Our fave 5: Kid-friendly rugs that are SO beautiful and cost $200 (or less)

Welcome to "Our fave 5," a new franchise where we scour the market in categories moms want to find the products we absolutely love. We test everything we recommend to ensure the products aren't just beautiful or fix a problem, but are also high-quality and safe for your family. The options out there are oversaturated and can feel overwhelming, but we're here to curate it all for you.

Before I had kids, I had a white couch. I repeat: I had a WHITE couch. The idea of this couch—or any expensive, light-colored furnishings—co-habitating with my family of six nowadays is pure fantasy. Between leaking bottles and sippy cups, sticky fingers and a dog that has a penchant for puking, we simply can't invest in decor that is a) expensive or b) not kid-friendly. (Read: No glass tables, no sharp edges, no white couches.)

This has been a decorating pain point for me, especially when it comes to area rugs. I've got wood floors in my house and need rugs in pretty much every room. The rugs I had in my pre-mom living spaces were north of $1,000 and always in the very-not-kid-friendly material of wool. (Listen: I die for wool rugs but one popsicle laid to rest on them and they're dunzo.)

The good news is that there is a plethora of totally beautiful rugs on Wayfair right now that will zhush up your spaces—whether it be a living room, an office or a nursery—and because they're made of polypropylene, they're 100% stain-proof.

We tested out five of the site's top sellers (they each have thousands of positive reviews) and can attest that they arrive with nary an odor, are super soft and guess what? You can even get that creamy rug you've been missing so much.

I dared to put this beauty—which has 24,000 positive reviews!—in my family room and after six months it's still just as pristine as the day it arrived. That's after being exposed to chocolate, blood, crushed up Goldfish, mud and even one unidentified neon pink substance. (Was it chalk? Was it sand art? We'll never know!) I simply rubbed the stains with water and soap and each time they disappeared.

My point is this: Just because we're parents doesn't mean we have to settle for ugly utilitarian rugs while our kids are in their messiest years. Nor to do we have to shell out for expensive pieces that are going to make us want to lose our minds if (when!) they get mucked up.

(The best part? If it does get destroyed—because, let's face it, poop explosions happen—at these prices you're not going to be too torn up about replacing it.)

Check out our five favorites below—all of which are $200 or less and have tens of thousands of positive Wayfair reviews—and consider one for your home this spring.

The Clair rug

Number of reviews: 24,000+

Why you'll love it: On-trend with a Morroccan-esque pattern, this rug immediately brightens up a room in a modern, fresh way. Similar to the black-and-cream graphic rug trend we're seeing everywhere right now, I appreciate that Clair is still graphic… but much softer with the light grey pattern (rather than stark black). Good to know: This rug is definitely more white than cream (whereas the Youati below is more ivory than white!). It's soft underfoot, and, as I mentioned earlier, repels even my kids' worst stains.

$197.99

The Hillsby rug

Number of reviews: 14,000+

Why you'll love it: Tired of the muted farmhouse tones that are so hot right now? Then this is the super gorgeous rug for you. Bursting with color amid a vintage-meets-bohemian pattern, the Hillsby would look great against neutral furnishings in a living space, under a dining room table or even in your daughter's room! Regardless, this puppy is going to hide ANY and ALL spills or messes. With a .38-inch pile, it's soft underfoot (but not crazy fluffy).

$202.49

The Hosking rug

Number of reviews: 15,000+

Why you'll love it: Looking for a family or living room rug that is light… but not too light? This is your ticket. With touches of navy blue and a pastel yellow, the rug looks great against darker furniture (mine is under a brown leather couch and it pops to say the least). It makes a subtle statement and is super cushion-y underfoot, thanks to the half-inch pile.

$183.99

The Youati rug

Number of reviews: 9,000+

Why you'll love it: In person, this rug is SO beautiful. Cream-based with an intricate Persian floral pattern, it has a half-inch pile, which makes it super plush and fluffy (especially with a rug pad underneath). I have it in my bedroom and it truly sets a serene tone… which is all I want when I crawl into bed at night!

