Author: Delilah S. Dawson

The subscription box that shines a little light this holiday season.

Confession: The end of daylight savings is killing me. It’s dark by dinner time, the cold is creeping in, and the stress is high, and I just want to hibernate forever. One surprising thing that’s helping me? Candles. They add warmth, a beautiful scent, and a cozy feeling that keeps the darkness at bay. And I’ve found a subscription that lets you give this gift of light to yourself — or to a friend — this holiday season. With Vellabox, you simply sign up for one of three different plans, and this candle subscription box services ships one or more candles to...

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We wish you a merry Hothmas with this Star Wars holiday sweater.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, children everywhere trembled in fear…of having to wear holiday sweaters. The dark side of dorky clothes warred with the light side of cozy warmth, the air filling with shrieks of, “Moooom, do I have to?” Until this sweater — this amazing Holiday Wars Star Wars sweater — a scion of peace and goodwill in holiday photos. Related: Seriously cool gift ideas for tween boys before you just give up and get a gift card | Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide 2016 This sweater by Jem that we found at Nordstrom comes...

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Unicorns make feeding baby more magical. Because, unicorns.

There’s nothing more magical than holding your baby close as you fill that chunky little tummy. Well, except for maybe unicorns. Yep, unicorns are more magical. And now you can have both. The limited-edition Unikiki Nursing Pillow designed by Tokidoki for Bébé au Lait is everything a new mom in your life would want this holiday season. The pillow itself is a dream — flat and firm on one side, plush and soft on the other, and puts your baby at the optimum height for a better latch and an easier feed. It also includes a handy, two-sided pocket, and both...

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Epic tees for epic teens and tweens, designed by epic teens and tweens. Epic.

One of the hardest things about buying clothes for my tween is that she wants to look grown-up, but the clothes made for teens are too often high on price and low on, uh, coverage. And the message isn’t always one I want to promote, like those “Math is hard” shirts that keep popping up like a negative self-esteem whack-a-mole game. Luckily, we’ve found a great company in California with clothes and accessories we think are perfect for our tweens and teens — because they’re designed and curated by actual tween and teen girls. Related: We’re fawning over these 9 adorable...

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Share a drink with a kaiju, thanks to this awesome Tokidoki x ZoLi collaboration.

We love it when two trusted favorites come together to make a product we believe in — and that our kids think is super cool. Behold this rad collaboration between fashion icon Tokidoki and ZoLi, trusted makers of cool water bottles and food solutions, all free of yucky chemicals. It’s a match made in rainbow unicorn heaven. The limited edition Tokidoki x ZoLi line includes 16 oz. stainless steel water bottles and 12 oz. food containers that are well-insulated and are great for hot or cold foods, so lunch is covered. Whether it’s water, soup, or yogurt, it’s all so much...

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The subscription box for kids that ships pure imagination

In a world where a quick Google search can answer even the toughest question in just seconds, we love the delicious act of waiting for a surprise in the mail. But while most subscription boxes give you a pretty good idea of what to expect (makeup and books, hooray!), we found one very unique subscription box for kids ages 9 to 14 that remains just as magical and enigmatic as the Loch Ness Monster, right up until they open the box. Thanks to the geniuses at Wonder and Company, every few months, your child will receive a Kids’ Mystery Box delivered right to...

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Why everybody needs to read Rad Women Worldwide. Like, right now.

Let’s face it: women are rad. At everything — from sports to science, and painting and political activism. And since so much of our history focuses on men, and the Eurocentric ones at that, we love books that introduce us to new heroines from places beyond our daily view. Which is why I am so stoked to have found Rad Women Worldwide, written and illustrated by the women behind another of our favorites and New York Times bestselling, Rad American Women A-Z. Related: How about some rad women in the STEM fields? Yep, we’ve got those, too. This awesome book is a beautiful...

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Plum Print will digitize your kid’s artwork and turn it into keepsakes you’ll love. Hooray for custom holiday gifts!

We all have talented spawn, which means we all have an old box stuffed full of artwork or a tower of papers threatening to flood the closet. And, we’ve been (and still are!) big fans of services that allow you to take photos of doodles and drawings and turn them into art books. But now, we’ve found the next level of service for turning kids artwork into keepsakes you’ll love, and the best part is that you don’t have to photograph, scan, or upload anything. Just send in a box of art, and get a catalogue of masterpieces in return. With Plum Print,...

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Down with masks! 7 quick, easy face paint tutorials for kids this Halloween

Take it from an ex-face painter: Face painting doesn’t have to be hard for you — or on your kid. The first rule of Face Paint Club is to avoid using the crummy cheap face paints that are sometimes sold at grocery stores — they tend to be coated in chemicals and are sometimes expired too. It’s important to buy quality face paints for kids, which you can probably get at your local craft store. I’m a big fan of Snazaroo face paints, which are non-toxic, washable, paraben- and fragrance-free, and made for sensitive skin. You can order that brand on...

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How to get some Hamilton on your front porch this Halloween.

Look around, look around, at how lucky we are it’s Halloween right now! Why? Because the awesome people at the Hamilton Facebook page have released the official instructions to create a #HamiLantern. And who wouldn’t want a little Lin-Manual Miranda hamming it up on their porch this Halloween? At top: #HamiLantern Hamilton pumpkin by Olivia Rose Lee via Hamilton Facebook page   Related: The 13 most outrageously awesome carved pumpkins you just have to see. Because, whoa. Choose from one of three versions, then, remember these few quick tips if it’s your first Hamilcarving: Leave those dull kitchen knives behind and...

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5 spellbinding Harry Potter cosmetic collections — for muggles and wizards alike.

