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13 craft supplies under $20 we're buying on Amazon Prime right now

My kids are craft-addicted. And honestly, I love it. Craft supplies, while I don't go crazy spending money on them all the time (we do have a budget to adhere to), are something I typically don't mind investing in. Coloring, painting, cutting, gluing—all of it!—brings them so much joy. And it brings me joy, too. (Moreso when it's on a piece of paper or canvas versus the hallway wall mural our 2-year-old recently created.)

Their grandparents got them a new art table for Christmas and they use it often. Watching them sit together chatting away while they plan their projects are those moments of motherhood I want to sear into my mind. (And quickly, because the arguing typically comes at some point. 🙄)

Creating art is not only fun, soothing and relaxing, but it also promotes fine motor skills, a creative imagination and independent play, too. Now that's something worth stocking up on.

Here are 13 of our favorite craft supplies from Amazon:

Crayola creativity tub

crayola creativity tub

In case you need to stock up on the basics, this set has you covered with crayons, markers, colored pencils, chalk, paper, model magic and a clear storage tub to keep everything in.

$13.89

Ready, set, cut craft activity

ready set cut craft activity

This is such a cute kit for your little one to practice their fine motor skills by cutting along the dotted line of each craft and then gluing and decorating!

$12

Tempera paint sticks

paint sticks

We absolutely love these in our house—they're the best. The colors are vibrant, the sticks are easy-to-use and they clean up easily. This pack comes with 24 colors (classic, metallic and fluorescent).

$18.15

Tracing paper pad

tracing paper\u200b pad

My oldest is very into tracing lately. I think it's helping her build confidence in her artistic skills. A great idea would be to place a sheet of tracing paper over a book cover for tedious (but fun!) practice.

$6.72

Craft supplies jar

craft supplies jar

Beware of small pieces for our little ones in this pack, but for older children, this set is chock-full of fun with pom-poms, googly eyes and foam letters to name a few.

$19.98

Construction paper

construction paper

This 500-piece construction paper set is the perfect foundation for any piece of kiddo-art. It comes with white, pink, red, yellow, orange, green, light blue, dark blue, violet, brown and black. (Don't throw away the small pieces after cutting and creating—save them in a jar or tin to make mosaic or collage-type crafts.)

$19.89

Melissa & Doug Water Wow!

water books

These books are genius. There's no mess, but lots of entertainment. This set comes with three books, but there are sets that come with six-plus if you want to up your investment in this parent-child favorite.

$13.99

Melissa & Doug reusable sticker pad set

sticker pad set

These books last for so long, so you really get solid mileage out of them because they're reusable and are well made. Plus, from dinosaurs to dancing, there's a theme for every kid.

$13.99

Make-a-face sticker sheet set

sticker sheet set

This sticker set comes with 36 different animal faces to decorate—or mix and match with—which will keep your little ones occupied (and likely laughing at their silly creations!) for a while.

$14.95

Tots art start craft kit

tot art start craft kit

Alex Toys has amazing craft kits on Amazon ranging from the giant busy box (which we've also loved), rock pets, button art, scrapbook kit, and more—but we love this one geared toward tots. It comes with six different activities.

$11.57

Crayola washable paint

crayola washable kids paint

We've re-filled on these multiple times as they're a staple for creating in our house. (Don't forget the canvas' and paintbrushes if you want to add to your budding artist's toolkit.)

$10.19

Paint your own unicorn DIY kit

paint your own unicorn kit

This would have been a dream craft for me as a kid, and since I have a mini-me now in the form of my 6-year-old unicorn-lover, this would be perfect for our art table. It comes with two plaster unicorns, glitter, gems and paint.

$12.99

ABC beads jewelry making kit

jewelry making kit

​Necklaces, bracelets, key chains, oh my! Warning—this will provide hours of fun for your older children with the option to make over 40 pieces of jewelry. This one has small pieces with various size beads, so best to keep away from the littles.

$9.97

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We know you only want the best of the best for your little one—and that's why we love following The JPMA Show, the biggest baby show of the year that finds the best in baby gear and products. While the event couldn't happen in person this year due to coronavirus, the awards were announced live on their Facebook page, giving us a sneak peek into the most innovative baby products of 2020.

"The 2020 Innovation Awards highlight several noteworthy emerging trends in the marketplace," said JPMA Executive Director Kelly Mariotti. "This year we saw more products that focus on ease and convenience, as well as some new unexpected advancements in technology and safety. We are really excited to see companies evolving with the changing times and taking things up a notch in addition to their core business."

From car seats with a 360-degree rotation and baby monitors with AI technology to sippy cups made from plant-based materials, these are the latest and greatest products to keep an eye out for this year, mama.

