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Fun Family Costume Ideas For Halloween

Get Ready To Win Halloween With These Genius Group Costume Ideas

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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re part of a big crew or family that loves to match for Halloween, then you’ll love these fun group costume ideas!

Halloween is so much fun, and the only thing better than dressing up in a great Halloween costume is sharing the fun with your entire family! 

That’s why I’ve put together a list of family-friendly Halloween costumes that you and your loved ones can wear on Halloween night and impress the entire neighborhood!

All of these group costumes are available on HalloweenCostumes.com. If you see any ideas that appeal to you, click on the Shop The Look button, and it’ll take you to their website where you can get the inspired look!

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Best Family Costume Ideas For Halloween 2022

Ghostbusters Group Costume

Are you ready to become the professional Ghostbuster that you always knew you could be?  Well now you can! And your kids can join in on the fun with this Halloween group costume idea! There’s even an adorable slimer costume for baby!

How To Train Your Dragon Group Costume

How cute is this adorable trio? And the star of the show is most definitely the little dragon!

Circus Performers Group Costume

What I love about this group costume is that you can do your makeup anyway you’d like—sweet and charming, or twisted and scary! And the baby lion, no doubt, will be the star of the show!

Star Wars Group Costume

Raising a kid in this galaxy can be tough, but with these Star Wars Halloween costumes, you’ll have a super fun night of Trick-Or-Treating!

Beetlejuice Group Costume Idea

Beetlejuice is a classic spooky movie , and your little can be the star of this group costume by dressing up as your favorite ghost with the most!

Wizard Of Oz Group Costume

This Wizard of Oz group costume is perfect for families who adore the classic movie! If there are more than 4 people, someone could always be a munchkin, the good witch or the wicked witch!

The Cat In The Hat Group Costume

Your family will have a blast as the Cat In The Hat and his crew on Halloween night! Just don’t get into too much mischief when you’re out there collecting candy!

Grease Group Costume

You and your family will have the time of your lives strutting your stuff in these 1950’s Grease outfits!

Ace Ventura Group Costume

In this hilarious group costume, mom and dad can both be Ace Ventura while baby dresses up as a dolphin!

Airline Crew Group Costume

If your kids love planes or flying, then consider becoming an airline crew for Halloween!

Willy Wonka Group Costume

If you love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, then consider dressing up as some of the characters! Babies and toddlers look adorable in Oompa Loompa costumes!

Avengers Group Costume

The Captain America and Avengers films may have reached their final endgame but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to be over! You and the kids can be the coolest super heroes on Halloween night!

Scooby-Doo Group Costume

Calling all Scooby-Doo fans! Your little ones can help save the day by helping catch some meddling kids this Halloween!

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Best Baby Wearing Costumes For Halloween

Genius Baby Carrier Costumes For Halloween 2022

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Your baby can’t officially Trick-Or-Treat yet, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy Halloween!

There are many ways to include your new baby in Halloween activities, one of which involves a baby carrier!

Baby carrier costumes have become a huge trend, and it allows mom (or dad) and baby to become an epic costume duo!

You can make your own carrier costume, or you can purchase one online if you’re not much of a DIY enthusiast.

With that said, keep reading to see our compilation of awesome baby carrier costumes that you and baby can rock this Halloween!

Some of these costumes are available on Amazon, and some are available on Halloween Costumes.com!

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Genius Baby Wearing Halloween Costumes For 2022

Little Red Riding Hood And The Big Bad Wolf

We are loving this Little Red Riding Hood carrier costume. The grey wolf costume slips over your front carrier and has stuffed arms and legs while your baby gets to wear whatever makes them happy and comfortable. Then, slip the red hood around your shoulders and you’ll be ready to head to grandma’s house in fairytale style!

Pirate And Mermaid Carrier Costume

Ahoy! You suited up for the adventure of a lifetime—parenthood—and now your little scallywag is ready for their first foray into the deep abyss…of Halloween! The baby portion of this costume contains an iridescent tail, body cover, headband and shell top. Mom and dad get a hat and eye patch combo!

Chicken And Farmer Carrier Costume

This super cute Chicken and Farmer Carrier Costume gives you the fun of dressing up with the ease of still being able to wear your baby. A fluffy white chicken body with dangling orange feet straps onto a standard baby carrier with elastic bands. Included is a matching cap complete with a chicken’s eyes, beak and comb to keep your baby’s head warm and cozy. As for the farmer, you get a rustic burlap hat with a wide brim to keep the sun out of your eyes while you tend your flock of one. 

