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It's no secret that clutter can give you anxiety and there's a reason for it—"order feels good, in part, because it's easier for our brains to deal with and not have to work so hard," says psychotherapist Cindy Glovinsky. Regardless of your reasons for having clutter, the new year is the perfect time to get rid of the "stuff" around your home, like that sweet, but not needed gift from your aunt or toys the kids have outgrown.

For the unaccustomed, Facebook Marketplace is a forum on Facebook that allows users to buy and sell items, from appliances and clothing to furniture and even cars in their area. The cool thing is that you don't have to download an app or set up a new account, you can simply buy or sell to thousands of people in your community with the click of a button.


Here are top Facebook Marketplace tips from mamas and Deb Liu, creator of Facebook Marketplace:

Be realistic with prices

1. "When I'm pricing an item to sell on Marketplace, I look and see what the item is selling for new (usually on Amazon), and then I search Marketplace to see how many identical or similar items are listed. If there are a lot of the same item, and it's something I want to get rid of right away, I'll price it a little cheaper than the others. Otherwise, I'll price similar to what is already available. I'll also include a link to the item if they were to buy it new to showcase the price and also any specs they may have questions on." — Laura Durenberger, Reduce, Reuse, Renew

2. My general rule of thumb for pricing items on Marketplace is to simply match garage sale pricing standards. Although I take great care of my children's clothing, and launder them with the intent of long-term wear, I am personally not out to make a large profit when I resell my children's items—my goal is to primarily help another parent attempting to keep up with the ever-lasting growth spurts while making a few extra dollars in the process. It takes a village!" — Kristin Gambaccini, Perfectly Distressed

3. "You can't price items based on what you paid for them or your sentiments toward them. Just remember that you got to enjoy whatever it is, for however long. Don't be bitter, let it go and if you don't want to lose money, buy used next time." — Jessica Nickerson, House Homemade

Consider bundling items:

4. "I've sold kids indoor and outdoor clothes, shoes, clothing accessories, books, toys and kid's furniture. For most items, I sell as a single item. However, for similar clothes sizes, books, or similar toys, I'll sell as a lot." — Laura Durenberger

5. "From my experience, selling one Barbie alone isn't a big draw, but selling 10 Barbies, for example, will sell quicker and make you more money." — Sarah Lemp

6. "To get items picked up quickly, I bundle similar items, post pictures directly as I declutter, include some keywords and major cross streets, and note priority to first pick up. Also, on the contrary, after the holidays when people purge new holiday stuff, unwanted gifts, and are decluttering for a fresh start to the year, I tend to find the best items and the best deals on Marketplace!" — Kat Steck, The Junkyard Journals

Act fast, but have patience:

7. "For every great piece of furniture I have found for my home, I have lost 10 to others who were quicker to communicate with the seller than I was. If you find something you REALLY want, act fast. You may have to drop what you're doing and change your plans, but if you ask me, it's worth it!" — Dana Dore, Adored House

8. "Marketplace will show you items that relate to your previous searches so it's easy to take just a minute or two each day and check-in. I've found some of our favorite items for my daughter, like our Ikea play kitchen, simply by keeping an eye on my search for a few minutes each day. Just because you can't find what you're looking for on Facebook Marketplace today doesn't mean it won't show up a few days later!" — Desirae Endres, The Minimal-ish Podcast

Sell baby items + toys kids outgrow quickly:

9. "When selling items on Marketplace, lots of kid's toys never seem to lose their value including Legos, wooden train sets, American Girl Dolls and other name-brand items. Gently used items in great shape are obviously worth more. Other items like Little Tykes, jungle gyms and slides are always hot items, as are strollers, wagons and bundles of toys." — Sarah Lemp, All Things with Purpose

10. "There are tons of baby items that are specific to such a small period of time in an infant's life. These items sell really well on Marketplace because they are rarely used, yet people need them! Examples of these would be bassinets, bouncy seats, Bumbos, floor play mats, baby swings, etc." — Sarah Lemp

11. "Marketplace is my go-to for buying and selling baby items because it's free and hyper-local, so you don't have to worry about shipping." — Olivia White, House of White

More tips from Deb Liu, creator of Facebook Marketplace:

12. Make the listing appealing.

Write a good description of what the product is and include lots of details, descriptive words and don't forget the dimensions.

13. Post clear + authentic photos.

Take multiple, clear photos in good lighting with plain backgrounds. Avoid filters and be sure to capture the item at multiple angles, so interested buyers can see what they're getting. I even have a special staging area in my home where I take photos of all the items I'm selling.

14. List items separately.

Unless your items serve a similar purpose, sell them separately. Buyers aren't likely to buy a couch and a basketball with the same purchase. Only bundle items together if they would normally sell in a group such as a group of clothing or similar toys.

15. View a person's profile.

You can check out a person's public profile to see other items they're selling on Marketplace, as well as any friends you may have in common. To stay safe, I recommend going to a public location if you're meeting up with someone from Marketplace to buy or sell something. If you can't find a location like a coffee shop or shopping mall, reschedule your meet-up. You can also use a shipping option, or a pick-up or drop-off service, that works for you.