By now you know we fell in love with the Harry Potter wand brush set from Storybook Cosmetics (currently sold out). So if you’re in dire need of more Harry Potter makeup goodness to tide you over until you can make it to Ollivander’s, here are some other great potions and powders (many of which we found on Etsy) that will make you feel like a million galleons.   The Marauders, Mugwumps, and Muggles Collection | Shiro Cosmetics These mineral eyeshadows named for Harry Potter-isms come in a wide range of neutrals and brights in all the lush colors you’d expect to...

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This new Roald Dahl line by Mini Boden is scrumdiddlyumptious.

If you think your kid is terrifico magnifico splendifico, have we got the designer kids clothes line for you! Mini Boden has combined their 25th anniversary with what would’ve been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday to create a fantastic line of kids clothing based on the author’s most beloved books. James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Twits are all included in tees, sweaters, pants, dresses, accessories, and some pretty spiffy holiday clothes too. Head over to Mini Boden to check out some of the more special touches, like surprise lining fabrics, twitching...

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The 13 most outrageously awesome carved pumpkins you just have to see. Because, whoa.

Let’s be honest…I’m lucky if I can get two eyes, a triangle nose, and a mouth carved into our pumpkin each year, but for some truly talented and dedicated pumpkin carvers out there, insanely intricate carvings become a masterful work of art. If you want to try your hand at this sort of intricate, layered carving, you may want to start with a template you can find online. Just Google whatever you want to carve (Harry Potter, Star Wars, monsters, etc.), and a bunch of choices should pop up. The pros suggest using Exacto knives, clay sculpting tools, and lemon zesters as...

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Crafting with Feminism: Smashing the patriarchy with a hot glue gun.

My daughter is 10 and already bemoaning her leg hair and asking why the boy who used to be her friend now teases her mercilessly. No wonder she gravitated toward a fabulous new book the moment it landed in our mailbox. Crafting with Feminism by noted geek and author Bonnie Burton (whom you might know from Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club? No? Okay, anyway she’s awesome…) has put together 25 cool, easy, and fun crafts centered on taking pride in feminism. So far, my daughter is determined to make matching NOPE necklaces (for herself and me), Monster Week Maxipad Cases, and Food...

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The smartest pair of leggings your kid will ever wear.

When we say these leggings are smart, we don’t just mean they hold up well after washing. Although they are well-made and do hold up to repeated washings without shrinking, fading, or losing shape, what really impresses us are the amazingly cool, creative, intellectual designs — famous works of art, strong women of history, philosophers. Who wouldn’t want to wear the periodic table on their rear? Smarty Pants are the geniuses behind these clever, cultured leggings for kids ages 6 months to 3 years. These designs go way beyond unicorns, stripes, and polka dots (which we love, too!). There’s Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Bell...

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10 of the best Halloween events for kids around the country: From treats for littles to tricks for teens.

The leaves are crunchy, the air is crisp, the sky is blue, and your kids need to have fun in those adorable costumes too. So we’ve put together a list of we think are some of the best local Halloween events for kids all around the country. So mark your calendars for fun family time this Halloween season! And wow, do we wish some of these would come to our own own towns. Top: LEGOland via attractions magazine | Rogerio Barbosa 2011   Photo: philly.com The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place If you’ll be in the Pennsylvania area between now and October...

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Your Padawan will dream of a galaxy far, far away in these rad Star Wars beds.

Good news, Star Wars fans: these are the beds you’ve been looking for. And the TIE Fighter desks too. This licensed Star Wars furniture collection from Rooms To Go is styled after Star Wars vehicles, and includes smart ideas like hidden drawers, and, in the case of the Millennium Falcon Gray Bookcase Bed, built-in Bluetooth, speakers, audio controls, touch lighting, and a charging station. So cool, even Han would be impressed. Related: These Star Wars pumpkin ideas are set to stun for Halloween.   Beds are available in twin, double twin, and full sizes, and prices range from $399.99 for the TIE...

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We want candy! Candy temporary tattoos, that is.

Oh my yum — we were so happy to find this new line of candy temporary tattoos. Colorful, cute, lightly scented, and utterly free of calories and cavities. The Arm Candy pack from our pals at Tattly are sure to be a favorite with your little candy gobblers. Designed by Julia Rothman and scented by Agilex Fragrances, each packet of safe, non-toxic temporary tattoos includes two each of three armbands and a candy ring. They smell like a mixture of vanilla frosting, cotton candy, and of course, just in time for Halloween, candy corn. Related: CHARM IT and Tattly team up, and our girls go...

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This soap can save lives.

When we’re browsing the seemingly endless soap aisle at the grocery store, it’s easy to forget that the basics for good hygiene can still present a big challenge in many parts of the world. A bar of soap can literally save lives, preventing a child from dying from pneumonia or saving a mother and child during birth and delivery. Enter Health 2 Humanity, or H2H, which sells vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, hypo-allergenic soap that’s all made in California, and uses the proceeds to change lives in three African countries. I tried all four scents, and they’re lovely. The Lemon is my favorite — a bright and cheerful citrus that...

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An airy, all-natural perfume that smells nothing like the perfume counter. Thank goodness.

I love finding new fragrances, but I never want to smell like anyone else. For me, the pleasure in perfume is in leaning close to someone and picking up a faint whiff that’s distinctly them — and I hope the fragrances I wear have the same signature feel. This new perfume, called SAOR (which is Gaelic for free), combines bergamot, white tea, and musk and the result is something that smells light, fresh, and like nothing else I’ve ever worn. Related: This perfume smells fantastic and helps repel mosquitoes. Unlike perfume counter perfumes, it contains no alcohol or carrier oils and is...

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