Best In Show: Fisher Price hands-free baby gate

fisher price hands free baby gate

This one isn't available until March 2021, but it's worth the wait. It's the first electronic, auto-unlock baby gate, meaning parents can seamlessly pass through with a touch of an elbow (and your little one will stay safely on the other side).

Best Product Under $25: bökee

bokee

bökee is designed to help parents prepare bottles with just one hand—yep, you read that right. The food-grade silicone accessory is dishwasher-safe and keeps bottles upright (and spill-free) while being filled with breast milk or mixing formula. It's available now.

$19.99

Child Restrain Systems: CYBEX Sirona S car seat

cybex sirona 360 car seat

CYBEX's newest car seat hit the mark with its 360-degree rotatable seat, making it easier than ever to swap between rear and forward-facing positions. Even better? No need for re-installations. Their safety features were also a favorite, including the SensorSafe technology that syncs with the driver's device to provide alerts if the child is left unattended, unbuckled by themselves, or too hot or cold. This is set to release in the spring of 2020.

Green/Environmentally Friendly: Green Sprouts® Sprout Ware® straw cup

green sprouts sprout ware straw cup

Hitting shelves this April, this drip-free cup made from 100% plant-based materials is a safer take on the traditional sippy cup, ensuring no harmful chemicals reach your child. The spout and straw are designed to help your child transition from bottles to cups without sacrificing healthy oral development.

Nursery: Fisher-Price Lumalou bedtime routine system

fisher price bedtime routine system

Struggling to find a bedtime solution that works for your kids? Fisher-Price has you covered with their latest tool. This system encourages independence while guiding toddlers through their unique bedtime routine. Each task will illuminate on the device and, when complete, your little one will get to use a remote that unlocks music and light rewards. Set to launch in November of this year.

Feeding/Bathing/Changing: The First Years Super Pooper Plus potty

first years super pooper potty

Potty training is not easy feat. Enter: The First Years Super Pooper Plus potty. With a "flush" button, adjustable foot lift that sits them in the correct position, and cheering sounds, this toddler potty system will help your child transition from the potty to adult toilet in no time. It's available now.

$34.99

Infant/Parent Care: Safety 1st Clean humidifier

safety 1st humidifier

Coming on the market in September, the Clean Humidifier is the only bacteria-killing and mold-preventing one on the market, according to JPMA thanks to its patented LED technology that kills 99.99% of bacteria.

On the Go: MONIT America Inc. Bebefit light folding hip-seat

bebefit hip seat carrier

A new kind of babywearing, the Bebefit Light is an ergonomic hip-seat waistband that supports up to 110 pounds, giving adults a bit of a break. It's available online now.

$89

Play/Entertainment: Lamaze 3-in-1 Airtivity center

lamaze airtivity center

Coming out this summer, this baby-to-toddler learning center features endless air-powered play that help children develop fine motor skills. With 8+ activities, kids ages 6 to 36 months can explore air play on their own.

Safety: Yun Yun AI baby monitor

yun yun ai baby monitor

Baby monitors have come a long way over the years. The Cubo AI smart baby monitor uses AI technology that detects and alerts parents if the child's face is covered. It's created to grow with babies (rollover alerts, photo captures for their first moments, and more) and has a 1080pHD camera, 18-hour playback, two-way audio and temperature and humidity detection. It's available now.

$249

Strollers: Dream On Me INC Coast Rider stroller with canopy

dream on me stroller

This stroller is available now and features a removable seat back, adjustable handles and push bars and the ability to be plugged into any stroller (perfect for those older siblings). Plus, it folds compactly and can easily convert into what is most comfortable for your child. It's available now.

$69.99

Technology: TotTech ForgetMeNot

tot tech forget me not

A sensor that is compatible with any car seat, the ForgetMeNot offers peace of mind, alerting caregivers if a child is still in the car seat. It connects with the TotTech app, too, so you'll be alerted once you're far enough away to make sure a child isn't left behind. It's available now for pre-order.

$63.75

Up + Comer: Strollerwagons Pronto One

pronto one stroller

Coming to the market October 2020, the Pronto One is a bassinet, cart, double stroller and picnic table in one. JPMA loved how it's handled like a stroller, but is versatile to do just about anything. With 26 color combinations, parents can design it exactly how they like. It's available now.

$750

Parent's Pick: DetraPel ® baby gear + fabric protector

detrapel baby gear protector

You can't avoid spills, but this can repellent can help liquids and stains not seep into fabrics (without affecting the breathability). Parents also loved that it's free of toxic chemicals, making it safe to use on items kiddos will touch. It's available now.

$8.99
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I had heard about the wildly popular 10-step Korean skin care routine, but never considered it. I am a mom of three—the only thing in my life that I spend 10 steps on is getting my kids to bed at night. That, and I am really more of a wash-and-go kinda lady. I don't wear much makeup, never blow dry my hair and almost never have my nails done.

