Editors Top 10 of the Year: What wowed us in 2017

From the silly to the profound, we’ve looked through our favorite new discoveries of 2017 and narrowed them down to the very coolest.

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One-word New Year's resolutions: The trick to making one you can actually keep

If ideas like “exercise more” or “eat fewer carbs” stress you out, this may be the solution that keeps your resolutions positive and achievable!

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12 of the very best printable calendars we hope are as inspiring as 2018 will be.

2017 was...quite a year. And if you're anything like me, you find the idea of a fresh calendar for a fresh New Year a great way of wiping the slate clean and getting a fresh start (to use a cliche or two). That's why I poked around to find some of the coolest 2018...

Feeling overwhelmed? Try this one-thing-a-day method to stay organized. You got this!

As a working mom of four kids, with a husband who often works from home too, our home has a tendency to be...out-of-control crazy. I love organization -- the pages of Marie Kondo's book are my happy place -- but over the last year it seems that I've been forced to...

Moms of big families share 7 brilliant, time-saving laundry hacks.

Over the years, we've figured out plenty of tricks to make the whole laundry process a lot easier. Because oof, who wants to spend more time than we have to doing laundry? It presents a particular challenge for those of us with bigger families; Kristen has six people...

How to create the perfect kids’ workspace so it actually gets used.

You know, we joke a lot about how hard it is to convince our kids to do their homework, because — well, it usually is. But the truth is that we understand -- it's hard to do our own work when we're not in a workspace we love and look forward to visiting each day....

The most brilliant small space solution for kids and homework

This week, I got the most amazing tip for small space organization when it comes to kids, desk space (or lack thereof) and organization, thanks to professional organizer Laurie Palau of Simply B Organized, host of This Organized Life podcast, and author of the...

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Look Ma, No Sparkles!

My older daughter, Mimi, is a princess-kittens-glittery flowers kind of girl. I can’t convince her to don any clothing that doesn’t scream I AM A GIRLY GIRL, most often in some shade of pink. Rosie, however, is more tomboy than princess, which makes shopping for both of them at once a little challenging.

Take Me To Your Bathroom Sink

I’ve met kids who will eat raw oysters and kids who clear their plates without being told. But I have yet to meet a kid who likes to wash his hands. Maybe if the bathroom were a more child-friendly place, the odds would tilt in the favor of personal hygiene?

The Next Best Thing to Springsteen Pulling Her Up on Stage

While I know from experience that kids love hearing their own names in songs–even my own frighteningly off-tune renditions–I’ve got to admit I’m wary of those "personalized" CDs. The few I’ve heard have been absolutely, heinously, eardrum shattering. Then I discovered Name Your Tune, and suddenly I’m changing my tune.

SHOOOOOOOOOOE!

Every year the World Cup brings in a new spate of obsessive soccer fans, and this year my own baby’s daddy was among the casualties–er, ranks.

Dads-To-Be, Rejoice

If your partner is anything like mine, his definition of hell is eight consecutive weeks of Lamaze class. Modus Five has come up with such a simple solution, it makes you wonder why no one has done it sooner.

Even Better Than Being Made By Elves

We’re suckers for charming handmade baby toys, doubly so when they’re crafted from natural materials like recycled wood, and double that when buying them does a little good for humanity. Pastel Toys hits the Trifecta for sure.

Booking Agents

Hurricane Katrina’s wrath was devastating for sure, but it also did damage in ways we don’t always think about. Consider the public libraries, for example. Seeing as how water and paper aren’t a very good combination, several libraries lost entire book collections–every single book–and desperately need to restack those stacks.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Fork

Maybe you’re a champ with the chopsticks now, but do you remember how hard it was to get the hang of it? I bet you stabbed your Moo Shu Pork at least once (or worse) before the nice server made you a set of tong-sticks so you could eat more than three bites an hour.

Let’s All Do the Bump

If there is a "next time" and I end up with a cute little bump instead of the quadruple roly-poly thing I had with baby number one, I’m getting a cute little BUMP shirt to match.

Whose Books Are These Anyway?

I’m happy to lend out my daughter’s 1,278 books, however, I can’t be bothered penning our name and phone number in every single one. But without some type of identifying mark, I have a feeling I’ll never see them again.

Babies + Chemicals: Not The Best Combo

It seems that along with my bright wit and sparkling personality, my daughter has inherited my sensitive skin. And while I have found a few products that suffice, sufficing isn't good enough when it comes to my girl.That's why I'm delighted to have discovered...

Take That, Atkins

As the old ad used to say, I love sweets but they don’t love me. And then I discovered the carbs that love you back: The absolutely 100% calorie-free goodness of Heidi Kenney’s felt creations at My Paper Crane Shop.

The Other Layettes Will Be Jealous

Yes, you can purchase a "layette" as a baby gift--a complete set of boring onesies, bibs, and Victorian-era booties that I'm not sure ever make it out of the box, let alone the house. And then there are those sets that just make your ovaries hurt.That's how I felt...

Wait, So All Drummers Aren’t White?

As a woman of mixed heritage, I've often wondered how topromote diversity in our home when most of my toddler's toys and clothes feature white folks--you know, because all farmers, ballerinas andmusicians are white. Right. That's why I love the multi-culti selection...

Just Don’t Call it Scrapbooking

I cannot tell you exactly why I still have my Junior Prom corsage stuffed away in a shoebox between old report cards and notes my best friend passed me in French class, but I do. I mean, I didn’t even like the guy and he cheaped out on the champagne. But throwing away the things feels too much like throwing away the memories. Which also explains why I’m already on shoebox number three for my year-old daughter.

My Kingdom for an Hour of Sleep

As a new mom, I had heard that swaddling was the answer to my sleep deprivation. I tried to make that perfectly tight burrito blanket the nurses achieved so effortlessly in the hospital, only for my daughter to free her hands in a matter of seconds and commence screaming.

The Gift That Gifts Back

When I was a kid, every gift-giving holiday came with a request from my mother to make her something. After a few years of amateur photo collages and tedious poetry I was plum out of ideas.

Ring Me

Whoever decided diamond rings were the ultimate symbol of love never to be removed from one’s fourth finger, certainly didn’t take care of a toddler.

Music to Calm the Savages in the Back Seat

Summer travel season is in full swing, which means it’s time to drown out the "she’s touching me!" cries from the back of the car with some fresh, fun music. Spin Your Web, the third release from award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Kaye, is one CD you’ll want to have on hand on that four-hour drive to the lake.

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