10 easy, no-bake breakfast recipes when you don't feel like cooking

Most take less than 30 minutes to make.

no-bake breakfast recipes

We know your mornings are super tough, mama. From getting the little ones up in time to brush teeth and get ready for virtual lessons, preparing home-cooked breakfasts can be hard to fit into your already packed schedule. The good news is that getting a nutritious and creative breakfast that the entire family will enjoy is easier than you think.

We've rounded up our favorite delicious breakfast ideas:


1. Easy breakfast yogurt popsicles

Easy Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk with 2 tsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1 cup berries/chopped fruits
Instructions:
  1. Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp of the honey.
  2. Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds.
  3. Place a few berries into each mold.
  4. Mix the last teaspoon of honey with the granola (you can place the honey in the microwave for 10 seconds if you are struggling to mix it) and top the yogurt with a little granola mixture.
  5. Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mold and place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 4 hours before consuming.
  6. To remove the popsicles, run the mold under a little hot water until they come loose.
Recipe from I Heart Naptime.

2. Chocolate peanut butter banana sushi

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Sushi

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas still relatively firm
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Instructions:

  1. In a shallow dish, heat up peanut butter for 30 seconds to become easier to spread.
  2. In another shallow dish combine cereal, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. Dip each banana into the peanut and coat fully, using a spoon if necessary to spread peanut butter over banana.
  4. Coat the banana with the cereal mixture.
  5. Transfer the banana to a plate and allow it to set up in the fridge for 20 minutes or freezer for 5 minutes before slicing into 1-2 inch slices and serving.
Recipe from A Mind Full Mom.

3. Smashed blackberry + goat cheese toasts

Serves: 8

Time to cook: 20 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tbsps sugar
  • 3 tbsps water
  • 1 to 2 tsps cornstarch, sifted
  • 8-ounce challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)
  • 4-ounce goat cheese
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar and water (covered) over a medium-low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated. Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired.
  3. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!
Recipe from Wrytoasteats.

4. Avocado toast with cottage cheese + tomatoes

Avocado Toast with Cottage Cheese + Tomatoes

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices hearty whole grain bread
  • 2 cups cottage cheese low fat
  • 1 ripe California avocado sliced
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Lay bread slices out on a large cutting board and top each one with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Top cottage cheese with avocado and tomato slices then season with another pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cut bread slices in half and serve.
Recipe from The Lemon Bowl.

5. No-bake breakfast bars

No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Serves: 8 bars

Time to cook: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup yogurt chip, save 1/2 cup for melting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, optional

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix honey with peanut butter.
  2. Microwave for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, or until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oat cereal, 1/2 of the yogurt chips (save the other half for later), chopped almonds, and dried cranberries.
  4. Pour the melted honey mixture into the bowl and stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper, and gently flatten the mixture evenly around the pan.
  6. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the mixture has hardened enough, cut it into 8 pieces.
  8. Melt the other half of the yogurt chips in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time, until melted. (Optional: adding 1 tsp of coconut oil will help with the melting process)
  9. Dip the bottom of the bars in the melted yogurt chips and place on a piece of parchment paper. Freeze for another 15 minutes.
Recipe from Tasty.

6. Fig chia pudding

Fig Chia Pudding

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons whole chia seeds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt or natural yogurt
  • 4 tbsp granola
  • 4 figs

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl combine the chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract. Stir well, cover with a lid and soak in the refrigerate for at least two hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Before you are ready to serve, peel 3 figs, discard the peel and mash the flesh with a fork until it turns into a jam-like texture. Cut the remaining fig into a few slices, chop the rest into quarters and use as decoration.
  3. Take a nice jar or glass and begin to assemble, start by pressing the fig slices against the inside of the jar until they stick. Then fill about 4 tbsps of the chia pudding into the bottom of each jar followed by a layer of granola, fig mash, coconut or yogurt, top with the remaining chia pudding and finish with a sprinkle of granola.
  4. Decorate with the remaining fig quarters and enjoy.
Recipe from The Healthy Tart.

