Thinking Outside the Toy Box: Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

“Oh, yay! A dozen more toys which will be played with for maybe 15 minutes then be scattered, in pieces, all over my house for the rest of eternity, never to be touched again except by me! Joy of joys!” said no mom ever. If you’re drowning in a sea of long-forgotten and neglected toys, you probably have a mild panic attack at the thought of a tidal wave of more mishmash coming in on birthdays and holidays. And it’s also likely you’re harboring some guilt over your contribution to the heaps of toys at the homes of your friends and family. The solution: think outside of the toy box and give gifts that encourage learning and imagination! 

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Fabulous Fall Bread Recipes

We love everything about fall: the smells, the decor and the baking. But, nothing quite says “fall” like whipping up some fall-inspired bread recipes! The amazing aroma of bread baking in the oven is enough to make you fall in love with autumn all over again

With that in mind, today we are sharing 3 fabulous fall bread recipes to help you get into the spirit of autumn. Test out your baking skills by making one of the following fall breads: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Banana Tea Bread and Apple Cinnamon Bread. Which one will you try first?

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3 Easy Vegetarian Dishes for the Holidays

If you’re a vegetarian, the holidays can be downright depressing. With turkey and ham being the main event at Thanksgiving and Christmas, vegetarians are often relegated to sorry side dishes: sad salads, boring mashed potatoes and tubes of cranberry sauce.

We can do better than that! Here are three hearty, gorgeous, meal-worthy vegetarian dishes for the holidays. Full of color and nutrition and easy to make, these dishes will soon become staples at your family’s Thanksgiving table.

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Make your own baby food: No special equipment required

What do you do when you had your heart set on making your baby’s food at home, but you didn’t get that fancy baby food maker you so eagerly put on your registry? 

You make it anyway. No special baby food making equipment needed! 

Today’s tutorial for making your own baby food utilizes single foods that are best steamed prior to puree: carrots (one of our favorites), squash, broccoli, spinach, greens, whole peas, green beans and so many more. Read on for all the details!

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Easy Homemade Autumn Potpourri

The undeniable smell of autumn is in the air. The cool crisp breeze, the cider and apples are all a warm reminder that fall is here. With all of these amazing scents surrounding us, why not bring those aromas indoors by making homemade potpourri that includes some of these ingredients?

Today we share with you two amazing homemade fall potpourri mixes.

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10 Crafty Uses for Kraft Paper

Here at Daily Mom, we love multi-purpose items that can be used for a variety of things. That’s why we are declaring our love for kraft paper today! This humble brown paper may not seem too exciting, but within each roll are endless possibilities for crafts, ingenious uses and household hacks. Here are 10 of our favorite ways to put this perfect paper to use.

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Pumpkin Mango Habanero Salsa

Nothing says fall like Football Sunday! Whether you’re tailgating at the game, or watching it on the big screen from the comfort of your couch, one thing is a must: delicious snacks. Don’t pop open a can of boring old salsa this Sunday. We have the most mouth-watering recipe for pumpkin mango habanero salsa that will set your tastebuds on fire in all the right ways!

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I00 Halloween Costumes for Siblings

Getting to dress your kids in ridiculous, over-the-top costumes for Halloween is one of the many perks of parenthood. And when you have one kid, you can pretty much choose any Halloween costume you want — and it’s totally adorable.

But once you have two kids (or three, or four… or more!), the costume situation gets a little trickier. What if you want to coordinate outfits? What are some fun and unique ideas for multiple kids? And how do you pull them off without breaking the bank?

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 100+ creative costume ideas for your crew — mom and dad included!

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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How to Create a Bunco Group

As busy moms, we sometimes don’t carve out enough time for friends and fun, and if we do, it’s usually once in a blue moon. If you’re craving some lady time that is consistent, fun, and “rewarding”, then consider creating a Bunco group with your gals!

Bunco… you mean the game that my grandma plays at her retirement home? Yup, that’s the one! But, believe it or not, it’s a game that has no age prejudice, and is just as fun if you’re 20 or 80. Grandma may or may not bring the booze, but we bet she loves the quality time spent with her friends, the magical feeling of lady luck on her shoulder, and the chance of becoming Bunco Queen complete with a wad of cash in hand as she waddles back to Room #3B.

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DIY Sensory Play: Smash Balls

Sensory play is an important part in a child’s development. By helping your child engage in sensory play, you’re helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skill sets. These smashing balls are a creative way to involve your child in active sensory play and help them learn to explore, problem solve, and even give them confidence with decision making. Make these bright colored smashing balls with (or for) your child to encourage their own sensory play.

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