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The Best Plane Toys for Entertaining Wiggly Toddlers

Toddlers and plane rides aren’t exactly the perfect combination.

In fact, it’s more of a perfect storm—enclosed space, tons of strangers in close proximity, pressure changes, etc. You get the picture and have also likely experienced traveling with your toddler first hand, so you know it can be quite a daunting experience.

There are tons of articles dedicated to traveling with toddlers, including packing lists, advice and tips. Of course, you’re going to want to bring tons of snacks and perhaps a tablet, but there are also lots of fun, engaging plane toys that are easy to pack.

We’ve rounded up 12 of the best plane toys for toddlers that are not only super entertaining but will also spark their imagination, help them develop fine motor skills and even help them learn a thing or two about STEM. 

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Playskool Classic Dressy Kids Dolls

Playskool Classic Dressy Kids Dolls

$37.66

Toddlers can learn to button, snap, zip and tie with this awesome plush toy by Playskool. This toy is great for practicing fine motor skills and also makes a fun travel buddy.
Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

Munchkin Mozart Magic Cube

$27.99

Musical toys are great for keeping kids entertained, but not so great for the adults who have to listen to them play over and over again. This Mozart Magic Cube is actually soothing and encourages toddlers to put together sounds and music to create their own masterpiece. There is even a low volume setting perfect for plane rides.
Melissa & Doug K’S Kids My First Activity Book

Melissa & Doug K’S Kids My First Activity Book

$14.99

This cloth activity book has built-in handles and includes fun first activities like buttoning, buckling, peek-a-boo, counting, matching and telling time. The soft material makes it easy to pack in a carry on or toddler backpack.

Halsey Welcomes 1st Child, Son, Ender Ridley

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Halsey is now a mom!

The “Without Me” singer reportedly gave birth to her first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, on July 14. Today, she posted heartwarming black-and-white photos of her holding Ender in her arms as her screenwriter boyfriend Alev Aydin looks on, along with a breastfeeding photo.

“Gratitude. For the most ‘rare’ and euphoric birth. Powered by love,” Halsey captioned.

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30 Unique Home Chess Sets

When accessorizing a home office, library or a stylish coffee table, nothing says sophistication quite like a home chess set.

A basic chess set is easy to come by, but what about something a bit more special, something that is as unique as you and your home? This collection of unique chess boards and glamorous pieces offers up some great conversation starters-and some real bank-breakers!

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wobble chess set

WOBBLE CHESS SET

$204.80 

This Wobble chess set offers up a novel and animated approach to the classically reserved game. Each square of the board is curved to contain the jiggling pieces.

Dragon Chess Set

$298.00 

Fantasy fans will love this dragon chess set-another good option for home libraries, or even a computer games room.

Gender Reveal Party Ideas That Will Surprise Everyone

Gender reveal parties can make that moment even more special by getting friends and family in on the surprise in a festive setting.

There are no rules when it comes to gender reveals, so you can feel free to play around with different ways to announce the news, as well as different party games and themes. If you’re a sports fan, you can dunk, kick, or throw a ball filled with pink or blue powder to declare your baby’s sex. If you’re a Potterhead, let the infamous Sorting Hat make the big reveal. Or, if you’re not into the whole pink and blue color motif, consider a black and yellow “What Will It Bee?” theme. Even if you’re not up for throwing a party, you can still share the big news with friends and family in a fun, creative way by planning a gender reveal photoshoot.

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DIY M&M-Filled Cake

$25.99
Make your gender reveal party a little sweeter with a delicious, candy-filled cake! When you cut into the cake, blue or pink M&Ms will spill out to artfully reveal whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
ice cream-themed party

What’s the Scoop? Cake Topper

$9.90

I scream, you scream, we all scream for baby! An ice cream-themed party will give your guests the scoop on your baby’s sex. 

Color-Changing Dragon Egg

$50

Will it be a little Jon Snow or little Daenerys Targaryen? This color-changing dragon egg would fit right in at a Game of Thrones-themed gender reveal party.

