The Single Best Thing You Can Do Before Going on Vacation
Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But there is always so much to worry about before you leave — and even while you’re away! You need to check your luggage to make sure you packed everything you meant to. Then when you’re actually on vacation, you are worrying about your house and your pets, hoping that they are being good for the sitter. And how many times have you stressed about turning the stove off before you left the house? Did you turn it off?
Jun 30, 2021
The Hottest, Most Affordable Summer Backyard Trend
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Looking to create a resort-like backyard but can’t squeeze an in-ground pool into the plans? Worse yet: maybe your pool options have sold out already. You might want to take a trip down to the local farm supply store to check out their selection of stock tanks.
Jun 30, 2021
Everything Parents Need to Know about Post-Pandemic Playdates
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! “Mama, I’ll be able to see my friends’ happy faces again!” my 5-year-old exclaimed when I told him his school planned to instate a mask-optional policy outdoors.
Jun 29, 2021
8 Fun Afternoon DIY Projects Fit for Grownups, Kids, and Everyone in Between
Whether you’re at home by yourself or hunkered down with friends or family, you might be looking for new ways to spend your newfound free time indoors. Good news! We’ve rounded up our favorite low-lift DIYs that are perfect for beginner to intermediate skill sets and feature materials you already have on hand or can buy online. Our favorite picks for whiling away an afternoon below.
Jun 29, 2021
This Tiny, Colorful Playroom Has a Huge Statement Wall
Family: The Halls, with two kids, aged 2 and 4Location: Flatiron District, New York CityPlayroom size: 106 square feetThis piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. As a mom of two young girls who are also wildly creative, designer Dana Waldron of Murphy Waldron Interiors especially enjoys working on kids’ spaces.
Jun 28, 2021
A “Drop Zone” Can Help Your Family Stay More Organized at Home, According to Experts
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Jun 27, 2021
Before and After: This Couple Fit a Nursery—With an IKEA Hack Changing Table—Into a Corner of Their Bedroom for Only $500
You often have to get creative with the way you lay out and allocate your square footage in a smaller home. Every nook and cranny counts, and for Ella Hall, founder of Stitchroom, the cluttered problem corner in her bedroom actually became the solution to her home’s lack of space for a dedicated nursery. “When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I needed a spot for the baby, and we have limited space in our Brooklyn apartment,” says Hall.
Jun 26, 2021
The 3-Ingredient Summer Dessert My Kid Can’t Get Enough of
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Growing up, my mother would make an intense, many-layered strawberry trifle for every summer event, held together by vanilla pudding.
Jun 26, 2021
5 Simple Summer Family Dinners from the Slow Cooker
Summer is in full swing at our house, which means between jumping into the lake, riding bikes, and running through the backyard sprinkler, we’re all hungrier than ever. We’ve spent much of the summer already eating easy no-cook dinners or leftovers. While that strategy has its own merits, this week I’m looking at my slow cooker to feed us hearty summer dinners without heating up the kitchen.
Jun 25, 2021
The Unexpected Game-Changer for Parents Who Cook
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! As a food writer with shiny object syndrome, I’d always wanted a sous vide machine. But when my husband bought me one for Christmas when I was pregnant with our daughter, I was too nauseated to consider playing with it for months.
Jun 25, 2021
10 Temporary Tattoos for Kids and Adults That Give Us All the Summer Vibes
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Flashback fashion has been having a fierce renaissance in the last few years, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t completely here for it.
Jun 23, 2021
My Easy and Fun Plan for a Very Memorable At-Home Campout
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Let’s face it: After spending much of last summer cooped up inside of our homes, we’re all itching for some serious adventure in the coming months. That said, if 2021 is anything like last year, the highways could be jammed up with all kinds of road-trippers.
Jun 23, 2021
Our Complete Guide to Every Major Sale Competing with Prime Day This Year
Amazon Prime Day isn’t the only major sale happening this week. Some of your favorite retailers and brands are getting in on the fun by offering huge savings of their own on home and kitchen essentials, TVs and tech, and large and small appliances. Add Prime Day to an already sale-heavy week, and you’ve got a perfect storm of *epic* deals. To help you find the best stuff fast, we’ve compiled all the competing Prime Day sales here.
Jun 21, 2021
10 Incredibly Cool Tented Resorts — Plus Design Tips to Steal
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Summer camp — it’s downright magical. The memories of sleeping in tents, racing to plunge in cold ponds, and learning to ride horses among towering pine trees are the stuff of novels. And for some reason, those friendship bracelets were more powerful at creating BFFs in IRL.
Jun 21, 2021
The Very Best Can’t-Miss Prime Day Deals for Kids and Families
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! The day has arrived — a day of unbelievably good deals, especially for parents and caregivers shopping for their kids. Amazon Prime Day kicked off this morning, June 21, and will run through tomorrow, June 22.
Jun 21, 2021
This Lunchbox Changed My Picky Eater’s Relationship to Food — and It’s 45% Off Today!
