Recipe: Blackberry-Oat Bran Muffins
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) 2/3 cup oat bran 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon fine salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 cup buttermilk 1 1/2 cups chopped blackberries Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk together flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with buttermilk, and beat until combined. Fold in blackberries. 3. Divide batter among muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out with moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes, then transfer muffins to rack and let cool completely.
5 No-Cook Weeknight Dinners, Plus 2 Weekend Grill-Outs
We have dinner inspiration for you. Make one of these recipes tonight and every night this week. By Victoria Spencer of Martha Stewart Living It’s no-cook week here at marthastewart.com. We’ve got Monday to Friday taken care of without turning on the stove top, oven, microwave, or even the grill! The secret of no-cook? Combining fresh ingredients with a few good-quality store-bought items. So now you know! Come the weekend, we’re breaking out the grill and celebrating summer with even more delicious meals. Visit us every week for dinnertime inspiration. MONDAY: TOFU WITH BABY BOK CHOY AND NOODLES Rice noodles are a no-cook chef's secret weapon. WHY Here we pair them with thinly sliced bok choy and tofu marinated in a ginger-scallion-peanut-butter-soy marinade. No heat but plenty of flavor. Get the Tofu with Baby Bok Choy and Rice Noodles Recipe TUESDAY: ZUCCHINI LASAGNA WITH FARMER CHEESE We're really mixing it up when it comes to "lasagna." There's no pasta and no cooking required for this recipe. It's made with long slices of zucchini layered with creamy farmer cheese, tomatoes, and basil leaves. Get the Zucchini Lasagna with Farmer Cheese Recipe WEDNESDAY: BEET GAZPACHO WITH SHRIMP Another Wednesday and another soup, but this week a cold soup. The only thing you need today is the blender! Get the Beet Gazpacho with Shrimp Recipe THURSDAY: KALE AND LENTIL BOWL WITH AVOCADO DRESSING Around here we're rather partial to avocado dressing. We like it creamy and simply adore this dairy-free version. Get the Kale and Lentil Bowl with Avocado Dressing Recipe FRIDAY: ITALIAN PRESSED SANDWICH Take this delicious meaty sandwich for a picnic; it begs to be eaten outdoors! When was the last time your dinner prep involved using a skillet to press dinner not cook it? Get the Italian Pressed Sandwich Recipe SATURDAY: GRILLED SALMON SALAD It's the weekend, time to cook outdoors. Grill some salmon -- and even indulge in a little stove-top session for the eight-minute eggs that dot this crowd-pleasing salad. It also features fresh sugar snap peas, watercress, and boiled new potatoes. Get the Grilled-Salmon Salad Recipe SUNDAY: ROSEMARY GRILLED STEAK WITH SWEET ONIONS Another dinner that's just right for company -- or else yields delicious leftovers for lunch or the fixings for another night's meal. Rib-eye steaks are marinated with rosemary then grilled with sweet onions. Skillet potatoes and chive-topped wedges of romaine drizzled with a creamy lemony dressing round out the menu. Get the Rosemary Grilled Steak with Sweet Onions Recipe More from Martha Stewart: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family 45 Meatless Meals for a Healthy Dinner 36 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 Minutes! 10 Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
13 Unexpected Ways To Use Lemon Around The House
When life gives you lemons, skip the lemonade. Try one of these homekeeping tips instead. With a single lemon, you can banish odors, lighten the stains in your laundry, and clean your home from top to bottom! 1. Freshen the Air Put down the spray can! Despite their convenience, many commercial air cleansers contain toxic chemicals, that can have lasting, long-term consequences for your health. Here is a natural, not to mention inexpensive alternative: Simmer a half dozen lemon slices and a handful of cloves in a pan of water. This eliminates odors in your home, leaving the air lemony fresh! 2. Polish Copper Dip half a lemon in a small dish of coarse salt, then rub it over tarnished copper. Voila! Like new. 3. Make Your Whites Even Whiter No bleach needed! Fill a large pot with water, add a few lemon slices, and bring to a boil. Turn off heat, add linens, and let soak for up to an hour. Remove, and then launder them as usual. 