Chef And Lobster Carrier Costume

This master chef and lobster carrier costume is a huge hit on Halloween night! One reviewer on Amazon even claims that she won a Halloween contest with this idea! The baby portion includes a hat and main lobster body while the master chef gets to wear an apron and hat. It’s an adorable combo that will get a lot of praise.

Chef And Spaghetti Carrier Costume

This genius baby carrier costume let’s mom or dad be a chef, while baby gets to dress up as an adorable pot of spaghetti! The chef portion includes a white chef’s hat, while baby gets a spaghetti hat and pot of spaghetti as the main frame. It’s an absolutely adorable costume for Halloween!

Robber And Money Bag Carrier Costume

Steal the show this Halloween in the adorable Thief and Money Bag Costume for mom and baby! This criminal costume includes a mask, beanie, and money carrier cover, making it easy for you to sneak around in the darkness. 

Diver And Octopus Carrier Costume

This fun baby carrier costume will get you a lot of compliments on Halloween. Light and durable, the octopus costume is easy to put on and keep on. Mom gets a mask and flipper covers for the shoes. The whole combo is unique and entertaining!

Pumpkin Baby Carrier Costume

This baby carrier costume is perfect for minimalists. This carrier costume kit includes a pumpkin carrier cover and matching pumpkin hat for mom or dad. It’s also more budget-friendly than other carrier costumes.

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Funny Halloween Costume Ideas For Baby

The Best Funny Baby Halloween Costume Ideas For 2022!

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Are you shopping for an adorable baby costume that’s laugh out loud funny? You’ve come to the right place!

Halloween is just around the corner, and if this is your baby’s first Halloween, then you want their Halloween costume to be epic!

Halloween may be the spooky season, but that doesn’t mean that babies are obligated to wear a scary costume. There are much better options for babies that will still win Halloween—and they’re absolutely adorable!

Tips For Choosing A Halloween Costume For Your Baby

  • Consider diaper changes and choose a costume with easy diaper access. Wrestling with a costume in chilly weather isn’t any fun for mom nor baby.
  • Consider the weather. If you live in a location where Halloween night is pretty chilly, consider a costume that’s made of fleece and keeps your baby warm. Likewise, if you live in a state where it’s still warm, consider something that won’t make baby overheat.
  • Consider the fabric. Babies with sensitive skin should probably stick to hypoallergenic and breathable fabric to avoid feeling itchy and uncomfortable. There are many Halloween-themed hypoallergenic bodysuits that make great alternatives to actual costumes.

With that said, I’ve compiled a list of the best Halloween costumes for babies that are going to win Halloween and make wonderful memories for the entire family!

Some of these baby Halloween costumes are available on Amazon, and some on HalloweenCostumes.com!

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Best Baby Halloween Costumes Of 2022

Marshmallow Man Costume

Parents are loving this Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Halloween Costume—and it’s a huge hit when they go trick-or-treating! Mom and dad can dress up as ghostbusters and make it a theme!

Baby Boxer Costume

Your baby is a tough little guy, so this Halloween, consider dressing him up as a professional boxer! The fake muscles and tattoos are absolutely adorable!

Hershey Kiss Costume

Your baby will be the most adorable little Hershey Kiss on the entire block! There is also a Hershey chocolate bar costume for adults if mom and dad want to do a group costume!

Baby Corn Costume

It’s corn! Lol. This baby costume is most likely going to trend this year thanks to the viral corn song on TikTok!

Grandpa Baby Costume

Does your baby already seem like an old soul? This Halloween, dress him in this exclusive Great Grandpa Costume for Infants!

Baby Grandma Costume

Dress baby up as a grandma this Halloween and watch how everyone will fawn all over her! It’s sweet yet funny all at the same time!

Baby Cappuccino Costume

This infant costume turns your baby bundle of joy into a delicious cup of cappuccino! Well, not literally, of course, but it does give her an outfit that looks like a tasty cup of your favorite drink.

Lovable Sloth Costume

Your baby will be the cutest sloth on Halloween night! This adorable sloth costume has the cutest little claws and head piece with wild hair! It’s also great for a chilly night!

Red Heinz Ketchup Packet

If you’re going out and using a stroller / pram, then this Heinz Ketchup bunting costume is perfect for your little one’s first Halloween celebration!

