Padma Lakshmi Talks about Family Recipes and Her Brand-New Picture Book With Us
Cubby spoke to this food icon about cooking with her daughter and mother, the practice of writing recipes, and balancing her creative pursuits with parenting.
Aug 31, 2021
The Cookie-Brownie Combo Kids Can’t Get Enough Of
Why choose one when you can have both?
Aug 31, 2021
This Family TV Room Has a Pretty Awesome IKEA Hack
These homeowners saved literal thousands (!!!) with this IKEA dupe for built-ins.
Aug 30, 2021
This Creative Family Crafted a Supportive, Modern Home with Cozy Details
Co-Founder of Wolf + Friends Carissa Tozzi shares this home with husband Dino, their six-year-old son Wolf, and their rescue pup, Pepito.
Aug 29, 2021
The Smart and Surprising Trick for Easy Stovetop Oatmeal Every Morning
It's done before the coffee is even ready!
Aug 28, 2021
Before & After: Committing to Color to Transform a Kids Room
Now I want all my rooms this color.
Aug 27, 2021
Before & After: A Child’s Vintage Roll-Top Desk Gets a Playful Makeover for Under $40
Amazing what a coat of paint and some fresh drawer knobs can do.
Aug 27, 2021
Jamie Oliver’s 45-Second Omelet Is the Perfect School Morning Breakfast
Finally, an omelet that not only looks simple to make, but actually is easy to make.
Aug 26, 2021
20 Gifts Every Caregiver Will Absolutely Love
To the babysitters, grandparents, nannies, teachers, and more who have stepped up to keep our kids safe, supported, and inspired every day: You're rockstars.
Aug 25, 2021
How to Make an Orange Julius Your Kids Will Love (and You Too)
Orange Julius recipes have been floating around for years, but I was always skeptical about them. I thought they could never be as good as the “real thing,” and even though I haven’t had the real thing in at least 25 years, that drink was still on a pedestal in my memory. But I recently tried making an Orange Julius at home. Turns out, it’s not only as good as the “real thing” — it’s better.
Aug 25, 2021
Ask Maxwell: What’s the Best School Lunch Box?
Now that school is reopening in my neighborhood again, I need a new lunch box for my kid. What’s the best one you’ve found? HollyMorning! I’m running this again as I’ve had a bunch of new inquiries on this question! On to the email:Dear Holly (as well as a few others that have just asked me this question again),Over at The Kitchn, they’ve spent a good deal of time testing and writing about lunch boxes, and I’ve tried them all.
Aug 24, 2021
How I Prep a Week of Trader Joe’s Meals in 90 Minutes
If you can resist filling up your Trader Joe’s shopping cart with just snacks and cheese, the cult-favorite grocery store is actually a brilliant place to help you meal prep for a super busy week. It’s a one-stop-shop for breakfast essentials like coffee and oats, and their already-prepped ingredients like hard-boiled eggs and frozen stir-fry blends make quick work of lunch boxes and weeknight dinners.
Aug 24, 2021
Before and After: These First-Time Parents Designed a Classy Nursery That Can Grow with Their Family
Project by: Meena Location: Ashbury Heights — San Francisco, California This converted bedroom project comes from first-time parents who recently bought a house in San Francisco. After spending nearly 10 years on the East Coast, they returned back home to the Bay Area to raise their daughter. The family moved in the home when the baby was just two weeks old, so needless to say it was an exhausting and whirlwind experience.
Aug 23, 2021
10 Little Ways to Make Back-to-School Easier
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! It certainly seems there may be some kind of new normal for the upcoming school year.
Aug 22, 2021
Age is Just a Number: 10 Kids’ Rooms with Grown-Up, Steal-able Style
Whether you’ve got little ones at home or not, you’ll be able to take some inspiration from these cheerful but totally mature spaces from our house tours. It turns out that kids (and of course their indubitably stylish parents) have mastered the secret to a youthful yet refined space.
Aug 22, 2021
This Small-Space Organizing Hack Gets My Kids Out the Door Fast
My philosophy: get your system together, and let it work for you. Here's how we did it.
Aug 22, 2021
We Tried 10 of the Best Toothbrushes for Kids — Here’s Our Very Favorite One
I promise you: brushing teeth won't be a hassle with my new favorite toothbrush for kids.
Aug 21, 2021
6 Pro-Chef Restaurant Rules I Use When Cooking with My Kids
The restaurant kitchen has nothing on being in the kitchen with little ones.
Aug 21, 2021
5 Disinfecting Mistakes You’re Probably Making in Your Home
It’s safe to say 2020 (and 2021!) is a year we learned a lot more than we ever thought we’d know (or want to know) about disinfecting. From how to do laundry in a pandemic to how to effectively eliminate viruses from household surfaces, we all gained a lot of new wisdom about how to take care of our homes and how to take care of ourselves. And yet, chances are you’re probably still making some mistakes.
Aug 21, 2021
10 Stylish Kids Desks That Look Great in Every Room
Art tables for littles all the way to multi-functional desks with cool Scandinavian design features.