4. Remove Stubborn Stains Got a stain that just won't come out? Try this: Soak the soiled areas in lemon juice for about an hour. If some of the stain remains, then dampen the area, make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water, and scrub gently. This works especially well for berry, coffee, and tea stains. 5. Prevent Fruit from Oxidizing When the flesh of some fruits, such as apples, fennel, and avocados, are exposed to air, it turns an unattractive brown color. You can slow this natural oxidation process by squeezing some lemon juice over the fruit! 6. Clean the Cutting Board When slicing garlic or chopping onions on a board, tough stains and smells can be left behind. To clean naturally, take a cut lemon, rub on the surface, and allow to soak for 20 minutes before rinsing. 7. Sanitize the Garbage Disposal If the odor in your garbage disposal has you pinching your nose, try dropping half a lemon along with a tablespoon of baking soda. It eliminates odors quickly! 8. Clean the Microwave Grease stains and splatters make a mess in your microwave. Clean it by boiling four tablespoons of lemon juice with a cup of water -- this mixture will loosen dried food particles on the interior surfaces and allow you to easily wipe them away. 9. Detox the Dishwasher Place a lemon wedge in the top rack of dishwasher, and run it with dishes to freshen the major appliance. 10. Clean Sharp Edges Safely Here's a Good Thing: Instead of using a sponge to clean the sharp edges of a crusty pair of shears or a knife (which is dangerous), squeeze lemon juice over the blade. Then sprinkle with coarse salt, and rub with a cork. Rinse with water, and wipe dry to prevent rusting. 11. Clean the Entire House Mix half a cup of baking soda with enough liquid dish soap to make a paste. Spread on half a lemon, and use it to scrub basins, bathtubs, and stainless-steel sinks. 12. Get a Manicure Skip the spa; raid the kitchen pantry: Soak fingertips in a shallow bowl of lemon juice for two minutes or so to help whiten stained or discolored nails. 13. Cure Hiccups Got a case of the hic-hic-hiccups? Try biting into a lemon: The tartness is said to interrupt the nerve impulses that cause diaphragm spasms. More from Martha Stewart: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family 45 Meatless Meals for a Healthy Dinner 36 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 Minutes! 10 Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
15 Styling Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Love Every Outfit in 2015
If your New Year's resolution is to feel great about all of your outfits in the year to come, we're here to guide you. All you really need are a few tweaks and maybe a small handful of wardrobe additions, and you'll feel as good as new—you'd be surprised at what a good tailor and a bright little clutch can do for an outfit. And this is gonna sound extremely cliché, but it has to be said: it's not what you're wearing, it's how you wear it—sorry, but nothing is more true. Remember when Sharon Stone rocked a Gap button down to The Oscars? She killed every other starlet on the red carpet, and in a men's white button-down no less. That's because styling is really everything, and it's not as hard as you might think. Things can be as simple as knowing which buttons to leave open, and what size you should buy when it comes to a pair of jeans—and those are just two of the tips on the list we've jumbled together to help you make every outfit a good one in 2015. Happy reading! [Photo: Lee Oliviera]
Need Ideas For Spending More Time With Your Fam in 2013? Join Our Google + Hangout Today At 2 p.m. EST!
We're so excited to be joining our first ever Google + hangout today! We've actually teamed up with Kimberly Blaine of The Go-To Mom and Self magazine for this exciting hangout, which will give parents tips on how to make more time for family in 2013. During the hangout, we'll also be joined by Ashley Koff RD from ashleykoffapproved.com, Laura Vanderkam, author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending and MomsLA.com co-founder of Sarah Auerswald. With a rockstar panel like that, it's sure to be lots of fun and super informative, so you don't want to miss it! RSVP to the even by clicking here. See you at 2 pm EST! Sign up for our newsletter for even more great finds delivered right to your inbox. Click here to email Jeanine, the author of this post.
