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Father's Day $1,800 Giveaway

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Father's Day $1,800 Giveaway

If you've got a baby daddy in your life -- or a baby-daddy-to-be -- he probably deserves a little love. He's might be working pretty hard to take care of you and baby, and maybe forgetting to take care of himself. And we bet he's a really, really good dad. Which is why we decided to partner with our friends atmindbodygreen to put together a Father's Day Wellness Giveaway worth more than $1,800 that'll be that big bear hug daddy deserves.

Our $1,800 Father's Day Wellness Package includes everything dad needs to stay healthy and fit in his new role, plus a little cool baby gear to boot. So show your appreciation and enter below, then scroll down to see what dad will win.

 

Bumbleride Speed Stroller. Get active with baby in tow with Bumbleride's new Speed running stroller. It's lightweight but durable, has Speed3 Steering, and is made from eco-friendly fabrics and a dying process that conserves water. (Value: $549)

 

 

SmartyPants Vitamins Package. Founded with family, authenticity and collective well-being in mind, SmartyPants Vitamins are the healthy and delicious pick-me-up that will help everyone in the family face the day. Win 2 Men's Complete 180ct, Women's Complete 180ct, PreNatal Complete 180ct, Kids Complete 120ct, Kids Complete and Fiber 120ct (Value: $187)

 

Withings Activité Steel and Home. Getting healthy is a whole lot easier when you can keep yourself on track. Withings Activité Steel tracks steps, distance, swim, running and calories burned as well as your sleep (for better or worse!). It syncs with your smartphone and lasts up to 8 months with no charge! You'll also win the Home Video & Air Quality Monitor so you can keep up with what's happening at home even when you're not there. (Value: $369.90)

 

Diaper Dude Convertible Bag and MLB Bag. We know your diaper bag might be doing double duty as your handbag when baby's not around, which means it probably looks less masculine than Dad would like. Treat him to a Diaper Dude bag that's all for him. Or two! Win Diaper Dude's Convertible Bag and MLB Bag. (Value: $189.98)

 

 

Munchkin $200 gift card. When it comes to dad's wellness, you may want to consider your diaper pail, since the cooler (and less smelly) it is, the more dad will feel "well" about changing diapers. Munchkin's new STEP Diaper Pail is not only sleek and stylish, it uses odor control technology and self-sealing bags to block odor emissions. Win a $200 Munchkin gift card to buy your own, plus some of Munchkin's other baby and toddler products. (Value: $200)

 

Ergobaby Performance Baby Carrier and Infant Insert. There's no better way for dad to bond with baby while getting some much needed fresh air than getting him comfortable babywearing. Ergobaby's ergonomic and comfortable Ergobaby Performance Carrier with a Cool Mesh Infant Insert will get him excited to get out in that summer sun, while keeping baby cozy, comfy and safe no matter what adventure comes his way. (Value: $178)

 

Bobble $150 in products. Keep dad fueled and hydrated on his adventures with baby with Bobble's reusable and environmentally friendly bottles. With a range of styles in BPA-free plastic or Insulated Stainless Steal, and details like infusers and insulation, dad can get his fill of water (and coffee!) and keep right on going all day long. (Value: $150)

 

Photography for main image by Amy Frances Photography.

Create a school-ready capsule wardrobe for your kids

Dress for success whether virtual learning or in the classroom!

Tina Meeks

Going "back to school" this year may be less of a literal statement than in years past—but there is just as much reason for your kids to celebrate moving on to new grades. Just like in every new school year, a big part of the fun is refreshing your kids' wardrobe with clothes that allow them to express themselves.

Even if finding back to school clothes this year doesn't include a trip to the mall, you can still make an event of it by shopping H&M's kids collection from your computer. Pull up another chair for your shopping buddy and get the cart started with these fave capsule wardrobe options we've already scouted.

Here are our favorite picks:

A t-shirt made for play

H&M t-shirt

Call them essentials, not basics. A graphic t-shirt aces the test when it comes to being perfect for school. And because your little student will probably want to wear something that expresses their personal style as often as possible, it's great to know the shirts can stand up to school time, playtime, downtime and everything in between!

$4.99

Dressed-up casual shorts for total comfort

H&M boy shorts

Whether pulling up a chair for a virtual meeting with the class or heading back to the school for in-person learning, some comfortable, yet stylish, shorts will help your kid focus on the real tasks at hand: learning—and having fun while doing it!

$19.99

Layers for when seasons change

H&M sweatshirt

When it comes to feeling comfortable at school, layers are the MVPs. Whether the AC is blasting or the day started off cool and is warming up quickly, having a unique sweatshirt to shed or add will help your kid look cool while staying warm.

$9.99

A bit of flair with distressed denim

H&M distressed jeans

A school staple for generations, denim is both classic and continually fashionable with updates like distressing and new wash colors. If you're shopping online for jeans this year, take note of H&M's generous return policy—your kids can try on the orders at home and return anything that doesn't fit without a trip to the store.

$24.99

A fashion statement piece

H&M girls skirt

What's better than expressing yourself through a stylish outfit when school is back in session? Still feeling perfectly comfortable and ready to tackle anything the day holds while looking so good. With so many fashion-forward looks available at budget-friendly prices, H&M's children's collection means every kid can find an outfit that speaks to them.

$14.99

Some comfy kicks

H&M boys shoes

A sure way to put a little pep in your child's step this year, cool and cozy shoes are a staple on all back-to-school shopping lists for good reason. (Plus, it's fun to compare them to last year's shoes to see how much your kid has grown!)

$19.99

Anything-but-basic blouses

H&M girls blouse

Whether in the classroom or showing up for a video call with the class, a styling blouse or button-down shirt is a great way for your student to comfortably dress up the day. Better yet? Style doesn't have to come at the expense of comfort with so many made-to-move tops designed just for kids.

$14.99

A shirt ready to go whatever the day holds

H&M boys shirt

With "going to school" meaning anything from showing up in the classroom to doing a virtual session, it's important to have clothes that are perfect for anything the day holds. A classic, cotton shirt with a fashion-forward design is a great way to keep your student feeling ready to start the year with an A+ attitude.

$9.99

This article was sponsored by H&M. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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