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The Best Baby Plates, Cups, Bowls & Utensils of 2021

Baby spoons, spill-proof cups and silicone plates that actually stick!

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26 Musical Instruments You Can Make at Home

Take a few minutes today to get creative with the kids and make one of these super simple instruments that really work!

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Simple Ideas for a Hip Picnic Party

Buzz-worthy decor, watermelon sticks, and fresh game ideas. Discover how to make your picnic party fun with minimal hassle.

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Let’s Taco ’Bout This Awesome Play Set

Everyday is Taco Tuesday with this adorable set.

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25 Smart Ways to Save Big During Your Baby’s First Year

Hold on to that wallet! Before you buy, read these tips for saving money when you have a new baby.

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26 Things to Buy on Amazon to Keep Kids Entertained

Spending time indoors just got a whole lot easier.

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Cooking with Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide

“If you are worried about safety, the mess, or a shortage of time, take a moment to consider the options: banning children from the kitchen will keep them in unskilled ignorance until young adulthood or beyond.”

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41 Holiday Gifts That You Can Make at Home

We’ve found easy DIY gift ideas that will make a big impact this holiday season.

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Back to Basics: The 10 Best Non-Electronic Toys for Babies & Toddlers

No batteries needed for these timeless, durable toys that are perennial kid favorites.

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10 Playtime Activities for Babies & Older Siblings

Fun activities that will have your kids playing nicely together and giving you a much-needed break? Double win!

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When Baby Ruby Finally Called Me Nana

“Baby Ruby was just a few months short of two. Caring for her wouldn’t be a problem. After all, I have a Masters in Education and a Specialists Certificate in Early Childhood Education. Making friends with her might prove more difficult.”

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22 Lunchbox Hacks That’ll Help You Survive the School Year

We’ve got the best ideas to take the sting out of the daily packed lunch panic.

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The Only Banana Bread Recipe You’ll Ever Need

This easy-to-execute recipe is a great one to involve the kids in a little baking project everyone will love to eat.

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10 Ways to Foster Baby’s Interest in Music

Play it again, mom! Music can boost a baby’s language skills and brighten their mood. Here are 10 easy ways to introduce your baby to music.

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Tray Play: 10 Fun High Chair Activities for Baby

Need a minute to start dinner or finish the dishes? Try these 10 clever ideas to busy your baby in the high chair.

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How to Rock Being a Working Parent Like a Boss

Every working parenting can find something useful out of this list.

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Crock Pot Lasagna in a Soup Bowl

Lasagna + soup + crock pot = genius. What more could we ask of a dinner recipe?

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To Make Tonight: Stuffed Peppers

Need a new recipe for your weeknight rotation? These stuffed peppers from Gigi of It’s a Sparkly Life are sure to be a winner.

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How to Address the Mess in Kids’ Rooms, from Our Friends at Houzz

Original article written by Laura Gaskill on Houzz
With art projects, fort building, tea parties and bedtime stories, kids are busy all day, every day — and their rooms usually have the clutter to prove it! In this series, we’re…

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Easy Ideas for Fun Stuff Your Preschooler Can Do with Baby

You know how it goes. Your preschooler wants to play with you, but your baby is sitting up, crawling, maybe even walking, and wanting to be a part of the action. Here are 10 activities you can do with no or minimal set up that foster development and fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and older babies.

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The New Mom’s Guide to Encouraging Independent Play

This Independence Day, foster your baby’s independence with these 8 tips for encouraging exploration and play.

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9 Hilarious Tools That’ll Change How Your Kids Eat Spaghetti

These kitchen gadgets and tips mean the world’s easiest dinner just got easier.

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The Restorative Effects of Risotto on Tweens and Parents

Photo: Bethany Stephens
“We had a situation last night…” she said.  
I know this mom, and when I look into her eyes, I feel good about what I see there. Her tween daughter and mine are not the same,…

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Just Opened: Maple at Descanso Gardens

Serving up seasonal fare that will please your entire crowd in a gorgeous setting, Maple lets you linger while the kids can keep getting up to dart outside.

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10 Things to Do With Your Baby Before They Start Walking and Talking

Photo: Mindy Olsen P
Did you know that babies learn faster during their first year of life than at almost any other time? Helping your baby make the most of this wonderful learning period gives them a good foundation for…

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Cook This Tonight: One Pot Tomato Chicken Pasta

It doesn’t get much easier (or tastier) than this one-pot culinary delight.

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Gobble It Up: Thanksgiving Recipes From Local Chefs

From turkey and sides to dessert and creative leftovers, this is how the pros do it — and they’re sharing so you can, too!

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Chewy, Chocolatey Cheerios Bars

This recipe hits all the right sensory buttons: chewy, chocolatey, nutty, crunchy and a little salty.

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Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken

Relish in this Asian-inspired recipe without the take-out calories.

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Dinner Solved! Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken & Shallots

Need a new go-to dinnertime dish? We’ve found one for you. And, it only takes 25 minutes to make!

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Easiest Blueberry Muffins

Anyone can make a batch of these classic blueberry muffins. Click for the full recipe.

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Lemony Tuna Pasta with Fennel, Capers & Olives

Branch out from your usual tuna salad with this light pasta dish from Amy of Elephant Eats.

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Caramel Pear Mice

Turn this cooking activity into a learning moment as you show your kids how to measure ingredients and read a thermometer.

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5 Ingredient Pasta al Pastore

This recipe for Pasta al Pastore courtesy of our friends at A Little Yumminess almost makes itself.

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Foodstirs: An LA Company Stirs up Family Fun

Bring our your inner Julia Child, with the Betty Crocker ease of Foodstirs, the cooking kit that gets you in the kitchen with your kids.

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Rustic Tuscan-Style Sausage Soup

Warm up on a cold winter day with this soup that is healthy, simple and hearty.

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