When you're pregnant, it's exciting to buy everything you might possibly need for the new baby, but once your little one is born, you realize just how quickly these kids outgrow their once-special items. Some of us don't really think about holding onto baby jars, cribs, puzzles, or even kids' shoe boxes, but other moms have found crafty ways to reuse them. From swinging benches to cute votive candles, we're sharing 48 amazing (and easy) things to make from the outgrown baby or kid stuff you may have considered tossing. Take a gander before you call the garbageman for an extra pickup — you won't be disappointed!
Figuring out what to bring to a potluck with kids can be difficult. Not only are kids notoriously picky eaters, but potluck food needs to be able to sit out for several hours and still manage to taste good. So we asked the best potluck experts we know — moms — what their favorite go-to potluck dish is, and rounded up 12 of our favorites. From healthy slaw and tasty pastas to mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies, you'll definitely want to keep these easy potluck recipes on hand.
Have a little chef in your kitchen? We've rounded up nine of what moms say are their kids' favorite foods to cook. These recipes are easy, fun, and tasty! From a simple avocado on toast to crockpot lasagna and yummy brownies, we're sharing recipes for kids of all ages to test in the kitchen. Click through to find your family's new favorite.
Need some quality family time? Unless you have a house of game-night fanatics, try making a homemade toy with your child. From colorful playtime dough to musical instruments and bouncy balls, these 10 fun toy ideas are easy to make with your kids, plus they can provide hours of entertainment. Click through to find your kid's next favorite toy!
Sometimes, despite a child's readiness to potty train, they still need a little help getting the idea down. That's why we asked moms their secrets to potty-training success. Here, moms share everything they've tried that worked, from a free downloadable potty-training app to sweet-treat positive reinforcements. Remember to be patient, encouraging, and try one of these tricks!
Graduation time is almost here — are you ready for your child's party? If you're stuck or could use some easy party-planning tips, we've got you covered. Moms are sharing five tips for a successful graduation party, from saving time by using paper plates to an idea for an easy but memorable decoration. Click through for their great ideas and add your own in the comments section!
This Mother's Day, forget the jewelry and chocolate; what moms really fantasize about getting is simple: a cleanup-free breakfast served in bed. Barbara F. shares via Facebook that in 45 years of marriage, she's never once been served breakfast in bed, and a majority of moms echo the same. Some moms add that they don't care what they're served, they'd just be thrilled to get it. From coffee and doughnuts to a Spanish breakfast, we're sharing the best breakfasts for partners and kids to serve the most important woman in their life, you.
What's the craziest thing you've ever gotten for Mother's Day? From a shiny new rock collection to a caged bird that brings happiness, moms share the funniest — yet sweetest — gifts they've ever gotten from their kids. Click through to read some amazing Mother's Day stories that will leave you rethinking what a great gift is really like.
Have extra diapers sitting around? When baby moves up a size quicker than expected, many of us often end up with spare diapers we can't return or exchange.
Whether you got more newborn diapers at your baby shower than you could possibly use or potty training took less time than you thought it would, here are six great solutions for the surplus from moms in our Facebook community. From donating to local families in need to creating a masterful diaper cake, they all make spare diapers useful again.
Do you have a secret stash of chocolate for those moments when you're really craving something sweet, or maybe a pint of ice cream hidden in the freezer as backup? Don't feel bad — many moms do! From honey-fried bananas to anything with chocolate, here moms are spilling which guilty-pleasure snacks they go to when they're craving sweets . . . including some they say are at least a little bit healthy.
Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Plan your kid-friendly menu now with these yummy, Mexican-inspired recipes. From easy beef enchiladas to crockpot chicken tacos, these dishes are perfect for a family Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Looking for a new way to soothe your child when she's tired, cranky, or hyper? Here, moms share nine of their favorite albums for getting their overly tired kids to sleep — or simply into a calmer and happier mood! With the taste of tunes ranging from Israel Kamakawiwo'ole to Bob Marley, you're sure to find a good fit for your family here.
It's almost picnic time, which means we need to figure out what to pack! For inspiration, we asked moms to share their perfect picnic eats — kid-friendly foods that are light, fresh, and healthy, but also easily packed. From zesty lemon bars to sausage roll-ups and fruit on a stick, these yummy eats will make the ants jealous!
If you're like me, there's a huge box of your child's outgrown onesies stored away somewhere. Though I donated most of my daughter's clothes to friends or organizations, I saved the ones I remember her wearing during important milestones. But instead of letting these clothes just sit in a box, now you can give them new life! Here some incredibly crafty moms share five ways to repurpose your child's clothes that can both stretch your dollar and cut down on the clutter. From Summer beanies to a new pair of shorts, these ideas make it OK to hold onto baby clothes a little bit longer by turning them into other useful items your child can enjoy.
It's easy to get kids to help mom in the kitchen when cookies are involved! Here we're sharing seven ultra-easy cookie recipes that your child can make with you. From a simple-to-bake easy peanut butter cookie to egg-free cookies kids can knead and shape, these kid-friendly recipes are perfect for your next family baking adventure!
Choosing the right book for your little one's bedtime routine can be tricky. It needs to help wind down the day instead of making your child hyper, but still be a kid-favorite. Meanwhile, you don't want to be stuck with a book you'll be tired of after a few readings. To help you decide which stories to add to your shelves, we've compiled a list of moms' top seven bedtime books for little ones, ranging from affirmations of love to all-time classics. Happy reading!
Looking for a new lunch-friendly sandwich to serve your kids? Get your recipe book ready! From an "Owl-riffic Sammie" to a toasted turkey waffle treat, we've collected five fantastic lunchtime sandwiches for kids that are simple, tasty, and can survive the lunch bag, too!
Whether you're still changing diapers or you've finally told them "toodles," chances are you've gone through plenty of wipes containers. Aside from refilling them or passing them along to another mom, what can you do with all the disposable packaging? A lot, as it turns out! Moms from the Circle of Moms Facebook page have shared myriad uses for wipes containers, from homemade piggy banks to travel jewelry cases. Click through for some very crafty ideas!
Looking for some light, simple meals your kids will actually eat? We've rounded up 10 healthy meals Circle of Moms members say their little ones adore. From a tasty strawberry french toast kabob to classic chicken fajitas, these tasty bites are perfect any time of the day. Click through to find your new favorite recipe!
Once all the colorful plastic Easter eggs are found and opened, what do you do with them? If you're not keen on keeping them in storage till next year, check out these 12 fantastic ideas from Circle of Moms Facebook members on ways to reuse plastic Easter eggs — from teacups and cupcakes for pretend play to a bird feeder you and your child can create together. Click through to see them all!