Every mom needs a pair of Crocs (don’t @ me)

You'll be buying a pair by the time you're done reading this.

Woman posing with Crocs

Before you roll your eyes at me, let me tell you I also thought Crocs were, well, the not best-looking shoe on the market. I made fun of my mom when she bought not one, but two, pairs to make sure she always had one handy. Of course, I have not learned my lesson that sometimes our moms know best and sighed every time I saw her wearing them.

Then I got pregnant.

With twins.

In New York City.

The country's fashion capital would never see me wearing anything but my most precious collection of fancy shoes and overpriced sneakers, right? Wrong.

My feet grew two sizes overnight, and the idea of having to tuck my tired feet into tight winter boots while seven months pregnant was just not going to happen. So, after shoe shopping for my toddler at a discount store (love myself a deal), I spotted fleece-lined Crocs in my size and thought, why not? No one can judge a pregnant person—ever—so the time was now. My husband (I like to believe has less fashion style than me) decided to buy a pair as well. I was too pregnant to argue that we were becoming a fully matching family—something we said we would never do—so off we went with our new fleece clogs.

The first time I put them on my eyes grew bigger and bigger. They are comfortable and soft and omg.... I thought. My husband had the same reaction.

Slowly, but surely, that "whatever" purchase turned into the best purchase ever made. It started with just wearing them to walk the dogs because they are easy to put on and don't require socks. Then I started using them to go to the doctor because they kept my swelling feet comfortable while I transferred three different subways to get there. Then, I just basically never took them off. I wore my Crocs everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I didn't care. My feet were happy, and I was happy.

I thought back to when I made fun of my mom for buying two pairs. First, I realized I should probably stop making fun of her because she's clearly wiser. Secondly, I went ahead and bought myself another pair of clogs—this time for summer, and covered in strawberries. Shortly after, the strawberry ones blew up and sold out because influencers flooded Instagram to show them off. And days ago, the New York Times (!!) declared that Crocs won 2020 after their collection with Bad Bunny sold out within minutes.

So I think it's time we all go ahead and get ourselves a pair (or two) of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, and decide that you know what? Crocs are cool, after all. They're perfect for moms. They won't get ruined if your toddler spills milk on them, you can put them on and take them off without having to use your hands, and you can even get your feet in the water while wearing them.

These are my current favorite Crocs for sale:

Fleece-lined animal print

Women\u2019s Crocs Freesail Printed Lined Clog

Look, if we are going to make Crocs cool again (TM pending) we might as well bring animal print back. This model has 4.5 stars and some reviews call it a"must-have for fall and winter."


Classic clog

Classic Clog

Their most iconic look, now in so many colors. Brighten up any outfit with these.


Platform clog

Crocband\u2122 Platform Clog

For when you need a little height and a more stylized look, these clogs have a platform. Also ideal to jump in puddles with your toddler without, you know, getting your feet in the water.


Vacay Vibes clog

Classic Vacay Vibes Clog

The strawberry print is sold out so why not make bananas the next Instagram hit?


Tie-Dye clog

Bayaband Tie-Dye Clog

These are the offspring of the two hottest quarantine trends: Crocs and tie dye!


Fleece lined puff clog

Classic Lined Neo Puff Clog

The puffy jacket of Crocs, I'm actually buying a pair as I type this.


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Sunday Citizen

I live in the Northeast and when I woke up this morning, my house was freezing. It had been in the mid 40's overnight and we haven't turned the heat on yet. Suddenly, my normal duvet felt too thin. The socks on my bare feet too non-existent. Winter is coming, and I'd been drinking rosés still pretending it was summer.

I couldn't put it off any longer. It was time to do my annual tradition of winterizing my home—and I don't mean making sure my pipes and walls have enough insulation (though obviously that's important too). I mean the act of evaluating every room and wondering if it has enough hygge to it.

If you've never heard of hygge, it's a Danish word that means a quality of coziness or contentment. And what better time to make sure you have moments of hygge all throughout your house than right now? As far as I'm concerned it's the only way to get through these dark winter months (even more so during a pandemic.)

So I went room by room (yes, even my 4-year-old's room) and swapped in, layered or added in these 13 products to get us ready for winter:

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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It's 2020, but for American mothers, it's still the 1950s

Once a woman in America becomes a mother, our society transports her back in time. In an instant, generations of sexist ideas and structures descend back upon her.

We like to think that women have come so far.

We have our educations. Today, our education system not only allows girls to thrive, but it has enabled the first generation in history—Millennials—in which women are more highly educated than men.

We have choice. Access to family planning has given American women life-changing control over their fertility and the decision to start a family.

We have basic respect. Today, our marriages are built on the principle that partners are equal regardless of gender.

We have careers. It's utterly common for a woman to return to work after having a child.


We have acknowledgment. And our culture even declares that caregiving is essential work for both mothers and fathers.

We have possibilities. And all of the potential our lives as women hold now gives girls the hope that anything is possible.

But the truth is that American motherhood has the veneer of being modern, without any of the structures to support our actual lives today.

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