Our Favorite New Family Cookbooks

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They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and that’s why we love family cookbooks. To help freshen up your recipe repertoire and get the kiddos excited to help in the kitchen, we’ve rounded up the best in new family cookbooks. From step-by-step recipes to creative cakes for kids, these books will guide you through everything from breakfast to dinner, with make-ahead tips and recipes for even the pickiest of eaters.

Kids

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Bake, Make & Learn to Cook

2019's Great British Baking Show winner David Atherton brings us quite possibly the cutest cookbook we've ever seen. Illustrated with whimsical images by Rachel Stubbs, Atherton shares healthy recipes that are fun for bakers and chefs of all ages. Kids will love everything from the Hummus Lion to the Cakey Caterpiller.

Pre-order here with a Nov. 2 release date, $16

photo: Bloom Books for Young Readers

The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbooks for Kids

What better way to immerse yourself in the wizarding world than with a few magical recipes? Alana Al-Hatlani's newest release brings 50 simple recipes to the table that include inspired recipes like Pumpkin Pasties, Muggle-Style Pizza and Treacle Tarts.

Get it here, $16

Wild Child: Adventure Cooking with Kids

Sarah Glover, the James Beard Award-nominated author of Wild: Adventure Cooking, brings us this lovely book that will definitely motivate you and your kids to get cooking outdoors. From campfire bananas to food cooked in coconut, this book will definitely up your camping food game. 

Get yours here, $16. 

photo: Hearst Home Kids

The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book

Packed with over 100 recipes, Food Network Magazine's new cookbook for kids is fun for the entire fam. Not only do the pages contain no-bake treats, tons of rainbow sweets and food crafts, but also trivia to keep everyone on their toes.

Get it here, $16

Food Fun: An Activity Book for Young Chefs

Our friends at America's Test Kitchen are back with this fun cookbook and activity book for young chefs. There are recipes, word finds, Mad Libs and more. Your kids will love finding out the science of salt and why different chocolates taste so different from each other. 

Get it here, $13. 

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Life Is What You Bake It

Great American Baking Show winner Vallery Lomas shares over 100 delicious recipes that include everything from biscuits and moon pies to crepe cakes.

Get it here, $22

photo: Ulysses Press

The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook: Bewitchingly Delicious Recipes for Fans of the Halloween Classic

Compiled with recipes from Bridget Thoreson, kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy running amok, amok, amok over William’s Wormy Bed Dirt Cake while enjoying your family movie night. The 60+ collection of recipes boasts must-make meals that bring the film to life, like Mischief Night Pasta and Baked Witch Casserole.

Get it here, $15

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The "I Love My Air Fryer" 5-Ingredient Recipe Book

So you have a brand new air fryer, now what? Make every meal a breeze with this 5-ingredient cookbook that includes everything from breakfast to dinner and snacks. Each recipe requires only five main ingredients plus pantry staples like salt and pepper. 

Get it here, $14

photo: Insight Kids

Disney Villains: Devilishly Delicious Cookbook

Follow the villains as they share some of their fave recipes in this fun new cookbook. Perfect for Halloween or any spooky soiree, this 50+ recipe book contains easy to follow recipes and treats like Poison Apples, Tiger Tails and Bald Mountain Cookies.

Get it here, $18

photo: Prospect Park Books

Lush Life

Embrace your inner Californian with this beautifully photographed cookbook packed with recipes for every season. Valerie Rush brings her simple methods with minimal ingredients to the table, alongside coordinating cocktails and wine suggestions. Perfect as a gift or anyone who enjoys gorgeous meals.

Get it here, $28

photo: Adams Media

Bread

Did you become a pandemic baker? If you're itching to up your bread game, this new cookbook is what you need. With 100 recipes that include sourdough, nut and sweet breads, this beginner's guide puts artisanal bread at your fingertips.

Get it here, $18

photo: Adams Media

The Anti-Inflammatory Family Cookbook: The Kid-Friendly, Pediatrician-Approved Way to Transform Your Family's Health

Getting your kiddos to eat healthy just got easier. Written by accredited chefs, nutritionists and pediatric doctors, the 100-recipe book is packed with simple recipes for better lunches, quick weeknight dinners and healthy desserts.