Money Bag Baby Costume

Celebrate winning the parenting lottery with this Money Bag Baby Costume! It’s perfect for infants, and great for strollers!

Ghostbusters Slimer Costume

There’s nothing cuter than a baby slimer on Halloween night! This baby Halloween costume is also perfect for chilly weather!

Baby Lobster Costume

This baby lobster costume is perfect for chilly weather and has easy access to your baby’s diaper for quick diaper change.

Avocado Baby Costume

Your baby’s favorite food can also be their Halloween costume this year! This avocado costume is warm, and has snap buttons for easy diaper access!

Gizmo Baby Costume

You’ll have the cutest gremlin in the neighborhood with this snuggly Gizmo costume!

Baby Monster Costume

This Frankenstein costume is a not so spooky idea for your little one’s first Halloween, and contains snaps for an easy diaper change.

Raggedy Ann Costume

This Raggedy Ann baby costume is adorable for baby’s first Halloween!

Baby Elvis Costume

If you’re a fan of Elvis, then a baby Elvis is a great Halloween costume idea!

Baby Hotdog Costume

This classic snack food is beloved by people of all ages. Now your little one can become a hotdog this Halloween while staying warm and toasty!

Baby Octopus Costume

Warm and cozy, this funny Halloween costume will turn your baby into a stuffed octopus! It also doesn’t have a bottom, making it easy for parents to do a quick diaper change.

Baby Banana Costume

This Baby Banana Bunting gives a whole new meaning to bananas in pajamas. Your little one will be secured, and ready to sleep whether they are in the car, or you are taking a walk with them in the stroller.

Taco Bell Burrito Baby Costume

This burrito costume is perhaps my favorite bunting costume for infants! It keeps them nice and warm, and makes everyone giggle when they see it!

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50 Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

50 Fun Screen-Free Summer Activities For Kids

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Your kids have worked super hard all school year, and now it’s time for them to unwind and have some well deserved fun!

For many kids, summer break means spending hours upon hours on an iPad or gaming system, and while a healthy amount of screen time is perfectly ok (hey, I binged on Super Nintendo during summers in the early 90s), it’s equally important to encourage healthy outdoor play, arts and crafts, board games, reading and other activities that help with cognitive development.

With that said, below are 50 fun summer bucket list ideas for kids that encourage connecting with the outdoors, creativity, and family bonding.

I’ve even included a printable worksheet at the very bottom of this article in which your kids can list their top 10 favorite bucket list activities to try each week!

Download And Print the list below!

Fun And Simple Summer Bucket List Ideas For Kids

  • Build a bird house or bird feeder
  • Spend the day at a splash pad
  • Start a YouTube channel
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • Donate old clothing and toys to a someone in need
  • Redecorate your room
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit your local zoo and pretend you’re on a safari
  • Go on a picnic
  • Do some star gazing in your backyard (use a telescope for extra fun)
  • Plan a trip to the aquarium
  • Go geo-caching
  • Go on a date with mom
  • Build a fort
  • Go see a movie in the movie theater
  • Spend the day at the beach and collect seashells
  • Learn how to make slime
  • Ride a bike
  • Write a story
  • Spend a day at the community swimming pool (or your own)
  • Visit a farm and pick some fruit or vegetables
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Go camping with friends or family
  • Read a chapter book
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Have a family game night
  • Start a rock collection
  • Visit a National Park
  • Watch fireworks
  • Start a journal or diary
  • Go bowling with your friends or family
  • Have a sidewalk chalk art show
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Plant a vegetable garden
  • Make a lemonade stand
  • Help wash the car
  • Learn Origami
  • Play Mini Golf
  • Build a backyard obstacle course
  • Camp in the living room
  • Go rollerblading
  • Create your own comic book
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter
  • Start a book club

Your child can also create their own bucket list by choosing their top 10 favorite activities from our list above! Feel free to download and print the bucket list worksheet below!

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Epic Parenting Fails Confessed By Redditors

Parents Of Reddit Confess Their Most Memorable Parenting Fails, And We Can Totally Relate

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Whether you’re a new parent, or have been around the block a few times, you know that being a parent is really hard work.

I mean, if you don’t have crippling anxiety from constant worrying on a daily basis, are you even a parent?

That’s why I’ve put together a compilation of hilarious parenting fail confessions from Reddit which prove that we’re all just trying survive this whole parenting thing.