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Jun 21, 2021
11 of the Coolest Play Tents on Earth
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! When I close my eyes and conjure the best elements of my childhood summers, there’s one beloved activity that bubbles up again and again. No, it’s not the Slip n’ Slide. Or the waterpark (although those are totes fun). It’s fort-building.
Jun 18, 2021
The Best No-Cook, No-Dishes (Yes, Really!) Summer Meal
Easy to cook and beloved by kids, hot dogs are all too often passed over by the adults at cookouts. But hot dogs can make an exciting dinner for the whole family with just a little bit of planning and a few fun upgrades. This family snack board combines two grill-friendly recipes with store-bought basics for the ultimate backyard dinner. Serve it to celebrate the start of summer, the Fourth of July, camping at home, or just a really good Tuesday night.
Jun 17, 2021
This Award-Winning Writer’s Tiny Nature-Themed Nursery Tells So Many Stories
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Names: Jacqueline Mellow, husband Christopher, and Baby MellowLocation: Denver, COSize of home: 1,700 square feetEven before she became a mother, Jacqueline Mellow was a storyteller. An award-winning author of several books written under the pen name E.J.
Jun 16, 2021
Cubby’s Father’s Day Coloring Page
For the pun-loving father-figures in our lives, we made this deliciously fun coloring card. Let your soup-er star know just how much you love him! Just download, print, color, and fold it up.
Jun 16, 2021
Ask Maxwell: Best Tips to Defeat Car Sickness?
We’ve always had a car sickness problem — would love help with that!RobinDear Robin, We’re about to head out to a wedding in Iowa this week, so your question is perfect. With plane travel and a rented car, we’re going to be logging some long travel hours and my daughter, Ursula, regularly dislikes car rides (though she’s never been a thrower-upper).
Jun 16, 2021
The Top Misconceptions about Screen Time and Why Parents Need to Let Go of the Guilt
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Lately, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s another article about kids and screens — or rather, what you should be doing instead of letting your kids use them.
Jun 15, 2021
How My Family Celebrates Juneteenth (and Our Favorite Foods to Eat!)
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Juneteenth is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day,” marks the announcement of the ending of slavery in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Widely celebrated in the U.S. and worldwide, it’s a perfect opportunity to share an important moment for African Americans with my two little ones.
Jun 14, 2021
Why We Downsized to a Smaller House with 2 Kids and a Dog — and Why It Was the Best Decision
When we decided to sell our three-bedroom, 2,100-square foot ranch, my husband and I had a few non-negotiables for our next home. We wanted a two-level house and a somewhat open main-floor layout. We’re not fixer-uppers, so a recently renovated kitchen was a must. A fenced-in backyard would be nice, we decided, and so would a finished basement. One thing that wasn’t on our must-have list? More square feet.
Jun 14, 2021
The $15 Amazon Must-Have My Kids Won’t Go Anywhere Without
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Let me paint you a pre-pandemic picture: our family of three is walking through Disney World amidst the swell of a late-summer heat wave. We wait in line for hours to see the gliding princesses and slinking villains, all clad in their (sweaty-looking) costumes.
Jun 12, 2021
10 Parents Reveal Their Biggest Kid Space Mistakes — And What They Would Do Differently Now
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. When it comes to decorating with kids, there’s Instagram — and there’s reality. Children’s rooms can be an opportunity to have a little fun while decorating, but that enthusiasm can sometimes get in the way of practicality.
Jun 12, 2021
Before and After: A Plain, Cluttered Mudroom Becomes a Charming Cottage Entryway for Under $500
Cottagecore, the No. 1 decor trend on TikTok for two years running, is marked by its vintage-inspired shabby-chicness. Floral wallpaper, patchwork quilts, doilies, and other whimsical, woodlands-y accessories (think: mushroom decor and dried flowers), which a few years ago you might have only found in a Hobbit hole or a very cute bed and breakfast, are now back in the mainstream — and they can add charming, cozy, comforting vibes to any space.
Jun 12, 2021
11 Designers on the Best Kids’ Rooms They’ve Ever Designed
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. There’s a particular art to designing children’s rooms: They have to satisfy not only the paying client (mom and dad), but also the rooms’ pint-sized inhabitants.
Jun 11, 2021
10 Brilliant Wheeled Toys Our Kids Play With for Hours
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. We all want our kids to get outside and be active. We also long for those seemingly elusive toys that allow our kids to play while we sit back and relax. Enter: active toys with wheels.
Jun 11, 2021
This Seattle Family’s Mid-Century Home Features Dreamy Backyard Inspiration
Name: Brooke Fitts, with my partner, and my 10-year-old daughter. We also live with our two dogs, Marley and Otis.Location: White Center, Seattle Size: 957 square feetType of Home: Two-bedroom, one-bathroom mid-century house Years lived in: 1 year, owned I found my home on Redfin! I had a great real estate agent, but had a clear idea of what I wanted and didn’t want so kept a roving eye on the market.
Jun 11, 2021
5 Family-Friendly Dinners from Alice Choi of Hip Foodie Mom
After everything that’s happened over the past 15 months, Alice Choi is choosing to look at the positives — and cooking at home has been one of them. For purely practical reasons, it makes sense! Alice is the blogger behind Hip Foodie Mom, which saw a boom in readers this past year when more people were finding their way around their home kitchens than ever before. (She’s also a member of the Kitchn Collective, a team of food writers and parents.
