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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Staff-Tested Natural Deodorants, Ranked

By Abby Tolbert /

Over the past several months, we’ve been having an ongoing workplace discussion about natural deodorants. How could we possibly talk about something as snooze-worthy as deodorant for months at a time? Well, apparently, it’s a labor-intensive process to find an au-natural deo that actually masks your BO. Some smell like dirt, some give you serious swamp-pits, and some just plain don’t work. Lucky for you, we accidentally tested a bunch. Here are the best, and the worst:

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DIY Headboards You Can Make Before Bedtime

By Abby Tolbert /

Most of the DIY projects that HGTV hosts insist “change the look of a room” are the kind that require a full woodshop and/or the entire contents of your savings account. Headboards can drastically alter the look of a space, but there’s no need to high tail it to an expensive furniture store to achieve the look you want. Here are our favorite headboard hacks; no saws required.

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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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