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These 11 Fashion and Beauty items are going Viral on TikTok — with good reason

Sure, you can scroll through TikTok and find the latest dance craze or mouth-watering recipe, but you can also come across the hottest beauty and fashion trends.

TikTok fashion

Fashion and beauty expert Makho Ndlovu stopped by the 3rd hour of TODAY to show give us the scoop on what exactly is trending on TikTok right now, along with all of the ways to get in on the hype before these hot finds are gone — some of these viral picks have already surpassed one million views.

Though Gen Z seems to dictate some of the trends on the app (like the revival of the mom jean), don’t be fooled — anyone can pull them off. From snakeskin booties to a beauty tool that can combat dry skin, Ndlovu found everything you’ll actually want before fall arrives.


Steve Madden Women’s Nix Fashion Boot


These booties have over 447,000 views on TikTok and are a must-have for any fall wardrobe. Since they come in a range of sizes and prints, it’s easy to find a pair that suits your style. From jeans to dresses, you can wear these chic shoes with anything, all season long.

BerryGo Turtleneck Knit Sweater



This sweater went viral after it was spotted on one TikTok user’s page, in a video with more than 54,000 likes. It comes in a bunch of fun colors and is easy to style with jeans or leggings and boots.
WORKOUT fashion

Seasum High-Waisted Butt-Lifting Leggings


Do we even need to tell you that these leggings are everywhere? People are loving these “magical” leggings for their butt-lifting effect, and it seems that over 46,000 five-star reviewers agree.

13 mom-approved products to put on your baby registry

Practicality beats Pinterest vibes when it comes to baby necessities.

Years before my pregnancy test went from minus to plus, I was nesting for my baby. Like most first-time moms, I had pinned several crafty and whimsical versions of a nursery for my future son or daughter. I envisioned a custom bassinet shaped like the moon, handmade out of old rustic wooden pallets. On my Amazon wishlist, I had saved cute little pacifiers that looked like mustaches, which happened to pair perfectly with the derby hat I found on Etsy. Thanks to Instagram, I favorited numerous formal ensembles, complete with matching patent leather shoes, all suited for every major holiday.

When the time finally came to grab the Target scan gun and begin building my epic baby registry, I had a bit of a reality check — thanks to my best friend and veteran mom Hillary — and had to start from scratch. She handed me a copy of the book “Baby Bargains” and tossed me every solid colored cotton onesie known to man and baby bottles that help with reducing gas and acid reflux, and we definitely weren’t leaving without registering for every diaper in every size. Hillary let me keep the rattle that looked like a coffee cup, but beyond that, my registry had been shaped up with some sense.

As I figured out pretty quickly, while my Pinterest picks were perfectly precious, they were insanely impractical. Now that I have been a mom for two years now, experience has proven to me that frills are fussy and practical is key. Outfits with suspenders and bow ties are super fun, but hand-washing is for the birds. (Speaking of things that are machine-washable, that lavender baby detergent may smell heavenly, but you are going to be in rash hell if you clean your baby’s clothes in it.)

If you’re struggling with what to put on your baby registry, help is on the way! Here are some great ideas to get your registry going while your baby is growing.


HALO Sleepsack


As instructors will tell you in every parenting class, tiny babies don’t use blankets. New babies can be swaddled or put to bed in a sleepsack. This soft and cuddly version will keep your baby warm and cozy, and the swaddle feature will help them stay asleep as they work through their startle reflex phase.

WubbaNub Pacifier


Maybe giraffes adorn your child’s nursery or maybe cats are your jam. Either way, WubbaNub has a ton of cute pacifiers perfect for any baby. The cute little animal attached to the paci allows for easy positioning and significantly decreases the chances of losing it under the crib in the middle of the night.

Ergobaby Omni 360


Maybe giraffes adorn your child’s nursery or maybe cats are your jam. Either way, WubbaNub has a ton of cute pacifiers perfect for any baby. The cute little animal attached to the paci allows for easy positioning and significantly decreases the chances of losing it under the crib in the middle of the night.