16. Use keywords.

Include multiple keywords in your description to help people discover your item. For example, if instead of listing just "table," consider adding keywords and descriptions like "coffee table," "made of oak," to reach more people.

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When we buy baby gear we expect it to be safe, and while no parent wants to hear that their gear is being recalled we appreciate when those recalls happen as a preventative measure—before a baby gets hurt.

That's the case with the recent recall of Baby Trend's Tango Mini Stroller. No injuries have been reported but the recall was issued because a problem with the hinge joints mean the stroller can collapse with a child in it, which poses a fall risk.

"As part of our rigorous process, we recently identified a potential safety issue. Since we strongly stand by our safety priority, we have decided to voluntarily recall certain models of the Tango Mini Strollers. The recalled models, under excessive pressure, both hinge joints could release, allowing the stroller to collapse and pose a fall hazard to children. Most importantly, Baby Trend has received NO reports of injuries," the company states on its website.


The strollers were sold through Amazon and Target in October and November 2019 and cost between $100 and $120. If you've got one you should stop using it and contact Baby Trend for a refund or replacement.

Four models are impacted by this recall:

  • Quartz Pink (Model Number ST31D09A)
  • Sedona Gray (Model Number ST31D10A)
  • Jet Black (Model Number ST31D11A)
  • Purest Blue (Model Number ST31D03A

"If you determine that you own one of these specific model numbers please stop using the product and contact Baby Trend's customer service at 1-800-328-7363 or via email at," Baby Trend states.


[Editor's note: While Motherly loves seeing and sharing photos of baby Archie and other adorable babies when the images are shared with their parents' consent, we do not publish pictures taken without a parent's consent. Since these pictures were taken without Markle's permission while she was walking her dogs, we're not reposting them.]

Meghan Markle is a trendsetter for sure. When she wears something the world notices, and this week she was photographed wearing her son Archie in a baby carrier. The important thing to know about the photos is that they show the Duchess out for a walk with her two dogs while wearing Archie in a blue Ergo. She's not hands-free baby wearing, but rather wearing an Ergo while also supporting Archie with her arm, as the carrier isn't completely tight.


When British tabloids published the pictures many babywearing devotees and internet commenters offered opinions on how Markle is holding her son in the photo, but as baby gear guru Jamie Grayson notes, "it is none of our business."

In a post to his Facebook page, Grayson (noted NYC baby gear expert) explained that in the last day or so he has been inundated with hundreds of messages about how Markle is wearing the carrier, and that while he's sure many who messaged with concerns had good intentions he hopes to inject some empathy into the conversation.

As Grayson points out, these are paparazzi photos, so it was a private moment not meant for world-wide consumption. "This woman has the entire world watching her every move and action, especially now that she and Harry are leaving the umbrella of the royal family, and I honestly hope they are able to find some privacy and peace. So let's give her space," he explains, adding that "while those pictures show something that is less than ideal, it's going to be okay. I promise. It's not like she's wearing the baby upside down."

He's right, Archie was safe and not in danger and who knows why the straps on Markle's carrier were loose (maybe she realized people were about to take pictures and so she switched Archie from forward-facing, or maybe the strap just slipped.)

Grayson continues: "When you are bringing up how a parent is misusing a product (either in-person or online) please consider your words. Because tone of voice is missing in text, it is important to choose your words carefully because ANYTHING can be misconstrued. Your good intentions can easily be considered as shaming someone."

Grayson's suggestions injected some much-needed empathy into this discourse and reminded many that new parents are human beings who are just trying to do their best with responsibilities (and baby gear) that isn't familiar to them.

Babywearing has a ton of benefits for parents and the baby, but it can take some getting used to. New parents can research safety recommendations so they feel confident. In Canada, where the pictures in question were snapped, the government recommends parents follow these safety guidelines when wearing infants in carriers:

  • Choose a product that fits you and your baby properly.
  • Be very careful putting a baby into—or pulling them out of—a carrier or sling. Ask for help if you need it.
  • When wearing a carrier or sling, do not zip up your coat around the baby because it increases the risk of overheating and suffocation.
  • Be particularly careful when using a sling or carrier with babies under 4 months because their airways are still developing.
  • Do not use a carrier or sling during activities that could lead to injury such as cooking, running, cycling, or drinking hot beverages.

Health Canada also recommends parents "remember to keep your baby visible and kissable at all times" and offers the following tips to ensure kissability.

"Keep the baby's face in view. Keep the baby in an upright position. Make sure the baby's face is not pressed into the fabric of the carrier or sling, your body, or clothing. Make sure the baby's chin is not pressed into their chest. Make sure the baby's legs are not bunched up against their stomach, as this can also restrict breathing. Wear the baby snug enough to support their back and hold onto the baby when bending over so they don't fall out of the carrier or sling. Check your baby often."