Aug 21, 2021
If You Want to Get Your Kids to Eat More Veggies, This Is What You Need to Do
Getting kids to eat veggies is often a challenge. Pasta, rice, and bread are easy, but lots of kids shy away from the more complex — and healthy — stuff. I’ve been lucky with my girls: They mostly eat their vegetables (sometimes even with gusto!). Still, if they had a choice between cheese and crackers or spinach? Yeah, they’re going for the crackers.
Aug 21, 2021
7 Things You Can Do With the Space Under a Kid’s Bed
If you ask a feng shui expert about the space under a bed, they’re going to tell you to keep it clear — that putting anything in that space will block energy from circulating around your body when you sleep. So, basically, they’re going to tell you the exact opposite of what I’m about to suggest. But as a mother of two little ones, I find the space under kids’ beds to be prime real estate.
Aug 20, 2021
5-Minute After-School Snacks That Are Nutritious
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! Snacks can be another one of those unexpected pressure points for parents. “I’m responsible for three meals a day AND snacks?!” It’s easy for it to become an afterthought. Puffs in the stroller, a bar in the car, a pouch in the grocery store cart.
Aug 19, 2021
Before and After: Basic Brown Bookcases Get a Magical “Harry Potter” Glow-Up for $110
If you’ve ever wanted your home to look like a wizard’s common room meets an apothecary meets a Wes Anderson film set, there’s a name for that: It’s called dark academia, and it encompasses incredibly moody, whimsical interiors. (Think: wall-to-wall bookcases, sculptural fireplaces, tufted sofas, collections on display, and dark, dreamy wallpaper.
Aug 19, 2021
These 12 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas Will Save Your Mornings
Bacon-and-egg hand pies, oatmeal breakfast bars, and so many more delicious and quick breakfast options for those busy mornings.
Aug 18, 2021
Ask Maxwell: How To Relax About Using Public Restrooms on the Road?
I always angst over kids using public restrooms while on the road! Do you have any tips? LizzieDear Lizzie,When I saw your question come in I felt really unprepared to deal with it. But since then I’ve had to stop a number of times and take a three year old to the bathroom, and YES it gave me angst at first.
Aug 18, 2021
Back to School Coloring Page
Print out our latest Cubby coloring page for the littles and get them excited about going back to school.
Aug 18, 2021
9 Lunch Boxes and Bags That Work Too Well to Be This Cute
These picks are all cute, functional, and back-to-school ready!
Aug 18, 2021
7 Lunch Box Ideas Kids Can Pack Themselves
For many families, back to school means a return to packing lunches. Making sure that your children are well-fed 365 days of every year is hard enough, but adding 180 school lunches can feel downright relentless. I understand and am here to offer relief. Get ready for the most liberating school lunch advice you’ll ever receive: Let your kid pack their own lunch box.
Aug 17, 2021
This New Target Collection Is Brilliant! Here Are Our 10 Favorite Items.
Illustrator Christian Robinson designed every single product I could possibly want in a kid's room.
Aug 16, 2021
We Tried 8 Ways to Cook Corn and There Was a Clear Winner
Sinking my teeth into a warm, buttery corn on the cob is the unofficial start of summer I look forward to all year long. The mere memory of its salty sweet flavor is what helps me get through the long, cold winters. But cooking corn on the cob is a lot easier said than done. Sometimes the kernels dry out and become tough, and sometimes they turn out undercooked and hard. It’s not as easy to cook corn on the cob as some people might think!
Aug 16, 2021
We Renovated Our Shared Family Bathroom for $3,000 — and the Result is Super Bold
We did a complete transformation ourselves, and our daughter loves it as much as we do!
Aug 15, 2021
In This Blogger’s Lively Pastel London Victorian, Gallery Walls Work Double Time
Name: Geraldine, Trevor, Jojo, and MichaelLocation: North London, UKSize: 2700 square feetType of Home: Victorian terrace houseYears Lived In: 15 years, owned If you’ve been on Instagram for awhile, you’ve probably heard of Little Big Bell. The face behind those pastel-colored squares? That’s Dr. Geraldine Tan, a medical doctor by day and an interior and lifestyle blogger by night.
Aug 15, 2021
Before and After: $130 and a Smart IKEA Hack Save This Entryway from Clutter
It’s nearly impossible to renovate every room of your home at once, so some spaces have to wait a little longer than others for a transformation. At Michela Andrioletti’s (@casa_in_newyork) home that she shares with her husband, that space was the entryway. “We put in the first things we could find at the most affordable budget when we moved here five years ago and then we just didn’t have time to fix it,” Michela says.
Aug 15, 2021
The Best Mud Room Organization Hacks I Learned from Designers
Mud room organization, but make it really, really stylish. And there's even a ... dog bath?!