Get it here, $19

photo: Ulysses Press

The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook

Created by long-time fan, Jeanette Hurt, this new cookbook shines bright on all things ALDI. Using go-to ingredients and special finds from the cult fave grocer, this recipe book makes meal planning and cooking fun and easy.

Get it here, $16

photo: Adams Media

The "I Love My Instant Pot" 5-Ingredient Recipe Book

Are you intimidated by our Instant Pot? Then this cookbook is for you. It's packed with 175 recipes that range from easy peasy to decently challenging. While many of the recipes do exceed five ingredients (the author doesn't count basic spices or common items like milk that you probably already have on hand), they are enough to shake up meal time in all the right ways.

Get it here, $14

From 2020

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The New Fondue Cookbook

How do you spell fun, family dinner? F-O-N-D-U-E! The DIY dinner activity is extra special with this new cookbook. Dip everything from breakfast fondue and shabu shabu to marscapone and donuts, this cookbook is a must for making meals memorable.

Get it here, $17.99

photo: Adams Media

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook is packed with 100 recipes and they’re all Disney inspired. From park classics like churros and Dole Whips to new offerings that include Star Wars blue milk, this book is a must for Disney foodies. The cookbook is organized by park and includes Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and California Adventure. 

Get it here, $13.99

photo: Flatiron Books

7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Tired of the same old recipes? Jamie Oliver is here to give you 7 ways to reinvent family faves. Packed with over 120 recipes, Oliver uses 18 of the most popular ingredients to give you a fresh take on meals.

Get it here, $19.49

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The Everything Plant-Based Meal Prep Cookbook

Plant-based eating just got easier. Over 200 recipes are included in this easy to follow book that also comes with two full-week meal plans. Enjoy tasty, make ahead meals that even incorporate your Instant Pot.

Get it here, $18.99

photo: Flatiron Books

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

The newest cookbook from Meera Sodha takes home chefs on a journey through India, Singapore, Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. Packed with quick weeknight recipes and easy to find ingredients, the vegan and vegetarian book is perfect for diners of any palate.

Get it here, $28.99

photo: Disney Editions

Disney Eats

Miss the Disney Parks? Now you can bring home a piece of the magic with this 150-recipe cookbook. The full-colored book is packed with everything from easy treats to holiday sweets, all with Disney-inspired characters. The simple recipes make this a perfect book for young chefs or families who love to spend time in the kitchen together.

Get it here, $23.09

photo: Ulysses Press

The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook

Accio tasty recipes! Your magic-obsessed kiddos will love whipping up recipes inspired by their fave wizard franchise. From treacle tarts and trifles to Muggle meals, this 75-recipe book comes with easy instructions, color photos and all the magic you'd expect.

Get it here, $17.64

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Dinner Uncomplicated

Claire Tansey is back with her newest cookbook that is packed with 90 inspired easy-to-follow recipes. The simple to shop for ideas are easy on prep work and cleanup, and packed with flavor. Broken up into sections that cater to make-ahead meals, big batch recipes, 45-minute dinners and more, Dinner Uncomplicated takes the guesswork out of meal planning.

Get it here, $24.95

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Stress-Free Family Meal Planning

Part recipe book, part meal planner, this new release is perfect for busy parents. Packed with 75 simple and healthy meal ideas, readers will love weekly plans that have been designed by Kristen McCaffery, a professional meal planner. Enjoy four unique weekly meal plans, plus tasty bonus recipes!

Get it here, $17.99

The Veganaise Cookbook

You don't have to choose between healthy and tasty with this new cookbook. Created with plenty of recipes that incorporate the uber popular Veganaise condiment, the book provides plenty of ways to sneak in veggies. We particularly love the Sneaky Healthy Shepherd's Pie and Herbed Parmesan Polenta Fries.

Get it here, $19.29

photo: Harry N. Abrams

Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age

A smoothie a day keeps anxiety, weight, and stress away! In Catherine McCord's new book, the Weelicious founder shares her top 100 smoothie recipes she's perfected over the years to bring people of any age closer to a healthier life in just 28 days. Her simple recipes help readers to control ADHD symptoms, boost the immune system, improve digestion and much more.

