14 must-haves our editors are buying in The Motherly Shop sale 🙌

You won't want to miss these picks that rarely go on sale.

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Motherly editors know a thing or two about great products. After all, we've tried, tested and impulse purchased more products than anyone may care to admit. So, let us help you navigate this weekend's Motherly Shop sale like the pros we are. We've compiled the below list of what we're buying, what we already love and what we think you shouldn't miss.

But don't let us stop you from perusing on your own. Many of our incredible brands are offering 30% off, including deals you won't find anywhere else. Happy shopping, mama!

Hijinks dragon costume pieces

Hijinks dragon hood

My son's imagination has been blossoming during quarantine (a happy side effect of being home with two working parents and no siblings 😭) and I've realized that his dress-up collection is sorely lacking (as in, he doesn't really have any costumes except for some of his old Halloween costumes that are now mostly too small).

I've had my eye on these Hijinks costumes for awhile, so I'm taking advantage of the sale and grabbing both this Dragon hood and wings because "Roar!" is a regular answer when I ask my little guy if he wants some water, a snack or even to get ready for bed. Now he can be a real dragon.

Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief


Shore Magic collagen

Shore Magic collagen

As a self-professed beauty product addict, I've been curious about collagen for ages. But as a supplement skeptic, I've dragged my heels giving it a try. Shore Magic piqued my interest because of the extensive science behind it and the fact it contains no additives, fillers, synthetic vitamins or herbs. The promise it would be tasteless and not crushing on my digestive system didn't hurt either.

There's good news and bad news. The good news is, holy smokes. this stuff is magic. My formerly brittle nails are longer than they've ever been, my hair feels super healthy (despite my box dye habit) and my skin feels quite glowy. The bad news? One more line item to my monthly budget.

Sara Goldstein, Commerce Editor


Trades for Good 

Trades for Good soap

Hand washing has become my religion during pandemic times, and one of the few luxuries I indulge in is some really good hand soap. I want to snap up a bottle (or two) of this sage, cardamom and sweet orange hand soap while it's on sale because 1) I adore the smell 2) I love that it's made with essential oils and organic ingredients and 3) the packaging fits my bathroom decor perfectly. Like I said, luxury.

Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief

1822 Denim roll cuff maternity jeans

1822 Denim roll cuff maternity jeans

This is my third pregnancy, and through eight trimesters (to date!), I've tried my fair share of hit-and-miss maternity jeans. Some have been too uncomfortable for my growing bod, others have felt good in the AM, only to stretch out into a formless, tragic sag after just an hour of wear.

I'm a fan of this 1822 Denim pair for a few reasons: First and foremost, they feel good. These have a flexible 'jegging' feel, a midpoint between the stiffness of denim + the softness of leggings. They hold their shape, and I don't feel the desire to rip them off when I walk through the door. (This is new).

The full-size, supportive belly band is clutch—I swore off under-belly bands during my first pregnancy.

TL:DR; This is a solid basic to get me through this pregnancy, to get me out of my dress-or-legging comfort zone and back into an elevated-casual look. Bonus: They wash well.

Jacqui Tapp, Creative Director of Video


Wise Elk wooden clock building toy

Wise Elk wooden clock building toy

My son is currently obsessed with time. He always tells me that everything happened "yesterday" (even if it happened today 😂) and always asks me what time I'm going to get off work. "What numbers will it say on the clock, Mama?"

So I thought I'd scoop up this construction kit while it's on sale for him to create his own clock. I love that it's wooden, so that it'll stand up to all his building and rebuilding. Plus, the individual blocks can tie into any open-ended play he wants to get into. Maybe they turn into a tower or maybe they turn into a team of people. The possibilities are endless.

Karell Roxas, Editor-in-Chief


Tribe Alive romper

Tribe Alive romper

I've been eyeing the incredible threads from Tribe Alive for weeks now, most notably, this adorable romper. With its tie shoulders and backless design, it's the perfect intersection of sweet and sexy. More importantly, it's not fast fashion. I've recently become more mindful of the impact of my purchases and it feels great to focus my spending on ethical brands that pay fair wages and work to protect the environment. I'll be scooping this one up and wearing it for years to come.

Kaitlyn Russell, Managing Editor


Motif Medical duo pump 

Motif Medical duo pump

I've exclusively pumped for all my three children and I've loved the Motif pumps. Their travel one is ideal to be out and about with baby and not have to worry about having to carry a giant pump or be near an outlet all the time.