Aug 14, 2021
I’ve Tested Tons of Cordless Stick Vacuums, and These Are My Favorites for Families
Okay, I never thought I would say this, but some 2-in-1 cordless stick vacuums actually make cleaning fun! As a general rule, I used to hate all household chores equally. But there’s something about using these cool devices that doesn’t feel like I’m completing a tedious task. Here’s the best analogy I can think of: If a regular vacuum cleaner is a minivan, the right 2-in-1 cordless stick vac is a sports car.
Aug 14, 2021
How Our Weekly Dinner Calendar Gets My Kid in the Game
Some kids are notorious for craving predictability at dinnertime. They like the same pasta served in a particular bowl. Or they only eat tofu pho, which sounds adventurous, without green things, from one Vietnamese restaurant, and only on Thursday nights. (We’d like the table by the window, please.) Or they eat gyoza, but only at a certain friend’s house, because her dad really does make it best, and in that case he’ll have 20. I have one of these children.
Aug 14, 2021
There’s a Secret Room Hiding Behind This Wardrobe
When I saw the title of this reader submission, I braced myself for some The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe action, but it turned out to be less Narnia, more Lane Kim. Don’t let your teen see this makeover unless you’re prepared to build them a secret hideout — and you’ll probably be tempted to build one for yourself. Here we see Laura Medicus of The Colorado Nest‘s daughter stepping into a fairly magical vintage wardrobe . . .
Aug 13, 2021
12 Books to Get Any Kid Excited to Go Back to School
I'm a former English teacher, so I've personally read every single one of these — they are my must-haves.
Aug 13, 2021
Before and After: HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover” Opened Up This Cramped Living Space for a Family of 6
It’s one thing to renovate a home — which is a lot of work in itself — but revitalizing an entire town? That’s what you call next-level. Ben and Erin Napier, who host HGTV’s “Home Town,” took the task on in their new show “Home Town Takeover,” where they’ve chosen the lucky town of Wetumpka, Alabama, to be the star of the series.
Aug 12, 2021
6 Expert Tips to Calm Back-to-School Anxiety 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. Join us over on Instagram for more! I was caught off guard the first time I was struck with re-emergence anxiety. My oldest and I were about to step into Target for a quick milk-and-eggs pick up when I realized I had forgotten to grab his mask from home. My usually-stocked emergency mask stash was nowhere to be found either.
Aug 11, 2021
Ask Maxwell: Great Gift Ideas for a 7-Year-Old Who Only Likes Video Games?
Since you’re so amazing at gifts: can you suggest a gift that will truly delight a 7-year-old who doesn’t like much more than video games?DonDear Don,Great challenge! Let’s see what we can do. Before I start I’ll also say, no matter what you think of my response, don’t give up!
Aug 11, 2021
Everything Your Family Needs to Know About Disinfecting Your Home, Now That Kids Are Going Back to School
Now that you’re vaccinated, you might be wondering if you can go back to your old hand sanitizer-free days. Do you still need to wash your hands every time you return home? Do you need to be wiping down surfaces? What, exactly, do we need to keep disinfecting … if anything? This is all further complicated by back-to-school season, where exposure levels are increased all around.We asked a few infectious disease experts — Dr.
Aug 11, 2021
I Tried the New York Times’ Perfect Cinnamon Toast Recipe, and WOW
There is no stronger bond than a shared, nostalgic food memory. That’s why when I saw all the buzz over the cinnamon toast recipe recently shared by the New York Times, I felt incredibly excluded. Cinnamon toast … crunch? Like the cereal? What is cinnamon toast and why is everyone suddenly coming forward that this was their go-to after-school snack? I have not one single memory of ever making this. Is everyone around me secretly making this at home and not telling me?
Aug 11, 2021
The Best Way to Pick a Super-Sweet Watermelon
It won’t officially be summer until you’ve had your first watermelon of the season. Chances are, though, that it’s been about a year since you’ve bought your last watermelon. Do you remember how to pick out a good one? Did you ever really know? There’s a definite art to picking the very best watermelons. But don’t worry, once you know what to look for, it’s easy.
Aug 11, 2021
5 Easy Tips for Designing a Stylish (and Accessible) Kids’ Bookshelf
You want kids to be able to reach their favorites and for the room to look polished. Here’s how it’s done.
Aug 10, 2021
These Parents Found the Smartest Way to Deal with Picky Eaters
Kids think it’s funny to mess with adults. It’s just the way of the world. They think it’s hysterical to prank call their parents, hide their grandparents’ remote controls, and hide from the teacher during roll call. They also think it’s adorable to not try new foods at the dinner table that they will willingly eat at the cafeteria at lunch. So, how are you supposed to get your kids to eat new things? I have a slightly sneaky way that actually works.
Aug 10, 2021
I Have Been Cutting Peaches Wrong My Whole Life
Last year I publicly declared my love for nectarines over peaches, causing a little stone fruit drama. Nectarine season hasn’t started here in Washington yet, but we’ve got the first few weeks of peaches under our belts. Plus, I have a giant box of Georgia peaches I ordered online to see if there really was something I was missing. I am pleased to report that while my mind remains unchanged on the superiority of nectarines, peaches are still close behind.
Aug 9, 2021