Get it here, $15.67

photo: Flatiron Books

Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone

Eating and meal prepping just got easier and healthier with this new cookbook from Jamie Oliver. With chapters that include Soups & Sandwiches, Brunch, Pies & Bakes, Curries & Stews, Salads, Burgers & Fritters, Pasta, Rice & Noodles, and Traybakes, there is something for everyone. Vegetarians and parents just looking for a few meat-free meals throughout the week will love the simple recipes that make feeding the kiddos veggies a cinch.

Get it here, $22.49

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Half the Sugar, All the Love: 100 Easy, Low-Sugar Recipes for Every Meal of the Day

In this new release, parents will find 100 doctor-approved recipes that cut the sugar by half or more, from family favorite recipes. Written in a way that provides much needed education and simple ways to implement healthy eating, this cookbook is filled with easy recipes that are so tasty, you won't even miss the sugar. 

Get it here, $16.59

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Simply Real Eating

This beautiful second cookbook from Sarah Adler makes eating healthy a breeze. The collection of recipes reads more like an inspiring memoir on self care, with encouraging ways to establish good habits and entirely gluten-free menu ideas. Many recipes contain five ingredients or less, accompany beautiful photos and are more than family-friendly.

Available on Amazon, $15.99

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Barbie Bakes

Barbie, Skipper, Chelsea and Stacy are ready to bake! This 50+ recipe book is chock full of the Roberts' family faves, with cookies, brownies, breads, pies and healthy snacks. Not only can bakers pour over the bright photos and easy-to-understand recipes, but they can also learn from the pantry staples and substitution sections that make baking a breeze.

Get it here, $15.97

photo: Weldon Owen

Disney Princess Baking

Over 60 royal recipes await in the new Disney Princess Baking cookbook. With categories that include morning treat, cakes, bars, cookies, pies and tarts, this comprehensive baker's book is great for budding chefs. While the recipes are a little more complex for a beginner, they make the perfect challenge for kiddos looking to up their skills.

Get it here, $17.99

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs

Budding bakers will love this DIY book that gives the perfect foundation for making their fave foods from scratch. The 100+ recipe book comes with tons of step-by step instructions and photos, quotes from kids and all the encouragement they need to be confident in the kitchen.

Get it here, $17.99

photo: Weldon Owen

Peanuts Lunch Bag Cookbook

The Peanuts gang is here to spice up your kiddos lunch! Packed with over 50 recipes and 60+ comic strips, this fun cookbook puts a fun twist on kid-friendly recipes, sneaking in a fair amount of fruit and veggies in the process.

Get it here, $24.99

photo: Gibbs Smith

The Llamacorn Cookbook

Perfect for budding bakers, The Llamacorn Cookbook's bright photos and easy recipes will inspire everyone. The 96-page book shares 45 recipes, many of which use store bought items to make cooking easy and fun––especially for parents. Kiddos can whip up Llamacorn's Meringue Cookies, Enchanged Unicorn Horns and Lah-Tee-Dah Pink Limeade and plenty more whimsical treats.

Ages: 5+

Get it here, $14.97

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

My First Cookbook

America's Test Kitchen has just released their newest book, My First Cookbook and its one for every little up and coming chef. The photo-focused book introduces kitchen language, equipment, helpful kitchen prep and tons of step-by-step instructions that littles (and cooking-challenged adults) will adore. Enjoy simple and delicious recipes for appetizers and snacks, main meals, seasonal goodies and international recipes.

Ages: 5-8

Available on Amazon, $19.99

photo: Gibbs Smith

Cakes for Kids: 40 Easy Recipes That Will Wow!

Paris-based baker, food artist and cookbook author Juliette Lalbaltry's latest book starts with teaching kids (and their grown-ups) four basic cake recipes (lemon, yogurt, chocolate and rolled sponge).  From these four bases she offers dozens of ideas for clever, totally doable decorations that will guarantee you'll never need to order another party cake. 

