• It's a great way to get away from the daily grind, commune with nature, and keep the kids far from the tube. With thousands of campsites across the country to choose from, how do you narrow down which one is right for your family? In today's episode, we showcase some of our favorite spots from around the nation.

    Do you have a favorite campsite? Let me know in the comment section below. Here are ours:

    California's Joshua Tree National park
    Eight hundred thousand acres filled with endemic trees and ancient, wild rock formations. The best part? No need to be an expert climber. Jumbo rock is a blast to explore. There is also horseback riding, birdwatching, and mountain biking.

    Florida's John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park www.floridastateparks.org/pennekamp

    Located in the Florida Keys, this original undersea park features 178 nautical miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. A perfect place to scuba, snorkel or take a glass bottom boat tour.

    Idaho's Warm River

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  • I'm somehow down to one very old, very scratched plastic cutting board in my kitchen that over time has developed an unfortunate u-shape (which makes it especially hard, and probably dangerous, to cut on). This lame state of affairs has had me thinking it's time to update my supply-and my maintenance habits.

    My first order of business is buying new cutting boards. Much as I love the beauty and organic quality of wood, at the end of the day I prefer the ease of the plastic variety (they're more lightweight and less work to clean)-but clearly that's a personal preference. No matter what you choose, it's a good idea to buy a couple boards: one for veggies and fruits, and another for meats to avoid cross-contamination (I like these Oxo ones with non-slip grips so they don't slide on countertops, plus they come in different colors so you can easily tell your meat and veggie boards apart). I also like having a smaller one in the rotation for quick, little tasks like chopping herbs.

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  • Bombshell Marilyn Monroe lived-and died-in this gorgeous Brentwood, California Spanish-style house, and now it could be all yours, for a cool $3.6 million.

    As Curbed LA reports, the starlet bought the secluded four bedroom, three bath home-her first and last time as a homeowner-tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sec in March of 1962, just a few months before she passed away there. She paid $90,000 for it, and took out a fifteen year mortgage making monthly payments of $320. In the book, Hollywood: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour to Movie L.A., it says Marilyn was encouraged by her psychiatrist to put down roots, and that "she had found the house and bought it-all by herself. She had liked the house and took a trip to Mexico to look for furnishings and fabrics. She especially liked the garden, where she often played with her poodle, Maf."

    It's a shame she didn't have more time to enjoy the place. At 2,624 square feet, the built-in-1929 hacienda is

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  • Tommy and Dee Hilfiger show off their flair for fashion and decor in their new apartment at the Plaza in New York.

    Perhaps it's only fitting that the Hilfigers' new home is perched on one of the highest floors of one of New York's most iconic landmarks, the Plaza Hotel.

    "We tried to incorporate as much of the history of the building as we could," says Tommy Hilfiger's wife Dee of the luxurious two-floor condo they bought in 2008 and the hotel's roster of storied guests. "From Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles to Jackie O., it makes you think, if these walls could talk," she muses about the hotel and residence at the corner of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue.

    Playing to his forte of re-creating the past, Tommy elaborates on his apartment's decor: "We had a vision to create an old-world atmosphere complementing the old-world Plaza." And they did just that, with a wink, of course

    Related: Click Here to See More Photos of Tommy Hilfiger's Home

    Following a gut renovation, the grandiose,

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  • Before any trip, there's inevitably that frantic last-minute scramble to not only pack but tie up loose ends at work and at home. To take the edge off the latter-and to ensure you can actually have enough peace of mind to fully relax while you're on holiday-here's a checklist of things to remember to do before you head out the door.

    Hold all your mail and newspapers (it's kind of an open invitation to burglars otherwise, signaling the fact that you're not home!).

    Tell a neighbor you trust you're out of town, and consider giving them a key just in case, or at least have them keep an eye out on your house.

    If you've got a spare key hidden somewhere outside your house, now's the time to remove it.

    Close the curtains on any windows where people can see in to your house.

    Set interior timers so that a lamp or two turns on at night.

    Turn off your hot water heater-you might as well save some cash while you're away.

    Make copies of your important documents, like

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  • Organize Your Home by Color

    By Brynn Mannino

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    Color-coding offers visual cues that can identify anything from road signs to sports teams. Even doctors' offices use it to track their patients' files. But for some reason we rarely think to apply the system at home. WD has spoken with experts to learn how color can help you organize everything-from your kids' bathroom routine to your home office-with maximum results and minimal effort.

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    Laundry should be separated anyway, so it's a no-brainer to extend the color-matching practice to your laundry baskets. "Assign like colors to like things," says Laura McHolm, cofounder of NorthStar Moving, an L.A.-based moving and storage company. For example, choose a light blue-rimmed tote for lights and whites, and a navy blue option for darks. Oversize Canvas Carry-All, prices start at $25; TheCompanyStore.com



    For anyone with children at home, it can feel like an insurmountable task to keep all their bathing items

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    We're on a roll with the DIY painting projects this week, this time focusing on a cute, functional, couldn't-be-easier decorating idea for you and your kids.

    All you need is a little bit of space and some chalkboard paint. Tape out a large rectangle on one wall-via ohdeedoh.com I found this link to smorgasbordblog.com, where they've dedicated part of their dining room for this purpose-and fill it in with chalkboard paint. This serves as a blank canvas for your kids to have at it with drawing on the walls, and there's something very cool about the way the blackboard "hangs," transforming your children's doodles into modern, abstract artwork.

    Related: Easy, inexpensive, DIY project: painting stripes on walls; Decorators weigh in on the ultimate white paint

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    Wallpaper has resurfaced as a major decorating trend in the last five or so years, and much as I'm dying to partake, the expense of not only the actual wallpaper but the labor to hang it (this definitely falls under the category of home improvement projects I don't trust myself to tackle on my own) is daunting. Instead, I've been considering painting a pattern on my walls to mimic the graphic effect. And if you go with something relatively straightforward, like stripes, it doesn't seem that hard to accomplish.

    First, pick your colors. If you're craving something really bold you can go with opposing shades of black and white or something similarly high-contrast. For a more subtle look, try shades within one color group, like robin's egg and powder blue. It can also be fun to mix paints with different finishes-like matte and semigloss-for more visual interest.

    Consider whether you want vertical or horizontal stripes. Both add dimension to a space, though vertical stripes make

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  • Twilight star Peter Facinelli and wife (and 90210 alum) Jennie Garth opened up their Hollywood home to InTouch Weekly recently, revealing a family compound that's as luxuriously appointed and sprawling as that of the Cullens' (albeit far more warm and cozy than his on-camera vampire den!).

    The couple bought the 6-bedroom, 9,500-square foot estate located in a star-heavy hood that includes Sara Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and the Cyrus clan as neighbors, five years ago. The $6 million house-which boasts amenities like four indoor fireplaces (plus an additional one outdoors), a swimming pool, beautifully landscaped patios, and a kitchen fit for a professional chef-also has its own celebrity pedigree: John Ritter grew up there, and it was designed by the same architect who created homes for Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra too.

    With its lush grounds, ample size, and elegant-but-comfy furnishings, it's the perfect place for Jennie and Peter to kick back with their three

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  • Lighting is one of the most important, yet oft-overlooked aspects of any party-especially one taking place outdoors. Not only do they serve a functional purpose, helping you and your guests navigate in the dark, but they can also add so much charm and ambiance to a patio. Here, twelve affordably priced options-from high-tech solar-powered lanterns to dainty hanging glass votives to flower-shaped floating candles-to accentuate your next backyard barbecue.

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