Author: Delilah

9 places we definitely did not expect to find pumpkin spice. But we’re glad we did. Because we’re laughing.

Full disclosure: I’m down with pumpkin spice. Lattes, candles, cookies, soap, cake, more cake. I love the smell, I usually enjoy the taste, and I am most definitely not judging you if you do too. When it comes to Pumpkin Spice Oreos and Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, I’m ready to start sampling. That being said, pumpkin spice has definitely reached a new level of weird, considering the range of crazy pumpkin spice products out there these days. As of right now, a search for “pumpkin spice” yields over 20 pages on Amazon and 151 pages on Etsy alone. Oh my gourd! Here are just a...

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How to get rid of spiders, mice, and moths — without burning down the house.

Is there anything worse than finding mouse droppings in your house? Oh, right. There is: Finding a palm-sized wolf spider in your kid’s bed. Ask me how I know. Luckily, I’ve found a company that makes all-natural pest repellent, which means you don’t have to burn your house down and move to a different country thanks to some unwelcome creature finding its way into your home. It’s called Stay Away, and it really works. Stay Away makes several different products, each crafted of all-natural, botanical, kid- and pet-safe ingredients. Whether your latest enemies are rodents, spiders, moths, ants, or beetles...

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Putting the BOO in Halloween boots for kids.

Some kids are just not down with full-body Halloween costumes. If you’ve ever tried to wrestle a screaming baby into that adorable plush monkey onesie and ended up covered in bodily fluids, you know just what I mean. Luckily, these adorable Halloween boots for kids help put a little BOO into your day without masks, sticky zippers, or strangers leaning terrifyingly close to ask, “Who’s a cute little doggy?” Bonus: They’re well made and will look fantastic all season long. The Little Creatures line from Emu includes shoes, boots, and booties made of premium suede and Australian Merino wool, which means they...

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Adorable silicone teethers that look just like donuts and other treats. Sweet!

Every good baby deserves donuts and ice cream and Oreos… at least in the form of adorable silicone teethers. Not only are they so delicious, you just want to gobble them up (the teethers, not the babies), they’re also super safe and carefully constructed. That’s one less thing to worry about. Oh, and the donuts contain no trans fats. Heh. Related: Teething toys so beautiful, they’re like your baby’s first accessory.     The teethers, which we found at Spearmint Love, are made of 100% food grade silicone and can be chilled for added relief while teething. The ones that come with...

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Tons of easy pirate party ideas, because every day should be Talk Like a Pirate Day.

There is never a bad time to throw a pirate themed party and look for cool pirate party ideas. Of course there’s always Halloween — and then today’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. (One of our favorites!) But it’s a cool birthday party theme all on its own, and it doesn’t even have to be all Pirates of the Carribbean themed either.  So thanks to printable decor and activities, crafty DIY shortcuts,  movies on demand, and clever but easy cupcake decorating ideas,  it’s possible to pull together a cool pirate themed party (or pARRRty) for your kids and all their best mateys in just...

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16 terrifically creepy YA novels for kids (and adults!) who dig dark themes. Boo!

As we turn the corner into All Things Pumpkin Spice, let us not forget that being up all night with a scary book can be truly delicious. These YA reads for teens (and adults!) who dig dark themes range from silly vampires to magical devils to absolute terror — and they all happen to be written by women. Several of them carry my personal Seal of Scareproval, and the rest were recommended by other YA authors and editors I trust, being a fantasy author myself, so you know we know our stuff. Hope one of these 16 novels is just...

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We’re fawning over these 9 adorable woodland creature bags for tweens.

Guiding a tween through fashion choices can get pretty squirrely. They want to seem grown up, but they also adore cuteness. It’s a bear of a problem for even the most chipper of moms. That’s why we’ve rounded up a staggering selection of adorable woodland creature bags for tweens that we found on Etsy — all of which straddle the line between Little Kid and No, You Can’t Wear Lipstick Yet. A little bird told me your kid’ll love them. Heh. At top: Deer Clutch | GableMade Related: Cool backpack and lunchbox sets that are perfect for tweens and teens....

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Go vintage with embroidered handmade jewelry. Because, dainty can be darling.

Jewelry with embroidery and lace? I know, I know. Very dainty. Very breakable. But still. So pretty! I’ve gone through all the stages of mom jewelry — from chewable beads to no (pullable!) stud earrings. Now that my kids are old enough to avoid snatching my favorite pearls, I’m into more delicate looks and longer chains, but I like something unique, something with an edge. These pretty handmade pendants and earrings deliver, big time. And you can even have something custom-made from your wedding dress or other lace-y keepsake. Related: Affordable keepsake jewelry for moms and grandmoms. This new Quaintrelle...

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The hottest new designer for kids is… your kid. Eat your heart out, Stella McCartney!

Whether your little artist is more of a Versace or a Van Gogh, they can become the hottest new designer… and wear a creation of their very own. Picture This is an awesome new mom-run business that will print your kid’s drawing directly onto a dress, whether for themselves, or in miniature for a favorite doll. Just download and print the dress template, let your child go crazy decorating it, email them a pic, and order a dress made from your very own kid’s artwork. Right now they offer a simple A-line t-shirt dress in sizes 2 to 18 that should look good on pretty much any...

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Swanky baby gear that looks like adult coloring books? Color us excited.

The only thing we love more than super safe, comfortable car seats and strollers is when our essential baby gear has swanky styling too. The new City Motif Collection of baby gear from Maxi-Cosi combines serious safety features with a playful black-and-white city skyline design that manages to look both very European and, well, like you could whip out some markers and color right on it. (But, don’t!) The City Motif line includes three different products to take your kids from teeny to toddling. To start off, there’s the Mico Max 30 infant seat, known for being the most lightweight seat...

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