But a lesson I have learned in my life: When a stylish friend mentions that they are loving a new product or trend, pay attention.

So when my friend with the most gorgeous skin casually commented that he was using the 10-step Korean skin care, I not-so-casually decided to dive in and try it.

What I found was that I loved it 😍.

1. My skin has not looked this good in a long time.

I have sensitive combination skin that tends to look a bit dull, and I almost always have bags under my eyes from lack of sleep. After using this regiment for a few weeks, my face looks a lot brighter—dare I say even glowy at times—and, it's a lot easier to fake the "I got 8 hours of sleep last night" look.

2. It's not as time-consuming as I thought.

It turns out that you don't have to do all of the steps every day. For example, I only exfoliate a few times a week, and use a mask once a week. Most of the steps are quite fast!

3. It has become my self-care ritual.

This might be my favorite part. Right when I wake up, before the hectic time of the day, this routine forces me to take 3 to 5 minutes to myself—alone—taking care of me. I try to incorporate some deep breaths and mindfulness into the process, and it always elevates my mood. At bedtime, it is my wind-down. A chance to be nice to myself after spending a day (trying to be) nice to everyone else.

So, how in the world do you do the 10-step Korean skin care routine? Here's our step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Oil cleanser (Clean it zero)

Clean it zero

Different types of cleansers remove different things from your face. Starting with an oil cleanser helps to remove makeup, built-up oil and dead skin cells. I love this cleansing balm for this—it takes any makeup off completely, and doesn't burn my eyes at all, which happens with a lot of other products I've tried.

$17.70

 Step 2: Foam cleanser (Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser)

Kiehl's ultra facial cleanser

After an oil cleanser, water-based cleansers remove any remaining dirt and oil, helping your skin to be truly clean. Foam cleansers are great for fighting occasional breakouts, without drying out my skin. I love that it's formulated with squalane (that's filled with powerful anti-aging properties), apricot kernel oil, vitamin e and avocado oils that keep my face moisturized.

$21

Step 3: Exfoliate (Skinfood black sugar mask)

Skinfood black sugar mask

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter. It can also help with breakouts and it allows products to get deeper into your skin because those dead cells aren't in the way. The Skinfood Black Sugar Mask is grainy and awesome for eliminate blackheads and clogged pores.

$9.99

Step 4: Toner (Whamisa organic flower deep rich essence toner)

I had previously overlooked the power of adding a toner to my routine, but I am so glad I use it now. Toners balance the skin's pH, shrink pores, moisturize and help the products to absorb easier.

I chose Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner based on the reviews, and it has not disappointed. It has a light fermented smell to it because it is made from fermented flowers, but my skin looks all dewy after I use it, and I have definitely noticed a difference in my pores.

$39.99

Step 5: Essence (Saturday Skin freeze frame beauty essence)

Saturday Skin freeze frame beauty essence

Soko Glam, a company dedicated to getting Korean skin care into the homes of women everywhere says that essence is the most essential step to skin care because it targets skin at the cellular level.

There are a ton of essences out there, so you'll have to spend some time looking for the one that meets your specific needs. Saturday Skin Freeze Frame Beauty Essence is super popular (and how cute is that bottle?).

$33

Step 6: Treatment (Bliss bright idea vitamin c + tri-peptide brightening serum)

Bliss bright idea vitamin c + tri-peptide brightening serum

Serums are also called treatments because they are meant to target a specific problem area. This vitamin C and tri-peptides duo works to boost skin's natural elasticity and defend from future free radical damage. YES to all of that. 🙌

$21.99

Step 7: Sheet mask (Missha super aqua snail hydro-gel mask)

Missha super aqua snail hydro-gel mask

This is the most time-consuming part of the routine (you'll leave this on for around 15 minutes, depending on the brand), but you only have to do it one or two times per week.

I usually do this on a Sunday night, after the kids are in bed as a way to really unwind. Since I am new to this, I started with these because it was so inexpensive. And I have to say, I am loving Missha's super aqua snail hydro-gel mask. It has snail extract, but it's not as gross as it sounds. It works hard to fight redness, dark and dull skin.It also wards off dryness which is great when the weather is super drying.

Pro-tip: DO NOT go into your kid's room, in the dark, with this mask on your face, unless you are ready to share your bed with a terrified toddler for the night.

$4.20

Step 8: Eye cream (Edible beauty gold rush eye balm)

Edible beauty gold rush eye balm

Next, you'll care for the delicate skin around your eyes. When you apply eye cream, always pat it on gently with your ring finger—never rub—in an effort to be as gentle as possible. This eye cream is a favorite because it hydrates and fights fine lines that are trying very hard to creep onto my face.