Kid Got the Back-to-School Blues? Start the School Year With Bossy Baby Chronicles
My 4-year-old started Pre-K today and it was an experience. She was excited until we actually walked in the door and then she started to panic. I'm sure she'll be fine, but to ease the transition I'm planning to invest in this sweet new book I found. It's actually a personalized children's book that helps get little ones ready for preschool and I'm hoping it will pump my daughter up for the school year ahead. I'll customize it with her name and a dedication and we'll read it every night before bed until she isn't so anxious. Love the idea of a personalized children's book? I'm a huge fan, too, which is why I just had to share Bossy Baby Chronicles. For now, they have three books you can personalize with your son or daughter's name--a potty training book, a going to school book and a behaving book. Genius, right? Even better, all the books are just $25. Shop the entire book collection at bossybabychronicles.com. (more…)
Looking for Ways to Keep Your Kid Occupied Now That Summer Is Over? Better Sign Up for BabbaCo
Okay, yes I know summer isn't really over, but it's almost over. And between the weather cooling down and homework, your kid will be spending more and more time indoors. So rather than spend all that free time watching TV, we suggest you sign up for BabboCo ASAP. Never heard of it? It's this genius new subscription service that delivers fun, creative kids' activities to your doorstep every month. For just $29.95/month, you get: (more…)
Don’t Send Your Kid Back to School Without These 5 Labels…
Let's face it: little kids lose everything. It's not all their fault, really. When 6 out of the 12 kids in the class have the same backpack/lunchbox/sneakers, it's easy for them to get confused. So this school year, make things easier for your kid, his/her teacher and yourself by labeling everything! If your child's name is clearly displayed on all his/her belongings, there's a greater chance everything you spent the last 3 weeks shopping for will make it home at the end of every day. Now when it comes to labels, nobody does it better than Mabel's Labels. From iron-ons to 411 wristbands, here are the 5 labels every mom should have for back-to-school. [slideshow] (more…)
The One Thing Every Nursery Checklist Is Missing? The aden + anais Serenity Star!
No offense to those nursery checklists, it's just that aden + anais' serenity star is brand new... and amazing! In addition to being the perfect decor element to any modern nursery, it's insanely functional. First, it acts as a thermometer for your baby's nursery. It glows red when the room is too hot, blue when the room is too cool and white when the temp is just right. But wait, there's more. It also helps moms keep track of feedings. It displays the last time you fed your baby and if you're nursing, it can also record what side you last fed from. Incredible, right? But it doesn't stop there! The serenity star also plays music, white noise or a heartbeat-like sound to help soothe your little one to sleep and it's a clock. Told ya it was amazing. Your nursery isn't complete without one! Get Yours: laylagrace.com (more…)
Don’t Send Your Kid Out the House This Summer Without a 411 Wristband…
Whether your little one is headed to camp, an amusement park or even to grandma's house this summer, here's one essential no parent should be without: a Mabel's Labels 411 Wristband. Never heard of it? The 411 Wristband is a genius little bracelet that contains important contact info should your little one get lost. Worried it might fall off? Don't be! The wristband is water-, sunscreen-, chlorine- and sweat-resistant so it will stay put. Just strap one on your kid at the start of each week and you'll rest easy knowing someone can get in touch with you in case of emergency. Get Yours: mabelslabels.com (more…)
School’s Out! Expert Tips to Keep Your Kid Occupied On-the-Go This Summer
Yesterday was the last day of school here in New York City and like parents everywhere, we're wondering just how we're going to keep our little ones occupied when we're out and about this summer. Fortunately, travel expert Rachel Stephens knows a thing or two entertaining kids. Here's her expert advice >>
Got a Picky Eater? Here’s a Colorful Way to Get Him/Her to Eat Some Pasta
I found this awesome pic on Pinterest yesterday and I was immediately intrigued by the colors. Pink pasta? Awesome! (more…)
Notes from a New Mom: The Perks of Having a Nanny…
Now that I’ve adjusted to the chaos of having two children at home, it’s back to blogging. And thank goodness--finally some me time. My first assignment? A Nap Nanny Chill review. The Nap Nanny Chill's claim to fame is “Helping babies sleep, so parents can too,” so let me tell you they had me at “babies sleep.” (more…)
Join the MOMfinds.com Community and Your Could Win a Mabel’s Labels Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack
Join the community to win >> Gearing up to send your kid off to camp in a few weeks? Whether it's day camp or sleepaway camp, your kid isn't ready until you've sufficiently labeled all his/her belongings. And we're here to help! We teamed up with Mabel's Labels and we're offering 3 lucky MOMfinds.com community member the chance to win one of their awesome new limited edition camp combo packs. The packs include a whole collection of UV resistant and waterproof labels that you can use to label your kid's clothing, shoes, bags, toothbrush--everything! To enter to win, just sign up to become a member of the MOMfinds community then start a discussion here. We’ll announce the winner next Wednesday. Good luck! Rules: 1. You must be a subscriber to our newsletter to be eligible. Sign up here if you haven’t already done so. 2. To enter, sign up and start a discussion in the MOMfinds Community! 3. You must supply us with a valid email address. 4. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than June 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible. 5. One winner will be selected during a random drawing and will be notified via e-mail and must respond as instructed to receive the prize. 6. No prize substitutions. 7. You must be 18 years old or older and a resident of the US to enter. Entries from the state of Florida are void. 8. No purchase necessary. 9. Void where prohibited. 10. Click here to see the full rules. Sign up for our newsletter to receive even more great finds. Click here to email Jeanine, the author of this post.