Ages: All Ages 

Find it here. $16.99

photo: America's Test Kitchen Kids

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

From breads and biscuits to pizza and pie, your little bakers will love America's Test Kitchen's The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs. The 200+ page book include everything your kids need to learn the basics of baking, including frosting 101, measurements and how to zest citrus fruits.

Ages: 8-12

You can purchase on Amazon, $13.59

—Karly Wood

Feature photo: iStock

 

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It’s time to get excited: Polar Bear Week is almost here! Running from Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, the special time coincides with the annual gathering of hundreds of polar bears on the shores of Hudson Bay where they wait for the sea ice to freeze so they can start hunting seals out on the frozen ocean.

Polar Bears International (PBI) is using this week to focus on protecting polar bears and people. Families can tune into Polar Bear Live Cams, play polar bear cam bingo, access free curriculum and activities, and watch live-streamed “Tundra Connections,” with scientists and experts.

photo: ©Kt. Miller + Polar Bears International

Polar Bears International will also be doing a live, family-friendly concert to kick off Polar Bear Week for the first time. The concert will host a performance by Kishi Bashi (multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter) with bears in the background, and families can tune in this Wed., Oct. 27 at 1:30 PST / 4:30 EST (it’s free, just RSVP here).

––Karly Wood

Feature photo: ©BJ Kirschhoffer + Polar Bears International

 

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by…grabbing a pair of Hanna Andersson’s newest Elf pajamas! The apparel company has partnered with Warner Bros. to bring fans of all ages a limited-edition capsule collection for the holidays. 

Hanna Andersson’s classic stripes and fair isle patterns are decked out with scenes and characters that include Buddy the Elf and Mr. Narwhal that both kids and adults will love. Shop styles that include long johns, flannel pants, sleepers, pet PJs, hats, a sweatshirt and dress starting today, Oct. 25.

Perhaps the greatest news is that the collection includes Hanna Andersson’s classic Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton matching family pajamas in fair isle for adults, kids, babies, and dogs! The whole family can get in on the holiday fun, while watching Elf, of course.

Prices range from $30 to $50 and you can shop the entire new collection at hannaandersson.com while supplies last.

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of Hanna Andersson

 

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The holidays, and all the tasty food that goes along with them, have arrived. And while family gatherings may look different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up an epic holiday charcuterie board. From waffle and bagel boards to Christmas cocoa, these holiday charcuterie board ideas are great for gatherings of any size. Scroll down to see them all.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Grazing Board

Who needs a fancy dinner when you can dig into this Valentine's Day Grazing board from Domestikated Life? Packed with salty and sweet treats, the colorful candies tie in the holiday of love perfectly.

St. Patrick’s Day

Rainbow

You can truly taste the rainbow with this colorful dessert charcuterie board from Jenny Cookies. Sweet circular cookies are paired with coordinating sprinkles and candy for an eye-popping dessert you won't be able to pass up.

Fall

Harvest Charcuterie Board

There's a little bit of something for everyone with this cheery charcuterie board by Number 2 Pencil. We love that the look embraces the feeling of "harvest" with plenty of fruits, cheese and nuts.

Fall Dessert Charcuterie Board

With gatherings happening on a smaller level this year, this fall dessert board is perfect for avoiding full-size sweets. Some demi-desserts, sauces and fruit are all you need to whip up this choice charcuterie board by Live to Sweet.

Autumn Charcuterie Board

Hello, autumn! Perfect for Thanksgiving, this smorgasbord of fall treats from Healthy Little Vittles brings healthy snacks and a few hidden treats to your family and friends with plenty of eye-popping appeal.

Fall Apple & Cheese Board

Simple meets savory and sweet with this gorgeous fall apple and cheese board by Bless This Mess Please. We love how there's something for even the pickiest of eaters while remaining festive and delicious.

Perfect Fall Charcuterie Board

Can we all just raise a hand for the deliciousness that is a cheese ball? This fabulous fall board by Tidy Mom effortlessly pairs our guilty-pleasure snacks with tasty treats no one can turn down.