These parenting blunders are great to read if you’re having a bad day, or feel like the worst parent in the world. They also make you realize that we’re all human, and there is no such thing as a perfect parent.

Epic Parenting Fail Confessions By Parents Of Reddit

“I had my son on my shoulders this weekend just walking around. Ran his head right in the garage door”

“Either me or my husband changed the sheets of the baby’s bassinet pad and put it back in the bassinet upside down. For almost a week, our 2 month old was sleeping on a freaking hard board.”

“When my firstborn was about 3 weeks old I decided to put him in the stroller and go for a walk to the mall. I’d been wearing flip flops for weeks, so I decided to dust off a pair of platform sandals to celebrate the fact that I actually had balance again. Or so I thought. On our way home, I tripped over something and completely lost my balance. I went over and so did my stroller. And my 3 week old newborn rolled out onto the sidewalk.”

“I managed to pour an entire 5 oz bottle of formula on my son’s face at 3 in the morning.”

“Once I pinched my daughter’s finger in the carseat buckle so badly. I was even pushing on it because I thought it was stuck. I looked up and she was doing that inhale-before-cry thing. I felt like shit all afternoon.”

“We were camping. My 4 year old was acting up so he got sent for time out on a stump near the tent. He was upset so he was crying and sniffling. He knew he had to wait four minutes, but he kept starting to talk and I’d tell him to be quiet and start the time over. Finally (about 3 minutes) I got fed up and went to talk to him. Turns out there were ants on the stump. Only one, a really really large one, crawled up him and was biting a line across his neck and he couldn’t swat it off. I took it off and smashed it in my fingers. Then started crying myself and held my little boy. I still feel like shit when I think about it and it was a year ago.”

“I forgot to feed my kids dinner once, when they were really small. Got them all ready for bed, tucked them in, and then my son says, “When’s dinner?”

“I was getting off a plane a few weeks ago with my four month old in a baby carrier and I needed to get my diaper bag from the back of the overhead bin. Stepped on the seat, pushed up, and absolutely smoked my child’s head on the overhead bin”

“I was exhausted and had been trying to get her to sleep for the longest. She finally fell asleep in my arms and as I groggily walked into her room – BAM – I hit the doorframe with her little head. ”

“When our daughter was 6ish weeks old I put her car seat on the counter to get her out of it because I didn’t want to bend over, when I took her out I smoked her lil skull on the cabinet above her”

“My hubby was leaving for work and had his satchel over his arm, went to hug our baby goodbye and right after pulling away, the bag smacked our dude in the face.

“I accidentally punched him in the face when I was trying to pull up the chest buckle to armpit level in his car seat.”

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The Best Minecraft Alternatives For Kids

Fun And Free Downloadable Apps For Kids That Are Just Like MineCraft

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When I was a kid, my classmates and I were obsessed with Mario, Zelda and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, lol. Now I’m raising children who are obsessed with pickaxes and cement blocks.

How times have changed.

When my son turned 7, he came home from school one day and asked if I can download an online game for him called ”MineCraft”.

Now, I had heard about MineCraft, but I had never played it myself, so I had no idea what this online virtual game was all about, let alone if it was safe for a 7 year old child to play—and I definitely did not want to pay for an app that I wasn’t sure he was going to enjoy.

However, while at the app store, I noticed free apps with similar aesthetics to MineCraft—and I ended up downloading a gaming app called MultiCraft and other Minecraft “clones” that both of my kids enjoy to this day—even more than traditional video games.

What Are Build And Craft Games All About?

As I’ve watched [in awe] my son play MultiCraft [in particular] for the past year, I’ve come to the conclusion that MultiCraft and similar apps are basically virtual LEGOs with endless possibilities.

Though these games allow you to choose between survival and craft mode, my son seems to enjoy the latter—he enjoys creating homes and building structures that never cease to amaze me. And I think it’s really neat that he’s found this love for engineering and architecture that I didn’t know he had.

In fact, one of my son’s favorite things to build in MultiCraft are treehouses.

These kid-friendly building apps also do not have any missions like MineCraft offers. And while there is a chat option to communicate with other players, my son doesn’t have a need to use it, and the kids that are on chat mode simply ask for help or tips on building stuff—it’s very rated G.

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What Are The Benefits Of Build And Craft Apps?

