Cubby Archive - March 2022
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The $30 Instagram-Popular Book Storage Solution That’s Perfect for Small Spaces
It held way more books than I thought it would.
Mar 12, 2022
I Tried 4 Famous Meatball Recipes and the Best One Won by a Long Shot
The winner ruined all other meatballs for me — that’s how phenomenal it was.
Mar 12, 2022
Here Are the Top Kitchen Design Trends of the Year, According to Designers
Wallpaper, antiques, and many more trends that will dominate.
Mar 11, 2022
A Beverly Hills Playroom with Chic Storage and a Bold Wall Mural
Candy colors, cozy seating, and tons of other sweet features make this playroom as memorable as it is fun!
Mar 11, 2022
Before & After: A Very Quick $725 Redo Transformed a Literal Mud Pit into a Stylish Outdoor Space
The whole family pitched in to make this cozy outdoor living room.
Mar 11, 2022
5 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Going to Dominate This Year
Think dark colors and open shelving.
Mar 10, 2022
Kids’ STEAM Activities that You Can Do With Things from the Pantry
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. Thanks to their natural curiosity, children are basically mini-scientists, constantly tinkering, observing, and creating. Exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) methods through hands-on learning allows them to discover different concepts, while also having a lot of fun.
Mar 9, 2022
Our Favorite Cooperative, No-Tears Board Games
The past year, and especially the last few months, has been all.about.the.togetherness. A long stretch of cold days and early darkness has kept our family, including my 4th-grader and 1st-grader, inside and on the hunt for boredom busters. We’ve adopted not just family game night, but also family game afternoon, and sometimes family game morning. As an admitted win-junkie, I am always down for a cutthroat round of Monopoly or Uno.
Mar 9, 2022
The Single Best Item We Bought for School at Home
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. With a year that has caused more emotional whiplash than I will ever be able to fully unpack, we have been sailing through this uncharted home-online-hybrid-school territory with humor, tears, exhaustion, and, thankfully, a few very helpful purchases.
Mar 9, 2022
The Ingenious Solution to Staying in Touch with Relatives Right 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. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and without a doubt the most difficult part has been the separation from friends and family.FaceTime and Zoom have served their purpose, but aren’t a replacement for shared meals, group game nights, and giant bear hugs.
Mar 9, 2022
Bringing Religion Home: 5 Families Share Their Stories of Faith in the Pandemic
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 I was growing up, my mother had a saying: The Devil works overtime on Sunday mornings. She meant that every minute I spent arguing with her about clothes, every harsh word spoken as she herded our family out of the house to get to church on time, was a kind of warfare: Satan trying to keep us from worship.
Mar 9, 2022
This Organizing Expert Has an Incredibly Inspiring Family Home
Professional organizer Shira Gill's definition of minimalism is "not about deprivation or scarcity, but rather, defining what is essential and meaningful to you, and then stripping away the clutter and distraction that stands in the way."
Mar 9, 2022
One Small Thing to Do Today for a Better Home All Year Long
Focus on what’s doable and realistic.
Mar 9, 2022
23 of the Hottest New Toys for Spring
From a sensory bin to a rock climbing kit to a projector that can be used outdoors, we picked out toys and gadgets to match every interest and every age.
Mar 8, 2022
Warm and Cheesy Frito Pie
When serving corn chips on the side simply isn't enough.
Feb 9, 2022
3 Expert Tips for Training Your New Family Dog
I spoke to my dog trainer for his best tips on integrating a new dog into your home.
Mar 8, 2022
How You Can Help the People of Ukraine Right Now
Here are a few of the organizations providing immediate and critical assistance to Ukrainians.
Mar 7, 2022
How I Prep for a Week of Comforting Dinners
Bring on the cheesy casseroles, soups, and stews.
Feb 3, 2022
This Perfect Skillet Brownie Is Your New Dessert Go-To
Decadent and rich? Sounds like my type of brownie!
Mar 7, 2022
Here’s How I Created a Spectacular $50 Rainbow Mural in My Daughter’s Room
It’s not as hard as you might think — and it makes a huge impact.
Mar 7, 2022
Childhood Memory: Jud & The Fish
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Mar 7, 2022
How This Mom of Hungry Teens Spends Less Than $100 on a Week of Groceries
Plus, some unexpected tips on meal planning — like checking the weather app before you head to the store!
Mar 7, 2022
Before and After: Can A Pantry be Called Dreamy? This One Can.
A pro organizer gives her pantry a more minimalistic look.
Mar 6, 2022
The Vacuum Duo This Dad of 3 Can’t Stop Raving About
These investments were an absolute game-changer in our small apartment.
Mar 6, 2022
Before and After: A Dark, Cluttered Basement Gets a Bright Makeover for the Whole Family
The basement is now home to a TV and gaming area, a ping-pong zone, a workout corner, and a utility room.
Mar 5, 2022
Easy, Kid-Friendly Taco Soup
Get ready for the best-ever leftovers.
Mar 4, 2022
The Adorable Containers My 3-Year-Old Niece (and I) Love
Less waste, more convenience.
Mar 4, 2022
The Best Word Puzzles and Games to Play as a Family
Improve everyone’s literacy while having fun! (And some of these games are free, too.)
Mar 4, 2022
The Grown-Up Cheeseburger Casserole That Kids Also Can’t Get Enough Of
A one-pot wonder that channels all the Hamburger Helper vibes.
Mar 3, 2022
This Crowd-Pleasing Chicken Tortilla Soup Is Made Mostly from Pantry Staples
You can throw it together in just twenty minutes — really!
Mar 3, 2022
British Sausage Rolls Are as Fun as Pigs in a Blanket
They're the U.K. equivalent to pigs in a blanket.
Mar 2, 2022
5 Essential Things to Clean This Spring
Because your kitchen needs a little springtime TLC.
Mar 2, 2022
These Large-Scale, Show-stopping Family Portraits Only Cost $5 to Create
And they take only minutes to DIY!
Mar 1, 2022
I Tried the TikTok-Famous Honeycomb Pasta – Here Are My Honest Thoughts
It certainly looked cool, but was it delicious?
Mar 1, 2022
Make This Stick-to-Your Bones Cowboy Casserole, Like, Right Now
When it comes to ultra-comforting, crowd-pleasing bakes, there is nothing better than a cowboy casserole. And in the midst of chilly temps especially, this is a dish you’ll definitely want to keep on repeat in your meal plan. It’s hearty and creamy, packed with lots of melty cheddar and topped with a crispy layer of tater tots. Best of all, it comes together with a short list of basic pantry and freezer ingredients.
Mar 1, 2022
6 Free Ways to De-Stress and Unwind, According to Kids
These tricks work for little ones AND caregivers!
Mar 1, 2022