COM/US.

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Take a shine to a key piece like a blazer or a skirt with allover sparkle.

B L A Z E R , $199, VINCECAMUTO.COM. T O P, $49.50, LUCKYBRAND.COM. B A G , $45 (WITH 25% OFF USING CODE UEHOLIDAY25), URBANEXPRESSIONS.NET. FRENCH CONNECTION J E A N S , $158, BLOOMINGDALES.COM. H E E L S , $89, NINEWEST.COM.

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THALIA SODI SKIRT , $89.50, MACYS.COM. SWEATER , $40, AERIE.COM. BAG , $25, CLAIRES.COM. HEELS , $35, OLDNAVY.COM.

Celebrate with beautiful artificial Christmas trees & heirloom-quality décor for every holiday style.

SHOP ONLINE AT WWW.BALSAMHILL.COM/GOODHOUSEKEEPING FOR AN EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT

featuring the NORWAY SPRUCE NARROWand NORDIC FROST DECORATING THEME The Norway Spruce Narrow has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal.

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WE HERO Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada HE DID IT! Pumped the crowd at WE Day Toronto about the power of self- kindness: “How you treat yourself informs how you look at people who are different than you.”

You can help! hearstfor humanity.com/ghgive

GRAB A …

FESTIVE CLUTCH

This luxe gold thread– embroidered bag will elevate your look for only $45.

BAG , $45 (WITH 25% OFF USING CODE UEHOLIDAY25), URBAN EXPRESSIONS.NET. RING , $120, KENNETHJAYLANE.COM.

Mike Garten. Styling: Cate Geiger Kalus. Interior design: Chango & Co.

YOUR HOME

cleaning + organizing

READY FOR GUESTS

Use our expert tips to get your house company-worthy in a jiff

SPRUCE UP THE

ENTRY

Set the scene for a warm welcome in the most high-traffic area of your home.

123 CONCEAL PAPER PILES.

TRAP DUST.

Reach for a microfiber

cloth, which instantly

grabs and holds on to

particles instead of push-

ing them around.

Stash documents and bills

in a vintage box or stylish

suitcase instead of a file bin,

so it can be on display and

readily accessible.

FINISH WITH THE FLOOR. Use a stiff brush to loosen dried footprints (they’re easier to clean than wet ones), then vacuum.

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YOUR HOME

cleaning + organizing

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Try these shortcuts to clean up the meal-prep zone in minutes

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CLEAR THE COUNTER. Open, uncluttered space makes the room look cleaner, so stash mail, papers and rarely used small appliances (such as a juicer) in designated drawers and cup- boards. Use a spray cleanser and a paper towel to clean and wipe the surface. This goes for the kitchen table too!

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SPOT-CLEAN THE STOVE. Take care of stovetop spills and grease on the door handle or inside the oven door’s glass with a wet sponge and a dash of baking soda (easier to rinse off than a sudsy cleanser). Liberally spritz burned-on food with ammonia from a spray bottle. Whisk away the grime with a scrub sponge; rinse with warm water.

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TACKLE THE FLOOR. Use a sweeper with disposable cloths, like GH Seal star Swiffer, to pick up crumbs, dust and hair from the floor.

GH LAB TIP: Keep

a damp paper towel in one hand to zap stains so you won’t have to stop along the way.

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SPEED-CLEAN T H E BAT H R O O M

Spend less time scrubbing! This plan will have your washroom looking spic-and-span.

PREP THE SPACE. First, flush — this wets the inside of the toilet and loosens soil so it’ll be easier to clean. Then place any loose toiletries in a drawer so countertops are ready for scrubbing.

GRAB A LITTLE BLEACH. Pour ¾ cup into the toilet bowl and brush around the sides and under the rim. Let it sit for five minutes as you move on to the next task.

SHINE UP THE SURFACES. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar. Spritz onto paper towels and wipe away soap drips and toothpaste spatter on faucets, mirrors and counters and in the sink. Give spotty shower doors the same treatment.

COLLECT ANY DIRT OR DUST. Flip over a used vinegar wipe (or if it’s too dirty, make another one) and run it across the back of your toilet tank. Find a clean area on the wipe and run it over, under and around the seat. Now flush the bleach that’s been sitting in the bowl.

MAKE A SPOTLESS EXIT. Shake out your rug or bath mat — this fluffs it up and makes it look recently vacuumed. Next, spot-clean the floor with a damp paper towel.