I have noticed several benefits to allowing my child play with building apps that consist of the following:

A Better Understanding Of Math And Engineering

I have noticed that since my son started playing MultiCraft, he’s more aware of and quick to point out geometric shapes everywhere we go. He’s also problem solving and figuring out how to make things fit together.

Developed Interest In Science (Particularly Geology)

MultiCraft has taught him all about different rocks and mining elements like obsidian, coal, iron, quartz, etc., and it’s really neat that he likes to research and learn more about these when he’s not on the app.

Fosters Creativity

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, my son’s newfound engineering and design skills have surprised me on many levels. He’s able to express his creativity in a safe and controlled virtual environment, and the pride that he has in his creations are priceless.

Helps Him Destress And Unwind

Building apps are a great way for your child to relax and unwind after a long day at school. When my son comes home from school, we allow him around 30 minutes of iPad time—which he really looks forward to.

These kid-friendly building apps are really great outlets, and I think that they are awesome alternatives to not only Minecraft, but traditional video games as well.

Some of these recommended apps are even made for players as young as 4 years of age, while most others are recommended for ages 9 and older—this is based on difficulty level, but my daughter was able to use the apps at age 3.


Without further ado, below are some of our family’s favorite Minecraft game alternatives for young children that your kiddo(s) will really enjoy.

Free Downloadable Minecraft Alternatives For Kids

MultiCraft: Mine And Build

Developer: MultiCraft Studio

Age: 9+ (but, my 4 year old plays this too cause its so easy!)

Tagline: “World of unlimited opportunities.”

MultiCraft is the very first buidling app that I downloaded for my son and I honestly could not tell the difference between the actual MineCraft game and this free [copycat] version because the aesthetics are so identical.

This virtual building game contains almost the exact same features like: mobs, animals and building tools.

Like MineCraft, MultiCraft can be played in both survival and creative mode, and the only difference is lack of the infamous creepers. You do, however, get to spawn animals and villagers.

This game is for age 9 and up, but in my opinion it’s easy enough for a child as young as 3-4.

DINOCRAFT: Survive & Craft

Developer: Survival, Explore and Craft Games, LLC

Age: 9+

Tagline: “Dive into the world of prehistoric times with dinosaurs nearby. ”

In this app, your child is basically a caveman (or cavewoman) that can either build or play in survival mode.

This app is no different than all the other Minecraft alternatives with the exception of some really cool dinosaurs walking around.

Hence, if your child is into dinosaurs as well as virtual building, then this is a great app to download. This app is easy-going, easy to navigate, and the prehistoric theme is really cute. It’s available for free download on Amazon for android devices, and free for all devices at the apple AppStore.

BOOMCRAFT: Adventure & Building

Developer: Big8 Labs LTD

Age: 4+

Tagline: “An endless environment for building all your perfect buildings.”

Out of all the Minecraft clones, BoomCraft is perhaps the most basic and “little kid” friendly. It’s strictly all about building and doesn’t involve any mobs or weird creatures that try to raid your home.

BoomCraft is a very easy-going virtual game for kids, and easy enough for my 3 year old to navigate.

So if you’re looking for the most “rated G” building app out there, this is the MineCraft clone that you want to download. It’s available on the Apple AppStore and Google Play.

KAWAII WORLD: Craft & Build

Developer: Bohdan Khylko

Age: 9+

Tagline: “a world of unlimited opportunities”.

Kawaii World may look feminine due to the pink color scheme, but both girls and boys, really enjoy playing this app.

This particular app begins with a pre-built house that your child can furnish and decorate, or you can venture out and build a whole new one.

Kawaii World gives your child the option of playing in both survival and builder mode, and your child can spawn a lot of really cute animals, villagers and traders.

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Best Sustainable Homework Desks For Kids

The Best Children’s Desks For Home Study

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If you want to give your kids the best advantage when it comes to academic learning, a good quality homework desk is a great investment to help a child excel.

Homework desks aren’t just for homeschooled children who participate in remote learning, they’re also a wonderful workspace for children who go to school and return home with homework assignments.

What To Look For In A Homework Desk

Finding an age appropriate desk is important because you want your child to be seated comfortably and have their supplies within arm’s reach. The recommended homework desks in this article are perfectly suited for children ages 5-12.

It’s up to you on whether you would like to purchase a desk made of wood, metal or hard plastic, but we recommend a homework desk made out of wood. Wooden desks are more sustainable, durable, less wobbly and more inviting.