7. Breakfast panzanella

Breakfast panzanella

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • Panzanella, about 1 cup per person
  • 1 to 2 fried eggs per person
  • Sliced fresh basil

Instructions:

  1. Take the panzanella out of the fridge. Transfer about 1 cup to each plate and let it come to room temp while you make the eggs.
  2. Fry the eggs and top them onto the plates with the panzanella. Add freshly sliced basil and pinches of salt and pepper.
Recipe from Love and Lemons.

8. Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Stewed peppers + tomatoes with eggs

Serves: 4

Time to cook: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes, drained
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/12 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Crusty bread, optional

Instructions:

  1. Warm oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion, sprinkle with salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and continue to cook, 5 minutes longer. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, until vegetables are very tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  2. Puree tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Stir into vegetable mixture, cover, turn heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Carefully crack an egg into each quarter of the pan. Cover and cook until egg whites are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
Recipe from My Recipes.

9. Instant pot french toast

Instant pot french toast

Serves: 6

Time to cook: 1 hour 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 brioche or Challah loaf, cut into 1 inch cubes, preferably day old
  • Powdered sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Berries

Instructions:

  1. Grease a 7 inch round baking dish with cooking spray. Place trivet inside Instant Pot and pour in water. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add bread and gently toss to combine. Pour mixture into prepared dish and cover tightly with foil, then place inside Instant Pot.
  2. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 30 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for quick release. Remove baking dish from Instant Pot and let cool 10 minutes.
  3. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup and fresh berries.
Recipe from Delish.

10. Breakfast apple nachos

Breakfast Apple Nachos

Serves: 2

Time to cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 1/4 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup chopped stawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Raisins, for topping
  • Honey, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. On a large plate, arrange apple slices on top of one another. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with desired toppings. Finish with a drizzle of honey.
Recipe from Delish.

Helping your 2-month-old thrive: Tips and activities

Routines create a foundation for learning how to love and developing good self-esteem as baby grows.

*This article is sponsored by ParentPal. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

Your life may still feel like a blur of feedings, diaper changes and short spurts of sleep. That new baby fog means you usually have no clue what day it is or why the car keys are in the fridge. But this month is the perfect time to actually start a routine. Having a basic schedule helps the day flow, which is good for you and baby.

According to Dr. Tovah Klein, head of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive, routines help even 2-month-olds anticipate what's going to happen next. She explains:

Bath? Check. Song? Check? Feeding? Check. Zzzz.

This kind of predictability helps her feel safe, calm and trusting of parents and caregivers. This creates a foundation for learning how to love the important people in her life and developing good self-esteem as she grows.

To help support your baby's development and track routines like sleep and feeding, you can try an app like ParentPalâ„¢. ParentPal is the only all-in-one parenting app with everything you need to support, track, and celebrate your child's healthy development. Developed by Teaching Strategies, the leaders in early childhood development, and the creators of Baby Einstein, ParentPal provides trusted, research-based guidance and parenting tools at your fingertips. You can use the Daily Plan of age-appropriate activities, Milestones, Sleep, Health & Wellness Trackers, and a vast library of age-based resources for your middle-of-the-night parenting questions.*

Week-by-week activities

And speaking of learning, this month your kiddo is becoming more interested in pictures and objects. You'll see the beginning of hand-eye coordination, too. (You're still her primary focus, so keep up the talking, singing and silly faces.) From story time to play time, these week-by-week tips from child development psychologist Dr. Holly Ruhl will help you navigate the month:

Week 1

Instilling an early love of reading can strengthen language skills and parent-child relationships. Squeeze in that oh-so-important 20 minutes of reading by visiting your local library or bookstore for story time. This activity will deepen your tot's love of books and promote mama-baby bonding.

Week 2

Infants have an innate love of gazing at faces. Spend a few minutes each day attending to baby's favorite faces: the ones staring back in the mirror! Make silly faces and label baby's facial features. Gazing in the mirror may promote baby's sense of self-recognition. This understanding will appear slightly later and is the basis for baby's later self-confidence.

Week 3

Your little bundle is developing rudimentary hand-eye coordination. Promote coordination by fostering interaction with baby's fascinating surroundings. Help your tot gently stroke household pets. Dangle a textured, crinkly toy for those little hands to swat. Lay baby on an activity gym and soak in the baby bliss as your little one intently reaches for toys overhead.