Meghan Markle is a new mom who was caught off guard during a moment she didn't expect her baby to be photographed. Every parent (no matter how famous) has a right to privacy for their child and the right to compassion from other parents. If we want people to learn how to safely babywear we can't shame them for trying.

Mama, if you've been shamed for wearing your baby "wrong" don't feel like you need to stop. Follow the tips above or check in with local baby-wearing groups to get advice and help. You've got this.


At one of the most important nights of their career, celebrities made sure their hairstyles stayed put at the 26th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. As a collective, the hairstyles were beautiful—french twists, bobs, pin curls and killer cuts filled the red carpet on the night to remember.

And surprisingly, the secret wasn't just the stylist team, mama. For many of the celebs, much of the look can be attributed to a $5 hairspray—yes, you read that correctly.

Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray was one of the top stylist picks for celebs for a lightweight, flexible finishing spray, leaving tons of body and bounce. Unlike most hairsprays that can take several minutes (even a half hour) to set the look, this extra-hold one contains a fast-drying, water-free formula that helps protect your hair from frizz in minutes. As a result, celebrities were able to hold the shape of their styles with mega volume.

"Dove hairspray works well by holding curls in place with maximum hold and ultra shine, while still maintaining soft, touchable texture that is easy to brush out," says Dennis Gots for Dove Hair, who styled Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the SAG Awards. Translation: It's great for on-the-go mamas who want a shiny hold that lasts, but doesn't feel sticky.

Here are a few awesome hairstyles that were finished with the drugstore Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray at the SAG awards:

Lili Reinhart's French twist

"I sprayed Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray all over Lili's hair to lock in the shape and boost the shine factor, making the whole look really sleek," says stylist Renato Campora who was inspired to create the look by Reinhart's romantic gown. "Lili's look is sleek and sharp with a romantic twist."

Cynthia Erivo's finger waves

"This look is classic Cynthia! I knew I wanted to keep it simple, but it's actually quite detailed and intricate up close," says stylist Coree Moreno. "While the hair was still wet (yes—I needed to work fast!) I generously spritzed on the hairspray for all night hold without flaking. The hair continued to air dry perfectly while she finished up makeup."

Nathalie Emmanuel's curly high pony

"Nathalie wanted a retro Hollywood glam for the SAG Awards, so I used her natural texture and created a high pony with loose tendrils framing her face and neckline," says stylist, Neeko. "I finessed the look with the hairspray to lock in the style while keeping her hair looking and feeling touchable."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's slicked back bob

"I used duckbill clips on different areas of her hair to keep the shape and curl while the hair air dried. Air drying the hair allowed for maximum shine and then I sprayed lots of hairspray all over to truly lock in the sleek shape and enhance the shine," says stylist Dennis Gots, who was inspired by a 90s vibe for Waller-Bridge's look.

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We often think of the unequal gender division of unpaid labor as a personal issue, but a new report by Oxfam proves that it is a global issue—and that a handful of men are becoming incredibly wealthy while women and girls bear the burden of unpaid work and poverty.

According to Oxfam, the unpaid care work done by women and girls has an economic value of $10.8 trillion per year and benefits the global economy three times more than the entire technology industry.

"Women are supporting the market economy with cheap and free labor and they are also supporting the state by providing care that should be provided by the public sector," the report notes.


The unpaid work of hundreds of millions of women is generating massive wealth for a couple of thousand (predominantly male) billionaires. "What is clear is that this unpaid work is fueling a sexist economic system that takes from the many and puts money in the pockets of the few," the report states.

Max Lawson is Oxfam International's Head of Inequality Policy. In an interview with Vatican News, he explained that "the foundation of unpaid work done by the poorest women generates enormous wealth for the economy," and that women do billions of hours of unpaid care work (caring for children, the sick, the elderly and cooking, cleaning) for which they see no financial reward but which creates financial rewards for billionaires.

Indeed, the report finds that globally 42% of women can't work for money because of their unpaid care responsibilities.

In the United States, women spend 37% more time doing unpaid care work than men, Oxfam America notes in a second report released in cooperation with the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

"It's an economy that is built on the backs of women and of poor women and their labour, whether it's poorly paid labour or even unpaid labour, it is a sexist economy and it's a broken economy, and you can only fix the gap between the rich and the poor if at the same time you fix the gap between women and men," Lawson explains.

According to Lawson, you can't fight economic inequality without fighting gender equality, and he says 2020 is the year to do both. Now is a great time to start, because as Motherly has previously reported, no country in the world is on track to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 (one of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 United Nations member countries back in 2015) and no country will until the unpaid labor of women and girls is addressed.

"Governments around the world can, and must, build a human economy that is feminist and benefits the 99%, not only the 1%," the Oxfam report concludes.

The research suggests that paid leave, investments in childcare and the care of older adults and people with disabilities as well as utilizing technology to make working more flexible would help America close the gap.

(For more information on how you can fight for paid leave, affordable childcare and more this year check out

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