Can’t Keep Your Kid Out of the Water? Don’t Start Summer Without An Itzy Ritzy Wet Happened Bag!
I don't know if there's any truth to the saying that some kids are born water babies, but I'm convinced my daughter is. I took her to a friend's pool this weekend and after hours of splashing around I finally had to coerce her out with the promise of a smore. If your kid loves swimming too, allow me to introduce you to a total summer life-saver. It's Itzy Ritzy's Wet Happened bag and it's a total must in your summer beach bag. Made from 100% cotton, these completely waterproof bags make storing wet swimsuits a breeze. They have an easy zipper closure and they don't leak. Just tuck your wet swimsuits in the bag, zip it up and toss the Wet Happened bag in your purse or beach bag. I promise, everything will stay dry! (more…)
Check Out What Mom-to-Be Kristin Cavallari Received at Her Baby Shower…
Last weekend expectant mom Kristin Cavallari stepped out for her baby shower, and while we were totally obsessing over her dress, we also couldn't help but notice one of the awesome gifts she received. That oddly shaped mattress thing the woman is holding in the pic above? It's a Nap Nanny Chill. (more…)
Can’t Get Your Kid to Brush? You Need a Firefly Toothbrush…
Yes, I know a Firefly toothbrush sounds totally bizarre, but it's not. It's actually quite genius and designed with kids who hate brushing their teeth in mind. So here's how it works: Each Firefly toothbrush is outfitted with a flashing light. When your kid starts brushing, press the light. The light will flash for 1 minute and when the light stops, your kid can stop brushing. Voila! You just got your kid to brush his/her teeth for a full minute! (more…)
Kid Afraid Of The Dark? Don’t Let An Ugly Nightlight Destroy Your Nursery Design. Try These Instead…
After you've spent weeks, maybe even months, perfect your little one's room, the last thing you want to do is mess everything up with an ugly, neon nightlight. Now I'm not suggesting you let your kid suffer in the dark, but hello? That amazing white lion above is actually a nightlight! It's part of Jonathan Adler's home collection and no surprise, we're obsessed. We loved the diaper bags he did for Skip Hop and we're thrilled he's introducing products for little ones in his main collection. Here's another awesome nightlight: (more…)
Calling All Beauty Junkie Mamas! There’s a New List You Need To Be On…
If before you got pregnant, you were the woman who tested every new lipstick, moisturizer and hair product as soon as it hit the market, we've got some news that's sure to make you giddy. Bluum is this awesome new subscription service that sends an amazing sampling of the best beauty goodies for babies and moms each month. We're talking stretch mark cream from Mederma, eco-friendly wipes from Seventh Generation and tons more! (more…)
Finally! Treat Your Daughter to a Mommy & Me Manicure… The Safe Way
If your daughter is always bugging you about why you can get manicures and she can't (mine!), now she can! No, I'm not suggesting you paint her nails with that chemical-laden crap polish at the salon. Get her some Piggy Paint nail polish! We're huge fans of this non-toxic, odorless nail polish because it doesn't contain any of the nasty chemicals that make regular nail polish so scary (think: formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone). It goes on smooth, stays chip-free for days and comes off easily with a non-toxic remover. (more…)
Summer’s Almost Here! Treat Your Kid to Cute Lands’ End Kids’ Swimwear With UV Protection Built Right In
Thinking ahead to summer? Yeah, me too. I can't wait to hit the beach with my little girl and enjoy the sand and sun. But you're not ready for a beach trip until you've invested in some kids' swimwear with UV protection built right in. Swimsuits with UPF 50 help block 98% of harmful rays, which is why we love these picks from Lands' End. Not only are they super cute, but they all feature UPF 50, as well. [slideshow] (more…)
