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10 Spooky and Easy-to-Make Halloween Treats

Spooky Halloween Treets

So you’ve got the kids’ costumes all set, the candy bins stocked, and the front porch all decked out for Halloween. But if you’re feeling extra-ambitious this year, allow us to inspire you to take the Halloween fun to the next level – with a few sweets and treats your kids (and you) will love.

They’re easy to make, oh-so-yummy, and best of all, totally spook-tacular.

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9 Months

Expecting? We've got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

Unusual Baby Names: 100 Under 100

Unusual Baby Name Ideas

At Nameberry, we’re always looking for baby names that are both wonderful and unusual, and so today’s list compiles 100 great names given to fewer than 100 babies in the US last year. We included names from a range of styles: classic and under-appreciated, as well as modern and under-discovered.  Half of the golden 100 are girls’ names and half boys’ names.  And the names are ordered from most-to-least used, with the number of children who received the name in 2013 noted after each. Our picks for 100 unusual and wonderful baby names are:

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Nursing Know-How

Start your breastfeeding off right with helpful information from non-profit Best for Babes.

10 Breastfeeding Perks We Bet You Didn’t Know

10 Breastfeeding Perks We Bet You Didn't Know

Think you’ve heard it all when it comes to the added bonuses of breastfeeding? Think again. Thanks to an increased awareness over the last 10 years, plus a ton of new studies done on the subject, the benefits just keep piling up.

Here are 10 of the most eye-opening benefits we’ve heard yet. Prepare to be amazed… More »

City Mom

Learn strategies for navigating public transportation, crowded streets and small living spaces from Manhattan mom Monica Storch.

4 Must-Follow Tips for Planning a Baby-Friendly Getaway

4 Must-Follow Tips for Planning a Baby-Friendly Getaway

It’s pretty hard to believe summer’s almost over. (Seriously, where did it go?!) If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking to ditch your current surrounings right about now while the weather’s still nice. But if this is your first trip with a baby or toddler in tow, not so fast there — you’ve got some major planning to do first.

From choosing the right locale to packing the right gear, any parent will tell you there’s a lot to consider when it comes to traveling with little ones. Here are some of my personal tips I’ve learned along the way: More »

Healthy Home

Build a healthy environment for your baby with practical and easy tips from national nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World.

Green Your Halloween: How to Have a Safe and Eco-Friendly Holiday


Halloween! Have your kids been counting the days since last year? You’re not alone. It’s arguably a favorite family holiday, but our celebrations can be haunted in unexpected ways if parents aren’t careful. Not only are Halloween costumes, fake blood, and even candy potentially contain everything from lead to hormone disrupting chemicals, but also the piles of Halloween-related waste are downright scary. Here’s how to celebrate the fantastically fun day without any Halloween nightmares:

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Parent Talk

Get tips from the trenches with this information-packed blog from the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know, Heather Flett and Whitney Moss.

Easy Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving with Baby

How to Have a Stress-Free Thanskgiving

Let’s start with the acknowledgement that Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have: food, family, and hopefully, our health. Second, if you have finagled a way to be the guest and not the host of Turkey Day, you have something extra for which to be grateful.

Next, we must confess that there are aspects of holidays that can make us feel less-than – whether it’s not knowing how to cook (or not wanting to cook), or feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to do so when you have a new baby at home.
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Hip Baby

Get fun fashion advice from blogger Nadia Carriere for the 40 weeks before and after your baby is born.

Easy Ways to Keep Your Nursery Organized

Organizing the Nursery

My motto these days? Out with the old and in with the new! And I know I’m not alone. These first few months of the year always seem to get everyone in the mood to organize. But while most people tend to focus their energy on the kitchen, the office, and the bedroom… what about the nursery? Yes, babies may be too small to really make a real mess; but it does help to set things up so that mountain of baby stuff you have somehow actually stays in order. More »

Grab Bag

What's happening at giggle? Get the latest, learn about promotions, and read posts by some giggle friends and special guests.

Back-to-School Sleep Tips for the Whole Family


Some of us jump for joy this time of year… especially  parents with school-aged children who’ve spent the summer  moping around the house complaining of boredom. Despite their jam-packed, fun-filled days and late nights chasing fireflies or roasting marshmallows, these last few days before the school doors open are challenging to kids and parents.

But as we check off our supply lists and search out the perfect backpack, we often forget to adjust summer schedules of lazy, pancake mornings or movies before bedtime. It’s important to start adjusting sleep schedules early enough so your child isn’t jolted by the early wake up call the first day back. Don’t forget, adequate sleep (10-12 hours for preschoolers and primary school children) is essential for immune function, effective learning, memory, problem solving, creativity, adaptability, not to mention mood and behavior regulation. Also, if you have both a school-aged child and a baby in the house, you may also have to adjust baby’s schedule to accommodate drop offs and pick ups and after school activities.

Here are three easy tips to ease the family back into healthy school snooze routines:
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