M O R E H O M E

EXPERTS!

Like what you see? Grab a copy of GH’s special issue, Organize Your Home! ($13, on newsstands now). It’s packed with 239 additional tidying tips to help you streamline everything in your house.

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Sources: Simmons Research, Multi-Media Engagement Study, Spring 2016; Total (Duplicated) Magazine Media 360° Audience, Jan-May YTD 2017, Brand Audience Report.

CAN SHARING BEAUTY TIPS GET UGLY?

MAGAZINE

MEDIA

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With self-appointed beauty influencers coming and going, magazine brands have never looked so good.

Magazine media’s expert, authoritative content is more inspiring, trusted and motivating than any other. No wonder its print, online, mobile and video audience has grown to 1.8 billion. Advice you can feel confident about is a beautiful thing.

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This winter retreat isn’t just decked for the holidays —  it’s also full of design inspiration to create a warm, inviting and stylish home year-round

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GIRL POWER Classmates Alexis, Logan and Madison wrote, acted in and directed a movie that demystifies teen depression and encourages kids to get help.

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Kids Helping Kids

High school students found a creative way to support and encourage depressed peers

G O O D HOUSEKEEPING

IT’S NO SECRET THAT HIGH SCHOOL can be a fraught time for teens, with statistics showing nearly 3 million adolescents struggle with depression. But a group of girls at Brighton Hall, a school in Burbank, CA, found a fresh way to fight back thanks to WE Charity, an organization (and GH Humanitarian Seal honoree!) dedicated to empower- ing children, teens and families to build a better world. In October 2016, WE gave an inspirational presentation at the school that struck a chord with student Madison De La Garza, then 14. “I’m passionate about mental health,” she says. “In our school, I noticed there was quite a bit of misunderstanding about what it is and how it affects people. I thought, someone has to start this conversation, and who better than us?” She decided to begin with what she knew — depression, something she had experienced firsthand. “I wanted to make people realize that this is not something you can just get over,” she says. She wrote a screenplay presenting depression as a bad-seed friend who won’t

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REAL LIFE

student heroes

go away and took her idea to administra- tive director Melonie Magruder, who loved it. Madison (who was a regular on Desperate Housewives and is Demi Lovato’s half-sister) teamed up with Logan Binstock, who directed; Alexis Lombardi, who starred; and a slew of other students who gladly gave up their nights and weekends to ensure that this inspiring story would be told. “At the time, up to 20% of our student population was suffering from mental illness,” says Melonie. “There shouldn’t be a stigma attached to a diagnosis.” The stu- dents set up a GoFundMe page, raised $7,000 and shot the whole film in a long weekend. The 20-minute film, The Imbalancing Act, premiered at a movie theater in L.A. on May 8, 2016, and was uploaded to YouTube the next day. It was an instant hit, attracting praise not only from organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but also from struggling young people all over the world. “We’ve had comments from teens in Brazil who don’t speak English, but who understand the film,” says Madison. “One girl wrote to us on social media that she completely related to the main character, and she checked herself into treatment and got the help she needed.” Today, the girls are sharing their film with other organizations to spread awareness and inspire other future changemakers. Their big-

FASHION WITH PASSION Dressember founder Blythe Hill, in one of her designs, is using fashion to help women heal.

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YOU GOTTA BELIEVE Below, Alexis filming a scene. “We all put in 110%, and it all fell into place,” says Logan.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Logan and Madison prep with the actress playing the bad seed. “Everybody doing it knew this message needed to be told,” says Madison.

gest message? That using your own inher- ent talents is the most effective way to give back. “We could have done a fund-raiser, but it wouldn’t have been as meaningful,” says Madi- son. “We decided to use what we already loved doing. If you’re passionate, you’re always going to get a better result.” — Christine Kopaczewski

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WATCH The Imbalancing Act on YouTube. LEARN Go to we.org/we-schools to find out more about its programs and events. GET HELP Worried you or someone you know is depressed? Visit nami.org to find support.