Conz Preti, Motherly Stories Editor


OSAY the label la babouche slip-on loafer

OSAY the label la babouche slip-on loafer

As far as I'm concerned, a pair of leopard shoes is a closet essential. And while I already have a couple, these have totally been calling my name. The unique design allows them to be worn as either slip-ons or loafers which I'm sure I'll feel compelled to point out to everyone who compliments them. Best of all, they're sustainably handcrafted by master artisans in the historic "Medina" of Tunis, Tunisia. Looks like I'll have a lot to say to anyone who says, "Hey! I like your shoes!"

Sara Goldstein, Commerce Editor


Farm Steady fermented vegetable kit

Farm Steady fermented vegetable kit

We have always loved gardening, but something about this pandemic has sent our desire to produce our own food into overdrive. All the seeds and plants we planted a few months ago are ready to burst with fruit and veggies, and suddenly I am realizing that I need to actually do something with all. these. plants. I am so excited to grab the FarmSteady kits to pickle and preserve our garden-treasures so we can enjoy them long after the harvest is over.

Diana Spalding, Senior Education Editor + Newsletter Editor


Rookie Humans underwater love fitted crib sheet

Rookie Humans Underwater Love fitted crib sheet

Super soft bed sheets weren't high on my list of must-have baby items. I always thought, what's the point in spending tons of money on sheets that will be filled with poop and vomit? I had a huge change of heart when I saw these adorable sheets. Yes, they are made of 100% cotton sateen fabric with a 230 thread count that makes them softer than my baby's bottom, but they aren't made of harmful chemicals that are found in typical crib sheets. Also, the detailing in the designs are stunning enough to make me want to place them on the wall. I'm obsessed!

Deena Campbell, Senior Lifestyle Editor


Loop digital photo display

Loop digital photo display

I love documenting absolutely everything my children do, but I'm not so great at then printing and displaying family photos. So, the few that I took the time to actually print and frame are totally outdated by now. Enter Loop to solve all my problems. With a sleek design and a super easy to use app, Loop allows my family to have constant new photos to showcase in our living room. What I love the most is that you can create collections (holidays, birthdays, vacations) and show only the photos within that collection. You can also set times for Loop to turn off, which means no photos after 5 pm, so there are no distractions during dinner.

Conz Preti, Motherly Stories Editor


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

I know breastfeeding isn't easy for everyone (it certainly wasn't for me), so my hat is way off to moms who nurse. My hat is even farther off—like, way up in the sky—for those mamas who proudly breastfeed uncovered in public, something that I was always just too shy or modest or Midwestern (or something) to ever really get comfortable doing.

But babies get hungry when they get hungry, and mamas gotta be ready to go, wherever and whenever. I made good use of Bebe au Lait's gorgeous nursing cover. The fabric is lightweight and beautiful, and the length is just right—not too bulky, not too long, easy to roll up and stash in a diaper bag.

Two especially thoughtful features: The absorbent terry cloth fabric patches sewn into the corners (the better to wipe away dribbles), and the flexible open neckline attached to an adjustable neck strap, so you can easily keep an eye on how things are going "in there" but still enjoy your privacy.

Siobhan Adcock, Senior Experts Editor


Beekeeper's Naturals propolis throat spray

Beekeeper's Naturals propolis throat spray

Can I be honest for a second? Ever since COVID-19 started I've been uber-mindful of all my ailments. Every cough, itchy throat and headache leaves me calling my doctor for an evaluation. Paranoid much? Perhaps. That's why I'm so thankful for this immune system support spray that keeps sicknesses at bay. It might not fully protect me and my family from everything, but at least my immune system will get a tiny boast during these uncertain times and that means so much to me.

Deena Campbell, Senior Lifestyle Editor


Belly and Bag fully prepared pre-packed hospital bag

Belly and Bag fully prepared

For my first birth I was caught truly unprepared, so the second time around I wanted to make sure I had everything I could possibly need when welcoming my twins at the hospital. This bag was that. I didn't have to worry about missing something essential and there was more than enough room for me to pack clothes for the babies and myself. I still wear their grippy socks and use the water bottle fourth months postpartum!

Conz Preti, Motherly Stories Editor


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Whether you're planning a quick trip to the lake or flying the fam to a resort, the results are the same: A happier, more connected family.

Whether you're looking for hotels or a rental home for a safe family getaway, or just punching in your credit card number to reserve a spot in a campground a couple of states over, the cost of vacation plans can make a mom wince. And while price is definitely something to consider when planning a family vacation, science suggests we should consider these trips—and their benefits—priceless.

Research indicates that family vacations are essential. They make our, kids (and us) happier and build bonds and memories.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

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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A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

But my little running joke with my friend is actually a big problem. Because why is the absence of paper towels the thing that prompts me to get a break? And why on earth is buying paper towels considered a break for moms?

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