Best Pacifiers of 2021

The right pacifier can soothe a fussy baby, but there are a lot to choose from.

Picture of multiple pacifier

Pacifiers can be total lifesavers, but it’s hard to know which one your baby will prefer. And let’s be honest, the best pacifier is the one your baby will take, right? Which means you’ll probably have to try a few to find the type your little one loves. So where to start? As you start shopping for pacifiers, here are some questions you may find yourself asking:

What is an Orthodontic Pacifier?

A buzzword you’ll frequently see on pacifier packaging is “orthodontic.” It means that both your baby’s top and bottom jaw are in the correct position when the pacifier is in their mouth, so it doesn’t interfere with jaw growth and development. As your baby grows, you’ll need to make sure the pacifiers do, too—a bigger paci is usually needed at three months and six months (you’ll see the age specifications on the packaging).

Are Silicone or Latex Pacifiers Better?

Silicone is firmer than natural latex, so silicone pacifiers are sturdy and long lasting, and they won’t break down as quickly as latex pacis. But since silicone is a synthetic material and sometimes undergoes chemical treatments, some parents prefer a more natural material like latex rubber (made from the sap of rubber trees). Latex pacifiers are eco friendly since they come from a sustainable source, and they’re softer than silicone ones, but latex also breaks down faster than silicone. Keep in mind that a latex allergy, although rare, is a possibility, so if you think your baby might be allergic to latex, you’ll need to stick with silicone pacifiers.


Loui Classic Pacifier


Opening a Loui pacifier feels like a little gift in itself. Packaged in a beautiful matte gray box with a clear peekaboo window, this beautifully minimalist pacifier is about as cool as it comes. And the better news? Your little one will likely agree. Loui’s classic paci is made from medical grade silicone and is lightweight and super soft. It’s easy to grip and features a natural-shaped nipple. There’s even a scalloped design if you’re looking for a little extra style.

WubbaNub Pacifier


Part pacifier, part snuggly stuffed animal, WubbaNubs are pure genius. It’s a pacifier your baby can easily grab a hold of and hang onto. With a stuffy attached to the pacifier to help weigh it down, the WubbaNub miraculously stays in your baby’s mouth for longer than half a second, which makes it an easy choice for parents. Plus, they’re easy to spot in the diaper bag. The pacifier is a Philips Avent Soothie, so this is a good choice for babies already familiar with the Soothie’s shape. The downside: the animal doesn’t detach, so it can be difficult to get thoroughly clean. If you prefer to take the animal off, check out the Soothie Snuggle (which also uses the Soothie pacifier) and the Dr. Brown’s Lovey.

NUK® Airflow Glow-in-the-Dark 6-18 Months 2-Pack Pacifiers


Tired of searching through your little one’s crib in the dark for their lost pacifier, afraid to turn on any lights in fear of waking them up? Here’s a pacifier that’s easy to spot no matter how limited the light is…because it glows in the dark! As long as the plastic design on the outside of the shield gets enough exposure to brightness when the lights are on, it’ll create a gentle glow when the lights go out. The downside: this pacifier is constructed from multiple pieces (as opposed to single-piece construction), so it’s harder to keep clean. Plan on replacing these more often.

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44 sympathy gifts to show your love and support

Dealing with the death of a friend or family member is one of the hardest things to deal with in life. Being there for someone and surrounding them with love is one way to help heal.

If you’re not able to be with them physically, you can show them that they have your support during this time of need by sending them a bereavement gift.

The best sympathy gifts can be the ones that just show them that you are thinking of them at this time. From a sympathy gift basket to condolence flowers, we rounded up a few options to show them you care.


charcoal portrait sympathy gift

Hand-Drawn Charcoal Portrait for Loved Ones


Sometimes the best thing you can send someone who is grieving is a meal. If you aren’t sure of what they like, you can send them an e-gift card with a custom amount so they can order a meal, desserts or a meal kit at their leisure.
Life tree kit

1-800-Flowers Seeds of Life Tree Kit


Many people choose to spend some time alone after losing someone close to them. If that’s the case for your friend or loved one, send them this “31 Days of Kind Notes” gift to show them that you’re there for them even if it’s from afar. The keepsake jar includes notes with encouraging messages like “I hope you find some peace today” and “Hang in there; take one day at a time.”
memorial pendant sympathy

Custom Handwriting Memorial Pendant


This custom handwriting memorial pendant gives your recipient a memory close to their heart no matter where life takes them. This gold piece can be engraved on one or both sides with up to 20 letters.