Wear a Dress, Save a Life

Take the Dressember challenge! You’ll help safeguard girls and women around the world

What began as a lighthearted fash- ion challenge in 2009 — to wear

a dress every day in December —  has morphed into an annual anti–sex trafficking campaign

uniting women around the world. “Initially, I just thought it was fun,” says Blythe Hill. But when the challenge went viral, she realized she had a platform to address

a cause she felt close to. “I was

molested by someone I trusted and carried the weight of that shame for years,” she says. “It made me question my lovability and value as a person.” Helping other victims

became her priority. She incorpo- rated a crowdfunding component

into her Dressember challenge and has raised more than $3 million so far for anti-trafficking organiza- tions. She also sells cool, affordable dresses that are ethically made by sex-trafficking survivors in Nepal, who use a portion of the income to help rebuild their lives. To get

involved, go to dressember.org and create a fund-raising page; post your photo (in your dress) daily and include a link to your donation page. You’ll be looking (and doing) good all month long!  Alexis Reliford

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THE POWER OF

WONDER

Photographed by ROBERT TRACHTENBERG

STARSTRUCK R.J., far left, was “so nervous” the first time she met Julia: “I’m an über fan!” The surprise? “Julia was nervous too!” says the film’s director, Stephen Chbosky, left.

How do you treat people who are different from you? That’s the question at the heart of the book Wonder , now a film starring Julia Roberts as the mother of a boy with a face that shocks everyone who sees him. Here, Julia, author R.J. Palacio and director Stephen Chbosky share how this little book changed their lives

At first glance, this could be any group of friends chatting over coffee — except that one is a mega- beautiful Oscar-winning actor; another is an acclaimed film director, screenwriter and author (The Perks of Being a Wallflower); and the third wrote Wonder, a middle-grade novel that adults love too and that has been on best-seller lists for over two years. It’s the story of Auggie Pullman,

a 10-year-old boy who was born with severe facial

differences. Having been tutored until now by his mother (played by Julia), Auggie is entering

school in the fifth grade — a change that’s stressful for any child, but especially so for one who has spent his life watching others look away. The story

is told through the alternating perspectives of

Auggie, his sister and other kids, a technique that gives the reader true insight into how our actions

and words really affect others. It’s also built around

a teacher’s precepts, sayings related to kindness

that echo the challenges everyone in the story grapples with — and that speak to things we can all do to help create a kinder world. With Auggie’s story now hitting the big screen, Julia, R.J. and Stephen highlight the most meaningful lessons they’ve taken to heart in their own families.

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the power of wonder

Let your heart be your compass.

Julia initially found out about Wonder by reading

a list of the best books for kids. “It was getting

tricky in my house to have a nighttime chapter book everyone would like,” she says. “So I bought Wonder, and I could not put it down. I read it to the three kids [Hazel and Phinneaus, now 13, and Henry, now 10], and they were all as knocked out as I had been. I remember calling my agent after I read the book and saying, ‘I’ll play the mom!’ ” Fun Julia family fact: “I’m the designated

reader,” she says, and she puts on different voices to play the different characters. “I’m often asked, ‘Mommy, can you just use your regular voice?’ I do

a very dark version of Julian [a bully in Wonder ].”

You don’t have to be mean to hurt someone.

The idea for Wonder grew in R.J. after she and her younger son, then 3, were at an ice cream shop next to a child who had severe craniofacial differences — and her son cried in fear. Wanting

to avoid hurting the little girl’s feelings, R.J. rushed to leave, spilling milkshakes and unin- tentionally creating a scene as she did so. “As

I pushed the stroller away, I heard the mom say

in as sweet and calm a voice as you can imagine, ‘OK, guys, I think it’s time to go,’ ” R.J. says. “And that just got to me…what could I be teaching my children so they could understand how to respond better next time? I was disappointed in myself. I started writing Wonder that very night.”

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Always be kinder than necessary.

While the three are together, Stephen, who directed Wonder and cowrote its screenplay, asks Julia how we can all work to be better humans in general. “I think we need to stop criticizing,” she says. “Honestly, it’s become a sport — at lunch, online, wherever. ‘I can’t believe the way she’s wearing her hair,’ or ‘He looks so…’ It’s all so petty, and we’re grown-up people. There have to be more interesting things to note about one another…and I’m talking to myself here too, because I find the sarcasm and the criticism and stuff like that very humorous, but there’s a time when you go, ‘Well, why don’t I say all the true and kind things?’ ”

Never, ever give up.

When R.J. started writing Wonder, her older son had just finished fifth grade, so she set her

story at that age level. “It wasn’t the easiest year for him,” says R.J. “It’s an age when they’re tog- gling between being little kids and being teenag- ers. It’s a fragile moment in their lives. He had a couple of friend betrayals…. When you’re living

it through your kids, it becomes that much more

touching. I was going to great pains to raise a son

with the idea that kindness is paramount…but

I kept thinking, If every other parent isn’t doing

the same thing, I’m kind of spitting in the wind.

