Author: Lexi Petronis

If coveting these crazy popular cat-mermaid necklaces is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Finally, we have proof that taking the internet’s most popular things and combining them all into one isn’t just a good idea. It’s a glorious one. That proof? These insanely popular cat-mermaid necklaces by AGirlAndHerCat that everyone is coveting right now. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Cool rainbow unicorn gifts for kids (and kids at heart!). Shop owner Sarah B. makes each necklace by hand with polymer clay, and she’ll customize yours to your exact specifications. Choose the color, tail shape, and (as you can see below) fantastic accessories like floral crowns or gold antlers. You can even send her a picture of your own kitty and...

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The coolest summer activity books for kids. Because, this summer, there will be no such thing as “I’m so booooored!”

As much as we’re looking forward to summer and all of the many kids’ activities that come with it, we have to say that it’s those long days of no activities that can be most stressful. That’s why we made this list of awesome summer activity books for kids — with these on hand, your kids will have approximately zero reasons to be bored. At top: Go Photo! by Alice Proujansky CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Made-for-summer crafts that will keep your kids creatively and happily occupied. Fill-Me-In by author/illustrator Moose Allain was on our list of best activity books for summer last year, and you can...

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The world’s cutest baby playmats: We found a contender!

When you’ve got a baby who’s tummy-timing all over the house, it’s nice to have something for her floor exercises that goes beyond a slippity blanket or boring bath towel. We’ve BTDT and what we wanted for our little ones? Something cushioned, soft, portable, and — hey, why not? — lovely to look at too. And these designer Kip & Co. baby playmats fit the bill perfectly. Kip & Co. is a cool women-owned company based in Australia that specializes in these colorful, beautifully crafted playmats (as well as other linens for babies like sheets and swaddles). And lucky for us, they just recently launched their...

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#MyYoungerSelf campaign puts kids’ mental health first with videos from celebrities who have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Would you believe me if I told you that out of 74 million US kids, 17.1 million of them have or have had a mental health disorder? That’s a huge percentage! So huge, in fact, that the Child Mind Institute (CMI) has noted that more kids are dealing with mental health and learning issues than they are with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Which is why CMI’s new #MyYoungerSelf campaign for kids’ mental health is so important: It seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health disorders so that kids can get the help they need. The first step: Hearing from prominent people like...

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You don’t know these 10 favorite household hacks of ours? Prepare for life to change!

As a busy parent, I rely heavily on household hacks. In fact, I would say just about everything I do around the house involves some sort of easy hack or trick or clever time-saver. But some tricks work better than others, and some you wouldn’t believe it until you see it (or try it), which is why I searched around the web and set out to put together this list of some our very favorite easy household hacks that every parent should know. From organizing all those keys to de-stinking shoes, you’ll find you can pull them off with things you probably already have at home,...

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GapKids’ newest clothes collection: When activewear meets the Avengers.

Kids’ activewear is kind of a funny phrase, if you think about it, since kids are such constant blurs of motion — it’s like every piece of clothing turns into activewear, purposefully or not. Which is what makes the new GapKids and Marvel collection even more super — the adorably Avengered clothes are designed with kids’ movement in mind, which makes it all the easier to unleash their inner superhero. Related: The Gap’s Star Wars kids’ collection is everything we ever dreamed it could be. The “Fit to Be Super” GapKids and Marvel collection debuts on May 30 in stores and online with some seriously...

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6 fun, creative ways to give your graduate a cash gift and make it special

Now that we’re in the thick of graduation season, it’s time to give our high school and college grads plenty of well-earned congratulations. That’s why we sought out the most fun and creative ways to give cash gifts to grads. Because, reality check: We’ve learned through trial and error that the most appreciated gift for this age group is definitely cash. Hey, no shame in that. It really is the perfect gift to help a recent grad get started in their new lives. For us, though, it feels a little impersonal to hand over an envelope stuffed with bills. So we’re here to help make that gift of graduation cash...

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The ultimate guide to last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. You got this!

Every year, we love finding the coolest Mother’s Day gift ideas for our readers who are prepared super early. But, as moms ourselves, we know that it’s important to share tons of great last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas too, since life comes in two speeds: busy and busier. So if you haven’t gotten around to finding that perfect present for all the mothers in your life yet, don’t worry! We culled 24 ways you can still pull off a fabulous surprise for her with thoughtful last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that don’t feel last-minute at all. For even more ideas, be sure to also check out our 2017 Mother’s Day Gift...

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Thoughtful ways to celebrate Mother’s Day when you really miss your mom.

My mother passed away exactly one year before my first child — her first grandchild — was born. While I miss her every day, it’s Mother’s Day that always seems to swoop in with a special kind of sucker punch. Each year, I take a deep breath and steel myself for all the gifts, cards, brunches. All the photos and Facebook posts. But, it’s not easy. It probably won’t ever be easy. Because, Mother’s Day celebrations without Mom are downright challenging. But, over the years, I’ve come up with some thoughtful ways to spend Mother’s Day without Mom, and through it all, have come...

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The wackiest, coolest summer camps for kids. Can we go too?

Summer camps have changed a lot since we were kids. No offense to good ol’ Camp Starfire and the many, many lanyards we made there, but the options for our kids are wildly creative, expertly thought-out, and — sometimes — curiously specific. Circus camp? Spy camp? Zombie survival camp? Check, check, and OMG check. With a list like this, your kids are sure to be happy campers — so much so, maybe they’ll forget to pretend to be homesick. But, before you pack your kids up and ship them off to, say, stunt double training (yes, really), be sure to vet each of these camps yourself....

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6 brilliantly easy ways to make inexpensive teacher appreciation gifts more special.

