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There are some things worth spending some extra money on, but for most of us, household products aren't one of them.

Who wants to spend more than they have to on all-purpose cleaner or garbage bags? Target has proven time and time again that it just gets us, and the folks there definitely understand where mamas are coming from on this issue.

That's why the retailer just announced a new brand of low priced household products. It's called Smartly, and the brand will be hitting Target shelves starting October 14.

The Smartly line will include household supplies like hand soap, body lotions, razor blades, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Prices range from $0.59 to $11.99, but most items will cost less than $2.

One-stop shopping

So if you've been stopping at a dollar store or a discount chain on your way to Target to save money on essentials, you soon won't have to. You can save money on the things you need (so you can get some of the things you want) without making a bunch of stops and save money for your Target run during your Target run.

Bulk prices for individual items

The line may also be useful for minimalist mamas, those who just don't have the extra space (or time) to stock up at the big bulk stores, and those who don't drive to the store. According to Target, "Smartly offers the affordability of bulk shopping without buying in bulk." If you don't have extra space to store a ton of toilet paper, you can pick up four Smartly rolls for $0.99 at Target.

This is great news if you transport your Target purchases via public transit or the basket on your stroller.

Cute packaging

The line has got a simple, modern look designed to look smart in your home as well as on Target's shelves. So if you're a mama who just doesn't have time to decant her hand soap into decor pump, Smartly's soaps will look good next to your sink.

Smartly will debut in stores and online on October 14, with new products rolling out in early 2019, and honestly, we can't wait.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:

Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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As mamas we want our babies to be safe, and that's what makes what happened to Glee actress Naya Rivera and her 4-year-old son Josey so heartbreaking. Late Wednesday night news broke that Rivera was missing and presumed drowned after her 4-year-old son, Josey, was found floating alone on a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said the mother and her preschooler were swimming near the boat Wednesday afternoon. Josey got back into the rented boat after the swim but his mother did not. The preschooler was later found by other boaters, sleeping alone in the boat. Rescuers were able to figure out who he was because Rivera's wallet and identification were on the boat.


Our hearts are breaking for Josey and his dad right now. So much is unknown about what happened on Lake Piru but one thing is crystal clear: Naya Rivera has always loved her son with all her heart.

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