Week 4

Are family and friends antsy to cuddle with the new addition? Take baby to visit loved ones for exposure to new faces, voices and styles of play. Plus, social support from friends and relatives around 3 months can help you be a more responsive mama and give baby supplemental support, leading to more secure attachment by 12 months.

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One of the greatest joys of parenting is getting to introduce your baby to the great, big world. Even from a young age, travel can open our eyes to new environments, teach resilience and adaptability and create a meaningful bond between family members.

The problem? The logistics of traveling with a baby can be, well, challenging. For too long, one of the biggest obstacles standing between parents and their traveling plans has been the hassle of managing an infant car seat on our journey.

The new Nuna PIPA lite rx is changing all that. The Nuna PIPA lite rx is an infant car seat made for everyday life and more enjoyable adventures. With a combination of features that make travel easier, you can skip the question of "how" to go with your baby and move onto asking "where" to go.

From trips around the corner to trips across the country, the new Nuna PIPA lite rx car seat solves so many pain points of traveling with a baby. Here's why you'll love it...

It is amazingly light-weight

We're all for a good workout—just not every time we need to carry the car seat. Weighing in at just 6.9 lbs., the PIPA lite rx truly earns the title of lightweight champion. Combined with a luxe leatherette handle for comfortably carrying in your hand or the crook of your arm, this dreamy travel car seat is great at getting from Point A to Point B—whether you're in the car or not.

It is incredibly safe and secure from day one

With an additional GOTSâ„¢ certified infant insert and harness covers, 7-position height-adjustable no-rethread headrest, Aeroflexâ„¢ foam and side-impact protection, you can travel with the confidence that your baby is well-protected from your baby's first ride and beyond. And because any parent knows the trickiest part of travel is getting baby in and out of the car seat, the PIPA lite rx simplifies the task: The 5-point no-rethread harness can be held to the side with magnetic buckle holders while you're getting your baby in or out of the seat. (Meaning no more searching for straps under a wiggly baby!)

Your baby will be cozy for longer excursions

When it comes to keeping your little travel companion content, comfort is the name of the game. With foam cushions and a memory foam headrest, your little explorer will have the best seat in the car when buckled in. For a little extra privacy, pull down the breathable Dream Drape and quietly attach it to the side of the car seat with magnets. Or, enjoy some time in the sun without concerns about harsh rays with the full-coverage UPF 50+ canopy.

Base or belt... the decision is yours

The Nuna PIPA lite rx offers two ways to secure the seat to the car: with the (included) PIPA RELX base or by buckling in through the belt path on the infant car seat with the vehicle's seat belt, meaning one less thing to take along when you travel by taxi or airplane. Better yet, the car seat securely installs in just seconds so you can get on with the adventure.

Stroll on with the full travel system

Compatible with Nuna's extensive line of strollers, the Nuna PIPA lite rx lets you create a travel system that works for your lifestyle. From single strollers to rides that can grow with your family, you can click the Nuna PIPA lite rx into place and go—wherever your travels might take you.

The Nuna PIPA lite rx is available now in two color options. Take a closer look at this fully featured infant seat on nunababy.com.

This article is sponsored by Nuna. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.
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10 Montessori phrases for kids who are struggling with back to school

The first day of school can be hard for everyone, mama. Here's how to use the Montessori method to help your child adjust.

No matter how excited your child was to pick out a new lunchbox and backpack this year, there will likely be days when they just don't want to go to school. Whether they're saying "I don't like school" when you're home playing together or having a meltdown on the way to the classroom, there are things you can say to help ease their back-to-school nerves.

More than the exact words you use, the most important thing is your attitude, which your child is most definitely aware of. It's important to validate their feelings while conveying a calm confidence that school is the right place for them to be and that they can handle it.

Here are some phrases that will encourage your child to go to school.


1. "You're safe here."

If you have a young child, they may be genuinely frightened of leaving you and going to school. Tell them that school is a safe place full of people who care about them. If you say this with calm confidence, they'll believe you. No matter what words you say, if your child senses your hesitation, your own fear of leaving them, they will not feel safe. How can they be safe if you're clearly scared of leaving them? Try to work through your own feelings about dropping them off before the actual day so you can be a calm presence and support.

2. "I love you and I know you can do this."