All of the recommended homework desks in this article are made of different types of wood—from bamboo to engineered wood (which is eco-friendly because engineered wood utilizes less tree material per plank).

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Benefits of Homework Desks:

Promotes Concentration

Homework desks are a personal safe space that allow your child to concentrate and focus on their learning. Kids need a distraction free workspace that will help them retain what they’re learning.

Teaches Organization

Most homework desks come equipped with open and closed storage features which help your child learn to organize their learning material. It’s a great way to store writing material, books, and even a laptop while having it within arm’s reach yet out of the way to prevent clutter.

Provides Structure

Kids (and students) do best when they have structure, and a homework desk provides them with a familiar study space that belongs to them. Instead of bouncing around from doing written work at the kitchen table and reading a chapter book on the couch, a child can focus on those tasks in one area—their desk.

If a homework desk sounds good right about now and you’d like to get one for your child, then check out our 10 recommendations below!

KidKraft

KidKraft

KidKraft homework desks are especially great for children as young as 5 because they’re so low to the ground and have perfect sized chairs for little bodies. This particular homework desk is one of their best models and contains a nice amount of shelving and storage.

GuideCraft

GuideCraft

GuideCraft creates really lovely homework desks in multiple colors. And we really love the multiple storage compartments that this desk has to offer—perfect for separating homework assignments.

Melissa And Doug

Melissa & Doug

Melissa and Doug is household name for many families who have purchased the brand’s wooden toys throughout the years. This homework desk contains storage space for all of your child’s homework essentials and is great for small spaces.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

The Martha Stewart brand creates really lovely and durable furniture—and this homework desk is no different. It contains nice shelving and storage space for your child’s supplies and still has plenty of room for a laptop.

Lipper International

Lipper International

This homework desk by Lipper International is great for when you have more than one child. It has storage space all around and comes with two chairs. It’s also nice spacious up top which is perfect for puzzle building, arts and crafts and board games.

Unicoo

Unicoo

This sturdy homework desk by Unicoo is made from sustainable bamboo and contains a nice amount of shelving. It’s a great fit for any space in the home and perfect for either gender.

PrePac

PrePac

If space is lacking, then consider this floating homework desk by PrePac. It has a good amount of storage shelving and looks functional in any room of the house. The only con to this floating desk is that it does not come with a chair like other homework desks do.

These Sustainable Baby Clothes Grow With Your Baby

A Sustainable And Stain-Proof Clothing Line For Babies And Toddlers For Minimalist Parents!

Snug Bub

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When it comes to babies, two things are certain: they grow super fast, and they manage to get stains on their clothing very easily.

When my children were infants, I had laundry going on a daily basis. From diaper leaks to spit up, my kid’s rompers and onesies were always soiled with some type of surprise—and a lot of them were very hard to clean. Some of the stains were so bad, that I couldn’t even donate them.

Baby’s also grow extremely fast. From the newborn stage to three months is quite a phenomenal difference in size. And that means that they outgrow clothing at a super fast rate. Unfortunately for parents, that means you’re constantly spending money on baby apparel that will only be used for a couple of months within that first year of baby’s life.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if baby clothing were expandable and stain-proof? Oh, and might I add organic to the list? Well, such a clothing line does exist! And it has all of that criteria.

Snug Bub USA Expandable Sleeper


Snug Bub USA is an innovative sustainable clothing line, and the only online shop that sells expandable and stain-proof baby and toddler clothing made from organic cotton. With Snug Bub USA, you can use a romper/sleeper on a newborn, and watch it expand all the way to your baby’s first birthday!

The Snug Bub USA clothing line was inspired by the designer’s own children. So they know what it’s like to constantly have to buy the next size up, while worrying about stain removal. Thus, Snug Bub USA became a solution to these everyday problems that parents, just like you, face. They even have expandable baby socks that grow with your little one’s tiny feet!

Snug Bub USA Expandable Socks

Snug Bub USA clothing is organic, non-toxic and breathable—all important essentials for sensitive newborn skin. The family-owned company also has a 30 day money back guarantee just in case you’re not satisfied with your purchase!

Investing in expandable and stain resistant baby clothing is also great if you’re going the minimalism route—which many parents are doing. A minimalist wardrobe saves money, closet space and a headache; because after your baby outgrows their clothing, you’re stuck with a pile of stained, ripped and unmanageable pile of baby clothing that nobody wants to take off of your hands. True story. Been there. Done that.