Travel A Lot? Here’s The Best $189 Investment You Can Make… (Kourtney Kardashian Already Took the Plunge)
I don't travel a ton, so airports don't really stress me out. But I know of parents who are always jetting off here and there with their kids and they constantly complain about what a pain it is getting around with toddlers. The solution? This insane Sit-N-Stroll car seat stroller from Lilly Gold. It's a car seat, a stroller, a booster seat and an FAA certified airline seat all in one. Incredible, right? You can use it starting when your little one is a newborn all the way up until he/she hits 40 lbs. (more…)
You Need This! A Cozy Shopping Cart Cover Like The One Haven Warren Is Sitting In
I know it's hard, but let's try to focus on something other than the cuteness that is Jessica Alba's baby girl, Haven Warren. The two were spotted at the grocery store and while Jessica was picking her fruit, the paps got this adorable shot of little Haven. (more…)
Bath Time Just Got Even Better! Aden + Anais Introduces Their New Baby Care Collection, Mom + Bub
If you, like me, are a little bit maniacal about what you put on your baby's skin, prepare to add some new products to your repetoire. My daughter has extremely sensitive skin and I've found that whenever I use the stuff that's full of chemicals, she gets crazy itchy rashes. So to prevent that, I've been extra cautious about what her body wash, shampoos and lotions have in them. Natural ingredients are definitely best for her, but also petroleum-, paraben- and phthalates-free are important to me. (more…)
Can’t Get Your Kid to Blow His Nose? You Need a Boogie Wipe
Yes, this is a thing and it's awesome. Those genius little wipes in the pretty purple pack above are really nothing more than moist towelettes with a grape scent. Yes, they're made with natural saline, they're hypoallergenic and alcohol-free, but they're basically just wipes. (more…)
Things Moms Love: Osh Kosh B’Gosh Swimwear With UPF 40 Built Right In!
Don't you just love when a company "gets" what you want for your kid? Yes, I want my little one to look cute at the beach, but more importantly, I want him/her protected from the sun's harmful rays. That's why we love Osh Kosh B'Gosh's new collection of children's swimwear that comes with UPF built right into the suits. Genius, right? They're protective and they're cute! See for yourself: [slideshow] (more…)
Hey, Jessica Alba: What’s That You’re Holding?
Looks like Jessica Alba did a little shopping this weekend. When we came across this pic, we had to find out what she was carrying. Turns out the star mom invested in not one, but two Kids Line Misting Humidifers. Maybe one for each of her daughter's rooms? (more…)
What’s That Crazy Green Contraption Willow Sage Hart Is Riding In?
How adorable does little Willow Sage Hart look in the pic above bike riding with mom and dad? Willow is straight up chillin' while she enjoys the ride. Now if you, like me, are wondering WTH Willow is sitting in, it's an i-Bert Safe-T Seat. Instead of putting your kid in a side car down by the wheels where dirt and/or rocks could blow up into his face, the i-Bert safely elevates your little one right by the handlebars so he can enjoy the ride. It's safe, easy to attach and as you can see already has a celebrity following. Hurry and order yours so you'll be ready for all those springtime adventures. (more…)
Running Low On Rainy Day Activities? Hello, Kiwi Crate!
Thought yesterday's subscription service for children's clothes was awesome? Bet you'll love this one, too. For just $19.95 each month, Kiwi Crate will send you a new kids' craft project every month. The crafts are designed for kids ages 3-7 and everything you'll need to complete the projects comes packed in the box. (more…)
Never Want to See The Inside of a Mall Again? Sign Up For Wittlebee!