Teachers deserve it all, and boy would we love to give the most wonderful teacher appreciation gifts to all of them. But when you multiply your number of kids by the many teachers your kids have — classroom teachers, teaching aides, music and art teachers, coaches, tutors — well, you’ve learned enough math to tally it up. According to teachers we’ve spoken to over the years, gift cards tend to be one of the most popular teacher appreciation gifts. But we know that can feel impersonal, especially when you’re saying “thank you” to the people who do so much for our families. So I did some homework and found these 6...

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May the Fourth be with this glow-in-the-dark Star Wars slime. Oh, and you too.

Today marks an important date on the Google cals of Star Wars fans everywhere. Yep, it’s May the 4th, which means social media feeds packed with posts about #StarWarsDay and coworkers dressed as Jabba the Hutt (we hope so, anyway). But we think there’s another cool way to mark this important date, especially if you’ve got a little Padawan at home: making glow-in-the-dark Star Wars slime. Related: Natural slime recipes, totally safe and Borax free Little Bins for Little Hands is a veritable go-to DIY slime source — seriously, if it’s slippery, slimy, and utterly cool, you can find a recipe for it here — and Sarah’s...

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11 unique gender reveal party ideas that will surprise everyone. Including the parents.

Finding out whether your baby is a girl or a boy is one of life’s greatest surprises — and one of the longest waits, which can be problematic for those of us who need to know things now. (Um, not like we know anyone like that.) To make the most of the surprise, gender reveal parties have been upping the ante, getting bigger, messier, and more creative by the ultrasound. So we peeked around the web to share with you some of our very favorite ideas. (Ed Note: Yes, we know that technically they should be called “sex reveal parties.” Only the...

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A Mother’s Day necklace that will show you love her beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Mother’s Day jewelry comes in the most wonderful array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, which is perfect, because, so do moms. And for the sweet, smart, subtle mom who likes her necklaces the same way, we’ve found an especially clever Mother’s Day jewelry gift idea: this lovely Shadow Heart Necklace at Uncommon Goods. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Fabulous indie Mother’s Day gifts from women makers and shops   When caring for his parents (his mom was fighting cancer, and his dad had lost his vision), artist Hiro Yuki found inspiration in the idea that “love is invisible, but ever present.” He designed this necklace with that sentiment in mind,...

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18 free Mother’s Day printables that are thoughtful, lovely, and creative. Just like Mom.

Every Mother’s Day, we want to go all-out to celebrate the women in our lives who have done so much for us. But, as moms ourselves, we don’t always have the time to plan big brunches or create one-of-a-kind gifts for all the special moms, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers we love. That’s why we adore these unique, free Mother’s Day printables — they instantly make events more festive and presents even more special (and some of them are even standalone gifts!). When it comes to Mother’s Day gestures, every mom will agree that it’s the thought that counts…but it’s especially nice when the thoughts are as lovely as...

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The ultimate guide to last-minute Easter ideas: egg decorating, recipes, crafts, printables, and more!

Easter is just a hop away, but if you still haven’t made a crack in your Easter list yet…don’t worry! There are still a few days left until the Easter bunny visits, which is why we put together this ultimate list of last-minute Easter ideas for you including egg decorating ideas, Easter recipes (hint: BACON!), Easter crafts, Easter printables for kids, and so much more. Let’s just say when it comes to having a special Easter with your family and friends, all your eggs are in this basket. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful CMP is an rstyle affiliate Awesome Easter Egg Decorating Ideas Decorating Easter...

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We hunted down 10 of the cutest free Easter printables for kids. So you don’t have to.

You don’t have to hunt all over for the cutest free Easter printables for kids…because we already did! The 10 here are our absolute favorites for Easter this year, and we picked them precisely because they’re easy to make and fun to do, which means that you and your kids will have that much more time to enjoy what really matters on Easter morning: hunting for all those chocolate Easter eggs. At top: Sticker Art Easter Printables | Hello, Wonderful Related: Free Easter coloring pages for kids who’ve moved past fat, washable markers. Free Easter Printable Lacing Cards | Everyday Dishes...

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20+ magical unicorn birthday party ideas that are truly one of a kind. Just like the birthday kid.

They’re sparkly, mysterious, and gorgeous… is it any wonder then that kids (and, um, the rest of us too) find unicorns so entrancing? It’s why I searched the web to find the most magical unicorn birthday party ideas out there, which was so much fun because you can get as fantastical and creative as you want. Really, the sky’s the limit for glittery, rainbow-color food, favors, and party decor. When it comes to unicorn birthday parties, you can dream big, and get really imaginative. Unicorns are mythological creatures after all. Or are they? CMP is an rstyle affiliate At top: Unicorn party...

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The panicky mom’s guide to removing ticks from kids — yikes!

You may be wondering just how to remove ticks from your kids, should the need arise. And we don’t blame you one bit. With the warmer weather comes longer days spent outdoors and kids running barefoot in the yard. Also, increased warning about ticks and Lyme disease thanks to a booming tick population this spring. Eek! So to put anxious minds at ease — including our own — we’ve done the research for you and put together this handy guide to removing ticks from kids. Just know we’re not trying to set off any alarm bells here; please know that some experts put your children’s risk of getting...

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10 fun and easy Easter crafts using everyday, regular old household objects. Yay!

I am especially egg-cited about these egg-ceptionally (ha!) fun and easy Easter crafts made entirely with household objects. No schlepping to the store, no waiting in line, no expensive price tags…just good old-fashioned crafting with what we have laying around at home. Because when it comes to crafting, my kids and I share the same belief: The fewer trips to the craft supply store, the better. At top: Cork bunnies for Easter |instructions at Willowday   Related: Irresistible Easter bunny crafts you’ll like making as much as your kids do Cupcake Liner Bunnies These sweet Easter bunnies by I Heart Crafty Things prove that only good...

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