So, if you’re expecting a baby, or if you’re a new mom wanting to switch to sustainable baby clothing, give the Snub Bub USA clothing line a try. You might really enjoy the sustainable simplicity that’s healthy, functional and so darn cute!

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Teen Girls

Environmentally Friendly And Trendy Gift Ideas For Eco-Conscious Teenage Girls

Updated on March 9, 2022

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The current generation of young people are more aware of environmental issues that are plaguing this planet.

We have more young people speaking out against climate change, and striving to live more sustainably, which is really commendable.

Many teens and young adults understand the negative impact of disposable plastic waste, and have embraced the use of reusable products such as water bottles, straws, and other zero waste must-haves to help lower their carbon footprint.

Many teenagers also help with organizing and engaging in community trash pick up, and helping spread awareness regarding single-use plastic pollution through social media apps like Instagram, TikTok and VSCO.

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So, if you have a teen who’s eco-conscious and passionate about the green living movement, then you have one inspiring child!

And you’re in luck—because there are quite a few eco-friendly products that kids these days are really embracing—and I’ve listed the top must-have gift items to help inspire you on your ‘eco-friendly’ gift search.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Eco-Conscious Teen Girls

Brand | W7

The W7 vegan makeup set comes with all the neutral tone “basics”. This makeup set is cruelty free and made from all-natural, plant-based ingredients that are gentle enough for teen skin.

Brand | Urban Kissed

If the teen in your life loves fitness and activewear, then you should check out the recycled activewear collection at Urban Kissed! There are lots of great styles to choose from, and all the brands are ethically made!

Brand | Karma Organic

The Karma Organic nail polish sets are vegan, cruelty-free, nontoxic, and make perfect eco-friendly gifts for teen girls who love nail polish. This brand is great for sensitive skin, and is even safe enough for children and pregnant women.

Brand | LuckyPads

If your teen prefers natural alternatives to disposable period pads, which have so many unhealthy chemicals, get them a starter pack of reusable organic cotton menstrual pads at LuckyPads. The fabric is breathable, non-toxic, and can be thrown into the wash countless times. Plus, the designs are really cute!

Brand | Sinbono

For the older teen who is into purses, check out the gorgeous vegan handbags at Sinbono. There are a ton of styles to choose from (although the Ava bag shown above is my personal favorite) and they are all ethically and sustainably made.

Brand | Merbabe

The Merbabe face mask kit is an awesome beauty gift for teen girls of all ages. Each mask features a collection of organic plant-based ingredients to soothe, cleanse, and nourish your skin. These masks are also non-toxic and vegan!

Brand | Jangoul

Bamboo Sunglasses are incredibly stylish and are becoming a favorite ethical fashion accessory amongst eco conscious consumers. We particularly love the Jangoul brand because of the fun designs that they incorporate into the frame!

Brand | Birkenstock

Kids, teens and women everywhere are wearing Birkenstocks. Thats because these eco-friendly shoes are cute, comfy and sustainable! Birkenstocks are made with earth friendly material such as jute, cork, wool, and felt (to name a few!)

Brand | Jungle Culture

This beautiful metal safety razor by Jungle Culture is reusable and comes with a really cute jute travel bag. You can literally use any double edge razor blade brand for this razor, and it will greatly help prevent and reduce razor bumps! More and more young women are making this eco-friendly switch! The packaging itself is very classy and makes a beautiful zero waste gift!

Brand | Converse

Many people don’t know that the Converse Chuck Taylors are actually sustainable and manufactured with eco-friendly material like recycled plastic bottles, rubber and cotton canvas. Girls are also loving the new lugged trend that’s popular right now.

Maker Home Studio

Boba teas are incredibly popular right now, and this super cute reusable boba cup set by Maker Home Studio is BPA free, and comes with accessories consisting of sticker decals and a reusable stainless steel straw!

Hydro Flask

Brand | Hydro Flask

Remember back in middle school and high school when you really had to have a certain brand because it’s what all the other kids were wearing? The same goes with water bottles these days. Everyone has to have a Hydro Flask. I’m not sure how this particular brand gained so much popularity amongst kids, but I will tell you that they have good taste.

The Hydro Flask is actually one of the finest built reusable water bottles on the planet. It maintains temperature extremely well, and it’s incredibly durable. The ones with the flex handle are especially popular, and you will see kids decorating them with all sorts of decals and stickers.

