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This is the best group gift you can buy your mama this Mother’s Day

As moms, there are a lot of things weighing us down. There's the actual stuff—laundry, chock-full dishwashers, sneakers that need to be replaced, playrooms overflowing with broken toys. And then there's the unseen stuff—well visits that need to be booked, classroom parties to plan, and oh so much more.

And all of that is a lot. But probably the biggest thing weighing me down as a mom is photos. Y'all, I take so many pictures of my kids, it plagues me. Some days it's dozens, other days it's a hundred. And they sit on my phone, then they get backed up on Google Photos. But I'm not actually doing anything with them. They're growing virtual cobwebs in my virtual cloud!

Enter: Aura. Featuring a rotating gallery of images that you upload directly from your phone, my family is obsessed with this frame—and we insist all other families need it!

Here's why: First off, it's super sleek and will look good on a kitchen counter or a bedroom nightstand (unlike some of its clunkier/plastic-y competitors). Second, it's really easy to use. If you're giving it as a gift, you can pre-load the frame so that all your 70-year-old mom has to do is open the box, plug it in and photos will appear. Yes, it's that easy.

Which brings me to Aura's third and best function: It allows unlimited contributors. And thusly makes it the perfect group gift for siblings or grandkids this Mother's Day (which is good because at $249-$299, the price is a bit steep!). For instance, myself and my sisters in Denver and New Jersey are all sharing photos of our lives and families to the frame perched right in our mom's living room. (How does it work? We downloaded the Aura app, synched it to the frame, allowed it access to our photos and just pick the ones we want to share!)

When friends ask me what is the best gift to get their parents, this is the product I always recommend. It keeps long-distance families connected, and gives grandparents what they want: More photos of their grandkids!

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

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.

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