It's best to keep your goodbye short, even if your child is crying or clinging to you, and trust that you have chosen a good place for them to be. Most children recover from hard goodbyes quickly after the parent leaves.

If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, give one good strong hug and tell them that you love them and know they can do this. Saying something like, "It's just school, you'll be fine" belittles their feelings. Instead, acknowledge that this is hard, but that you're confident they're up to the task. This validates the anxiety they're feeling while ending on a positive note.

After a quick reassurance, make your exit, take a deep breath and trust that they will be okay.

3. "First you'll have circle time, then work time, and then you'll play on the playground."

Talk your child through the daily schedule at school, including as many details as possible. Talk about what will happen when you drop them off, what kinds of work they will do, when they will eat lunch and play outside, and who will come to get them in the afternoon.

It can help to do this many times so that they become comfortable with the new daily rhythm.

4. "I'll pick you up after playground time."

Give your child a frame of reference for when you will be returning.

If your child can tell time, you can tell them you'll see them at 3:30pm. If they're younger, tell them what will happen right before you pick them up. Perhaps you'll come get them right after lunch, or maybe it's after math class.

Giving this reference point can help reassure them you are indeed coming back and that there is a specific plan for when they will see you again. As the days pass, they'll realize that you come consistently every day when you said you would and their anxieties will ease.

5. "What book do you think your teacher will read when you get to school this morning?"

Find out what happens first in your child's school day and help them mentally transition to that task. In a Montessori school, the children choose their own work, so you might ask about which work your child plans to do first.

If they're in a more traditional school, find an aspect of the school morning they enjoy and talk about that.

Thinking about the whole school day can seem daunting, but helping your child focus on a specific thing that will happen can make it seem more manageable.

6. "Do you think Johnny will be there today?"

Remind your child of the friends they will see when they get to school.

If you're not sure who your child is bonding with, ask the teacher. On the way to school, talk about the children they can expect to see and try asking what they might do together.

If your child is new to the school, it might help to arrange a playdate with a child in their class to help them form strong relationships.

7. "That's a hard feeling. Tell me about it."

While school drop-off is not the time to wallow in the hard feelings of not wanting to go to school, if your child brings up concerns after school or on the weekend, take some time to listen to them.

Children can very easily be swayed by our leading questions, so keep your questions very general and neutral so that your child can tell you what they're really feeling.

They may reveal that they just miss you while they're gone, or may tell you that a certain person or kind of work is giving them anxiety.

Let them know that you empathize with how they feel, but try not to react too dramatically. If you think there is an issue of real concern, talk to the teacher about it, but your reaction can certainly impact the already tentative feelings about going to school.

8. "What can we do to help you feel better?"

Help your child brainstorm some solutions to make them more comfortable with going to school.

Choose a time at home when they are calm. Get out a pen and paper to show that you are serious about this.

If they miss you, would a special note in their pocket each morning help? If another child is bothering them, what could they say or who could they ask for help? If they're too tired in the morning, could an earlier bedtime make them feel better?

Make it a collaborative process, rather than a situation where you're rescuing them, to build their confidence.

9. "What was the best part of your school day?"

Choose a time when your child is not talking about school and start talking about your day. Tell them the best part of your day, then try asking about the best part of their day. Practice this every day.

It's easy to focus on the hardest parts of an experience because they tend to stick out in our minds. Help your child recognize that, even if they don't always want to go, there are likely parts of school they really enjoy.

10. "I can't wait to go to the park together when we get home."

If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, remind them of what you will do together after you pick them up from school.

Even if this is just going home and making dinner, what your child likely craves is time together with you, so help them remember that it's coming.

It is totally normal for children to go through phases when they don't want to go to school. If you're concerned, talk to your child's teacher and ask if they seem happy and engaged once they're in the classroom.

To your child, be there to listen, to help when you can, and to reassure them that their feelings are natural and that they are so capable of facing the challenges of the school day, even when it seems hard.

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15 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.


Stomp Racers

As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.

$19.99

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)

$139

Secret Agent play set

Plan-Toys-Secret-agent-play-set

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

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

Sand play set

B. toys Wagon & Beach Playset - Wavy-Wagon Red

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.