$207.99

The Latham Rigo jute rug

Number of reviews: 3,000+

Why you'll love it: Okay, okay, this one isn't polypropylene but natural fiber rugs are HOT right now and they're a durable option for high-traffic areas like mudrooms or foyers. This one sheds a bit at first, but after a few days side effect is nonexistent. I like that its half-inch pile isn't too thick—my front door is still able to swing open when the rug is nearby (even with a pad underneath). I would recommend purchasing double-sided rug tape to stave off curling edges.

$181.39

Bonus: Wayfair Basics Rug Pad

Number of reviews: 89,000+

Why you'll love it: Yes, you could put your directly on the floor but trust me when I say you don't want to. For a little extra cash, you can greatly increase the comfort level of your rug by adding a plush pad underneath and Wayfair's Basics brand is my favorite. Made from recycled felt, the pads have a latex backing that prevents sliding and can be trimmed with a utility knife. (Tip: You want the pad about an inch shorter than your rug on all sides).

$76.99

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When it comes to holiday gifts, we know what you really want, mama. A full night's sleep. Privacy in the bathroom. The opportunity to eat your dinner while it's still hot. Time to wash—and dry!—your hair. A complete wardrobe refresh.


While we can't help with everything on your list (we're still trying to figure out how to get some extra zzz's ourselves), here are 14 gift ideas that'll make you look, if not feel, like a whole new woman. Even when you're sleep deprived.

Gap Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

When winter hits, one of our go-to outfits will be this tunic-length sweater and a pair of leggings. Warm and everyday-friendly, we can get behind that.

$69.95

Gap Cigarette Jeans

These high-waisted straight-leg jeans have secret smoothing panels to hide any lumps and bumps (because really, we've all got 'em).

$79.95

Tiny Tags Gold Skinny Bar Necklace

Whether engraved with a child's name or date of birth, this personalized necklace will become your go-to piece of everyday jewelry.

$135.00

Gap Brushed Pointelle Crew

This wear-with-anything soft pink sweater with delicate eyelet details can be dressed up for work or dressed down for weekend time with the family. Versatility for the win!

$79.95

Gap Flannel Pajama Set

For mamas who sleep warm, this PJ set offers the best of both worlds: cozy flannel and comfy shorts. Plus, it comes with a coordinating eye mask for a blissed-out slumber.

$69.95

Spafinder Gift Card

You can't give the gift of relaxation, per say, but you can give a gift certificate for a massage or spa service, and that's close enough!

$50.00

Gap Stripe Long Sleeve Crewneck

This featherweight long-sleeve tee is the perfect layering piece under hoodies, cardigans, and blazers.

$29.95

Gap Chenille Smartphone Gloves

Gone are the days of removing toasty gloves before accessing our touchscreen devices—thank goodness!

$9.95

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Make multiple trips to the microwave a thing of the past with a app-controlled smart mug that'll keep your coffee or tea at the exact temperature you prefer for up to an hour.

$79.95

Gap Flannel Shirt

Our new favorite flannel boasts an easy-to-wear drapey fit and a flattering curved shirttail hem.

$59.95

Gap Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket

Stay warm while looking cool in this iconic jean jacket, featuring teddy bear-soft fleece lining and a trendy oversized fit.

$98.00

Gap Crazy Stripe Scarf

Practical and stylish, this cozy scarf adds a pop of color—well, colors—to any winter ensemble.

$39.95

Nixplay Seed Frame

This digital picture frame is perfect for mamas who stay up late scrolling through their phone's photo album to glimpse their kiddos being adorable. By sending them to this smart frame to view throughout the day, you can get a few extra minutes of sleep at night!

$165.00

Gap Crewneck Sweater

Busy mamas will appreciate that this supersoft, super versatile Merino wool sweater is machine washable.

$59.95

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Whether you're having a low-key Friendsgiving with your closest friends or prepping to host your first big Thanksgiving dinner with both families, figuring out all of the menu details can be the most overwhelming step. How much should I cook? What ingredients do I need? How does one actually cook a turkey this big?

