Friday Five

5 great links to take you into the weekend.

Friday Five

Have you decided on your baby's Halloween costume yet? What about your Halloween costume? There are still four weeks to go but since the holiday falls on a Friday this year, there are sure to be lots of celebrations and no excuse not to attend. While you ponder the options, here are a few fun links to kick off the weekend. Happy Friday!

Speaking of Halloween, these donuts are calling my name!

The launch of the 9 by Novogratz collection at Walmart looks like the perfect splash of color, no matter the season.

Need plans for next Saturday? Rent a zipcar and head up to the Hudson Valley to pick up apple cider donuts and pumpkins. Oh, and while you're there, be sure to stop by one or both of these.


As the temps start to drop, stock up on reading material and sink into a cozy chair with a good book.

And be sure to wrap your little up so you get the quiet you need to read!

In This Article

    You will always be their safe space, mama

    You are their haven. Their harbor. Their sanctuary, their peace. You are comfort. Deep breaths. Hugs and back rubs. You're a resting place, a nightmare chaser, a healer. You are the calm within their storm. You are their mother.

    To your child, you are safety. You are security. You are where (out of anyone or any place), they can come undone. Where they can let it all out, let it all go. Where they meltdown, break down, scream, cry, push.

    Where they can say—"I AM NOT OKAY!"

    Where they can totally lose it. Without judgment or fear or shame.

    Because they know you'll listen. They know you'll hear them. That you will help piece the mess back together.

    Keep reading Show less

    It’s science: Vacations make your kids happy long after they’re over

    Whether you're planning a quick trip to the lake or flying the fam to a resort, the results are the same: A happier, more connected family.

    Whether you're looking for hotels or a rental home for a safe family getaway, or just punching in your credit card number to reserve a spot in a campground a couple of states over, the cost of vacation plans can make a mom wince. And while price is definitely something to consider when planning a family vacation, science suggests we should consider these trips—and their benefits—priceless.

    Research indicates that family vacations are essential. They make our, kids (and us) happier and build bonds and memories.

    Keep reading Show less

    The important safety tip parents need to know about sleep + car seats

    Why you might want to plan for more pit stops on your next road trip.

    When we become parents we don't just have to learn how to take care of a baby, we also have to learn how, when and why to use all the different kinds of baby gear.

    Keep reading Show less