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My Daughter Called This New Independent Learning Toy Her “Favorite Gift Ever!”
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! Every time I saw an ad for the Yoto Player peppering my social media feed, I was totally fascinated. Bright, colorful, completely kid-controlled — what’s not to love?
Jul 18, 2021
Just 12 TikTok Videos to Turn a Parent’s Bad Day Around
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! Look: We’ve all had those days, when everything feels just, well, kinda terrible, often for no big reason at all.
Jul 2, 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
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
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!
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. Check us out on Instagram for even more!
Jun 21, 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
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
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
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
Pottery Barn Kids is Having a Huge Sale — and We Shopped the Best Picks for You
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 all the Memorial Day sales happening this weekend, there’s no shortage of great deals, but if we had to pick one to shop, it’d be Pottery Barn’s Warehouse Sale, spanning all their brands, including Pottery Barn Kids.
May 28, 2021
This Designer Created Her Book-Loving Son’s Dream Bedroom — Plus, Her Tips on Designing a Space Your Kids Won’t Age Out 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.
May 28, 2021
What I’m Gifting My Pregnant Friends from Parachute’s Gorgeous New Baby Line
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. You know those friends that are more like family? And then they get pregnant and have families of their own? There’s nothing like it. Those are the people you really want to cherish and spoil.
May 19, 2021
The Top Family Road Trip Tips from Real Parents
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 best memories of being on the road with my parents are the pit stops at gas stations. My mom would hand me a five-dollar bill ($10 if we were flush!) and let me go wild in the convenience store. Then I’d snack happily all the way to our destination, oblivious to the sea of crumbs and wrappers littering our backseat.
May 14, 2021
7 Uncommon Mother’s Day Crafts that Kids (and Moms) Will Love
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 family is notorious for holding onto sentimental objects, but no one is a more avid, let’s say, collector than my mother. Her sewing room is stacked with bins of my artwork from childhood: cards with sloppy handwriting, a slightly alarming sketch of Pongo from “101 Dalmations.
Apr 28, 2021
Cubby’s Earth Day Coloring Page
To celebrate Earth Day, we created a coloring page just for the littles. Take the crayons outdoors for some extra sunshine.
Apr 19, 2021
A Foolproof (and Free!) Solution to Rainy Day Boredom
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. April means many things: spring gardening, warmer temperatures, and seemingly endless weeks of rain. After a punishing winter, I’m not going to bemoan the weather too much, but that doesn’t stop my 4-year-old from literally hanging upside down on the couch from soul-crushing ennui. (You think I’m being dramatic?
Apr 7, 2021
Two Words I Use to Teach My Child Self-Awareness
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. Our family is obsessed with thanking one another. We exchange gratitude for the practical acts (picking up the groceries; sharing the last slice of pizza; tidying up the toys) as well as the big moments (for being brave at school; for forgiving me when I snapped at you).
Mar 24, 2021