Best Oversized Books for Kids

By Miranda Rosbach /

There’s something about oversize objects that immediately captivates people. Think giant rocking chairs or markers the size of a grown adult. When considering the scale of a book, particularly one for children, oversize books feel even bigger when they measure to be toddler size or larger. We’re not talking about big books designed specifically for a library or school storytime (think Five Little Ducks or Planting a Garden); rather, we mean books that are constructed to be enormous—and likely will often have to sit sideways on a shelf.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Sleep Logs

By Abby Tolbert /

One would think that wrangling toddlers, nursing newborns, and reasoning with back-talking pre-teens would make it easy to catch some z’s at night. But we’ve all been there: you’ve had a day from H-E-double hockey sticks and as soon as your head hits the pillow, you find yourself tossing and turning long past everyone’s bedtime. A sleep log could be the answer to your restless nights. Here’s what you need to know to start your own: Read More “A Beginner’s Guide to Sleep Logs”

How to Be a Niftier Thrifter

By Abby Tolbert /

If you’ve ever met a professional thrifter, you know that they’re fluent in the art of the #humblebrag. It’s almost as if they’re waiting for you to compliment their adorably vintage necklace/shirt/coffee table so that they can (ever so casually) mention that they snagged it for 30 cents at Goodwill. We might not ever be able to get on their level, but there’s no harm in trying. Here are our thriftiest tips: Read More “How to Be a Niftier Thrifter”

Upping Your Kid’s Snack Game

By Abby Tolbert /

Pretzels, string cheese, goldfish, repeat. If this sounds like a highlight reel of your child’s afternoon snacking ritual, you’re not alone. In a perfect world free of diaper blowouts and meltdowns, we’d only feed our kids colorful arrangements of veggies in the shape of ladybugs and butterflies. But when you’ve got a bazillion things to get done at once, convenience is everything. Here are our fave snacks that are just as nutritious as they are easy.

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Mother’s Day Care Package for Grandmothers

By Holly Sosa /

When it comes to Mother’s Day, thoughtful crafts are what shine the most. I still cherish the flower tipped pen that my daughter gave me her first year of PreK. The ladder art with a picture of my son climbing into the stars with the words, “Mom, I love you to the moon and back,” that he gave me in first grade still hangs in my bedroom closet three years later. These thoughtful gifts melt nurturing mama hearts on Mother’s Day because they’re created by the people we love the most.

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The Puzzle Fundraiser: Pieces of An Adoption Story

By Kiersten Lyons /

When I was in third grade, I wanted to be an ice cream cone for Halloween. My mom happily supported me by buying me two poster boards to make said costume. You see, my mom didn’t believe in buying store-bought costumes (or much of store-bought anything) to encourage creativity, and also because I’m one of five kids, so: budgeting. I cut out two large triangles to make a sandwich board cone and then painted my face pink for strawberry ice cream. I even attached scraps of poster board colored red for a cherry on top of my head. My mom told me I looked darling, but everyone thought I was pizza. I truly wish I had a picture right now, but just imagine an awkward little girl with a bowl cut, dressed like pizza ice cream and… you get the idea.

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