Jun 10, 2021
I Thought These Sofas Wouldn’t Survive My Son — But I Was Wrong. They Only Get Better Over Time.
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. My couches are my constant. My pair of Room & Board André sofas have seen me through a new apartment, a new husband, a new job, and a newborn. I bought them long before I thought I would be a father. I lived with IKEA as-is finds and furniture dragged in off the street for my first 10 years in Brooklyn.
Jun 9, 2021
WE CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES
At Apartment Therapy Media, we know that no two homes or kitchens look the same and we celebrate those differences. By showcasing a diverse range of home dwellers and home cooks, we create an inclusive community for our audience, employees, and contributors.Scroll down to read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at AT Media.
Jun 8, 2021
Everything You Need to Buy for Your Medicine Cabinet This Summer
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. As we welcome warmer weather, newly skinned knees and shoulders tinted red like lobsters have us thinking about all the items we need to stock up on for summer first aid. Unlike the kit we have floating around in the car, you might need a few extras beyond band-aids and bacitracin for summer care.
Jun 8, 2021
The Toddler Whisperers Solve the Most Annoying Kid Sleep Issues
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Piled among the many challenges of parenthood lie those desperate bedtime blues that leave families exhausted and just a bit defeated. Maybe you know what I’m talking about?
Jun 8, 2021
The Easiest and Sweetest Summer Hosting Idea (Especially for Families)
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Helloooooo, summer! ‘Tis the season for non-cooked dinners and sweet, cold desserts. Now that we can safely gather with other folks who’ve been vaccinated, my friends and I kicked off the hot weather with a collaborative dinner. They brought a beautiful salad and we made beef tartare.
Jun 7, 2021
The $10 Piece of Equipment That Provides Endless Workouts to Do With Kids
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Over this past year, parents really flexed their multi-tasking muscles. Before, we juggled the requirements of caretaking, school, professions, and self-care. But then, we needed to do it simultaneously. And exercise was no exception.
Jun 5, 2021
The Magic Chocolate Chip Banana Cake I Couldn’t Get Enough of as a New Parent
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. My biggest adjustment in those first days motherhood, the moment I realized that my life was forever changed — was our first meal at home as a family. Our friends had come over, lugging enough Vietnamese takeout to feed us for a week. I was ravenous.
Jun 5, 2021
7 Things My Toddlers Would (Almost) Always Eat
Toddlers are funny. They think they know everything, including what they like and don’t like to eat. But they can be fooled, at least some of the time. Take soup. My little ones liked soup — just not always with a spoon. So I called it “dip,” passed them a bowl of carrot sticks and declared it a meal! Here are seven things my toddlers would (almost) always eat.Carrots: They’re sweet and easy to handle.
Jun 4, 2021
5 Quick Family Dinners That Start with Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie chicken is a weeknight hero, riding in to save the day by helping you make quick work of dinner. The pre-cooked, pre-seasoned chicken can be added to soups, pastas, rice dishes, and more to create delicious, protein-based dinners with ease.This snapshot will give you five quick chicken dinners that are guaranteed to become instant family favorites. The chicken: Each recipe uses half of a rotisserie chicken (about 14 ounces), which equals 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded meat.
Jun 2, 2021
Ask Maxwell: How To Get My Son To Make His Bed?
My son is 10 and he is messy, but I really want him to at least make his bed in the morning. When I grew up, I had to and I feel like a bad parent for not succeeding here. Got any tips?ElleryDear Ellery,I have to admit that I’m struggling with this one too with my 14-year-old, and to give you some local color, I’ve made this little video to share with you. My problems only began about a year ago and she used to be very good at this!
Jun 2, 2021
Why I’m Done Apologizing for Clutter — And Why Mental Health Experts Encourage This Too
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. It happens each evening: I walk through a doorway and inevitably trip over something that belongs to one of the little humans I just tucked into bed. Be it LEGOs, dirty socks, pacifiers, or a half-open book, the feeling is always the same.
Jun 2, 2021
9 Dads Share the Best Gift They’ve Ever Received (No Ties Involved!)
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Is there any Father’s Day gift better than waking to the adoring, smiling faces of your children? Of course not … but there are a ton of things that are a really, really close second.
Jun 2, 2021
My Preschooler’s Birthday Wish List is Full of Fun New Gift Ideas for Summer
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. I know exactly what toys my soon-to-be 5-year-old wants at all times — except for when her birthday actually rolls around. All the grandparents and aunties call to ask what to get her, and frankly — I’ve forgotten almost everything we talked about over the past year.
Jun 1, 2021
Our Favorite LGBTQ Picture Books for Kids
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. To celebrate this beautiful month of Pride, Cubby editors rounded up a few of our favorite books with LGBTQ representation. Joyful, meaningful, complex, and utterly moving, each picture book helps shade in the many vibrant hues of the rainbow of identity.
Jun 1, 2021