But, don't worry, mama—HelloFresh is lending a helping hand this year with their Thanksgiving box in collaboration with Jessica Alba. Because you already have enough on your plate (and we're not talking stuffing).


Here are the details. You can choose from two Thanksgiving boxes: Turkey ($152) or beef tenderloin ($132). The turkey box serves 8-10 people while the beef one will serve 4-6 and both are $6.99 to ship. We got to try both and they're equally delicious so you can't go wrong with either one, but the turkey does require a 4-day thaw period so keep that in mind. And if you're wondering what the sides are, here's a sneak peek:

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  • Green bean casserole with crispy onions
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While someone still has to do the actual cooking, it's designed to take the stress out of Thanksgiving dinner so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones (or watching Hallmark Christmas movies). You don't have to worry about grocery shopping, portion sizes, recipe curation or forgetting that essential thing you needed to make the meal perfect. Everything is super simple to make from start to finish—it even comes with a cooking timeline.

Orders are open through November 21 and can be delivered anytime through November 24. Even better? You don't need a subscription to order.


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For as joyful as Christmas morning can be—with bow-bedecked packages spilling from beneath the tree, each one promising something new and exciting—for kids, the days and weeks leading up to the big day might be even better. Especially when kids can count them down with an advent calendar. And especially when said advent calendar is a trove of tiny treasures.

And there's a kids advent calendar for every type of child, whether your tot is horn-over-tail into unicorns, is a dino-devotee, or prefers a classic calendar. This holiday season, make your little ones' eyes light up brighter than a Christmas tree with one of these advent calendars for kids.

Here are our favorite advent calendars for kids to count down to Christmas:

Santa Stop Here

Santa Stop Here

This critter-adorned calendar hides holiday fun facts for littles to discover within the windows of an apartment building. Kids will get a kick out of discovering something new every day, while mamas can proudly display the adorable design.

$13

Unicorn stamp

Unicorn Stamp

"Just add unicorns" is a pretty good philosophy for making anything more magical (and that includes the already-enchanting holiday season). This unicorn-themed calendar comes with enchanting rubber stamps and sparkly inks to let kiddos create fun, festive designs.

$32

​Playmobil

Playmobil

Can't plan a trip to the North Pole? This advent calendar gives tykes the next best thing. Each piece works together to bring Santa's Workshop to life—just in time for Christmas Eve!

$16.49

​Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Want to make your little one roar with excitement? Dino-lovers will delight in this kids advent calendar that doles out 23 pint-sized prehistoric pals, plus one larger T-rex on Christmas Eve.

$22.99

Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug advent calendar

Get kids in on the holiday spirit by giving them their own tree to decorate. Each day little ones pick a magnetized ornament to add to this mini wooden fir.

$14.99

Fluffy Slime

Fluffy Slime

Got a mini slime-enthusiast on your hands? This calendar holds plenty of fluffy slime (plus accessories) for kids to squish and squeeze all season long.

$20.99

​Crayola Christmas

crayola advent calendar

Crafty kids will delight in unearthing a new art supply (think: markers, clay, and paints) each day of the season. Then, they can channel their inner-artists to let their imaginations run wild.

$17.99

LEGO City

LEGO City

Calling all little LEGO-lovers! Budding builders can construct a winter wonderland (complete with Santa—and his plate of cookies and milk) with the pieces they unearth in this LEGO advent calendar.

$19.99

Hatchimals

Hatchimals

Hatchimals have long been a favorite under the tree. Now kiddos can get hatching long before Santa slides down the chimney with this calendar that holds Hatchimals-themed collectibles, stickers, and other trinkets.

$29

Hotwheels

Hotwheels advent calendar

For those who like their holly-jolly with a side of high speed, this Hotwheels calendar delivers. Kids will get several new sets of wheels, as well as some other holiday-themed car accessories.