Turkey Charcuterie

It just got so much easier to get your littles to eat fruit this holiday! Arrange arrange layers of Sugar Bowl Bakery's Pumpkin Spice and regular Madeleines, Palmiers, Brownie Bites and fresh fruit to form a turkey. Don't forget the Nutella for dipping! 

Thanksgiving Snack Board

Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be ready can be hard! This ultimate snack board from Passion for Savings makes biding the time until the turkey is ready a breeze, with plenty of fruit, crackers and cheese that looks just as pretty as they are tasty.

Halloween

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Halloween Sweet Treats Board

It's officially candy season with this treat board! Whether you're hosting a Halloween bash or staying home in lieu of trick or treating, this cute board from Sugar Bowl Bakery packs in tasty options like Madeleine cookies, popcorn and candy. Don't forget the the cobwebs!

Holiday

Waffle Breakfast Board

Whether you're hosting a small family brunch or just want to make breakfast special with your immediate fam, Sandra's Easy Cooking waffle board is next level. Pack it with plenty of waffles, toppings and a side of fruit. Breakfast is served!

Epic Cinnamon Roll Board

Is this not the most gorgeous cinnamon roll board you've ever seen? Perfect for kiddos who want to DIY their own Cinnabon, we love how this charcuterie from the Reluctant Entertainer to see all the assembly details. also packs a punch with other breakfast faves for the adults.

Bagel Holiday Charcuterie

Bagels are the perfect breakfast for busy mornings, especially when laid out on a fabulous board. Add a variety of flavors, plenty of schmear and all the fun extras that will make your breakfast extra festive, just like this board from Sandra's Easy Cooking.

Winter White Cheeseboard

Beautifully simple and elegant, Fashionable Hostess' winter white cheeseboard brings all the feels. The lovely colors and smooth textured foods make us want to dive right in!

Holiday Charcuterie Board

This rustic-toned holiday charcuterie board from Twelve on Main is major eye candy! Each item perfectly represents that winter season, and the gorgeous layout makes it the perfect fit for noshing on while everyone opens gifts.

Christmas Dessert Board

It's time to get your hot cocoa on! Great for post-dinner dessert, this Christmas dessert board by The Wiegands is loaded with chocolatey treats, peppermint and lovely greenery for the ultimate holiday vibe.

Holiday Candy Board

One of the best parts about the holidays is the candy! Load up all the goodies you've been gifted this season on this ultimate candy board from An Indigo Day that's just what your sweet tooth ordered.

––Karly Wood

 

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“Mom, it’s crazy hair day tomorrow!” Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard those words and cringed! Whether it’s Red Ribbon week, Halloween, Spirit Week or just your kids’ school’s attempt at stressing out parents, wacky hair day tends to drive moms and dads crazy. But don’t stress: we’ve got some simple ideas that don’t require tons of effort, but pack on the craze-factor in a big way.

Fro-Yo

Here's your excuse for a last-minute fro-yo run! Grab an extra cup, cut a hole in the bottom and slip over a bun with sprinkles.

Big-Eyed Monster

A little colored hair spray and two big googly eyes is all you need to catch this look. A quick trip to your local party store can knock both of these items off your list!

Colored Shampoo

If you're a parent that thinks ahead, this fun hair color from Rock the Lock's is a kid-friendly way to add a pop of color! Lasting five to 15 shampoos you can use again and again and rest easy in this vegan and phthalates, sulfates and parabens free formula.

Grab a bottle at rockthelocks.com, $12

Cupcakes

One of the easiest crazy hair options, all you need are two cupcake liners for this sweet look. Make two buns, then cut slits in the bottom of the liners before slipping over the bun.

Octopus

You can finally use all those pipe cleaners you've had lying around! Grab those plus a puffy ball and googly eyes, then add to a bun for a cute look that works for any crazy hair day. Head to One Creative Mommy for all the details.

Surfs Up!

Make waves with this adorable 'do for boys. Make that hair stand tall, add some blue and don't forget a few LEGO minifigs.

Pretty Palette

Mini Monet's will love this look. Use a plastic paint palette and paint brush to get this total artist vibe.

