Cara Strickland

Cara Strickland is an award-winning writer specializing in food and drink, relationships, parenting, and books. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Salon, the James Beard Foundation blog, Slate, Southwest, Time Out, Atlas Obscura, JSTOR Daily, the Rumpus, and others. Connect with her further at
11 Kids’ Desks We Think Are Pretty Great
Our favorite desks that marry form and function.
May 26, 2023
The Small Table and Chairs Set I Bought for My Daughter — and 9 More Kid-Sized Sets That Are Also Great!
Pint-sized tables and chairs, perfect for kids.
May 18, 2023
9 Art and Craft Tables We Really Like For Kids
Give ‘em a space to draw / craft / color the hours away.
May 16, 2023
10 Nightstands We Really Like for Kids’ Rooms
For your kid to stash a water bottle, a book, or a special treasure they want to keep close.
May 16, 2023
9 Toy Boxes We Really Like
Perfect for a playroom, but nice enough for the living room, too!
May 9, 2023
How Sophie the Giraffe Became One of the Most Popular Toys Ever
Did you know it takes 90 days to make one Sophie?
Mar 21, 2023
10 Super Cute Wooden Play Food and Cooking Sets to Go With Your Kid’s Wooden Play Kitchen
I’ve thought way too much about play kitchen accessories over the years, but my research has paid off.
Feb 28, 2023
15 Wooden Play Kitchens That We Absolutely Love
Classic and good-looking, these play kitchens are made to last for years.
Feb 27, 2023
This Kitchen Unitasker Does One Thing So Well, I’m Never Going to Give It Up
I don’t care that it does only one thing, I love that it does that one thing so very well. 
Feb 8, 2023
I Tried Everything to Fix the Brown Hard Water Stains in My Toilet — Then I Finally Found a Solution!
I couldn’t believe that this trick actually – truly, completely! – worked.
Jan 24, 2023
I Wish I Could Use This Diaper Subscription Forever
These diapers are hailed as the "yoga pants of diapers," which spoke to me on a very deep level.
Jan 23, 2023
The Best Toddler Bed Mattresses
They're growing up, and so is their mattress.
Jan 18, 2023
Should I Get a Weighted Blanket For My Child?
We asked an occupational therapist.
Jan 12, 2023
I Stopped Folding My Daughter’s Clothes, and Now They Actually Get Put Away
I am clearly the only one who cares, but she’s the only one who needs to find what she’s looking for most of the time.
Dec 21, 2022
The 25 Best Toys from Maisonette
Maisonette always has great kids' gift ideas.
Nov 18, 2022
The 24 Best Toys from The Tot
It was hard to narrow it down, but we managed.
Nov 18, 2022
12 Toddler Bunk Beds Just Right for Little Kids
They'll grow with your child, too!
Nov 8, 2022
The Best Toys for Young Kids with ADHD
ADHD is very much NOT a one-size-fits-all, but drawing from my own experience, here are some ideas that will hopefully hit the mark for your little one!
Oct 31, 2022
These 15 Kids’ Storage Beds Have Hidden Depths
Hideaway spots for extra clothes, toys, or just small treasures.
Oct 4, 2022
11 Cute and Cozy Toddler Bedding Sets
We've got all the tot-sized bedding basics, from sheet sets to adorable duvets, blankets, even a toddler-sized weighted blanket!
Sep 29, 2022
12 Animal-Themed Wallpapers That Will Make Your Child’s Space Come Alive
From cute to dramatic, and everything in between.
Aug 12, 2022
10 Cute (But Not Cutesy) Insulated Kids’ Lunch Bags That Might Even Last Into the Teen Years
I wouldn't even mind carrying some of these!
Aug 5, 2022
15 of Our Favorite Twin Beds for Design-Minded Parents and Their Kids
All timeless, durable, and nice to look at. Win!
Jul 28, 2022
I Am Not a Crafty Mom, and I’m Not Ashamed About It One Bit
If it's not your thing, it's not your thing.
Jun 8, 2022
20+ Easy On-the-Go Snacks for Kids That Involve Zero Cooking
Forget the oven.
Jun 7, 2022
Why I Chose to Have an Only Child, and the Joy It’s Brought Me
"I hadn’t realized the space that decision was taking up in my mind until it was gone."
May 3, 2022
The Nutritious Trader Joe’s-Inspired Treat I Make My Kids Every Week
If I hadn’t known that I was eating beans, I’d have thought that it was chocolate pudding.
Mar 21, 2022
13 Feeding Tools for Babies and Toddlers That Saved Our Lives
From the best high chairs down to my favorite bento box for playground snacks, here are my must-haves for kids in the kitchen.
Feb 27, 2022
Homemade Nut Butter is So Quick and Easy — and It’s Endlessly Customizable Too!
Save tons of money, while also customizing to your heart's content. (Try the chocolate version of an extra-special lunchtime treat!)
Nov 18, 2021
Super Festive Halloween Drinks for Adults and Kids
Mulled wine, witches' brews, layered candy corn punch and so many more Halloween-ready drinks.
Oct 18, 2021
8 Things New Parents Secretly Wish You’d Bring Them
They may not say it aloud — but these practical gifts are what new parents REALLY need.
Oct 11, 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