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The 6 best portable washing machines of 2021 under $350

A portable washing machine might be a better option for those who don’t want to take a trip to a laundromat — or have no space for the full-sized model.

More time at home might mean more housework — including dirty dishes from lunch breaks and face masks that need to be washed after wearing, not to mention everyday laundry. While dressing down has become popular during the pandemic, your laundry could be accumulating alongside your workload, to-do lists and other household chores. If you’re in a smaller space where a standard washing machine won’t fit, going to the laundromat could be a hassle with a full hamper. A portable washing machine could be an option to avoid carrying weeks’ worth of laundry to and from a laundromat.

“Most operate like your normal full-sized washing machine, but are suited for those on the move or anyone who lives in a smaller space,” explained Jay Ahmed, the laundry merchant at The Home Depot. “It’s different from a standard washing machine in that the portable appliance can be stored away when not in use.”


hOmeLabs Portable Washing Machine

hOmeLabs Portable Washing Machine


Featuring a stainless steel tub, this machine can handle up to 6 pounds of clothes at once. The washer also includes two roller wheels in the back, adjustable legs and carry handles. On the LED display, you have the option of five programs — ranging from heavy to soak — three water levels and a lint filter as well. Plus, the machine has a quiet spin function. It has earned an average 4.5-star rating over more than 500 reviews.
SUPER DEAL Portable Compact Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine

SUPER DEAL Portable Compact Mini Twin Tub


A bestseller on Amazon, this 2-in-1 washing machine includes separate washer and spinner tubs. The wash tub can hold up to 8 pounds and the spinner can handle up to 5 pounds. You can wash and spin at the same time — a washing cycle can last up to 15 minutes and a spinning cycle can run for 5 minutes or less. This machine has three washing modes — standard, drain and soft — and this dial is in the middle of the washer and spinner timers. The washing machine has earned an average 4.2-star rating over close to 5,500 reviews.
KUPPET Compact Twin Tub Portable Mini Washing Machine

KUPPET Compact Twin Tub Portable Mini


This washing machine includes two tubs — one for washing and the other for spinning, which wrings out excess water left in clothes. You can run the two simultaneously. The washer can handle 18 pounds’ worth of laundry and the spinner 8 pounds. You’ll find two separate timers for each. In the middle of the two timers, there’s a wash selector dial that features gentle, normal and drain functions. This washer boasts a 4.3-star rating over more than 7,000 reviews.

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18 best laundry baskets and laundry hampers of 2021

From a space-saving collapsible laundry basket to stylish wicker hampers, here are highly rated options from retailers ranging from Wayfair to Walmart.

lady holding laundry basket

Alongside doing the dishes and vacuuming, one of the most dreaded household chores for many is cleaning a week’s worth (or even more) of dirty clothes during laundry day. Whether you go to a laundromat or have a portable washing machine at home, one of the essentials that could help make laundry day easier is a dependable hamper that can bring loads of clothes to the washer and from the dryer (or from a clothesline outside with much warmer weather here and on the horizon). To help, we gathered top-rated laundry baskets and hampers to consider adding to your washing routine.

wicker laundry hamper

Threshold Wicker Hamper

From Target’s in-house home decor brand Threshold, this hamper is made from hand-harvested abaca fiber and uses a metal frame. It features handles on each side and a liner that’s removable and machine-washable. It has earned an average 4.8-star rating over more than 330 reviews.
hand woven laundry basket

