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I love everything about smoothies and juices. They're healthy, they give me a daily excuse to eat my fruits and vegetables and they're portable. But most of all, they're fast! I don't know about you, but my whole household could have been up since 5 am, yet somehow, the hours between 8 am and 9 am just vaporize, in a split second. Amiright?!

My sons consume at least one meal and two snacks before 9 am. But me, I'm existing—barely—on a room temperature cup of coffee.


With a little bit of prep, and a few minutes to throw it together, you can avoid the "Why do I have such a headache, oh wait I forgot to eat breakfast, again" conversation with yourself.

Enter yummy smoothies! Feel free to get creative and experiment. No combination is a bad one. Smoothies are forgiving, and a great way to use up what you have in your fridge. Bananas about to go bad? Throw them in. Spinach looking wilted? Add a handful. Strawberries starting to turn the day after you bought them (why does this always happen?) Toss them in, too!

Sub things in that you love, or omit things you are on the fence about. If you can't deal with making ONE MORE decision today, here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes:

1. Summer in a cup smoothie

Summer in a cup smoothie

Serving: 2

Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

Instructions:
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add more milk or fruit juice if too thick. Add more frozen banana if not sweet enough. Serve immediately. Freezes well (or make into Popsicles).
Recipe by minimalistbaker

2. Berry superfood smoothie bowl

Berry superfood smoothie bowl

Serving: 1

Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries*
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Splashes of light coconut milk (enough to get blender moving)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • Handful of spinach
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon acai powder
  • Optional: maple syrup or sweetener of your choice, to taste
Instructions:
  1. Place the frozen berries, ice cubes, coconut milk, almond butter and spinach in a blender. Add acai powder, if using. Blend until smooth, adding additional coconut milk as needed. (As little as necessary so your smoothie will be thick). Taste and add maple syrup or sweetener of choice, if desired. Blend again.
  2. Pour into two bowls and top with hemp seeds, coconut flakes, blueberries, and dried strawberries.
Recipe by loveandlemons

3. Bobby Flay's layered smoothie

Bobby Flay's layered smoothie

Serving: 4

Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Mango-Peach:

  • 2 very ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 very ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup mango or peach nectar
  • 1 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • Lime juice
  • Honey

Strawberry-Banana:

  • 2 pints ripe strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • Lemon juice
  • Finely diced mango and peach, for garnish
  • Finely diced mango and peach, for garnish
  • Finely diced strawberries, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. For the mango-peach smoothie: Add the mangoes, peaches, nectar and yogurt to a blender and blend until smooth. Add lime juice and honey to taste if needed. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until very cold.
  2. For the strawberry-banana smoothie: Combine the strawberries and sugar in a bowl and let macerate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Add the macerated strawberries and some of the juices, the frozen banana and yogurt to a blender and blend until smooth. Add lemon juice to taste if needed. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until very cold.
  3. Fill each glass half way with the mango-peach and then fill to the top with the strawberry-banana. Mix together the finely diced mango, peach and strawberries in a small bowl and top each glass with some of the fruit for garnish.
Recipe by FoodNetwork

4. The best green smoothie

The best green smoothie

Serving: 1

Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado
  • 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled
  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as necessary
  • Optional: 1 tbsp hemp seeds or flaxseed meal
Instructions:
1. In a large high-powered blender, add in all ingredients and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined. If necessary, add in more milk to thin the smoothie and blend again.

5. Blueberry muffin smoothie

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

loveandlemons

Serving: 1

Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons whole rolled oats
  • 3 soft medjool dates
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Foods Market plant-based fit protein
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 3/4 to 1 cup almond milk or light coconut milk, or as needed to blend
  • optional garnishes: fresh blueberries, oats, crushed almonds
Instructions:
1. Blend ingredients with a few pieces of ice and ½ cup to ¾ cup almond milk (enough almond milk to get your blender blade moving).
Recipe by loveandlemons

6. Oatmeal smoothie

Oatmeal smoothie

Serving: 1

Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats or quick oats
  • 1 banana, chopped into chunks and frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup - plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tbsp kosher salt
Instructions:
  1. Place the oats in the bottom of a blender and pulse a few times until finely ground. Add the banana, milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the blender as needed. Taste and add additional sweetener if you'd like a sweeter smoothie. Enjoy immediately.
Recipe by wellplated

Easy 5 minute banana smoothie

banana smoothie

Serving: 1

Cook time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water or milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 to 2 tsps honey, optional
Instructions:
  1. Roughly chop banana and orange quarters then add to a blender. Top with yogurt and the water (or milk).
  2. Turn blender on and blend until creamy and smooth. Taste then adjust with honey if needed.
Recipe by InspiredTaste

If you're looking for something to carry your smoothie in (or share with kiddos), we love these:

Welly traveler

Welly traveler

This vacuum-insulated bottle ensures your smoothies don't spill while on-the-go.

$35

EKOBO Bamboo kids cup set

EKOBO Bamboo kids cup set

Kiss traditional plastic drinking cups goodbye with these cups made of biodegradable bamboo fiber and a 100% food-grade melamine binder.

$20

Rae's Roots Mama herbal supplement

Rae's Roots Mama herbal supplement

Naturally remove the toxins from your body with this caffeine-free mix of Ayurvedic herbs, ginger and adaptogens. Use it to promote healthy digestion and also ease nerves.

$28

Shore Magic collagen

Shore Magic collagen

Just two tablespoons a day of this collagen will improve your overall skin health. Yes, please.

$120

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These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're 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 toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop 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.

$100

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

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

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

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.

$33

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.

$88

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