I remember one incident where my son got his

feelings hurt and he was sad, and another moth- er’s answer to that was ‘Well, maybe you need to toughen him up.’ That’s not really the answer. Rather than take my son down, why not try to raise the bar for what we expect from our kids?”

Believe you can.

Ironically, working on the feel-good movie trig- gered parental guilt for Julia and Stephen, who both spent long periods on set. Taking a movie role is “a complete mathematical equation now,” says Julia of juggling the demands of parenting with the realities of moving onto a movie set for weeks at a time. “The minutiae are incredibly

irritating,” says Julia. “[But] I knew I was getting

a pass on this one because the kids were like, ‘Mom, you have to make this work.’ ”

Kind words do not cost much.

Making the film kept Stephen from his daugh- ter’s birthday, an ache soothed by a sweet note from Julia that read in part, “Your daughter will not remember her 4th birthday, but she’ll always remember that her daddy made Wonder .” Says

*Precepts adapted from 365 Days of Wonder © 2014 by R.J. Palacio, published by Random House Children’s Books. Fashion stylist: Eliza- beth Stewart. Hair: Serge Normant for sergenormant.com (Julia Roberts), Andre Gunn using Oribe at Honey Artists (R.J. Palacio and Stephen Chbosky). Makeup: Genevieve for Lancôme (Julia Roberts), Adam Breuchaud using Chanel at TMG-LA (R.J. Palacio and Stephen Chbosky). Manicure: Lisa Jachno at Aim Artists (Julia Roberts), Stephanie Stone at Forward Artists using Chanel Le Vernis (R.J. Palacio and Stephen Chbosky).

Stephen, “I will never forget that kindness, because

I was really messed up that day. Trust me, fathers

feel their own guilt.” Later, during filming, Stephen

was able to fly his daughter in to play Auggie’s sis- ter, Via, in a scene in which she just happened to be celebrating her 4th birthday. “So I got to have the birthday I missed!” he says.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

“I for sure need to break up with my phone,” says Julia. “Because once the kids get home from school and it’s the time of day when I’m get- ting a lot of messages, I’ll be making dinner and checking my phone and talking to the kids, but

that’s not the conversation they want to have.

I kind of try to do too many things at once, which I am not very good at, so I go through periods when

I make a conscious effort once they’re home from

school to put the phone down and try not to give

it too much attention until they go to bed. But then you’re in the weeds.”

Very little is needed to make a happy life.

Despite her admitted dependence on her smart- phone, Julia draws a harder line with her kids when it comes to gadgets. “I have a fifth grader who doesn’t have a device,” she says. “I think it overcomplicates the challenging times of fifth grade…[a phone] is not a simple thing of direct communication, getting a busy signal and call- ing back later. [Now] there are so many indi- rect ways of showing someone appreciation —  or not. There are these little side doors now into

REAL LIFE

SMILES & STRESS

Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) gets his first look at his new school with his mom, played by Julia Roberts.

the power of wonder

TWEEN TRIUMPH Wonder originally came out in 2012. The newest cover shows Auggie in his trademark helmet, which allows him to hide in plain sight.

people’s feelings…. Not to be down on social media, but it makes people impatient for answers and information. There is no waiting for your pictures to get developed at the drugstore, the patience of it.”

Nothing is stronger than gentleness.

“My mom gave me unconditional love,” says R.J. “I think that’s the one thing we can really do for our kids. Not to say that we have to be blind to their little quirks and faults, but it helps you in life.” Julia agrees, but adds, “I think some people confuse unconditional love with spoiling. None of my kids would think I have a problem with that distinction. I do love them unconditionally, and I try, when they do something wrong, to say, ‘This doesn’t change the amount of love in this house for you, but you’ve got to do your homework.’ Because I think that also makes a child feel safe.” The lesson is clear: Put kindness first, and the rest will follow.

TAKE TWO A second book, Auggie & Me, includes a chapter from the point of view of the boy who bullies Auggie.

WONDER IN SCHOOLS

Your child’s school can become officially nicer by taking the annual “Certified Kind” Classroom Challenge, a curriculum for third through sixth graders developed around Wonder. Through activities (like creating kindness jars), kids learn lasting lessons in empathy. For more information, go to wonderkindclassroom.com.

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