It's no secret that babies and toddlers are constantly growing, which means moms spend a lot of time shopping. Now for moms like me, that's awesome news. I love shopping. Whether online or in a mall, shopping is always fun. But there are other moms who despise shopping. And the fact that they basically have to re-stock their baby or toddler's wardrobe every 2-3 months is beyond annoying. Sound like you? We're about to make your day. (more…)
Wait! Before You Throw Out Those Small Toys, Read This…
You know those toys. The ones you get with a Happy Meal or in line at the checkout stand to hold your kid over for a few more minutes before she completely melts down. (more…)
Celebrity Sighting: Tori Spelling with Mabel’s Labels
Doing a holiday gift exchange with some of your mom friends and need help in the gift department? Do like Tori Spelling and shop Mabel's Labels. She gave them away as party favors for Stella's last birthday party, and from the looks of the photo above taken at Santa's Workshop at Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood last week, it seems like she's stocking up for more. (more…)
5 Must-Download Apps That Make Black Friday A Piece Of Cake
Waiting in line and pushing through crowds is for people without smart phones. Forget what the 6 o'clock news says about Black Friday: with these 5 genius apps, you'll be breezing through checkout like a pro. (more…)
There’s An App For That… 10 (Free!) Apps To Make Shopping on Black Friday Stress-Free
Black Friday? Stress-free? Ha! Who am I kidding? The only way Black Friday could possibly be stress-free is if you spent the entire day noshing on Thanksgiving leftovers. But alas, there is shopping to be done, gifts to be purchased, money to be spent. So if you're heading to the stores, make sure your smartphone is loaded with these 10 best apps for shopping. They'll help you find the best deals and save you the trouble of being loaded down with sale circulars, coupons and rewards cards. 1. ShopRunner. Before you stand in that long checkout line, simply scan the barcode on your item using this app and it will display how much the exact same item is across the Web. Found it cheaper? Click right through to order the item immediately. Cost: Free Download It Now >> (more…)
5 Foolproof Gadgets That Make Hosting Your First Thanksgiving Gravy, Baby
June Cleaver wishes she had these gadgets. Thanks to the advent of The Food Network, now, everyone's a critic, even your formerly tastebud-challenged family, who will soon be gathered around the Thanskgiving table at your house. Don't start panicking now: just get smart. These 5 cheap genius kitchen gadgets will help you fake your way to a nearly perfect Thanksgiving and silence all of those newly minted food snobs. Bonus points: nothing is over $30. This way to the perfect turkey... (more…)
The 10 Best Places to Score Holiday Cards That Don’t Suck…
Finally ready to get down to business and order this year's holiday card? Well I'm here to help. I spent years scouting the best wedding stationery for a wedding magazine, so I totally have a thing for paper. As lame as it sounds, I've ordered samples and reviewed every minute detail of tons of stationery sites. (more…)
Snack Smarter–Like Seraphina Affleck–With Lunchskins Snack Bags
Wondering what that weird bag cutie Seraphina Affleck is holding in the pic above? It's a Lunchskins snack bag, also known as one of the most genius inventions we've ever come across. (more…)
A Handbag Made To Hold A Box Of Wine: White Trash Parties, Here We Come
Add this to your funny holiday gag gift list: the Baggy Winecoat, a "leatherette" handbag with a spout, especially created to hold your boxed wine. Thanks to sleuthing from the girls over at Glamour, you can now carry your boxed wine in style, without (much) judgment. Bonus: you can still store your keys and wallet in the top compartment, so it's, er, even more practical. It's this year's take on our other favorite wine-related invention: the Wine Rack, a genius bra that you can fill up with an entire bottle of wine, filling up your top...and topping off your buzz. Get it for $56 here.