Cup Noodles

Running low on time to heat up a crazy hair look? Scrounge through the pantry and grab that ramen cup! Cut a hole in the bottom, slip over the hair and don't forget the chopsticks.

Shark-Infested Waters

Got a little shark lover? Grab some blue hair paint and one of their many plastic sharks to hook up this fun look.

Pretty Pumpkin

Perfect for Halloween, this pipe cleaner pumpkin is a quick style that definitely passes the wacky hair test.

Coca-Cola

Everyone will be "tasting the feeling" with this fun look. Grab one of your empty plastic coke bottles, cut a hole, then pull the hair through. All you need are a few bobby pins to keep in place!

Under the Sea

Master braiders will love this fun hairstyle that incorporates Ariel! Braid your fave mermaid into the braid, then top it off with a little green hair spray to give that authentic "tail" look.

Christmas Tree

Ok we admit this isn't the quickest crazy hair style, but it's definitely epic! If you're down for some hair dying, tree trimming antics then this amazing tutorial from Paint the Moon is for you!

––Karly Wood

 

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The Best Advent Calendars of 2021

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Who’s getting excited for the holiday season?! From collector Harry Potter characters to LEGO bricks, we’ve rounded up the best countdown calendars of the season that will get your kids in the spirit in no time. Keep scrolling and let the excitement begin!

KIDS

Magic Playbook Scratch Off Advent Calendar

Magic Playbook's Scratch Off Advent Calendar ($20) is as fun as you want it to be! Each one come with a postcard of fun ideas to fill in your calendar. Just write it down, cover the "ornament" with a scratch off sticker and let the fun commence for the whole season.

photo: Mattel

A Dozen Delicious Days Countdown Set

The season is packed with A Dozen Delicious Days ($50) in this American Girl calendar. It comes with tons of surprises, including an adorable apron for your doll. Time to get baking!

photo: Insight Editions

Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

Head to a galaxy far, far away with this Star Wars advent calendar ($21). It's packed with more than 30 surprises like ornaments, greeting cards, buttons, booklets and more,

photo: LEGO

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar

The 2021 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($40) is designed for kids seven and up, has 274 pieces and features 24 little gifts for your brick builders including six minifigures and buildable models like a Hogwarts letters arriving through the fireplace.

photo: Insight Editions

Marvel: The Official Advent Calendar

Avengers assemble with this Marvel advent calendar ($27). Fans will open 30 collectibles over the course of 25 hours for a superhero-inspired holiday.

photo: Playmobile

Playmobil Back to the Future III Advent Calendar

This epic Playmobil Back to the Future III Advent Calendar ($35) is perfect for young time travelers. It comes with 24 surprises that all add up to recreating your fave scenes from the third film in the series. It even includes different versions of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from 1955 and 1885!

photo: Amazon

Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Accio Christmas! The limited-edition Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($62) comes packed with 24 vinyl characters to add to your growing collection. This unique roundup is perfect for Pop collectors.

photo: Schleich

Schleich Advent Calendars

This adorable advent from Schleich ($29.99) perfectly coordinates with the company's Horse Club theme. Kids will love unpacking a cut new accessory every day, including a Trakehner mare and foal.

photo: LEGO

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

The 2021 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar ($40) also features 24 doors that reveal tiny gifts. The gift set, which is designed for kids six and up, includes 12 buildable models like Anakin’s Podracer, a Republic Cruiser and Darth Vader’s Castle. It also features six minifigures, four droid LEGO figures and fold out playmat.

photo: Insight Editions

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Official Advent Calendar: Ghoulish Delights

Head to Halloween Town with this spooky Nightmare Before Christmas advent ($26) calendar! Open up 25 gifts during the season like mini books, note cards, ornaments and more.

