10+ beauty products Motherly editors swear by

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Winter is here and most of us are in the thick of managing our dry, flaky skin. We're staying indoors more, but that doesn't excuse us from uncomfortable itchy skin. If the heat in your home is anything like mine it's super drying and almost unbearable at times. As a result my skin and hair are left needing a lot more TLC than usual. If you fall into this category too, we have you covered, mama.

Below, find editor-approved beauty products for your cleansing, moisturizing, and wrinkle-reducing needs:

Conz Preti, Content Director

Hairstory hair balm

Hairstory hair balm

​I'm not a fan of blowdrying my hair, I'm clumsy, I have curls, I don't have time, you get it. So I just air dry year-round (yes, even when it's cold). I have a lot of postpartum regrowth which translates to hairs sticking up and some frizz. This balm has been amazing to my hair, it cuts down drying time and reduces frizz.

$36

Eight sticks lip trick

Eight sticks lip trick

​My lips are always dry during the winter, plus now I've been struggling with cold sores when my period comes (it suuuucks). This mask has been a game-changer for my poor lips. It keeps them moisturized AND helps them heal when I'm going through a sore episode.

$28

Freak Beauty rich bitch vitamin c moisturizer

Freak Beauty

This moisturizer is EVERYTHING my skin has needed. Plus I love the easy, tooth-paste-like tube. It's soft, easy to apply and my skin just sucks it all in in a second.

$32

Tower 28 SOS daily rescue facial spray

Tower 28 Sos daily rescue facial spray

I recently discovered this spray and it immediately became a must in my morning routine (which usually consists of splashing water on my face while holding a baby in one hand and having another pull at my pants… yay twins!). I spray it before I apply moisturizer and it has kept my skin so happy during my first frigid Maine winter.

$28

Diana Spalding, Health + Wellness Director

Saturday Skin intense hydration mask

Saturday Skin intense hydration mask

​These are my absolute favorite sheet masks. I use them about once per week, using a technique I actually learned from a Motherly editor. I apply a clay mask for about 15 minutes, then remove it gently with a washcloth. Next, I use this sheet mask (hint: if there is extra product in the pouch, I squeeze it into my palms and rub it on my neck and chest—waste not want not!). When I take the mask off, I let the product dry on my face and then I gently pat a face oil onto my skin. My face feels incredibly soft and hydrated after this.

$6

Laurel eye balm

Laurel eye balm

​I am usually not a person who splurges on, well, anything. Generic brands head to toe, all the way. But my undereye area was really starting to suffer, from a combination of my lack of sleep, the dry winter air and my skin's sensitivity. I realized it was time to invest, at least a little.

I tried many different eye creams, but when I found this eye balm from Laurel I knew I had arrived. It's made of 100% plant materials and I swear I can feel my skin saying thank you when I put it on. I love that it keeps my underlies hydrated without feeling greasy (even though it's fairly greasy when you first put it on).

$72

Sara Goldstein, Commerce Editor

Volition celery green cream

Volition celery green cream

My skin is pretty neutral—not too oily, not too dry—so I don't ever need a heavy moisturizer. However, a light one is a non-negotiable and the Celery Green Cream from Volition is my HG. I love the way the gel-like consistency sinks in without leaving a greasy slick and because it's water-based, it doesn't feel sticky either. Also, as the last step in my routine, I've found it's the one product where the scent matters most since I have to smell it for the next little while. This one smells fresh and clean and doesn't linger too long either.

$55

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. framboos glycolic resurfacing night serum

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. framboos glycolic resurfacing night serum

​I discovered this as a birthday gift from Sephora a couple of years ago and subsequently bought the travel size every time I ran out. Recently, I admitted it's an integral part of my nighttime routine and shelled out for the full size. It's the splurgiest product in my line up but as far as I'm concerned, totally worth it. It really helps tackle the fine lines that make me grumpy and keeps my skin looking refreshed and dewy in the morning.

$90

Sunday Riley C.E.O. vitamin C brightening serum

sunday riley vitamin c

​Vitamin C is clutch for brightening skin and evening out skin tone and unfortunately, I hate most of them. They're all too often sticky, stinky and leave my face looking like a shiny robot. This one not only delivers results, but the formula is more like a thin lotion than a serum with a divinely orangey scent.

$85

Pleni Naturals enzyme cleansing oil

Pleni Naturals enzyme cleansing oil

This may be my most favorite cleanser ever. It's an oil cleanser, but thicker than others that I've used. More like the consistency of thin honey. The rich formula is soothing without being greasy or sticky and works to remove even the most stubborn mascara. Most appreciated though, it leaves my skin feeling cleansed and fresh without that crackly, instantly parched feeling.

$48

Jamie Orsini, Assistant News Editor

e.l.f. lip exfoliator

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

I love this lip exfoliator! It works so well and tastes like brown sugar. I really like that it comes in a twist-up lipstick tube, as opposed to a little pot. There's no need to use my hands or an applicator.