Cute Kid Alert: James Wilkie Broderick with Mabels Labels
Happy belated birthday to James Wilkie Broderick! Here's a pic of the 9-year old celebrating his big day last Friday, and it looks like he's got a good head on his shoulders. How can I tell? His Mabel's Labels Bag Tag dangling from the strap. My son has the same one and it's such a great way to keep track of all his stuff. Smart kid! (more…)
Finally: A Clever Way to Kid-Proof Your iPad 2
When my husband first bought the iPad, all I could think about was what a big waste of money it was. Fast forward a couple of months later, and I'm convinced it's one of the best purchases he's ever made. And both my kids agree. They use it on a regular basis to read books, draw pictures, play games, watch shows, browse websites, you name it, so the poor thing takes a beating. That's why we need the new iPad Shell from TRTL Bot. At a glance it looks like any other shell to protect the device from grubby little hands--only in funky green--but it's more than that. (more…)
Say Goodbye to Sticky Smart Phones… Introducing the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case
I know you love your baby, but it really doesn't get much grosser than that mysterious sticky residue kids tend to leave on smart phones. Been there? You're in luck because there's an app--rather, an apptivity case--for that. That's the new Fisher-Price Apptivity Case above and yes, that's an iPhone inside of it. This genius new toy not only protects your phone from finger prints while your kid is playing his/her favorite apps, but it also protects your iPhone from falls and baby drool. Genius, right? (more…)
Order Yours Now! A Personalized Halloween Treat Bag Your Kid Can Use Over and Over Again
Not ready to decide on your kid's Halloween costume just yet? That's okay, there's still shopping to be done. Right after the costume, the one thing your kid can't be without on Halloween is a treat bag. (more…)
Say What?! Yes, There Really Is Baby Carrier for Twins
When I heard there was a baby carrier that allowed moms with twins to carry their babies simultaneously, I had to see it. Sounds crazy, but kind of amazing, right? (more…)
Nurse On the Go Like Natalie Portman With a Paparazzi-Worthy Nuring Cover
Finally, we get our first glimpse of Natalie Portman's baby boy, Aleph. This pic was snapped of mom and baby in Paris and it looks like Natalie is nursing her little guy on the way out of their car. (more…)
Need a Hand in the Shower? How About Nine?
Tired of picking up your kid's shampoo, body wash and bubble bath bottles off the ground after he showers? Join the club! And maybe this Shower Squid will help. Nine "tentacles" wrap around all those bath time bottles and they're adjustable for a tight grip. So cool, your kid might never leave the shower again. (more…)
Protect Your Stroller with a Buggyguard Stroller Lock
Every time I'm at an amusement park, zoo, or any place where I have to leave my stroller unattended, I always park it next to the nicest stroller there. Because if there's a stroller bandit in the area, I'm hoping he'll snatch the $800 Bugaboo before my umbrella stroller. Luckily, none of my strollers have ever been stolen, although some of my friends haven't been so lucky. (more…)
Looking for a Unisex Diaper Bag? Marc Jacobs Is Your Man
If you're going to splurge on one of the best diaper bags, you should at least get some serious use out of the thing. What's the point in spending $100+ on a baby bag that you'll just have to replace in a year? So if you're going to bust out the big bucks for your diaper bag, put Marc Jacobs on your short list. Not only are his nylon baby bags ridiculously durable and easy to clean, but they're also available in tons of unisex colors. Buy one for your first baby then use it again and again for all your other children. Now that's what we call a good investment. [slideshow] (more…)
Sale Alert! Save 30% On Gently Used Kids’ Clothes, Toys & More at thredUP
Looking to save some serious dough on back-to-school clothes? Don't miss thredUP.com's 48-hour flash sale. Today and tomorrow only, you'll save 30% on all boxes of gently used kids' clothes. (more…)
A Play Mat That Doubles as a Toy Bag? #Genius
If you--or your kid--hate picking up toys and tossing them in the toy box, here's a simple, yet genius solution: swoop bags. Those colorful bags above open up to play mats your child can use while playing on the floor. Once playtime is over, just swoop up the mat--toys inside--and voila! you've got your living room back. (more…)
Worried Your Kid Will Lose His Lunch Box? You Need A Packit Lunch Bag
If your child brings his/her lunch to school, a durable lunch box is a back-to-school must-have. But as cute as those retro tin lunch boxes and bento lunch boxes are, they're kind of a hassle to carry. With all the books and supplies, they probably won't fit into your child's backpack, which means another thing for your little one to carry... and lose or forget. So if you're looking for the ultimate practical lunch box this school year, try Packit lunch boxes. For $20 you get an insulated lunch bag that will keep you kid's food cool or warm. When lunch is over, your kid can fold the Packit lunch bag flat and slide it right into his/her backpack so it's never forgotten. Genius, right? (more…)