$65

Step 9: Moisturizer (Algenist regenerative anti-aging moisturizer)

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer

The next step is applying a moisturizer to lock in the products and keep skin hydrated all day. Algenist regenerative anti-aging moisturizer is substantial enough to really hydrate my skin, but doesn't leave it greasy. I also love that the alguronic acid, combined with vitamin C helps smooth my overall skin texture.

$94.00

Step 10: Sunscreen (Bare Republic mineral SPF 70 face sunscreen lotion)

Mineral SPF 70 face sunscreen lotion

Last, but absolutely positively not least, is sunscreen. Applying sunscreen to your face every day is the number one way to prevent signs of aging (and of course, keep your skin healthy). In an effort to reduce steps, I started using this product and the sheer finish is enriched with antioxidant-rich hydrators that doesn't look chalky. I have been raving about it ever since.

$14.99

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If you're already feeling a bit of cabin fever, it's time to get outside for some fresh air, mama. Whether you've planned your days around homeschooling activities or have decided on taking a more laid-back approach, there's always one thing that everyone in the family can agree on: playing outside!

From playhouses to tree swings, we've found 12 of the best outdoor toys to keep your little ones busy in the backyard during the coronavirus pandemic.

1. Gardening tools

kids gardening tools

Even the smallest of gardeners need the right tools to get the job done! These wooden + metal gardening tools look (and work) just like the real thing, and are crafted from natural materials and without toxic paints or finishes. Your little one will love getting their hands dirty while also developing their motor skills.

$27.99

2. Sidewalk chalk

kids washable chalk bucket

Get the kids outside to create sidewalk drawings (and positive messages for neighbors!). This giant bucket is filled with 50 washable chalk sticks, providing hours of outdoor fun.

$11.92

3. Water beads

kids water beads

Simply put, water beads are just so much fun! These smooth, squishy beads create an awesome tactile experience and are prefect for sensory play in a water table or any type of small container. You can even use them to practice color recognition, sorting, counting and so much more.

$10.99

4. Picnic + sensory table

picnic and sensory kids table

Sensory tables are a staple in any preschool classroom—and can be in your own home, too. They're perfect for stimulating your little one's senses and facilitating play, creativity and exploration. This beautiful table has a built-in sandpit that can hold up to 50 lbs of play sand or nearly 3 gallons of water. Plus, it doubles as a place to paint, color or draw.

$116.99

5. Web swing

kids outdoor web swing

This swing will take you back to simpler times and long, warm summer days spent swinging outside. With more than 1,000 great reviews, this is a bestseller for a reason. It holds up to 600 lbs so multiple kids can hop on (even parents can join in!), and the tree straps are built to be durable.

$69.99

6. Pool

mini inflatable pool

There's really not much to say here other than WE COULD NOT BE MORE OBSESSED WITH THIS POOL! Measuring 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, it's big enough for you and the kiddos (ummm or just you?) to stay cool. And have we mentioned all the fun designs? Swoon. 😍

$45

7. Scooter

kids radio flyer scooter

Whether you're zipping through city streets or riding up and down your suburban driveway, a good scooter is a must have for outdoor fun. It's a great way for little ones to improve their balance and coordination while also having a blast!

$22.88

8. Sprinkler

kids giant sprinkler

Nothing says summer like a giant inflatable cactus sprinkler in your backyard 🤣 This playful sprinkler stands almost 6 feet high and is the perfect way for kids to cool off during those hot days. (Shh, we won't tell if you want to join in on the fun, too!)

$58.99

9. Jumper

kids junior jumper

If you're looking for a jumping toy but don't want a full trampoline, this jumper is the perfect solution. It's super bouncy, super safe and really fun! This one is sized perfectly for smaller jumpers, and can handle multiple kiddos at once.

$169.95

10. Wheelbarrow

Radio Flyer kids wheelbarrow

If your kids are going to play outside, they might as well pitch in with the yard work 🤷🏽♀️. This classic wheelbarrow looks just like the real thing—just a lot smaller! Little ones will love filling it up, pushing it around, dumping it out, and then doing it alllll over again and again.

$39.99

11. Oceanbound tide pool set

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their bath toys and use them in a new way outside. With this tide pool set, there are so many opportunities for fun sensory play, whether it's in a sandbox, a rice sensory bin or just good old fashioned dirt. We especially love that these toys are made from 100% recycled plastic and that they come in their own adorable storage bag that can also be used for play.

$19.99

12. Wooden playhouse

Kids playhouse

This one is spendy for sure, but a sturdy, beautiful playhouse is an investment that will pay off in years of imaginative play for everyone from young toddlers to school-aged kiddos. This one is large enough for several children yet compact enough to work in even tiny backyard spaces. It's made from 100% cedar wood and features several large built-in windows, flower boxes, a working door + doorbell, and even a chalkboard.

$289

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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.

$16

Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.

$24

Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!

$15

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