Ayn-Monique Klahre

Ayn-Monique is a lifestyle editor and writer who's worked for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, FamilyFun and more. She loves lattes, jogging and hanging out at the playground with her husband and daughters.
11 Easy Little Nighttime Habits to Get Parents Ready for the Next Day
Take the burden off the morning hustle with these ideas to prep the night before.
Feb 14, 2024
This Is Why Aluminum Foil Is Shiny on One Side
Finally, the matte versus shiny mystery explained!
Dec 4, 2023
This Is Why Aluminum Foil Is Shiny on One Side
Finally, the matte versus shiny mystery explained!
Apr 13, 2023
How To Create a Date Night With Your Partner While the Kids Are Asleep
Yes, it's possible.
Apr 13, 2022
10 Things I Wished I Had Put On My Baby Registry
From shushers to snot suckers and everything in between, make sure these items are on your gift list.
Apr 3, 2022
Should You Have Plants in a Kid’s Room? One Expert Weighs In.
You'll be surprised at some of the safety concerns here.
Jan 12, 2022
16 Easy Little Morning Habits to Get Parents Ready for the Day
From sneaking in a workout to a time-saving sock system, here’s how parents start their days right.
Jan 9, 2022
18 Affordable Costco Home Goods That Are Actually Great Quality
Beyond bulk food, this warehouse store offers deals for the kitchen and bedroom, too.
Dec 27, 2021
I Tried Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken and It Was Way Easier Than I Expected
Delicious, crowd-pleasing — and only requires 20 minutes of prep? Sign us up.
Oct 9, 2021
The 13 Best Trader Joe’s Frozen Groceries for Kids — Plus, Our Very Favorite!
Stock up on these items to stretch out your shopping trips.
Sep 24, 2021
The 14 Best Costco Items to Buy for Quick Family Meals
Buying in bulk can save you on groceries and make dinnertime easier, too.
Sep 5, 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
5 Reasons Why I’m Excited for My Kids to Order Hot Lunch This Year
From personal convenience to communal equity: here's why we'll take advantage of the free lunch program.
Aug 9, 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
The Unexpected Baby Gift That Became My Favorite Thing in My Kitchen
When my first child was born, my husband’s coworker gave us a wooden step stool as a baby gift. It was a beautiful: solid wood, about 12 inches tall, white with lavender treads and our daughter’s name carved in it in a sweet font. That’s nice, I thought, but why would anyone ever gift an apartment-dweller such a large gift?Well, obviously she was an experienced mom!
May 3, 2021
My Kids Tried 25+ Trader Joe’s Products — Here Are the Winners
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 asked my daughters if they would be interested in testing some products from Trader Joe’s, the answer was a resounding yes. After a year of ordering groceries online, the idea of perusing shelves in-person — and picking up something other than the same-old — appealed to us quite a bit.
Apr 14, 2021
20 Things Families Can’t Live Without in the Kitchen
When it comes to cooking with kids, there’s the vision (little hands rolling perfect little balls of cookie dough!) and the reality (flour on the counter, on the floor, in their hair — everywhere). “There are so many reasons to get kids into the kitchen, but I do think they can develop a real pride in their self-sufficiency,” says cookbook author Jenna Helwig.
Feb 17, 2021
The Top Gifts & Stocking Stuffers of 2020, According to Independent Toy Shop Owners
From new twists on blocks and puzzles to design-minded collectables, independent toy store owners have a pulse on what their young clients love. And with real humans at the helm, each store has its own specialty and point of view—meaning, find the shop that speaks to your child, and you’ve got a curated selection of items to please them. We reached out to seven independent toy shops across the country to see what they’d recommend for holiday gifts for 2020.
Dec 2, 2020
These Are the Very Best Fish Sticks You Can Get at the Grocery Store
When I was growing up, we didn’t eat meat on Fridays. Instead, in our household, the sad alternative was usually fish sticks. I don’t have particularly fond memories of them from back then — the standard ones we often bought were usually pretty bland and soggy — but nevertheless, we ate them for dinner and got on with it. I now can honestly say that frozen fish sticks don’t have to be sad. In fact, they have come a long way since the days of my youth.
Dec 2, 2020
The One Place In Your Kitchen You’re (Probably) Forgetting to Clean (and How to Clean It)
As busy as they are, kitchens are just about the germiest places in our homes—especially all those handles. You touch food, you open the oven. Your kids come in after touching who-knows-what and head straight to the fridge (or maybe it’s just mine?). With all that touching comes the risk of cross-contamination of foodborne illnesses and the spread of germs (in addition to all our fears about coronavirus, flu season is coming!).
Nov 10, 2020