$17.95

Sensory play set

kidoozie-sand-and-splash-activity-table

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 

green-toys-dump-truck

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

Slidewhizzer-rocking-chair-seesaw

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.

$24.75

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

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The busy mom's guide to voting

It's National Voter Registration Week, so exercise your civic duty, mama!

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To say that moms have a lot on their plate is an understatement—from dealing with quarantines to seeking childcare within an overworked and under supported workforce. Even as a political strategist myself, my mom duties have dominated recently and pushed upcoming local elections to the back of my mind. But, we know that many of the struggles moms are going through can be alleviated through good policy created by our elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

In 2020, it was reported that suburban women would decide the election, and with critical elections happening in your own neighborhood, it's more important than ever that we make our voices heard.


That's why I've put together a guide for how to vote for even the busiest of moms.

  1. Check your voter registration. It's National Voter Registration Week, which is a great time to check your voter registration! In line at drop off? Just filled out your kids' health screener form on your phone? Take a minute at Vote.org to make sure you're registered. If you're not registered, make sure you submit your registration immediately to avoid missing out on your chance to make your voice heard this November! Once you've checked your registration status, text your mom group, and make sure they're registered to vote as well. Your voice alone is powerful, but combined with your close friends, real change can happen.
  2. Find out who's on the ballot. During presidential elections, it's pretty easy to keep track of the two main candidates. But local elections can be tricky, with different seats up for grabs and many people vying for the spots. Head to Vote411.org, where you can get a sample ballot to see exactly what you will encounter in the polling place. Vote411 even has debate videos and other localized resources on each candidate Google the candidates. Check for the basics: Do they share similar values as you? Do you agree with their key platform ideas? Pro tip: look for endorsements from organizations you care about or visit their campaign websites and social media platforms to see if they are talking about the issues you are invested in.
  3. Vote (early)! With the pandemic still happening and calendars filled with kids' activities, actually going to vote can seem like a logistical nightmare. Thankfully, most states have early voting, which can help you avoid the crowds on Election Day and choose a time that fits into your schedule. Find your local polling place and organize a field trip with the kids. (It's legal!) It's never too early to show your children the importance of being civically engaged! Plus, they will probably get a cool "I Voted" sticker. If you can't vote early, make a plan for Election Day. As any mom knows, putting in on the calendar and having a plan of action increases the likelihood that it gets done. Remember that in some states, voting by mail or absentee voting is also an option. So be sure to check your state's election rules to explore all of the voting options. You can visit Vote.org to learn more about the absentee rules where you are registered to vote.
  4. Talk to the candidates. Candidates are in full campaign mode right now, which means talking to people like you are in their top priorities. If the local office is open for visitors, go meet your candidate in person—and take the kids. If they're closed due to COVID concerns, you can still pick up the phone and call. Let them know what issues matter most to you. Are you passionate about paid leave? Do you want to see changes in your local school system? Share your personal stories, which are incredibly powerful when engaging 1:1 with local representatives.

It's an understatement to say that moms have had a tough year, and now is the opportunity to make our voices heard. So make a plan and encourage others to do the same. See you at the polls!

State of Motherhood

Mom and gorilla bond over their babies at the zoo: ‘It was so beautiful’

The new mothers shared a special moment at a Boston zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo/YouTube

Motherhood knows no bounds.

When Kiki the gorilla spotted a new mom and baby visiting her habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, she immediately took a liking to the pair. Emmelina Austin held her five-week-old son Canyon to the glass so Kiki could get a better look.

The gorilla spent nearly five minutes happily pointing and staring at baby Canyon.


Emmelina's husband captured the sweet moment on his phone, in a video that's now gone viral.

Mother shares unique maternal bond with gorilla (FULL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

Why was Kiki so interested in her tiny visitor? Possibly because Kiki's a new mom herself. Her fifth baby, Pablo, was born in October.

Near the end of the video, Kiki scooped up Pablo and held him close. The new moms held their baby boys to the glass and shared a special moment together: just a couple of mothers, showing off their little ones.

"When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we would have had that experience," Austin told ABC News. "It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon."

We can't get enough of the sweet exchange. There's something special about sharing your little one with the world. Mothers of all ages, races–and it turns out, species–understand.

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