$27.14

KidKraft

KidKraft calendar


Would it really be the holidays without a gingerbread house? The tasty-looking abode, though not edible itself, features 24 compartments, where you can hide the treats of your choice. Bonus: You can personalize it with your child's name.

$47.99

Frozen II

Frozen II advent calendar

'Tis the season for Frozen fanatics! Whisk your mini Anna or Elsa to Arendelle via this Frozen-themed advent calendar. They'll never want to let it goooo! (Sorry, we couldn't resist!)

$59.95

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Being pregnant during the holidays can be hard. Mostly because when it comes to getting dressed and out of the house, being home in sweatpants sounds way more enticing than trying to fit into fancy clothes (at least for me personally). But that changes today, mama, because after tons of research and actually testing these clothes on myself with a pregnant belly with twins, I'm here to tell you there really are cute and comfortable maternity clothes.

So get your credit card ready mama, and let's go shopping! Here are our favorite maternity outfits to throw on for the holidays:

A long black sequin dress

Pietro Brunelli Sequin Maternity Dress

If you want to feel super fancy, this dress is perfect for you. You'll be feeling (and looking) like a glamorous Hollywood star with this long-sleeved sequin dress. It's the perfect outfit for a New Year's Eve party or if your company goes all out for a holiday party, you'll be sure to stand out from all your coworkers.

$398

A long purple dress

LONG RUFFLED DRESS

This dress from Zara is classic, chic and comes in the most beautiful purple color, so if you are looking for a pop of color this is the dress for you. The long sleeves and high neck make it perfect for colder weather. Plus, the fabric is super soft and flowy to keep your bump comfortable all night long.

$119

A long black dress

Maxi dress

I love the Storq maxi dress because it can easily be dressed up or down and is so comfortable. It comes in three different colors, but I prefer the black since it's the most versatile one for the holidays. The stretchy fabric means you can wear this dress at any stage of your bump and beyond!

$112

Floral dress

Navy Floral Sleeveless Maternity Maxi Dress

Florals can and should be, in my opinion, worn all year long. This flowy dress is super comfortable for a growing bump and its looseness in the fabric means you don't have to worry about underwear or tight marks.

$63

A short gold sequin dress

TFNC Maternity sequin mini bodycon dress in liquid gold

This dress is everything and you will definitely stand out while wearing it. It's designed to fit the body during all stages of pregnancy and the color is ideal for a New Years Eve party if you are adventuring out for a night out.

$76

A silky bright dress

The Fete Gown

This super flowy dress is a head turner, not only for it's super stylish cut but also because of its bright pink color. The silk makes it super light and comfortable on the bump while also giving you space to be comfortable as it grows. The sash is removable so it is also a great style to go from tiny bump all the way to postpartum.

$328

A faux fur jacket 

Jessica Simpson Leopard Print Faux Fur Maternity Coat

This faux fur animal print jacket will make any little black dress stand out. It's soft, comfortable and it'll keep you warm enough during the coldest winter days. You can dress it down with jeans and a white T-shirt if you want to wear it during the day.

$119.98

A lace flirty mini dress 

BCBGMAXAZRIA Lace Long Sleeve Maternity Dress

This mini dress is stunning and super flirty. The lace gives it an airy vibe without revealing anything underneath. Perfect for a fancy party or a business cocktail.

$198

A super flowy and fun print dress 

Pietro Brunelli Glenn Button Front Maternity Dress

I recently wore this to an event and it was a showstopper. I cannot tell you how many people asked me who I was wearing and complimented me on my look. My belly was super comfortable in it and there was definitely more room to grow.

$210

A cute dress for day festivities 

Mary Caftan

This super cute and versatile dress allows you to wear either a V-neck or a boat neck at the front. It's ideal for day festivities and can be layered with a fluffy sweater and comfortable boots if you live somewhere cold. Added bonus: It's both bump-friendly and nursing-friendly!

$152

Long sleeve velvet dress

ASOS DESIGN Maternity velvet long sleeve bardot pleated midi dress

If you like to show off your shoulders, flaunt them with this velvet dress, because who said pregnant people can't show a little skin? The color and material are great for the holidays and for getting a little kiss under the mistletoe.