Brand | FJALLRAVEN KANKEN

True, it has a funny name that even I have trouble pronouncing, but, this isn’t just any backpack. This is a fashion must-have for middle school girls all across the country. Although this Swedish-born book bag was created in the late 70s, the VSCO lifestyle that so many teens are embracing, has made this bag a fashion icon. But, there’s more to this hipster looking backpack than just aesthetics, the FJALLRAVEN KANKEN backpack is made from sustainable and ethically sourced material, is dirt and water resistant, and will last a lifetime.

Brand | Final Straw

Single-use plastic straws are everywhere, and chances are that your teen gets tempted to use them at school or anywhere else they go to where drinks are sold (like StarBucks). So help her combat plastic straw temptation with a reusable travel straw.

Teens are constantly on the go, so the best type of reusable straw is a collapsible one—and the FinalStraw is one excellent reusable and collapsible straw. Does the name sound familiar? That’s because you might have seen the founders of this brand on an episode of SharkTank. But aside from their popularity, these straws are functional, durable, cute and have a lifetime guarantee.

Brand | Kim Soong

One of the best ways to make a statement, especially as a young teen is with a t-shirt that has a good graphic and solid message. And one of the biggest fashion trends in the last year is a “save the bees” tee. Young girls love sporting graphic art that promotes environmental awareness and animal rights.

Brand | HaloLife Masks

If you’re shopping for a reusable face mask as a gift for your teen, then you need to purchase one that’s stylish, made out of sustainable fabric, and contains nanotechnology! The HaloLife masks are one of the best around because the inner layer is made from soft, sustainable bamboo, and they contain replaceable filters that last 200 hours and trap pathogens thinner than a strand of hair!

Apple Valley Natural Soap

Brand | Apple Valley Natural Soap

Girls love gift baskets full of skincare and beauty products. And based on personal experience (having ordered these products myself), I can assure you that Apple Valley Natural Soap makes the most luxurious hand-made haircare and skincare products! Check out their selections of gift baskets (which sell out fast)! Also, take 10% off with code AVNSDIARIES10

5 Reusable Straws Your Kids Will Love!

Plastic-Free Reusable Straws Made Just For Kids


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There are a ton of reusable straws on the market these days. But when it comes to kids, a majority of “reusable” straws that you see online or in the store are made of plastic. Granted, these reusable plastic straws are BPA free and perfectly safe to use, they’re still not eco friendly because they’re not recyclable, biodegradable, or zero-waste.

In my opinion, the best reusable and zero waste straws for kids are made of silicone. Silicone straws are durable yet soft enough on the teeth, and they don’t absorb hot or cold temperatures like metal straws do. Plus, they last a very, very long time—making them sustainable and zero-waste because there’s no need to replace them.

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Silicone straws are also dishwasher safe and just as easy to clean as any other reusable straw. And that’s important, because when it comes to kids, a whole lot of goo gets absorbed into these straws. My daughter is constantly using her reusable straws whenever she has a drinkable yogurt, a smoothie or any other thick beverage.

With that said, below you’ll find five of the best reusable straws for kids (all silicone) that your child will really love!

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AMALKA + ALBERT

AMALKA + ALBERT

These reusable silicone straws by Amalka + Albert are made from food grade silicone and are adorned with little animal friends, which kids love. They add so much fun to these little straws! This set comes with 4 silicone straws and one straw brush cleaner.

NIGHTINGALE

Nightingale

These silicone straws by Nightingale come in a set of 6 and have bendable tips which prevent spilling. They’re made from 100 percent platinum cured silicone which is much softer than natural silicone and are chew mark resistant.

SOFTY STRAWS

SOFTY STRAWS

These silicone straws for kids by Softy Straws come in a set of four with a squeegee straw cleaning tool that gets all that gunk out, and keeps your child’s straws nice and clean. These straws are bendy, collapsible, flexible and perfect for thin liquids as well as thick smoothies!

TEGION

TEGION

These reusable silicone straws by Tegion come in a set of 6 and include one straw cleaning brush. These straws are designed for sippy cups, but can be used in any small tumbler, mug and other small beverage containers. Mom can even borrow one to use in her wine glass!

MOOD STRAWS

MOOD STRAWS

These reusable silicone straws for kids by Mood Straws are awesome because they change color in cold liquid! These silicone straws come with a squeegee cleaning tool and are great for both thin and thick liquids. You can get these straws in two colors: berry and ocean.