Seville Classics Handwoven Oval Laundry Hamper

This bestselling laundry basket boasts an average 4.7-star rating over more than 5,300 reviews on Amazon. It features two separate compartments — each side comes with its own machine-washable bag with built-in handles to secure it to the hamper. The basket is handwoven and water-resistant as well. There are two cut-out handles on the hamper to carry it to and from the washing and drying machines. You can choose between two shapes — Oval and Rectangular — and colors like Mocha Brown and Natural.
rolling laundry basket

Honey-Can-Do Rolling Hamper with Removable Laundry Bag

This bestselling laundry basket boasts an average 4.7-star rating over more than 5,300 reviews on Amazon. It features two separate compartments — each side comes with its own machine-washable bag with built-in handles to secure it to the hamper. The basket is handwoven and water-resistant as well. There are two cut-out handles on the hamper to carry it to and from the washing and drying machines. You can choose between two shapes — Oval and Rectangular — and colors like Mocha Brown and Natural.

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35 best gifts for grandparents on National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day — which falls on Sept. 12 this year!

While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are always marked in our calendars, we often forget to jot down National Grandparents Day — which falls on Sept. 12 this year!

Whether you call them Grammy, Mimi, Gramps or Granddad, your grandparents deserve some extra love once in a while too! And what better time to do so than on their own national day?

To help you make your elders feel extra special this year, we rounded up 35 different gifts that are bound to make them smile. Whether they love to cook, collect jewelry, listen to old tunes or play golf, we’ve found the perfect present to fit any budget for National Grandparents Day.


What I Love about Grandma Book for GrandParents Day

Knock Knock What I Love about Grandma


Fill in the Love Book Let Grandma know just how much you love her with this clever “fill-in-the-love” journal. You’ll be able to create a personalized keepsake that she’ll look back on for years to come.

Farm Fresh Spa Experience for GrandParents Day

 1818 Farms Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin


Even Grandma needs some time to relax! Help her create her very own at-home spa with this cute “farm fresh” gift set. It’s handcrafted in Alabama and features products made with goat’s milk, lavender, shea butter and more.

Yeti Rambler 14-Oz Mug


Help your granddad keep his morning coffee warm for hours on end with this insulated Yeti mug.

Custom Recipe Bamboo Cutting Board


This custom cutting board will make for an extra-touching gift. You can have one of your most sacred family recipes engraved on the front for a personalized touch. Plus, it’s a great way to say thanks for all those delicious meals Grandma has cooked for you over the years.

Personalized Fishing Lure


If he likes to fish during his downtime, consider getting your Grandpa this thoughtful fishing lure that can be customized with a loving message.

Baseball Park Map Glasses


If he likes to fish during his downtime, consider getting your Grandpa this thoughtful fishing lure that can be customized with a loving message.

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10 Best Smart Alarm Clocks of 2021

You don’t typically need much from your alarm clock as long it goes off when you need it to. But with technology improving everyday, additional features of a smart alarm clock — like various music streaming capabilities and a smart assistant — can make your everyday tasks a lot easier.

Alarm Clock

When shopping for a smart alarm clock, our Rothman recommends considering the following:

  • Smart assistant capabilities: “If you’re going with one with a built-in smart assistant, make sure it’s compatible with other devices you have,” she says. For instance, an Amazon Echo Dot would work best if you also had an Amazon TV or other Alexa-compatible devices.
  • Bluetooth features: Most (but not all) smart alarm clocks have bluetooth enabled so you can stream your own songs and music. Otherwise, some clocks include a USB port, SD card or aux port to sync music.
  • Wellness content: Some clocks provide a reading light, guided meditations or sunrise wake-up to gently prompt you awake.

Check Out These Smart Alarm Clocks

Echo Dot Alarm Clock

Echo Dot


A speaker, assistant and alarm clock in one, the Echo Dot is a great choice for helping you with everyday tasks while taking up minimal space. You can ask Alexa to wake you up to music, set recurring reminders or have her tell you the weather and daily news. Note that while this model can display the time and weather, it doesn’t have an actual screen display. If that’s a dealbreaker for you, you can try the Echo Show 5. 

