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28 incredible Black-owned businesses to support right now

You have power when you consciously decide where to put your dollars.

28 incredible Black-owned businesses to support right now

Social media feeds are flooded with black boxes today in a hope to amplify black voices and mute the noise. And while posting brings awareness of the grim reality of racism in America and calls for an end to police brutality, it's crucial to take action beyond that. We're facing a difficult time in the nation right now, but it doesn't come close to what Black families face on a daily basis.

If you aren't sure where to start, or want to do more to amplify these voices, a great step is to support black-owned businesses. Even if you can't make a hefty donation, it's important to remember that you have power when you consciously decide where to put your dollars.

Here are some of our team's favorite Black-owned businesses to support right now (and always):


For mamas

Pattern Beauty: Hair care created by Tracee Ellis Ross specifically for curly, coily + tight-textured hair.

PUR-HOME: Non-toxic household cleaners and laundry detergent.

The Honey Pot Company: The first plant-based feminine care system, created by women for women. You can shop online or at Target, Walgreens, Kroger and other places. Find a store here.

Oh Happy Dani: You've likely seen (or shared) her doodles on Instagram, promoting conversations around justice, inspiration and faith. You can order one of her cards through her shop.

Golde: Health and beauty products crafted by superfoods. Think: Face masks and smoothie boosters.

rayo & honey: Handcrafted pieces with affirming phrases and a minimalist feel from pennants to hang on the wall to totes and keychains.

McBride Sisters Wine Collection: Two sisters with a passion for wine created a delicious wine collection. Even better, join their wine club.

Mented Cosmetics: Non-toxic, free of parabens and full of rich pigments, this makeup brand is made for a variety of skin tones.

The Wrap Life: Gorgeous headwraps and headbands made with premium fabrics.

Nubian Skin: Skin tone lingerie and hosiery for women of color.

Love Notes Fragrances: Deliciously scented soy candles that look great sitting anywhere. You'll want one of each.

Pipcorn: Heirloom snacks that taste amazing, are nutritious and environmentally sustainable. Win-win-win!

Milky Mama: Created by Krystal Nicole Duhaney, RN and lactation consultant, Milky Mama has a full product line of tasty treats and supplements that promote milk production.

Ruby Love: Inclusive period apparel brand created by Crystal Etienne. Think: leak-proof underwear, swimwear and kits.

The Black Doula: Black women are at greater risk for pregnancy and birth-related issues. Founder Sabia Wade offers coaching, workshops and more to help women from birth and beyond.

Ojai Lingerie: Gorgeous (and comfortable) bralettes and loungewear.

Unsun: Founded by Katonya Breaux, whose mission was to develop skin-safe sunscreen for every ethnicity and skin tone.

For kids

Lucy Lue Organics: Organic baby clothing with a beautiful minimalist feel, from baby gowns to rompers.

Little Likes Kids: Founded by a mama who wanted toy options that reflected her son and his friends' experiences. Screen-free play, like puzzles and memory games.

The Eco Baby Co.: Natural baby products, including cloth diapers, toys and meal time items.

Harperiman: Beautiful handmade dolls that illustrate different shapes and styles. You can even order a custom doll to look just like your little one.

Just Like Me! Box: A subscription box that features books with characters of black children.

Black Girl Sunscreen: Reef safe, vegan, water-resistant for 80 minutes and leaves no white residue. (And yes, it's great for mamas too!) Shop online or at Target.

Kids Swag: A marketplace for baby and kid products that feature black characters.

Muffincakes Baby Boutique: High-quality baby products that reflect the diversity of beauty in children from quilts and blankets to wrapping paper.

Ozzie + Olive: Cozy t-shirts for kids that make a statement.

GOODEE: Marketplace of selection of kids items from minority artisans from around the world. (Don't forget to check out their home picks, too!)

Lovely Leaps Dance Studio: Teach your kids to love movement and dance with their virtual classes.

We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

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

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

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

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

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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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As told to Liz Tenety.

Around the time my husband and I were turning 30, we had a genuine conversation about whether or not we wanted kids. I was the hesitant one because I was like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's just hold on. Okay, let's talk about this. Because we love our life. We like traveling. Is this what we want?"

My husband said, "Let's ask our three most pessimistic, crabby friends who have kids whether or not it's worth it."

And every single one of them was like, "Oh, it's unmissable on planet earth."

So when I got pregnant, I was—and I'm not ashamed to say this and I don't think you should be—I was as connected with the baby in my belly as if it were a water bottle. I was like, I don't know you. I don't know what you are, but you can be some gas pain sometimes, but other than that, we're going to have to meet each other and suss this relationship out.

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