HABA My First Advent Calendar

This sweet advent calendar from HABA ($35) is great for kids two to four. A pile of gifts result in 24 wooden toys that can be played with for years to come.

photo: My Kindness Calendar

My Kindness Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas––the kind way. My Kindness Advent Calendar ($56) encourages kiddos to give, rather than receive as they prepare for Christmas. Each kit comes with a reusable calendar, 25 reusable stickers plus 5 customizable stickers that can be used year after year. Stickers include thoughtful ideas like "making cookies for a neighbor" and "give a toy to a child in need."

photo: Amazon

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendars

Disney's Storybook Collection Advent Calendars are available on Amazon, but probably not for long! Choose from options like Disney, Disney Princesses and Marvel that all feature 24 mini books for approximately $22 each.

photo: Insight Edition

Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar

This gorgeous calendar ($27) is a must for uber fans. It's packed with 25 special keepsakes, paper ornaments, Harry Potter–inspired recipe cards and more.

FAMILY

Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar

What says "holidays" more than cookies!? This unique calendar brings sweets in a big way, with over 40 cookies that include chocolate cherry, gingerbread sandwich and peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.

Get it here, $90

Holiday Popcorn Advent Calendar

The perfect amount of salty and sweet, this holiday popcorn advent is the perfect nightly treat. Twelve windows pack flavors like s'mores, ranch, caramel and cheese, in addition to other surprising candy!

Get it here, $40

ADULTS

24 Cups of Cheer Keurig Advent Calendar

Welcome every morning with a new cup of java with this K-Cup advent ($19)! Enjoy coffee from the likes of Peets, Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme and more.

Benefit Cosmetics The More, The Merrier Beauty Advent Calendar

Glam up for all those holiday parties with Benefits new beauty advent calendar ($65). Packed with 12 of Benefit’s bestselling beauty products, the purse-friendly mini and fun sizes come packaged in a special edition, cozy keepsake box.

Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee

Java lovers unite! Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee ($68) comes with 12 expertly-curated coffee blends that feature notes like roasted chestnut, cranberry, sugar and spice.

12 Nights of Wine "Women in Wine Holiday" Edition

Vinebox's annual wine advent calendar is back and this year it's extra special. The 2021 version ($129) includes European wines made from all women winemakers, with special commissioned artists to design the two boxes. 

photo: Sephora

Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar

Come to mama! Sephora's annual advent is back with this year's Holiday Vibes ($45). Each reusable box is packed with a variety of Sephora Collection makeup, skincare, bath and accessories.

photo: Laithwaite

World of Wine Advent Calendar

The holidays are always busy, but you can count on a glass of wine at the end of every day thanks to this World of Wine advent ($140)! Each bottle is unique and includes rosé, reds, whites, bubbly and Port.

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar

Packed with 25 days of goodies, Friends: The Official Advent Calendar ($18) takes fans on a trip back to Central Perk and other nostalgic moments of the beloved show. You’ll be surprised with mementos, mini books, activities and even a few recipes. Could it BE any more exciting?

L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar

Discover 24 pampering treats like the best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil, and award-winning Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. Plus, meet newcomers that your locks will love: a gentle shampoo fit for any hair type and two hair care treatments from the  SOS Collection.

Buy yours here, $74. 

photo: Godiva

Godiva Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar

Christmas never tasted so good. Godiva's Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar is chock full of 25 decadent chocolates that come with Gold Ballotin Boxes, Dark Caramel Embrace, Milk Chocolate Snowman, White Ganache Bliss and Dark Mint Medallion.

Dig into your own advent by shopping Godiva.com, $40

PETS

Fancy Feast Feastivities Advent Calendar

Spoil your fur baby this season a gravy lover's delight! The Feastivities calendar ($25) comes with 24 cans of wet cat food pate, chunk and gravy recipes in classic and seasonal flavors your kitty will crave. 

––Karly Wood

 

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Also known as Iranian cuisine, Persian food is uber kid friendly with it’s slew of rice and meat dishes. From quick kabobs and saffron rice, to Persian rice cookies, this roundup of recipes will have your kids taste buds expanding before your very eyes.

Salad Shirazi

Your kids won't spy any lettuce in this Persian salad. The cucumber and tomato-based dish from Unicorns in the Kitchen comes together quickly and packs lots of flavor from simple ingredients that make this the perfect side dish any time of the year.

Persian Rice

Persian saffron rice is a staple in many dishes, and this easy 30 minute version from Dinner in the Dessert will have it on the table in no time. You'll be using a mortal and pestle to ground saffron threads in no time!

