Friday Five

Friday Five

Although these steamy New York days are feeling more like summer than ever, the fresh excitement of autumn is definitely in the air. Kids are skipping down the streets with backpacks and tales of new friends while my pals and I just caught up over a pedicure and ditched the neon nail polish for deep shades of red. It's hard to say farewell to summer but there's so much to look forward to (especially for those of you who are currently expecting!). We hope you have a great weekend--what's better than fall in New York?!

Essential oils seem to be popping up left and right. I love these ideas for ways to use them in your everyday life, especially that note about those pesky back to school colds (be sure to read the comments too!).

Speaking of back to school, here's a fun way to add some color to the family calendar.

Can I still buy shiny lined notebooks and sparkly pens for myself? No? Well then maybe I'll splurge on these gorgeous books--to read and to gaze at.

Who wouldn't love to come home to a stunning afternoon snack?

I better get started now if I want to curl up with one of these when the temp drops! Back to knitting school for me . . .

They say necessity is the mother of invention—and nothing makes you more inventive than motherhood.

Sometimes that means fashioning a diaper out of paper towels and your older child's underpants (true story). Sometimes that means creating an innovative and life-changing weighted baby sleep sack and totally crushing it on Shark Tank. Tara Williams is the latter.

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Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.

Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.

Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:

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The Social Security Administration has released its list of the top baby names of this decade. The SSA analyzed data for nine of the 10 years in the 2010s to figure out the 200 most popular names for babies since 2010 (that's over 35 million babies).

For boys, Noah got the top spot, with almost as many Noahs being born as there are people in Jackson, Mississippi. That's right, this generation created enough Noahs to fill a city! On the girls' side, Emma is the top name. We created enough Emmas to fill Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Like Noah and Emma, most of the names are classics, with a few more modern names (hi, Jayden!) entering the top 200.

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