$4

Voir hair masque + scalp detox

Voir hair masque + scalp detox

I just discovered this masque and I'm obsessed with it. I usually keep my curly hair short but because of the pandemic, I haven't gone for a haircut in almost a year. My hair is much longer than I'm used to and my curls were starting to look lifeless. I use this once a week and I've noticed a definite improvement: my hair is shinier and curls are tighter.

$28

Deena Campbell, Senior Lifestyle Editor

PCA SKIN daily defense mist

PCA SKIN daily defense mist

My skin is always dry. No seriously, it's always dry. It's so nice to give myself a spritz keep me feeling refreshed and hydrated throughout the day. I love that it's infused with antioxidants that help protect against environmental stressors including blue light (thanks computers!).

$49

Native deodorant

Native deodorant

I'm a huge fan of Native, but this collaboration with author, designer and Jungalow founder, Justina Blakeney is a must-have. The limited-edition scents truly encompass a world of plants, good vibes and fresh air—seriously everything I need to keep me afloat these days.

$12

Kiehl's accelerated clarity renewing ampoules

Kiehl's accelerated clarity renewing ampoules

On days when I feel like my face is going to fall off from dryness, I like to supercharge my routine with this two-week treatment that's formulated with a cool mix of glycolic, lactic and phytic acids that helps brighten my skin.

$95


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The HATCH Mama collection is everything your pregnant body needs right now

Their oil is the only thing that stopped my belly from itching as it grew bigger.

Conz Preti

Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of moisturizing. I hate being wet and sticky and after applying product to my body, I have to stand around awkwardly until I'm fully air-dried—a practice that is not compatible with having three kids under the age of 3. However, as someone who has carried three children in her body, I also know how much your belly needs hydration as the baby grows.

This was especially true with my second pregnancy. My belly popped way sooner (a thing that happens with subsequent pregnancies) and on top of that, I was carrying twins, which meant I became super pregnant super fast. My belly was itching constantly from the skin stretching (I checked with my doctor to make sure I didn't have Cholestasis) and there was no scratching in the world that could ease my discomfort. My doula recommended the HATCH Mama belly oil and changed my life. The oil is nourishing—but more important to me, quick-drying—so I could apply it all over my planet-sized twin belly and get dressed immediately after without having my clothes ruined nor stuck to my body. Because of how much I loved the oil, I tested other products, and let me tell you, they're all equally amazing.

Curious about the HATCH Mama collection? All of their products are non-toxic and mama-safe, designed to help pregnant people overcome the challenges unique to pregnancy. As their website claims, "from stretch marks to thinning hair, to sleepless nights, we're helping you tackle every prenatal and postnatal beauty issue head-on so you can continue to feel like the best version of you." I'm here for all of this. For the entire Hatch Beauty collection click here.


Here are my favorite products from HATCH Mama:


Belly oil

HATCH COLLECTION  Belly Oil

Intensely hydrating + fantastic at reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars, this will be your favorite through pregnancy + beyond.

$58

Belly mask

HATCH COLLECTION  Belly Mask Set

Not only does it help to minimize the appearance of stretch masks + scars during pregnancy + postpartum, but there is a little non-toxic wink (and that's to you, mama.)

$42

Nipple + lip ointment 

HATCH COLLECTION  Nipple + Lip

Calming + soothing, this magic sauce is lanolin-free & made of tropical butters and super fruits. I'm not lying when I say you will not want to stop using this, even way after birth.

$28

Belly tattoos

HATCH COLLECTION  Belly Tattoos

A very rock and roll way to honor your bump. And non-toxic + plant-based at that!

$18

This article was originally published in March 2021. It has been updated.

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Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.

Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

We know new parents are busy (hello, understatement of the year). Between diaper changes, pediatrician appointments, healing from birth and the general adjustment to #newparentlife, the days can fill up quickly. But a lot of people are caught off guard by how busy pregnancy can be, too! That first trimester is so often full of symptoms—like nausea and fatigue—that can make previously easy or simple tasks exhausting. The second trimester begins and (usually) we start to feel better. But then our days get filled with planning out baby registries and deciding on questions like, "Where will this tiny new human sleep?" And before you know it, it's the third trimester—and, well, then you're in the home stretch. Plus there are so many appointments!

All this to say that we get how busy you are—and how hard that might make it to fit in a birth class.

And that's why we created The Motherly Birth Class. The Motherly Birth Class is completely online, which means you can take the class at your own pace.


Think you'll want to watch each lesson a few times over? Great!

Due date's next week and you need the option to take a birth class very quickly? No problem!

Like everything at Motherly, we designed this class with you in mind.

Taught by Certified Nurse-Midwife Diana Spalding (who also wrote "The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama"), this class is broken into 12 lessons—and you get to control how and when you watch them. We'll teach you about what your (amazing) body is up to in labor, how to decide when it's time to head to the hospital or birth center (or when to call your home birth midwife), what your options are for coping with pain and so much more.