Fall Outfits That *Aren’t* A Basic Sweater and Jean

Someone wearing Print Jacket

Fall outfit ideas and trends that’ll get you so pumped up for the cold weather.

Normally, fall outfits serve the same range of earthy tones and reused boot designs (*yawn*), but not this year. For once, I’m actually excited about the fresh looks about to hit. Upcoming 2021 fall trends are looking 100% unexpected: bright neons, fringed-out accessories, unexpected animal prints, and, yes, the tie-dye you lived in for all of summer 2021.

All that and many, many more cool-as-hell trends are about to hit your TikTok feed and your closet. (Ever hear of scrumbo dressing? Yeah, keep reading for more on that.) So check out these cute fall outfit ideas and trends that’ll get you so pumped up for the cold weather.

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Lady wearing Knee high Socks, Brown Jacket and a green Dress

Knee High Socks put Together that Fall Out Fit

$9.99

Knee high socks are rising from the ashes of early 2000s fashion and they’re better than ever. Come fall, stockings be your favorite accessory to stylize a look while adding warmth.
Girl Dressed in a Blue jacket, Denim and Carrying orange Quilted Tote bag

Quilted Totes

$39.99

One of fall’s best accessory trends: XL quilted bags. They’ll go perfectly with all those athleisure looks you’ve mastered while social distancing.
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Bucket Hats to Keep athis Fall

$12

Having childhood nostalgia? This trendy 2000s piece is coming back and it’s hotter than ever. Bucket hats are great for covering even the most tragic hair day and make your entire fit feel authentically retro.

Maternity Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Bride

Granted, sourcing a maternity wedding dress can be a little tricky, since you’ll have to consider your changing shape when selecting your gown. Not sure where to start your search?

Congratulations, bride-to-be—and mom-to-be too! If you’re getting hitched with a baby on the way, then you’re going to need a bump-friendly wedding dress.

We’ve done the research and curated a list of the most stylish wedding dresses for pregnant brides. Whether you’re looking for something long and elegant or short and casual, we’ll help you find the right style for you.

Read on to discover our best advice for choosing a maternity wedding dress. Then, check out our favourite options on the market right now. There’s something for every style and season.

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Show Me Your Mumu Rome Twist Gown in Ivory Luxe Satin

Rome Twist Gown

$198
This fully-lined satin maternity wedding dress is the definition of understated elegance. The modern knot-front bodice and V-neckline accentuate the empire waist—ideal for accommodating a baby bump. And those flutter sleeves? The perfect boho touch.
Chiffon Maternity Dress

Draped Cold-Shoulder Chiffon Maternity Dress 

$231
This fully-lined satin maternity wedding dress is the definition of understated elegance. The modern knot-front bodice and V-neckline accentuate the empire waist—ideal for accommodating a baby bump. And those flutter sleeves? The perfect boho touch.
Lace Maternity Dress

Suzie Dress

$255
Oh, hey there, bump! This short lace maternity wedding dress is made for the bride who wants to show off her baby bump. But while the fit may be body-conscious, the floral lace and satin sash add a sweet touch.

Cute Backpack Ideas That Will Totally *Make* Your Outfit

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Cute Backpack shopping is, hands down, the best part of back to school.

Your battered old bio textbook is packed with useful information (Neurons! Punnett squares! Chlorophyll!), but let’s be real here, it isn’t exactly the most stylish accessory. It’s for that reason that you absolutely need to go shopping for a cute backpack for school ASAP–well, that and the fact that your bag from last year now has duct tape where there should be canvas.

Hide away all your ugly (but useful) books in these trendy backpacks that will slay allll of 2021.

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Flowery Backpack

Go-Go Backpack

$37

She looks cute, yes, but most importantly, she’s filled with teeny tiny pockets for the organization-obsessed. 

Black Backpack

City Adventurer Backpack 17L

$128 

Somehow this backpack feels both simplistic and unique. I’m pretty sure it’s the glitzy gold hardware.