$72

A knit white dress

MOCK NECK DRESS

If you want a more modern look for the holidays, this white knit dress is excellent for that. The shape is super comfortable for a growing bump and the knit fabric provides a little extra warmth. Pair it with black boots to feel super edgy and cool.

$49.90

A gold + black gown

Black Sequin Off Shoulder Wrap Maternity Photoshoot Gown/Dress

This gown is simply stunning and will make heads turn when you wear it. Its length and style are definitely more formal in case you have a fancy party or a black-tie event.

$135

A red ruffled dress

Red Ruffle Sleeveless Maternity Fitted Dress

Nothing says festive like a red dress. This form-fitting number would look great paired with black tights and gold accessories for a more formal look or with flats for a less formal event.

$56

A reindeer dress 

Beige Reindeer Fitted Maternity Sweater Dress

If you get invited to an ugly sweater party, you can totally show up in this knit dress because pregnant people deserve to look cute *all* the time, okay? The material makes it flattering and comfortable for curves.

$68

A lace + velvet short dress

Black Velvet Lace Back Long Sleeve Maternity Dress

This dress is super discrete in the front with a basic velvet fabric and it gets super fun in the back with a total lace cut out.

$64

An effortless navy dress

The Riviera Dress

This dress is a fun number to pull out for weddings, holiday parties, business cocktails or a night out with your partner.

$328

Or sign up for clothing rental 

Rent the Runway Maternity

If you have a lot of events and don't want to invest in just one piece, you can use services like Rent the Runway or Nuuly to keep your maternity closet fresh and updated and be ready for any event that comes your way.

$159

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I'll admit it: I'm an earbud snob. There I said it. For me, there's nothing like clear, noise-canceling earbuds that allow me to fully immerse myself into music while doing household chores or mindless tasks. I love it. And if they're integrated with a voice assistant so I can be hands-free, it's a complete win-win.

When I was pregnant with my kids, I didn't want to purchase pregnancy headphones. Most are super bulky, overpriced and have horrible sound quality. Instead of buying them, I sang to my babies and hoped they would develop a love for music just like their mama. Turns out, I was onto something. "Even in the womb, little ones respond to the vibrations and later to the beats and melodies that you play for them," says Diana Spalding, author of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey. "Research also shows that music can help build the foundation for your baby's language acquisition, so you can think of taking a moment to jam out to your favorite songs as educational."

Recently, model Ashley Graham posted on Instagram a photo of her using pregnancy earbuds and I had to do some research. How was she building her baby's language skills using earbuds?

"Baby boy is the size of a coconut this week and already getting some advice from @gayleking on my podcast @prettybigdealpod 💙 Gayle you are wild and I LOVE IT. We fast forwarded your story about the stripper pole 🤣" she captioned.

In the photo, Graham is using mbrio, a patented earbud adapter that turns your earbuds into pregnancy headphones so you can use your favorite earbuds while enjoying music with your baby. Pretty smart, right?

mbrio Clip-On Pregnancy Earbud Adapters

mbrio Clip-On Pregnancy Earbud Adapters

mbrio's patented earbud adapters turn your earbuds into pregnancy headphones. Just pop in any set of compatible earbuds, clip them to your waistband and go. It also uses a thin layer of silicone to reduce sound levels by up to 30 decibels (depending frequency and volume) so it's safe for mama and baby.

$29.95

It eliminates the need for splitters, sticky pads, volume control switches and iPhone plug adapters too so you can just carry one device while you're on the go. It's also been independently tested by a Nationally Registered Testing Laboratory, so it meets the safe audio guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Best of all, the ergonomic design adapts to mama's growing belly throughout the pregnancy. Just pop in any set of compatible earbuds, clip them to your waistband and go!

I'm still not a believer in headphones and still plan to use earbuds wherever I go, but if I ever get pregnant again, or need a cool baby shower gift, I know what to purchase.
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