When you sign up for The Motherly Birth Class, you'll get access to a downloadable workbook and meditations. Plus, you'll be invited to join our supportive private online community (where you can chat with the class instructor!)

Oh, one more thing: Your insurance or flexible spending account might even able to able to cover the cost of this class.

Pregnancy is wonderful—but it's a lot. You deserve a birth class that works for you and empowers you to have your best birth. Because vaginal or Cesarean, unmedicated or medication, birth is incredible. And you are the star of it all.

You've got this.

Sign up for The Motherly Birth Class today!

The Motherly Birth Class

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Take our completely digital birth class from the comfort of your living room. We'll help you have your best birth—because you deserve it.

$79

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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Stepping Stones

Stepping-stones

Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

$99.99

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$19.95

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Foam pogo stick

Flybar-my-first-foam-pogo-stick

Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

$16.99

Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

$22

Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

$14.99

Pull-along ducks

janod-pull-along-wooden-ducks

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$16.99

Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

$79.99

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$79.99

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

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The ultimate back-to-school shopping list for busy moms

Use this list to prep for the best first day ever!

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After spending a summer reconnecting with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors and (hopefully!) making time for vacation, it's time for kids to head back to school. They're ready to learn, grow and get out of your hair again! But they'll need some help to get there. Before the exciting first day of school, you'll need to get all the gear together to make school a success.

As a parent, use this basic but essential school supply list to find everything your little ones need for their classes—even on a budget.

Loose Leaf Paper

Even though there won't be any tests or quizzes when school begins, kids take plenty of notes, complete assignments and do in-class exercises. Every student needs at least a few packets of loose-leaf paper for quick notes and doodles. Check with your child's school to find out if they require college ruled or wide ruled before you fill up your shopping cart — odds are they won't, but it's worth being sure.

$4

Personal Planner

Your child will need a personal planner to kick off the school year and keep up with all of their assignments. It's an opportunity to invest in cute school supplies that motivate your kids every time they open their planners. Plus, planners help kids learn time management and responsible scheduling, which they can carry with them throughout their academic lives and into college and adulthood.

$22

#2 Pencils

Most classes require #2 pencils because they show up easily on test bubble sheets that machines scan and grade. Add them to your child's school supply list before they sell out at local stores. A great deal on a large pack will likely last through the year.

$10.29

Black Ink Pens

Teachers grade in red ink pens so their notes stand out as study tools. Your student should use black ink pens that don't bleed on the paper. Their work will stand out and never smudge if you use a tried-and-true brand that knows how to make a quality pen, like BIC.

$4.47

Highlighters in Different Colors

Highlighters help students study if they outline notes in different colors. Get your child a pack so they have all the help they need for their study materials. If they're stressed about the tougher classwork, don't forget to break the tension with jokes that will put them at ease.

$9.99

Big Pink Erasers

The erasers on the top of pencils won't last long in classes like calculus or trigonometry. Give your kids a backup by buying packs of big pink erasers. They last much longer and often do a better job of wiping mistakes away.

$.99

New Headphones

Headphones are one of the school supplies kids can use to express themselves. They'll wear them while studying in the library or riding the bus so they can focus or relieve stress between classes.

$16.99

Lined Notebooks

Notebooks are cute school supplies that students always need. The spiral-bound pages are easy to flip through and lightweight in a backpack. They even help with virtual classes because each subject can have a different notebook and further organize notes that assist with online tests.

$3.19

Three-Ring Binders

Students collect their loose-leaf notes in three-ring binders because they snap everything shut and keep notes safe. Find back-to-school binders that match your child's personality so they can stack everything safely in their locker without bending or crushing papers.

$16.95

Locker Decorations

Most kids love decorating their lockers when they start middle school or junior high. Add locker decorations to your school supply list so they can personalize their storage unit and feel more at home.

$14.99

New Lunch Box

Spoiled food ruins the first day of school. But a dual-compartment lunch box ensures your child's food stays fresh throughout the day by designating a special section for an ice pack. Your purchase could also start a new tradition of getting a different lunch box when the school year begins, easing your kids' nerves about beginning a new grade.

$12.99

Upgraded Backpack

It's always fun to get a new backpack. Let your kids pick one that matches their size and expresses their personality with characters, colors, or other prints.

$31.96

Colorful Markers

Young kids might need help adjusting to virtual school or having fun during in-person classes. Colorful markers are an easy way for them to relax while doodling, and they'll likely be part of daily assignments for elementary school students.

$3.49

Reusable Water Bottle

Drinking out of water fountains helps spread illnesses. Your kids can avoid flu season by carrying a reusable water bottle in their backpack. Let them pick out whichever one they want and they'll look forward to using it instead of drinking from public fountains.

$29.95

Calculator

Every teenager needs a calculator when they go back to school. A TI-89 model assists with graphing functions and lasts throughout their academic careers. You won't have to buy another one if they keep it in its case between classes.

$130.99
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