Wake-Up Light


Not only were our Lab experts impressed with this alarm clock, but it also has a cult-following with over 10,000 reviews on Amazon. Instead of waking you up with a loud buzzer sound, this sunrise clock uses a special simulated sunrise setting with the choice of various nature sounds to gently wake you up. You can even use the alarm clock as a reading lamp, radio or even a morning mood booster, thanks to its warm glow and adjustable brightness settings. 

Nest Hub 7-inch Smart Display with Google Assistant


It has its own speaker, but if you have other Nest speakers in the house, you can broadcast messages throughout your home and alert family members to gather or even chat from room to room. You can tell Google Assistant to stream music, pause and play YouTube videos or tell you the latest sports updates. The Sunrise Alarm wakes you up gently with calming sounds.

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19 newborn Halloween costumes for their holiday debut

Have you thought of what Halloween costumes your baby is going to wear? They may not be heading out for a candy-fueled night of revelry, but that doesn’t mean you should hold back.

Baby in cute Halloween

Tiny tots in Halloween costumes are the ultimate treat, whether they are on the cusp of their first birthday, or they are a recent arrival just getting acquainted with the outside world.

From relatively spooky to impossibly sweet, here are some of our most squee-worthy choices for baby’s very first Halloween.


Mother and baby in a Witch Costume

A wee witch Halloween Costumes


Who needs a broomstick when you can ride in style in your comfy carrier? This carrier cover slips easily over most major baby carriers to transform them into a stylishly wicked mode of transportation, for the tiniest Halloween witch.
Baby in garden gnome Halloween costume

A wise little garden gnome


Everyone knows garden gnomes love to travel. This costume is perfect for this first big excursion traversing the neighborhood. It’s kitschy, it’s cute, it’s cozy, and since garden gnomes are a little bit creepy, it’s just right for a little Halloween hair-raising, without being too scary.
Baby in bat Halloween Consume

A baby bat


Get ready for admirers to go batty over this cute little costume. The snap-bottom onesie will make for easy access, should any baby-style “tricks” occur, and the bat-eared beanie will help keep them warm.

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5 Brilliant Travel Items That Make Packing Easier

Fitting everything on the vacation packing checklist in a suitcase is an accomplishment all by itself

Man Packing a Suitcase

Going on vacation is undeniably fun—but packing a suitcase for that travel is decidedly less fun. Fitting everything on the vacation packing checklist in a suitcase is an accomplishment all by itself, though that can sometimes mean reaching a vacation destination with wrinkled, crumpled clothes or a white shirt that was packed next to some shoes and is now sporting some unpleasant dirt marks.

If getting everything you need into a suitcase before the big trip is the only thing stopping you from entering into full-on vacation mode, you’re not alone. As many travelers can attest, finding ways to keep your items organized and wrinkle-free without adding extra weight to your suitcase is a daunting task. From keeping your dirty shoes and clean clothes separate to helping you find exactly what you need upon arrival, we’ve curated a travel packing list of clever items that will make packing (and unpacking) a cinch no matter where your travels take you.


Ebags Ultralight Packing bags

eBags Ultralight Packing Cubes – 5pc Set


Ever open your carefully packed suitcase only to find it a hot mess after touchdown? Packing cubes will organize all of your essentials and help keep them that way—even as your luggage is jostled to and fro en route to its final destination. As an added bonus, these mesh ones allow you to see what’s in each compartment, so you won’t have to tear apart your entire suitcase looking for that one thing you need before checking your bag at the airport.
Travel Bag

Coghlan’s Three Piece Mesh Ditty Bag Set


Mesh bags are extremely versatile, making them a go-to packing accessory. Use them to stow your delicates, group toiletries together, and even separate your dirty laundry.
Travel Shoe bags for your suitcase

Yamiu Travel Shoe Bags

4 for $12

These travel bags—available with drawstring or zippered closures—have rave reviews, and with good reason: The bags are waterproof and available in larger sizes for those with bigger feet. The bags are also lightweight and good for use as a toiletry bag, dirty clothes holder, and more. They are even large enough for heeled shoes—great news for travelers who like to dress up on the go.

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