15 ZERO WASTE BATHROOM SWAPS TO MAKE THIS YEAR

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Eco friendly home improvements are a real win-win. Who doesn’t love saving money and the environment at the same time? 

Floss, cotton buds, makeup sponges… We create a surprising amount of waste during our self-care routines. And that’s why creating a zero waste bathroom is a great place to start on your sustainability journey.

When it comes to zero waste living, it’s best to change one area of your life at a time rather than diving all in. Start small–slow and steady wins the race.

Now, a zero waste bathroom may sound like an oxymoron. After all, it’s literally the place we go to when relieving ourselves of, well, waste.

However, the point of making zero waste bathroom swaps is to eliminate unnecessary rubbish and ensure the only waste you create is your own.

These are some of the best sustainable bathroom products to banish plastic and single-use items from your routine. Making these simple swaps will give you a beautiful eco-friendly bathroom you won’t mind showing off!

Wooden Toilet Brush and Cleaner

Zero Waste Toilet Brush + Cleaner

$11.99

Cleaning might not be the sexiest topic, but cleaning products and tools are traditionally some of the worst environmental offenders. Fortunately, that’s changing! One of the best zero waste swaps you can make for your bathroom are eco-friendly, biodegradable toilet brushes. Make sure to buy an all-natural wooden brush free of bleach and BPA. Pair that with eco-friendly bathroom cleaner and you’re good to go! You can also pick up a biodegradable toilet liner to make cleaning easier and more environmentally friendly.
bamboo cotton buds

Zero Waste Q-tips (a.k.a. Cotton Buds)

$12.96

There are plenty of reasons to keep your zero waste bathroom well-stocked with cotton buds–makeup corrections, first aid care, outer ear cleaning… But there’s absolutely no reason they need to be made of plastic. In fact, many countries have started banning the sale of plastic q-tips because they’re so abundant and sit in landfills for hundreds of years. Fortunately, multiple biodegradable options have entered the market. And these bamboo and organic cotton ones from Humble Co. are what I use.
Lip balm

Zero Waste Lip Balm

$7.99

There are plenty of reasons to keep your zero waste bathroom well-stocked with cotton buds–makeup corrections, first aid care, outer ear cleaning… But there’s absolutely no reason they need to be made of plastic. In fact, many countries have started banning the sale of plastic q-tips because they’re so abundant and sit in landfills for hundreds of years. Fortunately, multiple biodegradable options have entered the market. And these bamboo and organic cotton ones from Humble Co. are what I use.

Cardi B Announces 2d Pregnancy During BET Awards

Cardi B is expecting her second child with Offset.

The rapper revealed her pregnancy at the 2021 BET Awards Sunday night (June 27) while onstage with Migos during their performance.

The announcement, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, is the second time Cardi has used live television to confirm she’s pregnant. When the couple’s first child, Kulture, was on the way, Cardi debuted her baby bump on Saturday Night Live. Born on July 10, 2018, Kulture is now almost three years old.

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12 Dorm Room Ideas to Make Your New Space Feel Like Home

Now that high school graduation is complete, it’s time to research dorm room ideas to make your dorm feel like home.

The great news is your new room is a completely blank slate. Of course, you need the dorm room essentials, but you also want your room to feel like home. Here are 12 fabulous tips to create a space you’ll want to spend time in, even during those dreaded all-nighters.

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Add some twinkle with fairy lights

$5.00

Proper lighting can be hard to come by in a dorm room. Add festive twinkle fairy lights to your dorm room ideas for a feeling of whimsy. Twinkle lights come in a range of sizes and even color-changing options that can sync with the music.

Add a headboard

$89.99

Many college dorms have cement walls — not very comfortable to lean against in bed. Add a comfy headboard to your dorm room decorating plans. 

 Add a mirror

$26.99

Mirrors aren’t just for checking your look, they also make your room feel bigger — super important in small spaces. Pick up some peel-and-stick mirrors to create a unique pattern on your wall or door.