Dolmeh Felfel

One you eat Persian Stuffed Peppers, you may never go back. I Got It from My Maman shares a delicious recipe where you can customize your stuffing so any picky eater will be asking for seconds.

Caramelized Onion and Herb Chicken Patties

Lots of chicken and hidden spinach? This dish from LivLaughCook is a parent's dream come true. A new take on a traditional Persian frittata, these ground chicken patties mixed with caramelized onions pack the perfect amount of sweet and savory punch that kids and adults will both enjoy.

Kuku Sabzi

Still want that OG Persian Herb Frittata recipe? Savory Thoughts has the perfect meatfree dish that focuses on herbs and is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Barbari Bread

This Persian flat bread from Silk Road Recipes is worth the seven-day wait it takes to get the dough ready for baking. If you've mastered your pandemic sourdough, you'll love trying your hand at this yeast-free dip-worthy bread.

Fesenjan

Perfect for your little foodies, this Persian Walnut Pomegranate Stew from Feasting at Home is the perfect cold night comfort soup. Made with chicken, ground walnuts and lots of spices, it's served perfectly alongside that bath of Persian rice.

Kabab Tabei

You can skip the skewers and the grill for this easy pan kabob recipes from The Delicious Crescent. Made just on the stovetop, you can get this dinner together in a flash when you serve alongside simple veggies or rice.

Persian Almond Cardamom Pistachio Cake

Break us off a piece of this delicious pistachio cake! Spoonabilities' recipe is flourless with almond extract and cardamom to give that perfect, warming essence that even kids will enjoy.

Nan-e Berenji

Cute and bite-size, these Persian rice cookies with poppy seeds from Ahead of Thyme will quickly become a fave. The butter-free cookies are made with rice flour which also makes them perfect for gluten-free kiddos.

––Karly Wood

 

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Have you found yourself digging through your grocer’s shelf of bread, looking for the freshest and softest loaf? Now you don’t have to look quite so long thanks to this simple hack.

It turns out, those colorful plastic tag on your bread actually means something! According to Reader’s Digest, each color represents the day the bread was baked, giving you the leg up on snagging that luscious loaf.

photo: Canva

Many commercial bakers adhere to a strict schedule that involves baking five days a week (they take Wednesdays and Sundays off), so each tag coordinates with which day it was baked. Worried you won’t remember which day is which? Each color is alphabetical by the day of the week!

  • Monday:blue
  • Tuesday: green
  • Thursday: red
  • Friday: white
  • Saturday:yellow

Not only does the array of colors help consumers snag the freshest bread, but it’s also a simple way to help employees circulate the bread so fresh loaves are moved in first. Happy bread shopping!

––Karly Wood

 

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Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are headed back to Space! Apple TV+ has just released all the details of season two of Snoopy in Space and they’re out of this world.

All 12 episodes will drop on Fri. Nov. 12 and will follow the beloved beagle and his friends as they travel across the universe in search of new life. Keep scrolling to catch the adorable trailer!

The interstellar journey detailed in season two focuses on important topics like technology and science behind space travel, resilience and imagination.

Mark your calendar to binge watch season two of Snoopy in Space only on Apple TV+.

––Karly Wood
Feature image: Courtesy of Apple TV+

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Americans are definitely looking forward to the holiday season this year, especially after an interesting 2020. With so many first time cooks hitting up the kitchen during Thanksgiving last year, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line was busy!

Returning for its 40th season starting Mon. Nov. 1, chefs of all levels can call (1-800-BUTTERBALL), text (844-877-3456), reach out via social media, ask Amazon Alexa and more to get last minute help on all their turkey-related questions.

photo: Butterball

The talk-line also has a new program by its side: The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Taste Kitchen! In its inaugural year, the taste kitchen is here to help provide inspiration to hosts of all skill levels.

Taking into consideration the many trends in food across social media, the recipes in the Taste Kitchen combine all types of cooking methods (think: air fryers and lots of spices) and contain the Butterball seal of approval. You can head to butterball.com to get a sneak peak of the upcoming recipes.

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